In Blogland, people celebrate the anniversary of their first blog entry. A year is a long time to be writing something with any kind of regularity. It got me thinking about my blogoversary. I had no idea when it was.
Technically, I started The Little Mumma on January 22nd, 2009. But there were six entries for the entire year. Hey, I got knocked up and then had a baby somewhere in that timeframe.
Anyway, that first year doesn't count. So yesterday, I went looking and discovered I relaunched The Little Mumma and started blogging with dedication on August 20, 2010. I went searching for the date of my blogoversary only to discover it was exactly a year to the day. Freaky, huh?
But it was Saturday night and I couldn't be effed blogging about it.
Tonight, I thought I'd reflect just briefly on the year that's been.
Okay, I'm done.
But seriously, there has been MUCH to learn. I started blogging in the same way bands put their music on Myspace – in the notoriously difficult to break into world of professional writers, it seemed the obvious way to get my writing out there (yoohooo! are you out there?). I came into the world of blogging knowing sweet eff about blogging. I didn't even read other people's blogs. But I wasn't really a blogger, I was writer, so what did I care?
Like I said, so much to learn.
Long story short, apart from flexing my writing muscle week in and week out, becoming a blogger has been the most rewarding experience. I have 'met' so many other bloggers, connected with readers of The Little Mumma and discovered that I am a part of a very real and very important community.
Bloggers are very good at looking out for other bloggers. They support and spruik one another. They give great comment.
And they give awards.
I was going to tell you about an award I received that I was then meant to 'pay forward' to six other bloggers and at the same time, highlight the blogger who awarded me in the first place. But I tells ya, for the life of me, I can't find the award! Was I emailed about it? Or someone left a comment? I don't know! I can't remember who awarded it to me or what it was for but I assume it was probably "Most Awesome Blogger Who Is Also Crazy Good-Looking"….or something.
Anyway, if that person still reads my blog (they probably don't since I totally flaked on paying it forward and am still flaking now), can you remind me. And I promise I'll sing your praises from the rooftops. Pinky swear.
One honour I remember and will never, ever forget is being one of Kris' Featured Bloggers at Pretty All True. Kris is sort of AMAZING and being featured was sort of THRILLING and given the fact she doesn't do Featured Bloggers anymore, I feel so grateful to have been included. She is a blogging hero of mine but moreso, she just writes the pants off of everything. Go and read – choose any entry, they are all amazing. But here's the one where she mentions me. Swoon!
I also got listed in a Top 50 Mom Blogs thingy on some education website but I see that list no longer exists. Sad face.
And then there are the lovely people who have championed my posts on Twitter and Facebook. Friends I know and friends I have never met. Each and every one has made my heart soar. People are kind. That's what I am learning.
So, it's been a whole year of saying way more than I probably should. And I haven't even posted about my colonic irrigation episode yet.
I am the queen of the overshare. Which probably deserves an award….
My amazing sponsors, those businesses who generously donated stuff for my giveaways, and you, the readers. I squeeze you all to my breastfeeding-savaged, lopsided bosom.