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*).
I used to post a few small photos, ramble a bit about them and what was going on in my life, and call it a day. It strikes me as being closer to what Instagram is now, which is just light and fun.
Growing an audience on Instagram, and trying to hit that magic 10,000 followers mark so you can add those handy “swipe-up” links.
But really, I just want to focus on writing about the things I love and not worry too much about the other stuff.
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