It was actually a surprise to me, when looking back through old posts with the thought of doing a “Wayback Wordless Wednesday” photo to realize that today is our 7th Blogiversary! I wrote my “Welcome” post on August 21, 2012 but didn’t write my first real post of substance until that September 1st.
We’ve come a long way since then. My first post was more political, about animal testing and shopping cruelty free. I rarely write on political topics anymore, the blog slowly evolved into something far more personal about our lives than I originally intended, which turned out to be my passion. I also enjoy sharing informative posts on topics that are important to me, or that I feel I know enough about to write intelligently on (I enjoy doing research to gain that education too).
I had high hopes of making money at blogging, but the truth is, I’ve kind of given up on that at this point. Especially since BlogPaws and the connections they provided are gone, I don’t get a lot of paid opportunities like that anymore. I’m fine with that. I use the blog to promote my own products and store, though the success of that is still pending! I enjoy doing product reviews and giveaways when we can, and that’s good enough for me right now.
We are on our second logo and tagline, and have gone from a pet family with four dogs and two cats, to a small farm with one dog and a whole lot of birds – chickens and guinea hens. I’m beyond pleased that so many readers have followed along and stuck with us through all these changes.
We’ve made many friends, other bloggers and readers, mostly virtual, along the way. Many have come and gone, sadly. But each brought something to our lives for the time they were here, often providing inspiration and support. We have seen way too many losses of pets, our own and those close to us through the joys of the internet. Those losses are not a joy of blogging, but it is a part of having pets in our lives. The support received when one of those losses happens is amazing.
However, I can’t tell you how many times over these seven years I’ve thought of giving it up. Mostly that was driven by feeling a lack of success, especially financially. More recently, it’s maybe been a lack of inspiration (probably due to a lack of pets), or mostly time. Occasionally it’s the technical difficulties that frustrate as well!
In the end, I usually find my inspiration, give myself a break if I’m lacking time, and find myself unable to give up. I enjoy writing, and I enjoy sharing our lives. I’m an introvert, so talking to people about myself is simply not something I do a lot. I don’t always find people “in real life” who I feel I relate well too (other than family and close friends), or who I feel like understand me or find my simple life interesting. But I can sit down and write about it, and then I discover there are people out there who are interested!
Mostly it’s those friendships made along the way that keep me going. But it’s also that this blog is a diary of my life with pets, and since things have changed, so much, over these years, having all these photos and stories of my past pets is very important to me. It would never be given up lightly, so I have a feeling I’ll be at it for many more years to come, even though it sometimes seems as if the blogging world is changing a lot. I’m not sure there are a lot of us left who are more storytellers rather than places to go simply for information.
I’ve always thought blogging would be a great hobby for when I someday retire. I wonder what life will be like then? I hope you’ll still be here to find out. ♥
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