Today marks our one year anniversary! Whoo-hoo. Can you believe that? One year ago I posted my first blog post. A few weeks back, one of my most faithful followers mentioned to me that I was coming up on my blog’s birthday. Well ever since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to commemorate this occasion…
Apparently, most people give up on their blog before they reach the year mark. So I’m actually pretty proud of myself for making it this long. I’m not even going to lie, though, it’s not always been easy. And I’ve definitely slowed my posting-pace, but I must admit I still love coming here and sharing my thoughts with you guys.
Why I love blogging?
I sincerely have no idea why I love doing this and why a year ago I decided that, despite the fact that I hated to write and am a very private person, starting a blog was a good idea.
My whole life writing has felt like torture — papers, emails, and even the three little lines you’re forced to write in your co-worker’s birthday cards. All of it. Torture. You know that “flow” writers talk about? Yeah, well I’d never had it. My writing was always stilted and awkward, and needed to be reworked a million times. I could spend 10 minutes on a single sentence. It was the worst. Plus, I’m a terrible editor (as you may have noticed by my many typos), which only made writing more torturous.
And before I started this blog, I had zero presence on the interwebs and liked it that way. I took pride in the fact that when you Googled my name you wouldn’t find anything about me until the 3rd page. (My anonymity was helped by the fact that there is a Puerto Rican track star with my name.)
And now, a year later, I’ve made a complete 180 on both of these things.
I no longer hate writing. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love it yet. But now if someone were to put a gun to my head and tell me I had to choose to either write 500 words or have bamboo shoots shoved up my fingernails. I’d chose to write. And that, my friends, is not the choice I would have made a year ago. Seriously I would have taken my chances with the bamboo. I still don’t love my writing and it still sometimes feels like my writing is awkward, but I have, on a few occasions, gotten into a flow. And I’ve not spent more than 5 minutes on a single-sentence since my half-blog-o-versary.
As for my web-anonymity, it kills me now. These days, I look longingly at my favorite bloggers’ long comment boards, and am consumed with jealously by their huge followings. I have no clue how they do it.
My goal for this year has been to beat out that damn 1950’s dolphin whose name I appropriated. (Query me this: how the f**k can a show that predates the internet by 50 years have ever beat me in the Google?!) So, I’ve spent the year Googling myself constantly…ha!…and while I’m happy to report that I beat out that damn porpoise, I’m still a loooong way away from the six, seven digit following I covet.
How’d we fair this year? Well since I like posting the details about flips, I thought I’d share some of my own details.
Instagram Followers: 239
Most popular post: Friday’s Featured Flip: Mandana – so random.
Google Results to “They Call Her Flipper”: 1st item on the 1st page…yay!
Goals for 2018
- Celebrate my 2nd Blog-o-versary.
- Feature an interview with a real-live flipper.
- Remodel my house…gasp…I am so sick of this house I can’t take it anymore. So even though this means we’ll be living in hell as we live through a remodel and having to tell the kids that they better start working for Bernie’s campaign so college is free, it’s time. And you can trust, that I will document every step of the way.
Thanks for following along and here’s hoping to another great year! If there’s anything you’d like to see more of (or less of), drop me a line. Peace out.