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!
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*
How can you join in with raising awareness for Mental Health?
“Just how does this competition work?” I hear you all ask. Well on the 1st Monday of every month tweeters are invited to share their blogs on Mental Health attached to the meme for the #MentalHealthMonday competition.
Then the creator of the competition posts a blog to announce the handful of those shared blogs that have been chosenfrom all the entries, as that months ‘Mental Health Monday’featured blogs for readers.
Below is an explanation from Mel at her blog The Book Moo who is the joint creator of #MentalHealthMonday with Rebecca Burke from the blog BexCapades:
“The idea came from Rebecca revisiting her depression diary from 2015 and deciding to share her experiences to show that light comes out of dark times.
So now, every first Monday of each month will be a Mental Health Monday, where everyone can share their own experiences and a handful will be chosen to feature on Rebecca’s post each month.
Having ‘Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome’ meaning I have a delayed body clock, really came in useful on Nov 30th 2017, as this all came about from me being awake and on my Twitter and seeing a late night/early morning tweet by Rebecca with the ‘Mental Health Monday’ competition meme in – that I basically wouldn’t of seen if I would of been sleeping!
Then by the end of Dec 1st 2017 I was surprised with the lovely news that my blog had been chosen as one of her favourites to feature for the month of December 2017. You can see the list of all chosen blogs featured alongside my blog, in Rebecca’s 1st official results blog: Mental Health Monday and I’d also encourage you to read Mel’s courageous post about her experience with depression here too.
I’m excited to update that February 2018 have been exciting month for blog awards and competitions too as I won “The Sunshine Blogger Award” and also won the “Feature Friday” Twitter competition too! Yay! #grateful #thankful #proud
(click on the blog title to open the blog posts in new windows)
So, I will close in saying “Thank You” to Rebecca for choosing my blog posts, along side saying “Thank You” to every person who has past by http://www.helensjourney.com and followed my footsteps through reading my blogs and poems! I appreciate every click, like, comment, share and encouraging feedback from you all. THANKS x
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 threw more axelerant onto the burning flame deep inside of me for the writer I used to be. I started writing poetry and playscripts 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!
The therapeutic power of writing!
Getting my fingers typing again just reminded me how much I’ve used 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.
How the written word can be used for good causes and positive outcomes:
How different would the younger generation be if they all learnt how to release feelings through written word?
Rather than a public rant on a Facebook status when in a vulnerable state & sometimes opening yourself up for other people’s unhelpful or hurtful opinions – what about diary entries, poems, raps, song lyrics, stage plays, film scripts etc?
More of these forms of writing and less suicide notes, is a prayer for our younger generations not only held by myself but for most people. If reading your words could change this, change people’s perceptions and views for the better – then It would be a waste not to share your words. As our words can hold power for change!
I can’t think of a better way to give a portrayal of true life than regular blogs by someone talking about their life, the real issues they face and their views of the world they live in (rather than the world as it’s portrayed by the Media and Politicians, which is restricted by reigns of big bosses and political pulls – but that’s for another blog! 😉)
Therefore, this blog is a perfect way for me to let my hands freely type, as life unfolds, as the issues on my heart churn away and as the clogs in my brain naturally turn! So, I better get blogging to keep track of this enlightening journey of life…
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 tweek 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 blogposts 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!
Let Helen’s Journey Blog begin…
It all began when I started to share on my personal social media about changing things in my everyday life to be more natural, starting with me changing to organic food to try & give better quality to the food I was eating. My friends showed lots of interest and many asked me to keep them posted on my steps going forward, for going down the more natural lifestyle route.
From there, I thought what better way to keep everyone informed than writing a blog to share my journey… and so ‘Helen’s Journey’was dreamt into being and here it is!
OK, OK, after a lot of hard work, planning, designing, writing and changing – then it was created into being and here it is! Although, there are still things to get tweaked as I journey further into his new land of all things blogging…
For now, welcome to my virtual diary of life’s discoveries, replacing things in my everyday life in search of a more natural approach to my lifestyle / diet / beauty regime / health and mental health – all while keeping faith, fighting the chronic illness Fibromyalgia with a crown on my head!
I look forward to sharing my footsteps with you on this enlightening path for my body, mind, soul & spirit!
I officially declare Helen’s Journey begun!!!
My 1st pit stop was at wordpress, as my journey creating a blog page became reality. This website will continue to be under construction as I learn more and more with each step I take. But I can’t say I’m doing that badly for a novice 😉