Blogging Recap: 2011

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Madame Joseph-Michel Blogs, after van Gogh
source: Mike Licht

2011 was like making a fresh blogging start for me. In July, I celebrated five years of blogging with little fanfare. Is it a great accomplishment? I’m glad to have stuck by something for such a long time, but it’s certainly not earth-shattering. Just me, in my little corner or desk chair, click-clacking away about my life, my kids. Just words.

Somewhere in the collection of months that made up the year, however, I made a decision to stop caring about numbers. I rarely look at my traffic, stats, subscribers. I like to see what posts do well, but I try not to focus on that.

While I pursued some private advertising in the Spring, I decided to let it go. I was worrying a lot about making $15 here and there, feeling that somehow I needed money to defend my space of the universe here on this domain.

Yes, I still use affiliate links and have up Google ads. As a blogger, I think it would be stupid NOT to use these readily available moneymakers. But I’ve stopped worrying when it comes to blogging. I don’t worry about making money; I make enough freelancing. I don’t worry about stats. I don’t worry about writing with SEO or what will bring new readers or what I can link up to certain carnivals.

Suzanne Valadon Blogging, after Lautrec
source: Mike Licht

I write what I want. I write what’s burning on my heart, for the most part. And personally, it’s created some of my favorite posts ever this year: heart-revealing thoughts. My comments are down. My traffic is down. But I am happy.

I hope by baring my soul a little, I will show other women that we don’t have to pretend to have it all together. We’re all struggling in one way or another, whether we want to talk about it or not. And if we are going to grow at Christians, as women, as friends … we need to let others see the dirty, deep-down places we want to ignore.

I hope you’ll travel with me into 2012 if you enjoy my writing and feel encouraged. I’d love to know about you, my reader, if you might take the time to leave me a little comment with your name and blog link, if you have one.

All of that said, here are some of my favorite posts from 2011.
A Good Measure
Appearance of Love
Be Wise, Be Innocent
The Pieces That Make Me
For Libby
Rainy September
Cloudy October
Love Loss Hope Repeat.

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11 thoughts on “Blogging Recap: 2011

  1. Good for you! It's great that you write for YOU and I enjoy reading! 🙂 It's easy to get caught up in the numbers game of blogging, but it must be nice to just do what you like and write…happy new year!

  2. Please don't ever stop blogging 🙂 I don't have a blog (yet?) but I sure love reading yours. You're always so honest and encouraging! Keep up the good work.

  3. I really enjoy your writing, no matter the subject. Please do continue to share what's on your mind and heart. You are an encouragement to me, and I'm sure you are a blessing to your family.

  4. I enjoy both your blog, and your twitter feed! It is freeing not to "worry" about blogging. Transparency is a rare gift, and it's encouraging to find someone who has it.

  5. Thanks for blogging–I definitely appreciate your candid posts. Everyone is different, but the one thing we have in common is that we all struggle with something and it is refreshing when others are willing to talk about it. I have two children (girls who are 4 and 18 months) and we recently moved to TN, so I love to read about someone else who is in a similar stage of life. Looking forward to reading your blog in the new year!

  6. Cool! I took my feedburner count off because it bummed me out too much. I'm trying to figure out where to take my blog in the years ahead. I need to balance my blogging fun and money it makes with my home life and it's not easy!

  7. That's what I love about your blog…you're real and you're human and I don't feel inadequate or guilty after reading your posts. I don't comment much but your blog is one of my favorites!

  8. I like reading your blog the most when you are real and candid. I get tired of reading blogs where all they do is give-aways, carnivals, and weekly features.

    -Hannah

  9. As others have commented, I like that you have real content, not just giveaways etc. I've been readingyou for about a year (maybe longer, time flies), I especially like your grammar posts ("before you hit publish" etc.)–I am a grammar nerd myself. 😉

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