Today marks Satori’s 200th blog post and I thought it would be fun to take a little look back. When I started the blog in September of 2011, I really didn’t know what to expect. I definitely couldn’t have predicted how much joy it would bring to my life, and quite often have to pinch myself that I have hundreds of daily readers- say what?
I know there are blogs out there that easily reach visitor numbers in the thousands every day and my blogging milestone pales in comparison. I hope to get there eventually, however, I can honestly say for me what’s important is the interaction I have with so many of you on a daily basis. I am truly thankful for the comments, questions, collaborations, and opportunities that have all come about because of the blog.
So after 199 posts, what stands out to me? Or most importantly, what have I learned?
When a blog starts out the readership is usually pretty low. In the movie Julie & Julia, Julie is thrilled to see that she has a comment on her recently started blog, only to realize her mom is the one who wrote it. I think anyone who has started a blog can totally relate.
I happen to remember my very first comment written by Arianna, a popular blogger I had been following for quite a while. After sharing why I choose the name Satori, as well as the journey I took to start a blog, Arianna was very encouraging, and probably doesn’t realize the wind it put under my sails at that time. To this day I have never forgotten about her thoughtfulness, and try to visit and leave comments on new-ish blogs regularly. It’s a pay-it-forward attitude that I believe is important in life.
The first guest blogger was my friend Kimberly Englot, who provided the encouragement, as well as the nuts and bolts guidance for getting my blog off the ground. Her post about steps to making positive changes was very insightful and gave me the motivation to finally complete some tasks I had been putting off. I often re-read that post to help keep myself on track and really think about what I’m doing to make my life, as well as others’, even better.
After a month or so of blogging, I knew I wanted to start a fun series that involved other design blogs, and the Designer Challenge was created. I developed the concept- two designers with their choice of three items, and decided to put myself out there and ask a number of my favorite bloggers to partake. Although I did get a few rejections, the response was very positive. Tiffany and Nancy were my first participants, and I’m so grateful to them, as well as so many others including Kate, Ashley and Amanda.
Not only has the Designer Challenge blogging series brought new visitors to my site, but I’ve also been able to form ongoing relationships with each of these gals. In addition, it taught me to put myself out there and take a chance. Although successful bloggers are super busy, many still take the time to help others out. Just remember to reciprocate by adding value to their blogs- nobody likes a constant taker.
The Etsy Feature Series has been one of my favorites to date. I’m always inspired by creative people and was thrilled when Nicolle from Libby Lane Press expressed an interest in sharing her story about following her dream to create a business of her own. Nicolle’s feature also marked the blog’s first giveaway- how exciting!
Although Satori’s readership was a lot smaller at the time, I could tell by the comments and emails I received that Nicolle’s mompreneur story had struck a chord with so many women out there who continue to have dreams of doing their own thing. Nicolle’s story, as well as those that followed, have been so inspirational and have reiterated what I truly believe- it’s never too late to follow your dreams!
I’d love to know what has stood out to you the most after following my blog, whether you’re an occasional reader or never miss a post. If you’re a blogger, what have you learned through your journey that is invaluable? Are you celebrating a blogging milestone too?
Later this week I’ll be back with a few more highlights, as well as some blogging tips for those of you who are thinking about starting a blog or have recently jumped on board.