Blogging, Humor, Life

It’s My Ten-Year Blogging Anniversary and I Can’t Eat Cake

This upcoming Sunday marks ten years since I first started this blog.

A decade ago, I sat down in our then-basement office and started a blog on our old desktop computer. I say office because it was really the only space in the basement that wasn’t covered in toys.

For the first several months, I would write most of my posts from the basement then later I got a laptop and was able to move upstairs and that opened up my writing world. I began to write during naptimes, late at night in bed before my husband got home from work.

I can’t believe I made it to 10.

Just call me the blogging Bo Derek.

Photoshop courtesy Jaimie Hudson


I started on the Blogger platform before Google bought it. Not sure if that makes me an official old-school blogger, but it does make me old.

I migrated to WordPress in 2016, thanks to help from my friend Rosemary and her husband David. I liked it much more than Blogger, but all of the upkeep was my responsibility. I chose to do that in the middle of perimenopause and while Anna was in high school, so in hindsight it was probably not my best blogging decision.

After three years, I decided that it was too much work and I wasn’t making all the money I had anticipated with the new platform, so I decided to downgrade to an easier WordPress platform. 


Circa 2011

Pageviews are important in the lives of bloggers who write to make money. I was stuck on that hamster wheel for many years. I remember being very frustrated during my second year of blogging that a new blogger had reached a million page views in her first year.

I can tell you that on Blogger from 2010 until 2016, I had 832,097 pageviews. I have no information on the pageviews I had from 2016 until 2019, but since moving to this current platform, I’ve had 45,300. I only include this because someday I know I may want to look back and read this. Or maybe I won’t. 

I don’t believe I actually enjoyed writing when I first started blogging, and it showed. I didn’t care what I was sending out into the world as long as someone clicked on it. I was aiming for higher page views and scrolling Pinterest for content ideas, and I have the posts to back it up.

I began to enjoy writing in 2014, four years after I began blogging. I mean, I like writing, but it wasn’t until four years later when that I truly felt at ease with it, began to be myself, and began to connect with all of you on a much deeper level.


Circa 2020

I’ve met so many lovely people in my ten years of blogging. People I would never have met if it weren’t for writing.

Since the summer of 2010, I’ve learned how to write, learned how to use HTML (kind of), how to use a DSLR camera (sort of), how to use keywords in a post to help pull more visitors in (sort of), and how SEO it is crucial for business as well as getting your message heard in a sea of noise.

I discovered that I’m better at telling tales than at doing do-it-yourself projects. That I am better at crafting stories for pleasure than I am at selling you goods.


Hopefully, when I’m gone, this blog will be the thing that people remember me for. I hope I’ve been able to write about our crazy up and down life without seeming boastful, I hope I was able to communicate to you how much I dearly love my husband and children, how important my family is to me, and how much I love my friends.

I hope I made you smile and laugh when you didn’t feel like it, and that I made you forget about your problems for just a few paragraphs. I hope you learned something new or were inspired to try a new recipe, a new vacation destination, or even paint your furniture (even if you didn’t want to).

I know I’m a better person as a result of meeting all of you and hearing your stories in the comments section. Thank you for listening to me over the years; from migraines to John Hughes, you’ve made me feel like I am a celebrity without the need to wear sunglasses in public.

Thank you for ten amazing years. Here’s to ten more.

28 thoughts on “It’s My Ten-Year Blogging Anniversary and I Can’t Eat Cake”

  1. Oh, Kari–there are so many things in this that I love. Maybe mostly the testimony about the power of just sticking with something. And allowing yourself to change as you grow within whatever that thing is you’re sticking with. I’m so glad you’re here. I know we’re really different kinds of writers/bloggers, but you are absolutely a kindred spirit. You make a positive difference in my life because I really need what you put out into the world (not in spite of how I’m different from you, but because of it). The world needs the kind of story you’re telling.

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  2. I had to go to my ‘about’ page to see how long I have been blogging. I would’ve guessed 2012 but it was Feb., 2013. So you are winning. 😉

    Love that I stumbled across your blog, that we can hangout if we plan well, AND thst you had the foresight to attend my wedding.

    It is fun/cringe-y to look back and see what I was writing about when I started. I love blogging and I feel like I have learned a lot about myself and other people. I so enjoy reading what other blog friends are up to, dealing with, laughing about, etc. You never fail to make me chuckle and I look forward to your posts.

    Happy blog-versary and hooray for the next ga-zillion posts!

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    1. I love winning! 😉

      My old writing is so cringy but it’s fun to look back and see I have improved. It would be sad if I looked back and saw that I was getting worse with each year. When that begins to happen, I will stop blogging LOL.

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  3. I’m SO very thankful to have found you; you inspire me in so many ways.
    You are a fantastic writer, storyteller, truth-teller. (are you a bank teller too? Kidding, but I was going there)
    Happy anniversary and keep ’em coming. YOU are a light!

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  4. You HAVE. You have done all that! I am sitting now waiting on xray reading your words that I love so much while not thinking about my wrist now the size of an orange.

    10 more years! YES!!

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  5. You HAVE. You have done all that! I am sitting now waiting on xray reading your words that I love so much while not thinking about my wrist now the size of an orange.

    10 more years! YES!

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  6. I just realized this past week that this weekend makes 8 years of blogging for me.. and I too have found that I have completely changed my tone, my focus, and even my goals with writing. I never thought I’d blog much past my first year (and threatened to quit so many time!).. but I do love the sharing, the community, the record I have of our lives to look back on. Without blogging I wouldn’t have met wonderful bloggers like you!! So happy anniversary (even if you can’t eat cake). 🙂

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  7. Happy blogging anniversary! Your writing does indeed make me smile, laugh out loud, give me ideas and inspiration, movie and music suggestions that I hadn’t heard of, etc. Let’s put it this way: I would read your blog even if you weren’t my friend IRL!

    xoxo

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  8. Happy blog-versary! I’m an old school blogger-ish (I was late to the bandwagon) as I’ve been doing this *counts on fingers* for eleven years now (HOW?! And yes, those early posts of mine were very cringey) and am still on Blogger (which has gotten progressively worse – I really need to look into switching….). You are correct – one of the best things about blogging (old-school style) is all the relationships you have with people you would have NEVER EVER met in real life, most likely. So happy we stumbled across each other in the vast ethernet!

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  9. Congratulations on a decade of blogging. This is truly remarkable, considering the number of blogs abandoned every day. Also very happy to hear writing is a source of self-care for you – this is really wonderful to read.

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