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Looking back at 2015 and planning for the year ahead

When I think back 18 months to when I decided to start this little blog, I honestly had no idea that I'd still be writing posts at the end of 2015.

This year has been a pretty big deal for me blog wise. I have worked with some fantastic brands including JD Sports, Jamie's Italian, Little Passports, Primula and George at Asda.

I have been able to take my little family on some awesome trips including a week long holiday to France with eurocamp, to the theatre to see Stick Man and Dinosaur Zoo and to the premier of the new Teletubbies series.

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To top that all off, I actually started to make money. Real money. It's pretty amazing really because a year and a half ago I had no idea you could make money blogging.

In February I started the Twinkly Tuesday linky, in March I started my Mummascribbles meets series and in August I started my Working mums series.  I am so proud of all three of these things. Having so many people link up on a weekly basis,  introducing so many wonderful bloggers through my blog and discussing being a working mum with some amazing women has just been fantastic. 

In June I attended my first ever blogging conference in which the lovely people at Kidster were my sponsors. It was both nerve-wracking and exciting but I learnt so much and met up with an amazing bunch of people who are my blogging buddies.

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In July I was selected as Netmums blog of the day with my post about the London bombings and in August, I had my first ever post published by The Huffington Post. Pretty exciting stuff.

2015 has been pretty epic so where do I go from here?

Finding time to blog can be quite difficult on top of my full time job and being a mum but I'm pretty sure that with my lovely new blog planner I can get myself a bit more organised and hopefully continue the success I've had this year.  There are a few things that I want to work on though so here is my plan for 2016.

Write
This may sound silly but I want to write more and spread posts out a bit better. I am one of those people who writes something and feels the need to publish it straight away. This means that sometimes the beginning of the week can be post heavy with less towards the end of the week. I need to schedule better so this is something I'll be working on.

Photography
Working on my photography is something I want to focus on in 2016. It's ok but it could definitely be improved. I got a Samsung phone a few months ago which has a fantastic camera on it. My main problem is that most of my photos are of Zach who sadly doesn't get the concept of staying still for a photo which means lots of blurry images!

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Instagram
I'm pretty good on social media I think, however I know I need to up my game on Instagram. It kind of ties in with the improving my photography so maybe you can all expect to see my photograph practice on instagram!

Technology
I am putting away all of the money I have earnt from my blog and I will be at some point in the new year treating myself to a laptop. At the moment I have to share the PC with the other half and it just doesn't do what I need it to do. I need a laptop that has everything I require – I am still trying to figure out which one that is so feel free to tell me what you use! 

I am also in the process of redesigning my blog.  I already have a fab new theme and am currently trying to make it look better and navigate better. It's not a quick task though when you have a million other things to do!

More blogging events
I am already booked up to attend the Blognix Retreat in February but there are more events that I want to attend next year.  I am deciding on Britmums but I'll definitely be trying to go to Blogfest. These events aren't only fantastic for learning but also for meeting up with my gorgeous blogging buddies!

Working with more brands
I love working with brands. There is nothing that makes you feel more professional as a blogger than working with companies who want you to advertise for them. It is also extremely flattering as well. I hope to team up with more wonderful products and hopefully run a few competitions for you.

So there are a few of my plans for the coming year. I cannot wait to get started. Thank you for all of your support over the last year. Thank you for all of your comments,  all of the time you taken to read my posts, all of the follows I've had on my social media. I may do the writing but if it wasn't for you, it wouldn't be anywhere near as fun.

Happy New Year – I wish you all a wonderful 2016.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Mim

    Love you and your brilliant blog! You've achieved so much this year, can't wait to see what 2016 brings! x x x

    December 31, 2015 at 11:56 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww Mim thank you so much πŸ™‚ it was funny looking back and realising just how much I’ve done in a year. It’s easy to forget but it’s been pretty amazing. Hopefully it will continue πŸ™‚ love you too lady…will be sending you so much love and strength in 2016 xxx

      December 31, 2015 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Tim

    A busy year, Lisa – and you should be proud of what you've achieved. Hopefully will get the chance to catch up again at Blogfest or Britmums. Have a great New Year!

    December 31, 2015 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks Tim – very proud πŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ll see you at one of the events! Happy new year to you all xx

      January 3, 2016 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Mummy Fever

    SOme great achievements and super goals – Happy New year! #TheList

    January 1, 2016 at 9:59 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks lovely – happy new year to you too xx

      January 3, 2016 at 7:25 am
  • Reply Laura's Lovely Blog

    What great achievements I shall pop by for your next Twinkly Tuesday (great name) and I hope 2016 is even more successful for you πŸ™‚ #thelist

    January 1, 2016 at 10:21 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you and you are so welcome for Twinkly Tuesday – it’ll be back this week πŸ™‚ happy new year πŸ™‚

      January 3, 2016 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Carry On Katy

    Gosh you've achieved so much in such a shirt amount of time! I take my hat off to you! (I'm actually wearing one right now…its minion themed of course!)

    I'm planning on doing lots more as I have quit my jobs and I'm moving to Wales where my folks can help with the kids. Amen to that!!

    Looking forward to seeing all your fancy new pics on instagram! Happy new year beaut!xx

    #thelist

    January 1, 2016 at 10:51 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Wow big changes for you lovely! I dream of the day I can quit my job hehe! Probably not gonna happen though! I look forward to hearing all of your 2016 adventures. Happy new year darling xx

      January 3, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Lucy@bottlefor2

    Well done you. I've really stuggled to keep the blog going when I went back to work. It is such hard work doing both.

    I plan to start up a new business this year, which will be lots of hard work, but hopefully rewarding eventually. Not sure what toll that will take on bottlefor2.com but I will be blogging as part of my new enterprise, so I wont be leaving it behind. I will put everything I have learned in the last year to good use. I hope to keep both up..

    I am also going to Blognix retreat in Feb so I'll see you there! Missed you at Britmums 2015.

    All the best for the New Year, Lucy

    #Thelist

    January 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Oooo yay! Blognix is on such a smaller scale I have no doubt that I will see you there πŸ™‚ wishing you all the best with the new business – look forward to seeing it all unfold πŸ™‚ happy new year!

      January 3, 2016 at 7:30 am
  • Reply wendy

    Sounds like you've had an amazing year Lisa and really well deserved, I love your blog. Twinkly Tuesday was the first linky I ever joined so I'm a bit sentimental when it comes to your blog. We share lots of the same blogging goals. I hope 2016 is just as good for you as the last xx #TheList 

    January 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Ahh bless you – I love having you at TT πŸ™‚ I’ll be back with it on Tuesday this week πŸ™‚ wishing you luck with your blogging goals – I kept it quite realistic haha so not too much pressure. I have a lot to juggle! Happy new year πŸ™‚ xx

      January 3, 2016 at 7:32 am

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