It’s hard to believe, but I’m celebrating my first anniversary of Mid-Life Blogger already! When I think back over the past year, I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned and the new experiences I’ve had. To help me celebrate, Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company generously donated a $30 gift certificate. You can learn more and enter by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. The giveaway ends on May 31st, the anniversary of my very first blog post. Please share with your friends so that they can get in on the fun with us. Good luck!
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A New Chapter
I started blogging for several reasons. I was going through a major life change since I was becoming an empty nester and I felt an emptiness that I wanted to fill. Also, I had spent fourteen years homeschooling my children and I wanted to share what I’d learned and encourage other homeschool moms. Writing has helped me transition, and made it more exciting by providing new opportunities and experiences. With the kids leaving the nest, my life literally looked like a blank page. Through blogging, I’ve happily written on it to chronicle this next chapter. (Read Empty Nest)
A New Hobby
Blogging knit my many interests together into a new one. Through it, gardening, homesteading, homeschooling, and writing, have all come together into a new hobby that encompasses all of them, as well as anything else that life brings. It allows me to look back at lessons learned and precious memories, while at the same time sharing as I adjust to new roles and embrace new opportunities.
There were things that I had been wanting to learn, but hadn’t really had time during the previous season. It just seemed like the time had come. To say that my mind has been stimulated would be an understatement. There is still so much to be learned and it’s never dull. What I appreciate is that I can do it at my own pace. When there are other things that need my attention, the blog can wait. And possibly later benefit as I’m able to share the things I learn and experience. (Read Learning How to Learn)
Often, God reveals things to me. It may be an answered prayer, a new understanding, or how He orchestrated life events to bring about a particular end. Those things are fun to share, too. (See my Inspirational category)
I wrote about Stitch Fix in my first blog post. I had forgotten that I actually first thought about blogging specifically about it because I couldn’t find any mid-life Stitch Fix bloggers. Stitch Fix appeals to my city-girl side. Even though I live in the country, I still like to feel my best when I go to town. A side benefit has been that I’ve had some pictures of myself to use for my blog. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have many because I’m usually the one behind the camera. I still can’t say I’m totally comfortable in front of it, but writing about Stitch Fix has helped with my confidence a little bit. I used a photo from my most recent Stitch Fix post to make a featured image for this one.
There was an unexpected benefit of blogging – I’ve made new blogging friends through it. We write about similar topics so we have a lot in common. We help each other learn and grow. Through blogging I meet new people every day.
I’ve had experiences that I wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for blogging. I’m really grateful for those, and look ahead with wonder at where blogging will take me next.
Most Popular Post
My most popular post so far, and by far, is Homeschool Graduates in College. When I first had the idea to write it, I had no idea of the impact it would have. I hoped to encourage homeschooling parents, and evidently I succeeded. It’s been viewed over 21,000 times at this writing.
Behind the Scenes
I wanted to take a moment to explain about affiliate links. If you read many blogs, you may notice affiliate link disclaimers like mine above. The FTC requires bloggers to post a disclaimer whenever a post contains them. I didn’t know it when I started, but there are actually a lot of expenses involved in blogging. You can get started free, but as the blog grows and improves, it starts to incur more expenses. When you make a purchase through a blogger’s affiliate links, they make a small commission. How much varies with the vendor and product, but its usually pretty small. The price you pay doesn’t change when you use them, but the commissions help bloggers pay their bills. If you enjoy my blog, then you can help support it and encourage me by using my affiliate links. You can access them quickly by visiting my Resources page, or by clicking on links and banners in my posts.
One of the biggest challenges bloggers face is just getting their posts seen. Social media sites are constantly changing their algorithms which determine what appears in your feed. Even if you follow someone’s page, you still might not see their posts. What helps our posts to be seen is your reaction to it, whether you comment, share, or just click an emoji. So another way you can support bloggers is by simply liking, sharing, and commenting. The only sure-fire way to make sure you see them is by subscribing.
One of my favorite things to write about is gardening. Many of my posts have been about seeds I’ve bought from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I love trying new things, and their catalog is a mesmerizing source of endless possibilities. I’ve ordered from them for many years, long before I started my blog.
If you aren’t on their mailing list, you’re missing out. They have non-GMO seeds from all over the world for crops and varieties I didn’t know existed, and their listings expand every year. This year I was excited to see more flowers being included. The catalog is seasoned with gardening-related quotes, too, so it makes for interesting reading. Expand your gardening horizons and try something new!
To help celebrate my first anniversary, Baker Creek generously donated a $30 gift certificate. Please enter the giveaway below and share with your friends. In the comments, tell me if you’ve purchased from Baker Creek before, and what seeds you’d order if you win. (Or even if you don’t.)
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and allowing me to share with you. My readers are precious new friends. I truly appreciate your support and encouragement!
I know where I’ve been, but I don’t know exactly where I’m going. Even so, I’m not fearful, because I know God has a plan and a purpose for me. And my blog.
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