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My Blogging Month: August

by LaurettaCWright

I think if I had to choose one word to sum up my blogging experience this month it would be clarity. And that’s because I’ve sat up and started to get much more organised.

As someone who hates leaving everything until the last minute, I decided to work extra hard to get on top of the workload so that I could start implementing a consistent posting schedule.

I made the decision to do so in response to something posted by the lovely Aby from YouBabyMeMummy. Well, I say she’s lovely…I haven’t actually yet met her in person yet (I plan to at BritMums!), but she must be genuinely nice as she offers such great advice and resources for us bloggers!

And it was one of these resources (her Blogging Roadmap) that gave me a kick up the backside to put a posting schedule in place. In case you’re interested, I’ve now decided to post twice a week as well as updating my 10 New Things page is updated every Friday morning.

Now that’s sorted, I’ve got a few goals of my own for the next few months

  1. More guest posting!
  2. Get my email opt-in done (my ebook – which is a work in progress!)
  3. Start thinking about a product – something that I could sell perhaps. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical product – it could be a service that I provide, which is more my style.

I’m nominated!

The lovely Girl About Townhouse put my name forward for the Amara Interior Blog Awards after I nominated her for ‘Best Craft Blog’ (vote for Caroline here).

The voting ends on Friday 15th September and, if you think I’m a deservibg candidate, I’d love a few supporting votes for Best Interior Lifestyle Blog.

Epic fails

I wouldn’t say I’ve had any major fails this month – most of the things that haven’t yet transpired are still a work in progress, so I’m happy that they’ll get done – eventually!


Lobster fun

Lobster Homeware sent me a lobster apron – but not any old lobster apron; it’s an award-winning apron by UK brand, Lobster Homeware.

It retails from £20, which might seem a bit chewy for an apron, however, they’ve literally thought of everything when it comes to designing this – lots of great features, which I showcased in a weekly scoop with the help of my daughter.

Get cleaning

Also in the same video, I hooked up with Original Clean 1886, the authorized UK distributor of Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company products from the USA. The company sent me a range of cleaning products to try out and, I have to say, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with them so far. I’m still working my way through them even now! The company is continuing to grow – and its range is now available at Fenwick Brent Cross.


Tricks for busy bees!

I was pretty chuffed to be asked to contribute to the Niix Tricks for Busy Women eBook, which is a comprehensive guide of fun, clever tricks to help busy women fit more time into their daily routine! Especially when I got the following comment from the PR: “You’ve been a dream to work with and I hope we can work together on bigger projects in the future!” Now there’s music to my ears and makes all the hard work pay off.

Anyway, you can download the guide, for free, in full here: http://niix.fit/blog/tips-tricks-time-saving-hacks/ – and do feel free to share it with others!

Guest posting

BritMums asked if I’d share my thoughts on #BritMums17 in the run up to the conference.

I made a bit of a boo boo and thought the write up was initially for my blog and ended up publishing this; it was actually meant for the BritMums’ website and so I ended up rewriting another story, this time with a different angle by picking out some of the sessions that caught my eye on the schedule.

The schedule has since been updated and you can see what it looks like here.

Meanwhile, Money.co.uk sent me an article entitled ‘6 travel money mistakes to avoid’ – some great tips! You can download it from here.

And finally, I recently contributed to an industry report on Wearable Technology with Reckless Agency. It's a fascinating read and gives an insight into the future of wearable tech and what we can expect – have a read here.

Who I met

I haven’t actually managed to get out this much (I was too busy trying to get ahead with the blogging!), but I did manage to attend the Blogosphere Summer Party in London earlier this month.

I met a few bloggers there and exchanged business cards with them – and they also got a mention on the post I wrote about the event.

Blogosphere Summer Party

The Blogosphere Summer Party

In the charts (HIBS)

My Domain Authority (DA) has stayed the same this month. I’m at 29 and I just need to hit that 30 mark! I’ve heard that bigger brands start working with bloggers who have a DA of 30 or above, so I’m using it as a bit of a benchmark to aim for.

I did see some movement on the HIBS chart though – moving from 121st position to 109th. Nine more positions to move and I’m going out for that meal to celebrate joining the top 100 list! Watch this space as they say!

My vlogging channel 

I finally got round to finishing my Disney World Diaries, with the final video showcasing our final day in Magic Kingdom. Check out the playlist here.

Other than vlogging about the Blogosphere party, I also put together a video review of Mark Warner’s San Lucianu Resort in Corsica.

The review follows my write-up on the whole trip itself – and the resort as a family-friendly destination and I have been meaning to put something like that together for a while!

Another video review was on a new recycling bin called the EKO Neo Cube Step Pedal Bin. I actually loved the bin and I've chucked out my old bin in favour of the EKO Neo Cube, which is great for recycling as well as general waste.


The Neo Cube Step Bin from EKO Utility

And finally, if you follow my Weekly Scoop playlist you might have noticed that Girlwrighter has stopped joining me; instead we decided to launch a new Playlist on my YouTube channel called #TweenTalk.

The first episode (on pets) is up and running; so do check out what my nine-year old and I have to say about pets! Oh – and please leave a suggestion on what you’d like us to chat about next!

Blog Linky

I’ve been running the #SnappedUp Linky with Family Makes for quite a few months now. Some months are great and we get more than five bloggers linking up – and some are thin on the ground.

This always surprises me as we’ve offered a competition prize every month and with the chances of winning a prize very high indeed, I suspected more bloggers would join in.

Anyway, the Aug/Sep Linky is ending really soon (for the chance to win a French Chateau Living coffee-table style book), but I’ve got a whopping four prizes to give away in the September/October Linky!

As bloggers, we’re always looking for ways to create beautiful images and graphics to make you stand out – and Fotojet Designer allows you to do just that.

It’s a photo editor, collage maker and graphic designer – all in one sweet package. You’ll probably be using something like Canva (it’s very similar), but my giveaway offers FOUR annual subscription copies of the FotoJet Plus package for either the Pc or Mac – worth $34.99 each!

The other good news is that I’ve extended the Linky to include product reviews as well as hauls – please do stop by and link up.

Snapped Up Linky

The Blogging Month At A Glance 

What was great?  Attending the Blogosphere Summer Party!

What wasn’t?  Being skint which meant that I couldn’t afford to hire someone to design my ebook or even get a pro video introduction for my YouTube channel (something I’ve been wanting to do for a while)

Goals for September: Get a pro introduction made for my channel!


A Blogging Board Pin

My Blogging Month August

I linked up with…


Cal at Family Makes 16th September 2017 - 12:16 pm

What a cracking August you had! Mine was a total washout, continuing somewhat into September too. Of course I’ve had some tricky health stuff going on, but it also meant I dropped from my fabulous position of #31 in HIBS down to #59 and now #58. I really hope it picks up again once I do. But I’m really pleased for your continued growth, and that you’re going to #BML

LaurettaCWright 16th September 2017 - 12:26 pm

To be in the top 100 is a HUGE achievement Carol, so you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself! Are you doing BML too? x

Lubka Henry 10th September 2017 - 7:45 am

Well done for getting yourself organised. I took it easy in August.

LaurettaCWright 10th September 2017 - 9:51 am

I might have to take things easy in September!

Jill Conyers 7th September 2017 - 7:50 pm

I need to start setting monthly blog goals. That would help work toward my goals for the year.

LaurettaCWright 7th September 2017 - 8:08 pm

It has definitely helped I have to say. Good luck Jill!

Becca Talbot 6th September 2017 - 6:15 pm

Gee! What a busy month you’ve had!! Well done for your nomination too 🙂 x

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 8:25 pm

Thank you Becca.

Su 6th September 2017 - 5:40 pm

I love this post, it’s like an awesome version of a round up. Congratulations on being 109th, you will make it to 100 soon i’m sure! Also fab that you have been motivated to post more regularly, I look forward to seeing more content.

Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 8:31 pm

That’s really kind – thank you Su! 🙂

francesca 6th September 2017 - 5:22 pm

I’ve recently just upped my organisation when it comes to the blog too!! I’ve felt like all summer hols I’ve been slacking (its hard to keep up when you have to entertain the kids 24/7) but I’ve just started a planner so hopefully that will help!

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 10:31 pm

I think having a planner definitely helps! Good luck Francesca!

The London Mum 6th September 2017 - 2:55 pm

Well done on taking hold of everything, it seems like this is the right direction for you!

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 3:38 pm

Thanks – we’ll see what happens! 🙂

Baby Isabella 6th September 2017 - 11:32 am

Phew! You are really organised compare to us! Sounds like a productive month. Might see you at BritMumsLive x

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 2:19 pm

Ooh that would be great – keep an eye out for me won’t you?!

Angela Milnes 6th September 2017 - 7:39 am

What an awesome post and I love this you looks that you had a busy month and productive I always love to have a productive day

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 2:20 pm

Thanks Angela – that’s very kind!

Angela Ricardo Bethea 6th September 2017 - 1:01 am

Looks like you had a pretty busy month but at least you did a lot of things rather than none. You should be proud, looking back at the things you did in the past month you did well.

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 2:20 pm

It’s the reason I do posts like this – to see how much I’ve achieved! Makes all the grafting worth it!

Dannii 5th September 2017 - 9:16 pm

It looks like you have had a very busy blogging month. Here is to many more busy months 🙂

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 2:21 pm

Thank you Dannii.

Caroline 5th September 2017 - 8:09 pm

Amazing month Lauretta! I always enjoy reading these. It’s such a great way to record your progress too. I’ll be interested to hear all about BritMums!

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 10:31 pm

Thanks lovely lady – and don’t worry…I’ll be telling you all about BritMums!

Mel 5th September 2017 - 6:54 pm

Sounds like a busy blogging month! Congrats on the award nomination!

Ashleigh Dougherty 5th September 2017 - 6:42 pm

Such a great idea to look back on how far you’ve come during a month. You’ve had a very busy month!

Sally Akins 5th September 2017 - 11:24 am

Looks like a very busy month! I think a consistent posting schedule really helps, I don’t always manage it but I try 😉

Rhian Westbury 5th September 2017 - 8:45 am

August has been a great month for you, well done with the nomination. I’m yet to meet any bloggers as I’ve never been to a blogging event before x

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:45 am

Hopefully one day Rhian!

Gareth Torrance 5th September 2017 - 6:56 am

Congrats on the nomination! That’s really awesome! 😀 Vlogging is something that I want to get into, but find it a bit difficult to work out what I would vlog about, haha

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:46 am

Marketing for beginners? Or tools for marketing on a budget?

Anosa 5th September 2017 - 5:28 am

The month of August is such a milestone for you. Congratulations for this and I am wishing you success on you DA30 goal! I am sure it will be coming to you, just claim it and also more collaborations to look forward to. Cheers to blogging life!

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:46 am

Thanks so much Anosa.

Ana 5th September 2017 - 12:40 am

I love how you gained clarity this month and it’s great that you found a blogging road map from Aby to help you organise your schedule. Good luck with the email opt in x

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:47 am

Thanks Ana – I think I need all the help I can get at the mo!

five little doves 4th September 2017 - 9:37 pm

Congratulations on the nomination! I will go over and vote for you now! Sounds like you’ve had a great month blogging!

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:47 am

That’s very kind of you – a huge, huge thank you. X

Fritha Strickland 4th September 2017 - 8:12 pm

Oh I’d hope to make the blogosphere summer party too, it looked great. Sounds like you have a lot planned! x

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:48 am

Thanks Fritha – I think they’ve got a Xmas one, so there’s always that to look forward to.

Elodie 4th September 2017 - 7:41 pm

Wow! What a month! Really puts me to shame – I haven’t even logged onto my blog once last month! I did just start posting again since work has calmed down at last!
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LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:49 am

I’m a bit of a workaholic – unfortunately I get itchy feet if I’m told to relax. Not good for me of course – I need to take a leaf out of your book I think and calm it down…

Melanie 4th September 2017 - 6:54 pm

Congratulations on your nomination and I hope that you win. 30 DA too…go you, sounds like you have been busy 🙂 x

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:49 am

Thanks Melanie!

Sarah Bailey 4th September 2017 - 2:08 pm

What a fantastic sounding month you had, I have to admit I need to get my head on straight and do some more guest blogging as well – it is definitely an important thing to do.

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:50 am

Yes I agree – maybe we could do one for each other Sarah? Well, I don’t do guest blogging as such, but I do have the ‘In the Blog Seat’ that you could take part in.

Nichola - Globalmouse 4th September 2017 - 1:58 pm

Congratulations on the nomination. Wow, what a great month you’ve had. I really, really need to get more organised – my inbox in particular is out of control at the moment.

LaurettaCWright 5th September 2017 - 9:51 am

I sat down last week for 11 hours straight and managed to clear out my inbox – it felt SO therapeutic. Mind you, I’m looking at it now and it is already starting to build up!

Stephanie 4th September 2017 - 1:36 pm

Wow you’ve had a busy month, but it sounds like it’s been really productive too! x

Lily 4th September 2017 - 1:05 pm

I love how busy you’ve been! It seems as though you’ve had a great time getting things together and having fab new experiences! I hope next month is just as spectacular for you. 🙂

LaurettaCWright 6th September 2017 - 10:32 pm

Thanks Lily – that’s very kind.

Super Busy Mum 4th September 2017 - 12:45 pm

What a productive month and a great post to look back on what you did and who you worked with each month. Fab idea!

LaurettaCWright 4th September 2017 - 12:50 pm

Thanks very much! 🙂

Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 3rd September 2017 - 9:49 pm

I hope to get organised this month once the kids are back at school (although my 3 jobs start up then too!) . I got my DA to 30 but it dropped down to 29 last time 🙁 #fabfridaypost

LaurettaCWright 3rd September 2017 - 11:13 pm

You’re doing really well! and I agree – once we’re back into a routine with the kids it will be easier! 🙂

Alice 3rd September 2017 - 3:44 pm

Gosh I thought I’d been productive until I read this. Flipping heck – I need to steal your energy.

LaurettaCWright 3rd September 2017 - 5:02 pm

That’s very kind Alice but it is a monthly update, not weekly 😉 xx

You Baby Me Mummy 3rd September 2017 - 7:30 am

Ah thanks for mentioning me huni! Can’t wait to meet you x

LaurettaCWright 3rd September 2017 - 7:54 am

Thanks Aby – me too. I might just wear my ‘I Like Big Blogs and I Cannot Lie’ tee to make you laugh 😉

Alana - Burnished Chaos 2nd September 2017 - 1:48 pm

Wow, you’ve certainly had a very busy month! I met Aby at BlogOnMSI in May and she is just as lovely in person, although I did feel a little star struck ?. Good luck with all your goals for the month ahead x

LaurettaCWright 2nd September 2017 - 1:49 pm

Thanks Alana – hopefully I’ll get to see her at the BritMums event which is just round the corner!

Vesna 1st September 2017 - 5:52 pm

Busy month! I would love to see the pro introduction for your channel. Actually, I would love to learn more about how to get the professional result.

LaurettaCWright 1st September 2017 - 6:18 pm

I’m thinking Fiverr!

Jessica - A Modern Mom's Life 1st September 2017 - 2:12 pm

What a fun post. Sometimes I think about doing a blog update/roundup but I’m never really sure what people want to read! I’ve just got my DA to 30, so we’ll see if I can keep it moving up! It’s inspiring to hear all your collaborations. Keep up the good work!
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LaurettaCWright 1st September 2017 - 2:29 pm

Ah thanks Jess – and huge congrats on reaching a DA of 30 – that’s fab news! I’ve seen other bloggers put together a gratitude list which I think is a great idea, but I do mine for clarity and to remind myself how far I’ve come when I don’t feel like I have!


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