It’s my blogiversary! The date had crept up on me, and it wasn’t until WordPress gave me the message, that I realised it’s now 9 years since I started this blog. I have mentioned on blogiversary posts in previous years, that it was my daughter who told me I should start a blog. At first, I didn’t take her seriously. What was a blog anyway? Eventually, I started to think about it, did some research. and it started to make just a tiny bit of sense.
At the time, I had recently moved to Bendigo after a marriage breakup. I didn’t know anyone at all for a while, until I had the courage to join a couple of cycling groups,so I was living quite a lonely life. I was exercising and participating in fun runs and a 12 week challenge at the time, and thought it might be fun to record my adventures in fitness.
These days, though I’m still heavily involved in fitness, I don’t have quite so many adventures to report. I started to think that the blog had run its race. Until I had the idea to take it in a different direction.
The focus of the blog changed slightly, when I changed the title from Next Phase In Fitness to Next Phase In Fitness and Life. Until that point I was thinking that I was burnt out as a blogger and my time was up. I was struggling to think of subjects for blog posts. Very quickly the name change renewed my enthusiasm, and I fell in love with blogging again.
Another reason for my new found love and commitment to the blog, was the people I was forming friendships with through blogging. Up until making the name change, I hadn’t done much networking, or communicating with other bloggers, as I really didn’t think anyone would be interested in reading about the exercise I was doing. To be truthful, I was a little embarrassed that my blog looked very amateurish alongside other beautiful and near perfect blogs. Soo tended to keep it to myself.
After the name change, I seemed to find my voice, got over myself, and began reading other blogs and joining blogging link ups and networks. This is the best thing I’ve ever done, in relation to the blog, as my audience has grown, along with my enthusiasm. I’ve read some amazing blogs and become friends with awesome bloggers.
Since I realised that it was my blogiversary, I’ve been thinking about what I love about blogging.
- Blogging has given me a voice. Never, ever did I have the audacity to think I was a writer and I still don’t think that. But writing my blog posts has given me the opportunity to get my thoughts out of my head and to see my life in perspective.
- Blogging has taught me an enormous amount about technology. I still have a huge amount to learn, but I know much more than I would have without blogging.
- I find inspiration in the blogs that I read. Your travel stories, your adventures and just your every day life. I love reading your stories. Also bloggers are amazingly supportive and kind to other bloggers. When you comment on my blog, you make me feel 10 feet tall
- I’m really passionate about my three blogs and about blogging. I love the feeling that passion gives me. I also feel very proud that I’m still here blogging after 9 years.
I’d love to say a huge thank you to everyone who pops in to read my words, and is generous enough to leave a comment and share my blog. Here’s to at least another 9 years of blogging!
What do you love most about blogging? I’d love to hear your thoughts and promise to reply to all comments.
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