Yesterday was my one-year blogaversary for the Memos. One year since I hit “publish” on my very first post.
What a year it’s been!
When I started I knew nothing about blogging. I had never even read a blog before. (Actually, I had… I just didn’t know it was a blog at the time. As far as I knew I had only read a few “websites” here and there.)
I just wanted a place where I could write about motherhood to help me process the massive transition taking place in my life (my first son was three months old when I began). And I also wanted to get into the discipline of writing – an art form that I love, which brings me refreshment and joy. And—although there’s more—that’s the gist of why I started the Memos.
I knew I was going to need an outlet for me.
What I didn’t know was that I was about to stumble into a whole new world.
And that’s what I did: stumble.
I stumbled into blogging the same way I stumbled into motherhood: with some haphazardness mixed with my good intentions to be deliberate, some grace and poise mixed in with my blunders and mistakes, and with far more questions and ideas than answers and actual know-how.
I knew nothing of this strange new language including terms such as RSS feeders, SEO, widgets, IRL, badges, comment love, SITS, analytics, memes, and forums. Heck, I didn’t even give my blog name more than a few minutes thought and a quick google search to be sure it wasn’t already in use. (Something I’ve regretted at times, but oh well – too late now!)
And now here I am nearly a year later. I’m a whole lot wiser as a mom (though I still have my more-than-occasional blunders) and I’m a little bit wiser as a blogger (though I still have so much to learn).
So yes, here I am: 294 posts, 2815 comments, 900(ish) subscribers and followers, countless hours spent writing and designing and learning… and—most importantly—so many genuine new friendships later.
I’m so thankful for the Memos and the opportunity to do what I love. I’m so humbled that there are people “out there” that enjoy reading some of what I write. I’m incredibly grateful for the friends I now email back and forth with (and some that I skype with!) and hope to meet in person one day.
My head is always, and I mean always, buzzing with ideas to write about and things I want to achieve. The day I get writers block and have exhausted my list of post ideas will feel very foreign to me.
So for now I’m just going to keep writing, keep learning, keep growing, and keep connecting into this wonderful community I’ve grown to love. This is a “hobby” I don’t plan on abandoning any time soon.
Oh, and to celebrate my “birthday” I wanted to give you presents! I have two blogaversary giveaways: The first one is a wonderful book called The Pregnancy Companion: A faith-filled guide for the journey into motherhood. Win it for yourself or to give to an expecting friend. And the second giveaway is for two Peekabooby! nursing covers.
Dear friends, thank you so much for journeying with me through this last year. Some of you I’ve known since the beginning and some I’ve only just met. But it’s thanks to you that I feel encouraged to keep going.
In celebration of a great year,
– 677 kits donated
– 39 blog posts spreading the word
– Over 200 links shared on facebook (I lost count after that!)
– Tons of tweets (#B4BirthKits)
Cari10 May 2011 at 1:13 pm
Happy Blogversary! I so enjoy your writing-you are a great asset to the blogosphere!
Becky10 May 2011 at 4:00 pm
Congrats on one year! I just found you last week, but I've enjoyed reading along. Your sincerity and sweet spirit show through each of your posts. Can't wait to read more! 🙂
Queen J.10 May 2011 at 4:01 pm
Happy Bloggy Birthday!! I found you via the Mom Bloggers Club and I am really enjoying your blog so far. Since I am a new blogger & my blog is brand new I feel the way you feel 1 year ago. I don't even have a follower yet. =( However I am so excited that I'm making new friends that doesn't even bother me. So glad I found your blog. =D
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flyrish10 May 2011 at 6:17 pm
Yay! Happy Blog Birthday! If the success you've had with blogging in just one year is any indication of your mama skills, then you are clearly a stellar mom! You've done amazing things with this blog in such a short time — congrats!
cooperl78810 May 2011 at 7:07 pm
Adriel, happy blogoversary! Your blog is such a wonderful forum for moms everywhere to really converge and think critically and thoughtfully about the choices we make in our lives and with our precious children. I'm so glad your blog is here, and I'm so glad to consider you a friend! Enjoy this day; you deserve all the success and happiness and more!
Natalie10 May 2011 at 8:13 pm
Happy blogoversary my friend! So glad that we connected so early on and that we've remained friends – learning and growing together!
Amy Sullivan10 May 2011 at 10:48 pm
Only one? Crazy! I can't believe it. Good for you. My one year is coming up soon.
I'm FINALLY ordering my birthing kit. My internet has been down grrr….
alison11 May 2011 at 12:52 am
happy blogaversary! and please keep going….i get so sad when i find a blog i love and then they disappear!
JIll11 May 2011 at 1:00 am
Happy Blogaversary. Hears to many more bloggy years!
Melissa (Confessions of a Dr. Mom)11 May 2011 at 4:17 am
Congratulations on your one year Blogaversary! You are certainly a bright star in the blogosphere. Keep on writing and sharing your words of inspiration. XO
Branson11 May 2011 at 5:05 am
I am so genuinely glad you decided to start blogging, and that our paths crossed. I can't for the life of me remember how we "met" but you inspire me and encourage me all the time! Happy bloggerversary, and keep up the good work!! xoxo
A Little R&R11 May 2011 at 5:43 am
Happy 1st Birthday!!!!! It's been an incredible year, hasn't it? I am so glad we got to know one another – and it's crazy how much we have in common. Love you, friend. ENJOY today!! (I know you will) and ENJOY tomorrow!!!
Shonda11 May 2011 at 5:52 am
Congrats on one year. I love blogging too. I also like reading blogs. So much to do and so little time. First priority- my little ones! Will be back to check out your giveaway. Yes, I'm nursing! Hope to for a long time!
Jessica11 May 2011 at 6:21 pm
Happy Blogoversary! And, thank you for the comment on my blog about your giveaways. For some reason, I thought I had missed the deadline, so I'm happy to know that I haven't (yet). Congratulations on your blog's success! We started blogging around the same time, have kids of similar ages, are both pregnant and due in October, so this is all so cool! I love following your mothering journey and have enjoyed getting to know you through blogging!
tracy@sellabitmum12 May 2011 at 1:56 am
Congrats to you! xo
Cameron16 May 2011 at 2:36 am
Yay Happy Blog Birthday!!! LOL I loved skyping with you!! We need to do it again!! I'm done with my long-term sub now so I am home with Isis until later in the summer!
I love your blog! You've grown so much in the past year with it & I think you're just doing great things!! Looking forward to the next year! 🙂