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Happy Blogiversay to you,
Happy Blogiversary to you,
Happy Blogiversary, YoungMarriedMom,
Happy Blogiversary to you!
Today is the one-year anniversary of my first real blog post, and I think that’s cause to celebrate! If it weren’t Lent, this would definitely qualify as a cupcake holiday. I’ll take a rain check.
First of all, thank you to readers who have been around since the beginning (or at least since I told you about YMM); your loyalty and enthusiasm have meant a great deal to me. Thank you, too, to folks who have just found me. Whether you’ve come by way of friends, or friends of friends, or even accidentally, I appreciate your stopping by and spending some time here. I hope you have gained something from reading, and I hope you will continue to come back. If you haven’t commented before, please do. I love to hear from readers, and I would love to hear from YOU!
Secondly, I invite you to take advantage of some little buttons over there on the right. One is for email subscriptions to the blog. The other is for an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed, which works through Google, Yahoo, and a couple of other programs to let you know when new posts are available. I use this as a part of my Google homepage to keep track of blogs I read, and recommend it. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the old-school route of bookmarking, either.
A year ago, I started blogging with the primary goal of writing consistently: three times a week, 500 words each time. While I lagged over the summer, I came back strong at the end of they year, and stayed steady through this point in 2011. Currently, I’m blogging five times a week, and I’ve eased up on my word count. Now I consider a post successful when it completely communicates an idea I wanted to share, whether that’s simply with words, equal parts text and photos, or just photos with a couple of captions. YoungMarriedMom has grown from a writing experiment into, dare I say, a real, live blog.
My second goal last year was to share my story—one that is not entirely singular, but not necessarily the norm, either. From the kind words of some of my readers (thank you!), it seems my efforts on this front have been fruitful. I write not only for other young, married moms—although I do have them in mind—but for anyone looking for a bit of humor, for an idea of what it’s like to dive into a new venture of some kind, or for something new to bring to prayer. This goal remains strong as I launch into this second year of blogging. Now that I’ve found my feet with a more relaxed structure, I hope my perspective remains relevant and my voice comes to ring even truer.
And my third goal was to do something that makes me happy. Writing makes me happy. Creating makes me happy. I am grateful for an opportunity to regularly reflect on the drastic, but wonderful changes my life has undergone in the past year. I am even more grateful for a generous audience who responds with encouragement, often when I find I need it the most. Thank you, my readers, for making this year a very special one, and inspiring me to forge ahead into a second year of posting here at YoungMarriedMom.
About this time last year (give or take a few weeks), Jacob and I looked like this.
This year, we look like this.
I hope you’ll stick around to see what the next year holds. Thank you for reading!
Sending virtual hugs your way,
Lindsay, aka YoungMarriedMom