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7 Things About Blogging for 7 Years

September 24, 2015

On Tuesday this little blog of mine celebrated it’s 7th birthday. That’s right, seven. Most people have no idea that I’ve been blogging that long. Today I’m sharing seven random things about blogging for the last seven years. There may or may not be a giveaway at the end, because what better way to celebrate my blog birthday than sharing some of my favourite things!

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  1. I started this blog not knowing that blogging was a thing. I just wanted an outlet for my writing that I could occasionally share with family and friends. From that I’ve grown into a social influencer. People are actually interested in my ramblings, care about my opinions and are inspired by my experiences. Say what!? Pretty cool where hobbies can lead.
  2. I have received celebrity attention from my posts. I once wrote a post about Heidi Montag/Pratt that received attention from Heidi and Spencer themselves on Twitter. I’ve also had a singer, who I won’t name, request to have some posts they were featured in removed.
  3. My longest standing readers are most likely my dad (hi, Dad!) and my best friend Cassandra, who also serves as my editor-in-chief. Meaning, she texts me when she finds mistakes and I make a mad rush to fix them. I appreciate it more than she knows.
  4. Many of my current friendships have formed through blogging. I think as an adult it’s difficult to make new connections, but I’ve been fortunate to have been gained some amazing girlfriends through the world of blogging. I’m confident that I could move to another city in Alberta and immediately have a group of friends to hang out with.
  5. Blogging has made me realize what career path I wish I would have pursued. The world of PR and marketing are super fun and exciting to me and I wish I would have known how much I would have grown to love it when I was making my post-secondary decisions. I wasn’t accepted into the journalism program I applied for and ended up in Business Administration instead without knowing what other avenues I could have explored that utilized my love of writing. Cue my third-life crisis (you know, between the quarter-life crisis and mid-life crisis, it’s a thing).
  6. I’m often recognized in the community because of my blog and social media feeds. It weirds me out every time someone says, “oh hey, I recognize you from the internet” Cue awkward looking around. I’ve connected with some really amazing local businesses though and am proud to be a part of such an amazing community. I guess you can say I’m a pretty big deal.
  7. One of my favourite things about blogging is reading an email from someone that is sharing how they were inspired to run an OCR (obstacle course race) after reading my posts. Whether it’s someone just starting out on their fitness journey, someone who’s never ran any kind of race before, or a newly pregnant mama exploring her fitness options during pregnancy, I’ve received so many emails that make my heart smile. Please don’t stop emailing me your stories and experiences.

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My other favourite thing about blogging? Sharing the love through giveaways. I decided to share two of my favourite things, coffee and craft beer! One winner will receive the ultimate prize pack from The Troubled Monk and Cool Beans Coffee Bus.

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Winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 29. Good luck! As always, thanks for reading this little space of the internet that I’ve claimed for the last seven years.

xo

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Melanie
    September 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    I’m so glad you found an avenue to do what you love

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you!

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    Breanne
    September 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Really enjoy your blog!l even if I’m just a lurker haha. Happy blog birthday!

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Haha lurkers are totally cool with me! Thanks for reading <3

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    jen @nutcaseinpoint
    September 25, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Congrats! PS: I’d die for someone to say they recognize me from the internet! Only..I’m not that popular/awesome.

    What is one of your favourite things? <—my baby. or my dogs. or chocolate. or being home.
    Favourite beer? <— Pyramid Apricot
    Favourite coffee? <— Cool Beans (in my hometown). DD (to feel New Englandy)
    Bloggers, tell me a random cool blogging experience. – i have none 🙁 WOMP. I've met some friends through instagram though.

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      I bet someone will recognize you someday!

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    Troy
    September 25, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Congrats on the 7 years 🙂

    I have been reading for a little over a year now and really like the community focus. Things like the float shack, troubled monk etc.

    Who would have thought I would go from the guy who never smiled to a faithful reader 😉

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Hehe thank you 🙂

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    Brie @ A Slice of Brie
    September 25, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I can’t believe you’ve been blogging for 7 years! Congrats!! You keep saying you aren’t or can’t grow your blog, but this little history lesson on your blog would prove otherwise! 🙂 You’ve accomplished a lot just by being yourself and you should be proud of that. That’s so great that people email you often and cool that you get recognized out in public! Keep up the good work, my friend 🙂 xoxo

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      Brie @ A Slice of Brie
      September 25, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Oops, I commented before reading the prompts in the giveaway 😉

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks friend! Just realized I forgot to tell you ‘the story’ this weekend!

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    Heather
    September 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

    My favorite coffee comes from a local roaster – it’s called Billy Jolt named after Billy Joel and I love it!

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      Becky
      September 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      That’s so cool!

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    Amber
    September 27, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Happy blogaversary! I don’t remember what exact day I started blogging (I guess I could go look though!) but it was also in September 2008! So much has changed in my life since then it’s crazy. The weirdest part for me about blogging has been when I find out IRL friends or family members have been quietly reading my blog so know everything that’s going on with me but I’m not nearly as up to date on their lives haha.

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      Becky
      September 28, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thank you! So cool you’ve been blogging for as long also.

      Haha I know what you mean about finding out friends and family that you didn’t know read actually do.

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    Erica @ Erica Finds
    September 28, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Congrats on 7 years! My fave coffee is a blend with cinnamon from the Coffee and Tea Exchange in Chicago – no a flavored coffee. So delicious. I am gluten free so no beer for me but my husband loves his beer especially Spotted Cow from Wisconsin. My blog has introduced me to so many people including Olympic Champion Joan Benoit Samuelson and so many cool entrepreneurs. It is hard to pick one experience!

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      Becky
      September 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Very cool! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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    Alison
    September 28, 2015 at 10:34 am

    7 years! WOW!!!
    Fav things:
    My family and ice cream
    Coffee:
    Phit & Seb at the market!
    Beer:
    I don’t know… I just started getting into beer. But I liked the sip of J’s Shandy this weekend if that counts…
    Blogging cool thing:
    All my amazing friends I have met!!

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    Kaella On The Run
    September 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Happy 7 years!! I’m so glad you started this blog so that I could creep on it, comment on it and then eventually force you to be my friend xx 😉

    • Reply
      Becky
      September 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Haha, I’m glad you did those things too!! xo

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    Kimberly
    September 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Great blog! I love to creep, and get to know the people I follow on social media! And I love all beer;)

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      Becky
      September 28, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Cassandra
    September 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Favourite thing: this new peanut butter gelato I picked up today.
    Favourite beer: I’ll drink it all.
    Favourite coffee: Well I used to not drink coffee, but 4kids later I will also drink it all. I’m going to say iced. 😉 because then it has to be kind of warm out.
    Random thing: hmmm. Everyone really misses that I’ve stopped writing backwards in their birthday cards, but I’m just so rushed.

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    Lindsey
    September 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Happy 7 years!!! I also find it awkward when people recognize me from blogging.
    My favourite coffee is Cool Beans obviously!

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    laura @ scribbles and sass
    September 30, 2015 at 9:11 am

    happy blogging anniversary, my dear. i’m not going to ask who the singer is…but did you remove the posts or not?

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    allison
    October 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    yay for 7 years!

    and a third life crisis is totally a thing (sorry). I’m thinking about doing a fun post soon about dream jobs – I’ll email you if I do.

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      Becky
      October 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Please do!

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    AmieRunningOnHealthy
    October 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

    I am so grateful to have met you through blogging and have you become one of my friends IRL. Happy 7 years! Also – you will have to tell me who the celeb was that wanted your posts removed!!

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