Here we are, a few days away from 2017 and it has made me realise that my book has almost been out for an entire year. Looking back to this time last year I remember trying to get it completed and was tackling the layout as a novice and imagining how I would simply be able to self-publish on Amazon and sit back and enjoy the reward of the sales… oh the naivety!
I knew nothing of the publishing world or the marketing one or even the blogging one and when I read that the latter would help with the promoting of the book I thought I would ‘give it a go’. I never dreamed that by the end of the year I would have written 86 posts on my own blog, 8 guest posts for other bloggers and businesses, as well as taking part in 4 interviews and even having articles published by The Huffington Post. I have made some amazing blogger friends (virtually- but I am dying to meet them!) and have found support from so many people who have reached out to help a somewhat clueless, newbie writer just because they wanted to. Before this new venture, I was a complete technophobe and could only just about work facebook. I have learnt so much about social media, writing blogs and articles and getting myself ‘seen’ and I know there is still so much more to take in and to experience. I wonder what next year has in store?
I thought that in order to mark the end of 2016 I would take a nostalgic trip looking over my favourite and top posts from my facebook page of the year.
This was where it all started, a book idea, 6 months of writing and researching and I finally had a proof copy in my hands.
Once a few glitches had been ironed out the book went on sale on Amazon on 24th February and I ran my first competition.
As you know, I include the top teething companies in my book and I was over the moon when Nuby ran a competition to win my book and the products I talk about.
And of course there have been more competitions and some very cute babies having a little read!
Seeing parents win the book and being so thankful for all the advice makes it all so worthwhile.
Plus there have been reviews which have almost moved me tears:
I have written quite a lot of blog posts this year but still none can beat the stats I have received on this heartfelt piece about my sisters battle with endometriosis. You can read the full article here.
My other top posts from the year are ‘Your Teething Baby’ sneak peek, Why the affect of Cancer doesn’t die with your loved one, Toddler Tantrums? The Solution is Actually Simple, Inspirational Stories: Week Three Jen McGrath- Pole Fitness Instructor and Our Trip to Little Street.
This was the first post I submitted to The Huffington Post and seven others have since followed.
I created a secret group after receiving messages from some readers when posts/blogs had struck a chord with them. It is a place where people can support one another and gain advice. If you would like to request to join you can do so here.
And of course, the blog would be nothing without this cheeky little monkey!!
Plus all the funny and strange things he says and does.
Then there are the posts you guys liked the most… a lot involved alcohol so I picked just one from the bunch!
So there it is, a quick round up of a year where a stay at home Mum became an author, started blogging, tried to make people laugh and brought inspirational stories from others which needed to be told. A year of new friends, a new support group and plenty of teething advice provided for parents in need. It has been a whirlwind and there have been many a speed bump along the way but here’s to the future and (fingers crossed) to so much more.
I look forward to seeing you there!