My Blogging Journey: 5 years of thought-vomiting on the internet | Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Thursday, 22 May 2014

My Blogging Journey: 5 years of thought-vomiting on the internet

So you may have noticed that this coming week marks 5 years since I started blogging. And if you didn't? All I can say is, shame. You can crawl back to your rock now. Hehehehe. Not really. Please stay. I promise I'll play nice. Mostly!

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!



A Study in crappy & evolving blog design through through the years - 2010

I promised in Tuesday's birthday giveaway post that I would share a little more about my blogging journey.

So here tis...

2011

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.

2012

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!

January 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

October 2013

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!

February 2014
Thanks for stopping by today and reading a little about my blogging journey and helping me to celebrate my bloggy birthday and the anniversary of my first post. As I mentioned above, I'm hosting The Lounge, so link up your birthday/anniversary-related posts below and I will pop on by to share some bloggy-love!

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.




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14 comments:

  1. Wow - 5 years! Good for you! Congrats and great work.

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  2. What a great post! I love following your journey. Congrats - what a journey. 4.5 times a week when you've had such big non-blogging periods is amazing. Thanks for hosting The Lounge! (And picking a topic I can link an oldie to! LAZY.)

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  3. I've been following your journey for a long time as well! And I'm lucky enough to have met you IRL too! Cheers for hosting our beloved Lounge. Looking forward to many more years of blogging genius. X

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  4. Congratulations on your five year Blogaversary! I'm not sure I'll get there myself. Very impressive. You obviously love it and your passion shows. Hope you had a celebratory glass of wine - or two! xo

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  5. That's quite a positive and productive blogging story, Kylie. I can't even know for sure if I'd ever READ a blog in 2009, let alone write one (the following year). Wish I could pump out a few a week like that, well done!

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  6. Happy bloggiversary!! I will be back tomorrow to link up!!

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  7. Congratulations on your 5 year blog anniversary, Kylie. That's quite an effort! I'm new here to discovering your blog. Lovely to meet you.

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  8. All those screen shots! How did you get those?? Just awesome your journey so far, you're one of the longest bloggers I read. Love it - and you!!

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  9. How amazing is this whole blogging caper!? Thank you for being an awesome host this week too!

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  10. Happy 5 years blogging Kylie and wishing you another 5 more. Love reading your posts

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  11. Happy Birthday once again! I can only imagine what 5 years of blogging must look like! I agree that it will be a great way to look back on life and see where you've come from! I have no idea where I'll be or what life will look like when I reach that milestone in 3 and a half years! I seemed to have not done a one year anniversary post but have linked up my 100th blog post that I celebrated.

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  12. Congratulations! I love seeing how the look of your blog has changed over time. You've had a life-changing five years. Wishing you all the best for the next five :-)

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  13. Wow 5 years, thats a long time to be blogging. And still be so inspired by it that you can post that often. I wish I could, but I just don't have the time to do so. Love seeing your changing blog!!

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  14. Congratulations on a rollercoaster 5 years! Lets hope the coming years see you still enjoying your blogging passion!

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