October 2018 marked Helen’s Journey Blogs 1st year of blogging anniversary! YAY! of course I wrote all about building my blog up over this first year to get over 10,000 views and over 11,000 followers – you can read it by clicking HERE!
Then in November, I got the great news that I have been nominated for two‘UK BLOG AWARDSin the categories of ‘WELLNESS‘ and ‘GREEN & ECO’ = DOUBLE YAY!
So I want to share with you a selection of my top Wellbeing and Green Eco blog posts that got me noticed and nominated for these blog awards…
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 post 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!
First, let me explain this latest win for my blog via Twitter and then afterwards I will share my experience with gaining blog traffic from Twitter and opinion on how competitions in the blogging world can positively help your blog.
Helen’s Journey Blog chosen as ‘Feature Friday’ competition winner & the blog reviewed by competition founder ‘Journey of Life Continues’
Well, what a lovely discovery, as I see a tweet to say the competition winner has been announced, I click on the blog link to go and congratulate the winner and to my surprise It was me!!! *happy dance*
This post shows how you can all join in with raising awareness on Mental Health using Social Media, as well as bloggers on their own websites.
I wanted to share how being chosen as a featured blogger for a Mental Health Awareness initiative on social media, highlighted to me how we can join in with initiatives like this, to in turn raise awareness for Mental Health issues.
One of my reasons for wanting to set up a blog is the freedom to choose and write about real issues that I face without a limit on expressing my own personal opinions, in order to report in an unbiased way.
Whether its a new smoothie recipe I’ve tried or a review of an event I’ve attended – I want it to be honest with a dash of my humour thrown in for fun!
Starting this blog has just thrown more accelerant onto the burning flame deep inside of me for the writer I used to be. I started writing poetry and play scripts in my teenage years and continued throughout my 20’s, including being published in a couple of magazines. Yet, somehow in these four years since turning 30, I haven’t written that much and instead, I say it all in my head without getting it all out onto paper or screen. It was something I needed to change! Hence this blog.
The therapeutic power of writing!
Getting my fingers typing again just reminded me how much I’ve used the written word as a way to deal with feelings, situations and as a release of emotional tension/turmoil. I want more and more people at any age in life to discover writing as this constructive method of dealing with emotions and different situations in life and how they make you feel.
My advice as a new blogger, if you are thinking of starting a blog:
To be honest, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering just when to start blogging and just how to go about starting too! There were so many questions going around my mind:
Q – Should I wait until the website is designed exactly how I want it before posting blogs?
Q – Shall I upload lots on content before I officially launch the website?
Q – Will my lack of website design expertise shine brightly like my oily T-zone?
But if you are thinking of starting a blog let me tell you – there is never a perfect time, there is always something else you want to change or twerk or learn etc. So my advice is – JUST DO IT!!!
So that’s exactly what I did, I just started it and thought I’ll learn and change things along the way… (I’m very happy I stopped putting it off and didn’t waste anymore time!) I read others blog posts with blogging advice as I went along and ‘learnt on the job’ rather than getting fully qualified with information first, before I put my hands into action.
***But hey, I should do a disclaimer from now:
I’m far from perfect so things around here won’t be done in the ‘best way to have a successful blog’ way, but more like ‘my way of having a blog’ way!