Blog stats – do you need them and which do you need?

Blog stats - the essentials to know - Bubbablue and me

A couple of weeks ago I shared a post about blog stats and whether you really needed to understand and follow them to be a successful blogger.  While I love numbers and stats, generally I think bloggers worry about them too much, especially new bloggers.  I suppose that’s easy for bloggers to say when they’re seen to be a big blogger (that’s not me), or have been blogging for a while (that IS me).  But I believe you can pick… Continue Reading “Blog stats – do you need them and which do you need?”

Do you need to understand blog stats to grow?

Do you need to understand blog stats to grow - Bubbablue and me

Stats, numbers, trends and google analytics. Words that often scare people but I love them, helped by my background in market research and data.  I can’t get enough of numbers and analysis.  But even I don’t use all of the social media and blog stats available to me.  If I did I’d not have the time to do anything else.  Instead I dip in and out of a variety of analysis websites. But do you really need to stress about… Continue Reading “Do you need to understand blog stats to grow?”

How to start a blog to be proud of

how to start a blog to be proud of

So many people decide to start a blog at this time of year when people are making resolutions and setting goals. Blogs are also becoming more recognisable even to people who aren’t usually spending al their time online.  There’s so many reasons why people want to start a blog: You want to write a book….start with a blog You’re making a change in your life…start a blog You’re starting a challenge….start a blog It’s new year’s resolution time and you… Continue Reading “How to start a blog to be proud of”

Round up of 2016 and looking forward to 2017

Best of 2016 and looking forward to 2017 - Bubbablue and me

Another year is almost over and it’s time we’re all making plans for the upcoming year. I have to admit that I don’t really do resolutions…or planning goals for the year. Because I know I’m unlikely to stop biting my nails after 30 odd years. And goals change so much, it’s enough that we have to do them for work. So I usually have broad aims. For the blog and social media, I’d like to have a better year than… Continue Reading “Round up of 2016 and looking forward to 2017”

A journaling journey from diary to blog

journaling journey from diary to blog - Bubbablue and me

I love blogging and so far that enjoyment hasn’t waned. After 4 years (or is it now 5, I lose count). I think the continued enjoyment is because it’s about us and a way of journaling our life as N grows up. My blog is my journal, my diary, an extension of our life and just part of every day now. Whether it will continue that way as N grows up I don’t know. I pretty much blog daily. Sometimes… Continue Reading “A journaling journey from diary to blog”

My rules for Instagram – how I do it

My rules for Instagram - Bubbablue and me

As far as I’m concerned social media is all about what you make of it. Yes, there’s etiquette, and yes, there are things that people do that are really annoying. But we have to live with that – if they’re happy doing social media one way, then that’s their prerogative. With Instagram, it seems everyone is now on the bandwagon. I’ve been using Instagram for 3 years now, and I love it. The bit about it I don’t like (apart… Continue Reading “My rules for Instagram – how I do it”

BML16 – has the change done it good?

BML16 review - Bubbablue and me

Ok, so I’m miles later at writing up my BML16 experience compared with everyone else.  But I got there eventually, which is better than last year! After last year and hearing this BML was changing to the 1 day format I wasn’t sure whether to buy a ticket or not.  But missing out on a blogging conference and then hearing the buzz from everyone else is terrible.  I didn’t want to miss out, and despite being at another conference the… Continue Reading “BML16 – has the change done it good?”

Colour and creativity at Blogtacular

Colour and creativity at Blogtacular - Bubbablue and me

The last couple of years I’ve followed the excitement around Blogtacular and wanted to go. This year was the time I made it, despite my worry about lack of creativity. Because Blogtacular is a blogging conference attended and loved by creatives, not generally the parenting blog conferences I usually attend. But I decided that getting a different perspective on blogging, and looking for different opportunities and ideas, would make Blogtacular worth attending. Tickets for Blogtacular are more pricy, especially for… Continue Reading “Colour and creativity at Blogtacular”

Pre-Blogtacular – meet me

self portrait for BML

It’s blogging conference season and over the next month I’ve got 2 to go to.  I’ve done my #BML16 introduction, but hadn’t thought to do one for Blogtacular. Only it’s now just over a week away and I’ve realised I really should put myself out there a bit.  Step 1 was remembering about the twitter chats, step 2 is my introduction. For the last couple of years I’ve heard everyone rave about Blogtacular, and having only been to parenting blogging… Continue Reading “Pre-Blogtacular – meet me”

BML16 introduction – this is me

self portrait for BML

I can’t believe that this year’s Britmums Live – or the newly named #BML16 – will be my 4th blogging year attending.  Of course I’m assuming that I can wangle back up childcare in case the OH has a moan or doesn’t confirm what he’s doing anytime soon.  It’s the same every year so I should be there. Last year was great because I could socialise a lot more including with my Oxfordshire blogger buddies.  And for the first time… Continue Reading “BML16 introduction – this is me”