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Having a 1 Year Old Blog!

It’s my blogiversary! MisplacedBrit is 1 year old…

And I found the funniest thing today.

One year ago, the week I started MisplacedBrit, I recorded a voice memo saying why I was doing it. What I wanted from it.

It seems I’ve used this function altogether 8 times – this was the first.

Talk about an unexpected blast from the past. A reminder and some great perspective.

…And there are things I’d already forgotten.


This blog is my space to play.

My space to experiment.

To just DO IT!

To try, to succeed, to flop, to try again.

To do whatever I like.

To learn to do it better.


Perfection isn’t the goal.

Serious isn’t necessary.

Readable is a plus 😉

An explosion of ideas.

A place to meet a parent.


To encourage others.

To walk along side somebody.

To share joys and burdens.

To laugh.

To enjoy.



What’s it like having a 1 year old blog?


We still haven’t got the sleep routine quite right. Some nights are worse than others.

The family’s finally started to adjust and accept this new way of life.

Mealtimes are often a bit disturbed – it’s not easy to keep everybody waited until a perfect shot has been taken.

We sometimes eat the same things again and again until we got the recipe just right.

The freezer is full of cakes and muffins.

There’s some competition for my attention (turning off tweet alerts might help).

The kids have learnt to freeze in the middle of doing something – I think that’s a beneficial skill!

Everybody’s getting involved. Everybody has an opinion.

Miss Four wants her hands in everything!

We make an extra effort to do special things.

Sometimes I’m distracted.

I’ve never had such an awareness of the months, and seasons, the passage of time.

I know exactly what we were doing last year.

There’s a new perspective to how I see the kids. Their interactions and development.

We have hundreds and hundreds of extra pictures!

Sometimes you look and think, ooh so cute …I could have another.

And in-between: ’What was I thinking’!

Was this the best idea ever? Or absolutely stupid?



Word of the weekMy Word of the Week: BLOGIVERSARY

…Life with a 1 year old blog 🙂



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  1. Hurray Happy One year Blog Anniversary! That’s fantastic. You started just after me then. Its a great feeling to have done it for a whole year isn’t it? Sounds long in one sense and on another still molding and shaping into what you want. Such a great adventure though. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me Keep up all the great work. #sharewithme

  2. Haha just read your reply, that’s cute, I found old pictures of me posing at 2 and that was in 1982 so pre facebook/ blogging and probably commonly used internet-my kids love posing too, wonder if in all our case it’s nature as well as nurture! Ha! Also it’s my 4 years soon-Nov is a great time to start a blog! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  3. Happy blogiversary Steph and keep it up, you have a wonderful blog. Fabulous post too. It’s a labour of love blogging but we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it! Hope you’re having a great weekend x

    • Thanks! Totally true 🙂 Great perspective from all these comments too, realizing how long or what a short time we’ve each been at it! Did you always take as many pics or do you have even more since starting your blog?

  4. Happy Blog Birthday Steph!! What a fab post – I love your voice memo at the start, I should print that out and stick it to my computer!! I also think you’ve summed up what it’s like having a blog to a T…my family still aren’t quite used to the divided attention, but I think we might finally be getting there 3 years in!

    thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • That’s so funny. It hadn’t even occurred to me that everyone might feel exactly the same 🙂
      …Thank you for your kind words Hannah.

  5. Congratulations on your blog’s first birthday! My blog is about two and a half now and we STILL haven’t got to grips with the weekly routine. We are about to have another new addition to the family so I am sure that will throw things off even more. Still, we will see!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

    • Ooh exciting! …Another family member, yes, bound to throw things off …But bound to make them better too 🙂 Congratulations!

  6. My blog is just over an year old and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned from doing it. I always look at blogs younger than mine though, like yours, and think ”Wow! Mine is so rubbish in comparison. What have I been doing this whole time!??”



    • Hahaha! I always think that too!! There’s so much you can do… And most of it you don’t have a clue HOW to do, so it takes a few crazy late nights of research just to figure that out – and the blog’s not even changed yet! …We’ll be AWESOME at all of this one day! 🙂
      Thanks for popping by.

  7. Haha love this it made me laugh!! The freezer full of cupcakes….I wish that was me I’ve really not touched on mixing cooking/baking with my blog….probably for the best I think haha! Xx

    • For a lifestyle choice, adding fitness to the combination would definitely make better sense from a long term health perspective than cupcakes …But honestly, how many pictures of training shoes does a reader want to see 😉
      Haha! Thank you for your kind words.

  8. happy anniversary. Blogging is definitely one of the best things I have started to do . I love the fact I have an online collection of what we have been up to.

    Like you I’m definitely more aware of times of the year and different holidays

    • It’s mad isn’t it! I usually feel like Christmas kind of snuck up on me. Now at the beginning of October I’m thinking of Christmas posts! …But I still don’t want to see father christmas in a shop window or start hearing any carols! …As long as it’s just in my head 🙂

  9. Happy Blogiversary! I have a new blog and I really hope after a year I’m really enjoying it just like you are, I love it so far! PS I love your blog design, and your hair style! 🙂

  10. Happy blogiversary! I really share your feelings – mine is 14 months. Is it starting to walk on its own yet? Not really but I’m happy to hold its hand! I hear you have snow – from another misplaced Brit friend of mine in Sweden. Enjoy! x

  11. Awww thats good news to hear! Happy Birthday to your blog =)

    My blog is old but I only did the whole open to the public this year, March. So I am quite new and I am still learning the ropes.

    I think that your blog is really a place to laugh, enjoy and play. I have seen a lot of your post and these words comes to mind when I look back at them =)


  12. Congratulations on reaching your blogiversary. It’s so addictive isn’t it. you’re doing a marvellous job. Please keep it up! #brilliantblogposts

  13. Happy Blogiversary! Sometimes I think my blogging drives my daughter mad and as much as she likes getting things through to review she gets a bit annoyed at all the pictures I take and anything we do she says ’is this going on the blog?’

    • Well… Your blog anniversary celebrations were certainly trumped this year around 🙂 CONGRATULATIONS again. She’s such a beautiful little girl.

  14. Happy blogversary lovely, once again I’m stunned that a blog as fab as yours has only been going such a short time. You have certainly stayed true to why you started blogging, and it sounds like it’s been a really positive thing in your life. Keep up the good work Steph xx #brilliantblogposts

  15. Happy Blogiversary Misplaced Brit! What an exciting miestone to have reached! With my one year blogiversary approaching in January I find myself reflecting on how quickly it has passed and all that I have learned, and have yet to learn, about blogging.

    I realted to the things you metnioned about your home life being affected by your blog. My children, husband, family, and friends are use to ”freezing” in the middle of doing something and questioning whether or not what we are currently doing will end up in my blog. As a matter of fact my whole outlook on everyday life has changed because I am always thinking ”Would this make a good post for my blog?” or ”Oh wow, this is definitely going to be a blog post!”

    I wish you continued success with your blog!


    • Haha! Thank you Lysa.
      It’s those moments when you go from thinking it could be a blog post, to WOW – this could be an amazing post… Those are the best 🙂

  16. Happy blog birthday! Love your reasons for blogging and your points about what it is like having a 1 year old blog – especially about all the extra photos. I love blogging for the social interaction with other bloggers and that it is such a wonderful way to keep a record of all those little moments that I might not have done otherwise x #brilliantblogposts

  17. Happy Blog Birthday to Misplaced Brit, can’t believe your blog is only a year old! Mine turns two in January and it’s always evolving and I look at life in a ’Mmmmm, would that make a good blog post?’ kind of way! I have a feeling this drives the rest of the family quite mad at times.
    Here’s to many more birthday celebrations x

  18. Happy blogversary! Mine is 1yr old this month too and I can relate to so much of what you have written. It really does change your perspective of things doesn’t it. 🙂

  19. Happy first (blog) birthday! Loved the way you described what it’s meant. I look forward to you celebrating many more blog birthdays while I enjoy reading all the posts in between.

  20. Happy Blogaversary!!…And may you have many more!…

    I have yet to reach my one year blogaversary, but can totally relate to seemingly taking pictures of everything, which is a bit unsettling as I rarely took photos before.

    I love the fact that your family takes an interest in your blogging and are quite prepared to do what it takes to help Mum get that ’perfect shot’, even if it means stopping mid mouthful.


  21. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Really loved the angle of this post. My camera roll is also bursting and im always taking photos ’just in case’ I need them. It is hard to not be constantly on twitter i make an extra effort to leave my phone upstairs so I can spend time with the kids!

    • Leaving phone somewhere is a great tip! It’s the photos isn’t it… Everyone’s saying it… What on earth are we going to do with all these photos? 🙂

  22. Congratulations on turning one! I did back in July too but I feel like only now am I beginning to understand all that blogging offers (along with all the pros and cons for the rest of the family!) #wotw

    • Congrats, right back at you 🙂
      There’s definitely more juggling to be done …Especially in the winter when you need daylight to take your shots!

  23. Happy birthday to your blog! This is a beautiful post. We, too, have tons and tons more photos than we used to, but fewer with the kids’ faces. Crevette now has a habit of freezing whenever I get the camera out and we also tend to eat the same things again and again until I get it absolutely right! I’m glad I saw your tweet about this post; I still don’t get your posts via email. I thought I had registered to get them a while back, will try again now 🙂

    • Haha! That’s the next thing on my list to sort out 😉 …There’s not even an email option right now!
      Thank you …That’s also true about the faces …I’ve never had so many none face shots before – but I love that addition too. So often when we glance lovingly over at our children, they’re not looking at us, they’re oblivious to us… It’s the face on shots that are the least representative of a real day! <3

  24. Happy Anniversary you beautiful lady (inside and out), you are so talented and I cannot believe you are only 1-I turn 4 soon! Thank you for being one of my favourite reads and also a friend too, I love your goals, you write from the heart, I adore your kids know how to freeze (mine too, thank goodness they’re natural posers-wonder you they take after! ;)) Blogging is such a wonderful world, I felt so lonely when I started blogging, none of my close friends had kids and blogging gave me my voice back and now it’s such a big joyous part of my life, it’s my job, my love, my world. Thanks for being a wonderful part of it x

    • Thank you Vicki …It feels like a momentous occasion. One to readdress direction, goals, dreams. To plan and move forward to even better places – you are a continual inspiration 🙂
      I think the kids took to the changes even quicker then me! In the beginning they asked all the time ’why are you taking pictures?’ I kept telling them ’so we can show your Aunty how to do it’! Haha …Miss Four asked me after a few months if she’d learnt yet!

  25. Love it! Happy Blog Birthday! Mine turned one in July, and the time just flies, doesn’t it? My daughter’s brilliant at freezing now, too, and we have hundreds more photos, too. Glad you’re enjoying it all so much still 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  26. Happy ’Blogversary’ haha i can relate to lots of this,,, my daughter starts putting her hands up when I’m taking the perfect pictures… thanks for linking up #weekendbloghop

    • That’s hilarious… Mine thinks her hands should be IN everything! There were a lot of posts in the beginning where I had them making it all… Now sometimes, I’d like a few without their hands all over it …She’s not so enthusiastic about the change. Especially when it involves cookie dough 🙂

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