One year ago this week, I put aside all my reservations about “being out there” and wrote my first post for BTHR. I had talked for months about maybe starting a blog, and thanks to lots of encouragement from my co-workers, friends and family, I finally did it! I was a long time fan of a lot of food, fitness and lifestyle blogs, and while their content was amazing, I always thought, “Hey, I have something to say. I could do that!” I started writing by just documenting my dinner every night. I had a very small, but very loyal group of readers at first (mostly friends from SparkPeople).
I never really thought much would come of BTHR. I mostly wrote to get my own musings out of my brain. In fact, when I first signed up for my Foodbuzz ads, it asks how many views do you expect to get in a month. I estimated high and put 50. I thought if I could just get 50 people to stop by and read my words every month, I’d be happy. My viewership grew slowly, but steadily, and as more people showed up and chimed in, I really decided to focus on generating good, quality content I could be proud of. I shed the “daily dinner” format and starting writing about relationships, food, fitness, body confidence, and pretty much anything that I felt like fit into a “healthy lifestyle”. After the switch, my readership shot up dramatically. I guess people really like hearing about all of me! I started to realize this might actually be turning into a career.
So I really buckled down and started promoting the heck out of BTHR. I’ve gotten a crash course on blog promotion, Google AdWords, RSS feeds, PHP, SEO, and a million other acronyms in the past year and I’m amazed at how successful my little corner of the internet has become since I really started pouring my heart into it. You remember my lofty goal of 50 visitors in a month? Well just in the last month, I’ve had 335,000 visitors. I still can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that that many people are interested in what I have to say. Having so much success writing BTHR has propelled me forward in so many other areas of my life outside of the blog. I now have confidence to do freelance writing and photography, both things I wouldn’t have even fathomed doing a year ago.
Anyway, this is a really, very long-winded way of saying THANK YOU. I love doing this. I love writing. I love being part of the blog community and most prominently, I love interacting with readers and commenters. What we have is super special, let’s keep it up, k?
Because the first year of BTHR has been such a crazy, smashing success, you and I are going to have one heck of an epic blogiversary celebration all week-long! Pop the champagne, grab yourself a German Chocolate Cupcake and let’s do this!
Stay tuned, because this week, you’ll see:
- Fun, blogiversary inspired recipes: You know I have to bake my blog a cake, don’t you? Stay tuned for lots of fun recipes that are classic BTHR.
- Reflections: Check out a few posts compiling all of my favorite BTHR posts, photos and recipes. Also, come back to read about my influences and favorite bloggers.
- DAILY giveaways: I have some really, really awesome things to giveaway this week (food, books, snack bags, oh my!). Check in every evening for something new and free. Starting tonight!
Again, thank you so much for checking in everyday on my shenanigans. You guys rock!