Today is officially my first blogiversary! Can you believe it’s been one full year since I began blogging? I still remember how nervous I was the first time I clicked “publish” on my blog’s dashboard, wondering if anyone besides my family would ever read anything that I wrote. Would my family even read it?
I’m not, by nature, a salesman. I remember when I was in my late twenty’s and was a stay-at-home mom and tried to sell Avon. It was a complete disaster. That was back when we had our own “territory” and we would make cold calls, not on the phone, but in person. I would pray that no one would be home. That job lasted about two weeks.
When I, hesitantly, asked friends to “like” my new facebook page, I was so excited when I exceeded 100 likes, never imagining that a few months later I would have over 1,000! When one of my old friends from high school commented on my endeavors, he told me he thought I should be starting a driving school because I had taught him how to drive all those years ago. Thanks, Andy, for sharing that precious memory!
I remember the day I started my blog as if it was yesterday. Because people (on crack, maybe) were constantly asking me for decorating advice, recipes, party planning and wedding tips, I was having trouble remembering who had asked for what. And then it happened. I awoke in the middle of the night (which is a stupid saying because it was actually in the wee hours of morning) with a thought to start a blog. Was I having nightmares?
Being the non-technical person that I am, I immediately starting researching the subject of starting a blog and almost stopped before I ever started. But, once it was a done deal, I surprised myself that I had achieved it; I had created a blog that actually worked. I wanted to just stop right there and relish the moment, but that was just the beginning.
Of course, because I knew nothing about the blogosphere, the first six months of blogging shouldn’t even count. I didn’t know the first thing about SEO, Klout Scores, Google Analytics or Google Plus! And what in the world was bloglovin with the “g” missing?
If I couldn’t get something to work, I would just put it on the back burner, pray over it and come back later. That’s why Google Analytics was just installed a few months ago. Oops. The first time I actually wrote a code and it worked, I was elated! Don’t get too excited. I still don’t like doing it. A coder I’m not. But I tip my hat to all coders, everywhere. You are some smart cookies!
And through it all, my sister, Melinda, has been my biggest fan. She shares every Facebook post. She comments. She calls and sends texts. I’m sure the Colorado Springs/Black Forest/ Meridian Ranch Elementary area is sick of my face! 🙂
You can find my very first post here!
So, I said all that to say this: Here’s the top 10 things I learned in my first year of blogging:
- A tech-challenged person (me) can start a blog all by herself and surprise the heck out of their family, especially their techie son-in-law. Thank you, Amy!
- How to take, edit and resize pictures. Looking back at my first attempts makes me laugh out loud. I remembered the day my photographer daughter told me that my pictures had a yellow tint. My ego was a little bruised. And I always forgot to resize the pictures! Trust me, I haven’t arrived, but I’m getting better! And I need to go back and fix those “old yeller” pics.
- To watermark my pictures. I learned that one the hard way, after someone lifted one of my Christmas pictures and claimed it as their own. It was a centerpiece I had done for a Christmas party at our church. (Secretly, I felt a little flattered!)
- I don’t have to share five recipes in one post. It’s called overload.
- Always get someone else to proofread. I can zero in on every typo and grammatical mistake you make – mine, not so much. Read all about that here! I have to give a shout-out to my hubby, the best proofreader in the world! (When we were first married, we would have spelling bees – against each other.) If you find a mistake in my writings, it’s his fault!
- Bloggers are a very friendly, welcoming group and will gladly help out newbies. For the first six months, I had no idea what a link party was. I’ve learned so much from seasoned bloggers. I must give a shout out to Brittany for showing me the ropes concerning link parties and making new friends! And now I’m helping to host a link party myself! (Come join in the fun every Friday)
- Most bloggers are really, really young. I’m glad. It makes me think and feel like I’m really, really young, too.
- I like simplicity. I’ve been tempted to junk up my pages, but I like wide open spaces.
- I love answering comments. When I first started blogging, all I heard was crickets because no one even knew I was out there (except my family and a few friends). The rare times I would receive a comment that wasn’t from one of my daughters, I would answer, thinking it would automatically be emailed to the person that commented. Wrong, again. Blush, blush.
- My love of writing, sharing faithful Fridays, helpful hints, recipes, menus, memories, etc. has not diminished, but has increased! Who knew? I love what I do!
And, most importantly, if it wasn’t for my readers, I wouldn’t have a platform to do this! Thank you so much for your comments, your encouragement, and most of all, coming along for the ride. You rock!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them. If I don’t know the answer, I will try to find it. And for you seasonal bloggers, any additional tips you would like to throw my way? Be kind! 🙂