Happy Birthday (or is it “Blogiversary”?) to me! Keeping Mommy Sane is now officially one year old!
I can’t believe an entire year has gone by since I started this little venture, which was initially intended to be a creative outlet, a place where I could unleash my inner writer and write what I know (and sometimes don’t know). Not to sound trite, but I honestly had no idea anyone would actually read it. And if you’d told me that I’d be featured on Boston.com, The Bump, Women’s Running and Scary Mommy, among others, and have the opportunity to work with some exciting brands and companies, I would have seriously thought you were joking or completely delusional – or both.
So today, on my one-year blogiversary, I am reflecting on …
- Not everyone will understand why you blog, and that’s okay.
- People you never would have expected will turn out to be your biggest supporters; unfortunately, the opposite is also true.
- I’ve the fortune to meet some wonderful new blogging friends and discover some incredibly supportive and welcoming blogging communities.
- But at the same time, the blogging world can also be like high school at times — cliquey and judgmental.
- Blogging has opened doors that I’m pretty sure would have otherwise remained closed.
- I know someday I’ll be thrilled to have this running diary and online scrapbook of my kids at this time in their childhood.
- Your friends and family will appreciate it, too. I’ve had so many friends tell me they love the blog because it lets them know what’s happening in my life.
- You may end up communicating with your blogging friends more often than your IRL pals.
- It’s okay not to fall into a blogging genre; I’m not quite a “mommy blogger” (hate than term, BTW) or a “healthy living blogger” or a “style blogger” or a “running blogger.” I’m a hybrid of all of these, because that’s who I am and what I’m passionate about.
- As someone who has worked in the communications field for a long time, I am amazed at the truly awful PR pitches I’ve received this year (yes, PR rep for a Colorado-based freeze-dried meat company, this vegetarian is talking to you).
- I don’t know why, but I’m still not 100% comfortable ‘fessing up about the blog to friends and acquaintances who aren’t familiar with it.
- I find it a little unsettling when I see someone found my blog by Googling my name and the word “blog.”
- I guess I kind of thought blogging about running would help hold me accountable, but I never thought it would be such a powerful motivator! I can honestly say I don’t know if I would have decided to try half marathons if it wasn’t for you all!
- I thought my blog would focus more on sappy essays on motherhood; I didn’t know I’d get more joy and pleasure from my funny or snarky posts (like this).
- Or that I’d find writing posts like this and this would be so cathartic.
- Or that my post about what to wear in Disney World would be – far and away – my most popular entry?!
- Blogging has helped me develop a thicker skin (thank you, blog trolls!)
- It’s okay to only post when I really have something to say.
- But at the same time, you can’t take yourself too seriously.
- The most important thing — which I think about with every post — is to genuinely be myself. I tell people I write as if I were talking to my girlfriends. I hope that’s how it comes across.
Thank you all so much for reading, commenting, sharing and following me on this journey! I’m so excited to see what Year Two has in store … and I can’t wait to share it with you!