Friday, December 9, 2016

TWO YEARS!


December marks my 2-year Bloggerversary and I can hardly believe it! Honestly, I thought about it for a second last week and then totally forgot! Running a blog has become such a regular part of my life that I haven't really focused on this anniversary; which is weird because leading up to my one-year Bloggerversary was such a big deal to me. That's not to say this isn't a big deal, I guess I'm just now having the time to sit and reflect on the last year. Because when I actually think about it, I'm pretty proud of myself for making it to two years.

Blogging for me has given me so much, truly. I always wanted to run a blog and share my thoughts, but I never imagined what I would get out of it emotionally. I have talked to other bloggers over the years and we all sort of get the same thing out of sharing our world on the web. Taking the financials out of the picture, blogging can give you a sense of freedom, friendship, and personal achievement. I can tell you there is nothing better than getting feedback through email or comments from a reader that is positive... that I've touched someone in some way or that we share a similar experience that connects us. Sure, getting free products to review or getting paid for posts is nice and all, but I've said it before, meeting people, reading their journey and sharing mine has always been my favorite part of this whole lifestyle.   

Last year, I shared some goals I set for SimplyWright. Man, I wish I could have had a crystal ball then to tell me how the next 12 months would play out. A move across the country with my family, a small bout with depression, and thinking about going back to work really threw me off my blogging game. Not to mention finding the time to blog with three active children. Gone are the days when Jakob napped so I could "work." Now, I have an extremely active toddler who takes up all of my time while the others are at school, leaving me to blog after everyone is in bed and I'm beat. I can't tell you how many nights I fell asleep on my keyboard ha. I'm not complaining, just stating the facts, that as life gets increasingly busy, my blog has had to suffer. Every week, as I look back on my weekly blog schedule and all the posts I didn't get up, I sigh and just tell myself "all in good time." But I'd be lying if I said I didn't get discouraged when seeing the numbers in my month to month archive get smaller and smaller.

There were some wonderful achievements to come from my blog in the last 12 months. In February, I started my journey being a contributor for The Huffington Post. That was such a proud moment for me -if you are a blogger, then you know how important it is to get your work shown on other, bigger sites. So far I've been on The HuffPost 12 times! {Shameless plug: HERE is my newest post. You can see all my posts HERE!}

Also, I've started contributing to RedTrycycle, a great online resource for parents! {Up now...}, along with being featured on many other parenting sites. I now that my blog itself might not be seen by others around the world, but it's nice that my work does from time to time. Again, it's the networking and connection that drives me to keep doing this. 

Here are my Top Posts from the Year...

Recipes: 

DIY:

Travel:

Parenting/Life:

Blogging:

As always, thank you for being a part of my journey and reading my little blog. I have such a fun time with it and hope to get more active on here in the coming months -we'll see how that goes. Have a wonderful rest of December and a Happy Holiday season!!! xo 

15 comments:

  1. I totally feel you on not having time to blog until you're exhausted at night. We just brought our toddler home and my blog has suffered because I am just too tired to put as much effort into it as before. I have reminded myself that it is quality over quantity though, and if I need to cut back on posts it's OK.

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    1. Toddlers are always a good reason to mot blog! And I love your blog...being new to Chicago, your posts are so helpful!!

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  2. Happy Bloggerversary! I am glad I discovered your blog!

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  3. Happy Bloggerversary! I'm just three months in, it is so great to hear of how you have kept going and done so well, an inspiration. I have three children too - it's so tiring isn't it!

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  4. Happy Blog-iversary! Such an inspiration!

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  5. Congrats! Happy 2 year birthday! So much work, but super rewarding! Fab job...keep up the fantastic content!

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  6. Congrats on two years! Time flies when you're having fun! :)

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  7. Hello beautiful! Happy second Bloggerversary :-) It seems you've doing great, and I'm sure things will keep on getting bigger & better. Keep up the amazing work XOXO

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  8. Happy Bloggiversary !!! I know what it is like ... moving with kids can be so challenging !!! Love your posts .. Keep Writing

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  9. Blogging is tough. It's basically a full time job to get through all the material prep, marketing, upkeep, etc. So congratulations on your 2 year bloggerversary. Keep it up!!!

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  10. Happy Bloggerversary! And congratulations on your success.

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  11. Yay, this is so exciting! I hope you accomplish even more in 2017!

    xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  12. Happy 2 year blogiversary babe! Keep up the great work xoxo, sharon

    www.stylelullaby.com

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  13. Happy Blog-iversary! You have accomplished so much in 2 years!! Congratulations on Huffington Post

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