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Two Category Nominations in the ‘UK Blog Awards 2019’ Please VOTE FOR HELEN’S JOURNEY in both categories; ‘Wellness’ & ‘Green & Eco’!

Hi Readers,

October marked Helen’s Journey Blogs 1st year of blogging anniversary! YAY!

Then in November I got the great news that I have been nominated for two ‘UK BLOG AWARDS 2019’ in the categories of ‘WELLNESS‘ and ‘GREEN & ECO’. DOUBLE YAY! (voting details coming up below… Voting closes 21st Dec)

It is so easy to vote, you don’t even have to register or put in any of your details and it take less than a minute to vote for me in both categories! You just have to click

VOTE FOR HELEN’S JOURNEY BLOG IN THE ‘UK BLOG AWARDS 2019’

Just click on BOTH links below separately and vote for me on each link, following the instructions below – EASY PEASY! 😉

1. WELLNESS category vote:

Click HERE to open link in a new window, once opened scroll to find ‘HELEN’S JOURNEY’ 6th in the list and click on the heart icon next to my name to cast your vote. You should be taken to a ‘thank you for voting’ screen afterwards so you know it has worked.

2. ‘GREEN & ECO’ category vote,

Click HERE to open link in a new window, once opened scroll to find ‘HELEN’S JOURNEY’ 3rd in the list and click on the heart icon next to my name to cast your vote. You should be taken to a ‘thank you for voting’ screen afterwards so you know it has worked.

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This is how the box will look, click on the heart in the box with my name like above, to vote for me in both categories ‘Wellbeing’ and ‘Green & Eco’.

I’m up against some big blog names, so I’m just proud to have been nominated – but I’m hopeful that if my readers vote for me I may be in with a shot… you never know! I just have to read my blog post Facing Your Giants! How to be as confident & bold as David, in defeating your life’s Goliath. based on the bible story of ‘David & Goliath’ to remind me that the little guys like David still have a shot against the giants of the blogger world! lol 😉

A big THANK YOU! I appreciate every single vote and I hope it reflects you having enjoyed reading my blog over the last 13 months.

I appreciate all my readers and so I included a FREE Gratitude Gift to you all, in my latest post: The Power of THANKFULNESS! Top Tips for logging GRATITUDE, to bring more happiness & inner peace into your life, through the joy of gratefulness! (Including a FREE Printable: WEEKLY GRATITUDE DIARY!) (click on the blog title just mentioned, to open the download post in another window/tab)

Thanks again and happy voting – it is appreciated more than you know! Voting is open until 21st Dec 2018.

Helen x

**UPDATE** So happy to share that out of the 102 bloggers nominated in the Wellbeing category, I was shortlisted as 1 of the final 8 bloggers up for the award! The final winner will be announced in April 2019. I wrote a blog post all about my response to this good news here: WHY IS WELLBEING SO VITAL TO OUR HEALTH & HAPPINESS? How being a Wellbeing niche blogger is inspiring & my top Wellbeing posts of encouragement!

PS – Here are the posts I did, celebrating my 1 Year Bloggerversary:

  1. 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!

2. Blogger Recognition Awards- Sharing the story of starting my blog as I celebrate my 1 year Bloggerversary!

ENJOY READING MY POSTS AND POEMS?

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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 heart warming ❤

Helen’s Journey Blog 1st Year Blog Statistics:

(Oct 2017 – Oct 2018)

Visitors:

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 chance to do this for me.

On the 29th Sept 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 wordpress.com 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 wordpress.com basic free package didn’t let you use plug-ins or upload your own theme without upgrading to 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 focuses 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 presence in Google+ 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”

Readers and Followers – THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME THIS PAST YEAR! I REALLY APPRECIATE EVERY READ, LIKE, COMMENT OR SHARE!

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

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How Twitter can help GROW YOUR BLOG and help you INCREASE BLOG TRAFFIC

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*

 

Helen’s Journey Blog reviwed:

One winner is chosen from all the entries and the founder ‘Ms Arora’ from blog ‘Journey of Life Continues” reviews the winners blog and features their blog on her ‘Feature Friday’ blog post each fortnight.

CLICK HERE to read her full review of Helen’s Journey Blog.

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Excerpt of the blog review about Helen’s Journey Blog. Click to follow me on Instagram at: @helens_journey

 

So some, esp fellow bloggers may be wondering how this all came about and also how they can enter themselves. So let me give you the low down:

‘Journey of Life Continues’ has a pinned tweet on the top of her twitter account  and bloggers reply to this tweet with their blog web address, info on what type of blog they have and where in the world you blog from.

Over the next two weeks she visits all the blogs who entered and chooses her favourite as that fortnight’s winner, to feature as the chosen blog and writes a review about the blog to spotlight it to new readers.

It’s like a competition of discovery on both sides!

I think it’s a great initiative in the blogging community and I’m honoured to have been chosen as the winning blog for ‘Feature Friday week 2’. Thank you for a lovely review of my blog and I’m so glad the positivity I strive to have daily as I battle chronic illness, shines through brightly through my blog posts and poems, for others to recognise and be touched by ❤

How Twitter Blog Competitions can help GROW YOUR BLOG and help you INCREASE BLOG TRAFFIC:

How Twitter can help GROW YOUR BLOG and help you INCREASE BLOG TRAFFIC - blog by Helen's Journey www.helensjourney.com

 

 I LOVE the blogging community on twitter, infact my favourite hashtag soon became #bloggerssupportingbloggers because of the love, acceptance and support I recieved from other bloggers on Twitter.

This is the third Twitter blogger competition I have won in the four months I have been blogging, so I think you can guess my answer if asked “Is it worth entering blogger twitter cometitions?” – YES!

As well as this ‘Feature Friday’ competition, I have also been a chosen feature blog for @bexcapades Twitter competition ‘Mental Health Monday’ twice, which I explain more about is this blog: “IT’S A WIN! AS A HELENS JOURNEY BLOG WAS CHOSEN TO FEATURE IN #MENTALHEALTHMONDAY TWITTER COMPETITION” (Click blog title to go & read more about it).

All of these blogger competitions on Twitter are great initiatives to get people sharing their blogs and also to raise support, encouragement and engagement for the winners and the people running the competitions. So why not look at both of the competitions mentioned and enter your blog?

I also take part in Twitter ‘follow trains’ which again is a great way to find new bloggers to interact with. These also help grow your blog by making your blog links reach a wider audience, as each person taking part in the follow train retweets the train of messages to all their followers, who may not usually see your details if they aren’t following you already.

Twitter has helped me grow my following day by day and last month I hit 956 monthly views (I know so close to 1000 yet so far away! lol) and the majority of this blog traffic came via Twitter! So my advice is to join in with the blogging community on there – its friendly, supportive and you can build really nice and encouraging blogger friendships on there too!

I’d love to add you to my Twitter community! So click to go to my Twitter page here: @helens_journey

#twitterlove #blogbuilding #bloggingcommunity #bloggerssupportingbloggers

Helen’s Journey Twitter Tips:

  • JOIN IN! Just do it! 😉
  • Enter competitions
  • Interact with your followers
  • Jump aboard on follow trains
  • Engage in the blogging community on Twitter
  • Have fun making twitter friends
  • Use a scheduling app to tweet for you when you cant be on Twitter (I use Buffer)
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How you can join in with raising awareness on Mental Health… “IT’S A WIN!” As a Helen’s Journey blog is a chosen feature blog in #MentalHealthMonday Twitter Competition

It’s an honour joining in to put the spotlight on the issue of Mental Health!

I’m proud to of had two of my blog’s chosen in this #MentalHealthMonday Twitter competition.

 I think this is a brilliant idea to shine a light on Mental Health issues and struggles that many people face and that some are brave enough to write about and highlight.

My chosen blogs are (click on titles to open blogs in a new tab to read after this post):

  1.  “MY WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY SPENT WITH THE ARTS”
  2. “YOU ARE…” A SELF-LOVE AFFIRMATION TO REMIND US HOW AMAZING WE ARE!

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 chosen from 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.

helens journey blog wins mental health monday twitter competition

 

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!

I didn’t think twice in replying to her pinned post thread with one of my blogs regarding Mental Health, which you can all read here: “MY WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY SPENT WITH THE ARTS”.

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.

December so far has been a brilliant month for HELENS JOURNEY as along side this achievement, after 8 weeks of Blogging I was also nominated for my 1st blogger award, which you can read about here: “MY ‘MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD’ NOMINATION & MY ANSWERS FOR YOU TO GET TO KNOW ME BETTER”.

*UPDATE on Helen’s Journey wins*

Then I entered my blog “YOU ARE…” A SELF-LOVE AFFIRMATION TO REMIND US HOW AMAZING WE ARE! and it was chosen as a feature blog for #MentalHealthMonday competition for February 2018! (Click on blog title to take you to read the chosen post).

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

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My ‘Why’ for Blogging – The powerful tool that is the written word & how it can be used for good!

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!

my why for blogging by Helen's Journey Blog. The powerful tool that is the written word and how it can be used for good
“For me it isn’t just a hobby or pastime, it is a form of therapy and release” ~ Helen’s Journey

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…

Why not read about the start of my blogging journey here: WELCOME TO HELEN’S JOURNEY – HERE IS HOW IT ALL BEGAN…

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Thinking of starting a blog? JUST DO IT! WELCOME to HELEN’S JOURNEY – Here is how it all began…

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!

Helen's Journey - a blog about green living, natural product reviews, chronic illness, wellness, positivity, self love, spiritual soul food and my poetry.

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!

Helen's Journey - a blog about green living, natural produc reviews, chronic illness, wellness, positivity, self love, spiritual soul food and my poetry.
This image captures all I envision HELEN’S JOURNEY Blog to be about – grabbing a cup of tea and reading through all these great subjects…

 

I officially declare Helen’s Journey begun!!!

  1.  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 😉

Why not read about why I enjoy writing so much & how I use it therapeutically for writing my posts here: MY ‘WHY’ FOR BLOGGING – THE POWERFUL TOOL THAT IS THE WRITTEN WORD & HOW IT CAN BE USED FOR GOOD!

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COMING SOON!

Welcome to my virtual diary, for my footsteps of discovery – replacing things in my everyday life in search of a more natural approach to my lifestyle, diet, beauty regime, health & mental health.

Let Helen’s Journey begin…

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