I was going to write a post about my 2017 blogging highlights, but then I realised I should wait until January when it’s my blogaversary. That’s when I came up with the idea of doing a post to celebrate not just my own success, but others success as well.
I have a group on Facebook called Blogs In Bloom– it’s a community group for bloggers, we help and support each other to make our blogs ‘bloom’. Lots of members have been very dedicated to the group since it started in July, which makes me so happy. I asked members if they would like to collaborate on this post with me and I received an overwhelming response. 10 members wrote 100 words each outlining their blogging highlights from 2017- enjoy!
Please feel free to leave your 2017 blogging highlights in the comments below!
Here are my 100 words:
I started my blog in January, so this is me looking back on one year of blogging. Blogging has unexpectedly become the best full-time hobby, so everything has been a highlight for me! Reaching 1000+ followers in this time blows my mind- I remember when I was content with 100. I was lucky enough to win a few giveaways and collab with a couple of brands, of which I’m very grateful for. I even created a Facebook community group for bloggers called Blogs In Bloom. My final highlight is being part of the blogging community…I am here to stay!
Kirsty from Unseen Beauty
“It’s been an exciting year. I already had a blog for work, but in January I created my new site for beauty and lifestyle posts. Highlights have been making new online friends with people who share my passions, reaching my first 100 followers, and doing my first brand collaboration. It’s given me the chance to raise awareness about issues close to my heart, like preventing puppy farming, and to share my special golden retriever memories! I’ve tried many new products and chatted about them with my readers. I’ve also enjoyed doing collaboration posts with other bloggers. Looking forward to 2018!”
Kathleen from The Good, The Fab And The Lovely
“This year I am particularly proud of two things concerning my blog: one is the fact that in the Blogs in Bloom ‘rate my blog’ thread, people said they would never have guessed English is not my first language. I beamed reading that, because I think it’s important to write fluently and with as little faults as possible. The other thing I am proud of is that finally, after 2,5 years of blogging, I have found the courage to ask people to feature in my blog… and what a fabulous response I’ve got about this new column ‘exploring my neighbourhood’! Couldn’t be more chuffed.”
Azra from Simple Serenity
“This year I decided to take my blog seriously. I used to post once a month, but since September I post every third day and I noticed a massive difference in my stats and number of followers. This year I also invested in a professional camera, so my photos can look professional and pretty. I think that photos make such a huge impact to the way blogs look. For the first time ever brands are reaching out to me for collaborations which is such a huge step for my little blog. Next step for me is going self hosted, I’m ready for it!”
Oriana from Oriana’s Notes
“The very best moment of my small blogging adventure is definitely the moment that I realized that I started gaining a consequent number of followers. I know that I shouldn’t focus on stats, numbers are not important. But knowing first that 100, then 500, then 1000 people cared about what I had to share? That was thrilling. Also, I’m very thankful for the giveaways that I managed to obtain. I got a lot of unanswered and rejection mails, but the fact that professionals recognized my request was a whole new experience! To end, I’d like to talk about all the beautiful people that I’ve “met” through blogging. As a person who struggles to interact with others in real life, it’s really awesome! “
Leanne from I Woz Ere
“Starting my blog this year meant that all of my targets and achievements have been a highlight for me. I get to see some wonderful places and I love travelling and eating, so blogging seemed like the right thing to do. I Woz ‘Ere is a few months old now and I am getting the hang of it. I reached 100 followers on my blog, my FB/twitter/Instagram pages are all steadily being seen and interacted with and I have met some wonderful new ‘cyber’ friends in other bloggers. Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far”
Kerry from Kerry, Life And Loves
“Blogging has become a fantastic hobby, and it has introduced me to new experiences. I have been blogging a year, so I’m still learning all the time. I have been suggested by about 6 fellow bloggers now as “someone to follow, ” and it genuinely makes me feel so overwhelmed with thanks- it always makes my day! I was invited by part of the Essex tourist board, to attend a press trip to discover the Vineyards of Essex. It was such an amazing opportunity, an amazing day, and I was humbled that I was selected to attend with other journalists and bloggers from Essex and London. A huge highlight for me.”
Hayleigh from It’s Not All Cute
“I have only been blogging for 6 months so I’m still a newbie. What started as an online journal, has blossomed into a passion and I’ve collected a wonderful group of 60+ followers. I talk about ALL aspects of my life. The real warts and all kind of stuff. My life is not perfect and I don’t pretend it is. I have received emails and messages expressing gratitude for talking about things many don’t. I’ve met amazing people and have even been given the opportunity to review things such as children’s books and handmade soaps with a few others to come. I have lots to learn still but slowly I’m getting there. Thanks for being part of this journey.”
Janelle from The Nelly Bean
“Here’s my top 2017 blogging highlights – I started my blog. Honestly, it’s been a pretty surreal experience as I’m normally a very private person and don’t tend to broadcast my life online, but I decided to go for it and haven’t looked back since. In the 6 months I’ve been blogging, I’ve gone self-hosted, rebranded once, figured out the basics of social media and SEO, and I’ve written lots. For me, all these things were wonderful things, and I feel like I’ve learned more than I imagined and best of all, met so many lovely people on the way.”
Gemma from Wheelescapades
“I’ve been blogging for a while now, but it’s only in the last 6 months that I’ve got into the swing of things. Blogging groups such as Blogs In Bloom has really inspired and encouraged me. The blogging community is mostly a friendly and supportive one. As a wheelchair user, the underlying aim of my blog is to make access the norm, to get disability out there and show how small changes can make huge differences. My Bella Italia post (describing my struggles in their restaurant) didn’t go unnoticed on social media; I was contacted to discuss the issues further. This has led to meetings that will hopefully encourage change, and rethink restaurant layouts. I’m looking forward to returning to have an enjoyable, stress-free, meal.”
Grace from That Feeling Inside
”This year was the first year I started blogging, I have improved my blog in a lot of ways from my first post. My highlight of this year for me was definitely all the amazing people I have met and interacted with through blogging. I feel like my confidence has increased so much and I’m starting to feel proud of my posts and blog in general – other bloggers have definitely helped me so much.”