Happy Blogiversary πŸ’–

Hi Everyone! πŸ™‚

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. 😐

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“Why?” I hear you ask.  πŸ€”

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! πŸ™„

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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? πŸ€“

Ok…I Guess That’s Enough Clearing Up For You My Lovely Readers! So Let’s Get This Belated Blogiversary Post Started! *Cheers!*  πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰


CONGRATS TO ME! πŸŽ‰ 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! 😡

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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! 😊

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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!

Followers: 730

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)

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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!* 😍😍😍


We’ve all probably faced a few bumps and rocks in reaching certain goals and destinations we have in mind, right?

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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!

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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!

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^^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! πŸ’•

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! πŸ˜‰

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.

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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! πŸ˜‚

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!

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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!”

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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!

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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! πŸ™ƒ

Blog Awards

These are all the awards I’ve been nominated for this past year! πŸ…

Entertainer Blogger Award

Liebster Award

Awesome Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

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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! πŸ˜‚

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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!

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#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!

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#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.

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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?

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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! πŸ™‚

Thankyou So Much For Reading & I Hope You Didn’t Forget About Me! Have An Awesome Day, And See You Next Time!

Bye Everyone!



56 thoughts on “Happy Blogiversary πŸ’–

  1. Lee says:

    This post was so fun to read with the added humor and inspiration! Love what you’ve included πŸ˜ƒ
    It’s also my 1 year blogiversary and I believe you was my first commentπŸ’•
    Congratulations on making it through the year and all you’ve accomplished so far!

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      THANKYOU SO MUCH! ❀️❀️ You’re SO sweet! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆ Congrats Lovely! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Omigod! Yessss – I remember! Awww – Happy Blogiversary! 😍
      Thankyou! It’s definitely been a great year! πŸ’—πŸ˜Œ

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  2. Invisibly Me says:

    Well, you have certainly made up for the time away with this post! I love it, and so interesting to hear more about the blog, how/why you started Smiling Dreamer. Sounds like you’ve been very busy but all of that stuff with exams and mehness is incredibly important and needs to come first, and we’ll all still be here when you have the time anyway. Huge congrats on the bloggerversary! πŸ™‚
    Caz x

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      Hahahaha – Thankyou!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m honestly glad you think so!😊 Awww – you’re SO kind & sweet! THANKYOU SO MUCH Lovely!πŸ’—πŸ’— It makes me very happy to know that you enjoyed this special post! 😍😍 Yessss – definitely! I HAVE been very busy, but you’re totally right, they are very important! πŸ˜‰ Awww – thankyouuu! That’s so motivating & encouraging of you! 😊😊 Again, Thankyou So Much!❀️❀️ Your words honestly made my day! 😘😘😘

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  3. Cata @ A Blissful Escape says:

    Congrats!! and a very happy blogiversary ❀ I couldn't agree more with how blogging makes you feel. Ever since I started blogging I feel like this weight has been lifted of my shoulders, and I have this amazing platform where I can just be me. And what I love so much about the blogging community is that they make you feel so welcome and shower you with loads of kindness! Again, congrats on 1 year and keep the good work πŸ˜‰

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      Thankyouuu So Much Lovely! ❀️❀️ Ikr?! I’m glad you agree! πŸ˜‰ EXACTLY! I couldn’t have said it better! I feel the same way! πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ True! Everyone is so warm, and welcoming and super-friendly! Couldn’t agree more! πŸ’— And I’m honestly glad that there are others out there (like you) who feel the same way, like me, towards blogging! 😍 Awww – You’re SO sweet! Thankyou So Much! 😘😘😘

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  4. Goldwrappings says:

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I missed reading your posts so much! I’m so proud of you for everything you have accomplished and I’m extremely grateful to have known you and connect with you through this amazing community. Can’t wait to ride with you through this journey and continue to support you and cheer you on! And to answer your questions, well I obvi missed you so much! And also I have been blogging for almost two years (my pet turns two in june… haha… see what I did there?) EEEEEKKKKKK I’m so happy for you!! ❀

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      THANKYOU SO MUCH! πŸ’—πŸ’— Awww – I’m glad you missed me! 😊 Your words are so SWEET! 😍😍 I’m so happy that I got to know you too! And I definitely can’t wait either!😘 Happy (Almost) Blogiversary!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ 2 Years is amazing! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„ Hahahaha – yesss I saw what you did there! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ Again, Thankyou So Much Sweetie, And It’s Great That I Have You As A Friend! Love Ya! ❀️❀️

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      Thankyou So Much Wonderful! ❀️❀️ You’re Amazing! 😍😍 I’m Glad Youu Enjoyed The Post! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ˆ Awww – Thankyouuu For Your Kind Motivating Words! πŸ’— Love Youu! 😘😘

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  5. Day Dreamer Teen says:

    Congratulations on all of your incredible achivements within a year of your blog! I am so happy for you! Keep going you are going to accomplish so much in the future. OMG!! YESS…… Camila Cabello’s album IS MY LIFE! and I am currently listening to it for what feels like the billionth time since her release while i’m writing this comment. Every single song on the album represents my life! I love Real Friends and Somethings Gotta Give the most, but all songs are so undescribable. xx

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    1. SmilingDreamer says:

      THANKYOU SO SO MUCH Lovely! ❀️❀️ I’ll definitely keep on going! I’m so excited to continue my fascinating journey! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ Awww – You’re very sweet!😘😘 IKR?!😜 I’ve been listening to it, like, every single day! πŸ˜‚ True, True, True! They’re all just SO incredible! 😍😍 Again, Thankyou So Much! 😘😘

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  6. Veronica M. says:

    Ohmygosh congrats babe!! One year of blogging is something to be proud of ☺ Also Harry Potter from that exam taking meme is really meπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚#clueless

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  7. Starling says:

    Hello, you’re finally back! (not that I’ve been around often but ANYWAYYY) Congrats, SmilingDreamer! One year is a huge accomplishment! Wow, that HP meme of exams: cracks me up like mad. Congratulations again! πŸ˜€


  8. Anonymousgirl79 says:

    Hi I am a new class blogger and have roughly started a blog but am confused about what to write about and how to build up my blog. Please help I have read yours and your advice was so helpful that I needed to know more.


  9. charisma says:

    Congrats on such success within a girl. I am an 18 year old dreamer and smile-addicted girl, much like your blog name suggests. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Would definitely like to know more about you when you come back. Exams can be really tiring Best of luck with that. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    And definitely I’d love to know more about Egypt from you. I know Egypt is very different from what I imagine it to be–sphinx, deserts, ancient buildings, pyramids, myths, etc etc but undoubtedly, the Egyptian Civilization appeals to me a great deal The 2 Mummy Films are among my favourites!
    Would surely love to know more. Best wishes. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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