I have been blogging for 3 years.  It started off with a few dedicated readers.  I didn’t tell many people about my blog, but wanted to see if I could find others in similar situations.  I was shocked and slightly frightened when the first random commenter appeared.  And when the followers started going up.  I wondered why in the world these people wanted to hear what I had to say, but loved the fact they did.

I love hearing from readers.  I have been lucky.  I have only had one negative commenter.  I was even more amazed that the negative commenter ended up getting blasted by many of you.  I never responded to the comment, I didn’t know how to.  But I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I was shown.

When I get emails from people telling me their stories, or how I have helped them, it brings tears to my eyes.  As the blog grew, I grew.  I eventually told friends, and love hearing their thoughts on my posts (for some reason they never comment…).

I have been way to excited when I get recognized.  It’s only happened three times, but it’s a weird feeling; knowing that this stranger knows so much about my life.

I haven’t been as active lately.  I use to actively pursue sponsored posts.  I would comment and talk to other bloggers, but since starting a job where I spend all day working (gasp!), I haven’t been able too.  For a while, this bothered me.  But instead, it has allowed me the opportunity to get back to why I started.  For fun.

While sponsored posts are fun, it was getting to be a burden making sure everything was done in time with correct links and lingo, etc.  Instead, I have been able to pursue only the opportunities that truly excite or interest me.

I haven’t had time to focus on getting my links on every social media avenue, worry about sponsorship or even look at my daily stats.  While this may seem like I am moving backwards, I like the direction it’s going.  It means I only have time to share the stuff I truly want to, and not just throwing something together for the sake of needing a post.

3 years is a long time in the blogging world, and while I might seem more distant lately, I’m not going anywhere.

7 Thoughts on “3 Years.

  1. I love reading and I’m happy for you…don’t give up your writing though…you are really good!!!!

  2. Happy 3 years!! I agree, I’ve not been reading and commenting on others’ as I would like, but I try to when I can (and feel like it)!

  3. I stumbled across your blog a few months ago searching for a maxi dress I had seen from a brand (funnily enough) called “mud pie.” It landed on one of your stitch fix posts :-). As a mom of a boy who likes easy projects/recipes I can actually make/kid stuff I really do enjoy reading!

  4. So glad I found you and your blog! :-) I think we all need to organize some kind of get-together for Iowa bloggers!

  5. I enjoy reading it! :) Really makes me miss mine, but it is a lot of work and just started to feel like more of a burden than anything.

  6. I have never thought of blogging as “work”, but I think this is because I do just as you are now….I write when I can, when I feel the urging to get something down and share it, and for the sake of keeping sane and reaching out to others. If it isn’t fun, if it isn’t fulfilling, then there’s no point in doing it! And, the wonderful thing about being a faithful blogger, whether daily, weekly, or once in awhile is that you will continue to have a faithful following-me included! XOXO-Kasey (SWM)

  7. I love reading your blog and keeping up with you and HJ’s adventures. I feel like I’ve really gotten to know you and although we’ve never met consider you a friend :) Happy 3 year blogging anniversary!

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