Someone’s Mum turns two years old today. It is hard to put into words the impact that those two years have had on me. I have given up my career of a decade, learned new skills, met new friends and found a new career that I am passionate about. I love almost everything about blogging – the writing, the creativity, the way it inspires me to try new things and improve. I love being able to stay in my own home, look after my children when they are poorly, take my son to his appointments. I love being my own boss.
I love learning about photography. I love buying and mastering new gadgets. I love being able to give my family treats that we would otherwise never afford.
There are challenges. Working from home is never easy, especially when work needs to be done in a very short space of time. Mum guilt is still a constant companion – but I think that all parents will always feel that to some extent.
It is also fun to look back over what I have achieved over the last two years. Of course, these numbers only reveal a tiny part of that. I cannot record the messages I have received here, because they are not mine to make public. But if I have made one person feel less alone, if I have helped one person understand a little more, helped one person with a useful insight or information – then I could not be more happy with what I have achieved.
Through blogging I can provide for my family, fulfil my creativity and passion and reach out to people in the autism community. I can make a difference.
I am so lucky and so grateful.
Two Years of Someone’s Mum
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|Total Unique Users||227, 202||421, 684|
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*Numbers are totals for the life of the blog
Top 3 viewed posts of 2017
Fingerlings Unboxing Review and Giveaway (Entirely down to a popular toy being Googled a lot!)
Social Media Followers
Youtube Views: 25,567
Top 3 Instagram Pictures (Reach)
We are pleased to announce that we are potty training ambassadors for HUGGIES® Pull-Ups® and we have been having great fun (mostly!) while starting Littlest’s journey to wearing ‘big girl’ pants full-time. With the help of their expert, child psychologist and mother of four, Dr Heather Wittenberg, @Huggies have pulled together the most practical and helpful tips to help your child feel confident with potty training. We have known that Littlest has been ready for some time, as she has been showing all 8 Signs of Readiness from the Huggies 6 Steps to Potty Training Success program. The team at Huggies sent us a brilliant box of goodies to get us enthusiastic about starting our journey. (And my goodness, did it work. I think the bag and stickers alone will thrill Littlest for weeks to come!) Each item will help to support the steps in our potty training journey. Check out our full post via the link in my bio. #HUGGIESPullUps #6Steps #ad
This does not fit with the rest of my feed but I am posting it anyway because I am chuffed to bits. I am the @blogosphere_magazine Parent blogger of the Year. I can barely believe it. Massive thanks to my lovely friend Harriet from @tobyandroo, also nominated and pictured. She gave me so much support and encouragement when I was a very new blogger and this has had no small part in giving me the confidence to make blogging my career. She would have been a very deserving winner too. #blogosphereblogawards #ukparentbloggers
Ways People Found Me
— Danielle Duggins (@MumSomeone) June 23, 2017
— Blogosphere Magazine (@BlogosphereM) May 8, 2017
BAPs (Bloody Awesome Parents Awards) – Best Newcomer (Nominated)
BiBs (Brilliance in Blogging Awards) – Fresh Voice (Nominated)
Blogosphere Parenting Blogger of the Year 2017 (Won)
Most Popular Facebook Posts
1. Reached 118,574 people:
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And there we have it…another year.