I am addicted to blogging and I can do nothing about it.
A little over a year ago I started my own blog thinking it would be great to pen down a few thoughts every now and then.I knew nothing about PRs or Google PR, blogger networks or Networked Blogs.
But in the year that I have been writing, and to be honest I started off more to do book and product reviews, I have learnt so much.
I started off with a blog on Blogger as it was quite easy to set up and to use.
I then decided to go self hosted this year as I felt confident of using the right tools to get my blog noticed. I now know how to maximise my content to my target audience. I know what SEO or search engine optimization is all about. I can use Google Analytics effectively and also know quite a bit about monetizing my blog.
I leant how to make a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account, a Pinterest account and sync all of these to show off my posts as I write them. I know how to create a giveaway, a google doc and a linky.
I have followers on twitter and Facebook and they are people whom I have never met. I have friends in far flung places and I have blogging to thank for that.
I have my inbox updating every few minutes and my phone letting me know that there is a new tweet or email.
I know how to pitch my blog to PR agencies or brands and there is no greater thrill than being accepted on a project or being given a product to review.
I am on the Tefal Innovation Panel and I have worked with some great brands thanks to Mumsnet, Britmums and Tots100.
I am especially proud of my achievements and I live and breathe blogging.
There is a thrill that you feel when someone follows your blog or leaves a comment. I wake up every morning and the first thing I do is check my phone for any emails connected to blogging, my twitter updates and Facebook notifications.
I have met some wonderful people who have helped me along the way and some not so wonderful people too but the pros far outweigh the cons.
My blog has provided me with moments of inspiration, happiness and success and I am proud to own it.
I would recommend blogging to anyone and am happy to say that I have had several people start their own blogs after I sold them the idea. It is addictive and I am keep checking my emails especially after a pitch. It can get you quite busy especially if you have reviews to write but it is all worth it when you see your numbers growing.
Apart from being addictive and leaving you with less sleep, the benefits are manifold.