Happy Third Blogoversary!

Do you remember this picture? I sure do. It was used on my very first post, “Hanging On For Dear Life”, three years ago.

Three years ago? Can you believe it’s been three years already? Where does the time go?

Lots of things have happened in our lives since then. For most of us, they’ve been too numerous to count. I mean, some of us have been thrown a curve ball or two in the midst of trying to eek out a living and at the same time, follow our passion. And for those of you who are fortunate to make a living off of your passion? Congratulations to you!

As you may have noticed, my blog has grown silent over the past couple of months.

Why, you may ask?

Well, because of life actually. I had too many things that demanded my attention. And the blog, for one, was not a priority. So I let it go. But then, as weeks went by, it became easier not to blog. I mean, who cares if I blog or not? Does it really matter?

It’s not like I’m saving lives or changing the world. It’s just little ‘ol me writing a little ditty about nothing very earthshattering. Nothing that could put an actual dent in someone’s existence.

So I thought, why not take a look back at my first post and see what my purpose was for starting this venture. What was my core motivation for blogging? After all, there had to be some reason why I had decided to jump into this crazy endeavor.

Here’s what I said:

“Since this is my first blog, that picture got me thinking. What is my purpose for writing a blog? Yes I’m petrified, but I’m certainly not dangling on a rope suspended from the rooftop of a high-rise hotel.

“My hope is that through my writing I will be able to touch people’s lives and connect with others that will in someway benefit them and not just myself. Just know that as I embark on this new venture, I will be hanging on for dear life while I look out from on top, ready to descend that steep and slippery slope, putting myself out there amongst the unknown galaxy of the universe, otherwise known as the internet, sharing a little splice of our lives.”

Ah, interesting. That picture says more than a thousand words. It’s a great motivator, is it not? But notice something else. The purpose of this blog was not to write strictly about myself. And I think that still rings true. I get great satisfaction writing about life and other people. I find it stimulating to share things with you that stem from a variety of topics.

No, it’s not all about me. Although some day it may be when I get ready to release my new little baby out into the world. Yes, I’m still working on that one. But believe me, when it’s finished, you’ll be the first to know!

Meanwhile, it’s Happy Third Blogoversary!

It’s good to be back!
 

So what do you think? How has life been treating you? Do you find it easy or difficult to blog? Does life get in your way, or are you able to navigate through the muddy waters? What helps to keep you motivated? What topics have you found interesting lately?
 
 
Cheers everyone! And as always, thank you so much for all your support and wonderful comments!
Karen

32 thoughts on “Happy Third Blogoversary!

  1. Craig Cory

    Fear as a motivator? Why not? Sometimes chasing and best of all, overcoming those things that we fear most is exhilarating to say the least. Jumping off tall buildings (albeit tied to ropes) for which someone else has little control over your actions allows for an exciting opportunity to simply “be you”. When you place everything in context, isn’t it simply just great to be alive!

    Interesting note from a friend of mine (Peter Mayer) who sings and plays guitar with the Jimmy Buffett group…”…Sailor man comes to the islands, island man goes to the sea” Isn’t it true how we all see things so differently based on where we are at the moment. No need to apologize for not writing – it’s defined as time to simply “be”.

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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Craig! So nice to have you visit my humble abode! I agree. Fear is a great motivator. Thus the picture. But I don’t know if I would call it exhilarating. I guess it would depend on the motivator behind the fear. You would not catch me jumping off of tall buildings, rope or not! And that would simply be me being me. And that is how you and I would differ my cousin. Nice quote by the way. Nicely said. 🙂

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  2. Julia

    Hi Karen. Welcome back and congratulations on year three. It has indeed flown. Blogging is really, really hard. Your rappelling photo says it well. Nothing like hanging out over open space. It’s good though. It makes me research, think through and question things I think I believe, makes me look at what other writers are writing, at what sells, what doesn’t and why.

    Glad that life has let go of you enough for you to get back to what you love. Looking forward to your posts.
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    1. Karen Post author

      Hey Julia! And I think congratulations are in order for the both of us! Yes, hanging out there is right my friend. You do an amazing job with research for your posts. I always look forward to them. Glad to be back amongst the blogging! Thank you so much! 🙂

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  3. Coleen Patrick

    Happy blogiversary, Karen!
    I like blogging, but I find i have less time to do it. And I feel the same way you do the longer I go in between posts. I begin to consider not blogging, but then I write a post and start connecting and I’m glad I did. 🙂 I’m definitely grateful to be in this blogging world with you, Karen!
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    1. Karen Post author

      Awe, Thanks Coleen! Isn’t that true? What happens to the time? And it’s always a great feeling to re-connect with everyone. Love sharing the blogosphere with you! 🙂

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  4. Patricia

    Welcome back Karen. I’ve missed you.

    And I do remember that picture. Happy 3rd blogoversary!! I started blogging around the same time as you, same class with Kristin Lamb I believe, so I guess it’s my 3rd blogoversary as well.

    Let’s get re-energized together shall we?

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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    1. Karen Post author

      Good to be back. And it’s nice to be missed as you well know. And yes, you would be right. We were in the same class, Wana1011. Ah, good times, good times. So Happy Blogoversary to you girl! Let’s keep each other going! Thank you Patricia so much for all your support my friend! 🙂

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  5. Ginger Calem

    Hi Karen, my friend! It’s always a complete pleasure to visit your blog. Never fails to be a feel-good read. But that’s because of YOU!

    Like your blog, my little blog has been woefully neglected. I shifted my focus quite a bit this past year and took much of my ‘conversation’ internal, if that makes sense. Then, as you said, the longer I didn’t blog, the easier it was to avoid. *sigh*

    But, I’m ready to get back to it and share some things. 🙂

    Hugs!!

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    1. Karen Post author

      Oh Ginger, that is really nice of you to say. But I think the feeling is mutual my friend. Love you posts and you are sorely missed in the Blogosphere! And yes, I understand the language of your people. Internal conversation makes perfect sense to me. So glad to hear that you’ll be back with us. I look forward to your next post. I know it will be inspiring! Hugs back atacha girl! And thanks for all your support! 🙂

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  6. Marcy Kennedy

    Where has the time gone?! I was blogging for a bit before our WANA group on a joint blog with Lisa Hall-Wilson, so I think I’ve been at it about 4.5 years now. It hasn’t seemed like it’s been that long. Wow.

    I’m very proud of how you’ve continued to move forward toward your goals even when life has tried to knock the stuffing out of you. You’re an inspiration to a lot of us, even if you don’t realize it.
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    1. Karen Post author

      I know! That’s what I thought. And you’ve been blogging longer. Oh Marcy, now you’ve made me cry girl. Thank you. You’re a sweetheart and you’re dealing with your own stuff right now. Life is like that sometimes. And I hope that you are feeling better soon. ((Hugs)) 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Aw Pat, thank you! It’s been nice to have you as a friend for these past few years! Say what? Really? Did you just post this because it hasn’t come in my email yet and I thought the link was fixed girlfriend. I’m hopping over there now! Especially since Murphy’s involved. No telling what’s happened. And somebody had to put a dent in it Pat. Might as well have been me. Just try to get rid of me now! ((Hugs!)) 🙂

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  7. Jennette Marie Powell

    Happy blogaversary, Karen! Life definitely does get in the way, but I always enjoy reading your witty little observations of life. Keep up the good work when you can! And thanks for your friendship and support – making friends like you are what makes it all worthwhile. 🙂
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    1. Karen Post author

      Thanks Jennette! Right back atcha girl! Now, don’t make me cry. How kind of you to say that. Yes, I value your support and friendship too. It’s nice to know that someone cares. Thanks for the encouragement my dear friend! Take care! 🙂

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  8. Emma Burcart

    Happy Blogaversary! That means we’ve been friends for three years, too! Funny it seems like much longer than that. I totally understand what you mean about wonder what the purpose it. Lately, I have been feeling like that every time I write a blog. Like, does anybody care? Would anybody notice if I just stopped? But I have a friend who texts me if I don’t post a blog. She doesn’t comment, so sometimes I forget she’s there, but she says it is a part of her Thursday and she doesn’t feel right without it. That is something we forget about- there are people reading who don’t comment. And we never know how much we could be impacting them. I am so glad you are back! I look forward to many more posts from you. 🙂
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    1. Karen Post author

      How cool is that Emma? It does seem longer, doesn’t it? Wow, how the time has flown by. Thank you for your support and for sharing your thoughts. You’re not alone. I think many of us struggle with blogging. But don’t think we don’t care. I love your posts. They’re always insightful and encouraging. So don’t stop. And what a great point you make. We forget about others that read our posts but either are shy or they don’t have the time to leave a comment. Thanks for bring that out girl. See, that’s what we love about you! 🙂

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  9. Alarna Rose Gray

    Hi Karen! This is lovely – and a Happy 3 years to you! I so relate to the part about life taking over, and how easy it is not to bother with the blog. I’ve really been struggling with that lately. Life has certainly taken over, and while that’s not a bad thing, I do miss the blogging community. It’s had such a positive impact in my life. If you ever find the happy balance, please tell us what it is! 🙂
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    1. Karen Post author

      Hi Alarna! Yes, I saw from your last post that you’ve had plenty of things going on too. It is a struggle and life has a habit of doing that. Just know that we’ve missed you. And if I find the secret to a happy balance, I’ll certainly let you in on it! Hang in there and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  10. Lynn Kelley

    Congratulations on three years of blogging, Karen! Yes, life gets in the way and my blog has taken a back seat, but time is passing so fast and soon the grandkids won’t need me as often, and I’ll be more knowledgeable and experienced at my new job, will know so much more about clean eating and detoxing, and all the other things I’m learning and loving, so blogging will play a bigger role in my life soon enough. I’m looking forward to having time to write all the posts that keep nagging me for attention. Patience, little blog posts, have patience!

    Lots of wonderful things coming your way, Karen! I hope you get a chance to blog about them when the time is right! Looking forward to celebrating your debut novel shining all over this blog one day!
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    1. Karen Post author

      You are so sweet Lynn! Thank you for your well wishes and support. You’re doing great with your new business. And you can’t replace those special moments with your grandkids. You’re a special person and I am so happy for you! You made me cry girl. ((Hugs)) 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Pru! Murphy. He’s been awfully quiet lately. You know that’s not a good sign. He’s not to be trusted, that one. Glad to be back. Always appreciate your support. See ya soon! 🙂

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thanks Kassandra! Don’t even get me started about life. lol. Still working on the dream. I appreciate your encouragement. ((hugs))

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    1. Karen Post author

      Thank you Dale! Lol, I had to go look up Langoliers man. You had me on that one. I don’t get out much. But yes, trying to stay ahead. Not easy. 🙂

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