I started this blog one year ago today. The reason I decided to begin blogging is because I felt I had a lot to say, even if it was to no one. It would be a great place for me to vent /share my experiences/try to be funny… and practice my writing skills. Plus, I’m no good at keeping a journal and this kind of acts like a surrogate one. (Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a Gone Girl journal) And I also really wanted to become more involved in the Diabetes Online Community (DOC) and thought blogging would be a great way to join in more.
When I first started I had these grand ideas that I would be like Kerri or Kim and would post every other day or at least three times a week. I would write multiple blogs in one day, save them, and then post them when I felt they were relevant. Well sheee-at. That didn’t happen… Life did. Summer came around and instead of staying in, I’m out in the yard mowing or gardening. I’m at a bonfire with my friends drinking beer. I’m in dozens of weddings and out of town. But all that aside, even if I thought I would have written more, realistically, I think I’ve done pretty well.
I also knew starting out I would have little to zero followers. Now I had a great group that reads me on a regular basis and leaves comments that I adore! (Every time I’m notified I have one I get giddy) So far I’ve done 73 posts, received 60 comments and I’ve had visitors from 32 different countries including Singapore and Great Britain, two places I use to live. And I NEVER thought I would be read in countries such as Pakistan Israel, or Nigeria. That’s crazy!
I’ve even had the great honor of meeting a few bloggers heavily involved in the DOC such as Mike H from The Diabetic’s Corner Booth and Cherise S. who does EVERYTHING including the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF). And through my blog I’ve become more involved, and let’s be honest, finally understand the impact Twitter has. (What’s a hashtag?) I now have more people following me on Twitter than I follow. I didn’t think that was possible!
As I forge into my second year of blogging I have a few goals I would like to accomplish:
- Double the amount of posts I write. I’m going for around 150.
- Take part of the Blog Carnival DSMA puts on or other blog challenges.
- Get my name out more into the DOC. I know that sounds vain but I crave approval and validation. (Don’t worry. My therapist knows all about that.)
I also like how we can turn anything into an anniversary. Blogaversary, diaversary. Let’s keep ‘em coming!
Fun Fact: Kelley over at Below Seven is having her blogaversary today as well! She turned two and is way more read than I am but hey, it’s a starting point for me and maybe next year, I’ll be as successful as her. Congrats, Kelley!
On that note, time to start writing!