Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of when I hit “publish” on my first blog post here in this little spot of the web. My blogiversary. In some ways it feels like I started a few weeks ago. In other ways I feel like I’ve been doing this forever. But life is so different now. So much has changed.
I started this blog because I was a burnt-out working mom who longed for an outlet and community. Not long after, I came to the realization that life needed to change – for me, for my family, for our overall well-being.
I never imagined this blog would turn into what it has, or that I would have faithful readers and followers. (I can’t thank you all enough for hanging with me. Seriously. Thank you.) I never imagined that brands would want to partner with me to spread the word about their products – and I never imagined I would find so many new things that I love.
I never imagined that the writing goals I set for myself would be realized so quickly. In fact, it was my first two posts (here and here) that made those dreams a reality. I never imagined that I would make a dime from this gig but once I realized I could, I set a financial goal for myself and crushed it.
I never imagined that one year later I would have a very different life. I left my job. I made new friends. My family now has the time to start going back to church. I found strengths I didn’t know I had and have been faced with many new challenges. I’ve become more confident in so many areas and have learned so much about myself; I’ve found things I like and things I’m not so proud of. I’ve learned some things the hard way. But I’ve learned to be okay with who I am.
I never imagined how hard blogging would be – how much time and work goes into it, how tough it can be to “find your tribe”, and how challenging it can be to open yourself up to the world and endure the criticism that sometimes comes with it. I never imagined how weird it would be to say “I’m a blogger,” and still find myself saying “I have a blog” instead; maybe that goes back to not liking labels.
It’s been one year and I feel like I’m just getting started. I’m still experimenting and finding my way. I’m still trying to balance transparency with privacy and security. I still feel like a new kid on the block. I don’t know where I’ll be in a year from now or if this blog will even exist then; I hope it does. But here’s to one year and [hopefully] many more. Thanks for sticking with me.
In case you’re wondering, here my 10 most-viewed posts to-date (listed from highest to lowest):
- Dear Stay-at-Home Mom
- I Held You Too Long Today
- Dear Working Mom
- 10 Tips for Pumping at Work
- Why I Don’t Share My Kids’ Faces Online
- I’m the Mom the Internet Hates
- 18 Products You’ll Love From Arbonne
- How to Afford Being a Stay-at-Home Mom
- Crying it Out is a Waste of Time
- 30 [Real] Definitions of Motherhood