Monday, August 8, 2011

I'm Such A Baby!

It would be more accurate to say my blog is such a baby. Today is the one year anniversary, birthday,  "blogiversary", or whatever hybrid term people come up with to describe it, of my blog.

I was thinking I had made my first post later in the month, but it turns out it was one year ago today. Even though I knew it was this month, I wasn't certain I was going to mention it. However, since getting through that first year is kind of a big deal, I decided to throw up (almost literally) an impromptu post to mark the occasion.

I really enjoy blogging, although I'm not so certain it enjoys me. If that makes any sense, then you know what I'm talking about. A year ago there were two or three people reading what passed for drivel here. Since then I've picked up three or four more suckers...er, I mean, readers. I truly do appreciate everyone who stops by even if you don't tell me you were here.

My blog is a very young blog in a big ocean of a gazillion blogs. What I've learned over the past year is that blogging is work. Period. Especially, if you have to make time to do it. I wish I could make more time to do it. The other thing I've learned is that blogging doesn't always result in instant gratification through feedback. Being a blogger means more than just writing a blog - it also means supporting other bloggers through visits and comments. That is also work and time consuming and I'm bad at it. In order to keep from being discouraged, I've realized a blogger has to find satisfaction in his or her own work and not necessarily how many folks pat you on the back. It does take a conscious effort to do all of this and every one of you with a blog knows what I mean.

I hope I can improve myself and my blog in these areas over the coming year. I'm probably the worst when it comes to consistency. Thanks to everyone who takes up part of their valuable time to stop by! I appreciate the support and feedback.

Time for cake.

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, happy heyBJK birthday!!! you know, i have to ask. is that baby anyone we know? :)

and you know i'll keep harping on you to post more as i genuinely enjoy your blog. but i also realize how much time it does take - not only to prepare posts, but repay the attention folks give your blog by visiting and commenting on their sites. so kudos to you for sticking it out, no matter how busy your life gets. hopefully you blog cake will gain lots more candles to come...

SoleAdventure.com said...

Brian, your blog birthday is my actual birthday! I guess I will be joining you for cake. ;)

I always enjoy what you have to share. Keep it up!

TexWisGirl said...

frickin' typo... i meant YOUR blog cake...

Will Jenkins said...

Keep up the Good work Brian! I definitely enjoy your posts!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Very wise words for a baby. :)

Unless someone has tried to maintain a blog, they can't understand the ups and downs of it all. In the end, you are the one who has to be content with your own process.

Hope you stay around for another year. I enjoy your posts.

kmurray said...

Congrats on your first year and here's raising my glass to the next. May it be full of great adventures!

Cheers!

Crystal Cattle said...

Congrats on your first year! I agree blogging definitely takes some work. But I love the people I "meet" and that I get to show people and allow them to understand a little more about where their food comes from.

www.crystalcattle.com

The Rustic Chick said...

Happy Blogiversary! I should have sent the pie for this occasion! :o)

heyBJK said...

Thanks for the very nice congratulatory words! I appreciate it!

Yes, the photo is me. I wasn't quite a year old.

Happy Birthday, again, Mark! A little birdie (aka Facebook) told me it was your day. LOL

Sall's Country Life said...

Happy Birthday HeyBJK! This was an awesome post and the perfect example of why I love visiting your site! It is work, I agree, do what you can when you can, keep it honest and we'll all keep checking up on you! Enjoy your cake, you deserve it!

Dawn said...

"I've realized a blogger has to find satisfaction in his or her own work and not necessarily how many folks pat you on the back. It does take a conscious effort to do all of this and every one of you with a blog knows what I mean."

I DO get it! And sad to say it sometimes exhausts me;)) I'm JUST starting not to care;))
Hey! Happy Birthday. When's the grilling party?!? I MAY book a flight. Or just bike there;))

Joe said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary Brain. Always enjoy your posts.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Woo Hoo! Congrats! Reading this made me go look at mine and my first post was 7/15/10...dang, I done missed my one year blog anniversary. Oh well, as usual I am late for the party ;)

And FYI...you are killing me with all these posts. I haven't posted in like two weeks and I've been waiting for TexWis to send out a search party for me. You are seriously making me look bad. I ALWAYS counted on you to slack in posting!

Seriously though... great to see you back in action! You always have the best posts. Its a guaranteed laugh when I see a new one by you!

Ian Nance said...

Congrats!!! It's alot of fun if you enjoy doing it for yourself. We'll keep reading, though, for sure.

mynature said...

Happy BLOGday Brian, I don't always comment but I do stop in for a read when I get the notice of a post. Your right it is a job sometimes and it does take quite a bit of time but if you look at it another way..... it's there forever!!

The Hunter's Wife said...

Happy blog anniversary! I think most of us agree, we all have our ups and downs and it is very time consuming. But what matters most is if you love it ... do it!

Love, one of your suckers ... I mean readers. (That kind of didn't sound right.)