It’s Our First Blog Birthday

A year ago this week, I started my blog.

It was the random mumblings of a second time mummy. Nothing more, nothing less.

Somehow I’d thought that the second time around, the feelings would be less intense, the answers a little clearer and my brain a little more objective. Number Two’s arrival blew all of that out of the water. The adoration I felt for him, was exactly the same as that I’d felt for my firstborn. The answers I’d thought I’d known, I didn’t. And life was once again thrown into disarray.

Blogging gave (and still gives) me a way of organising my thoughts, both then and in the months that have followed.

It gives me a place of sanity amidst the craziness of google, especially where Number Two’s difficulties are concerned. I write because it’s my small way of making a difference in the world, but I also write because I love it.

I had no idea when I began just what a steep learning curve it would be, or how many skills I would learn over the year.

I am no longer quite the technophobe I was back then, and I have throughly loved working on my photography. I drive my family more than a little crazy with all of the pictures I want to take, but that said both the Other Half and Number One get excited now if they spot the perfect photo. In fact (long time off though it may be), Number One is very enthusiastic about the possibility of doing a photography GCSE. It’s lovely seeing her embrace such a positive hobby. Without the blog, I’m not sure she would have thought about photography in that way.

But perhaps more than the technical skills, I have been surprised by the friendships.

I have met some incredible people through blogging – both bloggers and non-bloggers. It always surprises me when someone comments on a post, or shares something on Facebook. I am honoured by every view, every like, every virtual hug I have been sent. I am grateful for the kindness in the blogging world, the support given when I haven’t known an answer (which is often), and the encouragement on days when things don’t go to plan.

I will never forget the number of people who shared posts for me when we were in hospital, a ray of light in a week of darkness.

We have done some lovely collaborations, learnt about incredible products I may never have otherwise discovered, and spoken to lovely representatives from those companies.

I often sit and wonder what the future will bring for my blog and those of others that I enjoy.

I’m excited that I’ve been able to mark the blog’s anniversary through its rebranding and I hope you like the changes that we’ve made. And I’m also thrilled that the week will end with me attending Blog-On my first ever blogging conference.

I’m looking forward to discovering both where the blog will go and how many more friendships I can make.

What I do know however, is that whatever happens throughout that year we will make sure we live our more than ordinary life to the full.

Because an ordinary life isn’t necessarily a better one.

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40 Comments

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    hannah

    May 16, 2017

    Happy birthday to your blog. Sounds like your blog is doing great

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      Thank you so much, that’s very kind of you x

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    Katie

    May 16, 2017

    I love the new logo and have always loved your blog, especially the posts from the heart linky. Happy 1st birthday x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      Ahh thank you so much, you’ve just made my day x

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    Anosa

    May 17, 2017

    Awww a lovely and happy 1st blogavesary, I feel blogging is one of the best things I have ever done on the side as you said it helps keep my sanity too and has had a beautiful impact on my life

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      So glad you’ve had the same blogging experience as I have x

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    Joanna

    May 17, 2017

    Happy blog birthday! Blogging is definitely something i am so glad I started and one of the best things I’ve done.

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      It really is a great thing to do x

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    Sarah Bailey

    May 17, 2017

    It really is amazing the amount of different things blogging can bring to your life, it has definitely turned mine around.

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      It really is, so glad you are enjoying it too x

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    Elodie

    May 17, 2017

    Happy blogiversary! I’m looking forward to another year of reading your blog! x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 17, 2017

      Thank you so much, that’s very kind of you x

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    Gareth Torrance

    May 17, 2017

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! It really is a steep learning curve, isn’t it, haha

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    Thena

    May 18, 2017

    Happy Birthday to your blog! I love the blogging community, don’t you? Full of the nicest more sincere people! Congrats!

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 18, 2017

      Thank you so much, I totally agree x

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    Rhian Westbury

    May 18, 2017

    Congrats on your first year anniversary, it’s crazy how fast time can go when you’re blogging. I think I’m on about 2 and a half years which is crazy x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 18, 2017

      Thank you so much, that’s an amazing achievement x

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    Emily Leary

    May 18, 2017

    Happy birthday to your blog! Three cheers are in order I think?! Well done on your first year, I’m sure the next one will be a blast x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 18, 2017

      Thank you x

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    Melanie

    May 18, 2017

    Congrats on your one year blog celebrations, I had mine a few months back and it is surprising how quickly it goes 🙂 x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 18, 2017

      It really is. Congratulations on yours too x

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    melissa major

    May 18, 2017

    congrats on your blogs first birthday, the time goes by so quickly! It’s my blogs birthday in a few months

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 18, 2017

      Thanks so much, it really does x

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    May 18, 2017

    Congratulations on reaching your first year. I bet it’s flown by. There are some really lovey bloggers out there who are very supportive, I’m glad they helped you when you needed help.

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 19, 2017

      Thank you so much, there really are x

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    Stephanie Merry

    May 19, 2017

    Congrats on your blog’s first birthday! Blogging is the best thing I’ve ever done – I love it! x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 19, 2017

      Thank you, me too x

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    Yaya

    May 19, 2017

    Congratulations on your first blogaversary! Blogging is such an enriching hobby for some, and business for others. One learns so much both in terms of practical blog stuff, and about oneself. Here’s to many more!

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 19, 2017

      Thank you x

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    Ashleigh Dougherty

    May 20, 2017

    Happy one year birthday to your blog! I hope the next year is just as wonderful!

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    Baby Isabella

    May 20, 2017

    Happy Bloganniversary! Congratulations on blogging for a year. Sounds like it’s been a positive experience for you x

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    Whitney Abigail

    May 20, 2017

    Happy blog birthday! It’s great what can be achieved in a year!

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 21, 2017

      Thanks so much x

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    Ali Rost

    May 20, 2017

    Happy Birthday to your blog. A year is a long time .. good for you! I know what you mean about so many things to learn. When I started, I thought I’d simply write some good stories and the rest would work itself out. I quickly realized you don’t know what you don’t know x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 21, 2017

      Thank you, that is very true x

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    Leah Lander-Shafik

    May 21, 2017

    Happy Blogiversay! It sounds like your blog has been a really great way to build community and create long lasting friendships x

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 21, 2017

      Thank you so much, it really has!

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    May 21, 2017

    Wow, congratulations on your first year of blogging. I hope there are many more to come. I hope the second year is just as fun and offers you some great opportunities.

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    Rachel

    May 21, 2017

    Congratulations on your first blogging anniversary! Heres to many more! xo

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      Mummy Times Two

      May 22, 2017

      Thanks so much!

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