Well I don’t know where to start. 2016 has been one of the best years in my life. It’s been jammed packed with the birth of my beautiful baby girl, baby sick, sore boobs, 10 months of maternity leave, teething, lack of sleep, returning to work full-time and of course the revamp/rebrand of this wonderful blog.
I have decided to give you a quick recap over each month. This way I can reminse back over the year as well!
My Year in Review
So let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start…
I feel so lucky to be able to review the new Stick to Stigu planner. Earlier on in the year I was grateful to review the 2016 version. Now here is the bright shiny new 2017 version. I’m a HUGE fan of Stick to Stigu. I just had to get that in before I follow with my review!
I have used my 2016 planner every day. Planning out not only blog stuff but I also use it for my personal life as well. It’s fantastic to add all of baby girl’s appointments in as well as my own.
At the weekends I love to sit down and plan out my week ahead. Seeing my week on one page makes it so much more manageable.
The planner is full of ideas, inspiration, things to do and tips to make your life more relaxed. At the beginning there is a page to write down your goals for 2017. This is fabulous for looking back over from time to time throughout the year reminding yourself of the goals you have set.
Today I’m sharing with you some digital marketing strategies that can help your business or in my case helped me to grow my blog. It takes time and lots of effort to build up a blog/business and it certainly won’t happen overnight.
Here is my little story of how I’m growing my blog.
I started my blog over 21 months ago. At first I was a complete novice in anything to do with the digital online world. For months I didn’t even know how to track my page views. I suppose I was just plodding along and used my blog as a space to write my thoughts down.
It was a hobby. Nothing more.
Fast forward to April this year and I was on maternity leave, eager to start learning how far I could push my blog. After all I had time while baby girl napped and when she bed to bed in the evenings. Now here I am in December and this blog is now my business. I’m astounded how quickly it has grown. I’m not talking hundred’s of thousands of page views each month and definitely not earning £1000’s of pounds each month either. But I’m truly happy with where it’s heading. As they say hard work does pay off in the end.
The Summer holidays are all but over now. I don’t know why but I love September because it never seems that long until Christmas! My roundup and bucket list this month will be showcasing my favourite post from August, and my to-do list for September.
August has been about preparing baby girl for the dreaded return to work. I return at the start of October. It’s all be confirmed now as I have been in to have a chat with my manager. I worked out a little back to work plan for myself as well. To help ease us into the process. For 8 weeks I will be working only 3 days a week and taking the other 2 as holiday, which I have accumulated while being off. That will take me up to the start of December.
It’s hard to believe August is here already. The start of a new month means it’s time for the monthly roundup and bucket list. July has been a crazy month. With our first family holiday and my husband’s Nan’s 100th Birthday. My older sister coming over from Canada to meet baby girl for the first time, and the biggest thing for my blog was going self hosted. I have the photo of the 100th birthday cake here in My Sunday Photo
It really has been a crazy month and I know I’m a few days late writing this as all 3 of us have had terrible Summer colds so haven’t felt the best.
So we have started the weaning journey which you can read about in baby girl’s 6 Month Review. It’s a fun journey seeing what she likes and doesn’t, the messy face and hands! We were given some Out of Date Mates to review and these help organise your jars and pouches to know what you opened when. A money-saving lifesaver for weaning.
Ever since I started blogging “properly” at the beginning of the year I have been toying with the idea of getting my own business card designed.
It just makes you feel more business like and important doesn’t it?
I’m not totally sure where I will give them out yet, but I’m sure I will think of something.
Anyway I was offered the chance of getting some business cards printed up by Colour Graphics in exchange for a review. I chose the 50 un-laminated double sided business card.