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Mummascribbles is two!

Wow, just wow. I can't believe that I am publishing this post exactly two years after I pressed publish on my very first.

Today, Mummascribbles turns two.

How did that happen? 

Did I see myself still here, still writing two years on?

Honestly? The answer is no. We all start our blogs in the hope that we will manage to find time to write and that we will manage to keep writing half decent posts. Hoping that visitors will keep coming, that people will find us on our social media channels and interact with us on a regular basis. We can all hope that this is the case but over the last two years, I have seen a lot of bloggers come and go.  A lot of course have stayed in the game and I feel very lucky to be a part of that fantastic blogger network. 

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As a full time working mum, time is of the essence. I don't have much of it and that could have been my downfall. Instead I was determined. I found something that I loved, something that was just for me. I have worked hard, I have tried to write regularly so that people know that my blog is current, up to date. There have been times when I have been too busy in my day job and days have gone by without a post going up. There have been weekends when there are no posts because I am having too much fun with Zach. Now at 7 months pregnant, there are days when I just don't have the functioning brain to write. There will always be blips but it's about overcoming them and believing in myself to carry on. 20160616_084404.jpg

Over the past year (since I wrote my first birthday post), I have had so many wonderful opportunities come my way. I have worked with more wonderful brands, been able to take my little family on another holiday when we didn't think we'd be going anywhere and I have been paid money, something that I didn't even know was possible when I first started. 

So what have been the highlights from the last year?

  • I had my first published post on the Huffington Post
  • I became an Emma's Diary blogger
  • I reached 7000 followers on Twitter
  • Twinkly Tuesday is still going strong every week
  • Mummascribbles meets is still going strong
  • I launched my working mum's interview series which has been amazing
  • I have been nominated for 'working parent blogger of the year' in the mumandworking awards (you can vote right here to make me a finalist!)

Pretty awesome right?

Something pretty major happened outside of the blog as well, when in January we discovered we were expecting baby number two

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Knowing that we are expanding to a family of four and knowing that I desperately do not want to return to full time work after my maternity leave makes me so determined to keep going and keep creating these wonderful opportunities. I have recently signed contracts to be the Account Manager for Families (who are merging with Mums in the Know) in the East Herts area. I am already working on getting the site full of fantastic information for the area ready for go live.

It is safe to say that if it wasn't for my blog, I wouldn't have had the experience or confidence to apply for the role, let alone get the position. It is my first 'freelance' opportunity and I really hope that over the coming time there will be more. I plan to use my maternity leave wisely and work on whatever I can to get me in a good position at the end of it. I may be dreaming, I may be kidding myself but with a bit of hard work, I reckon I can do it. 

There are a few people that I want to thank for their sheer awesomeness over the past two years.

Donna from What the Redhead Said for being simply awesome running the UK Parent Bloggers Group, for posting so many amazing 'tips of the day' and for posting countless opportunities to work with brands.

Aby from You Baby Me Mummy for being so generous with her blogging knowledge and helping so many bloggers, including myself, when it comes to all things technical and all things blogging. She is an incredible source of knowledge and the loveliest person ever. Such a busy lady but always finds time to help others better themselves. 

Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins who has proven that it is possible to make this blogging thing a business. Over the past year I have seen her work so incredibly hard at her blog, resulting in her becoming a freelance writer. It is so well deserved and is completely inspiring to those like me who have it in their dreams.

I'd also like to thank every single person who has linked up with Twinkly Tuesday, every single person that has sent me over a wonderful interview for Mummascribbles meets and every person who has taken part in my working mums interview. I am so proud of these three things and they really wouldn't be there without people contributing to them.

More thanks go to every single person who has ever read my blog. I hope that over the last two years, I have made you laugh, made you cry, made you think and made you happy. Without my readers, none of this would be possible.

A final thanks goes to my other half. Without his support I probably wouldn't have carried on. Without his believing in me, I probably would have questioned what I was doing. He is so supportive in what I do…even when there are a load of boxes taking up the front room waiting for reviews! And without him, I'd have had nothing to write about in the first place! 

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This weekend I'll be finding myself back at The Brewery for my second year at BritMums Live. The biggest blogging conference in the UK. I hope to go along, hug my wonderful blogging buddies, talk to some wonderful brands and more than anything, learn loads of new information to enable me to be writing another of these posts in a years time.

So from me to me, happy birthday Mummascribbles…you've been a life changer! 

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57 Comments

  • Reply charlotte

    CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!!!! Two years blogging is fantastic. I hope i'm still around blogging for my two year anniversary.You've worked hard and acheived so much since your last anniversay #thelist

    June 24, 2016 at 9:36 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks so much.  I can't believe it myself to be honest.  It's key to obviously have stuff to write about but it's hard work keeping that momento going sometimes so I'm pretty proud to have got here! I'm sure you'll be around for two years! Just keep writing πŸ™‚ xx

      June 28, 2016 at 7:33 am
  • Reply RachelSwirl

    Well done and happy 2nd blog birthday!

    June 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm
  • Reply wendy

    Well done Lisa,  you have achieved son much with your blog. Congratulations on your first freelance job and I hope you manage to not have to return to work full time after maternity leave. Your blog was one of the first I read when I started blogging and Twinkly Tuesday was the first linky I joined :). Happy blog birthday xx #TheList 

    June 26, 2016 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww that's so lovely to read! Thanks so much – I have my fingers well and truly crossed about the work situation. I so don't want to go back!!! xx

      June 28, 2016 at 7:35 am
  • Reply Mim

    A BIG BIG BIG congratulations lovely lady! You have achieved so much in just 2 years and how exciting about all the things to come – new baby especially of course πŸ™‚ x x #TheList

    June 28, 2016 at 2:17 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks gorgeous.  I just cannot wait to see what's ahead and I am super excited about new baby! I feel like the weeks can't go quick enough xx

      June 28, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Kim (sisterkin)

    Happy Anniversary and many many more to come. You do an amazing job and are an inspiration to newbie bloggers like me. #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 7:00 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww bless you – thank you so much. I don't think I could put into words how much that means xxx

      June 28, 2016 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Right Royal Mother

    What a lovely post. I'm six months in and the thought of doing this for two years makes me really excited, though I know now how much work it is to blog regularly with two tiny children! Well done!! And so many congratulations on your award nomination. You've achieved so much and the new baby is just fantastic news πŸ™‚ #twinklytuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 7:01 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      You lady – you have done AH-MAZING in the last six months. Seriously incredible and with two tiny children too. Massive high five to you! Thanks so much for the lovely words – I wish myself luck for when baby comes along and I don't have a job to be at where I can secretly write haha!!!! xx

      June 28, 2016 at 7:40 am
  • Reply teacuptoria

    Lisa you should be so proud of yourself. Well done! Those achievements you listed sound amazing.  I wish you all the luck with your new freelance opportunity and I hope the pregnancy is going really well!  Tor xx

    June 28, 2016 at 7:41 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you so much.  I can't believe it's been two years and when I look back on how far the blog has come, I'm amazed xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:29 am
  • Reply the frenchie mummy

    Well done! So deserved! I love stopping by and read your posts. Wow a lot of exciting things last year. I love your interview section!

    #twinklytuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 7:52 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you so much. I have to say the interviews are probably my favourite part- because I'm nosy!!!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:30 am
  • Reply Mummy Muckups (Anna)

    I am absolutely floored!! You are only 2??? Seriously; your work is fantastic and I wrongly assumed you had been playing this game loads longer. Kudos to you. Happy birthday!!!! Thanks for always being so supportive and helping me leap off into linkies when I first started out. #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you so much.  Definitely just two.  That's so lovely to read though. And you are so welcome. I remember being completely lost with linkies when I first started!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:31 am
  • Reply wendy

    Popping back from #TwinklyTuesday. .happy blog birthday again πŸ™‚ xx

    June 28, 2016 at 7:57 am
  • Reply Sarah Howe

    Happy 2nd birthday mummascribbles! I remember your 1st birthday post. So many lovely achievements and I always admire how you fit it in with working full time and everything else πŸ™‚ very glad to have met you via the blogging world and thanks for hosting xx

    June 28, 2016 at 7:59 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww you too gorgeous πŸ™‚ I'm always pretty amazed at how I fit it in too haha!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:32 am
  • Reply laura dove

    Congratulations and happy 2nd bloggiversary!! You have achieved so much!! You're a huge inspiration and I hope that your blog continues to grow and grow!! Thank you for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 8:31 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you so much. It's been such a fab journey so far- I can't wait to see what else comes along! x

      June 30, 2016 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Amy and Tots

    Happy 2nd Birthday! So many wonderful achievements and I'm positive there will be plenty more to come! πŸ™‚ Thank you for hosting! #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 8:37 am
  • Reply Moipone

    wow well done, you have come a long way. Happy 2nd year birthday blog  #TwinklyTuesday 

    June 28, 2016 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Kirsty

    Happy birthday and well done for 2 years!! I love your blog and have been an inspiration to me as a full time working mum with a blog too! #twinklytuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you – that is so lovely to read. It's hard doing these things alongside work but to me it's important to have something that is me! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Fionnuala Three Sons Later

    What a wonderful post Lisa! Full  of hope for the future as well as a great review of the past two years. Your blog is great and I bet you can make a real go of freelancing. But remember to save a bit of maternity leave time for the baby πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck!

    #twinklytuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you lovely. Don't worry – I'll leave plenty of time for baby. If he's anything like his brother he won't sleep very well and instead of playing candy crush for 2 hours at 2am I can do something else haha!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Sarah-Jane

    Happy 2nd Blogging Birthday … Heres to the next 2 years and beyond xxx

    #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Woo definitely. Plenty more writing to do over the coming years πŸ™‚ xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Petite Words

    Ooo congrats to you! I adore twinklytuesday and it's really lovely to read about other bloggers goals and achievements, very inspiring for us newbies #twinklytuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you so much. I love Twinkly Tuesday as well and am so pleased that I started it πŸ™‚ xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Megan

    Wow, congratulations! You've achieved so much – well done x

    June 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm
  • Reply Crummy Mummy

    Good luck going freelance – it's the best thing I ever did! And happy blogiversary! #twinklytuesday

    Crummy Mummy recently posted…WIN a SOLD OUT Fifi Lapin dress from Mamas and Papas!My Profile

    June 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you so much.  I feel it's going to be a slow process but have my fingers crossed that good comes out of it all. If ever there's a time to make changes it's when you are not in full time work but still being paid a wee bit of money each month!!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 7:43 am
  • Reply A Mum Track Mind

    Happy Blogging Birthday! As a relatively new blogger only 4 months in I found this post really inspiring! Well done for achieveing all of that and best of luck with your blogging work and of course the new baby! Exciting times ahead for you and your family I'm sure x #TwinklyTuesday

    A Mum Track Mind recently posted…Surviving A Long Car Journey With KidsMy Profile

    June 28, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Aww thank you so much – that's so lovely to read. Keep at it and it'll be 2 years before you know it!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Cat

    Wow! Two years in! I'm at the very beginning of my blog. It's great to see what can be achieved – lots of you ladies are very inspiring πŸ™‚ #TwinklyTuesday 

    June 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you.  The time flies! There are lots out there that are completely inspiring to me too!! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply lisa

    Happy blogging birthday!!

    Keep going! Your awesome!

    Lx

    http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

    #TwinklyTuesday

    June 28, 2016 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Random Musings

    Yayy, happy blog birthday πŸ™‚ You've come so far and your blog is fab, keep on with the good work, and don't worry about the times it doesn't happen – life just gets in the way sometimes! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    Debbie

    June 29, 2016 at 2:02 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Definitely and I have no doubt that will be the case when I have a newborn again! Thanks so much for the lovely comment πŸ™‚ xx

      June 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Sarah - Arthurwears

    Wow – well done to you what amazing achievements in 2 years. I hope that I can achieve similar things one day too! I am a few months away from my 1 year blog anniversary, I've learnt a lot and still have a lot to learn too! I do find it hard to fit in around working and looking after Arthur…some days I only have an hour to myself to eat some dinner before he wakes up and I'm back to spending my evening redoing the bedtime routine! I love blogging and I love the fact it give ME something to get my teeth into other than being a mum and working. There are good days and bad days though….sometimes I get loads of feedback for a post, or shares and comments and it feels great. Other times not much at all – even from link ups and then I start to think about the question that a few ppl in my life have asked in the last year "why do you bother??". It's tough. I wish I knew the magic recipe sometimes!!! #twinklytuesday

    June 29, 2016 at 10:19 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      I don't think there is a magic recipe unfortunately. The only thing I would say is that as long as you are happy then that's all that matters. The day when it's you that wonders why you do it rather than your family – then reassess everything! It can be frustrating when you have low stats or no comments but stick with it! I definitely have posts like that too! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Mess and Merlot

    Happy Blog Birthday and Congratulations Lisa – you've achieved so much in 2 years and I honestly don't know how you fit it in with being a working mother! You should be really proud of yourself. Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday every week, here's to many more years of success! x

    June 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks so much lovely:) I'm not sure how I fit it in  either to be honest. Except I know it takes me longer to read a book these days as I half blog and had read on my commute! xx

      June 30, 2016 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Laura

    Such a lovely, heartfelt post. Huge congrats on your anniversary – an amazing achievement xxx #twinklytuesday 

    Laura recently posted…Bringing Paw Patrol To Life With Spinmaster ToysMy Profile

    July 1, 2016 at 7:15 am
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thank you so much and sorry for a very late reply! xx

      July 12, 2016 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    Congratulations! You've achieved so much in your 2 years! #twinklytuesday

    July 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm
    • Reply Mummascribbles

      Thanks lovely (sorry for a very delayed reply!) xx

      July 12, 2016 at 7:37 am

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