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Taking blogging a step further in 2017

It’s absolutely no secret that I love to blog. I love my blog (it’s pretty much my second baby) and I love the blogging community. I have made some fantastic friends through it and have been able to have some of the most amazing experiences for my family and I.

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In 2017, I really want to take it a step further and make it work for me. I’ve been part-time self-employed on this blog for the last couple of years and I’ve been accepting sponsored posts and brand campaigns which have helped me pay for the day off during the week that I have with my little boy. I yearn to be at home more and really want to blog more so I can spend more time at home with him. I want to be able to collect him from school and be able to be there for him to help with homework, play with him and just support him more often. I often feel like a rubbish mum as I have to go off to work and really struggle to find the time to fit everything in. I’m spending far too much time post midnight trying to cram everything in and something has to give and I really don’t want it to be my blog or my sanity!

My blogging strategy for the year ahead is this:

  • To work more closely with brands on paid campaigns and sponsored posts – If you’re reading this and would like to work with me, I would LOVE you to get in touch. I was blown away earlier this week when my blog was ranked as joint No.1 in the Tots100 Parenting charts for January 2017 and I was also selected as Blogger of the Month for January 2017 by Tots100 which was an incredible achievement given that I work predominately spend most of my time during the week working in Human Resources. I am incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved but really want to make it work for me and my boys.
  • To take a Social Media Manager Support Course – I would love to add another string to my bow and learn a bit more about social media manager work as this is something I would love to do. I have grown my own social media channels for the last eight years and I would love to do this professionally. I have signed up with Social Bods to take their Social Media Manager Support Course which starts in the next few weeks and I hope to gain more knowledge to apply my skills more effectively so that I may use this as a potential employment opportunity later this year.
  • Copywriting and get my ‘freelance’ abilities out there – I’m a good writer, I have a good eye for detail and have lots of examples on my blog of my work. I’d love to be able to use these my skills to help others and ultimately get paid for it. There are plenty of avenues for copywriters so I want to explore these and hopefully add another string to my ‘freelance’ bow. I’m also on LinkedIn if you want to connect.

I have lots of plans to give this my best shot to make this blog work for me and my family. It’s going to be hard work but it always has been, I’m not work shy and have already learnt so much about blogging, coding and social media that I really think I can make it work. I will put every minute of my ‘spare’ time in this and really hope I can make it work. Here’s hoping!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Sam | North East Family Fun

    I am 100% confident that you will reach your goal Emma – it’s scary though! The way I did it was by gradually reducing my work hours over around 9 months before finally leaving (when they wouldn’t let me work just 4 hours a week – haha). I hope your workplace can be as flexible. Good luck x

    15/01/2017 at 11:57 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks so much Sam, I really appreciate your support. I doubt that’s an option for me sadly but something to consider x

      16/01/2017 at 9:49 pm
  • Reply Clare - My Tunbridge Wells

    Great ideas! I now blog full-time and have never looked back. Going to local networking groups and connecting with local marketing agencies too can be a good way of picking up some freelance work as well – in my case, social media management for some local brands and white labelling blogging for local marketing companie’s clients. Love your blog by the way! Good luck :)

    16/01/2017 at 7:38 am
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks for the advice Clare, that’s really interesting to note. Thanks for your kind words too :)

      16/01/2017 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    You’ve got this Emma. You work do hard to juggle work, blog, home etc that you deserve the recognition for all your hard work.

    16/01/2017 at 9:24 am
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks so much Sarah, I really hope I can make it work xx

      16/01/2017 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Mark

    Nice post, I think it all comes down to having a good balance in life. Doing a job you enjoy and having the time to spend with your family and in turn makes people happier.

    16/01/2017 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Emma

      I completely agree!

      16/01/2017 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Plutonium Sox

    This is lovely to read Emma and I’m sure you will be incredibly successful. If you need any advice about freelance writing or social media management just message me any time, I’ve done both in the past although I’m just doing freelance writing and blogging these days.
    Nat.x

    16/01/2017 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks Nat, I’m really hoping I can make it work. I’m so desperate too! xx

      16/01/2017 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Susan Mann

    Sounds good lovely. I am so proud of all you have achieved and well done again on your tots score. i hope you make a go of it and set your plans in motion. xx

    16/01/2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thank you so much Susan, you’re such a wonderful support I really appreciate it xx

      16/01/2017 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Newcastle Family Life

    Good luck Emma, I am sure that by the end of the year you can achieve your dream. You know that I love your blog and you totally deserve that number one spot as you work so hard on your blog xx

    16/01/2017 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thank you so so much Lindsay, you are such a gem! I really appreciate your support xx

      16/01/2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Collette @ Family life and me

    Ahh this is so inspiring. I’m hoping to grow my blog this year. Good luck with your goals I’m sure you’ll smash them! xx

    16/01/2017 at 9:28 pm
    • Reply Emma

      Thanks Collette, wishing you all the best x

      16/01/2017 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I am rooting for you. You can totally make this happen x

    16/01/2017 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I wish you the best of luck, if anyone deserves it, it is you xxxx

    19/01/2017 at 2:15 pm
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