One year ago I sat down at this computer desk, at a very similar looking but different computer and tapped out my first blog post. Drawn Outdoors the blog was born!
I’m just a little bit proud of the achievements I have made in the last twelve months, they’re only relatively small in the bigger scheme of things, but most have been significant first steps into previously untested waters for me. A bit of faith, a bit of inspiration and a lot of hard work, and I am well and truly on my way. If I could have predicted the future, I would have thought that this blog would have started out like a burst of Sydney New Years Eve fireworks, and then kind of faded away in the haze of smoke that was left in its wake. I wasn’t sure that I would still have things to blog about, how I would find inspiration and ideas, and even if anyone would read what I was writing.
Fortunately I was wrong. My daily page views are steadily increasing each month, and I seem to be enjoying blogging more with each post that I write, this is my 88th post, so by the end of May I will be well and truly into triple digits. I am constantly amazed that my most read post has had over 1,000 views, and that it was this one…
What have I achieved, what happened this year and where to from here?? Is it time to make a new blogging year to do list, re-write some aims and objectives and set the bar just a little bit higher? Hell yeah! It’s time to dream bigger, better and in every colour of the rainbow!
Drawn Outdoors’ first year saw births, deaths and marriages. We had hospital stays and holidays, and an incredibly huge amount of rain! At least the weather is my prevailing excuse for the lack of activity on the Drawn Outdoors courtyard. Drawn Outdoors has attracted a few clients, I’ve dusted off the drawing board and designed some fabulous gardens, though still not ours! As I said, baby steps, but at least when I prepare my tax return this year I’ll be able to show a very modest income! Significantly I graduated from the Bizness Babes program, and blogged about it here. Without these wonderful women and fantastic program I don’t think I would have had the nerve to start down this road.
As for the rainbow coloured dreams, as the Daredevil will be heading off for a day or two of childcare soon I’ll suddenly be presented with the luxury of time. Time that will be used to grow my business, improve my blog and take the next step and start to develop my website. With the extra time I’ll be able to start to market Drawn Outdoors and find clients rather than waiting for potential clients to find me. And maybe, just maybe I’ll actually finish my business plan, rather than continually “improving” it!
I know that this year I’ll be taking bigger steps, confident strides, and there is a possibility you might even see some running and jumping, though dancing might be more my style. Bigger things are in store, better things down the track.
Happy birthday Drawn Outdoors! Thank you for reading, I hope I have informed and entertained. At the very least I hope I have made you smile, think and feel inspired. I hope you’re really starting to feel drawn outdoors!