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HOW I BUILT MY BLOG IN THE FIRST YEAR – REACHING OVER 10,000 VIEWS & OVER 11,000 FOLLOWERS. Helen’s Journey Blog 1 year Bloggerversary!

Happy 12 months Anniversary to Helen’s Journey Blog – Yes 1 whole year and a whole load of blog statistics!

Or should that be my ‘BLOGGERVERSARY’ (not sure if that’s a thing already? If not then now it is!! lol) This blog will explain how I grew my blog in these past 12 months in various ways to achieve blog statistics I’m super proud of – Over 10,000 views and over 11,000 followers!

It was the beginning of October 2017 when I officially started blogging, however, I’ve waited on purpose till today (31st October) to write this celebratory post & share the statistics with you. That’s because today is the anniversary of my beloved Grandad Mac passing away. Last year on this day I decided to do something positive with the grief and I ended up writing the post Making Friends with Grief and writing a poem all about my Grandad.

So, I wanted to mark the sad anniversary this year with something positive once again, to help me through the day and remind me to focus on the good. Therefore, it seemed fitting to save this post and my 1 year of blogging celebrations for today. I know he would be proud of me and that is heartwarming ❤

Helen’s Journey Blog 1st Year Blog Statistics:

(Oct 2017 – Oct 2018)


Number of views: 10,394

Number of visitors: 6,468

Number of posts: 45

Most views in 1 day: 125

Pinterest Monthly Unique Views: 440K

Followers:                 Combined Total Social Media Followers: 11,059

WordPress followers: 1,217

Twitter followers: 5,496

Instagram followers: 1,687

Bloglovin: 359

Pinterest followers: 1,552

Google+ followers: 97

Facebook ‘Chronic Illness Support Group’ worldwide members: 651

Blog Awards & Competition wins by Helen’s Journey Blog:

(Click on individual award names to open up each interview post asking me personal questions to get to know me more.)

As I celebrate my first year of Blogging – let me share with you how I built my blog!

1st thing I did was stop waiting for that ‘right time’ to start blogging. I was waiting on a friend who was going to help code my website to make it look the way I had envisioned. This friend is very successful in their field and with such a high work demand they, unfortunately, didn’t get the chance to do this for me.

On the 29th of September 2017, It was my 34th Birthday, my birthday wish was to get my blog going. so I decided no more waiting on others and just to jump in feet first alone into the world of the unknown – the blogging world!

I used a free theme on and just discovered as I went along how to use WordPress and added bits to the website as I went along – follow buttons, linking it to my social media channels, creating images, etc.

Some things had me stuck like how to make a menu using categories and not website pages – for this I turned to good old YouTube for ‘how to’ videos and learnt that way.

Little did I know that basic free package didn’t let you use plug-ins or upload your own theme without upgrading to the premium business account for so much money a month – that added up to a lot for a year. So hell no did I do that!!

Things that helped me build up followers and drive traffic to my blog:

I’ve learnt a lot along the way but I know there is soooooooo much left for me to research, discover, learn, practice and achieve.

My development focus points for my second year of blogging ahead:

Learn about SEO / Learn about sponsored adverts/affiliate marketing / making an income /self-hosting so I can use plug-ins and design my website just how I want it / build Bloglovin / build a presence in online communities / build mailing list / get faster at MailChimp for email subscribers.

To find out about the items I’m using to keep myself on schedule with blogging, planning, keeping on track and jotting down ideas, click to read my blog all about it “Stay ORGANISED and FOCUSED my using these Top 3 items to keep you on track”


Helen's Journey Media Kit 1 year anniversary blog statistics
Helen’s Journey Media Kit – 1-year anniversary blog statistics (Oct 2017 – Oct 2018)


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Why not come & follow my blogging footsteps on my other Social Media Platforms(click on names below to take you to the different media profiles):

Facebook Page / Bloglovin Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest /  YouTube  /  Tumblr

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30 thoughts on “HOW I BUILT MY BLOG IN THE FIRST YEAR – REACHING OVER 10,000 VIEWS & OVER 11,000 FOLLOWERS. Helen’s Journey Blog 1 year Bloggerversary!

  1. happy Bloggerversary! And yes that is a thing.
    But how on earth did you manage to get over 11 000 folowers? I’d be happy with 1000. I have both Twitter and FB but is seems to be not many people look at those these days. Still figuring out how to connect the website to FB and Twitter.

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    1. Huge thanks. I have defo put a lot of time and effort in for sure.
      I post less blog posts than others and do lots of blog building and follower interaction on social media in between. So I think that worked in my favour when it comes to the combined follower stats.
      Thank you and best of luck to you in your last few months before your own bloggerversary too 🙌👌🎉


    1. Thank you, I am feeling proud and appreciative. Yeah I think that’s a good plan, I don’t post as frequently as most bloggers but in-between posts work a lot on building my social media platforms and followers. It’s seemed to work for me. So for the year ahead can concentrate more on posting more regularly.
      Yes Pinterest is a good 1 to build up as I get daily blog traffic from it. Join group boards on there too.
      Best of luck building…
      Thanks for the comment 🙌👌😉


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