It’s been 10 years since I started blogging
Thanks to WordPress for reminding me that I registered my blog 10 years ago – I didn’t know how long I’d be blogging for but I never anticipated that I’d still be here 10 years later.
In the beginning it was ‘The World According to Debbie’ but I changed that to Deb’s World a few years later – highlighting the fact that I wrote about Midlife, Adventures and Travel.
In those 10 years I’ve written 1659 posts. Most of those were in the earlier years which is weird as I was juggling work and blogging back then. I’ve slowed down in the last few years and try to keep it at 2-3 posts a week.
Back in 2012 I was still working full time and blogging in my spare time, mainly as a creative outlet. I wrote a lot more posts back in those early years believe it or not. It’s never been about having lots of followers for me but simply to have somewhere to be creative.
I have to say I’ve learnt a lot in those 10 years!
- I’ve changed my theme a few times – the format, colours, appearance, widgets
- I’ve been brave in adapting to changes in the WordPress platform
- I’ve asked for help from the Happiness Engineers
- I’ve cursed and spat the dummy a number of times when things just wouldn’t work
- My tech skills have certainly improved
- I’m not going to set the world on fire with my words!!
- I’ve adapted and changed as the years have rolled on, like when we could no longer travel due to Covid and my blog had a travel theme, I changed focus.
- Blogging is a gift that keeps on giving.
Along the way I’ve found a new group of friends around the world, some I’ve met in person but others will remain forever blogging friends inside our computers. I have been enriched by these friendships, encouraged, supported and uplifted. I have a wide range of friends in my every day life and blogging fills another need – and sometimes it can be hard for those who don’t blog to understand.
Hugh has written a great post Blogging is it all that you want it to be? as he recently celebrated 8 years of blogging. He makes some very valid points and much of it I can relate to. He also talks honestly about some aspects of blogging that others rarely mention.
Over the years I have written posts about my thoughts on blogging – here’s a selection you may not have seen.
Apparently I registered my Deb’s World blog 4 years ago – who would have thought I’d still be here?! I have no reason to doubt the scrupulous record keeping of WordPress but gee whiz that time has really flown by! I do remember writing some early posts and deleting them a short time later so…Keep reading
Another ordinary day or a bit special? Five thoughts: Receive notification from WordPress of 5 year anniversary of blogging! Not too keen on joining the Social Saturday bike ride group due to feeling tired and weather is a bit overcast, but go anyway. End up riding nearly 17kms, including hills, with the group, and feel much…Keep reading
A brand new Friday Feature on Deb’s World Winners and Losers of the week In case you missed the news, I’ve come up with the idea of a weekly roundup of ‘stuff’ I’ve taken note of during the week. I’m thinking articles, blogs, videos, memes, photos, podcasts, memories, news, funny, sad, weird…it could be anything!…Keep reading
If you were asked to give a talk about blogging, what would you say?Keep reading
Becoming a Blogger – some thoughts from 2016
Back in 2016 I wrote this list in a post celebrating my 4 years of blogging. Some things have changed but others are still the same. I like to think that I have evolved a little bit!
- I post with some regularity;
- I follow lots of other bloggers and love reading and commenting on their posts;
- I have dabbled in poetry;
- I discovered I like taking photos with my iPhone of everyday moments that I see along the way;
- I like to share my travel/adventures;
- I engage in photo challenges which challenge my creative side;
- I’ve taken some Blogging U courses to improve my knowledge and craftsmanship and I’ve enjoyed it all.
- I can do all sorts of things now that I couldn’t do in the early days like ping-backs, including links to other posts, customising my blog to the way I want it to look, setting up new pages and widgets…the list goes on.
Why do I do it?
That’s the question that I often get asked, as non-bloggers just don’t get it. I write for myself, to record events, thoughts, moments, stories and to express myself whether it be through photos or words. I enjoy thinking of things to share, responding to comments, engaging with others and it gives me a purpose.
These thoughts are from my post 10 thoughts I shared about blogging talk at the local library in 2021.
This is a big question and every blogger has a different answer. These are just a few of my thoughts!
- It’s fun and gives me joy, makes me feel alive and included.
- It has made me more observant.
- It allows me to leave a legacy behind – my grandchildren may learn more about me through my words in my blog in future years. One of my daughters loves reading my posts as she always learns something new about me.
- Gives me a sense of purpose.
- I feel relevant – being made redundant was an awful feeling after so long in a rewarding role.
- I don’t want to fade away and become invisible as can so often happen as women age.
- I enjoy finding and belonging to a community of like-minded people all over the world.
- I like to discuss important things with others.
- To challenge myself.
- I get to use the creative side of my brain.
- I get to escape into other people’s worlds.
- To experience life through the eyes of others and share my world at the same time.
- I like to think I can inspire others to do something that pushes them.
- I love to promote Tumbarumba whenever I can.
- It’s a form of therapy for me.
I appreciate all my followers and thank everyone who has ever left me a comment or liked a post. I am humbled at your support. You just never know what affect your words can have on others.
I know I’ve probably said all of this in previous posts over the past 10 years but I couldn’t let this special anniversary go without acknowledging it.
Cheers to many more years!
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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here
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