Saturday, September 26, 2009
Finding this graphic in a Google Images search was a very nice reminder of what it means to be part of the blogosphere. This was the first image that popped up and it linked me to my friend Amy's blog- The 4th Frog- and to her own recent blogiversary post. A general search leads me to someone I know. That's pretty cool. 537 posts. I only started tracking hits at the end of January- but have had 23K hits in that time frame. I've learned about blog conferences and groups. I've smartened up on Analytics and learned about how to best promote oneself. But none of that is why I blog. I love to write. I love connecting with people. People fascinate me. I love perspectives, experiences, struggles, triumphs, everyday comforts, joy, pain, humanity, compassion, and silliness. And I've seen all that and more over the past year. In my first post, I said: My mission statement... I am here to share ideas that I find or come up with in regards to parenting, babies, work, home, friendships, marriage, and anything else I feel like sharing. I like to test ideas. I like to test products. I like to test food and restaurants. I like to take and share pictures. I think I've done that pretty well. Here's to more of it in year 2. And maybe some expansion... reaching more people, connecting with more people, sharing more of myself and my learning. My kids are getting older so I hope to have more "around Indy" things to share, more adventures, more places to explore and share with you. Thanks for being here, for connecting back, for reading and commenting, for clicking my way... I'd be nothing without my readers. I would have quit by now if I didn't know there were people reading and enjoying and learning and laughing with me! In the words of Michael Conniff, "The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all."