7 Years

7-year-Blogiversary

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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…

2008

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.

 

2009

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.

Then came Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolate and Andi Perullo of My Beautiful Adventures, two very fun and very generous travel bloggers who helped cement my passion for the travel blogging space.

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!

 

2010

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.

 

2011

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.

 

2012

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.

2013

Early in the year I had an amazing experience at the Oscars for rehearsal week and the red carpet event, along with my last GRAMMYs, which I wrote about over at Camels & Chocolate.

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.

2014

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.

2015

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

 

34 Comments

  1. Katie @ Domestiphobia
    July 16, 2015

    Happy happy anniversary, Andi!! I can’t even remember how I first stumbled across your page — it might have been from the comment section on My Beautiful Adventures — but I’m so glad I did! YOU are another one of those amazing bloggers who’s so generous with time and advice and just incredibly thoughtful. I’m so glad I stumbled into your Parisian world!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Katie, I think it was Andi’s blog as well. You are an inspiration to me! Keep being you, you are TOTALLY unique!

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  2. Joanne T Ferguson
    July 17, 2015

    Happy Blog Anniversary and what a great post! 7 years…WOW! What a milestone! When I first started blogging, I can say I had no clue about the overall picture in terms of not just blogging, but marketing and promotion which seem to take up the bulk of my time these days! How something that started out so simple in 2013 has become what it is today! I am proud of my achievement and have learned heaps along the way!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Joanne, congrats on your own successes. I can definitely say I definitely didn’t have a clue when I started out!

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  3. Andi
    July 17, 2015

    Happy 7 Years!!! The blogosphere would be SUCH a boring place without you in it. Much love!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Andi, thank you, you are the best!

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  4. julie stine
    July 17, 2015

    Thank You Andi for sharing all these years. I don’t have a desire to blog, only to read great blogs from others. I love your blog and how you share everything you have discovered along the way.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Julie, thanks so much, you have been a supporter from the BEGINNING and its awesome! What do you think of the rebranding of our “old” Logitech?!?

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  5. Murissa
    July 17, 2015

    Congrats Andi! You’ve been an inspiration to me since I started blogging over 4 years ago. I remember reading your Dexter posts in envy lol. You’ve been so supportive and really you helped me gain my momentum again with our Facebook groups. I know that even if I need time for a break I can come back and still experience the same support and repay it forward.
    The funnest experiences I’ve had were not giant press trips but rather those small tours like with Context in Venice (again thanks to you), Walks with Italy and little moments of connection when you find people somewhere in the world that you connect with through food, travel or writing.
    I love to write too and am restarting my novel this year. If blogging has taught me one thing it is that I love to, and must, write!
    I am at the point with my website where I have decided I don’t need to profit from it but rather I am returning to my roots where I write what I love. And at the end of the day that is what the readers connect with.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Murissa, thank you so much! I love the hyper-regional focus you have and your explorations abroad!

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  6. chanelle
    July 17, 2015

    Wow, you’ve come quite a long ways over the years! I’ve only had my blog for 2 years (exactly, today!) and teeter back and forth between continuing it or scrapping it altogether. It takes a lot of work, but as you’ve said, it’s my creative outlet and I enjoy sharing. The one thing I have been struggling with is how to grow readership (I know it doesn’t just happen over night). There are so many social channels to keep up with, there are so many other blogs out there… did your traffic slowly build over time? Any tips you can share on these topics, as a veteran, would be much appreciated?

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 17, 2015

      @Chanelle, thank you! It slowly built over time. In the early years, I spent a lot of time commenting on other blogs to (1) build relationships and (2) learn from others. I did not focus as much on social media as I did reading and visiting other people’s blogs.

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  7. Kita
    July 17, 2015

    Happy Blogaversary! I have been blogging since 2010 I should have started in 2008 when a friend told me too but I was like I didn’t want my business out there. I started off small with funny stories and then grew. I then switched over to a new domain and started getting serious about it. I love blogging it’s where I have met some of my closest friends and mentors.

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  8. Lois Alter Mark
    July 18, 2015

    Happy blogiversary, Andi! I’m glad I met you IRL and have loved getting to know you better through your blog. Here’s to many more adventures, dishes and blog posts!

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  9. Happy 7th anniversary, Andi! That’s a long time blogging! And what a lovely surprise to see my name at the end! Thank you for including me! I look to you as a mentor of sorts just because I know you are such an experienced blogger! Your posts are always so informative, having us meet new people and/or products or places- you are a wealth of information! May you have many more years of fun and successful blogging ahead!

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  10. Nicci
    July 18, 2015

    The last seven years have been quite the adventure! I’m glad you’ve been able to keep things balanced over time. I sometimes wonder how I’ll keep it all up, but I really want to! It sounds like you’ve made some wonderful friends along your journey, and I hope the next seven years continue to be fun for you.

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  11. Kelly @ TastingPage
    July 18, 2015

    What a great 7 years you’ve had. I hope you’re impressed with all that you’ve accomplished. I know that I am so so impressed with you. You’re blog is always such a delight to read. I love reading about your travels and experiences. As a fellow Francophile, I’m always happy to read about your French finds too. I wish you another 7 amazing years ahead. Kudos to you and thanks for all the great reading!

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  12. Sage
    July 19, 2015

    Happy anniversary!
    I’ve been blogging since 2009 and the funnest experience was having my blog named ‘Denmark’s Top Expat Living Blog’ by two different organizations.

    The hardest part has been evolving. I started on Blogger in 2009 before SEO mattered, before social networks really took off and before blogging became professional. I migrated to WordPress last year, and sometimes pine for the days when I could just publish a post and not have to worry about keywords, sponsorships, social media promotion, etc. It’s been an interesting experience and I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I’m grateful that I’m not just starting out now, I think I’d be too intimidated by all of it.

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  13. rachel cartucci
    July 19, 2015

    Happy Anniversary!

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  14. loved reading about your blogging journey and how it all started with an email newsletter. 🙂 I hope I get to meet you all IRL one day!

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  15. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    July 23, 2015

    Happy blogaversary! Here is to 7 years, or more, of continued success with your blogging.

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  16. Wow! Congratulations on your blog anniversary! 7 years is a long time.

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  17. Beth
    July 23, 2015

    Happy anniversary!! Here’s to many more misadventures to come 🙂

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  18. Liz Mays
    July 23, 2015

    Congratulations on the milestone! I love being able to look back on my older posts and see what I was doing each year.

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  19. Ron
    July 23, 2015

    Wow! How I wish my blogs can reach that kind of success too in terms of YEARS! Congratulations!

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  20. Jeanine
    July 24, 2015

    Happy 7 years! It’s so awesome to make it so far. I’ve been blogging on and off for 15+ yes but never the same place so I can’t wait to hit 7 with mine too!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      July 25, 2015

      @Jeanine, 15 years is a long time, congrats!

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  21. Rosey
    July 25, 2015

    Well happy blogiversary no matter the number. I think it’s awesome that you have been blogging so long.

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  22. Victoria
    July 25, 2015

    Congrats on hitting the seven year mark. I have been blogging since 2011 but only one of my blogs has really grown and stays updated.

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  23. Camesha | Mama Motivator
    July 26, 2015

    This was a fun trip down memory lane. So many links to other blogs to check out as well. Keep up the good work around here. I enjoy your corner of the internet.

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  24. becka
    July 27, 2015

    I celebrated my second this month. It’s so amazing all that changes in just a years time. 🙂 Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  25. Camels & Chocolate
    August 24, 2015

    I am just catching up on my last couple months of blog reading—how did I miss this? Happy seven years! I actually celebrated eight around the same time, and it also completely slipped my mind (whoops!) as I was diving in the Caribbean!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      August 24, 2015

      @Kristin, it is like birthdays and wedding anniversaries, after awhile we just don’t celebrate them as much! Congrats on your 8 years! I still keep up on what you and SVV are up to (and the little one too!) and you are still an inspiration!

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  26. Mai T.
    September 11, 2015

    A late congrats, Andi. I wish to be your fan for many more years to come.

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