Today it's my four year blogiversary. Four years of blogging. I can feel the changes:
1. There are fewer posts as some things, like religious and national festivals, are the same each year so why write about them again, and again, and again.
2. I'm less competitive and hung up over the stats. I don't feel the need to join new trendy networking sites in order to 'grow' my blog.
3. In some ways my community of bloggers has shrunk and settled. I have my regular blog buddies and we know each other well enough. I'm not trying to widen my readership by engaging with new bloggers especially.
4. I have become a lazy blogger but a more confident one. I don't need to write 'my blog my rules' as it's a given. In fact, I've noticed that as blogging increases there aren't any 'blogging rules' posts going around these days. This was my Blogging Charter three years ago. The first comment under it, written by me, shows how lacking in blogging confidence I was back then.
Despite all the above I still love my blog and I love blogging when I've got something interesting to write. A couple of weeks ago I wondered if I'd reached a natural end to Midlife Singlemum as I barely managed 90 posts in 2014 (and some months only 1 or 2). But, no, even a once a week blogger is a blogger.
The very best things about blogging are:
1. The record of our lives from when DD was just two years old.
2. The blogging friends I've made from all over the word. A super supportive network of disperate (not desperate) people who are always there to offer advice, celebrate, commiserate, give technical assistance, laugh and generally widen my horizons more than any local hobby group could.
3. Call me an exhibitionist (and you'd be right) but I enjoy my small measure of infamy even among people I don't know personally.
4. I am a regularly published writer at last, which fulfills a lifelong dream.
Thank you for reading. I raise my glass to you all, to Blogger, to the internet, and to freedom of speech.
Happy Blogiversary to me!