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.