How Did They Find Me ?

I started Sixtine And The Little Things at the beginning of February, on a sunday afternoon, with a strong urge to express myself. I have loved blogging since day one and it has been a great way for me to share my feelings about parenting, expat life and being a new mother.

It has also been a place to “meet” and interact with people I would have never met otherwise. It has been really exciting and fulfilling. Somedays posts come naturally and some others, I will post a picture because that is all I feel like doing. Some comments make me laugh, some others make me feel very emotional, and some others comfort me. I also love reading other blogs about parenting, the experienced mums and the less experienced ones, the dads, but also the expatriates, the language lovers, travelers and photograph enthusiasts.

I remember being all excited getting my first few comments and followers. I got emails from my friends saying how much they enjoyed reading my blog and it warmed my heart. I never thought what I had to say would be interesting to anyone.

And then one time I wondered: “How Did They Find me?” And this is how:

  • Misspelt title: “Sixtine and her little things”, “Sixtine and the little”, “Sistine and the little things”
  • Bilingualism: “what are the advantages and disadvantages of raising a child in Italy” (Italy, really?), “pros and cons of raising bilingual children”, bilinguals, disadvantages”, “the benefits of bilingualism in children”.
  • French parenting was a hit: “How to raise children like the French”, “The French way of raising children”,”French approach to raising children”, “French parenting and teething”
  • Vagina toning: “reeducating my vagina”, “French perineum exercises”,”perineal re education”, “The French government wants to tone my vagina”, “French government vagina”
  • Sponsoring for permanent residence in Canada: “Is it easy to sponsor a spouse in Canada”, “is money needed for sponsorship in Canada 2012”
  • Canada: “things to thank Canada for”, “Labour and delivery prince edward island”, “do foreigners like Canadian accent”, “clichés of Canadians”…
  • Pregnancy and motherhood: “is it normal to puke more than 7 times a day when pregnant”, “my French wife is pregnant”,”absent-minded while pregnant”, “perfect mums”…
  • Random: “creepy stuff heard on baby monitors”, “messy diaper”, “sam roberts baby” (in another life maybe lol), “Eiffel tower and baguette”, “why are you interested in Montessori education”
  • Red Bull addiction: (it felt good seeing I wasn’t the only one with Red Bull drinking problems), “how to stop drinking Red Bull”, “extreme tiredness when not drinking Red Bull, “can you get addicted to red Bull”,…
  • Fashion: “Sixtine look” (wow !), “Baby with style” (thank you!), “Okaidi”, “Joe Fresh”, “Tartine et chocolat”
  • Body parts: “Baby big eyes”, “les doigts de pieds recroquevillé adulte” (ewww),”vagina”…
  • Little Red Farm Cultural Exchange, Cloth diaper and Spa Baby Tub appeared quite a bit as well.
  • And some people I wish I could trace back: “homesick in London”, “bad mood new mum”…

I love looking at this world map and see where people are connecting from. I was surprised to see that French people read me a lot more than Canadians although I write in English. They probably are just friends and family !

 

A big thank you to all of you readers for making my blogging journey an amazing one ! If you haven’t done so already, know that you can also join me on Facebook !

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Comments

  1. belgium! that is me!! and my friends (because I am mentionning your blog every now and then he he). I really liked the map too when I was doing my blog. And you have an amazing number of people following you – and not just friends or acquaintances!! This means that you have a great style 🙂 I’m really happy for you and I love your posts xxx

  2. I had someone find me through je mange chicken and a lot of people find me through my carnival of venice in la seyne photos. Oh and one was something like je mange teeth chicken. It’s fascinating to see what people type into google. I don’t think any of mine beat your vaginia toning though!

  3. You’ve done really well to build up such a readership in such a short space of time. I write my blog anonymously so don’t promote it through my Facebook or Twitter and am struggling to create any awareness. Does a lot of it come down to search optimisation? Any advice would be great! Thanks a lot.

    • Hey, I also write my blog anonymously away from Family, Facebook and Twitter. I write in French and I have found a nice French referencement website called Hellocoton (it’s in French but I’m sure there are English equivalents) where I have open a profile, connected my blog and I am part of a community of blogers especially women and mothers and this way we share our posts and create awareness. I hope it helps 🙂

    • Thank you babymakingdiaries. I really don’t know much to be honest but I think you could do the following:
      – make sure you categorize and tag your posts well.
      – joing blogging communities such as parenting forums, Love All Blogs, Hellocotton, Mumsbloggers, Netmums, Circle of Mums, etc (there are tons of them)
      – read other blogs and comment
      – and maybe create another Twitter account or a Facebook Page.
      I wish you the best of luck with your blog and thank you for dropping by !

  4. It’s funny all the things people search on the internet! I have only open my blog for 3 weeks or so, so I don’t have a lot of phrases like you. People have mainly found me through the Hellocoton blog community or friends. So far I just have one hit with “mal à la gorge, attraper froid” (which is almost the title of one of my articles, LOL). xx

  5. ha ha some of those really made me laugh. “vagina toning”?! seriously?!?!?! I always laugh at mine too sometimes, isn’t it funny how people stumble upon us and then sometimes stick around?!

  6. bellissimom says:

    I am so glad I found your blog! I am enjoying reading about your experiences and seeing the beautiful photos of your baby girl.

  7. I live in Ontario, Canada. I found you through Hellocotton 🙂

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