One Year Old Today & Thank You


7th March 2016 the journey began on  Actually, the journey began on 15th July  2015 on a similarly named site on a platform that was not fit for blogging.

The word press  journey, In March I posted only 5 posts, then in April another 5 more,  I was warming up slowly.   Well, quitting has always been a dear friend of mine, that only left me about 3 months back.  Then, in May 2016 I started to explore word press more and joined the daily challenge. I wrote my first post on the topic of my blog title “thoughts and life” as a way to introduce my blog, I went out to twitter and then slowly my little blog got found out.   I did one the word press courses I forget the name to help me on my journey.

As time went by, I played and played with my posting schedule, twitter, Instagram, facebook and Pinterest.    Making mistakes galore!    To this day,  I forget to #hashtag – oh it is such a bother.  And my friend Mr quitter kept pestering quit, quit.  I  experiment with schedules so much, because I had read and heard so much about it on youtube and Pinterest.   Was it a good experiment to do? Hey I still don’t know.  But, now I  blog weekly from 2 to may 7 times,  a bit random,  except for saturdays which is firmly quote day.

As time went by,  I made friends, got beautiful comments, and got to read some great blogger -blogs.     I felt like part of a community and it was amazing …”

People like what I write…”  eek, exciting, wow, can’t believe it…   This was really quite surprising  and I still love it.   I always  get nervous with a post I share. So, this feed back is encouraging as I am not a natural writer.

I started blogging for a good few reason,  mainly to share “thoughts and life”, as I truly believe we make ourselves happy or sad, by our thoughts and choices in life.   I believe through meditation, journaling,  affirmations, gratitude, a positive mindset all can be well.   Even tough times – okay tough times are hard, but we won’t be derailed as long as we might have been.


So, what have I learnt in year of blogging

  • Blogging is HARD HARD HARD work.  I think it is harder than any normal job.  I have had hard jobs in the past,  where I was  in at work at by 6am and home by 11.30pm.   Blogging is harder than that job!
  • But, blogging has given me something so valuable in all the connections I have made, and it has forced me to learn new technical skills.  I have a different sense of confidence in me that I have never had.
  • Enjoy the Blogging community and contribute.
  • Share what inspires you and it might inspire others.
  • #hagtags work on Instagram – even if you add them in a month later.  Yeap – believe me I have tried it!  LOL
  • Tweetdeck is a great tool for twitter again hashtag useful.
  • Blogging legally – well I think we need to be mindful of things – but I haven’t figured it all out.
  • Does trending matter –  I don’t know and I say set your own trend.
  • SEO – I still don’t get it, but I think it helps.  Don’t ask me how -lol?
  • Play with image making tools, and don’t forget to copyright your work

Am  I a wiser blogger a year on ? Well,  I must be in someway, but, I sure don’t feel like it.  Blogging is fun, but it is a lot of effort, but enjoyable.

Finally, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all, my wonderful friends and blogging family.   You really make blogging wonderful with your great comments and feedback.  I love reading your blogs and I love you all for being so great.  

You are the beauty of blogging – Really you are.  From the bottom of  my  heart I thank you all my beautiful  blogging friends.

Thank you to allmy followers across all social media outlets,  you inspire me.


lots of love  Bella  aka


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    • Jacqueline you are a great friend and you invite me to my first blogging party.. i was so trilled and confused whats a blogging party , what do you do.. oh a year on i have learnt a lot and it has been a pleasure to know you and you inspire with all you creative outlets and now youtube. Love bella


        • Oh Cat, you must have. Anyways jacqueline hold weekend parties on her blog, where we virtually miggle. Meaning you leave a post of your blog or blig home page in the comments and visit other bloggers post etc. I made a good few friends this way. And Jacqueline really does it instyle
 and music… all vitual… but it is very cool..

          But i was an idiot when i first got clueless 😂😃🙄😶😣😥 lol now


        • Cat.. well Jacqueline hold parties at her blog often..not every weekend. My last reply may , make it sound as if it is every weekend which isnt the case.

          I hope it makes sense.

          Sorry i am still at bit put of sorts with this bug.


    • Hey Cat, thanks for your kind words. Through blogging we meet and also realised we both in the uk which was cool. It has been a pleasure to be your blogger friend. I think now that i have made it a year and i am hooked and my little blog helps, i am inspired to carry on. Let see where i take this blog. Speak soon… sun is finally shining but been ill with vomiting bug to get outside at all… joy..


  1. Congratulations on your first year! I have enjoyed your blog since I first came across it! I’m so grateful and thankful you decided to start this journey. I have learned lots from your blog. You have impacted my way in a positive way, through your post and advice. Thank you Bella, your blog is one of my favorite! ❤️

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    • Aww Monica , soo lovely. Thank you for your sweet kind words..i am moved. So glad this little blog helps. Beautiful feedback and so encouraging. Next challenge another year of blogging. Lets see what i come up with..eek🤔🙏🖎🙄😏🤔 thanks again. I am so glad we are blogging friends and i too have learnt a lot from you and the 28 days challenge was great. The one thing that got me tge most..your grandparents wisdom about just put it into action no hestitation and you just have that habit down. Oooh Monica you should do a blog post on that !

      Hugs and speak soon. Regards bella

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      • It’s my sincere honesty, my world would not be the same without you Bella. You are making a difference in lives that matter! I’m with you on the Challenge, the more I write the more it naturally comes out; I love it!
        I’m so happy you enjoyed our fitness Challenge, and my action story resonated with you! I love your idea about writing a post on it, I will do that! Thank you Bella, you have a wonderful Day ❤️

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  2. HI Bella, I actually would have thought that you have been blogging for way longer than this because you share amazing posts! Congrats and may you blog for many many more years ahead! Very motivating for a new blogger like myself. PS. Thanks for sharing those tips! ❤ xx


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