Blogaversary: A Blog Turns One, The Adventure Continues
Exactly one year ago, on December 10, 2008, I published my very first NYCity Mama adventure. I wrote about Ft. Tryon Park. People ask me a lot of questions about my “blogging career”, and honestly, I don’t have the answer to a lot of them, except for why I started. To tell the truth, when I started blogging, I didn’t read blogs, not personal blogs. I read news blogs, magazine blogs…didn’t really know them to be “blogs”, but rather online media sites. I did visit sites that would offer ideas and listed places to spend my days with my children and I frequented a parents message board, but mostly talked about politics. But as far as visiting personal blogs, no. I never really had an interest in it. I wasn’t really in tune to the fact that there was an entire world out there of bloggers.
I started writing to share my adventures with friends and family far away, and to get them excited about coming to visit us.
A year later, I have shared almost 200 adventures on this site alone, and many more on others. I sent out my first tweet on Jan. 17, 2008 and almost a year after that have met many amazing people through Twitter and developed wonderful friendships.
But in addition to discovering the world of blogging, and making new friends, I have rediscovered some things about myself as well. Like my love for travel, writing, trying new and old things over and over, and how much I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things. I also realized that I really enjoyed giving people information on my favorite tested activities and/or places that are great as they travel, especially with kids. I enjoy this so much, that it has become what I hope to always do.
And as I think about the many other things I have learned this past year, not only about myself, but about this thing called blogging, there are some other random thoughts that come immediately to mind, and I thought I would share them with you anyway. Like for example:
- I am nice. I embraced it finally, this “nice” label. I got called nice a lot by a lot of different people when I started blogging. I hated it to tell the truth. And sometimes it was more like a put down than a compliment, but the truth is I am, and can be, so there you go.
- I can really not be nice too, especially to mean people. It’s a gift.
- One of the things that surprises people the most about me when they meet me is that I swear a lot, and that I’m actually tall and blond. Ok, well, those last two aren’t true, but I thought just “swearing” sounded awful, so I added two others to distract from it.
- I hate, beyond all, being called a “Mommy Blogger”. I know. I have ‘Mama’ in my title, I blog about my kids, and I am a mom. It’s clear I had no idea, and didn’t think it through when I started blogging. But I was also the chick that HATED the nurses that called me Mommy at the hospital when my kids were born. In short, I hate when people who aren’t my kids call me Mommy period. Cause, if I had to list WHO I was, “mommy” would not be first, second, or third on my list.
- I adore my kids. Most of the time. And when I don’t adore them, it’s ok too.
- I truly do love New York City. I am thrilled that we are raising our family here. If I can get just one new person excited about this city, then I would feel like I have communicated my love for the city well. My blog reminds me of the many reasons NYC is great every time I write about it.
- I am not afraid of a lot of things: except mice and roaches…so never call me to help get rid of either.
- I love reading other people’s blogs, and reading about the things that moves them and inspires them. It’s awesome to get to know people through such personal notations. I am lucky to be a reader of many, but I admit, I don’t do it often, and not nearly as much as I wish I could.
- Though this is so much fun to do, I still think the true value is in the life lived and in connecting in real life with others. So, in the end, in my travels, and in my adventures, though I love blogging about them, I enjoy even more the people I meet that compliment the experiences while on our journeys. This can never, and will never be replaced for me.
- I live fully aware that life is short. Sounds morbid, but for me it’s not. This is why I think we should all really embrace the moment, live life to the fullest, and be adventurous…with kids, without, it doesn’t matter. Just make it worth it.
I want to thank everyone who reads this site, who follows me on twitter, and who has contributed to making our lives adventurous and fun.
I look forward to another fun, adventure filled year, and hope to see you there with us!
congratulations!Awww congratulations! Just wait until you start walking and and get potty trained! Just kidding, you've been running with wings since you got started. Congratulations…again and again and again.
Congratulations girl!! You have come a long way. I'm so glad I found your site early this year because this is one of my fave blogs….and you're cool too. 😉
Congratulations, my friend. I'm honored to have met you (IRL) and very, very thankful to have seen your "nice" side 🙂
Happy Blogaversary! I have been to NYC twice and I absolutely love the city. If I ever go again I will be coming to you for some good advice on what to do. Keep it up.
Melisa with one S
Happy Blogoversary! xoxo
(P.S. Paaartay in Room L!)