Exactly, one year ago, on this date, my tiny blog entered into the huge online world of blogs and websites.
I am so happy that today it completes ONE YEAR and I have written this blog post to celebrate the 1st birthday of my blog – Delighted Baking.
I’ll share all the memorable moments that occurred during this one year journey of my blog.
So, let’s start from the beginning –
Why did I start a blog?
For this let’s go into the flashback. I was probably in class 11th when I started creating a website (Yeah! A website) all from the scratch. My sister is a web developer and I actually used to take HTML lessons from her. After a week’s time, I gave up. It was too much for me to learn.
December, 2016 :
Surfing through Android Playstore, I came across an app called BLOGGER. I asked my sister about it. Got to know that it’s used to create blogs/websites. The class 11th “I’ll create a website” bug bit me again. I downloaded the app and I was like, I’ll start a blog.
The reason behind starting a blog was just that I came across something new (The Blogger App) and I wanted to explore it. Since childhood I liked working on a PC. My childhood favourite being PowerPoint presentations. Yes. I still have a collection of those on my PC. And mind it, I am really good at making PowerPoint presentations. (Small Brag) :p
Let’s come back to our main topic. I downloaded the Blogger app. The next important point was WHAT WILL I BLOG ABOUT?
The Topic of my Blog :
See, back then (and even now) I have two main areas of interest – English Literature (Any Shakespeare Fan? Virtual High Five to You) & Baking.
I already had a facebook page dedicated to literature. I started it on April 2, 2015. It’s all about English Literature, novels, poetry, drama etc. If anyone of you is interested in it, CHECK IT HERE.
So obviously, I thought, I’ll start a blog related to Baking.
The name : Delighted Baking
Most of my blogger buddies will agree with me that selecting a name for your blog is a big task.
I made so many word combinations with the word ‘Baking’, I can’t even tell you.
Finally, after 2 days, this name clicked and my blog was titled Delighted Baking. 🙂
I started working on the blog.
Baking different items, clicking images, writing posts, sharing them on the facebook page etc. Everything was so enjoyable.
But after some time, I felt my blog was not looking good. It was okay but not pretty.
So, in March 2017 I shifted to the blogging platform WIX. It was the same time when I purchased the domain from Big Rock.
That’s the reason, my blog’s Birthday is in March. I bought both the hosting as well the domain name on March 19 and that’s when my current blog came into existence.
In March itself I created a Pinterest account for my blog.
I joined a number of blogging related facebook groups. Started reading and learning about blogging. Simultaneously, I was working on my blog. Trying different recipes for the blog.
Writing blog posts. And all other blogging work.
Technical Blogging Points (**Ignore if you are not interested in knowing about the technical blogging info about the blog. Just skip to the next heading **)
Page Views in 1 year – 18,053
Facebook Likes in 1 Year – 2717
Pinterest Followers in 1 Year – 1382
Other Achievements :
I would happily like to mention that Pinterest is one of my biggest achievement.
I recently crossed the landmark of 100k MONTHLY VIEWS ON PINTEREST .
As I only have two social media accounts for my blog (Pinterest and Facebook), I am happy with the growth of the Pinterest account. Facebook has also been good but Pinterest has seen a really good growth.
All the credit , for the Pinterest growth goes to one e-book – Pinteresting Strategies.
When I started reading about the ways in which Pinterest traffic can be increased, all the ways/methods that I came across used paid scheduling tools on Pinterest . But I was not interested in using paid scheduling tools for Pinterest. One day, in a facebook group, I read about Pinteresting Strategies : an e-book by Carly Campbell.
This e-book is based on manual pinning and it was the right thing for me. I bought it and started implementing its strategies on my Pinterest account .
My Pinterest statistics started to increase. And if you are a blogger, you will understand how good it feels to see your followers/views increase.
Carly , in this e-book, explains all the strategies and methods in which one can increase his/her Pinterest traffic.
Even if you are using paid scheduling tools for Pinterest, I’ll recommend this e-book. I know many bloggers who use manual pinning strategies from this e-book as well as paid scheduling tools (Tailwind or Boardbooster) and their Pinterest traffic is soaring higher and higher.
If you want to know more about this e-book, click here !
Please Note : I’ll start a facebook group soon. Hope to see you there! 🙂
Guest Posts :
I also got the opportunity to write guest posts for some amazing bloggers. (You can find them below). I loved writing those. Although my niche is related to baking and cooking, I like writing posts related to self care, happiness, personal development etc. This reminds me that I haven’t written a guest post for a long time. I’ll write one soon!
(By the way, if you are a blogger and want someone to write a guest post , let me know. Send me an email to email@example.com )
Recent Updates :
I recently updated my blog’s design. I have chosen these beautiful shades of Pink and Green for my blog.
Currently, the blog has four main sections :
Since I started blogging, I have made some amazing blogger friends. And this is one of the biggest achievements of blogging – You make some great friends. 🙂
I would also like to share some of the most popular posts on my blog. In this one year time, you all have read and liked these posts the most (according to Google Analytics). That’s why I am sharing these here. If, by chance, you haven’t read any of these, here’s the list of top 10 blog posts for the year (March, 2017-March, 2018) :
Hot Milk CakeDominos Stuffed Garlic Bread Without Yeast (With Step by Step Pictures)Dominos Style White Sauce Pasta (With Step by Step Pictures)Nan Khatai (Indian Cookie)Banana Cinnamon Loaf CakeHealthy Eggless Atta (Wheat Flour) CakeThandai Flavored CakeEggless Mango CakeChocolate Banana Marble CakeCinnamon Vanilla Steamer
It has been an incredible blogging journey and a big Thank you to all my readers for their support and love.
The blog which I started just for exploring the online blogging world has now become an important part of my life.
I’ll continue to bring more and more amazing recipes for all of you. Stay Connected. Keep supporting Delighted Baking! 🙂