3 Month Blogging Anniversary

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.

Social Media

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 snapchatpinterest and instagram in the last few weeks. Who knew there was so much other work to a blog?

The Stats

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!

What Next?

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!

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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).

 

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84 thoughts on “3 Month Blogging Anniversary

  1. Lovely read! What a great blog! I would love to be involved in your mammy profiles. 😀 All very new to me but loving reading all these great blogs and meeting other mummy bloggers! #ablogginggoodtime

  2. Well done on the shortlist nomination! You’ve done a lot in 3 months and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. It’s makes me nostalgic as I used to live in Northern Ireland so it’s nice to read a voice from home. Happy blog anniversary! #stayclassymama

    1. I did my training and worked in Northern Ireland – the most lovely friendly people up there. Thanks for reading and commenting x

  3. Happy 3 months blog anniversary, it seems like you achieved so much in such a small time frame, well done 🙂 I just voted for you for both awards good luck, I hope you win. I would love to be part of the mammy profile in the future #StayClassyMama

    1. Thanks so much for your votes, much appreciated!!! Would love to have you on the mammy profiles, drop me an email and we’ll set it up x

  4. Wow you have done loads in those 3 months well done! I started around the same time as you and still haven’t got to grips with analytics. All sounds fab well done 🙂

    1. There’s so much to get your head around isn’t there? I find out something new most days! Well done one getting to 3 months as well.

  5. Congratulations on your anniversary you have achieved loads in 3 months! Good luck with the awards too. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  6. Wow, too have achieved so much in 3 months, I am super impressed, well done!

  7. Wow, seriously you’re doing amazingly well and only 3 months in! I’m coming up to 6 months soon and still have a lot to learn and goals I would like to hit before 12 months. I’m on the Dad side of things so if you ever want a view point from over this way, give me a shout!

    Really enjoyed reading this post and hope you continue doing great things for the women of Ireland and everywhere else too!!
    #StayClassyMama

  8. Well done you sound like you have it nailed! I am new too and sometimes feel like I am walking through treacle and so wish I had a qualification in IT…there’s so much I don’t get yet. Great stats by the way. #picknmix

  9. Hi, love you blog; really well informed. You have achieved so much in 3 months, wowzers! I have just started from scratch – today is day 2! Hope I learn quickly as it’s a bit of a minefield! I’d really like to get involved in the Mammy Profiles xx

    Sarah – From Dumpy To Dinky

    1. Thanks Sarah and welcome to the world of blogging – it totally sucks you in! You’ll be flying it in no time. Just send me an email and I’ll send you the mammy profile info!

  10. Wow you have done amazingly well. And I love what your doing it’s very important to understand birth choices. I will pm you something you may find interesting and would
    Like to cover. Good luck moving forward and again well done lovely #picknmix

  11. Wow only three months in and you’ve achieved so much. #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Wow, that’s amazing stats for 3 months in. I’ve been going nearly 4 years, and my last 3 months haven’t got near that as it’s been a really quiet period for me. Good luck with the blog awards.

  13. You’ve been going for about the same amount of time as me, and my baby is 6 months too, so I completely get how the game has changed and suddenly there’s less time for blogging and more demands from little people! Your stats are amazing though, good work. #KCACOLS

  14. Goodness me, what a successful start to blogging! I’m yet to set up a Pinterest board and my Facebook likes are tiny as I haven’t shared amongst my friends – my blog feels a bit too personal for that. I don’t mind the world reading, but would find it a bit weird if my friends did!

    Love the Mammy Profiles idea and would love to take part – am I allowed if I’m not Irish? #KCACOLS
    Jules Pondering Parenthood recently posted…Five things I’ve learned about travelling with a babyMy Profile

    1. I know Jules, it was a big decision to not be anonymous (as I originally intended!). Of course you don’t have to be Irish to do the mammy profiles, send me an email and I’ll send you on the details! 🙂

  15. You’ve done more in 3 months than i did in the first year of blogging! well done! I love collaborating with other bloggers so would be happy to be part of your Mammy Profiles if you need people? I do a Featured Blogger post once a month which is similar I’m guessing. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. x

  16. Wow! you achieved so much! Good luck with the awards. I started around the same time as you and Baba is going to turn 7 months soon. We are in a very similar position! I started blogging to avoid housework too! LOL #FartGlitter

  17. Congrats you’re doing so well for 3 months! I have voted for you ; ). I hope you win! That’s insane that there is only one hospital with a birthing pool in Ireland. I also read there are some issues around abortion in Ireland which again I am not too happy about. I’m glad you are raising awareness on these subjects, we all need to talk about health more when it comes to birth and pregnancy. Thanks for the update and sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    1. Thank you so much. Yes there’s major issues with women’s rights over their own bodies here. And don’t get me going on maternity choices 😂😂 Thanks for your vote, means a lot!

  18. Wow you really have done fab, you must be very pleased and proud. Blogging is great isn’t it. Here’s to your blogging future, look forward to reading your 6 month update xx KCACOLS

  19. Brilliant post – although I’m still a bit in shock of the fact that there is only one birthing pool in Dublin? I had a water birth with my second and I cannot speak highly enough of my experience. You truly are doing some fantastic work and you should be so proud of those stats! Happy 3 month blogiversary and thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

    1. Yes it’s a disaster with the waterbirths. There are birthing pools around the country but you’re only allowed to labour in them and not give birth. Crazy. Thanks for your comment x

  20. Whoop 3 months! I’ve heard getting over the three month hump is a big milestone! I’m 3 months next week and love blogging so much! Can’t wait to meet you! Hopefully we get to meet at the Bloggers Conference in November! Or hey the awards in September 🙂 thanks so much for giving me a mention! #KCACOLS
    Geraldine recently posted…When Your Child Favours One ParentMy Profile

  21. fab overview and happy 3 months 🙂 hats off too for turning a sponsored post down. I think it is all too easy when you are new to blogging to take on everything…when actually it’s good to look at effort and time involved vs. benefits. #KCACOLS
    Emma me and b make tea recently posted…Six Lunchbox Tips – Variety is Key!My Profile

    1. Thanks Emma. I know, at first I was so delighted I would have nearly done it for the free product but then I had a think about it and even with good money I don’t think I want my blog to be reviews of random stuff. So starting as I mean to go on.

  22. You’ve done so much in 3 months! I’m still fairly new to blogging and I think it’s going to take me quite a while to get where you are! Well done on your nomination! #KCACOLS

  23. Congratulations on hitting the 3 months mark. It is certainly am accomplishment along with everything else you have achieved. Good luck with the next 3 months!#KCACOLS

  24. I am in awe of your facebook numbers!!! Not even all my friends like my page 😉 that is a lot of people! Go you! It is great that you have a cause for your blogging, and this will support others. Enjoy your success 🙂
    x Alice

  25. You have achieved so much in such a short space of time! I’m in awe. I’m a total newbie (Irish too) and I’m loving your blig in general. I’m done with my pregnancies but I wish your blog had been around when I was pregnant. So much to learn. Ireland can be a tricky place to have a baby with seemingly few options for pregnant women. Hopefully things are changing here for the better. A blog such as yours can really educate people about options and resources.
    P.S. I hope I get to three months! Hah.

  26. I absolutely love reading all of your successes! Woohoo congrats on your milestones and awards in such a short amount of time. You are a sugar mama 😝

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