I’m feeling a little introspective today because I just realized that it’s been ten years since I set a New Year’s resolution to start a blog. At that point I had been working in publishing as a writer and editor for a very long time and was feeling kind of bored and burned out. I needed a new challenge. So I thought blogging might offer me one.
Boy, was I right about that. Blogging has proven to be one challenge after another, and I’m incredibly grateful to still be here, still learning, and still having fun with it.
Have I Really Been Blogging for a Decade Now?!
I sat down and started a WordPress blog on January 20, 2008, even though I had no idea what I was doing. I knew exactly one person who was a blogger, and she was blogging about writing and books, but that’s what gave me the idea of having a place of my own on the internet.
I wasn’t even sure what I was going to write about at first. I have a lot of interests. As I was brainstorming ideas, I was just scribbling away in my journal and wrote, “Well, I’m hooked on houses, so I could talk about that.” The name hooked on houses had a nice ring to it. I liked it.
After a quick search I saw no one else was using it yet, so I grabbed it. It was mine. Now I had a place where I could gab about houses all I wanted instead of bugging my friends and family members with my little obsession.
And talk about houses I did. And continue to do. For 2,103 posts and counting!
I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep it up for an entire year, let alone a decade. If I had known then the crazy adventure blogging would be, it would have blown my mind.
Blogging has changed a lot since then (*understatement*).
Growing an audience on Instagram, and trying to hit that magic 10,000 followers mark so you can add those handy links.
Sponsored posts have become a main source of income for most blogs now, but that’s something I’ve just never gotten into. They tell me I’m crazy not to do them, but I really just want to talk about the things I want to talk about. Maybe someday I’ll have a change of heart, but not yet. 😉
It’s expensive to run a site like this, though. It has to bring in about a thousand dollars a month just to pay for the basics that keep the lights on. When I get complaints about the ads on my blog, I realize that not everyone understands the reality, which is that without the ads, it goes dark tomorrow. If you’re reading this on my site without blocking the ads, thank you. You’re helping it stay “on” for another day! 😀
I’ve been overwhelmed by sweet notes from those of you concerned that something happened to me, but let me reassure you that all is well. I’ve just been focusing on other things in my life.
Last year, as I’ve mentioned before, I was dealing with some health issues that wiped me out. So I gave myself permission to only blog when I really felt like it and had something I really wanted to share. It’s been such a relief not to have the stress of having to post every M-W-F that I’m going to continue this new policy in 2018. When you see me here, then you’ll know I had something I really wanted to talk about!
Finally, I just want to say a BIG thanks for reading Hooked on Houses over the past decade and being a part of this community. It wouldn’t still be here without you! xo