One year blogging

I just realized that I had hit publish two times on November 11, 2011.  How long ago that seems.  I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know how to put a link in a post, or how to upload a picture. Heck, I hadn’t even realized I could send a picture from my phone camera to my email.  I had to go back a couple of weeks later and add pictures I found online at a free public domain site. It still took me longer to figure out how to add a link to my post.

I was trying so hard to put down in words the huge changes I had made in the months proceeding that first publish button.  Looking back I wouldn’t say the posts were horrible, in fact they were pretty good considering.

The first few months I had zero interest in my blog from the rest of the world, then little by little a few people started to take a peek.  I now have 100 followers as of yesterday, (thank you all) and close to 20,000 hits to this little blog.

If I had to do it all over again, I’m not sure what I would change.  I’ve grown through the process, thanks to the comments I’ve gotten better, at least I hope, in how I express myself.  I have found so many people I would love to meet and call my online friends.  Finally, thanks to Slow Living Essentials, introduced to me by Heidi @ Lightly Crunchy,(who was also my very first commenter, I have been recording my  experiences in an end of the month post. It has really been eye opening to me just how much fuller my life has become as a result of the move to my tiny apartment.

Those two posts I published in November of last year, didn’t get viewed, and were some how lost once I gained some readers.  So  I thought today would be a good time to reintroduce them. You can judge for yourself if my posts have gotten better, or not.

In Lessons I learned from my grandparents, I was able to convey how my life had come full circle to end up where I am today.

In Decluttering: Possessions are worthless unless they bring enjoyment, I wrote about the process I went through and found what really had meaning.  You will see how I went about finding the starting point to clearing out my clutter and how I progressed from there.

Hope you have time to check them out and get something from them as I think both are timely now with the holidays arriving and with it the need to choose gifts.


God gave you a gift of 861,400 seconds today have you used one to say thank you  ~~ William Arthur Ward


20 thoughts on “One year blogging

  1. Happy Anniversary Lois! Congratulations for your year of growth AND providing a valuable and uplifting site for us. Please, please continue on and know that what you are doing IS making a difference. I’m so glad to have made the connection with you and your site and looking forward to many, many more years to come!–Kathy


    • Thank you Bethany, what a compliment! To show you how new I am, I wanted to use the term blogoversary and then wondered if it was something I had just seen on one person’s blog and didn’t want to plagiarize her. I learn something new every day.


  2. There really is a lot to learn. For some reason the post I published today wouldn’t keep the paragraphs. It kept running all together. I had to learn how to make them stick. I love learning. You do a great job. I hope you can look back one year from today and say you are still learning! Congrats!


    • I hope I can still say that, thank you. If we aren’t learning are we even living? I too have trouble with formatting my pages. When I try to add two pictures to appear next to each other I end up having my next paragraph appearing between the two no matter what I do.


  3. Congrats on the year and the next one to come. I too knew nothing and am learning as I go. Everyone has been very helpful to help me find my way. Somedays I think I have nothing left to say but still want to keep trying. Funny how many blogs I follow started about the same time within a few months. I’m enjoying reading your blog so keep up the great work.


    • Thank you so much for your encouragement. I have no plans to go any where I am having too much fun getting to know the people online that have befriended me. It is funny how many people started blogs and found each other.


  4. Congratulations on a year! I enjoy your posts and your viewpoint. And those grandkids are precious!

    I think we all begin at the beginning with this. I didn’t know how to add links, upload photos, organize a layout. It took a while.

    Happy 1st birthday, livingsimplyfree! May this first be followed with many more years.


  5. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! :-) When I started blogging, I was a bit afraid of it. I had been warned that people might not like what I had to say and might even been rude. But, as I’m sure you’ve found, the blogging world is great … there are so many wonderful people out there. Thank you for hanging in there and sharing your experiences with us! And here’s to another fabulous year of BlogLand!


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