It’s a source of amusement in the Little family that so many of our birthdays fall in January – that’s me, my brother, husband, auntie, and my father-in-law! Today, January 4th, it’s my blog’s turn, as it celebrates its first birthday! I hope you can join me in wishing happy birthday to Natural Beauty with Baby!
Natural skincare and beauty has always been a passion – one I found myself even more interested in when I became pregnant. Once I was expecting, it was naturally more important to avoid harmful ingredients. When Jonah was born, the same applied to his skincare.
I thought it would be a rewarding hobby to document mine and Jonah’s favourite natural skincare and beauty products. I wanted to shout these products from the rooftops!
And so my blog was born.
Let’s take a look at Natural Beauty with Baby through the months.
I started an account with Blogger. Jonah was 7 months old at the time, and I remember writing my first post while he slept in my lap.
It was so short and uninformative, and quite embarrassing in retrospect. It took me several months to develop a style and format for my blog posts.
My posts are always long, and that’s because I’m so curious how natural ingredients in skin and hair care work. My own opinion is helpful to readers, but I want to know and share how beneficial ingredients can help. I’m driven to help my readers become aware of brands who use harmful ingredients.
Following on from my first post, I created several other review posts. It was easy for me because I put so little effort in. I didn’t take any photos, and I didn’t examine any ingredients. I just wrote my opinions.
Ah, how much I have learned since then!
I’ve since rewritten my first post and several subsequent posts. I’ve gone back and taken my own photos, rather than use stock photos. Much better!
February to March
I bought my domain name, naturalbeautywithbaby.com, and I started to look more professional. I made my first affiliate sale in March, which of course was very exciting!
April to June
Creating content very slowly, I started to branch out beyond reviews of single products and created a post about how to find healthier alternatives to mainstream baby products.
Blogging about life with Jonah, rather than just beauty and baby products, became an outlet for me on various parent topics.
An amazingly motivated and productive month, in which I wrote 9 posts. Figuring out how to promote my blog on social media marked a turning point. I created my first recipe post which has proved to be really popular. I also wrote and shared my birth story, which was so healing to write.
What a very busy month for me. First, I went self-hosted, migrating from Blogger to WordPress. Second, I bought a blogging course. Third, I won the Blogger Recognition Award, which was so nice as a newbie blogger! September was the beginning of a new phase with my blog.
I was accepted onto the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Program. This means I can choose products every month to try. It pays my skincare and beauty tab each month, and I’m so grateful for that!
Natural Beauty with Baby in 2018
Like many bloggers, I’ve given some thought to my second year blogging goals:
- Post about restaurants and days out in my local area.
- Write up web design, image editing, and SEO techniques, since I have a lot to share.
- Share more Baby Led Weaning recipes.
- Focus on beauty, not just skincare. This means doing my makeup more often. For a beauty blogger, I’m really lazy and don’t wear makeup often.
I’m really happy with how far my blog has come in the past year. And I’m totally excited to see where 2018 will take me.
Paid to write posts? Increasing my affiliate sales… now here’s to that dream!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments!