15 Things I Want to Pass on From Three Years of Blogging

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Absolutely Prabulous, my Fourth Child is Three Years Old!

November is a mad month for me and my fam.  Two nephews’ birthdays, parents’ anniversary, two of my kids have birthdays three days apart (hail my legendary family planning skills NOT) and the day after the second of those birthdays, my blog has its birthday (or blogiversary as it’s known).  Now nature and biology are what they are; I couldn’t do an awful lot about my kids’ dates of birth once the baby-making deed was done. But quite why I chose to launch my blog the same week in which I am drowning in birthday organisation and my kitchen is covered in flour,sugar and eggs, I will never know.  Excuse me while I sit down.

Anyway, I Thought I’d Write a Blogiversary Post…

Now I’ve never written one of these before as it didn’t dawn on me to do so and frankly I wouldn’t think I have much to say.  However, I’ve noticed blogiversary posts here and there and it got me thinking that it would be a good idea to get a few thoughts down.  I mean surely  I’ve learned something right? So here you go, these are just fifteen of the many things I’ve learned in three years of blogging!

 

1) Almost Every Blogger Goes Through Blog Angst and Eventually Comes out the Other Side (one way or another)

Blog angst? I could write the book on it. Trying to do it all: write great content, build that  Faceberk/Twatter/Instaglam following, read a dozen posts on just one linky and comment my bits off to support my fellow bloggers (and maybe pick up a new follower) get published on other sites in the hope of traffic and backlink benefit, work with brands offering nice-to-have products and ambassadeurship opportunities, writing sponsored posts that don’t make me feel like I’m selling my soul, earning an income SOMEHOW out of the whole damned gig.  I could go on!    I’ve written about the whole blog/family/life balance thing in Confessions of a Guilty Blogger and I Love Blogging but I’ve Made a Decision.  What’s more, recently I read a cracking one by Squished Blueberries on this issue.  I still go through phases (frequent phases ha ha) of wondering what I’m doing but I think I’m more at peace now than I ever have been with my blog (my close blogging friends will probably laugh reading that bit).  I think more or less bloggers can be split into four categories:

Some bloggers lose themselves down a rabbit hole and give up altogether.
Some make their peace upon recognising the enormity of effort required and settle for doing what they can when they can.
Some decide what they want from blogging from the start and go after that.
Some have a laid back approach to the whole thing but end up being unexpectedly successful.

 

2) It’s okay to Write What People Want to Read but Don’t Forget to Write for Yourself Too

Now I know the super league élite will shake their heads at this.  Obviously, if your game plan from the word go is to build a highly-monetised blog with incredible monthly stats, this doesn’t apply. That game plan involves writing specific content in a calculated stye.  But I honestly believe it’s so important to write posts for you, posts that are straight from the heart whether they’re sensitive or controversial, content that says what you really feel rather than soulless words you’re typing just to be seen to have typed them, posts you simply have to share no matter if it’s only you and your mum reading them.  As the Glorious Life said recently (in a post about blogging) the one thing that you have is you.  Nobody can write what’s in your heart like you can, because it’s in your heart.  Nuff said.

 

3) It’s Fab to Win a Blog Award but Life Doesn’t Change Much and You Still Have to do the Laundry

A tongue in cheek one here!  Winning my BiBs award was the biggest highlight of this year.  I still smile about it. It was also an interesting lesson…I went through a lot of doubt wondering if every post I wrote had to be amazing after that.  I wouldn’t say I had any more brand approaches than those I was already receiving.  And rather annoyingly I still need to do  mum things. Pfft.

 

4) You Learn SO Much as a Blogger…but You’ll Never Know Everything

I often think I don’t know much about blogging, yet repeatedly there are examples of just how much I’ve learned in the last three years.  From building my site to how to get Faceberk to stop pulling the wrong images to SEO best practice to cross-posting to duplicate content penalties to photoshop to THIS! (<p>&nbsp;</p>) to plugins to DA’s to putting the right person at the front of a tweet to getting grips with YouTube to hashtags to the correct social media images sizes…the list goes on.  Yet despite knowing a crazy amount of stuff and being quite fluent in blog speak, it’s impossible to know everything. I can still spend hours trying to figure something technical out which once figured out, will then change some time later due to Google changing its rules or Faceberk messing around yet abloodygain with its algorithm or Instagram deciding it no longer allows this, that or the other.

 

5) Not Everybody Understands Reciprocity and at Some Point You Probably Will Experience a Bloggers Behaving Badly Incident

Yeah…I’ll let than one hang there in the air for a while and perhaps elaborate on that in the future. For the time being I’ll just say, be kind.  Good karma is…well exactly that. Good.   Sharing someone else’s post doesn’t take long and it makes them SO happy. Pay it forward.  The blogosphere is big enough; there is room for all of us. And when another blogger does you a kind deed, be it sharing a post with a big write up or just a simple RT, thank you goes a long way.  I know we all get busy doing life and sometimes the day/week gets away from us. But thank you takes seconds. Just saying.

 

6) Content Will Aways Win over Design but a Shiny Looking Blog Doesn’t Hurt!

Okay, we know it.  You can have the sexiest best designed blog everrrr. But if you’re not writing engaging/useful/moving/informative/relateable (pick your adjective of choice depending on what you’re all about) content that people want to read, then it really doesn’t matter how nice your blog looks, that reader ain’t staying.  However, just throwing in my AbPrab tuppence worth here, it doesn’t hurt to have a well designed blog that is easy on the eye. (Ignore the design of mine, it’s driving me nuts after three years and I need a change!) I’ll be honest, superficial as this may make me sound, I’ve immediately clicked away from blogs the layout/colour/fonts of which gave me a headache. If your site is easy to navigate and half decent, it MAY just be the difference between that person staying on your blog a wee bit longer to see what else you have to say and clicking away. Simples.  Talking of content:

 

7) You Can Spend Days Labouring over a Post You Think is the Best Thing Ever and it Bombs, Then Bash one out in Minutes and it Goes Viral

Go figure.  This is why I’m not sure scheduling posts actually works for me.  I find they are the ones that are too thought out and almost a bit soulless.  The ones I write after a whimsical idea work best.  So I’ve decided not to put the same level of meticulousness into every post I write, as I used to.  I’ve actually made myself let posts go out recently that are 90% ok instead of endlessly reworking them as I used to.  Hubster once told me the saying:

Better an imperfect plan executed today than a perfect plan put off til tomorrow.

 

I kind of agree even though the perfectionist in me wanted to rip her own ears off when he first said it.  He also said something else which has turned out be proven right time and time again.  In fact, this very post has been one of those examples because I almost scrapped it thinking it would just come across as self-aggrandising rather than helpful (and am just adding this bit a week after original publication as so many people have described is a really useful tips post):

Don’t second guess whether you should publish a post because it’s ‘not good enough’. It’s not actually up to you to decide what people do and don’t want to read. It’s up to them. So just write the damned post!

In fact, this also ties in with something else he pointed out (number 8).  Honestly, I might want to wring his neck sometimes but the man doth speak sense:

 

8) You Need to Learn What to Write for Human Eyes and What to Write for Google Eyes

Love it! Epiphanyyyyyyyy. (Can you hear me singing that?)  Believe it or not, not every post needs to be a masterpiece. No I’m not at all encouraging churning out post after post at the expense of quality.  However, it is in fact alright to write some posts with enormous attention to detail on all fronts while publishing others in which you have invested very little time, (purely to score brownie points off those Google bots who have a thing for regular posting).

 

9) Blogging Can Help You Find a Sense of Purpose

I love my kids but SAHM motherhood can make you lose yourself in a parenting wilderness of permanently sticky floors and endless birthday parties.  Launching AbPrab helped me find a huge part of me again that had somehow got lost along the way with all the nappy changing, packed lunches and homework. It has also ignited in me a dream I never knew I actually had…to write for newspapers or magazines or I don’t know SOMETHING that I’d never ever have thought to do if it weren’t for AbPrab.

 

10) Your Blog Goals Can Change and That is Just Fine.

I can’t imagine there are many bloggers whose outlook hasn’t slightly shifted or indeed fully metamorphosed since they started out.  I’m mulling over my own goals a fair bit at present and I may change my mind next week (I’m a Pisces after all) but I think I’m leaning away from heavy monetisation of my blogette. I’ll still carry on deriving some income from it but I think I may instead pursue paid content writing.

 

11) Getting on the HuffPost is Nice for Your Media Kit but…That’s About It.

I hesitated to include this as I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble.  I see posts from ecstatic bloggers excitedly announcing they’ve got on to the Huff – and yes I did that too and I’ll be honest there is still something nice about seeing my name and bio under that hallowed Huff header – but sadly, it is well documented that it does nothing to drive traffic to one’s site. I guess the exception might be if they feature you on their front page as a pick of the day/week.  Once I realised that was the case for me, I stopped contributing regularly and just picked the occasional post to send to them. I then decided to submit more often when I remembered I do get the benefit of the powerful Huff backlink which helps DA score. Except guess what?  Rumour has it this is no longer the case because of changes made to the HuffPost platform and follow link policy.  No more link juice baby.

 

12) Blogging Gives You a Legitimate Excuse to Make Friends Online Without Feeling like a Weirdo!

And if you’re a blogger you don’t need me to explain that one. At. All.  Seriously, the camaraderie I am blessed to have with Cuddle Fairy, Island Living 365, Just Saying Mum, Life Love and Dirty Dishes, Life with Baby Kicks, Mum Muddling Through, Motherhood the Real Deal and Mess Stress and Fancy Dress some of whom I speak to often, many of whom I go to with blog queries and all of whom make me laugh.  Then there are those friendships with those I don’t speak to as regularly but adore such as Beauty Baby & Me (Fi is so good for my ego!), Mess and Merlot (Charlie = total honey), Mumbelievable (sickenly beautiful with the coolest blog name to boot), Muma on the Edge and This Mum’s Life both of whom are riotously funny. I can’t possibly name everyone but I am so grateful for all my blog mates.  And yes, I’m fully aware that Google isn’t going to like me link-packing this paragraph but sometimes you’ve just got to give your friends a shout out. #rebel

 

13) Blog Success is Subjective (and some of it is smoke and mirrors)

Crazy monthly traffic?  Collabs with amazing brands?  High engagement? Awards?  High Klout/Tots scores?  A DA above 40?  We all see blog success differently.  And sometimes all is not what it may seem.  None of us really knows what is going on behind the scene screen with a blogger. I’ve been lucky (and totally bemused I might add) to be described in high terms by my fellow bloggers and often go to cafes/ladies’ nights out and meet total strangers who recognise me and talk effusively about the blog. I’m taken aback and think really?  But I’m not earning large, I’m not working with a huge amount of brands, my DA is in the respectable bracket but not high high.  Meanwhile other bloggers look at me (I”m told) in terms of the award and other finalist place or the not too shabby looking blog design or…or…whatever it is that makes them think I’m in some blog super league because honestly I’ve no idea what they’re looking at!!  Ultimately I’m too close to it anyway but I’m convinced it’s all relative and what one perceives as a successful blog can just be a case of smoke and mirrors.

 

14) Do What Suits YOU First Because Nobody’s Paying as Much Attention to Your Blog as You Are.

I know. GASP!  It’s truuuuuuue.  (Well alright not if you’re a super uber mega league blogger whose every post people are hanging on for.)  I’m not being unkind; I just mean when we are too close to something, we think everyone notices what we see.  Fact is, unless you’re on an official deadline (linky hosting, guest posting or publishing a sponsored post) nobody will even notice if you don’t publish that post today, or tweet 30 times on Wednesday or Instagram the hell out of your whole week.  And if they notice, they’re hardly going to hold it against you.  Fair enough, I’ve been caught out by subscribers wondering if they missed an email from me (mental note to self, send out next email to my subscriber list).  I freely admit, I need to take my own advice here as I get into the flow writing and stay up blogging when I should just go the hell to bed or shut the laptop and hug my kids on the sofa in front of a film already! But I’ve become aware of it and am working on it.

When all is said done, you just have to do what works for you, your family, your sanity…  As Louise of Squished Blueberries put it so eloquently in her fab post Some Thoughts about Life and Blogging

I will never write a post because I feel like I should, because everyone else is writing those kind of posts, because I think it’s what other people want to read, because people might search for it on google, or because someone has given me a free pack of ham.

 

 

15) Fight Your Fear and Do Things You Didn’t Think You’d Ever Do

Vlogging is my big one.  Seriously, if I can put my aversion to seeing and hearing myself to one side, then anyone can!

Oh…looky look..talking of vlogging…

 

 

I know I’ll remember ten more things tomorrow but I bashed this post out super fast as I’m trying not to over think all my posts to death!  The other reason is that it’s now time for my linky with Becky to go live, I need to talk to another blogger regarding something and I still haven’t made dinner and my kids are starving.  (And tonight’s delectation is baked beans on toast because Mum’s been too busy blogging…what was that about balance?)

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52 Comments on 15 Things I Want to Pass on From Three Years of Blogging

  1. Sue
    November 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm (5 months ago)

    Congratulations on 3 years Prabs to me that is a wonderful achievement. Thank you so much for writing this as you have described what I’m currently going through perfectly and I’ve only been blogging for two years. My word this year was Balance but I found I was so caught up with all you’ve described in blogging that I didn’t really succeed at that. You’ve given me encouragement to keep going! Have a fabulous day! #candidcuddles

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    • prabs
      November 21, 2016 at 11:36 pm (5 months ago)

      What a lovely thing to say. I’m delighted my ramblings on and ON (honestly I do go on) inspired you 🙂 KEEP GOING!

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  2. Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    November 21, 2016 at 8:41 pm (5 months ago)

    I love this post, I love this vlog and I flippin love this blog! A great post and video – I always feel good after reading what you’ve got to say and it’s just what I needed on this rainy Monday night xxx #candidcuddles

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    • prabs
      November 21, 2016 at 11:36 pm (5 months ago)

      And that comment is what I needed at the end of a LONG day blogging and vlogging and fighting with photoshop etc etc! Gorgeous words.

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  3. justsayingmum
    November 22, 2016 at 10:04 am (5 months ago)

    Love this post – I’m so new to blogging that this gave me huge inspiration – so honest and so real. I love the bloggers behaving badly part and your husband’s wise words too. We overthink a lot as bloggers and funnily enough I’ve stopped scheduling posts and write when I feel inspired (who am I kidding – I’ve never bloody scheduled – I am not a pro blogger!). Such an interesting read lovely and really enjoyed your vlog too – blogger angst! I’m binning that feeling once and for all because it has consumed me recently and I’ve got to put things into perspective. I need to read that post by Louise as I’ve really changed my approach recently – have you noticed?!!! My 11 subscribers that I now have now I’ve switched from wordpress to squarespace! xx running our own race lovely!

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  4. Vidya Sury
    November 23, 2016 at 8:34 am (5 months ago)

    Prabs, I just met you and for the third time in my life, I believe in love at first sight. (And no, one of these three is not my husband, :D)

    I’ve got a crick in my neck nodding and agreeing with everything you said, and I am giggling so hard, my husband, who’s working in the other room is probably wondering if I’ve finally lost it.

    It’s Fab to Win a Blog Award but Life Doesn’t Change Much and You Still Have to do the Laundry–I so endorse that!

    Hugs, hugs, hugs. So happy to meet you via #CandidCuddles at mi.vidyasury.com ❤️

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 12:54 am (5 months ago)

      What wonderful comments Vidya! Thank you so much. Popping over to yours now.

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  5. Vidya Sury
    November 23, 2016 at 8:35 am (5 months ago)

    Okay, got so excited reading your post that I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS, Superwoman!

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  6. ShinnersandtheBrood
    November 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm (5 months ago)

    Congrats on three years! I always love reading this type of post but this one is the best of it’s kind – funnt, enaging and informative at the same time – no woners you’ve done so well in three years! Some folk just have it! #UKBloggerClub

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    • prabs
      November 23, 2016 at 8:25 pm (5 months ago)

      Oh my what a GORGEOUS comment (when you massage my ego I don’t care about the typos 🙂 )

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  7. Random Musings
    November 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy blogiversary! I loved this post and I agree with so many of your points – the friends you make, the things you learn that you’d never even heard of before blogging etc.
    You have come so far and done so well and it still shocks me that you don’t know why people think that!
    I won’t comment on the Huff Post part because I don’t want to upset anyone haha 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK
    Debbie

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    • prabs
      November 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm (5 months ago)

      Oh Debs you made me well up. I think in some ways I hope I never figure it out because then I’ll become complacent or even worse full of myself! I just look at all the things that are ‘wrong’ with my blog and work habits I guess. Thanks for reading x

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  8. My Petit Canard
    November 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy blogiversary lovely! Snap, I just celebrated my three years this week too 🙂 Loved reading your post, totally nodding my head to each and every point. That husband of yours sounds like a wise one, good advice 😉 Emily x

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    • prabs
      November 23, 2016 at 8:47 pm (5 months ago)

      Ah thanks Em! I was worried it was a bit too honest, even by own standards!

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  9. Mackenzie Glanville
    November 24, 2016 at 7:46 am (5 months ago)

    It is great to hear all your advice, I started two years ago, but still feel like a complete newbie who loves advice! Make sure you celebrate with some bubbly xx

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks Mackenzie.

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  10. Wendy
    November 24, 2016 at 9:57 am (5 months ago)

    Fab post hun, sat here nodding like a mad woman but everything you’ve said is spot on xx #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm (5 months ago)

      Ha thanks Wendy

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  11. Alana - Burnished Chaos
    November 24, 2016 at 2:28 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy Blogoversary. Great post with lots of great tips, especially for a newbie like me constantly questioning whether I’m doing enough/too much etc
    #CandidCuddles

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  12. Jo (MotherofTeenagers)
    November 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm (5 months ago)

    Prabs you have some very wise words here and as a newbie nearly every point has resonated with me. I am definitely in the 2nd category of blogger. I do enjoy it but recognise that it is full on if you are to be successful and after a period of beating myself up decided that I needed to start with small steps. Writing (not to schedule but ideally twice a week) and twitter, plus trying to get a handle on the whole technology side of things which I am pretty crap at is enough for now. Love the quote from your husband. Never a truer word. #bloggerclubuk

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  13. Louise | Squished Blueberries
    November 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (5 months ago)

    I flipping love this post (and not just because if the lovely shout out and link but thank you for those ;-))
    I do look up to you as a brilliant blogger because I just love your writing. Nothing to do with site design or awards or follower numbers or brand work, which I agree can all be smoke and mirrors to some extent. Superb writing that comes straight from the heart speaks for itself and I love your posts for that. It’s so refreshing to hear you talk about the same questions and insecurities and wobbles that I have about blogging when you have already done so well with it. I agree with everything you’ve said so I’ll stop here before the flattery becomes obnoxious! Congratulations on three years blogging, I hope I’m still going at that point! Xx

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm (5 months ago)

      no carry on I love flattery lol! thanks lovely.

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  14. Mess and Merlot
    November 24, 2016 at 3:59 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy Blogiversary Prabs! I’m *just* coming out the other side of point 1 so it’s reassuring to see it there top of your list! Gosh 3 years, good work, you’ve achieved loads. Point 7 I can totally relate to, pressing the publish button is just so stressful, I never think the post is properly ‘done’. Point 13 haha my Hubby still thinks I’m a weirdo for this – he really doesn’t get it and to be fair I can see where he’s coming from but honestly the highlight of Blogfest for me was being able to meet some of these gorgeous people I’ve been chattering with online over the past 10 months. Point 13, hey, everybody can’t be wrong can they? Big up yourself Missus!! x

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    • prabs
      November 25, 2016 at 12:21 am (5 months ago)

      So gutted I didn’t come to Blogfest. Might just have to come to Ireland 🙂 Thanks for the lovely words.

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm (5 months ago)

      awwwwww reloving your reread 🙂

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  15. Helen
    November 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm (5 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing. I’m new to blogging so I’m still finding my feet. I love #9, I’m finding that it’s already giving me a sense of purpose. Happy bloggiversary! #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 months ago)

      Thank you Helen. Love that blog name btw.

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  16. MMT
    November 24, 2016 at 8:41 pm (5 months ago)

    I think every single blogger out there can learn a thing or two from this Prabs! I totally hear you re. the writing for yourself thing. I have no idea where or why I blog sometimes, but something just keeps me coming back…guess I’m hooked. Doing all the things you mention will certainly keep the flame alive x Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks for reading love.

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  17. Rhyming With Wine
    November 24, 2016 at 10:40 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy bloggy birthday!! It’s so refreshing to read some lovely down to earth advice and tips. I love the “human eyes / Google eyes” epiphany, and I think you’ve nailed it when you say that everyone has a different blogging purpose and different goals or measures of blog success. I guess we all just need to find where we each fit in this blogging universe and make our peace with what we can achieve in the time that we can each throw at it. Congratulations on an amazing and very well deserved year for Absolutely Prabulous! x #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      November 24, 2016 at 10:47 pm (5 months ago)

      Have I told you lately that I love you? 🙂

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  18. Ting at My Travel Monkey
    November 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy blogiversary Prabs! Great post – I was pretty much nodding my head with every single one. Not the Huff Post one, though. That is a feat I have yet to achieve!

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    • prabs
      November 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm (5 months ago)

      Ah thank you.

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  19. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    November 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy blogaversary Prabsy!! Your advice is all wonderful! I am shocked you still have to do the laundry after winning your blog award though I mean really!? What is that about? We all have blog angst, guilt, worry & despair from time to time. I agree we should do what suits us as it’s our space & that’s what keeps readers coming back. You are a regular pro at the vlogging now – love your video on location. #candidcuddles

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    • prabs
      November 27, 2016 at 1:16 am (5 months ago)

      Ha ha thanks partner!

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  20. five little doves
    November 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm (5 months ago)

    Happy blogiversary! I still need to learn so many of these things – mainly the writing for google eyes. I haven’t yet got to the stage where I am writing with google in mind but I’m sure I will get there when I manage to get to grips with everything else!! I love that you have made a move into vlogging, I’m still plucking up the courage for that too! #bigpinklink

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    • prabs
      November 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm (5 months ago)

      Hello! There is too much to remember! And now I’ve added vlogging to my pile!

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  21. claire
    November 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm (5 months ago)

    This is an awesome post, and so helpful and reassuring. Thanks so much for sharing it! I still feel so new to it all, so posts like this are fantastic x #bigpinklink

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    • prabs
      November 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm (5 months ago)

      Ah I’m so glad!

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  22. Something About Baby
    November 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm (5 months ago)

    Wait, are you telling me that when you win an award, it doesn’t come with a free cleaner for the year?! What’s the point then?! (Joking, well deserved of course!) Happy blogiversary, I hope there are many more to come x #MarvMondays

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    • prabs
      November 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm (5 months ago)

      Not sure what I like more. The joke or the fact I didn’t link to #marvmondays lol

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  23. Hattie - Coffee & Bubbles
    November 30, 2016 at 10:55 am (5 months ago)

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    Some really good points here. I’ve just been going through a major blog block and it has been stressing me out for no real reason. I need to remember to write for me, not for my Rise position or my Klout or Tots100 score.
    Very true about making friends too, that was a completely unexpected bonus for me!
    #bigpinklink

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    • prabs
      November 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm (5 months ago)

      The friends thing is awesome! Everyone hits a blog block. Thanks for reading.

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  24. Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes
    November 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm (5 months ago)

    This is all so true. You can get lost in a whirlwind of you must do this, this, this, and don’t forget that. I just do it my way now, and if I don’t have time to tick all the boxes, the world keeps turning! Love my blog family x #blogstorm

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    • prabs
      November 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm (5 months ago)

      Indeed it does keep turning; well put. Ah blog families are the best 🙂

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  25. Crummy Mummy
    November 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm (5 months ago)

    I have been blogging for almost 4 years and all this is so true – especially the one about labouring over a post which dives, while another you didn’t think about much goes mental! #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      November 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm (5 months ago)

      Keeps us on our toes I suppose!

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  26. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    December 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm (4 months ago)

    I’ve read this numerous times – I bloody love you Prabs! This is just you, straightforward, to the point (eventually) and a massive dose of common sense. Keep on blogging…..

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    • prabs
      December 29, 2016 at 12:23 am (4 months ago)

      lol eventually! cheeky thing. I do ramble on don’t I? but thanks for the gorgeous words xx

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