Good morning. Drumroll please…… this is my 100th blog post, and my first blogiversary today. Wow!
Cake for everyone (which fits in nicely with #sundaybakingsunday)!
One year ago today I Give You The Verbs was born. I haven’t given birth to a child, but boy there were a lot of tears and feelings of helplessness, with a good measure of ‘I can’t do this!’ thrown in as IGYTV came into the world. But I did do it, and now we’re here.
I am really chuffed with this little space I’ve created. It isn’t the biggest or best blog out there, to which I say phew and not my goal! Let someone else fret over stats and content and usefulness and niches and targeted social media campaigns and all that jazz. I’m a happy hobbyist. I write this blog because I want to. It’s a creative endeavour, not a commercial one (but if you’re a publisher or agent reading this, let’s talk!)
This space is a non-competitive zone. I do not and will not buy into the idea that my blog is in competition with anyone else’s. I know others disagree, particularly if blogging is tied to creating an income stream, it’s a different beast, but I just do not give this notion of thousands of people bent over their laptops, elbows up, hoping to knock others out, any credence.
This is actually a topic that keeps coming up and it really makes me cranky, especially when I see it crippling new bloggers before they’ve even hit publish for the first time. Ugh!
Do you think those creative heroes of yours, who toil away diligently at their craft, are thinking about the other guy when they’re writing a novel, or creating a painting, or crafting a song? Their manager might be, their agent might be, but if you tried to write a great novel or song or anything of beauty while thinking about your ‘competition’ I reckon those projects would never see the light of day. Guess what? There’s room for everyone. Look at your bookcase or CD collection – there’s the proof, right there.
The plaint fact is, I get cranky at quite a lot of things… that’s how I’m wired, especially when I see people limiting or doubting themselves. I even got cranky in the middle of a video I made last night about my gorgeous blog’s birthday. I’m not going to bother with a #sorrynotsorry tag, I’m not into that silly I have to add a hashtag to my opinions (just in case I offend) stuff. I have opinions, and I own them. I’ve even completely changed my mind on some things over the years.
Sometimes I even ramble about these things on YouTube. Yep, I’m one of those bloggers.
See what happens! I get fired up and end up on Tangent Highway.
So let’s take the next exit off Tangent Hwy, and get back to my birthday/blogiversary.
What a fantastic thing it is to reach a little milestone and scramble up on a rock and look back at the year that’s just flown by. Yes there are stats I could recite, but I’m not going to do that. It’s not what this is about. It will never be what this is about.
As anyone who reads this blog knows, it has been a year with a few challenges for me, but more than that it has been a year where I’ve been able to unfurl my wings into new creative territory. How awesome is that?
A year ago I did not blog, or write regularly, I didn’t paint, I didn’t own oil pastels, I didn’t think I could paint or be creative in that way. Guess what? I was mistaken. I had boxed myself in to a certain type of creativity – my love for words. Now I know that most creative endeavours are just an effort away.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Is it crochet or triathlon or learning Japanese? Here’s how to do it. Ready… HAVE A CRACK. Just try it.
Try it without expecting to be the best, fastest or most fluent. Try it without any of your ‘measuring’ sensors engaged. Just try it. Does it feel weird and hard? That’s okay. If you’re a bit like me it may feel like you want to throw something through a window as you bump into inevitable hurdles… take a deep breath, say a kind word to yourself, and just try again.
That’s basically what this blogging caper has been for me. So. Many. Hurdles. I can recall more than one occasion when l I was sitting in front my laptop and wanted to scream (and sometimes did) and throw that box of technological mumbo jumbo into the wall (glad I didn’t do that). So I had to give myself a talking to: Hey, Annette, have you done this before? No. So why don’t you put down your enormously unhelpful load of expectations and just TRY. I’m glad I listened to myself – and the many, many other encouraging voices I was surrounded by during the Blog With Pip course I did last February. Those ladies are the reason we’re here. Pipsters forever!
If you can embrace trying, teamed with a lot of encouraging self-talk, you’ll be astounded at what happens. Seriously.
And here we are, 100 posts later.
No walls with laptop shaped holes in them.
I’m still learning, still trying things, and when I need to, I remind myself I’m not in competition – not even with myself.
I want to give a special shout out to just two people today, which is a really difficult thing for me to put a limit on, but if I tried to name everyone who has encouraged me this post would go on for days and days. Just know this, YOU, the person reading right now, your time and attention to this blog means so much to me. When you hit the like button, or leave a comment, or join my #InstaTribe or follow IGYTV on Facebook…. every time, it means something special. It registers. You matter to me.
The two women I want to thank are women of integrity and passion. They are Australian bloggers and they are both decidedly lovely.
The first is Pip Lincolne; a do-er, blogger, author, creator, encourager, crafter, teacher, and a deadset inspiration. Pip is one of those people who is on the go a lot. She pours her heart into every endeavour she’s involved with. She’s sensitive, she’s strong, and smart and generous. Pip teaches the Blog With Pip course (alongside a lot of other cool courses), and it was under her tutelage that I learned how to get this blog from an idea to a reality. Pip answered my desperate emails in those early weeks (along with loads of other students’ cries for help), she helped me narrow down the best choice for my blog name and she even came up with my tagline. She’s my blog guru, and a woman I have enormous respect for.
The second is Nikki Parkinson: a champion supporter of women, style maven, author, blogger, a really hard working and generous lady, community fosterer and also a deadset inspiration. I have been following Nikki’s blog Styling You for quite a few years, and she’s always been so generous with her style advice and encouragement to me, as well as to thousands of other women. Do you know the #everydaystyle thing on social media? That’s Nikki’s! As for the power of Nikki’s encouragement of this endeavour, I can’t even tell you what it means to me. Nikki really sees people.
So to Pip and Nikki, I offer my sincere thanks. You both truly inspire me.
There are others my fingers are itching to add to the list… like Beth from BabyMac and Kayte from Woogsworld… ladies who write blogs that I love, ladies who have both taken time to encourage me online and reply to comments and messages, and who didn’t roll their eyes at me when I cried on them at ProBlogger. (I wasn’t fangirl crying on them, I was new blogger overwhelm crying, but it’s a known fact that I am not a smooth networker.)
Damnit! I added more than two. But that’s it. There’s no way I going to add the lovely Sonia from Sonia Styling or my New Zealand BWP buddy Rachel from The Chronic Ills of Rach to the list. No way. I said two, I slipped to four, but see, I didn’t even link to these last two…. oh wait, I did. #sorrynotsorry ha!
See what I mean, so many people to thank, and it’s NOT about “names” in the blogging world, it is about women who have encouraged me that I Give You The Verbs isn’t a completely pointless vanity project.
I’m going to leave you with this awesome piece of advice from Nikki of Styling You.
Nikki gave us this piece of advice in her session at ProBlogger last year, and I think it is absolutely foundational, not just for blogging, but for life. There’s such a temptation to be busybodying into what others are doing, how they’re doing it, why their party/business/marriage/blog seems more successful/fabulous/popular/cool than yours. Nikki told us to stop giving so much attention to what others are doing. Feed your own guests. Look after them, give your energy and attention to the people who are at your table.
Great advice, don’t you think?
So that’s my 100th post for I Give You The Verbs. Sheesh, I’m so proud of this space, of persevering, of taking chances in posting on days when I’ve been feeling really vulnerable. I’m humbled and amazed by the response my writing receives. Truly gobsmacked. I feel like I have spent a lot of time in the past twelve months saying thank you. I’ve needed people’s help and encouragement, and people have been so generous with both. So, I’m happy to say it again, thank you.
Here’s to my ‘baby’ I Give You The Verbs (aka IGYTV), and mostly here’s to you, the people who make this space what it is!
Here’s to trying, and playing and creativity.
Sincerely, gratefully, with thanks,
35 thoughts on “1 year of blogging, 100 posts.”
Well done , and enjoy your blogiversary , I have just had my 6 month of my blog. It is an achievement for us to be proud of. Have a great week1
It is an achievement isn’t it Jennifer? Well done on six months!!
Happy 1st Blogiversary! Isn’t it wonderful that we can have our very own space on the internet to communicate and connect? A cool thing indeed. Thanks so much for the mention and for your support and friendship. Cheers to IGYTV! x
It is great Sonia – all of us having our online spaces, and the connectedness that those places create. I love bloggers!
Keep going, your dreams are getting closer, inch by inch.
Happy Birthday I Give You The Verbs! So thrilled to be on this wild ride with you. So great “meeting” you and meeting you. Here’s to many, many more posts, years, creative endeavours & coffees!
Also, you just made me realised that the word tutelage makes me giggle. Why is that do you think? x
Thanks Kate! I’m for more of all of that.
And you are right, tutelage is funny word… but I’m not sure why.
I think I Give You the Verbs is growing up beautifully too! Congratulations and Happy Happy first Blogiversary and many more to comex
Oh I love that! Feed your own guests!
And I love that you are celebrating a year of blogging. You are hands down the MOST encouraging person I know, Nettie. Thank you for welcoming me into this space and bringing me such heartwarming, chatty, thoughtful posts. I have really enjoyed getting to know you since I first met you in May. And I am sorrynotsorry you mentioned your kiwi buddy! Woohoo! Thank you dear one. You are luffly and funny and interesting and you ALWAYS give me the verbs!
Love your enthusiasm and support of The Verbs Rach – my special BWP sister xxxx
Congrats on your blogging century! I love how so much has come from your blog – yay for the painting! I love the community you have created. And I also love that you haven’t given up 🙂
Thank you so much Carly, it is an amazing thing to be an #electronicgraffiti artist isn’t it?
First things first: Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you – you are one cool blog, and your author is awesome too! Now that’s done, you have always been such a wonderful, generous and open arms kind of blogger – I love reading your words, following your creativity and being inspired by your openness.
Thank you for singing for IGYTV!!
As for the rest of your words, I’m
Hooray! Happy bloggy birthday!!!! Can’t believe we met a year ago on Pip’s course?. How time flies! Wishing you many more years of IGYTV? Hugs to you!
Thanks Julie. I still remember your rad pink blazer when we met at Chaddy. Let’s have that next coffee date!!
Congratulations and Happy Blogging Birthday! Here is to many more. 🙂
I’ll drink to that Karin, thanks!
Congratulations on one year and one hundred blog posts – it’s quite an achievement! It sounds as though you’re having fun and I think your non-competitive attitude is just the right one. Blogging is more fun when we’re doing it because it’s something we enjoy, not because we want to defeat some imagined foe. Keep up the good work and keep having fun. 🙂
That’s my plan Katie, there really is space for everyone.
Oh happy, happy Bloggy Birthday Annette … I’ve loved watching you transition from blog follower to blogger and writer. Your voice is a powerful one. Keep using it. x
PS. Thanks so much for your kind words
Thank YOU Nikki. You’re more than welcome, just the facts ma’am!
congratulations Annette! … you’ve had a big week!
I’m glad all is falling into place for you! I love your writing and how you aren’t competitive. also how you interact with your readers … all the best for your future! … it’s all up from here! cheers! m:)X
Here’s hoping so! I love being a blogger and being at work again isn’t bad either.
Wow! What a great milestone! Congratulations, cake, hugs and kisses to you!!!
Congratulations on creating a space that is uniquely you, you share some wonderful thoughts and stories. ❤
Thank YOU for always being such a positive energy force in my FB feed and our BWP FB group.
Can't WAIT to meet you in March!!!
Much love xxx Tash
Thank you Tash – I must remember to have a really bad day here every now and then so I remain three dimensional!! Bring on March.
It’s a huge achievement! I just hit my 1 year blogiversary and on Friday and it’s a fantastic feeling!
Congratulations to you too!! It feels good to get past the newborn stage doesn’t it?!
Happy Bloggy Birthday, Annette! May this be the first of many more! I love that “feed your own guests'” that’s class that is! Congratulations on feeding your guests so well! And… for one of my all time favourite hashtags #sundaybakingsunday 🙂
Oh yay! I love #sundaybakingsunday too and how people have made it part of their weekends.
Congratulations!! Loved reading of your experience!
Yay for you! What a wonderful achievement. Was it just a coincidence that your blogiversary and post 100 happened on the same day?
Thanks! It was a coinkydink mostly. I saw that I was edging towards 100 about a week before the 8th, so I didn’t post too much that week. I liked the 1/100 vibe.