It seems I missed a pretty big milestone earlier this year. I missed my Anniversary. You see on the 21st of March 2015 my blog turned 1 and I missed it. I wasn’t even going to publish a post this morning. I just wasn’t feeling the blogging love. Sometimes I think the last thing you want to read is me banging on about boring shit. Then I remembered this.
So happy belated birthday to Miss Chardy – Laughter in the Outback. I can’t believe it has been over a year since I started. I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was doing and still pretty much have no idea. I just fumble my way through. All I know is last year when FFHousemouse got me hooked on blogs I have never looked back. I knew I wanted to start one of my own. I thought “I can do this” and off I went, researching and reading and reading and reading. O dear lord, there was so much information out there on how to start a blog. It was completely overwhelming.
In the end I stopped reading and just did it. You see I didn’t even understand half of the language they were using. A “Dashboard” – what the hell is a “Dashboard” I kept thinking. Then i realised I would just have to figure it out as I went. So I did. I bought my domain name, found a host, bought a pretty Theme and started my WordPress blog.
So I was ready to go. I could now publish a post for the world to read. Holy cow that is daunting. What the hell was I going to write about. You feel like such a dick writing a post that no one is going to read anyway. And again…. what do you write about? No one cares what I do each day do they? Why would anyone want to read it. All of this self doubt goes through your mind. But I just went for it. And here is my first post… Hello and Welcome.
It is pretty embarrassing but everyone has to start somewhere don’t they. It was posted onto Facebook and I couldn’t believe it when people started liking my Facebook page. I was gobsmacked, I was so excited when I hit 50 likes. Wow. 50 people like my page, I am happy with that. It has slowly grown over the year. I would blog here and there and even though Maxabella told us all at the ProBlogger Conference last year that we need to blog regularly I still couldn’t find my rhythm.
This year, after returning from holidays, I decided to get serious. I was going to blog 3 times a week – Monday, Wednesday & Friday. And I tell you, it turns out Maxabella was right. I slowly built up my audience and people started reading. There are days, like this morning, where I don’t really feel like it. But I keep going. I also totally wing it, I am not one of these prepared bloggers (sorry Bron) who has a backlog of blogs prepared. I fly by the seat of my pants on this one.
One year on and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. I have found my “tribe” as other bloggers would say. When I first heard this I thought – what a load of rubbish – tribe indeed. But it is so true. I have found my little tribe of like minded bloggers and they are now my friends. It is so great to be able to chat with people who understand what you are talking about and get it.
And my readers – they have arrived. I am so excited. People are really reading my blog. Can you even believe it? I still can’t. I am gobsmacked when people from other countries comment on my blog. Like: Heather from Nova Scotia Canada, Heidi from Jefferson City Missouri, Cate from Leipzig, Germany, Sarah & Kirsty from Doha Qatar, Debs from Buckinghamshire UK, Sarah from Moscow Russia and Dawn from New Zealand. I am fascinated to hear from people all over the world. Then there are my loyal readers from down under like Joolz, FFHousemouse, Mrs T, Mrs Rumbo, Emily, Judy, Roni, Sandra, Kylie, Nikki, Beth, Andrea and Amanda just to name a few.
Over the past year my blog has had 198,399 views (with over 100,000 of those views occurring in April this year) and 1,958 comments. Crazy, considering I thought that no one was even going to read this blog. Then there is my Facebook page. I now have 2,362 likes on Facebook. This sky rocketed after Baby Mac & Emily from Have a Laugh on Me shared one of my posts on their Facebook pages. Thanks for spreading the love guys, without the support from other bloggers I would be nothing.
Well, considering I wasn’t feeling the blogging love this morning I have certainly changed my tune. Feeling so much love right now from all of my lovely readers. THANKS A MILLION to all of you for supporting me. I love to hear from you in the comments. Life can get pretty lonely out here so it is great to have a chat to all of you. Thanks so much for all of your kind words over the past month. It blows my mind how gorgeous you all are. Gives me goosebumps.
THANKS! You have no idea how much I appreciate you reading this. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I am having a quiet one here at Chardy HQ and hope to catch up on a few things. Everyone will be out mustering for the next 5 days which means I won’t have them in for Smoko or lunch each day – yippee!!! Mr Chardy must have thought I might get bored so he has asked me to mow the lawn today.
Over and out.