Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy Blogoversary to Me!!!

 Hardly seems possible that today marks SIX years since I began this blog Beacon of Hope!   
 Here is my very first blog post.  What a rookie!
My first year blogging in 2008, I posted 237 times.  2009 I had 149 posts, but I didn't do so well in 2010 through 2012.  Mainly because of lack of time and the fact that I joined Facebook and found it quicker to post photos on there.   However, I really missed blogging and especially writing.  I am a writer at heart and it is something that I really enjoy doing.  I was inspired to begin again in August of last year and I was determined to stick with it!  I missed posting SO many important things in those few years when I wasn't blogging.  I wish I could go back and catch up, but I have learned if I put that kind of pressure on myself, then I will not keep it up and I will surely quit again.  So, for that reason, I decided to just start with a 30 Day Blog Challenge that my bloggy friend Audrey had been doing.  She inspired me to do it and since I love a challenge, I was determined to make it through those 30 days.  I knew that if I did, I would have a good chance of keeping it up since forming a habit takes 21 days.  I did it!  My first post of the challenge is here. 
 I did pretty well keeping it up until the holidays hit.  Christmas is just so time consuming for me that something had to give and it was this.  BUT...I am determined to catch up for that month that I went AWOL. I have already done a few catch up posts and I am going to gradually add those as I can.  I figure a month of catch up posts is much easier than three years worth!

Now I need to get all my yearly posts in books.  That is the next challenge for me.  Blogging is like doing a personal and family history in a lot of ways for me and so if I am going to take the time to publish online, it only makes sense to get it printed out in book form.  2012 shouldn't take too long. ☺ haha  

In years past I would normally do a give away or some kind of contest on my Blogiversary, but blogging has really changed a lot, not only for me, but for all my bloggy friends that I had when I began.  Very few of them are still blogging.  Mainly due to Facebook.  Blogging used to be something that I did daily and if I wasn't posting I was blog hopping to check up on all my fellow bloggers posts and leave comments on them.  I do miss those days, but oh my goodness!  Where did I find the time for that?  Comments used to be such a big part of blogging back when I began.  I still LOVE comments, but now if no one reads my blog, I am perfectly content because really I am doing this blog for me and for my personal history, not for a social blogging network like it was in the past.  If I inspire or help someone else along the way, then that is just frosting. 
I do have plans to start another blog that will be for others, to inspire and motivate them on a particular subject, but it will be completely separate from this my family blog.  That is in the works soon and hopefully I will be getting that up and running soon unless I change my mind.  I have a hard time finding time to keep this one up and running and so I'm not sure why I think I have time to do another one.  But that's me, always thinking I have more time than I actually do.

I do love blogging!

Here's to another six years!  And more!


Audrey said...

Jodi, this post is fantastic! I love how you detail how your blog has evolved over the years. I'm so glad you are blogging again because you inspire me to keep going too!

Dawn said...

You GO Girl.....I think it's great that we are always thinking ahead...wanting to do more (even if it's quite impossible) at least we are moving forward and looking ahead and trying to improve ourselves and others! WooHoo for YOU!

Jodi Wilding said...

Thanks girls! You both inspire me to keep going. All I have to do is go to one of your blogs and I immediately want to post something on mine. Thank you for that!!!


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