4 January 2014

Adventures of a London Kiwi grows up!

I can't believe it. My little hobby blog that I never thought anyone would read has passed two milestones. I know it's not blog etiquette to discuss figures (much like you would never ask a lady her age) but I'm utterly thrilled to announce my news.
 
It's the best festive present a girl could get (except of course my Christmas blog mug from Mr Kiwi).



First of all, thank you. One of my excitements is going to stay a state secret, but I've passed a page views milestone - one that I never thought I could reach. The plan was never to aim high -  I never thought I would be doing much more than keeping an online journal the Mr Kiwi, a few of my friends and family would be reading. Blogging has encouraged us to do so much more than that. We are exploring our home properly, doing things we might never consider doing have been (read: Zipling across Wembley Stadium and climbing Big Ben) and opportunities I wouldn't have had the confidence to seize could have fallen by the wayside. Most importantly I've met and connected with the most amazing community of bloggers, readers and passionate people.

My other news? I've managed to secure and add my .com address. The blog has now graduated from the Kindy class of BlogSpot, to the next level of Primary School, whereby the new address is www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.com. With the help of online guides, it's another successful DIY job (though to keep it honest there was a short call to the domain provider) but I've still yet to graduate to Wordpress. Baby steps. Baby steps.
 


In reality, in order to publish a blog, there are quite a few hours spent hunched over a computer keyboard – editing photos, writing up blog posts, editing said blog posts to make sure you aren’t hareing the heres, worry about publishing the post & then dancing around with social media in order to get the word about the posts out there.
You would think that this would make real life rather dull, chained to my desk, but in reality we're so busy doing fun things, writing them up is a pleasure to recount the fun times.
 
   
 
Readers are the life blood of a blog. Let's be honest, if you weren't reading this, I definitely wouldn't have had the public 'pressure' to keep being out and about in London-town nearly as much.
 
You do amuse me though. When having a look through the search terms used to find my little piece of the internet, a few doozies turned up and made me smile.
Hollow empty feeling in stomach - Yep, I get that a lot too.
 
Eskimo Lollies Ingredients - My kinda readers. Just invite me around next time you're trying the recipe out, mmmkay? I wonder if there is some way to set up a barter system for this?
 
Favourite places for Kiwis in Italy - Erm.
 
11th doctor sweet - Ummm? At least you're Doctor Who fans, and Matt Smith ones to boot (depending on how you count.)

Restourant (ozone) recommendation - I'm a little upset that a spelling mistake made it into a search item - and it's worked a few times!

Pants upside down birthday - Ummm?

Tesco Hammersmith - I. Love. You. All. (it has a dedicated Kiwi/Aussie section).

Kiwi Lolly Cake

(Ps. if you've bookmarked the BlogSpot address it's fine, it will keep redirecting BUT you should definitely use bloglovin' it's awesome).

Anyway, thank you again, I couldn't have been so stoked without you.

Whilst I've got you reading this far down (and you deserve a medal) is there anything you'd like to see more of? Kiwi Recipes? Traditional UK recipes? Travel? Quirky book reviews?
 
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42 comments :

  1. Congratulations Emma ~ you should be very pleased. Now what is the name of that sweet log in your pic. I remember a kiwi friend making one for Christmas many many years ago. All the best for 2014 ~ will be following what ever you decide to share.

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    1. It's Lolly Cake, and it's absolutely divine - here's the recipe :D http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.com/2012/12/kiwi-cooking-lolly-cake.html

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  2. Congrats Emma! Your posts are always interesting and straight from the heart, i think thats the appeal. Im always keen to so see what else you write. Keep it up!

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    1. That's so kind of you, thank you! I just add my blatherings :)

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  3. Congratulations!!! Happy blog-graduation :)

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    1. Thank you lady! I'm kinda overwhelmed by how many people are celebrating with me!

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  4. Just discovered your blog via twitter. Congrats on reaching your blogging goals and Happy New Year!
    Claire xx (another kiwi)
    http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Really lovely to 'meet' you Claire, it's so great to discover another Kiwi in London, especially us blogging ones!
      Happy New Year!

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  5. Congratulations Emma! I am loving that last search term, so funny!

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    1. Thank you! It really was hilarious, and sadly these probably aren't the best ones - just the ones that more than two people used! So funny.

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  6. Well done you! I dream of being a dot com!!! xxx

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  7. Emma... you have inspired me ... how did you find out how to make your blog a dot com? I am thinking of changing mine but don't know where or how to start. would be really grateful for any tips. Thank you!! Sarah x

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    1. I've popped you an email - good luck!

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  8. Congratz Lovely!! You must be thrilled. It is a good blog tho, definitely something to be proud of.

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    1. I am so made up, and then to add to it everyone has been celebrating with me, it's just SO lovely!

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  9. Congratulations!

    Your description of blogging really made me giggle, and I love those search terms.

    Rachel
    http://teawithmeandfriends.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. The second-to-last one gobsmacked me!!

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  10. Congrats! That's awesome chick! Good luck for the new year, keep the stories coming :) xx

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    1. Straight back to you!! Happy New Year :D

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  11. I love reading what goofy searches send people to my site! The funniest one right now is "hit on by indian transvestite" ;o) Haha!

    Congrats on the dot-com address! You look very official now! And for only $10 a year, I'm confused why anyone keeps their blogspot address! I hope there are many lovely things in store for your blog this year!

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    1. What!? "Hit on by indian transvestite". Just what???

      To be honest I didn't know that you could in the first place - I feel like a butterfly :D

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  12. Congratulations you are a brilliant blogger and deserve all the page views!

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  13. Congrats! You definitely deserve it :) your blog is always so much fun to read!

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    1. We just have so much fun, it's hard not to share!

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  14. Congrats Emma congrats on the move wishing you lots of lovely new posts.

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    1. Thank you Nayna, Happy New Year!!!

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  15. Congratulations!! In the meantime, you have made me smile/think I never want to know what search terms people use to find my ol' blog... pants upside down birthday? :) (And do not worry if you do decide to graduate to Wordpress - I moved to self-hosting a year ago and it was scary! But the freedom is wonderful.)

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    1. Sounds like a fantastic premise for a blog post!!

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  16. Congratulations Emma, especially on your secret milestone! You deserve it! I'd love to see more of the hidden places you post about - those posts are so unique and fascinating. Vohn x

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    1. One day Vohn, you'll need to come down & share a cuppa, stories about our cats & a visit to the real life Tardis (amongst other stuff) with me.

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    2. That'd be fab Emma. I don't think a trip to London is on the cards this year but perhaps next and if you are ever up in Scotland...

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  17. Congratulations! Love reading your blog :)

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  18. Congrats Emma! I so love reading your blog, I appreciate the hours you take to edit, write, publish and 'dance with social media' (good phrase).

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  19. Thanks Erin - and I yours!! I love seeing you pop up!

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