Today Sarah form The Puffin Diaries looks back over The Adoption Social Year.
It’s unbelievable to me, in the greatest possible way, that we are celebrating our second Christmas at The Adoption Social. Yet again it has been an incredible year for Vicki and I and we have had a lot of memorable moments. Here are some of our best and also some fun stats from The Adoption Social Year.
We started the year celebrating the first birthday of #WASO, the link up which stays central to our site and on line community. We now regularly have around 2000 clicks onto our weekly link up, with the highest views for the linky this year being 2232. That’s a lot of sharing you’ve all managed to clock up in a year.
Vicki and I paid a second visit to Britmums in June, where we were also honoured to be nominated as finalists in the Social Media category, although we didn’t win. It was another fun filled two days a highlight of which was hearing Camila Batmanghelidjh speaking and then afterwards being brave enough to introduce myself and talk with her. We do love going to Britmums, where we learn lots of great new things about blogging and social media, and get to met up with other bloggers.
During the summer break we visited the La Rosa Campsite, run by our friend and founder member of The Open Nest, Amanda Boorman. We had a fun couple of days with our families exploring and enjoying the magical campsite, experiencing what we hope will be the location for a The Adoption Social get together next year.
Then came the #TakingCare conference, where to start about this incredible event. Trustees for The Open Nest Charity and other frontline folk from the adoption world delivered at truly inspiring conference to adopters, adoptees, and practitioners. It felt as if we were involved in something very special, a first hopefully of many events, where honesty and empathy are a huge part of the agenda.
Soon afterwards we heard that The Adoption Social had been shortlisted for the award, Digital Champion in BAAF’s Adoption Week Award Ceremony. Although we, again, didn’t win, the support we received from the online community over the event meant the world to us.
So The Adoption Social has continued to grow in 2014, we have increased our readership over the year and now have regularly over a thousand views a week and often over a one thousand five hundred. As always we can’t thank all those that contribute to the site because we really couldn’t do it without you.
At times it is hard trying to get a post up each day (this one is late due to a disastrous Christmas evening out where my son decided to leave the restaurant and walk home) but we really do love supporting the online community. And whilst on occasion our own family lives makes this hard, we want to continue to be a big part of the online community. We really couldn’t do this without all of your contributions, from writing pieces to tweeting with others, to blogging and reading blogs, you are all amazing. Hopefully 2015 will bring lots more exciting things for all of us.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, hopefully for you all.
Sarah and Vicki. x