Today’s a big day for me. You see, today Waxing UnLyrical turns two.
The terrible twos! Bring on the teething, the tantrums, the tiaras!
There’s been quite a bit of teething over the last two years, and I have no doubt that there will be more to come. But it still makes me feel good that two years down the road, I’m still here.
One usually thinks of milestones as markers of extraordinary events; the moments that made such an impact on one’s life, one will never, ever forget them.
But for me, WUL’s milestones have been the many baby steps it has taken over the last 24 months.
My first post, for example. Even though I’d secured the URL, etc., I still hesitated over what, exactly, the first post should be.
That day, Joe Perez was helping me set things up – thank you Joe, for all the help you have so generously given me – and, before I knew it, that led to the post. Even though I didn’t think I was ready to start writing, somehow I did.
Taking that first step was a milestone. Because it meant I’d started, which meant I could keep going.
The first time a post was listed. I was stunned. And elated that I could write something someone else considered “bizarre yet strangely accurate.” Thank you, Rax Lakhani.
The first time I felt I’d actually helped someone by blogging, when I wrote a post on accreditation, because of the conversation that ensued and comments and notes I received long after the post was published.
The first time I got a dog adopted through social media, of which WUL was a large part.
The first time I posted a video that I had taken, shaky and all. Yes, I’m what you could call video-happy.
The first time I wrote a post while flying high, high, like a bird in the sky…
The first time I had a guest blogger!
The first time I created a Twitter chat… and a place to house it.
The first time I had a regular guest blogger!
The first time one of my posts (on mobile marketing) was picked up for Ragan’s PR Daily. Thank you, Jackson Wightman.
The first time I had more than one regular blogger… and realized I was growing a blogging team. Which is now up to 10. Ten!
The first time I fixed something pretty major – my 404 page – on WUL on my own. Only non-geeks will understand that.
Like anything else, WUL’s been up and down. Some posts have been better than others (IMHO, and I’m speaking about my posts, my guest bloggers are all brilliant), some have been easier than others, some got a lot of attention (relatively speaking) and others were ignored.
They’re all special to me – because they’re here and you took the time to read them – but those I’ve mentioned bring back particularly fond memories for me.
Three more things.
First, today’s post is not just the second “anniversary” post, it’s also the 118th consecutive post. Which means that, since September 13, 2010, I (or a guest blogger) have published a post every single day.
That’s a huge deal for me.
Second, I have learned that spammers can be quite inventive. They also make me feel like I accomplish something almost every waking hour of my day, when I can give WordPress a resounding “Yes!” when it asks me if I want to delete the little buggers permanently.
Third – and most importantly – I am really grateful to each and every person who has ever visited, read, commented on, listed, blogrolled or shared this blog (barring you spammers, I was kidding up there). I still feel very much like a newbie blogger, but you make it feel easier every day. I could never start to name all of you – I just know I’d leave someone out and feel terrible when I remembered – so thank you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Image: Matthew Petty via Flickr, CC 2.0
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Happy birthday, Shonali! Life is all about learning, and whenever I go looking for a Website to inspire me, yours comes to mind as one of the very first. You have a great mix of being personal and truly your own while being successful and established with a community of followers. Keep on doing great things, and I look forward to celebrating your third and many more!
@LornePike That is one of the nicest things anyone could have said to me, Lorne – thank you! I really appreciate it.
Outstanding! Thx for giving us a chance to celebrate two years of great resources, personality, and commitment. Congrats Shonali.
@Jillfoster Aw, thanks, Jillie.
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A huge congrats to you, @Shonali . 2 years is a HUGE accomplishment that many wish they could claim! Keep up the good work!
@JMattHicks That’s very kind of you. Everyone’s making me feel like not such a newbie. :) Thanks!
Congratulations! Love the list of firsts! Amazing that you blog every single day. If I manage to blog every week, I consider it a good week! Nice job!
@jmpineda Thanks, Joanna! Bringing on the guest bloggers has helped immensely with content, as has the editorial calendar plugin I installed a couple of months ago… and no, they’re not a client, I just love it so much I guess I’m an “evangelizer,” LOL.
I’ve noticed that I start feeling very stressed if I don’t have a post ready for at least the next day (there have been times when I’ve had 10-12 posts edited and scheduled, but right now I’m going day by day). So making sure something goes up is a huge stress reliever. Guess it shows how much I’m digging this blogging thang. ;)
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Blogging almost every single day?! That is quite the accomplishment! Big congratulations, Shonali.
What are a few tips you would offer to other bloggers who want to increase traffic and engagement on their blogs?
– Courtney Parham
@CourtneyParham Thanks, Courtney! The single-biggest thing that helped with the daily posts, I believe, other than committing to myself to do it, was using the WP Editorial Calendar plugin. It really helps when you can see your blog calendar style. I wrote a post about it a while back, if that helps any.
As far as other tips go… I guess I’d say writing regularly (LOL), promoting, etc. – hmm, maybe I should write a post about this? What have you found helpful?
@Shonali Hey Shonali! Thanks for your response. Yes, please do write a post about your top blogging tips. I would read it!
As far as what I’ve found helpful, posting useful and entertaining content on my blog has driven more traffic. Though thus far I’ve been very casual with my blogging, and I haven’t focused on traffic. Only recently have I wanted more people reading what spend hours writing/sharing :).
@CourtneyParham CourtneyParham. I can’t blame you at all for wanting people to read what you write. Heaven knows I do, LOL. I mean – that’s part of why we do it, right? I don’t know if I have top blogging tips that could beat anything gini dietrich or dannybrown could offer, for instance, but I will try. :)
I’m with Courtney…blogging every day is a HUGE deal! But I’m pretty sure dannybrown and blogtipsonline is where you should be getting your blogging tips. I’m only blogging to get people’s blood boiling, but I love you just the same.
Congrats on the anniversary…I LOVE the firsts you’ve done. That couldn’t have been an easy undertaking.
@ginidietrich Methinks the lady doth protest too much. :) You have done an amazing job with Spin Sucks, Gini, and I am planning, in my secret lab, to concoct the potion that will let me be a fly on your wall. And thank you very much for stopping by!
@Shonali OK. You’re right. My friend jeanniecw says I need to learn how to say thank you. So…thank you!
@ginidietrich @Shonali jeanniecw I’m pretty sure some birds just dropped out of the sky again! First, congratulations, Shonali. You’re really an inspiration! And Gini – good job!!
@jeanniecw @ginidietrich You are both very cool to stop by and say so many nice things … thank you! OMG, one of those birds just dropped into MY YARD!!! :p
@Shonali @jeanniecw Oh the two of you are terrible! Just for that, Jeannie, I am picking up jwillie and we’re coming to your DePaul guest lecture. And Shonali? I’m telling Lola to eat more of your make-up!
@ginidietrich Lola has something she wants you to see, Gini: http://www.bassethoundtown.com/mainstreet/store1/items/view.php?item_id=64@jeanniecw jwillie Pretty good, eh? :p
@Shonali That is awesome! She’ll need it for her make-up!
Congrats! So glad we connected! Thanks for teaching me so much :) You’re a very talented writer, with a unique style. Here is to many more years!
@Jaxx09 I am too, Jackson. And thank you, that is a very gracious thing to say. I really enjoy your writing style as well. You’re smart, irreverent and to-the-point, which so many people are not. Here’s to many more years for both of us!
Congratulations on two successful years! I often tweet your blog posts because of your great point of view – and fabulous guest posts. I realate to what you said about taking the first step. I’ve been hesistant to do so myself. I wonder if I can really do it. I’m still building up the courage!
@TabithaEdwards Thank you, and what a kind thing to say. The thing about the first step is that it’s the toughest. OK, that’s not completely true; I have to admit that even now, when there is a “good” response to a post, I start wondering how on earth I’m going to top that. Of course you can do it, Tabitha. If I can do it, anyone can. I’m happy to push you a little if you need it, just let me know. :)
@Shonali Thanks! That’s an offer I’m sure I’ll take you up on!
Yay! Congrats on your blogging anny, Shonali! Here’s to many more years of awesomeness! :)
@HeatherWhaling @prtini You are SO cool to be the first “wisher,” Heather. Thank you!