Happy 1st Birthday To You
Happy 1st Birthday To You
Happy 1st Birthday Accidentally Reflective
Happy 1st Birthday To You!!!
Hip Hip Hooray! It is exactly a year today that Accidentally Reflective was formed.
It’s been a strange, unplanned year, yet so many amazing things have happened.
How It All Began…
Just over year ago, I hadn’t written in a long time.
Not like this.
Nothing other than the usual letters, emails, reports, emotional Facebook posts -you know the sort.
I had written a couple of pieces on my ‘notebook’ on my phone but done nothing with them.
Then in February 2014 I was approached by a ‘Summer Festival’ Organiser to write the Speaker’s Bios for his website. I very nervously agreed because I was anxious about my words being published online.
I spent the next few days stressed out and started to research the histories of these speakers some of whom I had never heard of.
Half way through, I lost all of my work! Frustrated I remembered why I hated computers.
Then I restarted the research and wrote captivating summaries and sent them off.
Having spent a good number of nights working and writing after the kids were in bed, I realised I enjoyed it.
So I decided to spend the next few evenings writing lengthy pieces about a subject that still bothers me today.
I still haven’t done anything with that.
But I had unleashed the writer in me. I was writing like there was no tomorrow.
Words were pouring out, my fingers couldn’t keep up.
Sunday 2nd March 2014
Then on Sunday 2nd March, I put together a string of words whilst in the shower.
I rushed downstairs and typed them up on the Mac. I remember my children were having breakfast and my husband was finishing off making pancakes.
Within 7 minutes it was finished- I turned the screen for my husband to read and he loved it.
And Sunday was written: https://accidentallyreflective.com/2014/03/02/sunday/
He said you should start your own blog.
It was a good piece, I am enjoying writing again. Maybe I should consider this. I thought to myself.
After speaking to a couple of people to decide what platform would be best etc I went about setting up the website.
My bottom half was glued to the chair for the next 11 hours! It was a bit of a minefield to figure out but I somehow managed.
Deciding The Name
I knew that I wanted the website name to have the word ‘reflective’ in it, because that’s what I had been doing for many weeks.
With my decision to cut certain things out of my life, I had found myself ‘accidentally’ reflecting more deeply than usual on life and all that it brings.
Having done some research, I found a blog post by Scary Mommy that advised to have a blog name with an ‘A’ in it so that it’s always on top of ‘the list’.
I didn’t understand what that meant at the time.
But I opened my dictionary and put my finger on… ‘accidentally’!
It was perfect because all of this was unplanned and it fitted my personality so well.
I didn’t plan on doing this it just sort of happened…yup… accidentally… ; )
So http://www.accidentallyreflective.com was born.
What Has Happened In Just A Year
Now most blogs don’t last beyond 6 months I’m told. So I am very pleased to have made it to a year.
And what a year it’s been!
1. In October 2014, I was nominated for the Liebster Award (It was great fun to take part)
2. In November 2014, Accidentally Reflective was nominated for the UK Blog Awards in 2 categories
3. On 31st December 2014, Accidentally Reflective became a MumsNet blogger and got the badge that you see on the side panel
4. On 27th January 2015 I was made a Huffington Post Blogger
5. On 29th January my first post made Front Page of Huff Post UK along with Barack Obama, Lenny Henry, Mehdi Hasan and Justin Welby!
6. I took part in the amazing global movement #1000Speak
7. There is not a number 7 yet – but I can’t wait to see what else is in store!
Nothing has been planned. It’s all fallen into place ‘accidentally’ – how fitting for a website with the same name!
I still don’t know where I want this to go to be honest!
I have met some wonderful people along the way. Learnt so much about the blogging, the writing world and social media.
I want to thank you all for your encouragement and support.
When I read that my words have made a difference, inspired someone, helped them to learn something new or even just evoked a happy memory… I can’t ask for more. It’s all I wish for.
Happy 1st Birthday!
I’m off to eat cake to celebrate!
– AD 🙂
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