As hard as it is to believe, this coming week marks the one year anniversary of my blog launch.
YEA! Happy Anniversary!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has followed and encouraged me, commented, and provided wonderful feedback.
When I began this journey, I had NO idea what to expect. Would I be able to find something interesting to write about on a regular basis? Would anyone stop by, read, and maybe even leave a comment? Would the blog become a giant time-suck and get in the way of: my job; my writing; my marriage; or my growing fondness of naptime (not necessarily in that order)?
I had made a one-year commitment, and based in part on a few “Aha” moments along the way, I’ve decided to keep blogging through 2013. Some of my favorite revelations have been:
- I’ve been surprised that I don’t blog very often about my book , even if I do weave it in every now and then, like just now….
- I’ve also been surprised that I have been able to find something to write about each month, and blogging has been something that I have looked forward to – it has not yet become a chore.
- Illustrations, top ten lists, and quick references resonate with readers.
- I don’t have to be brilliant every post, but I should create posts that are colorful, easy to read, and provide a little value or perhaps advice.
- There were blog topics that were more popular than others. Your favorites included:
In Search of Angry White Male This post definitely hit a nerve right after the election.
Three Little Words This post, dedicated to why I miss Florida, had many of you waxing poetic about where you grew up.
There Once Was a Girl From the South Apparently we have quite a few poets amongst us. I may have to think about a Haiku challenge for 2013.
Along the way I’ve connected with some wonderful groups:
In particular, two terrific women bloggers who have provided lots of fun and support are:
I hope you’ll visit all of them – tell them Kimba sent you.
Overall, this blog seems to be humming along just fine, so there won’t be many tweaks or changes for 2013 (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mantra). There is one minor change we have just implemented: the blog is now titled “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats.” What do you think? Do you believe this is an accurate depiction of the types of topics I usually discuss?
Are there any particular topics that you would like to see us discuss in 2013? Do you like the new blog title? Please leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Cheers and I hope 2013 is as much fun for us as this past year has been,
Nathalie Villeneuve saysFebruary 1, 2013 at 10:41 am
Your Blog is fabulous…I really mean that! Happy anniversary Kimba! I am glad that you will continus to blog in 2013. You bring a ray of sunshine to a lot of people's heart!
We "Feel" your love of writing and free expression in what you share with us and that is SO inspiring!!! Keep up the colorful, enlightning and fun blog post that makes you so unique!
I'm also REALLY happy to have you with us inside The Women of Facebook community!
Kim D saysFebruary 4, 2013 at 11:09 am
Thx Nathalie AND a big thanks for all that you do for TWOF – you are my favorite artist!!
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Jacs Henderson saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 11:49 am
Really pleased to hear you're continuing to blog Kimba after your 1 year trial – you choose some fun random subjects and that keeps it fresh and captivating, because you write when inspired 🙂
have a good celebration
Kim Dalferes saysJanuary 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm
Thx for the support and encouragement Jacs – look forward to another year together on TWOF and beyond…
Lori saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 11:05 am
Love your blog. Miss your face.
Kim Dalferes saysJanuary 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm
Miss you too – must figure out a way to get together this summer!
Suzie Cheel saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 1:56 am
Congrats on you anniversary and sharing of great posts. I think a Haiku challenge is a great idea and I do say no to chocolate 🙂
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:30 am
Suzie, you may be the only woman on the planet who can turn down chocolate. Would honestly love to see a Haiku from you.
Megan Blogs saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Happy blogoversary darling! There ain't nothing cheap about middle-age… maybe just the seats, tho not in my neck of the woods.
Also very glad to have met you in your first year, before you start getting famous (or MORE famous) and get a big head or sumthin' 🙂
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:28 am
Megan, I could never get a big head around you! I might get a big hangover…. 🙂 Come to the east coast so we can have a play date!!
Julieanne Case saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Another fun post giving us a glimpse into who you are. I love that and I need to do that more often myself. I haven't blogged for a couple of months, thought of many good ones and didn't write them down. I say follow your heart. You'll know what to write. Your soul will tell you!
Always from the heart!
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Kim Dalferes saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:42 am
JulieAnne, I just stopped by your blog and left a comment – keep blogging – love your thoughts and ideas!
Tonya Sheridan saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Great post!
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:23 am
Thx for stopping by Tonya – hope you have a great weekend.
Suzanne Michelle saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 9:50 am
Congratulations! I really believe it takes a special something to be engaged with our message regularly, whether we have no readers, 10 readers, or a million readers. The ratings are really insignificant compared to whether it brings us joy or not. I choose to only blog or vlog (I do more videos than writing) when I am inspired to do so. I love your enthusiasm and energy to make the internet a more valuable place to be.
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:13 am
Thx as always for the encouragement Suzanne. I'm not so sure I'm contributing to the Internet being more valuable, but I hope maybe it's at least a little bit funnier!
Darunee saysFebruary 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm
Well thank you for the warm welcome I am thrliled to be here. I have been trying to build my blog up with the bligging community and I think it is wonderful you are inviting all to meet and greet eachother. Oh yeah I too have a red head. Just one! My daughter has dark brown hair funny how geneetics work. Come check out ym blog http://www.carribear0620.blogspot.com
Diane Marie saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 9:41 am
Congratulations Kimba on your 1 year anniversary! I so related to your wondering if you would have enough to write about. Somehow it just comes to you doesn't it. I am going on my 4th month of blogging so it is all pretty new to me. I have enjoyed getting to know you through The Women of Facebook group and reading your blogs. They always bring a smile to my face.
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:06 am
Keep on bloggin' girl! Love following you too.
Ladainian saysFebruary 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm
I just hope whvoeer writes these keeps writing more!
JaneAtTheLake saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 7:40 am
Oops, AND Happy Anniversary!!!!!!
JaneAtTheLake saysJanuary 25, 2013 at 7:40 am
Love the author, love the perspective, love the humor….don’t change a thing! (Keep up the good work mantra 🙂
Kim D saysJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:04 am
Janie, next up: "things I learned at the lake." Names will be changed to protect the innocent!
Alan saysFebruary 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm
Thanks for the welcome. I just stertad my blog this year, and would love to have some of you wonderful ladies to leave a comment, a word of encouragement to me, especially today! I just love reading your blogs that I am just now discovering. Seems that you bloggers sure have grown some deep friendships, of which I would love to be a part of. How cool is God to allow us to participate in such an inspiring way. Can’t wait to meet more of you and become life long friends. http://www.marilarkin.blogspot.com