Mudpie Fridays 1st Birthday

What I have learnt about blogging?

As many of my readers know I generally don’t write about blogging partly because I don’t really feel that I had anything more to add on the subject. As there are some very successful parent bloggers out there that have great articles on every aspect and I am after all still trying to find my way and learning in the process. However with Mudpie Fridays turning one on Wednesday this week I thought I would share a few things I have learnt over the last 12 months. Little did I know when I wrote this post about Dinosaur Small World Play that I would still be writing a year later!

Mudpie Fridays1st BirthdayWhat I have learnt about blogging

It started as an outlet for creativity I needed something to focus on other than work and family, something for me. We had been through a string of miscarriages and although I didn’t plan and still really haven’t written about my experiences with regards to these I suppose in some ways they were the catalyst for starting Mudpie Fridays. Incidentally if you are wondering how the name came about, I was hanging out the washing at the time! I wanted to include the word Friday as its my day off with Monkey each week and was watching him playing in the mud and it seemed to fit. The rest as they say is history.

When I first started I wrote for about a month and a half before joining any social media as Mudpie Fridays. In hindsight this was probably a mistake as even if I had only opened up an account and shared the odd post or tweet I could have started to grow a following. This is by far the thing I spend most of my time on, as any blogger will tell you post promotion is very time consuming but vital if you want your articles to be read.

Achievements to Date:

So what have I achieved to date? This is not a blow your own trumpet session, after all there are some amazing bloggers out there that have achieved far more than me in less time. But I guess it will hopefully give you a feel of what is possible if you can only dedicate a few hours in the evenings and weekends to growing a hobby.

  • I have met some lovely people – in every post you read about blogging you will hear about the parent blogger community and how nice and friendly everyone is, this is so true. If you are thinking of starting a blog yourself then there are many groups you can join to ask questions and share ideas
  • Ive entered the world of Linkys with Becky from Cuddle Fairy, we host #BloggerClubUK every week on a Wednesday, you can find out more on our #BloggerClubUK Community Facebook Page. It has only been running for a few weeks yet last week we had 103 posts linked up. I am completely astounded by the take up we have had and the community everyone is creating.
  • Stats – now some bloggers are driven by these others are not. I would be lying if I said they weren’t important for me (I work in a sales environment during the day its hard wired into my make up), on average Mudpie Fridays gets around 12,500 views a month. My personal target is 60,000 so I am along way off, but I do know its possible! ย Around 11.500 follow Mudpie Fridays over all social media channels including blog followers, this is something I am hoping to continue to grow.
  • Tots100 is a parent blogger leader board formed of around 8000 blogs. Each month they rank blogs according to a scoring mechanism, I had a wonderful surprise this month staying in the top 250 and being ranked 146. I’m wondering if top 100 is a little ambitious but it gives me something to aim at!
  • Im still enjoying it – which is the most important thing. Although its all encompassing and time consuming and I need to keep myself in check constantly that I am not missing ย opportunities with Monkey because I am on social media. I still love it. I am also hoping it will keep me sane while on maternity leave so expect lots of baby spam from May onwards!

Things I have learnt:

  • Attend a blogging conference early on if you can – I was lucky enough to attend two last year one only 3 months in from starting. It was a real eye opener and I learnt so much I would definitely recommend going if you can.
  • Become a social media manager – its hard work but there are loads of Facebook groups which will help you get your content shared. I have yet to schedule tweets but its on my to do list this month – wish me luck.
  • Make friends – build yourself a support network so when you are having a dry spell or have a question you have somewhere to go with it
  • Join in with linkys – this will help you grow that network and you will get to read some great posts.
  • Be true to yourself – write about things which are important to you, regardless of what they are, if you are not passionate about it people can tell in your writing. Also bare this in mind when agreeing on sponsored content or product reviews
  • Try and get organised – with so much to do if you can build a weekly plan which revolves around your commitments and stick to it, it makes life a lot easier. A journal will help you do this.
  • Decide your motivations – I have not monetised Mudpie Fridays, I am not sure if I ever will. However if this is one of your motivations (it shouldn’t be your only one) then do it from day one.
  • Google is your friend – if you are trying to do something with coding, want to know how to grow a specific social media platform or are looking for ideas for articles then google can help you on all aspects.

I am so glad I took the leap a year ago to set this up, as a Thank you to everyone who follows me I am hosting a competition over on Mudpie Fridays Facebook Page to win a ยฃ50 Amazon voucher. I do hope you can enter, if you are new to blogging and have any questions please feel free to email me at mudpiefridays@hotmail.com or leave a comment below and I will try and help xx.

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82 Comments

  1. March 7, 2016 / 6:52 am

    Happy Birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. March 7, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Congratulations on your first blog birthday, blogging soon becomes a way of life and we’d be lost without it.

  3. BloggerMummyLauren
    March 7, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Happy blog birthday lovely! You’ve achieved so much in your first year, well done, it’s fantastic!

  4. March 7, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Wow, amazing how much you’ve achieved already! I’ve only recently taken blogging “seriously” and only recently joined groups and been active in social media. I wouldn’t say I’d do anything differently because I did enjoy blogging quietly but like you I’m still loving it ๐Ÿ™‚ x Congratulations. Oh and I have yet to attend blogging conferences, at the moment, I’m not that keen about it … yet. Little steps ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    March 7, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    Happy birthday to Mudpie Fridays! It’s ironic that we started our blogs just a couple weeks apart & are now co-hosting blogger club uk together. You are being very modest – your stats are amazing for any blog let alone one that is one year old AND the owner works full time! I don’t know how you do it all! It’s truly amazing. Congrats & fab giveaway – I have entered & shared. x

  6. March 7, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Happy blog birthday! I actually thought you had been blogging a lot longer….You’re a natural!

  7. cvnxena
    March 7, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    some great achievements and useful insight into blogging! I am still under 1 year so I never like to talk about blogging either :p I am just winging it! happy blogversary!

  8. March 7, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    12 000 views a month?? That is incredible please teach me your ways I am hoping to break 10,000 a month but at the moment am getting 5 K a month and don’t know how to get past that amount. Well done for doing so well you are doing an incredible job and your such a lovely blogger too!

  9. March 7, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Happy blog birthday to you!!! Sounds like you are doing a fab job and I love your blog! #MarvMondays

  10. Angela Milnes
    March 7, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    your doing so well! Well done! I hope to get plenty more page views too! Your doing so great and such a fab Tots100 score.

  11. min1980
    March 7, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Congratulations on your blog birthday! You have done amazingly in such a short time. #fartglitter

  12. supermum2016
    March 7, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Such a lovely post. Happy birthday !

  13. March 7, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Happy blogavesary, for someone who has only been blogging for a year you’ve done amazingly well and well done.

  14. March 7, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Happy first blog birthday! It’s pretty amazing how many views you’re getting a month I think I’m still Only in double figures ? These are great tips, thank you for sharing your achievements thus far! And, of course co-hosting a fabulous Linky! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  15. March 7, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    Wow. Those are some pretty amazing achievements and some great advice too. Happy blog birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Rambles, Rants, Writings
    March 8, 2016 / 12:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Great post it was great to read what you had learned. I also should’ve used social media quicker than I did too. I’ve just this week begun using stumble upon, instagram, facebook page, and pinterest – I’ve only ever really bothered with twitter in relation to my blog. Great post! #AnythingGoes

  17. March 8, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Happy Birthday and congrats on those wonderful achievements! It’s always lovely to write them down as I often forget things we’ve done when I have a blogging slump and things I should be proud of. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  18. March 8, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    Aaah, happy first blog birthday!! You have achieved SO much!! I’ve only just got google analytics, and I’m not really looking at it too much, but I already think your visitor stats are incredible!! And your tots100 ranking too. I was unranked in September, but made it to 650 last month-so made huge leaps in a couple of months. However, I’ve pretty much stayed static this month, showing me that once you get towards the top 500, the competition is feirce!!
    Can I ask you which Facebook groups you use to get content shared, or which ones you’d recommend?
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink!

  19. Yvonne - Double the Monkey Business
    March 8, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Happy birthday!! Thanks for this post, as a newbie I always love to hear what advice people have, I am taking it all on board! #anythinggoes. Ps I love bloggerclubUK, both the linky and the Facebook group ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  20. Mama
    March 9, 2016 / 1:57 am

    Happy blog birthday! Wow, some excellent achievements already and I’m sure many more to come.

  21. March 9, 2016 / 6:21 am

    Happy Birthday! What a great first year you’ve had! x #BloggerClubUK

  22. March 9, 2016 / 6:25 am

    Happy blog birthday! Amazing achievements in a year, well done! I have only been blogging for 2 months and I totally love it. I hope your second year is just as successful x #BlogClubUK

  23. March 9, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Popping back over from #bloggerclubuk. Kaye xo

  24. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)
    March 9, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Fantastic achievements.

  25. Kate Tunstall, The Less-Refined Mind
    March 9, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Wow, some amazing achievements! I started my blog as a way to encourage people to my freelancing website and only got more serious about it in December. So although I’ve been going over a year, I console myself that this is why I’m a way behind you! Fab to see where continued hard work could take me though, particularly as I would like to be earning from it! Xx
    #BloggerClubUK

  26. March 9, 2016 / 7:40 am

    This is a great post for a new blogger like me with some handy tips. I’m thinking of going to BritMums in June and I think this has given me the motivation to bite the bullet and go. Your stats are amazing – how long did it take to get your posts well read when you first started out?

  27. Kat
    March 9, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! You’ve had some really fantastic accomplishments and it’s something to be really proud of. I would love to have stats like yours, and I agree they are important to me, it’s good to know my self promotion is getting me somewhere. I’ve increased month on month since I started joining in with the community more from November and already my stats for this month are close to beating my stats in the whole of January. I’m feeling pretty proud myself ๐Ÿ˜€ #bloggerclubUK

  28. March 9, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Happy Blogging Birthday! You’ve done amazingly well – I hope I can do as well as you with my blog! Love your work! xx #BloggerClubUK

  29. March 9, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Happy blog birthday!What an amazing first year you have had xx #BloggerClubUK

  30. Wander Mum
    March 9, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Thanks for sharing your journey over the past year. Happy blog birthday! So interesting to hear all about other blogger’s experiences. You’ve done brilliantly. #bloggerclubuk

  31. March 9, 2016 / 8:53 am

    Happy Blog Birthday ! Social Media is such a big part of blogging isn’t it ? I sometimes think it takes some of the fun away from it all. Thanks for hosting the linky. #BloggerClubUK

  32. March 9, 2016 / 9:15 am

    happy blog birthday. I would definitely focus on have fun, it’s what will keep you going through the long term. I love reading your posts

  33. Hot Pink Wellingtons
    March 9, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Happy birthday Mudpie Fridays! Whenever a post like this comes up I’m always amazed at what you’ve achieved in a year – I always have the impression that other blogs have been around ages! It’s always inspirational to read posts like this ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

  34. March 9, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Happy Blog birthday! It is crazy how much happens in a year with a blog – it’s a fun ride #bloggerclubuk

  35. Leah Miller
    March 9, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Happy blogging birthday to you! I think your reasons for starting your blog are great – you needed an outlet, and that outlet has blossomed into something much more. I love reading your posts, and I love being a part of #bloggerclubuk xx

  36. March 9, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Happy Blog birthday and you have achieved so much already, really impressive. Well done ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggersclubuk

  37. March 9, 2016 / 10:30 am

    This is a great summary! I loved reading this. I am new in the blogging world and I have so much to learn yet. like how to schedule tweets. no idea…Thanks for sharing this. Happy Bloggiversary and to many more blogs and never ending inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. March 9, 2016 / 10:30 am

    Wow! Those stats are impressive, and all in a year? You definitely deserved to write this blogging roundup – do a follow up to share your top tips on how you did it! Xxx
    #bloggerclubuk

  39. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    March 9, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Congratulations on your 1st blogging birthday. I have been blogging for just over a year now and I do love it but it is so time consuming lol. I have thought about running a linky from time to time to get my blog more known but I know that in reality I just don’t have the time. Good job my blog is just a hobby really because the only thing I do to promote my posts is to join in with linkys and even that takes up a lot of time although I do enjoy reading and finding other blogs. I have no idea how you guys find the time to run linkys and still write posts frequently. I write about one post a week so I take my hat off to all of you who also manage to host linkies.

    #bloggerclubuk

  40. March 9, 2016 / 10:51 am

    Happy birthday! What a lot of fab achievements in a year so should be very proud. Hope you continue from strength to strength and get to your goal! #bloggerclubuk

  41. March 9, 2016 / 10:52 am

    Happy birthday, I never even thought about going to conferences! Where do you hear about those? I will join the FB group too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  42. agentspitback
    March 9, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Happy Bloggy Birthday!! You have done well – and I love the name Mudpie Fridays — it’s very unique and I love the meaning behind it. I am so glad to be part of the wonderful community you and Becky are hosting. #BloggerClubUK

  43. March 9, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Happy Blog Birthday! you have done brilliantly!! #BloggerClubUK

  44. Petite Library
    March 9, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Ah HAPPY VERY HAPPY Blog Birthday. It’s so true, some people start a blog to make money or to vent but I am totally with you looking at it as a supplement to my life (: I love blogging because it makes me bake more, try more DIY things and write more! All of which are so good for our wellbeing (:

  45. March 9, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    happy Birthday! Congratulations for everything you have achieved this year. Thank you for your post, very insightful
    ‘BloggerClubUK

  46. March 9, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Wow – I am in total awe! Only a year and look at how much you’ve achieved?! I’m only 3 months in and I just can not imagine to getting anywhere near your status – huge congratulations – certainly inspired me #BloggerClubUK

  47. March 9, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday! Wow – you have achieved so much in just a year. Very inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ #BloggerClubUK

  48. March 9, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Congratulations! You’ve achieved so much in a year! I love how your blog got its name. Hope you achieve your goals this year. #BloggerClubUk

  49. fairyqueen
    March 9, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Well done you!! If I could do half as well as you have in my first year then I will be over the moon! Happy 1st Birthday!!

  50. March 9, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Happy blogiversary lovely. I celebrated mine last week too and I remember us starting at a similar time. Have been following you since the beginning. What you’ve done in a year is super impressive xxx #bloggerclubuk

  51. debsrandomwritings
    March 9, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Hi Clare, congratulations on reaching your one year blog birthday. Blogging is a learning curve that never stops. getting the hang of social media is definitely a must for interacting with other bloggers and blog promotion. I’ve just about got the hang of Twitter and have a long way to go on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and that’s after two years of blogging!

    I would love to attend a blogging conference (the thought actually scares me silly, but I would still like to), but it’s difficult with me not living in the UK.

    You’ve shared some great advice in your post and here’s to wishing you many more fun years of blogging!

    xx

  52. March 9, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! x It’s always really interesting to read how other bloggers got started – I think the one constant reason given I see is ‘something for me’, and in fact that’s how I see blogging too. Your blog stats are fab, and I will take your advice and try and get to a blogging event this year, not least because I’d love to meet some other bloggers!

  53. The Pramshed
    March 9, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Congratulation on one year of blogging, you have done amazingly well! Getting 12,500 views a month is amazing! I believe too that self promotion is key to success, and I agree it is very time consuming especially when you are also looking after little ones. How did you get involved in blog conferences? and how did you go about setting up your Linky? Sorry for the all the questions, but I really want to grow my blog further. Claire x #BloggerClubUK

  54. March 9, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Wow Clare – you have achieved so much in one year! Congratulations! And here’s to the next year where I am sure you will achieve more amazing things ๐Ÿ™‚ #BloggerClubUK

  55. Sara Handy Herbs
    March 9, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Wow Clare – you have achieved so much – congratulations!! Here’s to the next year when I am sure you will achieve more great things ๐Ÿ™‚ #BloggerClubUK

  56. March 9, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    What an awesome list of achievements – well done for all of them. It was my blogging birthday a couple of weeks ago too. You have achieved such a lot. I enjoy your posts every time they pop into my inbox. ๐Ÿ™‚
    x Alice
    #bloggerclubuk

  57. newmummyblogcom
    March 9, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday! You’ve done amazingly, what a super list of achievements and stats! I’m a number-y person so I have to hold my self back from getting obsessed ๐Ÿ˜ I had assumed you’d been blogging a lot longer. L x #bloggerclubuk

  58. March 9, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    You get so many views! I’ve been blogging a year on Saturday and I’m nowhere near you in terms of readers and followers! Well done! #BloggersClubUK

  59. March 9, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Congratulations on your first birthday. I actually can’t believe that your blog is only one year old! You definitely seem to know what you are doing. There’s some top tips on here. Thanks for hosting BloggerClubUK, I love coming along and reading the posts linked up.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #BloggerClubUK

  60. March 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Happy Bloganniversary! ;)What great achievements xx

  61. March 9, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I love the totally modest beginning and then bam those crazy monthly stats!! I agree with Becky. You work full time and you’ve managed that. I think I may have to give up and go home lol. And I agree with Mum Muddling Through about you doing a follow up post on how you’ve achieved it. Well done you! #BloggerClubUK

  62. March 9, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Happy blogversary. Those are some great stats for a year in, but most importantly I’m glad you’re enjoying it still.

  63. March 9, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Wow you have achieved so much in a year! How amazing. Love your blog, keep on doing what you do- it’s fab. Thanks for hosting #BloggerClubUK

  64. Mama
    March 10, 2016 / 12:23 am

    Back again with #bloggyclubuk- thanks for hosting x

  65. lizzie ( firstooth )
    March 10, 2016 / 7:19 am

    You’ve achieved a lot in a year you must be pleased. Your tips are also great I’ve never been to a blog conference but I’ve always heard great things about them x

  66. mackenzieglanville
    March 10, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Wow you have done amazing for 1 year! Congrats! I agree with all your tips, I love the blogging community #bloggersclubUK

  67. Blessing | BB's Pantry
    March 10, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I’m also new to blogging and I’m so glad that I can read about a success in this area. Happy 1st birthday! Here, have a virtual cake on me ?????? #BloggerClubUK

  68. Kerry-Ann
    March 10, 2016 / 11:23 am

    Happy Birthday, Mudpie Fridays! You sure have done loads in a short space of time. Here’s to you going from strength to strength! x ?(ching ching!) #bloggerclubUK

  69. Step by Step Mom
    March 10, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I just hope to achieve half of what you achieved in on year.
    Congratulations for you Blogiversary (:

  70. March 10, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Happy first birthday! You’ve achieved so much during your first year – I could only dream of the number of page views you’re getting. I’ve just started using the paid-for version of Buffer for scheduling social media and can recommend it. I’ve also used Hootsuite in the past and got on with that really well. Good luck for the year ahead! #BloggerClubUK

  71. March 10, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    Happy Blogoversary Clare! Sounds like you are doing great and I have known you pretty much as long as I can remember from when I came on the scene. Although I have let my blog suffer due to other things I’m starting in my life. Thanks so much for hostessing #BloggerClubUK!

  72. March 10, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Congratulations on your first year – you’ve done so well! My first anniversary is next month, though I am nowhere near as successful & accomplished as you. Love how you came to pick your name too! #bloggerclubuk

  73. March 11, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Fantastic list! Congratulations on a year of blogging, my anniversary is coming up next month too ๐Ÿ™‚ #bloggerclubuk

  74. March 13, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Wow, what a lot you have achieved in just a year! I’m now into my sixth month of blogging and not even half way to where you are; hopefully by the time Pondering Parenthood reaches one year I will have caught up a bit! Thank you for the advice; I’ll have to look out for some blogger events! #BloggerClubUK

  75. Fionnuala
    March 13, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    I was just wondering about your name recently, so that’s that cleared up ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow, your stats are great! Congratulations.
    #bloggerclubuk

  76. March 15, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Ahhh congratulations on your blogversary!! You have achieved so much – you must be very proud! #BloggerClubUK

  77. March 18, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Ahh, as someone just starting out on my blogging journey that was inspiring to read. I’m going to go and look for some blogger conferences to go on and get myself a journal. I love a good bit of planning ?

  78. March 18, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Popping over again from #picknmix. .happy blog birthday! X #picknmix

  79. March 21, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    A belated happy blog birthday lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s crazy how fast the time goes isn’t it?! Mine turned 1 in January ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve had an amazing first year well done, you should be so proud!

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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