It’s My 1 Year Blogiversary With A Giveaway 28 comments


My first post was Yes, I’m Really Doing This on January 9, 2013. It kicked off my new blog entitled Being A Wordsmith one year ago today.

 

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To say I was scared to publish that first post is an understatement. I was petrified, unsure, and very vulnerable. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had no real vision or focus–just a desire to write, express, and download my thoughts and ambitions.

 

One year later, I am thriving in a community of inspirational, motivational, no-holds barred bloggers and entrepreneurs. I am having a ball! 

 

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Highlights of my 1st year blogging:

  • Sharing my personal experiences in a way that I have never been able to do before
  • Trying new recipes with the anticipation that I could share them with my readers
  • Hosting a unique blog challenge, the September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge
  • Hosting a monthly linky party, Traffic Jam Weekend, due to the huge response from one of the September Sapphire Even Day Blog Challenge writing prompts
  • Completing my 16 year long manuscript and publishing it as a result of my renewed passion for writing via blogging
  • Transferring my blog from Blogger to WordPress with a DIY kit 
  • Various accolade features and awards for my posts

 

It takes a village

 

  • Connecting with Joi at Rx Fitness Lady, Kate at Another Clean Slate, and Michelle at A Dish of Daily Lifehas enhanced my 1st year of blogging tremendously. I have been in a mutual admiration society with these phenomenal bloggers since the EARLY part of my blogging journey. They have been very supportive, retweeted my tweets, participated in my blog challenges and linky parties, and provided many, many comments on my posts. Thank you for your continued support, motivation, and love.

 

  • The aforementioned bloggers have allowed me to connect with, introduced me to, and forwarded traffic my way via various other fantastic bloggers. I am not going to try to name all of them for fear of forgetting someone. But know that these new connections also give me support, motivation, and love continuously.

 

  • Recently my blog has flourished due to involvement with Facebook Groups such as… 
  1. Southern Girl Blog Community Group (SGBC) moderated by Chene at Prototype Mama 
  2. Bloggers Like Me (BLM Girls) moderated by Leslie at Fashion du Jour Daily
  3. Real Life (Kokoa Magazine) moderated by Kita at Kokoa Magazine
  4. Doing You Well FB Group moderated by Michell at Prowess and Pearls

If you do not belong to a Facebook group centered around supporting bloggers, JOIN ONE!

  • I would be remiss not to mention The SITS Girls Community which I have learned a tremendous amount of blogging knowledge from. If for some odd, strange, weird reason you don’t know of this fantastic group, check them out here. I heard about them almost immediately after deciding to write my first post. Not only do they provide an unlimited amount of resources on their site, they encourage and promote networking among their followers. One of my biggest goals for 2014 is to attend one of their Bloggy Boot Camp Conferences to soak up every ounce of their training.

 

My favorite post of the year was my flashback to my 40th Birthday Surprise provided by Hubby. I laughed and cried the whole time I drafted it and every time I re-read it.

My post with the most comments of the year was my Commemoration post for 9/11. I was participating in Blogelina‘s September Commentathon at the time. 

My most re-pinned post on Pinterest this past year is Pinterest To The Rescue. Almost 2,000 re-pins!

 

New things for Being A Wordsmith…

Expect to see more of my new interview series 5 Questions With… where I interview people who are doing happy, healthy, and wise things

A personal goal update post the last week of each month called Top HaHeWis (short for Happier, Healthier, Wiser)

A monthly feature called REWIND REPOST which will be an update to one of my previous posts

 

Thank you ALL for your comments, shares, pins, and likes. I am truly blessed and embracing my One Word for 2014…JOY!

I’m co-hosting the Wine’d Down Wednesday Link Party this week. It’s going strong until midnight Friday, you can link up here.

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28 thoughts on “It’s My 1 Year Blogiversary With A Giveaway

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      And how I have appreciated that support, Alison. So happy to have you in my corner. Thank you so very much, my friend.

  • Mo at Mocadeaux

    Happy anniversary! You are continuing to do great things! I’ve always been so impressed by your creativity and the energy you put into making your blog stand out. Here’s to many more years of blogging and book publishing!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      What a lovely comment. I have learned so much in the last year. I hope to continue to grow and connect with supportive bloggers like you, Mo. Thank you.

  • Liza Jones

    I’m a new blogger, too, so I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and getting to “know” you!! I look forward to reading more of your stories. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Welcome to my blog, Liza! Networking is key. Following your blog on facebook. Thank you!

  • Joi

    Whoop! Congrats my sis! Thx for the mention. It has been such a warm friendship getting to know you. I’m so proud of you for publishing your novel, transferring your blog, and just everything. Happy anniversary. I’m loving the interview addition. I’ll tune in for whatever. You know I like your TV updates 🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Isn’t it crazy that we’ve both been blogging for a year?! Not enough words to tell you how much connecting with you has helped me. I have been climbing out of my comfort zone and going with my gut. You motivated me to do that. Thanks again for all the comment luv, linkups, and shout outs. So, so, appreciated my bloggy soulmate!

  • Michell

    Yayyy!! Congrats Kimberly on your 1 year “blogiversary”!! WOW, you’ve accomplished a lot my friend in your first year, so proud of you!! Thanks so much for the LOVE! Because of you, I’m in the process of writing my first book and it’s been an exciting experience! Your blog is chocked full of greatness and you’re adding some great new stuff…can’t wait to see it! Wishing you a successful blogging year in 2014! 🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Awww, Michell. Thank you for saying that. I am looking at doing a second book because of how great it felt to publish the first one. Seeing your work on that platform is surreal. You will see. Good luck to you in making it happen. I know that it will be fabulous!

  • Kita

    Congrats to you on your one yr anniversary. I look forward to your future endeavors. I like the spin on the rewind post very nice can’t wait to see that.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      There will be plenty of Rigged Recipes in this new year. Thanks again, Michelle!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I have connected with some great bloggers via SGBC. Thank you for all that you do to make the group thrive, Chene!

  • Kate

    You are the best! I have enjoyed getting to know you through this blog so much! Keep doing what you’re doing. I’m look forward to what you have planned for the next year 🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      And I look forward to reading about more of your travels and adventures. I’m putting some of your latest reads on my GoodReads list for my 2014 challenge. Thanks Kate!

  • Kathi

    Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary! Good job! I’d love to see more about your adventures and your discoveries this year. I really enjoyed this post.