1 Today!

I’m returning to the blog after a bit of a break on what is a a special day.  It’s special because my blog is one today – it’s one year since I took the plunge and published my very first post.  It’s my 1st blogiversary!


So in the spirit of a blogiversary I thought I’d do a bit of a review of the year. 

Here are my reasons to celebrate: 

  1.  I’m enjoying writing – I’d bored friends talking about wanting to write for years.  Now I am actually doing it.  I’m enjoying writing roughly on average a post a week.  It’s wonderful to be flexing my creative and intellectual muscles again.
  2. Readership is increasing month on month.  It may still be minuscule (thanks friends and fam for mostly driving this I’m sure :-)) but the WordPress stats bar chart is generally showing a monthly increase (apart from when I had a break in August and took my foot off the pedal a little in the run up to Christmas) which is really encouraging.  The most popular posts to date are:  8 Things I’ve Learned Being a Twin Mum, Anyone Else Feeling Frazzled Too? and Being Mindful About Mindsets.
  3. More and more people follow the blog on social media.  It has 1745 followers on Twitter, 420 on Facebook and having only just discovered Instagram this winter I’m pleased with 283  followers here.  Now I’m really not particularly bothered by follower number as such.  There’s lots of game playing and it can become very egocentric.  However, the more people who follow the blog, the more people are having a little bit of mindfulness magic sprinkled in their lives. And this, after all, is the aim.
  4. Following on from this I know the blog is making a difference – even if it’s just a little difference – to people’s lives.  A very close friend and work colleague has told me how much she has learned from the blog and Nicole’s guest post is a lovely endorsement of how reading this blog helped her discover mindfulness.
  5. The blog has pushed me on to do further training.  I am a qualified teacher of mindfulness to young people and am a mindfulness trainer of adults now too. See my website for more details.
  6. I’m a Huff Post blogger.
  7. I’m getting to grips (a little anyway) with the tech side of things (though coding still befuddles me) and ‘the look’ of the blog has come along way from the busy cloud background that I started out with.  Thanks to a friend I also have a funky logo now too.
  8. It’s been so lovely having some of my posts featured on different blogs this year.  See the badges proudly displayed on the sidebar of my homepage.
  9. I’ve ‘met’ (in virtual terms anyway) lots of really lovely people.  In fact there are some bloggers who now, if I haven’t read a post of theirs for a while, I begin to wonder how they and their family are!  I know this may sound odd to a person who isn’t a blogger but the blogging community, on the whole, is so friendly and welcoming that it is a pleasure to be a part of.  Here are just a few of the bloggers who I like to ‘check in with’ regularly as they come across so warmly and genuinely in their blogs.

Another happy by-product of the blog is re-connecting with an old school friend Jen who writes at Tripping Through Treacle with incredible honesty about living with MS.

So apart from a celebration of this blog being a year old today, this post is also a thank you to all of you who read and follow it.  I really do appreciate all the support and encouragement.

And if you’re thinking of giving me a pressie well I’ll let you into a secret….

I find it really hard to ask for shares and retweets etc. on social media.

I’d love to reach 500 likes on the blog’s Facebook page in order to continue to spread how passionate I am about people incorporating mindfulness into their lives.  So please, if you haven’t already done so, like the Facebook page. I’ll also be eternally grateful if you would consider sharing it with your mates and encouraging them to like it too.

Here’s to the next year of blogging AND continuing my mission to educate people about mindfulness and its benefits.

Thanks again for reading the blog.


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  1. February 5, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Congrats on your one year blogiversary Hayley! It has been fantastic reading your posts and thank you so much for the mention too. Can’t wait to read more mindful tips over the next year 🙂

  2. February 5, 2017 / 7:56 am

    Happy blogiversary gorgeous one and thank you so much for the mention xxx

  3. February 5, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Congrats on your blogiversary! You are doing a fab job and I’m glad you’re enjoying it too. Thanks for the shout out. xx

  4. February 5, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! Definitely lots to celebrate, it sounds like it’s going really well. I am new to blogging myself having only started in the last month, and it’s quite a steep learning curve but I’m enjoying writing posts and reading lots of others. I love that your blog is focused in mindfulness, this is something I want to try and start doing more, so I’ll be reading your blog. I’ve followed you on Facebook too. Keep up the great work!

    • February 5, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Oooo thank you – yes it is a steep learning curve – find the Tribal chat Facebook group and join that if you haven’t already done so and ENJOY! Good luck xx

      • February 5, 2017 / 8:58 pm

        Thanks for the tip, I will join group now 😊 x

  5. February 5, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Oh what a beautiful post. Congratulations Hun 🎉 keep writing as she always love reading your posts and Thank you so much for mentioning me too. Sending virtual hugs 💙

  6. February 5, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, I have been blogging, for just over 2 years, and am still learning new things associated with it!

  7. talkingmums1
    February 5, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Well done with your blog. Celebrate and be proud. I’m newbie and would love to get to a year and feel I can celebrate x

  8. February 5, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! It sounds like you have accomplished a lot! I’m just starting out and posts like this are always good for ideas of what directions you can go in such a short amount of time. #eatsleepblogRT

  9. February 5, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Happy 1st Blogiversary! 🙂 Well done on all your achievements and wishing you another brilliant blogging year ahead! Won’t be long before you hit your 500 likes on FB too 🙂 #EatSleepBlogRT

  10. February 5, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Happy blogiversary! You’ve done so well and build up a great following in just one year. Well done!
    It must be so nice to know that you’re helping to make a difference in people’s lives.
    It’s been lovely to ‘meet’ you too. I totally agree that the blogging community is so lovely. That was an unexpected bonus for me when I started this journey!
    Look forward to sharing many more years with you xx

  11. February 6, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    #eatsleepblogrt I adore this and agree, you are making raindrops of mindful love every time you write.

  12. February 8, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Congratulations on reaching 1 year! It’s a big milestone. I’m a few months behind you but I know I’ll be really excited when I get there. It sounds like you’re really enjoying blogging, and that’s the key. Also, as you say, knowing that you’ve made a difference to people (even if it’s just one or two) makes it all worthwhile. Happy Blogiversary! #FamilyFun

  13. February 8, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Oh you’re had a wonderful year! I’ve just reached a year too recently and it really is a wonderful space of my own. I love your list of blogs you enjoy – completely agree with that list! here’s to another fab year and reaching the goals you set but overall enjoy the writing because that is always what it should be about – oh and the reading of course! #FamilyFun

    • February 8, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Thank you Helen. Wow I can’t believe you’ve only been going a year too – you are doing sooooo well. xx

      • February 9, 2017 / 6:48 am

        Oh thank you lovely – I can’t remember a time I wasn’t doing it now!!

  14. aliduke79hotmailcom
    February 8, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Congratulations on a year of blogging. You have achieved so much x

  15. February 8, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Aaah thank you so much for mentioning me you’ve really made my day. Happy blog birthday lovey, I am glad you get so much enjoyment out of it – writing is a brilliant outlet for me too. Keep going, I love reading your blog and get lots of my mindful inspo from you! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun x

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