10 blogs I discovered in 2018

I love reading blogs, almost as much as I enjoy writing on my own. There’s nothing better than sitting down with a cuppa, putting my feet up and starting to read through the latest (courtesy of Feedly I can subscribe to blogs and just browse through the latest posts on all the different sites, right from one place). There’s something so enjoyable about just observing someone else’s life and learning through their experiences.

Obviously you must enjoy reading blogs too, otherwise you wouldn’t be here!  [...]  read more

I’ve been blogging for 14 years!

kelsbells.id.au

kelsbells.id.au

Yesterday I was doing a bit of tidy up for my blog, and found links to blog posts I’d written in 2004.

2004.

Holy smokes batman! I can’t believe I’ve been writing that long! It made me think of all the times I’ve spent pouring over a computer, or tablet, or phone. So I thought I’d revisit a bit of history, and how my blog has evolved since the beginning.

The origins

My sister set me up with a blog way back in the beginning. It was hosted as a page on her own blog, and lacked its own identity.

At the time I was doing a Diploma of Justice course. I figured I could write some articles about what I was studying, and dip my toe into the pool of political writing I guess. I wanted to be a Forensic Scientist, and thought there would be a lot of interesting topics to share.

Instead, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about the people in my class.

Back then I was using Moveable Type, a CMS platform for managing my blog. It worked OK. I wasn’t very tech-savvy back then either, so I pretty much did what my sister told me to do. She was also my systems admin, and would update the software as required, and anything else that went wrong.

The move to wordpress

At some point, my sister decided to move to WordPress. As always, I just followed along. She took care of it all for me, and provided me with the login details.

Suddenly, my interest in the CMS system was born. I installed things, broke things, and generally drove my sister crazy.

Themes, install ALL the themes!! That plugin does what? I must install it!

Moving to my own domain

In 2012 my sister’s domain name eventually lapsed, and someone jumped on the opportunity to steal it from her. Thus the blog was gone. By this stage I was blogging maybe once a year, and my interest had really waned. No one was reading it, I wasn’t marketing it, and I was probably writing completely uninteresting and uninspiring posts.

My sister set up her new site, and decided it was time for me to pull on my big girl pants and get my own domain.

Once again, she did all the hard work for me. She created and configured all the accounts and copied across a backup of the old site. The new URL? kelsbells.id.au; where my blog remains to this day.

Kelly’s World is Born

At the start of 2013 I decided it was time to invest in my blog a little. There was a lot of things going on in my life, and I needed somewhere to write things down.

But first, everything had to go.

All of my posts, 9 years worth, trashed in an instant. I wanted a clean slate.

I struggled with a title, and ultimately decided on Kelly’s World. I’ve toyed with the idea of changing the name of this site so many times, but in the end I always come back to this. It is my world.

As fate would have it, 2013 decided to be quite a big, emotional year for me. I split up with my partner at the time, moved into a new house, took on a new role at work and spent a lot of time “discovering who I am”. I also met my now-husband, and fell in love.

Everything was documented on Kelly’s World.

Going public with my blog

Up until this point only a few close friends knew that I had a blog, and had the link. I had felt a little embarrassed I guess. I felt like it was a bit dorky.

But at the end of 2014  I decided I wanted to share it with everyone. It was about becoming confident in who I am. I didn’t want to have secrets, or hide anything I was passionate about.

My posts began to be automatically posted through to Facebook to my friends and family, and on twitter.

Kelly’s World joins Facebook

Concerned that maybe people were being bombarded with Facebook posts they weren’t interested in, during 2017 I decided to make a Facebook page. This way, people could opt in to seeing the posts and what was out there.

The Kelly’s World page was born.

This allowed me to start to grow the audience of my blog, while separating it with my personal profile. People that enjoyed my blog but weren’t necessarily a friend on my private profile page could like it. I could write small little updates or share images that weren’t really relevant to my individual profile. I could start to build a little community.

It’s been slowly growing ever since.

 

Rebranding

In October of 2017, the blog was rebranded. I made a custom header that I felt demonstrated my interests.

I still haven’t finished, but with a baby my time has been minimal. The plan is to eventuallyredesign the site with a new layout, but it will take me some time. First I need to finish my course on front-end development so I can put my skills to good use!

And now…?

The blog has grown up a little bit too. My sister no longer plays systems administrator, which I’m sure she’s greatly relieved about! That’s pretty much due to my job, where I now work in an eCommerce department. I’m a lot more tech-savy, and understand a lot more about websites. I manage the site myself, and if I break it? We’ll, that’s on me to fix.

On top of that, this week I’ve implemented advertising on my blog for the first time.

My goal is to hopefully make a little bit of money doing what I love. For the last 6 years I’ve been paying for the hosting of this site and domain as a hobby. If this site grows like I plan, there’s a good chance it’s going to become expensive to maintain.

However, I don’t want to be annoying, so I need your feedback. I’ve created a survey below, and would appreciate your honesty regarding the advertising. Tell me what’s annoying, and what’s not. Tell me what your boundaries are. Let me know when the experience of reading my site is no longer enjoyable.

(function(t,e,s,n){var o,a,c;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(n)||(o=e.getElementsByTagName(s),a=o[o.length-1],c=e.createElement(s),c.type="text/javascript",c.async=!0,c.id=n,c.src=["https:"===location.protocol?"https://":"http://","widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/tRaiETqnLgj758hTBazgdxwTcbR4_2FVM_2F7oMv0qXxJV_2Br12X2JKtB94bgXZ63ax2K.js"].join(""),a.parentNode.insertBefore(c,a))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk"); Create your own user feedback survey

And finally, thank you…

Thank you to everyone who chooses to follow my journey. I’m forever looking at the stats, and feel a sense of pride every time the number increases. This blog is the documentation of my entire life. There’s nothing on here I feel ashamed of. There’s been emotional posts (breakups), joyful posts (marriage and my child), posts with doubt (figuring out how to be a mother) and posts with confidence. It’s been with me through the most monumental times of my life. When I grew up and finally became an adult, Kelly’s world was there with me.

Thank you all for reading and staying with me.

Blogging will resume once we have caught up on sleep

On the weekend just passed we brought our first born home from the hospital. Since then we’ve had some horror nights and some good nights. Thankfully right now we are on the trend of good nights.

In amongst this I have a couple of draft posts that I need to finish off. I’m trying to do them while I breast feed or have a rare moment to myself, but it’s tough. Right now I’m using that time to close my eyes and nap, so the posts are slow moving.

Once we’ve sort of got a hang on things and I’m coping better with the sleep deprivation I’ll be able to write a bit more frequently again. For now, I’ll leave you with this picture of our little man resting on his dad’s chest.

I’m already collecting for his 18th birthday.

Thank you for the survey results

I’m going to stop with the sarcasm here for a minute, and just say a truly heartfelt thank you.

I was blown away by the results of the survey. To be honest, I didn’t actually expect a single response, and was so thrilled when they came pouring in! I genuinely didn’t know why people came to read what I had to say. So many of you took the time to go into detail, which was fantastic. There were so many lovely compliments at the same time (way to make me blush). It was overwhelming in a positive way, so thank you so much for making this motor mouth speechless. Well, for a second anyway.

I thought I would share some of the findings with you:

The Content

  • 84% love my sarcasm! Woohoo! There’s plenty more to come!
  • Travel stories rated a lot higher than I expected -possibly because of my recent trip to Japan but it’s nice to know people enjoy coming for the journey with me! I’ll be sure to make more of an effort to share my random adventures with you all.
  • 70% enjoy my 52 list content. Secretly I’m hoping to take over the world with this list and get lots of people on board, and I was thrilled to see some people mentioned they’ve now started one too. If you’re one of those people, feel free to share a link in the comments, or paste the entire list! I’d love to see it.
  •  [...]  read more

    5 random thoughts from the brain

    I thought I’d share some thoughts that have been going round and round in this noggin’ of mine.

  • I’m probably more excited about getting my own garage spot in the house we just bought, than the house itself. I don’t know why, but suddenly there are so many cars on the streets around our house at the moment, and we only have a single car garage. Typically Mario would use it, but even he’s been parking on the street lately…I guess he’s been enjoying being able to walk around the garage easily? The best thing about the new house is the garage door is automatic too…and yes I’m aware that these have been out for a long time, but I’ve never lived anywhere that I had my spot, with buttons to push! Woohoo!
  • I tried to reinstall my theme this morning to fix issues, and instead broke it more. Now the featured images are missing from the front page, and the category pages are still broken. I’m not going to let this get the best of me though dammit *shakes fist*
  • I’ve got an awesome post I’m working on to share. It’s one I’ve been discussing with friends for about 2 years now….seriously. I’ll give you a hint, it makes a game out of the mundane. I hope you’ll love it.
  • I’ve jammed my neck again so I’m seeing the chiro this morning. I’m hoping it’s the reason why it hurts to open my mouth up completely – spare the rude jokes *wink*. I haven’t been able to open my jaw properly for a couple of days without holding my cheek. Fingers crossed that sorts it out.
  • The gym is so boring to run in compared to the outdoors! As I’m seeing the chiro this morning I didn’t want to put my back under any stress so I’m heading to the gym tonight after work instead, but running on the treadmill is so monotonous. They need to invent a treadmill that works with VR – I would totally be in for that!
  •  [...]  read more