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Monday, January 13, 2014

In a year of blogging.


A year ago today, I started blogging.  That's if you don't count the post where I started this blog and then didn't do anything with it for seven months, which you don't.

I started blogging because I got married to a medical school student.  After the wedding planning was over, I had nothing to do with my time and he had too much to do with his.  Blogging was my way of feeling like I had something I needed to do that I enjoyed.  I have loved it so much and am so glad I stumbled into this corner of the internet.  To celebrate, here are three things I've learned in the past year:

At the end of the day, the only opinion of your words that matters is your own. 

Yes, it feels awesome to have people agree with you.  Yes, it feels super awkward sometimes when people disagree with you.  But if you're not proud of what you're writing and saying, neither one of those things matters.

Believing in other people inspires belief in yourself.  

One of the coolest things about blogging is getting to see snapshots of other people choosing to go after their dreams.  It can be so encouraging.  Reading about someone deciding to move across the world or quit their job and pursue their dream is beyond inspiring.  Reading their stories makes me want to believe in my own.

Blogging inspires creativity. 

Or writing inspires creativity, or painting inspires creativity...fill in the blank however you like.  The point is, sometimes if you're needing or wanting to be creative, the best thing to do is to just force yourself to be creative.  Pretty soon that fake creativity inspires real creativity which just inspires more creativity.

And now, I will leave you with some of the search terms that in some strange, bizarre way have lead people to my blog this year:

-"Triple D girl flashes chest in publix accident." <---HOW did this lead you to my blog?  How?

-"How to be happy if you hate your mom?" <--- Can't help you with this one.

-"Why am I so happy all the time?"<--- When you figure it out, I hope you come back and let me know your secret.

-"Pictures of girl I hate" <--- Well.  Alright then.

-"How do I make Chelsea write me a letter?"  <--- You can just ask.

-"Why should I be a pirate and not something else?"  <--- A lot of reasons, really.

 Thanks for reading my words for the past year, you guys.  Sometimes I have no idea why you do, but nonetheless, I'm extremely thankful.

Happy one year to thegirlwholovedtowrite.com.  And cheers to many more.  xo

34 comments:

  1. Happy one year of blogging! I'm so glad we met and have been getting to know each other the past few months. I'm excited to keep up with you this year!

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  2. Happy 1 year of blogging! I too am just thrilled that I stumbled onto blogging and love it. Glad you found such joy in and have stuck with it.

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  3. Happy 1 year of blogging! I started blogging around the time that my husband went to boot camp to keep me busy and help my writing grow. I'm so glad that you love what you're doing! :)

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  4. Congratulations on one year of blogging! Great job! I've been at it for a little more than four years and absolutely LOVE blogging.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. Loved having you visit. Susan

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  5. I love this! I totally agree that blogging inspires you to believe in yourself. Congrats on one year!

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  6. Happy one year blogiversary! :) I'm so enjoying reading your blog. The ways people have found your blog is hilarious!

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  7. Congrats on your 1 year Blogiversary. It is a crazy world wind journey but so much fun too!

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  8. Happy One Year!! And those are hilarious!

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  9. Haha, LOVE these! I know it's always great to look at those search terms but I'm pretty sure no one ever used such good ones to get to my blog!

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  10. Sometimes the way people find my blog is SO weird!

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  11. Whoa, how have I not met you before? I've had my blog "started" for a while, but I think I really found its groove last October. Since then, I have felt so much purpose, even though my audience is small. I totally agree that it inspires creativity - I want to cook more things and make crafties and write about them, I take more pictures, I do the "writer thing" and start phrasing my moments in my head. I'm so glad you follow me, because now I know about you!

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  12. I'm new to your blog, and a new blogger.
    I think you are adorable!
    I can relate to the whole not having my time filled as much as my husband seems to...
    My main reason for blogging is a creative outlet, but also to make sort of a diary for my children and to continue to inspire them even after I'm gone.
    Blessings!

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  13. Happy Anniversary!! I too love how blogging brings out my creative side - really makes me a happier person. Keep writing the things you love.
    p.s. I can't stop cracking up over the pirate one.

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  14. Happy one year! Don't ever stop or I will die.

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  15. Happy one year, girlie!!! I loved reading the google searches that brought people to your blog. :-)

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  16. Congrats on the landmark! I agree with you - I love seeing other bloggers going for it and getting inspiration from them!
    xx,
    The Marcy Stop

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  17. So glad we could meet via the great internet land, friend!

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  18. Happy blogaversary! I had to lol when I saw today a search phrase that brought someone over to my blog was "i want to live clothes free life" Hey guess I gotta hand it to 'em for being that big of a dreamer!! ; )

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  19. HAHAHAHAH I died reading those comments. How did you figure that those led to your blog? I'd be curious to know :) Also, I feel so much better that you ditched your blog for a few months. I did the same and figured it wasn't a good idea later. Ugh! The woes of blogging!

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  20. Yay! Happy Anniversary. heehee too funny for the search terms- people do search for nearly anything.

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  21. Fake creativity does result in real creativity. That's awesomely done. And I love all those search inquiries. I need to see the weird things people type in to get to my blog, lol. Wonderful post!

    Please vote for my entry in the WWDMAGIC contest http://bit.ly/1j4DVeI

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  22. I love it! Happy Blogging Anniversary...We will be at our 1 year mark soon too. Thanks for your inspiring words. Made my night, and thanks for reading Dear Beautiful You :-)

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  23. Love this, Chelsea! Happy blogiversary! My very favorite thing about blogging is all the creativity--either from the blogs I love to read or the ideas that come to me when I'm brainstorming post ideas. I had been feeling so out of touch with doing creative things but when I started blogging regularly, it seemed like I just couldn't stop the ideas from coming. Can't wait to see what this year brings you!

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  24. Happy one year of blogging! That's great! Some of those search terms are hilarious, but I especially love the last one, haha!

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  25. I'm so sad that I have missed a year of your blogging. Based on this post alone, you seem like a great, intelligent person that writes incredible well! I love how people have "stumbled" upon your site. Quite a "mystery" how these link up. haha
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  26. Yay for blogging for a year! I think every one of the points you learned are spot on!

    Also, those search results are hilarious..I'm laughing so hard right now.

    -Courtney
    www.alwaysrooney.com

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  27. Just visited for the first time, what a lovely blog you have! Congrats on your 'blog-anniversary' and I completely underwrite your statement that bloging triggers a flow of inspiration!

    http://fragilityofbeauty.com/

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  28. and just for the person who did search for it...could you elaborate a bit more on the pirate thing? ;)

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  29. Haha, I love those search entries...genius! Happy blogiversary!

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