It’s my 1 Year Blogiversary!

I didn’t even know “blogiversary” is an accepted term; I had to look it up. I won’t go so far as to say it’s a “real” word, but if you google it, several things come up, so I’m going with it. I’ll admit I’m still very much a newbie when it comes to blogging. I know some of you have been blogging for many years (and have had many blogiversaries, so you are well aware of the term). For me, I’m still very much learning but I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned over my first year of blogging and sum up my blog.

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One of the first questions to ask here is why did I start my blog in the first place? Well, I’m running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US and I wanted a place to chronicle my races. I just ran my 41st half marathon in my 39th state, Utah, so I’m slowly but surely getting there. I also love to travel and enjoy writing about places my family and I go with the premise that you don’t have to be retired to travel the world. Hence, the title of my blog, “runningtotravel,” since my blog is about running and traveling, with a little spin on both of those.

What have I learned since I started blogging? Many, many things. For starters, it takes a lot of work to put together a blog and keep it going. By the time you have that first idea about what to write, then you type it up, edit it, add photos, check anything that needs checked (facts, dates, etc.) you’ve got some time invested in that post. Then, if you’re lucky, others have commented and you need to reply to those comments. There’s also the social media aspect, where you post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. to get others to come to your site and respond to any comments there. Not surprisingly, many bloggers stop posting after a few weeks or months because they simply can’t invest the amount of time necessary.

Another thing I’ve learned since I started blogging is just how enormous the blogging community is. I had no idea there were that many people with blogs. Nor did I know how many platforms there are for bloggers. I use WordPress but that’s just one of many places where bloggers can and do post their blogs, like bloglovin for example. Like I said, I’m still learning.

One thing I’ve learned about the blogging community is that it’s full of compassionate, friendly, helpful, and knowledgable people. Maybe I’ve been lucky but I’ve yet to encounter any mean or unwelcome comments from anyone. By far the majority of comments I’ve received have been insightful, encouraging, and helpful. Maybe a part of that’s because most of these comments have also been from runners and/or travelers and I have the biased opinion that the running and traveler communities are some of the most welcoming and supportive communities out there.

I’ve seen the number of followers increase over time to my blog, and I’m always in awe and humbled that so many people actually want to read about my adventures, races, and other exercise/fitness/family-related posts. Without followers, I might as well just keep an online diary that only I can see. That brings me to my final thought about blogging.

Many bloggers really wear their heart on their sleeve, so to speak. For those of you not familiar with the phrase, it means to show intimate emotions in an honest and open way. This makes a blogger more vulnerable but it also allows the reader to really get to know the person. I’ve struggled with this because I tend to be a pretty private person. Finding the right balance between giving details but not too many details to make me uncomfortable has been a learning curve but I think I’ve managed to do this.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has read my posts and commented. I feel like I’ve gained some “blogger friends” and am happy I’ve found this blogging community. I’ve learned so much, not just about blogging, but about so many other things and for that I thank you for enriching my life. I can only hope to do the same for you.

So tell me, why did you start blogging?

Donna

 

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Author: runningtotravel

I'm a long distance runner with a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states in the US. I also love to travel so I travel to other places when I'm not running races. Half the fun is planning where I'm going to go next!

21 thoughts on “It’s my 1 Year Blogiversary!”

  1. Great post! We just had our first year blogiversary as well. I had to convince my wife that “blogiversary” really is a thing! The part I liked most about your post is the comment about the blogging community and how many compassionate and friendly people there are. Some of the most well-known bloggers in our field (wine) were surprisingly generous and supportive and it’s been humbling. Thanks for sharing. If you missed our blogiversary post from last week, here it is: https://topochinesvino.com/2017/05/06/happy-blogiversary-to-us/

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  2. Congrats on your first blogiversary! You touched upon a few things I could relate to. I’ve been a bit busy lately and have been trying to stick to at least one blog post a week. I’m cutting it close this week, but I should have one up by tomorrow. That post also relates to being vulnerable on a blog. It’s scary sometimes how you write about things I’m thinking about. Haha Have another great year of blogging!

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  3. Happy blogiversay!! It is hard keeping up at times!! I find my blogger friends are the most supportive and encouraging to what I do as opposed to people I see on a daily basis, probably because of the similar interests. Blogging is a great way to get things said that I don’t get to tell anyone else. 😃

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  4. Happy one-year anniversary! I’ve made some really good friends through blogging – people whom I would have never met otherwise. I couldn’t imagine my life without them now.

    Blogging has opened up some new opportunities for me. I enjoy recording little bits of my day. I like to go back remember things that I had forgotten.

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  5. Great post Donna…I enjoy your posts reading about your adventures and can certainly relate to the running and travel theme. I enjoy your detailed posts and the inclusion of your family. It certainly is a time investment though and, as you point out, it goes beyond just the drafting, writing, and editing of a post. Finding the time is my single biggest challenge. But, I really enjoy interacting with the relatively small group of people that follow my blog – I feel like we have close friends around the world that, while we have never met in person, we most certainly share a great connection.

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  6. Congratulations! I can’t believe a year has passed already. Doesn’t seem that long! Let me just say “well done.” The most important quality for being a successful blogger is perseverance. You’ve now prove you have that.

    I never paid any attention to the start date for my podcast. Recently I looked it up, and was shocked to note I’d been at it for four years! The only thing I’ve celebrated was my 100th episode:

    http://choiceconversations.com/episode-100-a-retrospective-and-a-look-forward-with-antony-sammeroff

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  7. Big congrats on your anniversary!! I can definitely see the work that goes into your posts and am really grateful for that. I like what Jim Rohn said about caring when the amounts are small, so that even if you’re only speaking to 1 person the hard work is all worthwhile.

    I started blogging as an outlet for the intensity of experiences I’d gathered during my first couple years of “serious” travel. I felt all these people, places and information inside me and it was – and still is – such fun to sit down, recall it all and put it down in words 😀

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  8. Happy belated blogiversary! And congrats on finishing your 41st state — you are so close to being done! 🙂 I started blogging the same reason as you — to document my journey as I attempt to run in all 50 states. Like you said though, blogging is a lot of work. I definitely have trouble keeping up with it. But I enjoy engaging with the blogging community when I can, and I know I’ll love looking back at my race recaps in the future, so I try my best to keep up. 🙂

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