My Blog’s First Birthday


I first registered my blog on 1st March 2013 and got around to putting my first post up on 7th March 2013, I thought one post looked a little bit lonely all there by itself so I put a few posts up about what I’d been doing in the previous six months then waited to see what happened, and waited, and waited.

At the time there were lots of internet marketers telling everyone how they could get rich quick from blogging and they were some of the first people to stop by my blog and “like” my posts.

I wasn’t sure what I expected to happen but what followed was way beyond anything I could have imagined 🙂

I started my blog to help me improve my writing and to document my training at the RCS so I set my self the task of writing a couple of posts a week. I wrote about my training, my experiences and the things that I enjoyed to do. I wasn’t sure if anyone would share my interests or want to follow my exploits.

Over the following months I found that the discipline of writing my posts helped me with my essays. I met wonderful people within the blogging community who helped me to get my head around my writing, so to each and everyone one of you I would love to say a big THANK YOU 🙂

Can you imagine how I felt today when I found out that I had managed to get a high grade for my most recent history essays – thrilled to bits, over the moon, whoop – lots more to do but I hope that you can tell I was so excited ! Quote “well considered arguments and well researched answers” and “your writing shows care and structure”. STRUCTURE – oh my! It feels like Christmas. Don’t worry it’s not gone to my head, it could have been a fluke 🙂  I still have my off days but like my blog friend Don Royster only told me the other day about writing its “Like making music, it just takes practice” .

I have made lots of truly amazing blogger friends, too many to single any of you out because I’d hate to miss anyone. One of my favourite pastimes is reading through your posts and learning more about the world, different jobs, writing, history, poetry, photography, art, music, fashion and especially farming :).

I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months have in store for me and I do hope that you can find the time to drop by and catch up with me from time to time.

One of the tasks that I have set myself is to understand how the tags work on my posts and try and organise them a little better so if you have any tips….


Here is the picture that I created using the paper roses in my earlier blog post as I realised that I never published the finished result before so I hope that you like it 🙂



I have now written 128 posts which have been read from an amazing 154 Countries some of which I’d not heard of before such as; Myanmar, Benin and Lesotho.

Click On The Image To See The Full Country List

Here are the posts that WordPress say are the most read 🙂

Home page / Archives
My Performances ( Videos & Audio )
Art Is Calling For Me
Spring into Summer
Lights, Camera — Action !
Singing In The Rain
Stardust and Sparkles
Les Mis’ Spectacular
Arts Funding What’s Your Opinion?

168 thoughts on “My Blog’s First Birthday

    1. Hi Deanie, last year when I got an average result for my history essay I was gutted, it had taken me a long time to research and even longer to write and rewrite. My blog has really helped me to overcome structural problems and use fewer words to try to stop going all around the houses to explain something. Thanks for your support.

      Best wishes

  1. Happy Birthday, Blog. I have been at my blog since August, 2013. Like you, one of the bonuses of posting blogs is the community. So many people I would never have met if I had not started my blog. I wish you another great year of blogging. You are doing terrific.

  2. Congratulations, Charlotte! This is a very impressive performance on your blog! Wishing you another successful blogging year ahead! xo

    1. I looked all three places up on the internet and I saw that Benin was near Nigeria 🙂 I’m learning French next year yikes. Myanmar is near to Thailand and China and Lesatho is in SE Africa south of Pretoria.

      Best wishes

      1. Wow!!!! You see, you did your research well and now you know better and i bet you feel good knowing this too, right? LOL. Have a lovely weekend.

      1. Cheers Charlotte. I really enjoy cooking as a hobby, for me it’s the best way to relax after a tiresome day. That’s great to hear that you cook as well. Let me know if you have any tips or recommendations 🙂

    1. Thank you Brian,

      “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make. ”
      – Truman Capote

      I loved that quote from your blog.
      Best Wishes

  3. Mine’s a year old too! I hadn’t remembered until I read this post. Your blogs and your career have given me great pleasure and I feel I am watching/listening to an opera singer in the making and one who has the voice, the tenacity and the family support to go a very long way and give all of us out here enormous joy.

    1. Thank you Hilary, you have been so supportive and encouraging to me. I wouldn’t like to do this now without my family and my extended blog families encouragement, it always helps when I’m feeling low or when I just can’t get my head around something. Congrats on your 1st blog anniversary too.

      Best wishes

  4. One year of blogs from you means a lot catchup reading I have to do. I just say in these three articles I have read I realized that not only I’m learning about you, but I’m discovering new things about me. Happy blogrthday. GM

  5. Congratulations Charlotte, and Happy Birthday.

    Your enthusiasm for what you do, and your evident love of life and all its possibilities, is what makes your blog a sparkle. Here’s to many more years undimmed. You are our treat.


    1. Thanks Martin that’s lovely, you know I love a lot of sparkle. I actually think that is what’s missing from my blog pages sparkle in the margins 😉

      Best wishes

  6. Charlotte, I can give you some advice on the tags, because I use them with most if not all of my blog posts. After you write your post, tab or click on the edit box that is labeled tags. Here’s where you put keywords or tags on your post so readers can find them better. Be sure to separate your tags with commas after each one. Hope this helps, Ann check out my blog at

  7. Congrats! Your achievement in blogging is monumental, Charlotte. I’m truly impressed. Thanks for sharing your life with us. All the best for another year of wonderful life, virtual and real! 😉

    1. Thanks Arti, I came across to your blog to see if you’d done a review on ‘The Book Thief’ have you seen it, I did at the weekend and enjoyed it but it had bad reviews so I wasn’t expecting much and it really made me think about my lyric writing and the power of words.

      Best wishes

  8. An exemplary writer, performer, and artist produces an exceptional blog. Congrats on your success and incredible hit count for a year. Reading yours and listening to your recordings has definitely changed my reading habits and musical tastes permanently and for the better. May your blog continue for a long time.

    Farming, heh?

    1. Cheers Jim, without reading your blog I’d never have known that maple syrup was tapped from a tree and the scene in the Hunger Games where they tap a tree to drink from it now makes perfect sense 😉 you also introduced me to a new music style so we’re even 😉

      Best wishes

    1. I’m really pleased to read that Jim, I’d never heard opera music before meeting Jayne at High School, other than in tv commercials with the lyrics changed ;/ I still can’t listen to O Sole Mio (it means ‘my sunshine’) without thinking Cornetto ice-cream. So I love sharing my new repertoire.

      Best wishes

  9. Congratulations! Love watching your progress – and seeing some of your amazing clothes! You are lucky we’re not closer – might have to come and raid your wardrobe LOL

    1. It’s getting harder to keep up with everyone whilst I’m at college though Noony, so I love it when I get comments because it reminds me of favourite blogs to visit.

      Best wishes

  10. Congrats, Charlotte. I’ve enjoyed following your blog and learning from you as well. Here’s to another year!

    1. Music never fails to amaze me. Listening to a fabulous piano concerto can move me to tears now and learning how to write for multiple instruments are all amazing experiences that I hope I can share more about next year.

      Best wishes

    1. Hi Gaurab, thank you ;). My grades are my challenge to myself each year. I don’t compare grades with other people I just like to achieve the best that I think I’m capable of. I got a B1 for conducting which I was pleased with but I’d still like to do better at that.

      Best wishes

  11. Great to read your blog today, we read all of them but today is really interesting. To hear about your exam results and to see the amazing number of followers and friends you have made.

    Many congratulations, you’re a star !!!!

    1. Thank you, I see things now such as when I’m rehearsing with the choir and think oh I wish I could get a photograph of this it would make a great post to share. Thanks for your blessings 😉

      Best wishes

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