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What To Expect: Your First Blogiversary

Congratulations, Blogger! You’ve posted for one year (One Hundred Blog years). As you celebrate yourself yet again, take a few moments to pause for self-reflection and blog assessment.

What You May Be Doing:

By now you’ve probably trashed that Minima template in favor of some custom design. You may have hired a professional, or maybe your burgeoning self-confidence with html coding resulted in a painful extraction from your deskchair with the jaws of life after a 72 hour bender resulting in your return to your original Minima Template (but with three columns!)

More than likely, you’ve found a peergroup and developed some friendships you value as much as In Real Life. You might even take your blog relationship to the next level, engaging in phone conversations about blogging. In fact, the mere suggestion that these friends are “imaginary” may send you into a spiral requiring you to scribe an entire post devoted to validating the genuineness of your blog relationships.

Bloggy identity crisis are common at this juncture. For instance, you may feel that your dedication to iambic pentameter stifles your Sestina within. You may even experiment with multiple blogs. Rest assured, you need not conform to one bloggy identity, and may explore blogging along the continuum from humor, to soulfulness, and from parenting to product porn. Most people do–it’s a healthy part of blogging and nothing to feel ashamed of.

You may experience a decrease in blog appetite. Your once insatiable desire for Memes, may now be reduced to reading only the first three-quarters of a post from people who visit your blog. Eventually you may visit only blog posts linked on Twitter. In fact, you may read very few blogs of even your dearest blog friends, and feel a fair amount of guilt. This guilt is appropriate, as many people are probably seething at your poor bloggy reciprocity. Never fear, eventually you will find a methodical system to sort of satisfy no one.

You may begin viewing your blogging habit as part of your “career development” justifying large expenditures for equipment and travel to conferences. You may even begin referring to blogging as “working” and feel disdain toward the word “hobby” You may or may not wear your “Born To Blog” t=shirt in public, rather than just for night night. Don’t minimize these instincts–they comprise a healthy part of bloggy individuation and maturation.

By One year, you should be able to:
hyperlink with ease
upload audio and video
utilize basic statcounter or google analytics

…will probably be able to
identify complex bloggy acronyms
superstrike text
orchestrate a paypal transaction

…may even be able to
create your own button
hyperlink within a comment
understand the functionality of backlinks

What You May Be Wondering About

“My friend just had her first blogiversary and she did this huge giveaway and got dozens of new followers. Should I do a giveaway just to get followers? Why isn’t my blog more popular? What’s it all mean? Where’s Godot? Is he with Meme?”

After one year of blogging you might begin questioning yourself about the best use of your time. You might start obsessing over your audience, and how to increase your readership. . You may find yourself perseverating over who your friends “really are” and “what it all means, anyway.” Twelve month bloggers thrive when clear limits are provided, and this might be a good time to provide yourself some structure. Take comfort in the fact that you will never find satisfactory answers to these questions, so you might as well continue to show up and keep writing.

**I couldn’t resist this bloggy rendition of Sarah Schmelling’s What to Expect: The 39th Year. Do not miss it.

63 comments… add one

  • Kate Coveny Hood October 8, 2009, 9:37 pm

    Brilliant. You come up with some of the most creative post ideas.

  • The Mother October 8, 2009, 9:51 pm

    Sounds more like “What to Expect while You’re Expecting.”

    If I don’t make my bloggy milestones, do my parents call the psychologists???

  • Joanie M October 8, 2009, 11:10 pm

    You mean, in a short 23 days, I’ll be able to change my blog to a 3 column blog? Cool! I’ve been trying to do that for months! Good to know I can do it soon!

  • Julia@SometimesLucid October 9, 2009, 12:28 am

    I just had my one year blog-o-versary and found this to be SO right on!

  • LadyFi October 9, 2009, 12:33 am

    Congratulations!

    And by the way, Godot is still waiting for Meme…

  • Christine Gram October 9, 2009, 1:19 am

    I feel violated. How did you know all this stuff about me?

  • Jack October 9, 2009, 1:23 am

    At 5.5 years you wonder why you are still writing and cringe about how bad you’re writing used to be.

    And then you realize that your writing is still bad, but somehow you conned a group of people into hanging out at your place. That simple fact is enough for you to decide that maybe your blog is interesting to others and that you should double the rates for ads.

    Or so I have heard.

  • A Mom on Spin October 9, 2009, 6:07 am

    Still don’t know how to upload audio and video. . . and having great problems with the acronyms. . .
    but, apart from that, we’re all the same deep down. . .

    Congrats!

  • hokgardner October 9, 2009, 6:17 am

    I’m coming up on my third bloggversary, and I can’t do most of the things you list. Le sigh.

  • Keyona October 9, 2009, 6:20 am

    Good to know. Now I can stop asking myself those questions. LOL!

  • IB October 9, 2009, 6:26 am

    I too can relate. I had my first blogiversary a couple of weeks ago and have been going through just about everything you list. Which means I’m not as unique as I like to think I am (and that’s comforting and disappointing all at the same time).

    IB

  • Maureen@IslandRoar October 9, 2009, 6:38 am

    Oh this is so funny! I so look forward to your posts. I’m at the 6 month anniversary, so apparently I have a lot to look forward to…

  • Janna Bee October 9, 2009, 7:17 am

    This is hilariously true!

  • beansgood October 9, 2009, 7:45 am

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  • beansgood October 9, 2009, 7:48 am

    (I deleted my post for typo reasons… I’m bad for proofing after posting)

    I haven’t been blogging very long but I did think about blogging for about a year. Does that count?

    All I’ve managed is a custom background but I do have SEVEN followers, 3 of which comment from time to time. If that never changes, I don’t mind. If only a few others breeze through my blog, I don’t mind. It’s a “for me” blog – a good practice for my typing and grammar skills. But if NOBODY ever visited my blog, I’d mind a little bit, wondering if my life and blogging skills are that bad or boring. Then, I’d shake my head and get over it.

  • JD at I Do Things October 9, 2009, 8:26 am

    FUNNY!

    I’ve made it past my two-year mark with the same theme. Should I be worried?

    I would add that after one year not only should you be passing up memes but also not getting quite so excited over the blog awards. In year one, you stick every award in your sidebar, tag your fellow bloggers, and write a gushing “thank you” post. By year two, you’re doing well if you can bother yourself to visit the “I just gave you the Bloggiest Blogger award!” link.

  • Sprite's Keeper October 9, 2009, 8:43 am

    Awesome!
    Um, I’m coming up on my two year anniversary in January and I STILL don’t know how to upload video and sound. That’s bad, huh?

  • injaynesworld October 9, 2009, 9:11 am

    Will I finally be secure enough to remove my Craigslist ad that says: “Will perform unnatural acts for followers”?

  • Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub October 9, 2009, 10:01 am

    Oh, Ann! You’ve come so far….

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I am linking to it from my site and tweeting all the other jaded bloggers immediately!!

    I love you. Mwah mwah mwah!

    (My favorite line (among many) was: Never fear, eventually you will find a methodical system to sort of satisfy no one.) so true, so true…

  • OHmommy October 9, 2009, 10:06 am

    OMG Ann…. this IS awesome. And so true. BTW, I came here by the was of Amy’s tweet. Hahahaha. Which Is how I read blogs now. :)

  • Susan Berlien (warmchocmilk) October 9, 2009, 10:06 am

    I like this post. It’s a popular topic around the blogosphere these days. I talked a little about it all in my post today and linked to two others.
    I’ve been blogging for 2 months and am no where near competant on all the “by one year you should be able to” stuff…..I’ve got a ways to go. How do you learn this stuff??

  • maggie, dammit October 9, 2009, 10:08 am

    In fact, you may read very few blogs of even your dearest blog friends, and feel a fair amount of guilt.”

    No, my friend, see, this is why I never blog–I do it for you! I do it for the people! You can forget me for weeks and when you come to check in, I’m right where you left me off! I’m like Days of Our Lives, and it’s for YOU, Ann. It’s for you.

    No guilt.

    xo

  • Miss Grace October 9, 2009, 10:32 am

    Brilliant post.

  • 6p0120a4f10ec2970b October 9, 2009, 10:43 am

    found this through panic room’s tweet….didn’t understand half of it (meme?), still a newbie I guess..2 months into this madness but having a blast…thanks for the laugh!!!

  • 6p0120a4f10ec2970b October 9, 2009, 10:44 am

    I don’t even know how to make my name appear at the top of my comment…so I’ll have to say…
    xxxooo, Melina AKA ~honeybird

  • CatLadyLarew October 9, 2009, 11:07 am

    Happy Blogoversary! Maybe some day I’ll evolve enough to use a custom design, or learn how to superstrike, or one of those other fancy professional blogger tricks… I’m afraid it’s going to take a LOT longer than a year, though!
    Congratulations to you!

  • Jane Lively October 9, 2009, 11:11 am

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  • Jane Lively October 9, 2009, 11:12 am

    I read there are 94.1 million U.S. blog readers and 22.6 million U.S. bloggers. No wonder people may experience a decrease in blog reading appetite. It’s too damn overwhelming!
    Great post, btw.

  • Heather, Queen of Shake Shake October 9, 2009, 12:01 pm

    This is hilarious because it’s so true.

  • Suzy October 9, 2009, 12:22 pm

    The first year will be the only one you really like. After 3 years you feel like you’re addicted to heroin, and not the GOOD heroin.

    Then you’ll stop reading and post infrequently and the rest of us will sigh in relief that we don’t have so many blogs to read.

  • K October 9, 2009, 1:16 pm

    My blogversary is this month as well. You’re right on the money.

    Congrats on the big one year.

  • Roshni Mitra Chintalapati October 9, 2009, 2:36 pm

    such an excellent post! You described me to the hilt!!

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my Aayush post! I never did get back to you about thatt, did I?! *sigh*

  • Kasey October 9, 2009, 3:23 pm

    brilliant…
    loved this!!

  • Domestic Goddess (In Training) October 9, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Wow… I had my first bloggiversary this month and I can’t or don’t do any of that stuff. Thanks for reminding me that I am every bit as craptastic online as I am in real life.

  • Heather of the EO October 9, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Oh lady…

    HOW can I still know nothing about google analytics? It’s been two years, should I be fired from this “job” for not knowing anything about my google analytics????

    Yup, I’m totally fired.

  • Lee of MWOB October 9, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Oh Ann….I love this and other comments from some bloggy imaginary friends like Amy and Maggie and Heather sum it up
    perfectly for me. I love satisying no one especially myself. Next week is my one-year anniversary in this blogging fiasco and damn it does seem like 100 years. I think I’ll treat myself to a big blogging conference expenditure as a reward for my accomplishments. Wanna come??

    You are a rock star.

  • Kirsten October 9, 2009, 6:25 pm

    This is definitely one my favorites of yours!! So very true.

  • Joanna Jenkins October 9, 2009, 7:04 pm

    Yep, that about sums it all up :-)
    Great post Ann.
    xo

  • ReformingGeek October 9, 2009, 8:51 pm

    Yeah, what Joanna said. How did you know I was going thru all of this? When will I stop posting LOL cats?

    ;-)

  • Oh My Goddess October 9, 2009, 8:53 pm

    There really is only one of us here isn’t there.

    Happy one year!

  • Margo October 9, 2009, 9:03 pm

    perfect post because it’s dead on and funny!

  • ♥ Braja October 10, 2009, 2:23 am

    Came and went and I ignored it. Ha! You didn’t include THAT in your post didja? :)))
    55555!!! xando

  • ShallowGal October 10, 2009, 7:24 am

    I used to HATE that What to Expect chart, because my kids never did the “Your child Should be” but always did the “Your child May be doing” Also I could never follow the whole “in the eleventh month” crap ~ is that when your child turns 10 months old?

    xo, SG

  • Marinka October 10, 2009, 7:47 am

    I’m worried. Because although right before my one year blogaversary I showed interest in making buttons, I seem to have regressed.

  • Secretia October 10, 2009, 11:02 am

    Hi Ann, it’s Secretia, from Secret Story Time. I found you from Bitchin Wives Club. Congrats on your one-year of blogging. I’m only two months and it’s the most fun!

    I am going to follow your blog!

    Secretia

  • Vodka Mom October 10, 2009, 3:18 pm

    Happy blogiversary!!!

    Now, where’s the waitress? I could use a stiff one.

    a DRINK. Get your mind out of the gutter.

  • Bee October 10, 2009, 10:00 pm

    You hit it right on the head!

  • anymommy October 11, 2009, 9:53 am

    I knew it. I can’t superstrike. I’m blogmentally delayed. I need to see a blogcupational therapist.

    Aha. I’m done now. My funny pales in comparison to yours. This was awesome!

  • Scary Mommy October 11, 2009, 12:44 pm

    This post is 100% pure perfection.

  • BOSSY October 11, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Bossy loves this.

  • Lisa Page Rosenberg October 11, 2009, 5:37 pm

    Perfect.

    Thanks for the Cliff’s Notes for “What I Need to Get Busy With the Next 7 Months.”

  • L.R. M-J October 12, 2009, 1:28 am

    Excellent…I am right on track!…for nothing! Great bits ‘n bobs….came via the BitchinWivesClub. Merci! :)

  • SoccerMom October 12, 2009, 11:20 am

    I am new to all this. Wasn’t aware there are so many neat features to bloggin. Would love some tips from someone who is a pro at it.

  • mannequin October 15, 2009, 6:30 am

    One year, almost to the date and I’m wondering…where the heck is my peer group?

    I’ve come to the conclusion that just as in real life, I am a loner and a loner I shall always be. There is no peer group for loners because we are….loners.

  • tony October 18, 2009, 2:24 pm

    for some reason I seem have trouble leaving a comment on your page – depending on which computer I use. I think I may have missed my one year and even missed my 100th blog.

  • Mammatalk October 20, 2009, 2:38 pm

    You were peering into my brain again, my friend! Love it and congrats on the anniversary. I’m a month older. ;-)

  • Jillian Livingston November 28, 2009, 12:10 pm

    I’m reaching my blogversary in January and you so hit it right on. What now? Why? Is my book worthy? What do I do if I stop?

    Thanks for the enlightenment.

  • Boy Crazy December 29, 2009, 9:03 pm

    Good lord, Ann. This is hilarious – and funny especially after today. (Just poking around your favorites, I know I’m late to the party.) ;)

  • Robin March 8, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Wow I realize this is an older post ..but now that you mention it..I dont know if I want to celebrate or cry…you are spot on to the 10th degree…Ive crossed all those milestones, over-excelled in many, and fell short of a few…does that mean I can graduate and move on, or get left behind…and to what do we move on too..?..mmm Im at a point…2 years in and I still feel some of the highs and well, none of the lows..its fun, cheap and always accessible…I think Ill stay around to my silver at least..! Great post…EnJoY YoUr DaY..!

  • bluecottonmemory March 13, 2010, 9:08 pm

    I haven’t had my one year anniversary yet, but while I have not yet uploaded a video (which I plan to do around the first day of Spring), I can create my own button! I started out from day 1 with my custom header. I think the key to my being comfortable with blogging is that I started out with a mission statement, which helps me stay focused and organized.

    What an insightful synopsis!

  • The Empress March 26, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Is it Ok if we don’t know all that stuff…ever? I mean, can we just keep blogging cuz it’s kinda like an easy “Dear Diary?” and provides instant results from our labor, when we hit “publish post?” Is that alright?

  • Kid Id February 2, 2012, 8:07 pm

    Tee hee – quite clever!

  • psychochef March 20, 2013, 3:11 pm

    Oh, crap – I’m coming up on a year and I can’t do any of that! Basic template, straight writing, no pictures, no audio : ( I had to google the word meme. I have no idea how to create my own “button”, and I don’t know what I would do with that button if by some miracle I was able to manifest it. However, I finally figured out how to look at my stats, which enlightened me to the fact that I have a regular reader in South Korea.

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