Brand new blogger – 3 months in

Brand new blogger – 3 months in

I’m not really a brand new blogger anymore, but since I’ve written about being a newbie twice already, I thought I’d round it off nicely with one more post.

I’ve now been running Muffin top mummy for three months and wanted to share my progress and updates. The wins, the losses and everything else in-between.

I’m still loving the blog-life and it has completely changed my maternity leave for the better. If you’re reading this and wondering whether to start, I totally recommend it!

A brand new blogger… the good stuff

  • I’ve been included in two more Britmums round-ups this month – both the poetry and the book review posts.
  • I’ve written my first sponsored post (yay!) and have been sent some brilliant things to test out and review. I’m still working on how I want my sponsored posts and reviews to read as I’d like them to tell a story and be engaging. I’m happy with how my first ones have turned out, and will try and stick to the same style.
  • The utterly amazing Sarah from A mundane life blog created a brand new logo for Muffin top mummy. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s very cool! I actually asked for something completely different and boring – but she worked her magic and won me over with this beautiful design (FYI I’d totally recommend her if you’re looking for a new logo. She hasn’t paid/begged/bribed me to write this either!).
  • Following on from the excitement of my logo, I also designed some business cards. Now technically, I don’t go anywhere to hand out these cards… but I figured it’s best to be prepared, right!?
  • I also decided to up my picture game and so purchased a beautiful first set of stock photos from Little Paper Swans. In fact, I went one step further and signed up to her phone photography course which started this week. Her pictures are gorgeous and I figured I’ve got a lot to learn in the photography department. I’m hoping that these 2 purchases combined help make everything look that little bit more professional and appealing. Plus, it’s always handy to have more skills!

Learnings From 3 Months of Blogging

… and the challenges

  • My monthly views are still pretty low (so thank you for being one of them!). I’m sure it’s a combination of being so new in the blogging world and still trying to pin down my style. They’ve been rising monthly, but the impatient child in me wants to see them shoot up!
  • On the subject of developing my style, I’m still trying to pin down my voice, niche and what I bring to my blog readers. I’ve got some ideas of the direction I’d like to go – but since the blog is still in it’s infancy, I’m sure a strong style will develop naturally anyway.
  • I’m hoping my DA will increase from 1 this month as it should be enough time for Moz to pick up my blog and all of the guest posting I’ve done. Fingers crossed!
  • I’ve finally succumbed to trying to grow my Pinterest account. I’ve been testing Tailwind and Boardbooster and I’m currently totally stuck about which one I’m going to use. It hasn’t really boosted my traffic yet, but I can see how it might eventually lead to big views.
  • Managing my time is still a huge challenge – deciding whether to blog, plan, guest post or work on one my social channels is tough. With only so many hours in the day and most of them taken up by a cheeky little madam, investing my time wisely is my ultimate goal. I’ve resigned to the fact that right now, I’m still finding my groove with it all. I’m hoping my groove materialises one day!
So there you have it, possibly my final brand new blogger update.

I’m sure I’ll catch you up every so often, there’s so much to learn and so many opportunities to grow. Please let me know in the comments if there’s anything else that you think I should be focusing on – as always, I appreciate your help!

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15 Comments

  1. May 19, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy first 3 months blogging! I’m kind of glad I started a long time ago – we didn’t even have Pinterest then. There was so much less to get your head around and you just blogged for bloggings sake. You’ll soon increase your views. Concentrate on commenting on other people’s posts and joining in with linkys you enjoy and you’ll soon grow your numbers and make friends along the way. Here’s to the next 3 months! #TheListLinky

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 19, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you lovely – I still can’t get over how much there is to do/learn! Slow & steady wins the race right?

  2. Crysscrafts
    May 19, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    I love this post! I’ve been checking out your blog for a while and I was impressed to realize that you’re only a few months into this! As a new blogger myself, I’ve been going through some of the same challenges so it’s good to know that I’m not alone. One thing I wish I could see more of on your page is your YouTube channel. I watched your intro video that you posted, but I’d love to see more!

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 19, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Awww thank you lovely 😊 that’s so nice to hear! I need to get on top of YouTube actually – still struggling with phone storage 😂 but I’ll get on it just for you!

      • Crysscrafts
        May 19, 2017 / 5:24 pm

        Awesome! looking forward to new vids!

  3. May 20, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a great three months! I’m interested in the phone photography course too, it looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 20, 2017 / 1:49 pm

      I’ve already learnt so many ways I’m going wrong – and it’s only 3 lessons in! 😊

  4. May 20, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    This is a great post. I’m new to blogging too and still very much trying to decide how to balance my time between various writing/ promoting/ having fun on social media! Good luck with growing yours 🙂 #blogstravaganza

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 20, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      You too! I can’t wait to find a balance 😊 (hopefully) x

  5. May 20, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    You are smashing it!! We are new too as it’s been since about end of January and I have no idea what is going on most of the time but you sound like you have your head screwed on and know exactly where you wanna be and I love your logo!! xx #Blogstravaganza

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 20, 2017 / 7:26 pm

      Thank you 😊 I do feel slightly all over the place in terms of trying to work out what I’m supposed to do to grow… but I’m sure it all works out at some point haha! We can do this! X

  6. May 20, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Wow, you’ve accomplished so much in such a shirt space of time. You’re doing a great job, don’t get hung up on the stats, keep doing what you’re doing and they’ll come x
    #TheListLinky

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 20, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      Ah thank you 😊

  7. May 21, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Great post as I’ve been blogging for three months too!! I’m no where near as close to my goals as you are though, you sound as though you are bombing it! I love your nane and your logo! Keep going! I’m right behind you! X
    Liz
    #thelistlinky

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 21, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Aww thank you 😘 it’s a lot of effort isn’t it!?

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