It has been four years since I set up dawnsdaily.com. I remember those first few months I was lucky to get 30 visitors a day! Now, four years on I am getting over 3k visits a day. I do not have a magic formula or the best-dressed site out there by any means. My site is simple and advertisement free. That was important to me from the offset. I remember how irritating I found it when I visited blogs and they were jam-packed with pop-up ads I had no interest in. I wanted to keep my site personal and about the content, not about how much money I could make from it. This site was a place that I could write about the things that mattered to me.
So, to mark this milestone I have reposted the first poem and the first blog post I ever posted on my site, see below. The crazy thing about my first blog post is that I am writing about Amelia’s Story, which is my bestselling book. This book is now published and has been downloaded over 300k times worldwide. It is an Amazon bestseller and has over 700 customer reviews on Amazon.com with an average of 4 out of 5 stars. The success of Amelia’s Story got the attention of BBC RADIO WM 95.6 FM in 2013 and I was invited to give a live interview with presenter and film maker Adrian Goldberg. I am now a regular on the radio breakfast show lending my time as a paper reviewer.
The first poem I ever posted on my poetry corner 20/08/2011
I struggle to find the words needed
As you turn and walk away.
The coldness in your expression
Tells me words won’t work today.
My tears betray my torn heart
Which is weak and bears the scar.
This heart you’re leaving behind
To start a new, somewhere afar.
Souls once entwined now broken
Are lost and traveling alone.
On separate roads forever
To somewhere unknown.
Sometimes there are no words
just the footprints you left behind.
No matter how much it hurts
Letting go is right.
FEELING STRESSED TODAY (First blog post I ever wrote) 20/08/2011
It is not easy to write when you have an energetic toddler wanting your attention 24/7, especially today when I really need to get my website up and running. So, if it looks bad and unfinished that’s why! Last night I only typed 3,672 words of Amelia’s Story. Sounds like a lot but it is not enough.
I am a few chapters in writing my autobiography (Amelia’s Story) for my daughter. This has taken me on a very personal journey and made me look at myself in a completely new light. I am also writing a thriller based novel, which I have been writing for quite some years, during which there have been period’s where I have not written at all. I will admit that life has got in the way often and time was just not available to me. Ever since I was a teenager, I have wanted to write. This was always my dream, my ambition! So tonight, while my princess is sleeping I am making the most of my time, with a glass of wine on the table and a galaxy CHOCOLATE bar crying out to be opened!
It is 10.31 p.m. I am shattered due to lack of sleep last night (finally caught some zzzs at 3 a.m)! I have more research to do tonight, lots of old letters to go through and a ton of NSPCC paperwork that I was able to get copies of when I visited the records department at Besford house. This is the best part of the day for me to continue with my projects regardless of how much my body tells me I need to sleep! The galaxy bar helps enormously, and one or two cups of coffee too. It is hard to imagine that one day other people could be reading my books. However, right now, I am obsessing over completing Amelia’s Story, and then we shall see about the rest…
AMELIA’S STORY BOOK COVER. FOUR YEARS ON AND A BESTSELLER!
What a difference four years make. I would never have believed back then that in such a short space of time I would go on to write and publish 12 books. I would never have believed this simple website of mine would go on to receive 1 million visitors. I have no magic formula, however, what I do possess in abundance is a passion for what I do. I am annoyingly determined in my quest to pursue my dreams. I never listen to anyone who says, “you can’t do that” because I know in my heart of hearts I can do just about anything I put my mind too.