Wow, how did that happen? I can not believe that the I dea in my head about a blog called Organised Jo has now been live for one whole year. And what a year it has been.
I had the idea for my blog a long time before I did anything about it. This was for lots of reasons, including being worried I wouldn’t have the time. I also thought I wouldn’t know what to write about, or even how to set up a blog! But I am always one for a challenge. And after over thinking it too much I just jumped straight in.
My original idea was to have a place where I could write about how I manage, juggle, the life of being a working mum. All I hoped from the blog was that I could pass on things that have helped me. We are all in the same boat and we all have the same struggles, right? But Organised Jo has turned into more than that.
What have I got from my blog?
Like I just said, I set up this blog as I wanted to help people. But what I wasn’t expecting was what I got back from it.
The first thing that stood out to me was the blogging community, they are amazing. You can ask any question in any one of the many blogging groups and get back an answer pretty quickly. I have never felt stupid about asking anything, because everyone is so supportive. I have also met some lovely bloggers from my local area Devon. When we get together it is like we are old friends.
I would also say the blog has given me a purpose. Now this does sound a bit cliche, but I didn’t realise I needed to find a purpose. The blog has filled a void I didn’t realise I had in my life. I am a mum to two beautiful girls who are both at school, a wife to a shift working very understanding husband and I work with a lovely group of people in a busy job. You would think I wouldn’t need anything else, as yes, all of this does already keep me busy.
But amongst all this I realised I wasn’t doing something for me. Organised Jo has changed that. Blogging has taught me new skills, I mean who knew I could set up a self hosted website! Okay, there was a lot of swearing in the process but I did it. Through the blog, and using social media, I have also found out that a I really like taking photos. I also like sharing them on Instagram and being part of that community too. I’ve also realised I’m not that’s bad at putting together a decent pic.
Time for some stats
So if you are interested, and you can skip this bit if you want, I thought I would throw a few stats in. Hopefully I will be blogging in another year from now so it would be a great comparison.
Six months into blogging I posted about what the six most read posts where, here is an updated list:
Until recently I had been posting once a week. I had made this decision when I started as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. It felt achievable. It was also a challenge that I set myself to keep this up. And I do like a challenge! I am glad to say I did post something every week. This has now been increased to twice a week as in January this year I started the Meet the Working Mum Interview series. I have really enjoyed doing this series.
With regards to views, I have been averaging between 40 and 50 a day recently. It really does still surprise me that people read my ramblings! I didn’t start Organised Jo with the mindset that I wanted to germ 1,000’s of views. Like I said earlier I just wanted to share what has helped me throughout the 8 years that I have been a working mum.
I won’t lie, it is lovely to see the numbers rise on a post that I have spent a lot of time putting together. But what does make me really happy is when I get comments on a blog or a social media post. Reading that someone has been inspired or motivated by something that I have written, just makes my day.
Talking about social media, writing a blog post is one thing, but getting it out there for people to read is another. I’ve always enjoyed social media, and before blogging I did used to spend a couple of hours a night browsing away. This has now been replaced with raising awareness about my blog, and chatting away with other like minded people. Over the past year I have seen all my social media accounts grow. I hope to keep this momentum going.
Shout out to the bloggers!
I would like to do some shout outs. Sorry, this has turned into an Oscar acceptance speech!
To some of the lovely Devon bloggers, I have had the pleasure of meeting in person. You have all been so supportive – Gina from Gypsy Soul, Pippa from The Slimming Foodie, Tilly from Mummy Rules, Natalie from The Rebel Pebble, Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks, Nicola from Nicola Says, Claire from Tin Box Traveller and Clio from Diary of a Devon Mum. There are many more who are part of our Devon Bloggers group and sorry I can’t mention you all. Thank you for being you and begin such a fab group.
I also want to thank the following bloggers for running the great linkys that I take part in each week. For those that don’t know anything about blogging, a linky is where bloggers share posts and can find new and fab blogs to read. It also helps us to get links back to our blogs and grow them in the internet world. I have really enjoyed taking part in these every week, here are my favourites:
What’s next for Organised Jo?
My plan is basically to continue as I am but try and grow my little corner of the internet a bit more. If you are interested take a look at my goals for 2017 here. I still have lots of ideas for posts about organisation tips and tricks for us working parents, so watch this space for them. I will also be looking at putting together some posts on home interiors and how we can still use stylish furniture but it can also be practical .
This post has turned into a bit of ramble, so if you have made it this far thank you for staying with me. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my journey so far. I will stop now you will be glad to hear. But finally I would like to say thank you. Thank you for giving up your very valuable time to read my ideas, thank you for leaving comments and thank you so much for sharing.
Hopefully see you here this time next year