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My blogging month: December 2016

30th December 2016
My blogging month: December 2016

The end of this month has been particularly busy for me blog-wise; with a few days off work I decided to get my head down and try to figure out some things.

I decided on a new theme (which I’m yet to install and transfer my current theme), but I’m looking forward to getting it up and running! Watch this space…

A Good Old Tidy Up

I also decided to tidy up my site, getting rid of a couple of sections that were stagnating. Realistically, I think I had bitten off more than I could chew with keeping them updated, especially when I work full time.

Paring down my site also forced me to take a long hard look at it and look at what I should focus on – travel, interiors and lifestyle.

However, I did add an extra section – blogging! I thought that as I spend so much time blogging (and vlogging) then I might as well write about my experiences and share my knowledge. Sharing is caring after all!

Christmas Blogger Gift Swap

I took part in a blogger gift swap this Christmas, which was really interesting. I’d definitely recommend taking part – it’s a bit of fun and it’s nice to e-meet other bloggers.

Blogger Gift Swap

I like the idea of running my own Christmas blogging gift swap for next year, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage to get round to it.

You can read about the blog gift swap here OR watch me unboxing my gift.

The Press Trip Of A Lifetime

On 22nd December I received an email inviting me to my first overseas trip for Home and Horizon – to Japan! I nearly fell off my chair when I read the email. I’ve been away in the UK for my blog but never abroad – and JAPAN!

It’s funny because as part of my full time job it’s normal for me to be invited on at least a couple of press trips every week.

But to be invited for my personal blog means that my site is being recognised (and seen as worthy) of such a huge trip. I’m over the moon as you can imagine.

The last minute ‘Discover the Best of Japan’ trip leaves in mid-January for four days on a Kyushu Premium Tour.

Highlights include a visit to a Hirokyu arrowroot house, Kawatake plantation, pottery museum, sake brewery and more.

The trip also includes taking part in traditional Japanese activities, from a Kuroda armour dressing and glass working to hand dyeing and a green tea ceremony.

As much as it pains me to say it, I can’t go. I’m actually really gutted. But while I’m still in full time employment (and only getting 21 days holiday a year!) every day I take off is precious.

That specific week I’ve also got two family commitments – and one of them I just can’t cancel.

I’m hoping that there will be another opportunity like this in the future – and next time I’m determined that nothing will get in the way.

Vlogging Diary

Just before Christmas I headed to Lakeside in Essex (retail park) to do a spot of last-minute shopping with a friend.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and managed to get to The Range, B&M Stores, Home Bargains and Dunelm-Mill. Watch the video here.

I’ve got a few ideas for other videos to make; namely testing out a couple of gadgets we got as Christmas presents.

I’m also planning on doing more pyjama vlogs with either of the kids (or both) as they really enjoy it.

It would be good to get them more involved in the actual vlogging rather than me talking and them just contributing every now and then – I’d like to turn the tables on that and get them doing the majority of the talking!

The Blogging Month At A Glance

What was great? Getting invite to Japan!!!!
What wasn’t? I expect too much of myself sometimes and let myself down. I need to be more realistic on what I can achieve in a set time frame.
Goals for January: Complete my first ebook for my newsletter subscribers and hopefully work out how to change my blog theme.

My blogging month: December 2016


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Tania O'Donnell 3rd January 2017 at 8:49 am

Oh man! I got that invite too, but as a freelancer to pitch to my outlets and nobody wanted it because they were already Japanese features in the pipeworks for them. Can you imagine how awesome it would have been if we’d both been on the trip together? I would have loved that! Well done on getting the invite for your blog though – my invite had nothing to do with my blog just my day job, ho hum. 🙂
Still, here’s to many more brilliant opportunities for us both this year! x

admin 3rd January 2017 at 9:11 am

I’ll second that – 2017 is going to be amazing – PMA and all that!

Gemma 2nd January 2017 at 9:06 pm

Oh my goodness, Japan! Such a shame that you can’t go!

admin 2nd January 2017 at 10:26 pm

I know… ?

Rachel 2nd January 2017 at 8:13 pm

Sounds like you had a fab month, that’s so amazing you got invited to Japan but such a shame you can’t make it! xo

admin 2nd January 2017 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Rachel – next time I’m hoping!

Ickle Pickle 2nd January 2017 at 7:41 pm

Love this post -oh wow – Japan?? That is totally awesome. Well done and what a shame you can’t go. Happy New Year! Kaz x

admin 2nd January 2017 at 8:44 pm

Thanks Kaz – happy New Year to you too! ???

Jessica Howliston 31st December 2016 at 10:51 pm

It definitely sounds like you have had a busy month! I can’t wait to see your new theme. Thats amazing that you got an invite to Japan and such a shame you can’t make it! Keeping my fingers crossed that you get another exciting invite soon. xx
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admin 2nd January 2017 at 2:24 pm

Thanks so much Jessica! ?

Teresa Bowen 31st December 2016 at 10:30 am

You must be so disappointed not to be able to accept the trip to Japan but such positive recognition of your site must feel good.

admin 31st December 2016 at 7:48 pm

Absolutely- thanks Teresa x

Hannah Bailey-Churcher 31st December 2016 at 10:19 am

Wow getting invite to Japan, amazing! I’d love to go there one day!
I used to love taking part in blogger swaps too 🙂


admin 31st December 2016 at 7:48 pm

They’re fun aren’t they? X

hannah 30th December 2016 at 8:53 pm

Looks like you had a busy month. I really like the sound of the gift swap x

admin 30th December 2016 at 10:32 pm

Thanks Hannah ?


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