Tuesday, January 4, 2011

On My Blogiversary

I'm pleased to report that my blog is one year old today!

Taking the time to share my thoughts and feelings taught me a lot about myself and about blogging. I'd like to reflect on some of the things I've learned this year.

I learned to write when I feel inspired and not to wonder about whether or not people will like it. Sometimes I'll pour my heart into a post, and it falls flat. And then I'll write an ordinary post, and it explodes. It amazes me which posts take off and which ones don't.

I learned that the only foolproof way to keep from being discovered is to never blog at all. So, since I was unmasked, I blog under the assumption that I'll be discovered one day.

I learned that people connect with people, not just with words. I prefer to be anonymous, but when I write, I do allow the real me to come through. Sometimes more than I'm completely comfortable with…but all real.

I learned that writing can ease emotional pain. The world doesn't stop for my grief. But I like the idea that I can have a little corner to myself where I can write what is in my heart.

I learned that bloggers are a community. We are here for each other. I know that there are some people I can always count on to let me know that someone out there is reading and appreciating my blog. It's what motivates me to continue sharing my joys, my worries and my hopes.

I value every person who takes time out of their day to stop by my blog. And I am grateful to those of you who take the extra moment to leave a comment. It is because of you that I'm still here.


  1. Congrats! I remember the day I found your blog. I read through the post and thought, "Cool- someone really real. And a thinker, too."

    Happy blog-day.

  2. Happy Blogiversary Mystery Woman!

    I can't believe it's only a year; it feels like way longer than that.
    Like Staying Afloat, I was intrigued when I found your blog and I've been hooked since. Thank you for sharing of yourself via those posts giving a glimpse into your personal moments and inspiring thoughts. Here's to hoping there are many more :-)!

  3. Mazel Tov on this milestone.
    May you continue to share, entertain and inspire.

  4. Congrats! We all appreciate your wise words!

  5. Mazel tov!!

    Allow me to echo the kudos from my bloggie bretheren above. Please keep it coming! The only suggestion is MORE MORE MORE! And also, if you can have a bit of a regularity to your posting schedule, it would save us from having to keep checking...

    While you are a "Mystery", yur are becoming less of one every time you post. We all get to see you more and more. And we see a down-to-earth, smart, beautiful, kind, caring woman...

    Much Hatzlacha in all you do...

  6. Wow! So it's been a year! Like SiR, I feel like your blog has been around for so much longer. Your posts are all so rich and thought-provoking, deep, yet not too deep. I can relate to them even if I'm not up to your stage in life because you write your posts in such an engaging and "talking to me" kind of way.

    And every blogger knows that it's the comments that keeps the blog going...so I'll try to keep mine coming!

    Thanks for such a great blog and hope you can continue writing and sharing your insights for a very long time! Mazel tov!

  7. Bernie -
    You MUST acquaint yourself with Google Reader!!

  8. I also meant to thank you for including links in this post - it's good to go back and remember some of your posts from this past year. Each one is a gem! There's so much to learn from you!