Thursday, November 5th, marks the one year anniversary of this blog. A momentous occasion. I’m surprised President Obama (whose cabinet I “chose” in my second blog post) didn’t make it a national holiday.
To celebrate, I thought I would do two things. First, I’m writing a history of My Year In Blogging and, like any good blogger worth her salt, I’m going to do a giveaway. (Don’t get too excited. I don’t have corporate sponsorship—just some stuff I have that is kind of interesting and I’m willing to part with. Lame, I know, but what can I say—this blog is running in the red.)
To avoid an insanely long post, I’m breaking it up into several parts to be published this week, and it will end with a giveaway.
A Bumbling Beginning
AKA When I was a template-changing-widget-adding-daily-posting-clueless-newbie-blogger
I got into blogging via Facebook. I had posted a list of books I’d read in 2008 in my Notes section and my college buddy Colleen gave me a link to her blog, which had a review for a book she thought I might like. I wandered on over to this mysterious “blog” and was instantly entranced. “Hey!” I thought, “This looks kind of cool. Maybe I can do this too.” I joined Blogger immediately and willy-nilly gave my blog an address I would regret later. (I joined Blogger without doing any homework on blogging platforms. If I had, I would have probably gone with WordPress instead as they seem to have better features.)
Note To Newbie Bloggers: Think about your blogging platform and blog name before starting your blog.
Note To Newbie Bloggers: Less is more when it comes to your blog design. Don’t stuff it full of widgets. Trust me, I know!
My first post was entitled “Why Blog?” and I’m actually impressed with my foresight as to why I was doing this. I’ll admit, I spent the first few weeks as a blogger changing my template every few days and adding widgets like they were going out of style. I also posted almost every day—despite the fact that no one was reading my blog outside of a few friends who I kept bothering about it.
Believe it or not, at one point the name of my blog was Jenners Jabbers. How awful is that? I then changed it to Life With A Little One and More and that stuck. (Of course, my blog URL doesn’t match my blog title to my endless annoyance. I may or may not do something about that someday.)
Anyway, I had a blast those heady first weeks—I wrote my little heart out and was so jazzed about the whole blogging thing. Mr. Jenners—mindful of the fact that I tend to get excited about stuff and quit soon after—smiled patiently and waited for my enthusiasm to pass. (Haha … joke’s on you, Mr. Jenners.) Mr. Jenners never really gave me a hard time about blogging though. His only rule was that I couldn’t post photos of the Little One.
I started visiting other blogs and found these mysterious things called memes, which I started joining up willy nilly. This led to some of my first comments from people I didn’t already know and began Phase 2 of my blogging career.