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Blogiversary: Unexpected Lessons from One Year of Blogging — 59 Comments

  1. Yay you on your one year! It’s a huge milestone! I have been in this for about 18 months and many of my lessons are the same as yours. I’m so glad you are in this space and that I get to read you. xo
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  2. So much of what you’ve written here resonates with me.

    “After a lifetime of feeling like Never Enough, today I am me, I write for myself, and that is Enough.” -that statement is so great, and so powerful.

    Thank you for sharing all of your bloggy wisdom. Congratulations on a successful year. Here’s to many more!
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  3. I wrote my own blogiversery post, but this piece so better encapsulates what I was trying to say. Thank you for finding the RIGHT meaning and words to this strange art-form.

    And thank you for not having a “niche.” I can’t stand these “epic” blogs that are some guy or girl giving stupid advice about gardening or SEO or parenting…If I cared that much about one topic every week I’d buy a freaking book on the subject, not subscribe to that person’s blog.
    Chris Plumb recently posted…The Cardinal Sin of Self-Publishing: Posting Trash Online.My Profile

    • It IS a strange art form, isn’t it?
      Hah! I think you’re the only person who’s articulated my feelings about niche blogs, even though EVERYONE tells you, “Oh, you HAVE TO have a niche!” Lol.

  4. Happy BLogiversarry to you!…Congrats you’ve learned so much…I don’t even know when a year is for me…Im going to go look it up now!

    • I know! I too came to that realization about a year and a half ago, when I came back to writing after ten years of being in school. It took about six months of playing around with the writing before I thought I could take it public…

  5. Congrats on one year of writing! That’s quite a milestone.

    It seems like you’ve learned so much, and you’re ready to become a blogging guru!
    As a new blogger, I loved your reflections on your “blogoversary.” Writers seek an audience, and blogs help make that possible. Yet, it does sometimes feel like a popularity contest. It’s a blessing to discover writers like you – people who care deeply about words and are gracious about sharing their life experiences with others.
    From Novels to Board Books recently posted…On Selecting a JournalMy Profile

    • Hah! Blogging guru? Hardly. 😉
      The whole popularity issue took me by surprise, and it took me a while to get over it. Being popular doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good, and vice versa.
      I didn’t realize you’re a newbie – you’ve quickly become one of my favorites. 🙂

  6. Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe it has only been a year – reading your blog and enjoying our back-and-forth about writing has loomed large for me, so it seems like longer that you’ve been at this. Congrats! Keep going.

  7. Congratulations on completing one year of blogging. Most bloggers don’t last that long:) Loved your lessons learned. I totally relate and think I’ve learned many of the same lessons in my time blogging too.
    Lovelyn recently posted…It’s Picture DayMy Profile

  8. I am approaching my 1 yr blogiversary too, Congrats to you on yours! I love you blog, your honesty and creativity inspire me every time I visit here. Keep doing what you’re doing, it works! 🙂
    Tamara T. recently posted…Friday Funnies!My Profile

  9. Natalie, I related to so much of this! I felt similarly when I started out, and it was kind of a shock to my system to discover that, as you put it, nobody cared about my “abilities.” I had no idea what I was in for, and my real-life friends definitely don’t think this blogging thing at all. I hope you know that you have a tribe of fellow bloggers who respect you, are moved by your work, and think you are extremely gifted. What you are doing matters. You’ve learned a lot this first year- congratulations- there are great things in store for you!
    Stephanie @ Mommy, for Real. recently posted…Why It Sucks To Take Your Children Out In PublicMy Profile

  10. Happy blogaversary! I really like these lessons you’ve learned from blogging! I feel like I learn so much from blogging that I could never learn in a classroom, but each time I write about what I learned, I always want to flood up the post and make it this long list. 😡 For 6birds’ fourth year, I’ve decided to do this. Perhaps it’ll go much smoother. :p
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  11. Natalie, I totally get you and you said everything I need to be saying to myself after my one-and-a-(gulp)-half years of blogging. I, too, have cared way too much about the popularity, expected things to just come to me and beaten myself up if everything hasn’t gone exactly as I hoped. Thanks for the reality check, girl! I appreciate it more than you know.
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  12. I enjoyed the lessons you shared and I’m glad I found your blog. I started mine about a year ago and what I learned was that I needed to start over–so I did and I’m happier about the new one! This time I’m in a different mindset, ready to do things differently, approach things in a new way . . . re-evaluations are a good thing, aren’t they?
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  13. Happy first birthday! Blogiversary.. whatever you want to call it. It’s honestly nice to know I’m not the only one being way too sensitive about what the internet thinks of me. The idea of it is ludicrous but it’s real. Thanks for saying it first:)
    Pam recently posted…If at First You Don’t Succeed…My Profile

  14. Happy anniversary! I’ve learned the exact same things from blogging. Exact same things. It’s important to come to the realization that ultimately, we write for ourselves. If people like it, fine, if they don’t, fine too. It can be hard on the heart when criticism comes, I know. But, we can’t please everybody. Come visit me, if you’d like:
    from The Dugout
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  15. I’ve been blogging for about 18 months. I started it because I loved it. I sort of thought it would be a journal that my kids could read one day. Then, somewhere along the line, I lost the plot. I started trying to belong in the blogging community. If a blogger didn’t follow me back on Twitter I’d think I’m not interesting enough. If a post didn’t get many readers, I’d think I need to write about something else. When my friends didn’t share my FB page I was hurt. Eventually, about a week ago, I realised that I had forgotten that I am doing this for ME, and screw everyone else. In a community where it sometimes feels like success is measured by likes, comments and followers, it is so easy to feel like a failure when you don’t have many. And it is so easy to see mediocre bloggers make it big and feel resentful, but I was never in this to make it big. I think remembering that will keep us true to our work. Thank you for sharing this. I will bookmark it for every time I forget why I am doing this!
    Liezl @ Two Suitcases and a Tin Pot recently posted…On being 36 and childlessMy Profile

    • I know, I lost my focus at some points, too. It’s easy to get distracted and myopic, but I constantly have to readjust my perspective so I don’t do that anymore. It only makes me unhappy.
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

  16. I can relate to so much of this post. Especially the part about which posts people like vs. the posts you think they will like. I’ve come to the conclusion that I have almost no idea what readers are going to respond to! Which is terrifying, but also really fun. Congratulations on your one-year.
    Shmoo Radley recently posted…So I Can Just Take These?My Profile

    • You’re right – it IS fun! And freeing – I just write what I want now, and though I pay attention to reader feedback, I don’t let it dictate my work. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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