Let the good times roll!
Apparently I can’t do math. But I think you knew that about me. In last month’s Currently I said that I was going to be celebrating my eighth anniversary. Wrong.
I am celebrating my 7th!
I continue to love blogging but a lot of things have change since I started Misadventures with Andi in 2008.
This blog is a creative outlet for me, a way to express and celebrate the way I live my life.
I thought to recognize and celebrate my seven years we’d take a little walk down memory lane…
The blog started with a post about my wardrobe misadventure on my first day of work at Dolby. I had been taking a creative writing course at UC Berkeley and realized/remembered just how much I enjoyed writing. I now had a platform to share my food and travel experiences!
The three years I lived in France and worked in Switzerland, I would send my family and friends emails entitled Misadventures with Andi. In those emails I would detail all of my misadventures as an expat. So when it came to deciding a name, I figured why not stick with it?
I started off slow, but eventually got into a groove and blogged every few days. I didn’t really have much of a “plan,” I just shared. The TV shows I watched, the movies I went to and trips I went on.
I almost missed my first anniversary! In 2009 I started figuring out what blogging was really all about. I went to my first blogging conference, Blissdom in Nashville. It was eye-opening!
I also did Problogger’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program and learned things that I STILL use today! And while doing that I met some great bloggers, some of whom I am still in contact with today.
Some very important people came into my blog life in 2009.
First was Jennifer James of Are You There God? It’s Me Generation X who first commented on my blog in February that year. We instantly connected on many, many levels and she has inspired me deeply ever since. We have yet to meet in real life, but it is one of my life’s bucket list items.
In October I helped organize a Paris bloggers meet-up along with Erica of Haven in Paris and Maggie of EAT Boutique and met many of my Parisian gal pals including Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland and Kasia.
2009 was a very good year!
In 2010, my blogiversary landed on a Friday, so naturally I incorporated into French Friday, one of the many series I would begin creating and experimenting with.
Over the years, there’s been Music Memory Monday, Wordless Wednesday, Traveler Tuesday, Travel Gear Tuesday, Foodie Friday, French Friday, J’adore, A Passion for Paris, Beyond Paris and still more. As you can see I am fond of series and they are core to my content strategy.
I didn’t acknowledge my anniversary in 2011. But the day fell on a Saturday which in the early years meant a Saturday Six post. This however represents a core value in how I approach blogging and the blogging community.
I believe in giving. In sharing really great work and supporting other bloggers. My Saturday Six series was one way of promoting other bloggers work. And while I don’t do them very often anymore, and have found other ways to support blogger’s work, the idea of giving back is still important to me.
Work was generating a lot of fun events that made great blog content and I went to Toronto for the biggest film festival in the world along with multiple trips to Los Angeles for the GRAMMYs and events like the Dexter season premiere.
In 2012 that was further highlighted in my 4-year blogiversary post which was a giant thank you to all my blogging friends for their continued support.
One person not on the list, as she came into my life at the end of that year, was Katie Gard of Domestiphobia, a blogger who has brought so much laughter and delight into my life, I don’t know what I would do if she ever stopped blogging! I met her in person this year while attending Boston for WITs (Women in Travel Summit) and the IRL experience was a tease to what I hope are more future meetings.
More GRAMMYs fun, more Dexter, lots of travel.
But then 2013 saw a big shift in the time I could devote to the blog. I changed jobs and my schedule was not what it once was, so time became a huge constraint for me. That meant many philosophical struggles with how to fit it all in, refining the cadence of my publishing and finding more tools to allow me to more efficiently promote what I did publish on social media.
My blogiversary post in 2014 reflected the continuing struggle to find balance. Short, sweet and to the point. But still thanking all the readers and commenters who stuck with me and enjoyed my content.
Because when it comes down to it, the support of the blogging community is tantamount to any measure of success I may have and the the generosity and graciousness continues to astound me.
I discovered blogger support groups on Facebook and it again changed my blogging life. I was admitted to groups (the first one via Anita Chu of Dessert First Girl) that provided me with amazing tools and resources, and honestly a place to vent. Then I started a group with Katie and invited friends like Jen and Murissa of The Wanderfull Traveler and met amazing bloggers like; Christina of Christina’s Cucina, Kelly of Tasting Page, Esther of Local Adventurer, Brianna of Casual Travelist, and Cynthia of What a Girl Eats.
Here I am 2015. Still loving blogging although at times (some times more often than I would like) it can be baffling. The writing replenishes something in my soul and I have met some really amazing people. For that I will keep coming back for more and I hope you will too!
How about you? How long have you been blogging? What is the most important lesson you have learned? The funnest experience? The hardest part? I would LOVE to hear your story in the comments.
Dice photo credit: Niklas Morberg