Happy One Year of Blog Writing to Me, and I Don’t Know How to Spell Bloggiversary

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:

Fitness: 42
Parenthood and children: 23
Books: 8
Blogging: 7
Goal setting: 6
Food: 6
Food allergies: 2
Home renovations and management: 4
Outdoors: 2
Environment: 2

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.

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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12 Responses to Happy One Year of Blog Writing to Me, and I Don’t Know How to Spell Bloggiversary

  1. zoom says:

    I think it captures the spirit of you and your blog very well. Congratulations on reaching the one-year milestone!

  2. Lara says:

    It's always hard to answer the “what is your blog about” question. It's about you and all the things you like to do and write about 🙂

    Happy one year!! Here's to many more!

  3. G. says:

    Happy 1st anniversary 🙂 From what I have learned about you, the description of “you” is very accurate.

    Congrats on some fine post! I look forward to what you will write in 2011!

  4. Happy Bloggiversary to you! With all those good posts, I thought that your blog was well over a year old! Do you have any exciting plans to celebrate?

  5. Laura says:

    Happy Bloggiversary!! High five! I have enjoyed reading along this past year. It has really evloved into something special. Your description is perfect. How can you capture it in just a word or two? Not possible. You're doing a fantastic job, I look forward to reading more excellent posts. I feel lucky we are also friends too. 🙂

  6. Finola says:

    G, Thank you and I hope to read more from YOU this year too!

    Jen, I told my family that in honour of my blog they had to do whatever I said all day…yeah, that didn't work out 🙂

    Laura, I'm honoured that you read my blog and that you are my friend too 🙂

  7. Tony says:

    Happy bloggiversry, I am in awe.

  8. Capital Mom says:

    I think it is ok to say that your blog is “about me”. Blogging about life is just as interesting as anything else!

  9. Pauline says:

    “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.”

    There are some regular themes in my blog-Art, food, animals, photography-but I also just write whatever is in my head on any given day too. It's more fun that way, I think!

    Happy New Year/Bloggiversary!

  10. gryph says:

    Congrats Fin! One whole year! And one NaBloPoMo to boot!

    As you know, my blog is also very “about me” – emotions, observations, relationships, etc. If I look at my tags, the first one that pops out is “stuff going on in my head”… 😉

    Great job with your writing and diving into the blogging community. Looking forward to more!

  11. I never know what to say to the question what is your blog about either. It's just … well, it just is what it is!

    I have loved your blog and really enjoyed reading all about you and your family over the past year. I think your description is particularly fantastic because not only is it accurate, you don't cut yourself down once in it! 🙂

    You and your blog ROCK!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to you! Amazing blog and I have seen you grow as a writer; your choice of topics makes your blog all the more interesting.
    Awesome job Finola!!!

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