Two years ago today, I started this blog. I would say I deserve some chocolate to celebrate, but I already have too much (thanks to my kids who know me well and tried to outdo each other in pleasing me this Christmas). So instead of feasting on food, I’ll feast on blogging memories.
I started out with a BANG–posting a couple times a day for the first few days to fill up my blog so it didn’t look empty. I’m awed at my writing endurance back then. Whew! It makes me tired just reading back through everything.
In the beginning, I was very idealistic. I thought it would be easy to post daily, but learned very quickly that it’s not. Blogging is rewarding, but it takes lots of time, discipline and commitment to keep going. Blogging has been kind of like a roller coaster. I’ve had lots of ups where I anticipate writing my next post with excitement…and then I’ve had downs where I feel overwhelmed and close my eyes and grit my teeth to get through a month (or a season that seems super busy). Work stress, family obligations, and life events have thrown my mojo off lots of times.
It’s easy to get discouraged with blogging and want to throw in the towel. But for writers, it’s important to hang onto that towel–to do what you have to during slow,lazy times to get re-inspired to post again until you ‘like’ it. Going back through old posts and stats help re-inspire me to continue blogging.
My 1st Welcoming Post helped me remember why I started this blog. It’s easy to forget when life gets hectic.
My 1st Blogging Award opened my eyes to a new, consuming bloggy phenomenon. Blogging awards are good ways to meet new bloggers and answer weird questions.
One of my 1st Travelogues had Chuck Norris jokes. How cool is that?
My silly Writing Series pushed me to sharpen skills as I tried to think of fun ways to talk about writing principles…not the boring ways I was taught in school English classes.
My top 5 posts (per views) over the last 2 years are:
- Why I love Hiking
- Disneyland Dos and Don’ts
- You Spin me Round and Round
- Angels in our Lives: Courageous Cody
- Hikes around Redfish
The Top 2 search terms for my blog have been “Thoughts on Motherhood” and “Cinnamon Gum.” I was shocked “Chocolate” wasn’t on there. I think I will have to work to change that in the new year. That reminds me…I’m due to make some New Years Resolutions. I don’t know if I can top 2012’s goals, but I should try.