Twenty years ago today, I started my personal blog. It is fascinating to think of the journey that blogging has taken my on.
These blogs seem to be all the rage, and hopefully it will be easier then editing the old fashioned way… we’ll see how it works out! =)
A thought for today:
“What we need in the world is manners…. I think that if, instead of preaching brotherly love, we preached good manners, we might get a little further. It sounds less righteous and more practical.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
This was actually my second attempt at blogging, after I was inspired initially by the Digital Divas to blog by hand coding an HTML page and replacing it each time I added to it.
Thankfully Blogger came along, and then Greymatter, and MovableType, and eventually WordPress.
As I woke up this morning, I started to think of all of the things that blogging has impacted in my life.
- Hundreds of people that I have met, initially online but eventually in person, from coast to coast and around the world – I wish I could list you all but this post would take me days to write if I did
- Writing & the support of my online community got me through so many trying times
- SXSW Interactive in the early days taught me more than I ever expected to learn
- I launched a blog hosting company
- I learned to believe in my own photography skills and showed my work online
- Through photography & blogging, I met Ann, who had met this guy named Mike that was from Houston, but living in London at the time – and she told me I really needed to meet him when he returned
- Mike eventually set up a Coffee Hour in Houston, and I went because of Ann’s recommendation
- My photography blog was a finalist in the SXSW Interactive Awards – one of FIVE
- That was the same year that Matt Mullenweg said his blogging software was ready to launch, but still needed a name – and I suggested WordPress a few days later
- WordPress now powers over 30% of the internet in 2020
- Mike & I got married (16 years ago this month!)
- Sold the blog hosting company; the profits funded starting my photography business
- Blogging for my photography business, and sharing about it on Twitter lead me to be fully booked (25+ weddings) my first year, grossing 6 figures in revenue, and the foundation of the lessons I learned are now the InstaLocal Course
- Photographed hundreds of weddings, and thousands of women for boudoir sessions and brand photography sessions
- Including photographing Ann & Karl’s wedding were married in Bristol, England – with Mike by my side
- Numerous other destination weddings, and travel for portrait sessions and speaking at conferences
- Wrote a best-selling book on blogging for business, and featured in a number of other books
- Hosting three podcasts: one on knitting back in 2005, plus two on business, including the current Reframe Success
- My photography business has evolved in to education and coaching for other service business owners
Looking back through the lens of nostalgia, it is amazing to think of how many friends I have today that I would have never known without blogging.
I’m forever grateful for blogging because without it, I might not have met my husband, Mike. We always tell people we met because of the internet, but we didn’t meet online. We met through blogging.
Something that doesn’t seem so unusual now, but we were early adopters. It was still pretty rare then.
People I’ve visited, shared a meal with, spent a trip with. I’ve watched their families grow and change. We’ve supported one another in times of joy, and times of sorrow.
A community – completely unlike one we could have ever imagined 20 years ago.
Twenty years ago, being a professional photographer was a dream, but one I never thought would become a reality. Not me, I couldn’t actually do that.
Blogging made me believe that I could do anything.
My first photography clients, and my biggest fans, came from my blogging circle. I’ve traveled to England, Bermuda, and around the USA to photograph people that first came in to my life through blogging.
When I was in high school, I wanted to be a photographer, a teacher, or work with computers. In the late 80s, there was no way to combine those things. In 2020? That is EXACTLY what I do today.
Social media came along; Twitter, then Facebook, and Instagram, and it all changed how we blogged. The posts became faster, the reactions and interactions more spontaneous, and blogging for many has evolved or faded away.
Blogs have evolved, which isn’t surprising for a medium that didn’t even exist 20 years ago.
Blogging is what made my life as I know it possible.