9 Years And Counting…

Happy Birthday

Can you believe my little blog turned 9 yesterday, by many blogging circles I am a veteran blogger, but honestly I feel like a newbie with a blog that no one wants to read.

Over those 9 years I have fallen out of love with my blog more times than I care to remember, it has changed content wise so many times due to how life has changed, if you had said to me 9 years ago it would be here, I would not have believed you.

The problem is my blog does not fit into a category and thus I am not really of interest to anyone, if I set up separate blogs for everything I wanted to blog there would be too many, even though my blog to me makes sense as Lifestyle surely means your life as a whole, to others I am just a mish mash I think.

I could say the usual “I blog for me” crap, but that is not true and I do honestly believe no one really blogs for themselves as if they did it would be a hidden blog not open to all. I never lie about the fact I miss the old blogging days, where I was part of a little community, most of it was US-based as blogging in the UK was still quite new, but in those days I belonged to a niche, I had a business that made Jewellery and everything around that community was huge in blogging at the time. But if I posted some home purchases, or a new makeup product because we were a community, like-minded they enjoyed these posts too.

My blog has had a couple of facelifts this year and I still do not like it, I shall be changing it again this next month, I think I am yearning for something from my blog that just is not possible, a blog of years past, I know there are very popular blogs, especially in the parenting community, a couple are my absolute faves, but mine is not of that content.

Sorry to be all negative, that was not how this post was in my head, I am so pleased I did not delete my blog those few times I have tried, I am so pleased that I would take a break and just come back naturally, I am ever so pleased for the friends it has brought into my life, even if some are now not there, they gave me people who at very hard times in my life have carried me through, cried with me and made me smile.

Most of all you Innocent Charms Chats have been me, my constant in the past 9 years and I am BLOODY PROUD of you.

Side note – I was planning to host 9 giveaways as a way to celebrate over the next 9 days, but they did not get fully sorted, I do have a couple of lovely prizes to be won though, so watch this space over the next few weeks, my little way of saying thank you to the people who do come and say hi xxx

About Innocent Charms Chats

Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

  • Life With Munchers

    Happy 9th birthday ICC! Eh and for the record….I read your blog! You are one of my favourite people. Here’s to another 9! xx

  • Happy 9th birthday to your blog Kara! I remember when we found each other, it will almost be 5 years! It makes me sad that you don’t think your blog is good enough. It is more than good enough, it’s your space and all about you. It is hard because you have so much going on in your life, that it is hard to dedicate time to it. But you shouldn’t ever feel bad about it, it is lovely. x

  • EllaRalph

    I still read! I am a terrible commenter because I read mostly on my phone which seems to hate letting me leave comments on most blogs but I am silently following all my favourite blogs 🙂 happy blog birthday! Bells xx http://www.bellslittleones.com

  • Donna Wishart

    Kara, you write ‘my blog does not fit into a category and thus I am not really of interest to anyone’ and it makes me sad. I love your space online, your beautiful family and the life that you share with us. You are such a lovely person and the internet would be a very sad place without your little space online. Happy Birthday ICC! x

  • Alice & Amelia

    Happy blog birthday! I don’t think my blog fits into a niche either as blogging about my life makes it completely different to anyone elses life. It’s your online space so keep doing what you love!:)

  • claire witt

    Happy Birthday Blog! wow 9 years!!! i hope i accomplish as much is such a long time! My blog also doesn’t really fit anywhere specific .. but hey ho i love it! 🙂

  • Wow 9 years! Congratulations! I’ve been blogging 2 years this month and can’t believe how quick that’s gone. Even after 2 years I’ve had my ups and downs with it, so it’s inevitable you’ve fallen out of love with it during the 9 years! I’ll make sure I’mm following you on social media so I can keep up to date with your posts 🙂 xx

  • Ickle Pickle

    9 years! That is really some achievement, Congratulations! I have been blogging two years on February 1st. I hope mine is still going in 7 years! Kaz x

  • Angela Milnes

    9 years is a long time to have been blogging and thats so awesome and something to be proud of. Keep at it! I think we can all feel down at times. I feel the same some days and say to my husband, i’ve had enough and he just says keep at it and i keep going. Angela

  • Happy blog birthday! That means you were blogging long before you became a mum which is an amazing way to remember things.

  • Jenna Richards

    9 years – that is amazing. Considering the amount of “I’m going to stop blogging” wobbles I’ve had in less than two years – I am very much impressed by your dedication!! xx

  • kerry norris

    9 years is such an achievement and you should be very proud. Try not to compare yours to others. I know it’s hard not to. X

  • Ruth Davies Knowles

    NINE! You are blogging royalty dharlink! 😉 x

  • newmummykate

    9 years! Congratulations! I don’t always comment but I am a frequent reader and that’s because I love reading your blog. I follow your on IG as well and I’m in awe of how you manage every day life with how much you have going on, you’re an absolute inspiration and you should be proud xx

  • Beth

    Wow 9 years!? Fantastic!! Happy Blog birthday!!

  • Mrs H

    Gosh, 9 years. Wow! That is amazing. You should be so proud of yourself for blogging that long. And also when the world of blogging has changed so much. And I think being a mish mash is a perfect niche. Life is a mish mash. It is a bit of everything. And it is only right that our blogs should reflect that. Hugs Lucy xxxx