“I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” – Michael Arrington
It is hard to believe, but I am celebrating my third year of blogging. On April 22, 2011, I hit “publish” for the first time, not knowing where on earth this blog would go.
My initial thoughts in creating a blog were to chronicle my dad’s Alzheimer’s disease, and seek as well as offer support to others dealing with this dreadful disease. But his illness progressed much too quickly, and I shelved the blog for a while, as we dealt with doctor appointments, emergency room trips, hospitalizations, nursing home care, ICU, hospice, arranging a funeral and ultimately saying our farewells in July of 2011.
I was so busy and stunned from my dad’s death that when I did return to the blogging world, I used my blog primarily as therapy to deal with my profound loss.
In three short years, we have learned to move forward without Dad, which hasn’t been too easy. Every holiday and family event still feels empty to me. But we always toast Dad and know that he is in attendance, just in a different form. I still see him in dreams, and he has a way to send me a message from heaven every now and then.
Once I returned to writing on a more regular basis, I developed a blog following, which is very humbling to me. I truly appreciate all those who read my essays and posts, and I have been able to branch out and get a few sponsored posts and product reviews. It is always fun to test things out and share my findings with my audience. Some of my product review highlights include my time spent as a Verizon Brand Ambassador, and also tasting foods and addressing issues in order to help others along.
I have had the opportunity to share my faith and opinions, lots of opinions, and even share some of my crazy science experiments.
I also dabbled in a little travel, and would love to dabble a bit more! Part of my blogging life has included my military spouse trials. During part of this three-year blog journey, my Army reservist husband was stationed overseas on an unaccompanied tour, and I had the opportunity to travel to London to see him. Then he, along with our oldest son, deployed at the same time. I thought I would lose my mind, but I was able to write and had a good core of family and friends who kept me going strong until they both returned home, safe and sound.
Some days it just doesn’t seem possible that time could fly by so quickly. Since I started my blog, our youngest son has graduated, and our youngest daughter is finishing her junior year of high school. Our oldest daughter is now in our shoes, seeing how quickly time flies as her little ones grow by the minute. We survived severe summer storms and winter’s Polar Vortex – among other things.
Reflecting over the past three years I realize how immensely blessed I am. In addition to a wonderful family and great friends, I have a great support in the writing and blogging communities. I have taken a few refresher courses in writing and blogging; had blog posts featured on Midlife Boulevard, BlogHer and Vibrant Nation; I picked up part-time writing jobs and found friendships with fellow bloggers and local writers. So many positive things have happened just because I have put myself out in the blogging world.
I have read, and been advised by blogging experts that I should focus my blog and position myself as an “expert in the field,” which is kind of difficult as a “Random Rambler.” My interests are all over the map. I like the freedom that rambling gives me – to choose any topic and go with it! But as I contemplate their sound advice, I think I will eventually have to settle with a theme; maybe “Wise Random Ramblings,” incorporating all my sound advice from a half-a-century of life? 🙂
And, from the bottom of my heart – thank you so much for reading and following my blog. When you read, comment and share my post with your friends and family, it means the world to me, and motivates me to keep on writing. It feels more like conversing with friends, and I just love that.
© Lynne Cobb – 2014
8 Replies to “Reflections from three years of blogging”
Happy blogoversay, Lynne! What a lot you’ve had going on over the last 3 years. Here’s to many more years of your wise random ramblings.
Thanks, Lori!! 🙂
Lynn, I find this an enjoyable, reflective piece. With blogging, I, too, have been daunted at times by that common advice of “have a theme” or–more intimidating to me yet–“position yourself as an authority.” But I’ve also read bloggers who admit that it takes a while to “hit your stride” with blogging, something that I think has more to do with things like voice and honesty/authenticity and developing some sort of following. Then there’s also this: life changes, often throwing us surprises. I think your overall attitude and faith anchors your blog, regardless of what is happening.
Wow – thanks, Debbie! I truly appreciate your comments. 🙂
You’ve had an action packed three years. Blogging is lots of fun isn’t it and it looks like you’ve made some great friends and found some wonderful sites to write and blog for. Here’s to many more, whether you define a niche or not!
Lynne – It is always a joy when I see one of your blogs arrive in my “In-Box”. I really appreciate what you have to say and you say it so well. You may be “rambling”, but I can identify with almost all of the topics you cover. I think the VZW Brand Ambassador was great. I don’t think I would have been able to pull off something like that and do it so well. Your reflection of the last 3 years was very enjoyable and informative. It’s hard to believe that you covered so many topics in 3 short years.
Happy 3rd Anniversary and many more!! Keep up the great work! We are looking forward to your next “ramble”.
Awww, thanks Bob!! I am so glad you and Darlinda enjoy my ramblings! Here’s to more!!! 🙂