Three year blogoversary!

Three years ago today, I sneaked away from the kids, as they sat slumped in front of the telly in their pyjamas, eating their breakfast, to read my friend’s blog upstairs. Then I saw a link. You could create your own blog! So I followed the link  – and there it was! My own blog.

I’d had it in mind for a while to start a blog – I wanted to record and share the funny things my kids said. A blog seemed a good way to do it, but I didn’t know it was so easy to start one. Three years on,  I’m not sharing the funny things my kids say any more (although I will treat you to a few for old time’s sake and to celebrate the blogoversary in a day or two).

But since that day, blogging has slowly taken over my life and I have no regrets. I love it. I love writing and sharing my experiences and I love that people read and relate to what I write.

So what’s changed and what have I learned since my two year blogoversary?

The biggest thing for me is that blogging inspired me to believe in myself – that I could take voluntary redundancy and go it alone. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Yes, I’m not working all hours or making my fortune yet, but I’m getting there slowly and I’m enjoying it! Without blogging, I never would have had enough confidence to make the leap.

Another big change is my move to a WordPress self-hosted blog. I’d always been happy with my humble Blogger blog – I’m not all about the design and the photos, I’m all about the words and that works just fine on Blogger. But the spam comments every three minutes were getting out of hand and I was allegedly up to 5,000 page views a day. It was all spam and I’d had enough! So I moved. Thanks to Geek Fairy, who both moved my blog over and did the redesign (she comes highly recommended for anyone who is planning a similar move!). I would never go back to Blogger now! I thought maybe I was getting about 10% of the page views Blogger was telling me. It turns out I wasn’t even getting that. Oh well. Who cares about that stuff anyway?

blogoversary, birthday

In the absence of any 3rd birthday pics – here’s a 4th birthday pic!

This year, along with my lovely blogging friends 3 Children and It, Secrets of the Sandpit and Not My Year Off, we launched Loud ’n’ Proud – the linky for sharing all those achievements you’re proud of. It runs on a Thursday and we rotate hosting, if you’re interested in joining us! It’s open right now with Not My Year Off, but then we’re taking a break over August and will be back in September.

Last year I learned that I wasn’t the winner of the MAD Blog Awards best schooldays blog, but I never expected to be. I was just so happy to be a finalist and certainly enjoyed the party for the awards night though! In March this year I was pleased to hear I’d made the finals again (hooray!) and will be heading to the award ceremony next month, where I totally expect to not win again.

This year I made the shortlist for the BiBs awards for the first time, but didn’t make it to the finals – not surprising as my category is ‘family’ which pretty much sums up every parenting blog from pregnancy to teenagers. It would be nice to make it to the finals next year, but I’m not holding my breath.

So what’s for the next year? More of the same, I reckon. A lot of parent bloggers lately have become uncomfortable with the words ‘mum’ and ‘mummy’ and are re-branding themselves as lifestyle bloggers. Well, I ain’t a lifestyle blogger, I’m a parent blogger. And I’m proud of it! So I’ll carry on sharing the ups and downs of family life with my two big boys and my quite-big-now girl – the funny bits, the sad bits, the bits that make me burst with pride and the bits that make me yell and shake my head with exasperation.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog and supported me over the last three years. I really do appreciate it and hope you keep on reading!

Happy blogoversary to me!

Author: Sarah Mummy

Share This Post On

24 Comments

  1. Happy Bloggerversary!! I didn’t realise we started blogging almost around the same time. I don’t think I’ve read your very early posts but I might have a peek 🙂 your blog is brilliant and I love reading it.

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much, that’s such a lovely thing to say! I don’t dare look back at my very first post, because I think it would make me cringe! Other early stuff I wrote was pretty good though, if I do say it myself!

      Post a Reply
  2. Happy blogoversary! I didn’t realise that we both started around the same time & I also noticed a massive drop in views after going self hosted!

    Post a Reply
    • I didn’t realise that, either! There seems to be a lot of people who’ve been blogging about three years. The stats change was slightly depressing at first, but I knew the Blogger ones were all wrong, I just didn’t realise HOW wrong!

      Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much 🙂

      Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much, it has been a fantastic journey! 🙂

      Post a Reply
  3. Happy Blogversary x Good for you sticking with being a mum blogger! That’s what I am really, but I didn’t have mum in my name from the start so no pressure. Good luck with the MAD blog awards next month, I didn’t make it this year (sob) but then I have no idea how I made it there last year!

    Post a Reply
    • I wasn’t sure how I made it last year, either! I was expecting it a bit more this year because a lot of people had told me they had nominated me, but it was still a real honour to hear I’d made it again! I’m glad I avoided ‘mummy’ in my blog name and went with ‘mum’ – as sadly two of my kids now call me ‘mum’, whereas I was most definitely ‘mummy’ when I started.

      Post a Reply
  4. Happy Blogoversary to one of the best bloggers out there. I love how proud you are to be a parent blogger and to not feel under any pressure whatsoever to change or be swayed by what others are doing. So looking forward to sharing the ‘losers’ crown with you at the MADs this year and just having fun 🙂 x x

    Post a Reply
    • What a lovely thing to say, thank you very much! I’ve never felt pressured to change in any way – I am what I am, crap photos and all! My blog reflects my life, not what’s cool in blogging.
      I look forward to sharing that losers’ crown and just having a laugh. Can you believe it’s actually NEXT MONTH?

      Post a Reply
  5. Congrats on your Blog anniversary, I celebrate 4 years this weekend and can’t believe where the time has gone. Here’s to another successful year.

    #PoCoLo

    Post a Reply
    • Wow, 4 years for you! Congratulations! I have no idea where the time has gone! x

      Post a Reply
  6. Happy blogoversary? Bloggiversary? Blogaversary? Oh, sod it.

    Three years is no small milestone, and well worth celebrating. I’m an old fogey – I passed 7 years as a blogger in February, but my parenting blog in its current form is only just past 18 months. But it’s still just as much fun as ever, especially when I regularly unearth new and interesting blogs to read such as yours (I think I’ve been following you for nearly a year now).

    Post a Reply
    • Who knows how to spell it? I’ve stuck with one particular spelling, but there’s probably at least four possibilities!
      Am in awe of how long you’ve been blogging. Thank you for following mine 🙂 I always enjoy a read of yours too, although nothing will ever top the delivering your own child post! x

      Post a Reply
  7. I always find it interesting to hear about how people got into blogging. I love that yours was such a spur of the moment thing and has become such a bit part of your life.

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks. I always wonder whether if I didn’t start at that moment if I would ever have started? And if I hadn’t started, what would I be doing with all those extra hours?

      Post a Reply
  8. Happy Bloggerversary!! Well done! You do such a great job….Keeps me coming back day after day x

    Post a Reply
    • That’s such a lovely thing to say! Thank you, I really appreciate it. x

      Post a Reply
  9. How exciting, congratulations on three years of blogging! I think we all start out that way, and along the way, our blogs become something special and precious.

    Post a Reply
    • Thanks very much 🙂

      Post a Reply
  10. Happy Bloggerversary! I always enjoy reading your posts. You are one of the strongest in the community to my mind and are so supportive to so many. I never see you get involved in all the hoo-haw either – which is important! Keep doing what you’re doing and thank you for being a continuous supporter of PoCoLo 🙂 x

    Post a Reply
    • Thank you very much, Victoria. That’s such a lovely thing to say and I really appreciate it. I definitely stay well away from hop-has! I just do my won thing 🙂 Always a pleasure to join in with PoCoLo 🙂 x

      Post a Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Cows and pub toilets - Mum of Three World - […] started my blog three years ago s a way to record and share the funny things my kids said.…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: