So to celebrate my bloggy birthday, and the fact that I am super-stoked to be the first-ever guest host of Thursday's BEST linky party, The Lounge, I picked the theme Birthdays & Anniversaries. So link up your birthday or anniversary-related posts below so I can give some Loungey-Loving!
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I promised in Tuesday's birthday giveaway post that I would share a little more about my blogging journey.
So here tis...
I started blogging on May 28th 2009. In that time I've published 1,178 (this will be post published 1,179) and I currently have 63 posts sitting in my drafts folder. If you were to average it out over the last 5 years it's roughly 4.5 posts a week.
Except it hasn't been.
For most of 2011 I was pregnant with Punky, and for the last half of it I just didn't feel like writing. I barely managed to write two posts a month. Looking back now I wish I had documented her pregnancy a little more, but at the time I was more interested in lying on the lounge eating and reading pregnancy books and daydreaming about the life growing in my belly.
The first 8 or so months of her life were a bit of a blur. I didn't post much for than 2-5 times a month, if that. I was firmly lost in the fog of new motherhood, and I was finding it hard. It wasn't until about the time I went back to work part-time and Punky started sleeping through the night that I kind of started to emerge from that fog.
I was inspired by my good friend Kelly HTandT starting a blog and suddenly I was filled with inspiration, ideas and blog fodder. My blojo was back with a vengeance!
Since then I've blogged pretty consistently, cutting back after Zee was first born, as well as the usual breaks over Christmas and Easter. Once I emerged from that new-Mum fog there was no holding me back from the community that I had loved so much. From the people that had become friends.
Even throughout the time I wasn't blogging often I still received such lovely support. The people, the other bloggers, they are the reason why I come back to it and keep going. I love reading your stories, and I love sharing mine.
I love meeting new people. I am inherently curious, so to be allowed a peek into the lives of people I might never cross paths with in offline life is a real privilege.
In 5 years I've evolved as a blogger, in the same way that I have changed as a person. I'm not the same person that wrote that first post in May 2009, and I love that I have this record, this online evidence of the changes that have occurred in my life.
The more I write, the better I get, and I can't see myself stopping any time soon. I enjoy it way too much for that.
And if I didn't blog then Dave would probably divorce me. Heck knows I need somewhere to unleash my thought-vomit! And I thank you for daring to read said thought-vomit. You're too kind!
P.S. Don't forget to enter my bloggy birthday giveaway by clicking on the "Bloggy Birthday Bonanza" image at the very bottom of this post.