what were you doing one year ago today?

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Happy Anniversary!!…. to me?  Yes, that’s right!  This upcoming week marks my one year anniversary of blogging at WordPress.  It’s my Blogaversary!

One year ago today I sat down in front of my beloved MacBook (I really need to give my Mac a name – any suggestions?) and I created my blog Twenty Thirteen.  It was my friend, Bonnie, who had suggested that I write.  She was always -and still is- encouraging me to do new things.  Things that I would never think to do.  Until prompted.  Or pushed.  Thank you, dear Bonnie!

I sat down in February of 2013 and stared blankly at the welcome page on the WordPress site.  It was foreign to me.  I took a quick tour around and was amazed at how other Blogger’s sites looked so organized and professional.  They were interesting and pulled you in.  I stumbled upon intimidating words like “Menu, Page & Links.”  And came upon odd terminology and functions like Tools & Webhooks  And Dear Lord, what was a widget??  I was definitely in over my head.  I knew that I had to get in touch with my inner geek!

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And then, a month or so later, something extraordinary happened.  I found my rhythm.  I got into the groove of writing.  And with a little prodding and a few shameless plugs, I found my audience.  Ok, mostly my Hubs.  And my Mom & Aunts.  And my siblings.   But hey, I had an audience and that’s all the encouragement I needed.  I had not only gotten in touch with my inner geek, I had embraced it.  And I liked it!  And my family audience liked this new blogging side of me!

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I found myself blogging day and night.  Learning all the tricks that other Bloggers before me had found.  I was really getting the hang of this tech-aged  phenomenon and I was sharpening up my skills!!

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I started adding pictures to my posts.  And Videos & Links.  I was constantly thinking up new topics to write about.   I’d see Clark eating something in his lovable & abnormally noisy way that he tends to do and think AHA!  I’ll Blog about that!!  I’d be going about my normal activities in a day and a notion would pop into my head that I felt the need to blog about immediately.  It was all very thrilling!!  Exciting!!  And Exhausting.  But I found ways to recharge and go at it some more!!

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Last week I celebrated my 10,000th visitor.  I could feel my chest puffing up as I looked down at the counter on my front page.  When it ticked past 10,000, I wondered to myself – how in the world am I ever going to get my big head through a doorway.  I could feel my ego being catapulted into orbit.  This must be how it felt to be The Bloggess.  (Every Blogger’s wanna-be)

What a great anniversary.  I Love blogging.  I love the audience I have been introduced to over the past year.  I also love all of the amazing blogs I follow on a weekly basis.  They are numerous.  I will never get tired of reading what other people have to say.  Or blog about.  Everyone has a little different spin on their idea of what blogging is.  There are so many platforms out there.  Each one special in its own right.  My wish for each and every one of them? To find the joy in their blogaversary, the way that I have.

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