Thursday, 23 February 2012

My 3rd Blogging Birthday!

3 years ago today I started blogging and oh my what a 3 years it has been.  I wrote a blog called New Mummy for two years before I decided I had outgrown it and started Dance Without Sleeping a year today. It was a huge risk to start a new blog, New Mummy was reasonably successful. It had a large following, ranked quite highly in tables and was even one the Independents Top 50 Parenting Blogs!  (If you don’t like bragging I would stop reading now, it’s only going to get worse)

I don’t regret for one minute starting this blog and ending New Mummy, I feel much freer now to write what I want. Before I felt I had to write about being a mum and I set myself silly rules like no reviews etc and it was oppressive. Now I don’t feel the pressure to write and if you read New Mummy you see I post a lot less but I’m ok with that. I write when I want to not when I think I should. 

The last 12 months has been amazing for me, I’m not saying there haven’t been some bad times. There is failed business idea and bouts of depression but on the whole it’s been really positive.

I won the MAD Blog Award for Post of the Year with my post Hello My Name Is Carol and I have Depression and yesterday I was notified I have been nominated for a Mums Clubs Business Award!!

Work has gone from strength to strength for me this year and in the last 6 months it has really taken off. For those of you that don’t know what I do, I making money from blogging and offering Professional Blogging Services which include VA Services.  I know some people scoff when I say I make money from blogging but I really do! My blogs New Mummy’s Tips, Parent Panel and Make it, Bake it make up part of my business and I run them as one they are not personal blogs and bring in half of my income. The other half of my business is my freelance blogging and VA services.

I love what I do and I am so fortunate that blogging has brought me so many amazing experiences and the opportunity to make a living doing something I really enjoy on my own terms!

So what will the next year bring me? Who knows but I have a feeling it’s going to be good!
(PS I have a little blogging birthday giveaway coming up later!)

I will leave you with my favourite track from the last year.


  1. Congratulations, and well done on your great blogging journey ;) Mirka @Kahanka

  2. Congratulations, and happy blogging birthday :)

  3. Happy blog birthday! Wishing you every continued blogging success!

  4. Well done lovely!! One of my favourite songs as well xoxo

  5. Happy Blog Birthday - you've shown how it's possible to grow a blog, start a new one and be very successful. Well done.

  6. Well done you. We are all very proud xxx

  7. Belated happy Blog Birthday! :D

  8. Well done, Carol...what a wonderful journey blogging has taken you on. If I get an eighth of that success I shall be a happy lady! I guess it helps if you enjoy it, and you certainly seem too :-)

  9. sorry its late, but happy blogging birthday well done on making blogging work for you :) x