Celebrating 10 Years as a Blogger
Creativity & Imagination, Writing Tips

Celebrating 10 Years as a Blogger

I started my first blog not long after college. I was working in the admissions office at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.. I had just moved back to Indy after a year as an assistant editor of a beauty business magazine in Chicago, Ill. It turned out the hustle of big city life wasn’t for me.

I had heard about a new website that writers were using called WordPress. (Blogger also existed at the time, but I liked the WordPress templates and user interface better.) So, on my breaks, I’d write on my blog.

Looking back, I wasn’t even sure what a blog was at the time. It was a new concept. I thought it might be a little like LiveJournal but with less of a “tell-all” vibe. So, I used it for short, personalized journal entries, as well as creative writing excerpts and news updates about what my latest band was doing. I had way too many tags and categories at the time, and my design was a bit wonky but I wasn’t really sure how to organize this new blog yet. That was in 2009.

This year I’m celebrating 10 years of my personal blog!

A lot has happened over the last decade – (*gasp*) in my thirties. It’s unbelievable, really, when I think about the past 10 years. Today, I’m a senior editor for a natural health ecommerce company (NHC.com) – a respectable yet far cry from my early college dreams of becoming the next Rolling Stone music journalist!

But sometimes dreams change, or get side-winded. After all, I began my career during the great recession of 2009. I learned to adapt and persevere.

Greet the world every morning with curiosity and hope.

So Here’s How the Numbers Add Up

As of publishing this post, I’ve had:

So, through all the ups and downs – as dramatic and painful as some of them have been – I can surely say I’ve been blessed and have grown by leaps and bounds as a human being over the last decade. I’ve learned more empathy and compassion, as well as how to act courageously, even when frightening or uncomfortable situations arise.

I have taken many leaps of faith and landed relatively steady on my feet (in most cases, but not all). And I’ve realized where my shortcomings are and what opportunities I need to embrace to achieve my fullest potential.

I’ve also enjoyed writing hundreds of articles – both for my blog and for my employers – covering topics ranging from health and beauty to arts and music to architecture and home improvement to the lives of soldiers in the National Guard and much more. … It’s been a whirlwind of learning, observing, reflecting, and writing.

Here’s to another decade of blogging and personal growth!

Thanks for reading!


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