My 3 Month Blogging Anniversary
I started my blog, this day 3 months ago, as a way to avoid housework when my baby naps! There, I said it. Now that he is 6 months old, the naps are shorter, the house is messier and it’s harder to make time for this. Seriously though, I wanted to try and make this blog a resource for new mums and mums to be so that they could be more informed about their care and choices in maternity. I also wanted to highlight the issue of infertility and give people some hope. I have tried to be as lighthearted as possible to make everything easier to read without sounding blasé.
What have I achieved?
I have learnt a lot in 3 months, I can understand a very small bit of html, I have started using all sorts of social media that I never used before. I am familiar with SEO, DA and other terms. I probably should know those after doing a degree in IT but I guess I wasn’t listening too well back then or maybe those things weren’t around in 1998! I do still have so much more to learn too.
Being shortlisted for the Irish Blog Awards for Best Health & Wellbeing Blog and Best Parenting Blog has been a major highlight. I would really appreciate a vote if you read and enjoy my blog – voting details are at end of this post.
One bug bear of mine is the lack of availability of choice for mothers in maternity care in Ireland. One option in particular is waterbirth which is only available in one hospital in Dublin – The Coombe. I even tweeted our minister for Health about this issue recently but got no reply! So I was really delighted to be asked to do a guest post about water birth for a UK parenting blogger – Wendy on Naptime Natter. This post will be published on 22nd August 2016 so keep an eye out for that!
I got a surprise when I checked my email 2 weeks ago and found a request from a PR company to do a sponsored post – this is when you are asked to review a product and write about it for a fee. It’s not something I plan to do on a regular basis. I would only do a sponsored post on something that I absolutely believe in, I felt that the fee they offered wasn’t enough for all the work involved so I turned it down! Great buzz to be asked though.
Lastly, I must mention the Mammy Profiles. This is my weekly feature – every Monday, where a real mum answers questions about their pregnancy, birth and caring for newborns. It has had such a great reaction and takes the pressure off me a bit! We have had some very witty ladies take part and there’s plenty more to come. The most popular mammy profile so far has been on Sheena Crean with over 240 views. Please contact me if you would like the opportunity to take part! I plan on having a Mammy Profile of the Year on the most viewed Mammy Profile so please check them out and share your favourite one.
I have been amazed by the response from family and friends, so many likes and shares on my facebook page started through them. Now it has reached much further than people I know with over 700 likes of my page. I was never much of a twitter user before but I am slowly getting into it with over 600 followers there and I have found some brilliant Irish and UK bloggers through it. I have found a some great link ups with other parenting bloggers that you might see at the end of some of my posts. I have also started to dabble in other social media such as snapchat, pinterest and instagram in the last few weeks. Who knew there was so much other work to a blog?
Having a blog brings a whole new meaning to statistics. I can see how many views each of my posts gets at any time and where the user has clicked through from. It’s eye opening stuff! So for the last 3 months, here’s how things have stacked up.
Blog views: 12,370
Most popular post: The Midwife Delivers with 2,330 views
Biggest referral site: Facebook with 7,195 views.
Countries: Ireland 10,160 views, UK 1,400 views, US 288 views and the list continues through a total of 45 countries
Most commented on post: Reading Between The Lines
Most popular day for views: Mondays around 10pm
Other Brilliant Irish Blogs I have discovered
I have discovered some other brilliant bloggers that both inspire me and make me realise I have so much more to learn. There are so many blogs I could mention here. The first blogs I started following before I ever even thought of starting myself were the style blogs of Pippa O’Connor on www.pippa.ie and Naomi Clarke on www.thestylefairy.ie and I still have a weak spot for both of those especially since they are also mums and post about parenting as well as style.
Another Irish blogger I have only recently come across is the lovely Gabriella from Blossom Bride who has a great blog with a focus on weddings but with really great beauty tips. Geraldine from Over Heaven’s Hill blog has been so lovely and helpful to me, her parenting blog is well worth a look. Then there’s the fab Samantha from Dirty Nappies and Overpriced Lattes, a newbie to the Irish parenting blog scene this month but she has really made an impact with me so another you won’t regret checking out.
Finally, a really inspirational travel blogger, Janet Newenham, has a blog called Journalist on the Run and her photos alone are enough to make you want to hop on a plane right now. Seeing as I will be unable for long haul holidays for the foreseeable future, thanks to a very busy baby, I will see the world through her blog and snapchat!
I hope to continue to blog about pregnancy related items mainly. I want women to be informed about their maternity care. No more agreeing with what you are told, we need to question and ask for the evidence behind practice. Doing something because it’s the way things have always been done is just not good enough. I will try and expand a bit on the infertility side of things with tips and advice. I plan on having a few guest posts, there’s one in the pipeline about car seat safety for babies by a very knowledgeable lady. If there is anything you would like me to do an article on, please contact me.
I’m about to start baby led weaning with the young fella so watch this space to see how we get on with that. I’m expecting serious mess but lots of fun too.
I am also going to start doing reviews of baby-friendly places to go in Ireland for a break. The first one will be out in October so watch this space. I also plan on naming (and shaming if necessary) establishments on twitter and facebook with good and bad baby changing facilities so shout me if you want anywhere highlighted!
I think that is where I’m at for now, only 3 months of maternity leave left so I better make the most of it! Thanks for stopping by x
The Vote Request!
If you have a couple of minutes, I would really appreciate a vote for The Irish Baby Fairy blog in The Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards 2016 (public vote open 17th Aug – 23rd Aug 2106).
Voting is now closed, thank you to everyone who voted for my blog!