Hi Everyone! 🙂
Okay. This is awkward. Scratch that. This is REALLY awkward. I can’t believe I’m feeling so uncomfortable while starting a blog post, but I am. 😐
“Why?” I hear you ask. 🤔
Well…maybe because I just took off and didn’t blog for a WHOLE MONTH! The thing is I didn’t even KNOW that this would happen. But it did. I had absolutely no idea that I wouldn’t be able to blog at all this month. Honestly, 2018 hasn’t been that awesome…yet. So far, my January hasn’t been that great. It’s been full of mock exams and studying and tutors and loads of tiring work! I’ve barely had any time to do anything for myself this month. It’s VERY irritating! You can’t imagine how much I’ve missed blogging and how guilty I’ve been feeling for neglecting my blog for this long! I’ve been reluctant to be SO inactive. As you can see, I OBviously haven’t had a successful blogging start to the year! 🙄
My mocks are over though, and (hopefully) I’ll be back to regular blogging till my trademark 2-Month Hiatus before my Cambridge Exams in May! It feels like my blog is honestly suffering from my school-life, but, like they say….what can I do? 🤓
^^This Pic Tho! #Relatable 😂😂 I’m So Sorry That My Blogging Schedule Has Been All Over The Place Lately, But Just Bear With Me! Writing Blog Posts Is Always Easier & More Regular During The Summer Holidays! (Any Other In-Between Holiday During The School Year Does NOT Count – It Turns Into A Studying Break…) 😏
Ok…I Guess That’s Enough Clearing Up For You My Lovely Readers! So Let’s Get This Belated Blogiversary Post Started! *Cheers!* 🎉🎉
HAPPY 1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY TO THE SMILING DREAMER BLOG (aka me)!
CONGRATS TO ME! 🎉 When I sit there and just think about it…I always end up in a state of shock & surprise! It’s been 1 YEAR since I started my (AMAZING) Blogging Journey! Someone Pinch Me – I Must Be Dreaming! *OW – that hurt!* Okay, So I’m Actually 100% Awake! It’s true and I can’t seem to believe it! Wow! 😵
I’m not exaggerating, but words can’t seriously describe how happy I am of the things I’ve achieved through blogging! When I first started, I never imagined I would be where I am today, and I couldn’t have done without y’all, so THANKYOU SO SO SO MUCH for supporting me and being there for me and reading and for your kindness and…okay, you get the picture! 😊
TODAY, I’m Dedicating This Whole Post To My You, My Blog & My Blogging Journey! 😍
–Keep On Reading!–
Blog Stats don’t completely determine your blogging success, which is why I always see that you should NEVER stress about your stats! Don’t live life with the numbers – because that’s just a waste of time and worrying! I usually don’t make a big deal of my blog stats (unless I’ve reached some kind of Milestone), but since it’s been a year since I started The SmilingDreamer Blog, then I thought it’d be fun to include them in the post! 😜
My Stats Should Definitely Not Offend You In Any Way! Please, Don’t Compare!
Number Of Posts: 51
Number Of Views: 13,484
Number Of Visitors: 5,555
Avg Likes Per Post: 85
Avg Comments Per Post: 50
Most Popular Hour: 3 pm
All-Time Number Of Countries To View My Blog: 121 Countries
Top 15 Countries: USA, UK, India, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Ireland, Egypt, New Zealand, Spain, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore, Brazil.
Post With Top Likes: Envy Makes You Unfriendly (109 Likes)
Post With Top Comments: Congratulations & Celebrations (113 Comments)
Post With Top Views: Awesome Awards (234 Views)
OMIGOD, YOU GUYS! Is This Even Real?! I mean, people from 121 Countries Around The World Viewed My Blog?! I’ve Got 730 Followers (Almost 1K)?! Again, A MASSIVE Thankyou To All Of You! These Stats are MIND-BLOWING! I’m Honestly So Proud! *screams!* 😍😍😍
I didn’t start the Instagram for my Blog right away. Instead, I started it a few months after (last June)! Of course, I was amazed by all my fellow blogging friends rushing to support me! My Blog’s Instagram Page @smilingdreamerblog mainly consists of me telling everyone about new blog posts, wishing everyone Happy Holidays, and mainly any blog-related announcements! 💖
Having a Blog Insta Page is fun and pretty cool! It’s definitely helped boost traffic on my blog and I’ve joined a couple of Groups on Instagram where bloggers chat and ask for advice! It’s also GREAT looking at my Insta Feed and finding out what goes on in the lives of other Bloggers! 😘
Over the past couple of months, I’ve managed to reach 400 Instagram Followers (actually they’re down to 395 now – Some people >ahem< unfollowed). Whatever. Having an Instagram Page has been enjoyable! 😉
Go Follow Me If You Aren’t Already! @SmilingDreamerBlog
We’ve all probably faced a few bumps and rocks in reaching certain goals and destinations we have in mind, right?
But I think we can all agree that things that aren’t exactly easy…are definitely worth it!For me, starting blogging wasn’t all great and dandy in the beginning – which is totally fine! I love to be challenegd!
When I first took the decision to start blogging, I didn’t start using WordPress and I didn’t start as the SmilingDreamer. I created a blog on Weebly, ans started writing a few posts. I immediately realised that the community was basically dead, and that there was absolutely no interaction whatsoever. I went on for a couple of weeks, before I decided to delete the website and start again using another platform. A friend suggested Wix, and I didn’t hesitate to create a blog on there, but the same happened again!
Soon after, I felt determined to not give up & lose hope, so I researched the best platforms to create a blog website, along with looking at other bloggers and what websites they used. WordPress turned out to be the most suitable and appealing website that I can use to create my blog, so I went for it! It was then I decided to change the blog name I had used previosuly & pick a new one. My old name didn’t represent ME – it didn’t feel like ME. I have to admit…it took me a while to think of a blogging name that I liked! I found inspiration by surfing through the websites of a few bloggers, and during my name-hunting party…it just came to me. Smiling Dreamer. It completely symbolized me. I love to smile, and I love to dream! 😻
Once I was satisfied with my blog name, design and overall the blog – I started writing blog posts and the day by day, my blog started to gain followers, likes, and positive comments! I was (and still am) SO proud! I was like “Wow. There are people out there who like me and like my personality and like my blog!”. I definitely recall how I used to look at what other bloggers had achieved and wonder “Will I ever be like that?” and now here I am! 🙌
^^Thanks Nike! The community on WordPress is honestly AMAZING! Everyone is very supportive, kind and motivating! I say this a lot, but it’s just so true! My blog wouldn’t be where it is right now if it wasn’t for you! 💕
The main thing is to just keep going on no matter what! You should never lose hope – just because it didn’t work out in the beginning! It eventually will. I mean, look at me! The start of my blogging journey wasn’t the most successful, but it just shows how being determined to do & achieve something pays off! 😉
Why I Started Blogging
The Orgin Of My Blog! Once upon a time, I was just sitting there feeling bored, so it popped up in my mind to start a blog. The End.
Okay. I have to say: THAT is so lame.
The truth is, writing has been something I’m passionate about since I was in Primary in School! I loved English Class and I always adore writing stories & articles! So, yeah, that’s part of my history! 😂
It was during the start of my Xmas Break in December 2016 when I was lying in my bed late at night, thinking. I wanted to fill in my free time by doing something I’d love & enjoy, but I wasn’t sure exactly what. It was also around this time that they started teeling us at school that we should be doing some sort of extracurricular activity to share on our Uni Personal Statement. As usual, I consulted the internet, and blogging seemed like the only pastime that appealed to me majorly! 😍
I kept thinking about it for a few more nights, then one day, when I was done with the studying I had to do, I was like “Why Not?” and I started to get inspiration from other bloggers & plan for my own blog!
I never thought I might love it the way I do now, and I never imagined that there’ll be others who’ll like me & my blog! I just took the risk and said “I’ll see how it goes!”
Why I Love Blogging
I’ve grown so attached to my blog to an extent that words can’t even describe! I Love It! I don’t need to pretend to be someone I’m not – I could just be myself and everyone likes it! Writing on my blog helps me express myself, my thoughts, my feelings – basically my personality and who I am! It’s wonderful!
In My Blog Post “Blogging Changed My Life“, I talked about all the beauties of blogging and how it’s affected my life! Give it a read to find more about why I absolutely love blogging! 🙃
These are all the awards I’ve been nominated for this past year! 🏅
Entertainer Blogger Award
Awesome Blogger Award
Mystery Blogger Award
One Lovely Blog Award
Blogger Recognition Award
Versatile Blogger Award
During my 1st year of blogging, I only took 1 official hiatus (which I now call my “Famous Trademark Hiatus” since I’m taking another official hiatus this year during the same period for my exams).
Of course, that kind of excludes the mini hiatuses I take unplanned between blog posts! 😂
My Blogging Tips
#1 – Be Yourself. Yes, I know, you hear it a million times, but it’s true! There’s no point in copying someone else’s blogging style or name. That isn’t you. It doesn’t represent who you are, and your readers will feel that something is off. So embrace your individuality & creativity. Don’t be scared to be different. It’s a GREAT thing to stand out from the rest of the crowd! So, always do what feels like you, and will give people the right image of your personality!
#2 – Interact with others! Interaction is SO important in blogging – I’v definitely learned that! Always interact with others! Genuinely comment on other people’s blogs and reply to any comments you get on your blog! Don’t just say things like “Great Post” without even reading the post. Read it, get interested, and give people your views & opinions! Comments is like one of the main highlights of blogging! Honestly, the comments I get on my blog posts ALWAYS make my day! It makes me smile so much that I can’t wipe th grin off my face! That’s how effective kind words & compliments are! 😊
#3 – Blog Hopping! Go out there and discover new bloggers to follow! Explore – I call it “Blog Hunting” because it just feels like it! Say you follow a certain blog…go the comments setion and visit the websites of the bloggers who’ve commented on the post, thn check out their posts. After that go to their comments section & do it all over again! You won’t believe how much I’ve expanded my blog by doing this! It’s a fabulous tool!
#4 – Always write quality posts! I find it best to never just rush a post because you haven’t posted in a while. I either write a good, worthy, high-quality blog post or I don’t post at all! I feel it’s better this way!
#5 – Don’t be afraid to joke around with your reades, include GIFs and memes in your posts or share something that’s bothering you! It’s always great to share ramblings, rants, life updates, your feelings, thoughts…ANYTHING on your blog! Why? Because it’s YOUR blog! Do whatever you want with it! No one will judge you – instead people will admire you for being you and having the courage to share it on the internet for the whole world to see! Write about why you’re feeling happy or what’s making you feel stressed, or what you’ve been doing in life lately! You think readers aren’t interested, but they actually are! It’s always fascinating looking in someone else’s life and congratulating them, celebrating with them, advising & helping them – whatever it is.
A Year In Review!
My 1st Blogging Year has been AMAZING! I’m so grateful for everything I’ve been through, and I’m happy to say that blogging changed me in many ways to the better! It’s helped me take more risks, step out of my comfort zone, accept myself, embrace what makes me different, express mysef, make new online blogging friends all over the world and be more confident. What more can I ask for?
I also learned the basics of Graphic Design and I really have fun creating the featured images of my posts using Canva and other apps! Blogging has definitely taught me a lot of skills!
I always tell myself that having a blog is like having a pet! (It might seem weird at first, but wait till I explain). You need to take care of your blog, and dedicate time & effort to it. You need to make sure you’re writing good quality posts, you’re interacting with others, growing your blog, expanding your blog posts into new categories, and adding new feautres to it, and much more! Just like with pets! You need to give it everything it needs!
But most importantly, you must enjoy yourself while doing so. You shouldn’t just blog because you need to. No, you must ave the will to do so. You need to be attached to your blog and to your readers! If you’re not, then something isn’t right! If you’re not interested and enjoying what you’re doing, then how do you expect people to be interested in reading what you write?
Blogging has helped me grow, helped me change and helped me learn more about myself as well as express who I am to the World. Again, I’m very proud, grateful and happy to have accomplished my first ever year of blogging and I hope that this year will be even better! 😌
Extra Not Blogiversary-Related Part
Okay. This part has nothing to do with my blogiversary, but HAVE YOU HEARD CAMILA CABELLO’S DEBUT ALBUM? It’s just….Everytime I hear it I….It makes me feel….
I think I lost my ability to speak. But, this album is just way too MIND-BLOWINGLY AMAZING to be true! I love love love LOVE it so frikin’ much!
I’ve been listing and re-listening to the album throughout the whole month! I think the whole album is my fav, but my favs favs are: Havana (ofc), Something’s Gotta Give, Inside Out, In The Dark, Real Friends & Never Be The Same. They’re just SO GOOD!
Did you miss me? What do you think of this post? How many months/years have you been blogging? Tell me your thoughts, your opinions, ANYthing you want! I’d LOVE to hear what you have to say! 🙂
Thankyou So Much For Reading & I Hope You Didn’t Forget About Me! Have An Awesome Day, And See You Next Time! ❤️