Blogging: You Get What You Give

Blogging: You Get What You Give

Blimmin Blogging Busy

Life has been super crazy lately and I have to be honest, some days I don’t know if I’m coming or going. If you’re a regular to this blog, or if you have read any of the guest pieces I have appeared in, on other blogs, then you’ll know that I work five mornings a week and in the afternoon I am back looking after the Little Man. My days go by very fast. When I’m not doing these things I am usually sat here at my computer tip-tapping and blogging away coming up with lovely things to post on this blog, or commenting on all of my fellow blogger’s posts and sharing them on social media as part of our Triumphant Tales linky. In all honesty, I don’t have much time for anything else. On top of all of that, recently I have been spending time developing a website for a family friend. I did this last year and on recommendation, I find myself doing it again for someone else this year.

All of this combined has left me feeling a little, shall we say… frazzled.

I wrote earlier on in the year about how I needed to get myself more organised. And I did. I really did. Up until recently, it was going really well, but just recently I have taken on more and more and I guess you could say it’s starting to get a little out of hand. I spend so many evenings lost in this little blog bubble that I lose track of time and before I know it, the night has gone and it’s time for lights out. It’s a good job my husband spends most weeknights in the gym or no doubt, I’m sure he’d have something to say about it!

Reasons to be thankful

Blogging: You Get What You Give

But on the plus side to all of this, I have had so many things, blogging related to be grateful for lately. A couple of months ago, Jaki Jellz, as you see it today, turned one year old. One whole year of consistent blogging. One whole year of bloody hard work and one whole year of achievement.

Today I found out that after just eight months of signing up to Tots 100, I finally made it into the Top 500. I haven’t specifically been trying to do this, but it’s happened naturally just through the day to day hard work I put in.

Last week I got nominated by Becky over at MommyandRory in her very first Bloody Brilliant Bloggers tag. This is a new tag Becky has created for bloggers to celebrate who they think are, well… ‘bloody brilliant’. I can’t tell you how happy this made me – more so than the Tots 100 if I’m honest. Because it didn’t come from page hits, or followers or other statistic held in Google. It came from a real person. And that means more than anything! It didn’t stop at Becky’s comments though. More compliments came in the comments of her post, from other bloggers. Compliments for me! It warmed the cockles of my heart, that much I can tell you.

As well as these things, last week I published my most popular post to date. Am I Less Of A Mum As A Mum To Just One. Now I can only apologise if you are sick of seeing this post everywhere (actually, no I’m not sorry!). I didn’t anticipate it being so popular. This post was shown so much love. I’m pretty much speechless about this because I was named Featured Blogger in no less than FIVE linkys in one week. As if that wasn’t enough, it even featured on the homepage of Mumsnet Bloggers. I have no words. It feels so amazing to know I really am doing something right when I sit here, as I said before, just tip-tapping away.

Getting back what you give

So I guess the moral of all of this, to anyone who may be flaking or finding it all a bit much is, that eventually, you get back what you put in. All of the hard work does pay off. Not just in the blogging world, but in life in general.

I am not complaining at all. I know I need to find a nice balance so that the workload doesn’t consume me. And that is down to me completely. Now I am aware of it, I will make it happen.

I’m so excited for what the future holds for my little corner of the internet. The friends I have made are wonderful and supportive. The brands I have worked with have been welcoming and enthusiastic and I have finally found something I appear to be good at, and I enjoy it too. I had no clue when I started blogging that this would happen, but it has. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

Blogging: You Get What You Give
How do you manage your workload and what keeps you going when you feel deflated? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


I regularly link up to these lovely linkys.



  1. 8th May 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Lovely sentiment. Hope you keep getting recognition and acknowledgement. #anythinggoes

  2. 9th May 2017 / 12:21 am

    I’m a big fan of lists and reminders for my workload! I hope to get through them all at some point!

  3. One Hull of a Dadrich sayers
    9th May 2017 / 9:13 am

    Congrats on the recognition for that great post it is well deserved!

  4. 9th May 2017 / 10:05 am

    Well done for your hard work. Its great that it is all paying off! #AnythingGoes

  5. Something About Baby
    9th May 2017 / 10:05 am

    You have done so well, I have seen your mum to one post everywhere! And well deserved as it’s a fab piece of writing. I get so deflated sometimes because I just don’t have time for everything I want to do and sometimes wonder how I can change that but I know I just need to be more organised and use my time more wisely #TriumphantTales

  6. mamaloveslochy
    9th May 2017 / 10:05 am

    Great inspiration for me – I only started blogging a couple of months ago but I’m loving it! Congrats on getting into the TOPS 100 500 too 🙂
    #TriumphantTales x

  7. 9th May 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I love this, and congratulations lovely! You deserve it all! 🙂 I am terrible for sitting in front of my computer aaaaall night! But it’s the only chance I get!

  8. diynige
    9th May 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Fab post and a great read blogging is incredibly hard work how I manage to sort it all I will never know as well as earning my living in a day job somehow you do, well done on being featured everywhere for me that’s always been the best part of blogging. Thanks for hosting #triumphanttales

  9. aliduke79hotmailcom
    9th May 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Reading posts like this definitly keep me motivated. They help me to see that if I keep working hard it will pay off. It is hard sometimes to get things done on the blog and in my everyday life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Well done to you!

  10. 9th May 2017 / 2:51 pm

    i’ve spent the last 3-4 years in the tots 500 going up to around 250 at one point but never got anything from it and now my kids have left home, for me blogging is all about interation and that’s why i love to join in with all the links, i’ve read and left a comment on every post which signed up before me and do so most weeks, i love to read what other people get up to on a weekly basis, sometimes it’s hard to leave a comment especially as my kids have no left home when it’s review posts for products that no longer have an interest to me, I’ve been reading and commenting and watching tv in the background since 11am it’s now 5.30pm

  11. mommyhomemanager
    9th May 2017 / 3:06 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how little time we have an mothers?? Where does it all go? Haha.
    Thank you for the encouragement! As a new blogger, it is hard to put in all of the effort that I do everyday and see the return only slowly growing.

  12. 9th May 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Its difficult that’s for sure. I have a calendar book full of scribbles for all the things I need to get done everyday. Congrats on the post hit, its so hard to anticipate what will resonate with people. #triumphanttales

  13. Stepmotherdoom
    9th May 2017 / 5:27 pm

    What a fabulous post – you must be so proud that your hard work is paying off. Congratulations 😊 #triumphantTales

  14. 9th May 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Great post! I find I really fall out of love with blogging if I am stressed/worried about keeping up with a set number of posts I want to put out there, then I sit and really think…why do I care? its MY blog and ill post when I want to. My blog is a hobby and not a job so I guess it would be different if it was but for now I’m quite happy plodding about and just posting whenever I get the time or the thoughts!


  15. 9th May 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Well done on all of your achievements. #MarvMondays

  16. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    9th May 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Well done you! I have had probs with my Tots rating and they’ve all been declared invalid so I’ve no idea how I’m doing 🙁 feeling very deflated today and trying to brush myself down and think ahead with some content to get organised, wish me luck! Once again congratulations, you deserve your success!

    • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
      9th May 2017 / 8:22 pm


  17. 9th May 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Wow, you really do sound busy. It’s great that you enjoy it so much too, I’m sure that must help a little when it gets hard. Fab that your hard work is paying off, well done. Enjoy the rewards! #twinklytuesday

  18. 9th May 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Yay! This is both great for you and motivating for me! I sometimes find myself wondering if the hard work is worth it – but you’ve hit the nail right on the head here! #dreamteam

  19. 10th May 2017 / 8:42 am

    I can totally relate. I was doing so well up until last month and now I’ve gone off the boil – including replying to your email (sorry!). I will do that now. #TriumphantTales

  20. talesoftwochildren
    10th May 2017 / 9:18 am

    It really does seem like it has come together for you. Well done! Well deserved! Great post!

  21. 10th May 2017 / 9:48 am

    I know how you feel, it is crazy isn’t it! #TriumphantTales

  22. 10th May 2017 / 10:52 am

    Completely agree, you get back what you put in. Last month my blog was a bit neglected because I had so many other things to do and it’s daunting how quickly your analytics can turn when you don’t put as much effort in. #triumphanttales

  23. 10th May 2017 / 11:04 am

    Well done 🙂 There’s something wonderful about a kind word or gesture from your fellow bloggers. It’s really encouraging. Here’s to more blogging successes for all of us 🙂

  24. 10th May 2017 / 11:47 am

    Brilliant! So pleased for you and keep up the good work #TriumphantTales x

  25. 10th May 2017 / 12:45 pm

    This is encouraging to hear, especially for someone just coming up on six months of blogging! Thank you for the words of encouragement, and congratulations on your successes and Happy Belated One Year of blogging!

  26. 10th May 2017 / 1:07 pm

    Its so difficult and you sound like me in that you cant say no so end up taking on too much! Its eaay to get overwhelmed! Your doing a fantastic job! #TriumphantTales

  27. 10th May 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Love your posts! And you are also a very dedicated blogging community sharer/commenter! #triumphanttales xx

  28. 10th May 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Love your blog and how supportive you are of other bloggers! Xx #triumphanttales

  29. 10th May 2017 / 9:09 pm

    love your blog, and how supportive you are of other bloggers! X #triumphanttales

  30. 10th May 2017 / 9:54 pm

    If you find the work life balance answer please let me know! I work full time and fit in blogging when I can but coupled with a baby that’s sleep averse it’s really difficult to be consistent. I have ideas piled up for the blog but so far haven’t had the time to follow them up. I guess things will level out soon. Well done you on your super blogging week! I too was nominated as a bloody brilliant blog which cheered me up no end xx #triumphanttales

  31. 10th May 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Awww I didn’t expect to see my name pop up! It’s fantastic to hear how happy it made you. I love reading your blog and you more than deserve it! Congratulations on your TOTS score! #triumphanttales

  32. 10th May 2017 / 10:16 pm

    Well done! It was a really great post to read. I’m so glad your hard work is being recognised! #triumphanttales

  33. Kiki
    11th May 2017 / 12:55 am

    You’ve made some fantastic achievements that are well deserved. I really enjoy your blog posts, and slightly envious of your blog site…it looks so professional and organised! Keep doing what you love xx #TriumphantTales

  34. 11th May 2017 / 10:24 am

    Wow! You have done so much and achieved so much in a year. Congratulations! I’ve been blogging on and off since 2009, but have only recently tried to promote it, there’s so much to learn and it can at times feel very overwhelming. Your post is very inspiring – thanks for sharing it #triumphanttales

  35. 11th May 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Congratulations on everything you’ve achieved Jaki. I’ve recently gone back to work and it’s SO hard to juggle children, work and blogging. But I love it so want to keep pushing! It’s just that feeling like there’s always more you can do… Thanks for sharing your feelings, I feel the same x #TriumphantTales

  36. 11th May 2017 / 8:40 pm

    Congratulations! I’m really enjoying this blogging thang and it is great that you are too after a whole year, working and looking after your family…..us woman work so hard! #dreamteam

  37. 11th May 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Well done for all the recognition you’ve received – it really is down to hard work. I find it so difficult to get organised and get enough time to myself to write and do all the things I’ve planned to do, it’s very frustrating. #TriumphantTales

  38. 12th May 2017 / 8:09 am

    Well done lovey, that certainly sums up blogging, you get what you give. I have major bloggers guilt at the minute as time is so stretched I feel like I am not giving enough, sometimes to my fellow bloggers. Like you say blogging is all consuming especially on our time, which is hard pushed anyway. Sometimes we get it right and other times we don’t. Oh sorry went off track a little there my point is we can put as much or as little as we want into it but we then we might need to reconsider what we get back. #marvmondays

  39. 12th May 2017 / 3:36 pm

    It’s lovely to see such a positive post on blogging when I’ve read several today alone about the negative side of it (which I myself am experiencing on an almost daily basis if truth be told). You deserve all your success as your warmth and good nature genuinely shines through and when you’ve been at it as long as I have, you know not every blogger out there has that quality. Keep doing what you’re doing gorgeous. It’s working! x #dreamteam

  40. 12th May 2017 / 7:11 pm

    …and now you have press pass to This Morning coming up! You certainly get back what you put in and you should be so proud of yourself and your hard work!
    I got mentioned as a blog crush and in the same week someone told me they look up to me in the blogging community and that gave me that push to know I am actually doing a good job and that I need more confidence in myself! Now just to get a site like yours that looks pretty and professional! haha!
    So proud of you missus! #marvmondays

  41. randommusings29
    13th May 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Congrats on the Tots and the nomination, It’s the things like that that can make us see that actually, we are doing this thing right! It is hard work, and its often then little things that make us see its all worth it
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

  42. Kaye
    13th May 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I read that post and absolutely loved it, I can see why it was so popular and congrats on making mumsnet! I know exactly what you mean with feeling frazzled. Occasionally I feel as if I’m top of things but it’s not long before I’m all over the place again, just part of life I suppose! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  43. 16th May 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Oh I love this post – yaaay to Mumsnet, that’s amazing! I know exactly how you are feeling and it’s such a great reminder that all this effort is for something and pays off in the end. I’ve also featured this post on this week’s #dreamteam xx

    • Jaki
      16th May 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Oh thank you Bridget! You’ve made me super happy! Xx

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