Hi everyone and Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2019 and it feels good to be back. I took a whole two weeks off at Christmas from work and my blog just to chill, over-indulge and spend quality time with my family.I had a hectic run-up to Christmas because I decided to take part in Blogmas this year. The aim had been to complete 25 posts in 25 days but I only managed 15.
What am I saying?! I’m so pleased and proud of myself that I managed 15 – so scrap that last remark! It was difficult to say the least.Work was crazy in the build-up to Christmas and we had many festive events booked as a family too. All of that and just the general madness of the season would have been enough for me to give up after a week, but I don’t give up easily.
I’m glad I challenged myself and 15 posts is not bad at all, especially as it was only my first year of blogging.That brings me on to now. I can’t believe A Rosie World turned one on New Year’s Day. A lot of people have been wishing me Happy Anniversary but I think of my blog as a child.
I nurture it, invest in it, spend quality time growing it and in turn it gives me joy. A year ago my blog was born and therefore it’s just celebrated it’s first birthday.I put out a message on my socials last week, thanking the people who have really helped me in my journey in some way or another. Sukh pushed me to do this years ago but I always doubted myself. My kids were also a lot younger so I didn’t think I would have the time.
I also felt vulnerable. Would people like what I wrote? Would they follow my journey? And would the blogging community accept me?
But I finally decided to do it. Sukh bought me a laptop for Christmas and told me to just start writing. Towards the end of the year, he worked on my site with his brother.
A Rosie World is Sukh’s vision and therefore his baby too. It may have my name on the door, but he pours his heart and soul in to it.
He sits there night after night, editing vlogs, proof reading my next post, grading my photos. I know I don’t have to thank him over and over again but I can’t express just how much he has continually inspired me and always pushed me to strive for more.My kids – Shalini and Shivam – have also played a huge part in this journey. After all, they give me such amazing content to write just by being themselves and doing what they do.
They pose for photos whenever I ask them to, accompany me to events, give their own honest reviews on days’ out. They’ve also begun to think of this blog as a sibling!My friends and family have also been supportive. Some of them have gone above and beyond for me. I appreciate each and every one who has offered me support, ideas or feedback.
The blogging community has been amazing. I have been accepted in to this huge world of talented writers, poets and photographers who blog about all genres.
My fellow bloggers have featured my posts several times, interviewed me for their own blogs and allowed me to write guest posts for them. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined this would happen so quickly.But above all, you – my readers – are very important to me because without you, this blog would just be words on a page. Every click on a post, every page view, every like and every comment is really appreciated.
I have high hopes for 2019 and want to grow my blog even more. I want to continue to share my life with you; my ups and downs, my learnings in life and my achievements. I hope you will continue to join me on this rollercoaster of a journey.
So many beautiful pictures!! Happy New Year and happy Blog Birthday!! It’s a funny old place this blogging world but it’s worth it. #TwinklyTuesday
Thank you so much – yes it is but you’re right, it’s worth it x
Gorgeous pictures! Well done on the Blogmas Challenge, it was a tough one. And Happy Birthday to your blog! #DreamTeam
Thank you so much xxx
Congrats on your own year Blog anniversary. Best of luck with it all in 2019. #TriumphantTales
Thanks so much Neil 🙂
Congratulations one one year! A lot of people don’t last that long, so well done – and 15 blog posts for Blogmas is great, I’ve never even attempted it! Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales and a very Happy New Year to you.
Thanks Jaki. I’m so glad I’ve hit that first milestone xxx
Such beautiful photos, happy new year #stayclassymuma
Happy New Year Karen. Thank you x
Thank you for sharing this! Wishing you a wonderful upcoming new year of 2019!
Thank you. Right back atchya x
So glad you joined the blogging community, it’s scary to put yourself out there but it has such big rewards! Looking forward to another year of reading. #DreamTeam
Thanks Heather. Yes its scary but I’m so glad I took the plunge x
What a fun year! 15 posts in a month is really great – so good for you! I’m glad you recognized that as an accomplishment! I agree with you so much on how much we benefit from the support of our family and community when it comes to blogging! My blog is only almost 2 years old and I definitely still think of it as a baby! <3 Wishing you all the best in 2019!
Thanks so much, Mary. Can’t believe how fast this year actually flew. Wishing you all the success in your blog too x
Happy blog birthday! My husband was the person who believed in me and got me started on my blog: it’s good to have someone pushing you when you doubt yourself! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging
Thanks Laura. Exactly. We all need that one person who pushes us to excel x
Ah, Happy Blog-versary!! #TriumphantTales
Thank you so much Jo – and for all your support this last year too x
Well done on your first year and here’s to another year of blogging adventures and growth. Remember your blog should always serve you and not the other way around or that is my learning from over 10 years of blogging. Also enjoy the different seasons of blogging. You are doing great and how wonderful to have support too from those at home and those online #BlogCrush
Hi Kate this is so lovely to hear. I’ve loved reading your blog posts this last year and it’s been wonderful that you’ve kept up with my journey too. Here’s to a bigger and better 2019 for us both x
Happy anniversary. I completely get what you mean about it feeling like another child. It won’t be long before you’ll be looking back at posts you’d forgotten, days out that fade in your memory and remembering the details again. Hope 2019 treats you well. #MMBC
Thanks Cheryl. Looking forward to my child’s second year! x
Happy New Year and Happy Blog Birthday! Here’s to a fabulous 2019, thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday
Thank you Kate xxx
It sounds like you’ve had an amazing year! Yay!
Thanks for sharing with #pocolo
Thank you. Yes it was a great 2018 x
A very happy birthday to your blog!! I hope you continue to enjoy blogging and all it brings through 2019 , as always your pictures are stunning. #blogcrush
You look so stylish and elegant in every photo: how do you manage it??? Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama
Thanks so much Laura. Nothing a bit of makeup can’t help! x
It is such a big step putting yourself out into the blogging community so you should be so proud of yourself! Congrats! The photos are beautiful, happy 2019! Thanks for sharing with #ABloggingGoodTime
Thank you. It’s been a great journey so far x
Oh wow – congratulations on your 1 year blog-iversary! It’s so lovely to hear what a family enterprise this is, and how you all work together on this new hobby. #blogcrush
Thanks so much, Lucy. We’re all enjoying this new journey together x
Happy blog anniversary! What a beautiful post. I hope this year brings many more wonderful opportunities your way. 🙂
Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Hope you’ve had a good weekend. x
Aw thank you so much, Jayne. Looking forward to a great year x