139 weeks and 2 days | Happy birthday little blog!

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When I began writing this blog I hadn’t really thought too much about it’s future.

My head was full of the tiny people that I was carrying inside my belly. Day-dreams of my future as a mama; after such a long time of longing and patiently waiting. The destiny of my blog held no place in my thoughts.

It was simply a way to record my feelings. A cathartic channel, if you will.

The first post was so positive. So full of hope and expectation but about impending parenthood — I certainly didn’t pause to contemplate the journey that my online diary may take me on.  But roll forward three years and it’s still here. And not only just ‘still here’ but it’s more of a part of our lives that I’d ever thought possible.

A creative outlet, a source of income and the best record of our lives — a virtual memory box — for my tiny sons, that I could possibly wish for.

So what has changed over the last 12 months?

1Well, last year, I was still writing on a free WordPress platform. In January, this year, I took the decision to go self hosted. Something I wish I’d done a little sooner; I haven’t regretted that decision for a single second. For any blogger, deliberating on the merits of self hosted over the free option, I’d say go for it! My hosts at IFDNRG are fabulous. They’re a small outfit — based in the UK — and there’s always someone at the end of the phone, if I need it.

 

2I have met a fantastic and supportive group of fellow bloggers. New friends offline — as well as online — who offer support and advice; and give blogging a real sense of community and purpose. In the first year I was blogging, it felt like a very solitary pastime. I rarely received comments on my posts and was a lone voice in the wilderness. This year — I made a conscious effort to get involved more. Comment on others’ blogs, participate more. And the difference it’s made, to the way I feel about blogging, is immeasurable.

 

3I’ve also attended a few blogging events. The first was Blog Camp, in Birmingham, in April. Followed by Britmums; a conference on a much, much larger scale, which was held in June. Mingling with like-minded folk — learning about the industry I’ve found myself in — and meeting my online friends in real life was something that — if you’d told me last year, that I’d be putting myself out there and walking into a room full of virtual strangers — I would definitely not have believed it.

But that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Who’d have thought it? Not me, that’s for sure!!

In the last 12 months, my blog has been nominated for three awards, made the finals for the MADS (down to the last six in my category, out of thousands)  — which I attended in September — and incredibly has just won best interior blog in this year’s Blogging Edge blogging awards.

When I write it all down, it makes my head spin!!

I made the decision, after my blog’s second birthday, to take it a little bit more seriously. This little online diary is part of my life now. I love recording the boys’ milestones, family days out, sharing lovely things that I’ve found. This year I’ve started to add more of what I like — interiors and fashion — plus this is such a fab platform to share my crafty makes and DIY exploits.

I’ve no idea where the next year will take us. But suffice to say, the last few months have been full of extraordinary opportunities and amazing adventures.

Happy birthday little blog! Here’s to you — and the next 12 months.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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72 Comments

  1. 6th November 2015 / 7:21 am

    Happy Blog birthday lovely lady! I’m so proud of you, I’ve been reading for quite a while now and I’ve seen how much it has grown. What a beautiful little space of the internet you have xxx

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:43 pm

      Aww thanks darling — that means a lot. Have just replied to Julia’s comment and will repeat it to you — SO happy to have met you! AM so thankful that my blog has been the catalyst for meeting such a fab group of girls xxxx

  2. 6th November 2015 / 8:58 am

    Happy blog birthday Caro! Such a lovely post, so glad we got to know each other through the power of blogging. Super cute photos too! Mwah xx

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks darling and ME TOO!!! We are SO lucky aren’t we? I feel very blessed to have a group of blogging besties. So, so happy to have met you :) xx

  3. 6th November 2015 / 9:21 am

    First of all Caro where did you get that coat? It is fab!
    I’m glad you decided to promote your blog or I may neve have come across it. It is brilliant, one of my favourites as you know from my recent post on my go to blogs. You seem to have a natural talent for writing as well as a flair for design that is enviable.
    Well done you for getting out there and making your blog into something big. Congrats on the award and nominations too. Great achievements. x

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Aaaah pet — what a really lovely comment — thanks so much :) I feel quite choked up.

      I was SO embarrassed to share my blog for so long — it felt too personal. But since I’ve added more stuff that I love, it doesn’t feel so cringeworthy now :) And I’ve had that coat for about 20 years — it’s probably older than me!! I’ve another too, with snowflakes on it. They come out every winter, without fail. Some would say they’re a bit childish — but I guess that’s me all over ;) xx

  4. Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother
    6th November 2015 / 11:00 am

    You have done so well in the space of 3 years! Happy birthday blog!! :)

    Gemma xx

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:34 pm

      Aww thanks Gemma!! I feel quite emotional about it!! My little blog is THREE!!! Amazing :) xx

  5. Aimee Foster
    6th November 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog! Sounds like it’s been an incredible journey and long may it continue to bring you happiness :) I love the pictures on this post x

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:32 pm

      Aah thanks so much Aimee :) It’s been SUCH a whirlwind — I never anticipated I’d still be writing after 3 years!! xx

  6. 6th November 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Happy blog birthday! And well done to you for all your achievements so far. I totally agree about self-hosting, I’m glad I did it when I did. Good luck for the next 12 months! :-)

    • 6th November 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks SO much darling!! :) Can’t believe it’s been three years!! xx

  7. 6th November 2015 / 4:57 pm

    Happy blog birthday! Sounds like you’ve had a great journey along the way x

    • 6th November 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Aah thanks so much Rebecca :) It’s been an amazing year, that’s for sure :)

  8. Jess
    6th November 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Happy Birthday Blog! :) It’s amazing how fast time flies with blogging! 3 years is a great achievement! I really must attend more blogging things actually, my blog is 4 years old in January eek! x

    • 6th November 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Isn’t it?! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone — especially as I never really intended for it to be a longterm thing!! I LOVE the blogging events — amazing meeting the lovely people you chat to online, in real life :) xx

  9. 6th November 2015 / 9:27 pm

    Oh Caro you have done so well – you are an inspiration lady. :) 3 years is amazing and you’ve achieved so, so much. ANNNND now you’re award winning too. Totally chuffed for you, lovely. xxx

    • 8th November 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Aah thanks so much darling!! Can’t believe what an amazing year it’s been!! SO happy to have our little group — that’s by far my favourite thing about blogging!! :) xx

  10. 6th November 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Happy blogging birthday! My blog will be 3 next week (I think) but I was so on & off with it, until recently that I haven’t achieved that much with it. I still love blogging though and I’m so glad I started!xx

    • 7th November 2015 / 2:20 pm

      Aaah happy birthday for next week!!! :) I’m amazed that I stuck with it — through the babies being born and their first — and now second — year! I didn’t think it would be something I’d continue with — so happy it’s still here :) xx

  11. 7th November 2015 / 9:23 am

    Happy Birthday! Such an achievement well done. Xxx

    • 8th November 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks so much Natalie — can’t believe it’s been 3 years! :)

  12. 7th November 2015 / 9:41 am

    Happy Birthday Blog! I hope we get to meet up at some blogger event (I’m hoping to go to BritmumsLive this year, are you?) x

    • 8th November 2015 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! YES — it would be so lovely to meet up! Sadly next year, I think I’m going to give BML a miss. It falls on the same weekend as Glastonbury and — although we failed to get tickets in the first sale — I’m hoping we’l manage to get tix in the second round! I’ve got my ticket for Blogtacular instead, which looks REALLY up my street!! You may like that too — very creative apparently — sounds lovely :) xx

    • 8th November 2015 / 7:02 pm

      Yay!!! Am pinching myself!!! Blooming marvellous!! :D xx

  13. 7th November 2015 / 2:22 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my favourite blogs and people around :) You’re so talented, you write beautifully and your photographs are amazing. You inspire me and make me laugh. Thanks for all your hard work on our linky #HomeEtc :) Wouldn’t be anything without you. Here’s to another 12 month for you and who knows what you will achieve???!!!! YAY xxxxx

    • 8th November 2015 / 5:49 pm

      Aah thanks darling!! SO happy to have met you — our little group is one of the things I love most about blogging. I LOVE the friendships we’ve formed — we’re so very lucky xxxx

  14. 7th November 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Happy blog birthday beautiful lady. Your blog is fabulous and as stunning as you are. I am so honoured to have you as a blogging buddy and an amazingly supportive friend. Here’s to next year and blog domination. Lots of love and many hugs Lucy xxxx

    • 8th November 2015 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks so much lovely. We’r so lucky to have such a lovely — and supportive group aren’t we? Blogging wouldn’t be half so fun without our little family :)

  15. 7th November 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Happy blog birthday.
    It’s amazing all the doors and friendships blogging can open

    • 8th November 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Aaah I totally, totally agree!! I never imagined what amazing things it could lead to! The friendships are by far the best thing!! :)

  16. 8th November 2015 / 10:12 pm

    A well deserved balloon Mrs Twinkle!
    Your hard work has paid off and your blog is beautiful, well written and a total joy.
    Well done xx

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!! Can’t believe I’ve been writing for 3 years!! Amazing! :)

  17. 8th November 2015 / 10:44 pm

    And now an award WINNER!!! Ah Happy Blogging Birthday honey, your blog has come along way in the past three years and I just know it’s now going to go from strength to strength. I can’t wait to follow you on this journey.

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Aww thanks chickie :) SO chuffed about that!! :) And I’m happy we’re on on this lovely journey together too — so happy to have met you xxxx

  18. 9th November 2015 / 9:18 pm

    What a fun post and I love that you got a wee balloon and all! Haha! Happy Blog Birthday missus! Here’s to many more to come!! x

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much lovely!! I LOVED my balloon!!! Who needs cake eh?! ;)

  19. 9th November 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday lovely Caro – it was awesome to get to meet you in person this year and I hope this next year of blogging and all the ones to come bring you happiness and adventure :)

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Aah thanks so much pet — that’s lovely of you. It was gorgeous to meet you too — so happy to have finally met you in person! xx

  20. 10th November 2015 / 6:43 am

    Happy birthday little blog & keep up the amazing work! I’m so pleased you won the blogging edge award, I live your interiors section. #twinklytuesdays

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Aah thanks so much Ali — that’s lovely of you xxxx

  21. 10th November 2015 / 6:44 am

    Happy Blog Birthday and well done for working hard and it and being so successful! #twinkytuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Ah thanks SO much Becky!!! It really IS hard work isn’t it? Whoever said that blogging was easy?! xx

  22. 10th November 2015 / 6:44 am

    Happy birthday Twinkle Diaries! You have had a busy blogging year and should be super-duper proud with yourself. You’ve made a lovely space to come to here xx #twinklytuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:27 pm

      Aah that’s lovely of you Mrs C! Thanks ever so much :)

  23. 10th November 2015 / 7:12 am

    Yay you!! Congratulations…wicked lipstick, too! Still debating about the whole self hosted thing…nice to hear that feedback. Happy #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:26 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Anna — and thanks ;) I love a red lippy!

  24. Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes
    10th November 2015 / 7:22 am

    Congratulations on all you have achieved and happy birthday. I love the design of your blog. It always looks very professional. #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks so much Claire — that really means a lot. As it’s been designed by me, to receive lovely comments about that means the world — thank you xx

  25. 10th November 2015 / 7:27 am

    Your blog is just gorgeous, you know how much I love it. You deserve every single one of those nominations and now an award- I missed that you won, so sorry but wow massive congratulations that is fantastic news!!!!! xxx

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much chickie!! we’ve all come such a long way haven’t we? I’m SO happy I started it xx

  26. 10th November 2015 / 7:44 am

    Happy 3d birthday to your blog and congratulations on your award! You have achieved so much in 3 years and I’m sure your blog will continue to grow, after all it is a great blog :) xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy — that’s lovely of you xx

  27. 10th November 2015 / 7:53 am

    Aww happy blog birthday! You look well happy in the pics. You have come really far – it’s amazing and winning that award must have been the cherry! Keep at it Hun as you are fab at it! Was also a pleasure to meet you at Brit Mums xx thanks for hosting xx

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:07 pm

      Aah thanks Sarah!! Was chuffed to bits with the Blogging Edge award — being nominated was exciting enough! LOL! ;)

  28. Kerry
    10th November 2015 / 8:22 am

    Happy Birthday blog! You should be very proud of all that you have achieved xxx

  29. 10th November 2015 / 9:29 am

    Writing it all down is a great thing to do, it should make your head spin you have done so very well in 3 years. I look forward to more! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks so much Fiona! I’m SO glad I started it. Had no idea it would lead to this!! :) xx

  30. 10th November 2015 / 9:37 am

    Aww Happy Blog Birthday! Your blog is one of the ones that inspires me to keep going with my not even one year old blog! Congrats on your award too, thoroughly deserved #TwinklyTuesday xx

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Aaah Rachel — what a truly lovely thing to say! Bless you — you’ve made my day!! xxxx

  31. 10th November 2015 / 9:43 am

    Happy birthday blog! Lovely to read all you’ve done in those three years – I really enjoy your blog x #twinklytuesday

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Thanks darling!! Amazing to see it written down — where has the last 3 years gone?! ;) xx

  32. 10th November 2015 / 9:46 am

    Happy birthday lovely blog! You deserve all that you’ve achieved Caro – I think your blog is delightful in every way, I’m a huge fan! xx

    • 10th November 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Aah thanks so much pet — that’s lovely of you xx

  33. 11th November 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Happy third anniversary!! I think I came across your blog this time last year and it quickly grew to become one of my favourites. It’s a joy to read and you’re a joy to know! xx

    • 15th November 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Aah thanks darling. That’s lovely of you. And likewise xxxx

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