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  1. Liz Gwynn

    Congratulations on 3 years!!! Thanks for all you have shared here. I have loved all the learning and insight you share, as well as the pics of family that I love seeing!
    I really only read three blogs… “So What, Now What?”, “Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” (for recipes), and “Ask Your Dad”.
    I love you and I’m proud of all the writing you have been doing, even if it’s caused you to tear some hair out.

  2. Stacie Glad

    Congratulations Christie! I don’t read all your posts but stop by on occasion. I rarely read blogs anymore because it is easy to spend all my time on them. I do enjoy yours. It’s great that you have reached another anniversary, keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Stacie. It is easy to get caught up reading blogs. I set aside a certain amount of time for it. I consider it research. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the drawing!

    • Thank you Dee. You have been one of my biggest supporters from the beginning–and one of those that have offered invaluable advice along the way. I so appreciate it! Good luck in the drawing!

  3. Cindy

    I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s been another year…congrats! I love your blog and always read it. (Itโ€™s a good thing you have thick hair and lots of it!๐Ÿ˜‰)

  4. Hi, Christie – Congratulations on your 3rd Blogiversary. I am delighted that I found your site (via Grammy’s Grid). 298 posts (99.33 per year) is a lot of posts!! You are right that numbers are not everything. But when you add in that they were 298 QUALITY posts, now that says a great deal! You are also correct that there is a TON of blogging advice out there — some great, and some simply overwhelming. One of the best pieces of blogging advice that I received was from Hugh (Hugh’s News and Views). He said that not responding to comments on your post, is like inviting friends for coffee…and then promptly ignoring them. This has always stuck in my mind.
    I am very interested in the support that you have received from MaAnna at BlogAid. I plan to check out her site this week.

    • Hello Donna. I owe much to Dee–her interviewing me for Grammy’s Grid and inviting me to cohost Blogging Grandmothers Link Party introduced me to many of the bloggers I now consider friends, including you. I also owe you a big thank you for trusting me with my first guest post. I love that advice from Hugh. It makes perfect sense. Reading and responding to comments is one of my favorite parts of the “job.” I would definitely recommend MaAnna’s services and even just following her blog and Facebook page. She shares lots of important blogging news and tips. Thanks again for everything Donna. Here’s to another year as blogging buddies!

  5. Congratulations, Christie, on your 3rd blogiversary! I hope you continue to find joy in blogging and writing. Here’s to many more fun blogging years and to getting your book published. #MLSTL

  6. Congrats on 3 years!! And I love the numbers…especially the made up ones. Made me chuckle.

    For me the continued challenge is finding new things to chat about that are still “on topic” to what I started my blog about. But I keep searching for ideas, because I’d miss the community if I wasn’t blogging and chatting!

    • Thanks Pat. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I also struggle at times with what to write about. It seems like it’s feast or famine–I ever have several things I want to say or can’t think of anything germane. But I’m with you, I would really miss all the wonderful things about blogging if I quit. Thank you for your friendship and support these past three years!

  7. Wow – 3 years and only 10K tears! That’s great. I think one of the most important things about blogging that I try to remember is to find your voice and not try to copy others.

    • Good point, Janet. I may have rounded down on the number of tears. ๐Ÿ™‚ In all seriousness, your advice is solid. It is easy to compare yourself to other bloggers and either get discouraged or start imitating. While it’s good to learn from others and find inspiration from blogs that excite you, it is so important to find your own voice and trust it. After three years, I’m getting there, but it is a journey. Thanks for the reminder and good luck in the drawing!

  8. Happy 3rd anniversary!! Yes to all of the above. The technical side can be draining. I was caught up in the myriad of blogging advice at one stage trying to be perfect but all it did was overwhelm me. I know my blog isn’t perfect and I don’t do all the things we’re supposed to do but I am far more relaxed about it all now I’ve decided to be perfectly imperfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I love that Min — I’ve decided to be perfectly imperfect. That’s advice I can follow. Thank you for joining the conversation and for the well wishes. Good luck in the drawing!

  9. Well done on three years Christie! I’m heading towards four years and so much of what you said rings true for me too. I didn’t have anyone set up my site – I just googled my way thru everything and would literally high five myself when something worked and I didn’t break anything! I am so pleased with all the friends I’ve made, with how much the look of my blog has improved over time, with all the little things I now know about HTML, and with so many other ways my brain has been stretched over the last few years.
    I’m looking at cutting back a bit soon – blogging less and living more – maybe that’s my advice – don’t let your blog take over your life (it’s easy to do!) I’ve loved meeting you and I consider you one of my blogging friends – I entered the competition too because I’ll be excited to see what your surprise gift is.
    #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM – so I got to tick that box too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Leanne. Your blog looks and functions so well. I’m impressed that you created it from scratch and Google. I understand the need to cut back, but hope you won’t leave us entirely. I would miss you! Still, it’s solid advice (blog less, live more). The living is the important thing and also can improve your blog. I find when I truly have writer’s block, the answer is usually to get out and live more. The experiences lead to writing ideas. I’m glad you entered the drawing. Good luck! And thanks for sharing.

  10. Congrats Christie, it’s an amazing journey isn’t it? I just love our blogging community. I used to read far too many help posts and totally confused myself but like you I’ve learnt so much by doing it the hard way! I’ve shared for #mlstl on my social medias

  11. Christie, I am almost three years into this blogging thing and still have no idea what I am doing. I have read a lot of stuff and tried to use what I learned but not very successful. Daughter sat up our blog and when she wasn’t able to help me I hired someone. And my advice is if you can’t get it done right to hire someone and this pertains to blogging and other things in life.

    • Amen Victoria. Some things you can figure out on your own. Some things you leave to the professionals. I always enjoy your blog, so you must be doing something right. ๐Ÿ™‚ I admire you for sticking to it after your initial vision (doing it with your daughter) didn’t pan out. Here’s to another year of blogging for both of us!

  12. Congratulations on your 3rd blogiversary Christie. I also struggle with the technical side of blogging and give three cheers every time something goes as planned. #MLSTL Shared on SM

  13. Congratuations on your 3rd blog anniversary. I know you said there was no cake but I was still hoping for some. You arenโ€™t eating any right now, are you? Because I thought I saw some frosting on your photo. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #MLSTL

  14. Well Christie, you have about 100 more posts than me after three years blogging! I think we’re both doing good by hanging in there. I want to take a look at the other stats for the 3 years also. I started out with a lot of ‘can do’ attitude and it helps when I try to recapture that feeling. Keep on Blogging!! I’ll share on FB and Twitter to celebrate with you.
    https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/2018/09/28/me-in-the-middle-of-the-world-of-walking-part-2/

    • I posted twice a week for a while, but now I’ve cut back to once a week. The more people I connect with, the more time I want to devote to responding to comments and visiting others’ blogs. I agree with you that still being around three years later is worth celebrating. So cheers to us!

  15. CONGRATULATIONS! While I maintained a book review blog for several years, I am only four months into the world of midlife blogs. It is easy to focus on the numbers (or lack thereof) but you are so right… blogging is about so much more than that. It is about true connection.

    • Thank you Molly. I’m so glad you’ve joined the midlife blogging community and that we found each other. Your blog has inspired me on a number of occasions, and I always look forward to your thoughtful comments on my posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. Happy blog anniversary! I think my three year or four year anniversary passed in August. Funny that I didn’t remember to celebrate or say anything about it. Or maybe that isn’t funny, maybe it’s sad!! My memory isn’t what it used to be. That’s for sure.

    I appreciate what you’ve learned on your journey. Most of me doesn’t worry about the numbers either. But then there will be a day when I wonder if the energy expended on blogging is well spent. It is so time-consuming…at least for me. But I got into blogging to have something to do and it is giving me that! And new friendships. And an excuse to write regularly. Glad our blogging paths have crossed.

    • Maybe you are just living so much in the present, you didn’t notice Leslie! I would be shocked if anyone who has blogged for any length of time didn’t question the decision at least once in a while. I started for many of the same reasons you did and it has given me that. I too am glad our paths crossed and that you introduced me to the seasonal bucket lists. Good luck in the drawing!

  17. Hi Christie

    Congratulations!!!!๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒผ

    I am going to keep this blog in my email and refer back to it for ideas and help. Number 2 on your lessons learned list, tell me I have several things to check into to improve my own blog. I thank you for this.

    Laura

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