Seychellesmama is 2 years old!

Yesterday I had a lovely little note from WordPress letting me know that I had been blogging for 2 years so Seychellesmama is 2 years old!  Happy blogging birthday to me!

Seychellesmama is 2 years old!  My blogging birthday

I can’t believe it has been 2 years already!  I have become so attached to my blog and so fond of blogging.  I really think it has done so much for me.  Being a stay at home mama is without doubt insanely rewarding and I am so lucky to be in the situation that I can stay at home with my boys, but it can sometimes make your brain feel like it’s turning to mush!  Blogging ensure that my brain still functions!!  I feel like I get better all the time too – by no means do I think I’m awesome at it, but I’m definitely better then when I first started.  There’s so much to learn and I’m really enjoying figuring it all out!

I’ve also ‘met’ so many wonderful people thanks to my blog and now regularly chat to mamas all over the world, I love that this happens!!!  I remember when I started the My expat family linky I was SO nervous that no one would join in, but a year and a half later it is still going strong!

My expat family linky

Im also really excited to be co-hosting another blog linky starting this month called Fit Mamas Club.  I find the blogging community so supportive and so I can’t wait to see mamas supporting and motivating each other through this!  Selfishly it will also help me stay motivated with my fitness too!!

Fit mamas club linky

Of course the main reason why I blog is my boys and while they are my lowest rated posts in terms of stats, my favourite posts to write are my monthly updates in Arthur and Freddie!

Arthur & Freddie

Some really wonderful opportunities have come my way thanks to this little blog too, and I’m so grateful for them all!  I’m even going to be published in a book (more info on that very soon!!), I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am about that!

 

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Being a blogger…

I was tagged by the lovely Donna from What the redhead said in this great tag about being a blogger, what it means to me and how I find it. Well, here goes…

Being a blogger

Before I started blogging I never really understood what the appeal was with writing a blog.
I got a glimpse of the blogging world once I had Arthur, through twitter seeing some lovely mummy bloggers.
So i started my own blog and I got my first taste about what being a blogger meant.
At that point being a blogger meant being able to keep a kind of diary of our expat family life here in Seychelles, and to being able to record all of Arthur’s milestones!

It didn’t take long for me to realise that being a blogger also meant being part of a community!  There are so many wonderful bloggers out there and I was delighted to ‘meet’ some other lovely Mummies I could chat to!

I was excited that people were reading, commenting on and apparently enjoying my blog!!,
The competitive side of me loved seeing my stats rise!!  Being a blogger is very addictive!

I have also realised that blogging can be a little ‘all-consuming’ and for me, being a blogger is also about knowing where and when to stop!!

Now I’ve been blogging for around 18 months I’ve had a tiny peek at how blogging can become a career!
I have earned a couple of pennies from it and I would love to get into that a little more!

But for me, my first two points are still by far the best bits about being a blogger.  Having a family record and being part of the blogging community!

 

What at does being a blogger mean to you Sara, Phoebe and Jennifer

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Tech-y {Word of the week}

Tech-y word of the week

 

This week I’ve decided to try and be a little bit more Tech-y and have joined two additional social networks!

Pintrest

&

Google+

Okay so I’m obviously a little late to both of these parties as I think everyone I know in the blogging world is already on them both!!

 

I’ve found Pinterest to be immediately likeable….hell, who am I kidding, I love it!!

It’s full of beautiful, interesting and fun things what’s not to love!! I’m finding so much inspiration for my blog and for, well, everything!

 

Google + seems like it’s going to take a little more time for me to get my head around!  Everything I read though, suggests that it is really worth the investment!

 

Since coming back from the UK this summer, where I took a bit of a blogging break, I am really loving being back into it again.  I want to make my blog the best it can be, I’m hoping that joining up with these two networks will help me with that!
If anyone has any useful tips for either of these sites it would be very appreciated as I’m still very much getting to grips with them!

 

If you’d like to join me on either of these lovely new networks my links are:

Seychellesmama for pintrest

Seychelles Mama for google+

I’m linking up with Jocelyn over at the Reading Residence for Word of the Week

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Exciting News!

I have some exciting news to share! A couple months back I was contacted by a lady called Chrissann, she runs a site called Women Who Live On Rocks.  It’s all about, well, women who live on rocks…….ok, Tropical islands to be more precise!  These Tropical Island dwelling ladies get together to blog about ‘the charming eccentricities of island living’ i.e the stuff that would seem pretty strange to anyone else! So Chrissann liked my blog and asks if I’d like to get involved and contribute to hers!  I was really excited as it would be a chance to write in a slightly different way to how I do on this blog, talk about more of the weird stuff that goes on here in Seychelles, outside of my little Mummy bubble.  It was really fun to start writing for this, as having lived here almost two years now, I realised that some of the oddities seemed a whole lot less odd to me these days.  It was good to take a fresh look at the things that go on! My first post has just been published, so I’m officially now a ‘woman on a rock’ and I’d love if you would check it out and let me know what you think!  Here’s the link It’s a really good blog there’s some really funny posts and it’s a great insite into island living so take a look around and check out a few of the other posts on there!  It may just make you feel a little less jealous of the tropical life!   copy-cropped-WWLOR_final-logo-full_KCN2

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My new home!

This is my new home!  Ive been thinking about going self hosted for quite a while now and I decided to take the plunge!

Things right now all look quite similar right now but I’m hoping once I get to grips with all the different things I can do on here I’ll be able to personalise things and generally just make it better 🙂

The hosting site I used in the end is iPage, mainly due to the fact that there was a great offer on!  It was relatively easy to do, I did the transfer of everything myself but it really wasn’t difficult at all. (although please tell me if something is obviously missing!!)

So, get comfy, slap on some suncream, and take a look around!

Chantelle

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ps Any hints or tips you would like to share would be REALLY welcome as I have no idea what I’m doing 🙂

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