It’s crazy to me that it’s been 5 years that I’ve been at it blogging. There’s been so many things I have learned and learned about myself through having a blog. I thought it would be fun to share here, along with a little “Wahoo!” type post. 5 years is a long time! I have blogged each year anniversary over the years, so in keeping with tradition, this is number five.
Whether you are a blogger yourself or a blog reader, here are a few things I’ve learned from blogging over the past 5 years.
(this photo taken when Avery turned 5)
Over the past 5 years, if I had to pick one thing that has been THE BEST THING to come from blogging and having a blog, I would have to say it would be the opportunity we had to share the story of our little Afton Jean and her short life here on earth. We could not have been able to share her life story with pictures and words in the way we wanted to on any other social media spot like you can on a blog. As much as I love Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter; for me, it all comes back to blogs.
I love that through this blog we were able to tell her story and share our faith in such a special way.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned:
– Over the years, I haven’t had the best direction in mind for this blog, and somedays I wonder what the heck I’m doing with this time intensive hobby, but then other days I love how whatever it is that I want to blog about is where I’m at, at that time in my life (if that makes sense). I don’t think I could stick to one topic like some of my blog friends do, but I do know that whatever it is that you LOVE doing (crafting – cooking – designing – DIYing), if you are passionate about it, your readers will love it too.
– Along with being a blogger, I’m also an avid blog reader. When I was first introduced to google reader, things got way out of hand! I had to learn to scale waaaay back on the amount of blogs I was reading. Is this like you?!
– I’ve had to adjust to the pins vs. comments thing with blogging…and learn to not take it personal. As much as I miss hearing from so many of you in the comment section, I would rather have you share something you love here via pinning it on Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love the comments too!
– It’s through the comment section and emails that blog friends are made + favorite readers are made into real life friends.
– The hardest thing and yet the most important thing about blogging is just keep on keeping on. So many blogs start and stop all the time, but being consistent and keeping it fresh is where it’s at.
– If you are a blogger, it’s so important to remember that other bloggers are your community and NOT your competition. I think this is one of the best things I learned at EVO this Summer. It’s so easy to get caught up in that kind of stuff, when we should be working together.
Looking Back over the last 5 years:
2007 – our first blog post -just figuring things out. We started this blog as “thebiggieblog.blogspot.com” it was our family blog only. Then it slowly morphed into a creative blog with a side of family.
2008 – 1st “blogiversary” – we had just adopted Aiden and it was through this blog that our birthmom found us.
2009 – 2nd blogiversary – we just got iPhones for Christmas and I still had a giant crush on mine (still do).
2010 – 3rd blogiversary – Mrs. Fields NoBiggie Logo cookies! This was our first logo…on a cookie. I loved it!
2011 – 4th blogiversary – we shared an adorable Happy Birthday printable card or treat topper.
Okay…I’ve never done this before (opening up for questions), but I would LOVE to hear from you! Ask me anything (almost anything) you have ever wanted to ask and I will answer it here or possibly in a follow up blog post.
I would love to know what type of things you come here for or do you love that I have shared here on NoBiggie? Do you wish I’d share more of that one thing (ie. crafts/recipes/thrift store finds/real life)?
To end this slightly random post, I want to give the biggest THANK YOU to all of you who have been such a positive support to me and my family over the last 5 years, especially this most recent year. Your love and support has been felt and has buoyed me up during this most challenging year.