Thursday, March 27, 2008

Two Years

Two years ago tomorrow, I wrote my first post. It's pretty corny. I was all full of self-importance. I wanted to write, and write I have.

I've waxed and waned, but I've hung in there. I don't think I've gone more than 5 or 6 days without a post. For the past few months I had been writing only a few posts a week, down from 5 to 10 every single week.

There are some reasons for the variances in posting. Blogging allowed that little writer within me to bloom. I (and friends who know me in real life) were surprised at the introspective thoughts that writing invited me to express. that often came out. In addition to that, I jumped into the blogging community, participating in carnivals, WFMW, and building a nice community of online bloggy friends. I am proud of a lot of what I wrote that first year about my faith, my thoughts on being a mom, growing older, parenting, personalities, family trips, and life in general (If you click the links, you can read a post that I selected from each area that I'd love to share with you).

Opening myself up to writing led to taking some online writing classes, pursuing freelance writing with sporadic determination, and some online writing gigs such as writing for Faithlifts (which I did for about a year), and writing for 5 Minutes for Mom--first my weekly book column 5 Minutes for Books, which led to taking on some product reviews and some behind-the-scenes work.

The last couple of weeks, I feel like I've gotten my blogging groove back. There are some logical reasons for that. I've been writing more, and once I start writing, my creativity is fueled (although I wouldn't say that 3 posts about Easter is exactly creative).

I don't know if I knew how long I'd last when I first started the blog, and I know that I never expected so many people to stop in and read what I have to say, but thank you all. I know from looking at my daily hits, and finding myself on people's sidebars that many of you stop by and don't comment. That's totally fine with me, but I'd love it if you'd take a minute to wish me a happy two-year bloggiversary.

Just as they ask the Superbowl quarterbacks after the big game, this is the voice I've been hearing in my head for a couple of weeks:

Jennifer, Snapshot--you just finished two years of blogging. What are you going to do now?

And I answer resoundingly,

I'm going to Disneyworld!

Yes, I'm actually going to Disneyworld in April. Thanks to my work for 5 Minutes for Mom, I've been asked to be a part of a small group of Mommy bloggers and Mom-geared website owners to the first Disney Mommy Blogger Mixer. I will leave it at that, but I will post more soon. I've been holding my tongue, but have fortunately due to furious Googling I've found some of the other attendees (and some of you will know Mary Beth Whalen, Steph at Adventures in Babywearing, Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife, Amy at Mums the Wurd and more who are new to me (but won't be long), and we've been e-squealing and talking about what we're most looking forward to.

But enough about that--remember, today is all about me (and you).

Happy two year bloggiversary to me.

Thanks for reading.


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Happy 2 Year Anniversary!!!

stephanie said...


Adventures In Babywearing said...

Jennifer, I am so excited to learn more about you and MEET you in person!

: )


Marybeth said...

Hey Jennifer-- I am SO looking forward to getting to know you better at Disney. Boy, are we going to have fun!!
Happy blogoversary. In the blog world two years old is nearly ancient-- I think!

Blogging Mama said...

Wow, three Stephanie's in a row up there. :)


I laughed at the quarterback thing...because I've been doing the same thing in MY head too! eSquealing? LOVE IT! I can't wait to meet you in person. I'm now off to eStalk you by reading your back posts.

Congrats again!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Happy Anniversary! And I'm so envious of your trip. Hope you have a blast!

dad said...

Happy bloggiversary, Daughter. Two years ago, bet you didn't think that your blogging experience would include a very professional trip to Disneyworld. Congratulations!!

Dianne said...

Congratulations and a happy anniversary to you!!

heather said...

Happy Bloggiversary!
Do the kids go, too?

Andrea said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!

Natalie (BSM) said...

Happy Bloggiversary!!! Here's to plenty more years! We are so excited to have you attend the upcoming Disney World event. And I know Maria can't wait to meet you. Here's to you!! Thanks, as always, for your support!

Lauren@Baseballs&Bows said...

Happy 2 Year Bloggiversary! Yours was one of the first blogs I found when I stumbled upon the bloggy world. I read you, BooMama, Rocks in My Dryer and Callapidder Days for months before I got the desire and courage to start my own blog.

I look forward to hearing about Disney World. It is one of my favorite places, so I am a little jealous. I will look forward to living vicariously through your posts! :)

Lori said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations on your trip to Disney World... that sounds wonderful!

Sarah B said...

Happy Bloggiversary! I have loved reading what you have to say!

Org Junkie said...

Happy Bloggiversary Jennifer! I'm not far behind you :)

Your trip sounds amazing, I can't wait to hear all about it!!


Beck said...

Disneyworld! That's GREAT!
And I'm so glad you blog - have FUN.

R.L.Scovens said...

Hi there! I really enjoyed your blog! Have fun at Disney! What a dream!

Lori Seaborg, Just Pure Lovely said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! :)

Looking forward to meeting you in Disney, too. Less than 3 weeks!!

Amy said...

Happy anniversary! And congrats on your Disney trip! What an exciting thing that is- I am so happy for you!

Lee said...

Can't wait to hear/read about Disney. Congratulations!

katrina said...

Like the others, I look forward to hearing all about the Disney trip. But even more, I look forward to all that you'll blog about in future years. Happy 2nd Bloggiversary, friend!

At A Hen's Pace said...

Happy Belated Blogiversary...and I'm so excited for you about the Disney trip!!!


e-Mom said...

Hi Jennifer. Happy 2 years!

Mine's coming up soon too. You're a wee bit older than me.

Hugs, e-Mom :~D