A year ago today I wrote my first tentative blog post. I wondered if I would find anything to say. I have now written almost 500 posts, so I definitely thought of something! I have grown to love this funny little place, and although I sometimes despair at its unprofessional appearance, and my inablity to write consistently well, I am delighted that I gave blogging a go, I cannot imagine life without it now.

I love the outlet it gives me, the community of friends I have made, and of course you my dear readers! In the past year there have been over 100,000 visits to this site. A number which positively astounds me! Thank you all for coming- I should probably have sorted party bags or something, but I am not that organised, so instead here are some of my most popular posts….

This one about finding the Higgs Boson particle is a funniest post finalist in the Swan Blog Post awards- thank you all of you who put me forward, I am delighted to be in the final few! You can see all the finalists in all the categories here.

My most viewed post of all time is Motherhood and Making a Tit of Yourself. Thank god it isn’t only me! The two posts I have already mentioned are both humorous, as a lot of my posts are, but not always, two further posts in my top ten most read are serious, Grey and Valuable – and both got lots of you commenting, and as always in these cases, the comments are often better than the posts they are on. Thank you to every last one of you who has ever left a comment- they are a huge part of what makes this lark so enjoyable!

I also now write the politics round-up for BritMums, which is truly an honour, and means I have the great joy of reading and compiling the incredible rants and heartfelt political posts from my fellow bloggers every month. The quality of writing in the blogging world is truly ASTOUNDING!

I adore reading other blogs, I have over 50 that I read regularly, and many others I dip in and out of. I have also met some lovely people, and been able to be involved in some brilliant charity work and campaigns, as well as helping to raise awareness of issues. Being able to use my small platform for a little good is another thing that has bought me great pleasure this past year.

Anyway, before this gets all teary and nostalgic, I shall shut the feck up. All I will say is the voting in the Brilliance in Blogging awards is open, and if you fancy giving me the nod in the New Voice category, or any category at all, I would be thrilled!

Right, time to eat some blog birthday cake,

Love Miss Cisco XXX



    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  1. March 21, 2013 / 9:12 am

    Happy Birthday! I bet my comment gets eaten…. x

    • March 21, 2013 / 9:12 am

      ooh it didn’t! yay!

    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:08 pm

      Hurrah for inedible comments and thanks for the birthday wishes! Xx

  2. SarahMummy
    March 21, 2013 / 11:45 am

    Happy blog birthday! Your blog is always one that is guaranteed to put a smile on my face. What you have achieved over the last year is awesome. I’d hit 12,500 views on my blogoversary – you got eight times that and every one of them totally deserved πŸ™‚ Keep on entertaining and ranting. Can’t wait to meet you at Britmums. Now for those BiB nominations… x

    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:09 pm

      Yes, I am so looking forward to June! Thanks for your kind words xx

  3. Nicola Thomas
    March 21, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Happy blog birthday you, you’re an amazing writer and I love your blog, it is the right mix of serious and entertaining and that is why ou have been so successful. Good luck in the BIBs

    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you very much, you are too kind xx

  4. Louise Fairweather
    March 21, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Happy Birthday blog! Mine is sat and i have a drafted post very similar to this!

  5. Louise Fairweather
    March 21, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Sorry the ipad is playing up! meant to say that is an amazing number of page views. well done and herss to another year x

    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:10 pm

      My iPad makes me comment all kinds of nonsense! And congrats on your blog birthday too! πŸ™‚

  6. Adventures of a Middle-aged Matron
    March 21, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    Happy anniversary! Course I voted for your fresh voice. So what do I get?!

    • Sonya Cisco
      March 21, 2013 / 2:35 pm

      I would offer you cake, but I ate it all! You did however get my vote in the writing category! πŸ™‚

  7. Older Mum
    March 21, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    Happy Birthday and best of luck in the BIBS. X.

  8. Jennifer Jain
    March 21, 2013 / 8:17 pm

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog πŸ™‚

  9. Kat Pearce
    March 21, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    Happy Blogversary Sonya!! I couldn’t live without my funny little space either. I love it and all the fabulous people I have met along the way, you being one xxx

  10. March 22, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! The blogosphere is a better place for having you in it my lovely. x

  11. Tas D
    March 23, 2013 / 10:08 am

    Happy Bloggerversary Sonya!! Your blog is excellent and you were so worthy of a place in the MADs finals. πŸ™‚

    • Lynn Fancy
      March 23, 2013 / 1:46 pm

      HAVE to TOTALLY agree with that!!!!! #humph

  12. Lynn Fancy
    March 23, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    Happy BloggyONE Day!!! Fantastic stuff – you have done amazingly well!!! Love reading it every night before bed xxx

  13. March 23, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    Happy ONE day! I LOVE reading your blog, it’s fantastic xx

  14. Emily Foran
    March 25, 2013 / 6:21 pm

    Happy Bloggyversary!!
    I hope you do well in the BiBs – you more than deserve it. Xxx

  15. Looking for Blue Sky
    March 26, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Happy first birthday and many more to come!

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