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One Year Anniversary for “the marizé”!

I wanted to pop in here this morning with a lil' blog update. Last year, around this time, my blog went live ! ! ! 🎉 It's been the longest I've been committed to a blog.

Morning, gorgeous people! ☀️ I hope you’re all having a beautiful Friday Funday. It’s all blue skies and sunshine round here, and I plan on enjoying every minute of it! I feel blessed to live walking distance from the sea, I worked so hard to achieve that. 😎

A bit random, for some reason, I woke up this morning and went down a rabbit hole of USA landing on the moon conspiracies, followed by 9/11 videos, followed by Columbine documentaries. Quite random if I say so myself.😑 Or, perhaps, not so random, considering this Tuesday marked 22 years since the Columbine massacre.

ANYWAY, I’m getting way off topic. I wanted to pop in here this morning with a lil’ blog update. Last year, around this time, my blog went live ! ! ! 🎉 It’s been the longest I’ve been committed to a blog.

I’ve had my domain for a bit longer than that, and I was self-hosting on WordPress.org. However, some asshole hacked my site and it was redirecting to porn sites (like honestly, WTF 🤢) and he kept sending me emails to pay them i.e. blackmail. My hosting provider Biz.nf were useless and so unhelpful, so I decided to delete everything, transfer my domain and start anew.

And that’s the story of how I landed on WordPress.com and discovered the WordPress Reader and the joy of being able to like/reblog/follow posts and blogs, which is not possible when you self-host. 😊

I’ve been open about struggling with posting, sometimes, but the fact I’ve been loyal to my Saturday Wellbeing Mornings and have uploaded almost every Saturday for the past year is a victory on its own!

I’m very happy and so grateful for all of you lovely lot who are following “the marizé” or who have liked or reblogged or saved my posts! 💜 It’s the reason I keep going, even when I work so hard on a post, only to see minimal engagement and low stats.

Speaking of, I have made some appearance changes to the blog, with the main focus on improving my SEO. I believe this marks the third or fourth time I’ve changed themes, but as a newbie blogger, I’m still looking for the perfect vibe for my WordPress space.

I’m so much more satisfied with the way my homepage looks now, and with my new theme by PixelGrade. I love how it’s magazine inspired, which fits my ideas and plans for “the marize“!

Some other changes I’ve done include changing my logo. My new one comprises of a girl and her dog, which represents me and my puppy, duh!🐶 I’ve also made some slight changes to my “About” info and added a “Feedback” page. As mentioned above, I’m very aware that I’m fairly new to this industry, so any tips and constructive feedback are more than welcome! 🙂

My future goals for this blog include gaining more online friends, so we can chat in the comments, and ultimately making a living from it. This goes hand in hand with my Etsy Shop dream, which is currently in great need of some TLC. I’ve touched on affiliate marketing, but I still have a long way to go and, of course, I’m still working on SEO.

These days, I’m not the biggest fan of social media, therefore my only social marketing takes place on Pinterest, Bloglovin and Tumblr. I’m still exploring TikTok, so feel free to follow me there! 🤗

That’s all for today! Thank you for reading this and for being part of my online world!🌸

Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll be seeing you tomorrow with some morning positive and inspirational quotes.

Take care and stay safe!

M. x

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