One year ago today I posted my very first blog post. I like that my bloggiversary falls right at New Year’s because it is a retrospective time of the year. When I started writing my blog, I had no focus or theme in mind for what my blog would be about, and this bothered me at the time. I had spent a lot of time trying to think of subjects that I could write about with meaning and thoughtfulness, but I wasn‘t able to come up with a theme for a subject matter. I finally decided to just start writing, with the hope that focus would come with time.
After one year of writing, when I talk to people about my blog and they ask me what I write about, I still stop, stammer and use a lot of “ums” when I reply because I still don’t really know what this blog is about. I write about whatever is in my head on a particular day; whatever is important to me, and whatever flows out of my often tired and worried brain. Today I thought I would take some time and review my posts from the last year and look at the subjects that I wrote about the most.
My two most-read posts for the year according to Google Analytics were: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, which was about the evening I hosted my book club. I think a lot of people stumbled upon this post when they were searching for the new TV series of the same name that came out in 2010. My second most-read post was my Half Marathon Music Play List. I think I will post an updated version of this one as we get closer to Race Weekend, as I have made quite a few changes on my shuffle this year.
I reviewed my144 (!) posts from 2010, and based on the tags I used, here are the top 10 subjects that I wrote about, with the number of posts in each subject indicated:
Parenthood and children: 23
Goal setting: 6
Food allergies: 2
Home renovations and management: 4
Perhaps I didn’t tag my posts well enough, but I thought that work, friendships, and socially minded subjects would have figured more prominently in this list.
So based on this list, here is how I will describe myself and my blog in the future.
I am the mother of two outstanding daughters, and I struggle to find balance with work and home life by running, working out at the gym, reading, writing, and setting goals to try to improve myself. I like to eat, and although I have a daughter with food allergies, I do not let this define who she is or how we live. We live in an older home that always needs a lot of loving attention. I care deeply about social matters and the world around us, and I would like to write about these subjects more in the future. I have a wonderful husband and a happy family life, and I would like to learn to worry less about the chaos and to enjoy life more. Important to me is to continue to cultivate the friendships that I have made over the past year with like-minded folks.
I would love to know if you think that this is me.