Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Me

Wrife: (Noun) A combination of writing and life. Usually chaotic or insane. Can cause major meltdowns, chocolate-eating frenzies, and bad backs. Dangers include rejection, hearing voices in your head, and writing whilst sitting on the toilet. Best managed under supportive conditions, i.e., blogging.

Two years of blogging. I cannot believe it. Me, the chick who couldn’t call herself a writer, has been publicly talking about being a writer. Whoa.

I’ve had some highs and lows this year in my wrife. Highs include my new freelance business, Musefly, reading some great books by bloggers, and enjoying a family-oriented summer. For the lows: my son’s tonsillectomy and major angst over writer’s block.

My attitude toward blogging has changed. For a long time, I considered it simply an outlet, a place to share my writing spirit. However, I realize that blogging offers more than that. It has helped me grow more confident with my writing (and myself), to realize that I can take risks and still remain intact. It has shown me that if I’m serious about my writing quest, I need to think outside the box (which isn’t easy for this self-conscious introvert).

The drawback to blogging is that it can consume too much time. Even though blogging is a huge part of my platform, I have to be careful how I use it. Too little, and I make no forward progress. Too much, and quality drags.

Blogging is marketing. Even if we’re not hawking a book when we post, we are selling a product—ourselves. In fact, I was surprised to realize I have been marketing myself for two years via my blog. There is no reason in the world I should worry about marketing myself once my books are published. The posts I write, while generally geared to inspire other writers, are often composed with my platform in mind. I do most of my work behind the scenes, and my blog is how I reach and build my audience.

As I kick off my third year of blogging, I am upping the ante with my writing quest. I think I have played it safe for too long. It’s time to move ‘em and shake ‘em. Actually, my first risky move for this blog year is that I am not participating in NaNoWriMo. I will continue to blog, but with a new edge, where I take things to a new level. I will be spending more time with Musefly, helping other writers strengthen and develop their craft. In fact, I have a special offer going on right now with free first-page critiques. Stop on by if you’re interested. Lastly, I will be making a serious decision about the book I am currently querying.

I want to thank everyone who has followed my blog, commented on my posts, emailed me kind thoughts and warm wishes, shouted my name out on Facebook and Twitter and the other social media monsters. I truly appreciate the love. You all reassure me that blogging was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my wrife.

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81 thoughts on “Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Me

  1. Happy 2nd Blogiversary! It sounds like you’re really honing in on what where you want to go and how you want to get there as a writer. I don’t know any blogger who hasn’t been surprised by what blogging turned out to be about, both personally for themselves, and in terms of the interactions with others. Evolving our expectations of it, and learning to situate ourselves within that is an interesting process which hopefully reaps rewards. Good luck as you move forward with your blog and your writing endeavours!

    • Hi Vanessa,

      I think blogging would be rather boring if it only amounted to talking about ourselves and reading about what someone else does. I have been impacted by every single person I blog with, and I never expected that. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that I have learned just as much about the craft of writing through blogging as I have in a conference or a workshop.

  2. So we share both birthdays and blogiversaries. :) I love your attitude for the forthcoming year, and I’ll bet you see some great results because of it. I’d like to shake things up on the blog, too, but I still haven’t figured out how—maybe for 2014!

    I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us. Happy blogiversary and seize Year 3!

    • Ahem, well, I haven’t exactly figured out how I am going to shake things up either. I just know that I will end up in a bad rut if I don’t take a couple risks here. After a while, blogging about the same thing week after week gets tiresome and predictable.

      I remembered that your blogiversary is around this time of year – the 31st, right? In a lot of ways it feels like I should be making resolutions now instead of in January to make the most of starting a new year of blogging!

  3. Happy happy day and here’s to two more, and two more after that and two more after that and two more after that and two more after that and two (hey I can go all day with this :D ………)

  4. Happy Blogiversary! I wanted to say wrife for life (guess I just did), but that’s redundant. Anyway, love the new word and definition. Being able to follow along with you on your journey enriches and inspires me so here’s to your next year!

    • Hi Kim,

      Glad you like the new word. I love making up new words that suit the moment. It is always a joy to hear that I am inspiring other people, whether they be writers or on a different journey. I don’t think I’d be satisfied with my writing (whatever form it may be) if someone didn’t find it meaningful.

      Thanks for the good wishes!

  5. Congratulations! Blogging is certainly marketing. I was putting a lot of effort into youtube, when I realised the best was to position yourself as a writer, and build a fanbase, is (funnily enough) by actually writing. For me, as a filmmaker, rather than a novelist, blogging is a great way to maintain interest between work (my last big one was a year ago). I imagine that is true for novelists as well.

    • Hi Hamish,

      Blogging is a great time-filler to be sure. It is also a great outlet for all the emotions we feel whilst in the middle of a project or between projects. I have never tried YouTube to market myself, although I have heard of writers doing something like that. I agree that the written word can be more effective than a video, when done well. Good luck with your journey too.

      • Thank you. It makes a certain amount of sense for me to be on youtube, as I’m a filmmaker. But I tend to do my best work for other people, so my channel is basically a glorified playlist – not really something many people want to subscribe to.

  6. I love your wrife word and definition! Like usual, I can relate. I agree blogging has turned out to be much more than I thought it would be. I’m really glad we’ve gotten to know each other through our struggles with wrife. Happy anniversary and all the best of luck with those novels!

    • Thanks, Sheila,

      I think that blogging can offer us so many avenues, and it is a matter of tapping into them. Easier said than done when you’re introverted like I am. But if we don’t take advantage of the opportunities blogging gives us, then we might as well just be the wallflower at the cocktail party. ;)

      Thanks for your good wishes!

  7. Yea! I’m riding your heels I guess–my 2nd year is up in December. I will give you a digital pat on the back and cheer you on into Year 3. You can do it! Good luck with your new Musefly and critiquing. It sounds fun!

    • Thanks, Char. Hard to believe it has been 2 years. I have met so many wonderful people in that time. I know I wouldn’t have lasted this long blogging if the community wasn’t this cool. :) congrats on your upcoming blogiversary.

  8. Wow. Two years is a big achievement! It’s amazing, looking back, how blogging influences and changes you, isn’t it? ‘Wrife’! I love that. Wish you a blast for the next two years of your wrife :)

    • Hi Alarna,

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you like the word ‘wrife’. I have a feeling it’ll pop up a lot from here on out. I really do love to survey the time I have spent blogging, because I notice the changes. It’s reassuring to realize they are positive changes, which is part of what keeps me blogging even when I don’t have the time.

  9. This was one of your cutest posts…EVER! Wrife…I love it.

    Happy two year anniversary, doll. Blogging, though a job in itself, has given me so much more than I could have ever imagined. Not only have I grown as a writer, I have also found a beautiful community to share creativity and support.

    I can’t wait for the edgy year you have planned. Get ‘em, Kate!

    • Haha, thanks Britt. I had fun with that word. Perhaps the definition will change over time, who knows?!

      I had no idea how much of an influence blogging would be, and even though it’s been difficult at times to fit into my crazy schedule I love doing it. My edgy year will be a surprise to me, too, seeing as how I don’t exactly know what I’m going to pull off. Should be an interesting experiment!

  10. One of the fun parts of being a writer is making it all up, including words. I love the word “wrife” because it also contains the notion that you’re married to your writing.

    Happy 2nd anniversary! Treat yourself to something a little more special than champagne-in-a-can, OK?

    No worries about not participating in NaNoWriMo. I don’t think it’s a risk. Only you know what motivates you right now, so you have certainly made the right decision. :o

    • Indeed I am married to my writing. My husband never fails to remind me of that! Thanks for your good wishes. NaNo was good for me for a while, but as I mentioned before, it’s easy to use as a crutch. I am looking forward to writing the third draft — it’s been a long time since I have gotten that far with a project. It’ll be very healthy for me. ;)

  11. Congratulations on a successful two years of blogging, Kate! You’ve grown up so fast…! *sniff* ;)

    This is one of my favorite blogs to visit because you allow us so much insight into your own vision: learning, writing, editing, publishing – balancing everything involved in being a full-time Writer and Real Person. You’ve created a challenging place for other writers (or aspiring writers) to be, because you push yourself. That helps us push ourselves, too. But, 4amwriter.com is also a safe place. When we’re feeling overwhelmed by stories, goals, options, life, we can come here, to feel part of something bigger. Though, it’s not a place to commiserate. It’s a place to feel strengthened and emboldened. Empowered. Even when difficulties are weighing you down, it’s never a rant or a cry for sympathy. It’s always about learning and picking ourselves up and doing better for that. I genuinely love seeing that in other people, especially online, where it’s all too easy to become absorbed in and overwhelmed by our own muck.

    I’m excited to see what newness comes for your third year!

    • Wow, Mayumi, can I use your comment as a marketing blurb?!! Thank you so much–I love knowing that this is a safe, inspirational blog because that is exactly what I envisioned when I started this blog. It’s too easy to get stuck in the mire of our self-doubt and quit. I don’t want that for myself anymore. And I don’t want that for other writers. I think we all write and feel better when we know we aren’t alone and that we have a community to turn to for support.

      I really do want to turn things up a notch here, but not too much because I’m not wild and crazy like that. As I mentioned above, not too sure exactly what I’m going to do differently, but the wheels are turning!

    • Hey Danika!

      Yes, the world is still moving right along! Good to see you. I took the summer off from blogging, and it’s been a challenge to get back to the swing of things. But I’m trying.

      Hope things are going well for you and your writing. :)

    • Thanks, Kourtney. This platform business is still making my head swim, but I’m getting there. Thank you for your good wishes. Musefly is still in its newborn stage, but I’m having fun getting it off the ground. :)

      • It’s amazing how much time it takes to promote and market. I’m still trying to figure out where the past 6 months went. ;) It’s so exciting to have your own business and be the captain of the ship. Even when you’re navigating new waters. Hugs!

    • Hey, Bob! Great to see you here. I almost forgot about this date, actually. Then I saw a fellow blogger celebrating her blogiversary, which is what reminded me. I had another post planned and had to change it at the eleventh hour. So, I only half-remembered. ;)

      Congrats on your blogiversary, too!

  12. Congratulations Kate! You’ve done such a great job with this blog and expanding out to Musefly! Would love to take you up on that offer of a first page critique, but it’s just not ready yet. I love to see you challenging yourself and to putting it out there that you plan to be more risky. Look forward to seeing what you have planned. Good luck with Year #3 and with all of your projects!!

    • Hi Arlene,

      It helps to publicly announce that I am going to do something new and different, because now I am accountable. It is much easier to stick to my comfort zone when I don’t make promises like that. Of course, now the pressure is on. I better think of something brilliant, and quick!

      Musefly is still in its infancy stage, and I am easing it into the public slowly. I prefer it that way, because my vision for Musefly is still evolving. I want to be ready when it is ready to take off. :)

      Thanks for your good wishes!

  13. How about joining Friday Fictioneers or Five Sentence Fiction? Those two have really helped me grow. And, just recently, Flash Friday has been added. Doing those three each week has taught me a lot about writing and my own style and myself in general.

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  15. I’m a bit late to the party – but congratulations! It’s strange how time flies. I’m glad you’re still here every now and again. I’m confident your third year will be even better!
    I need to think about the whole “blogging is marketing” aspect more. I really should give myself more time to update my site every now and again. It’s just really difficult to do at the moment. Oh well

    • Glad you stopped by, Fredrik — better late than never! For a long time I didn’t realize how much blogging can really help in terms of getting comfortable in the “public eye.” Of course, it’s a far cry from putting your book out there on the shelf. But, for introverts like me, talking publicly about my writing is a big first step.

  16. I’m late too, but happy anniversary! I hit my third year this fall and have definitely slowed down on the posting schedule and going out and meeting new bloggers because I feel a responsibility to the authors I’m publishing, and have to run a press website now, but I wouldn’t have found the courage to start a publishing business if I hadn’t been blogging about writing. It’s a wonderful thing, blogging, and I’m so glad you’ve found strength and joy from it and that it ties so perfectly into Musefly.

    • Hi Laura,
      I think your reason for slowing down on the blogging front is a good one! And I am sure you’re right about how blogging probably helped you get to the publishing front. An unexpected link in your writing/publishing journey!

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