Less Timid, Less Squeamish: My Second Blogoversary

In my second year of blogging, I really clicked it up a notch as my blog’s tagline changed in my head from this:

Too Timid and Squeamish header What happens“What happens when a timid and squeamish woman decides it’s time for a change?”

to this:

Too Timid and Squeamish header What happens edit“This is what happens when a timid and squeamish woman decides it’s time for a change!”

Less Timid, Less Squeamish

Don't Be Too Timid and Squeamish GraffitiI felt the impact of blogging on my real life, as I became a less timid and squeamish person. (I declared this on my first blogoversary too; it’s a process, I’m finding.) As I checked off each item on my 101 things list, I felt even more confident to get out there and try new things.

I had a blast with my new challenges, and I made my manifesto both visible, in the form of graffiti on my garage, and audible, when my husband composed and recorded a theme song for me. (He rocked it.)

I just did a Year in Review post last month, so I won’t repeat all of that, but I wanted to make a special comment about what happened in May.

Stats attack

Blog stats by month

On a whim, I sent a link to Neatorama that followed up on a photo I had previously sent them, then forgot about it. I was amazed a few days later when I checked in on my stats and saw that I’d had over 6,000 hits and my little site had crashed from the onslaught. One-finger handstand skyrocketed to the top of my “most popular posts” and flat-lined my stats for all months before and after it.

Speaking of stats, If You Give a Mom a Blog received the most comments. Savoring savory oatmeal received the most hits from Google searches.

Beyond 101 Things

101 things in 1001 daysI now have less than a year to finish my 101 things list. (Zorbing is probably the task I am most hesitant to tackle.) Even though I am not yet finished, I added a category called “Beyond 101 Things” for list-worthy adventures. It came about when I experienced thrilling adventures in Costa Rica that weren’t on my list, and it will be a place to add new adventures after my list is done.

If you have any ideas for a new challenge I should try, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. If you double dare me, I might have to try it. (Please, nobody triple dog dare me.)

As seen on YouTube

Why I Blog Video buttonDuring my second year, I added a new aspect to my blogging by vlogging for the first time in response to Mama Kat’s vlogging workshops. My favorites were Pet Peeves and Why I Blog.

And failure too

I had my share of failure during my second year of blogging. I tried to get a new feature up and running called “Life’s Experiments,” in which readers send in a handmade postcard that celebrates a time they went out of their comfort zones. The only one I got was one I begged my son to send. I still love this idea, so how about it? Send me a postcard? (I double dare you.)

I have also struggled with not fitting into a certain niche. If I am going to declare that I am not too timid and squeamish anymore, then what do I write about? I decided, though, to just go with it and write about whatever I feel like. It’s my blog, after all. (And I am still plenty timid and squeamish.)

Bloggers: Do you worry about trying to fit your blog into a certain niche?

Nude whitewater rappelling with William Shatner on the beats: Funny Search Terms

I always shake my head in wonder at some of the search terms people Google that lead them to my blog. Some of my favorite puzzlers from the last year:

  • he groped me
  • crime slunk scene
  • girl you nasty
  • muffins nester
  • super duper weenie man
  • trailers of randy moms vs timid boys (OK, what?)
  • with a bike his size, ralph would never be timid again
  • pregnant hippie
  • cake pops nasty girls
  • squeamish people food
  • zombie bento
  • squeamish nuts
  • bald husbandNude rapelling

And then there were these:

  • nude rappelling (Yes, I went rappelling, but I swear I was fully clothed.)
  • nude on the beats
  • william shatner nude photography
  • nude whitewater
  • nude rocket
  • cat nude pose

Got it. Note to self: Never use the word “nude” in a headline again!

And I smile to myself when people Google “makeover before and after” and hit this:

Zombie Makeover Before and After

To all my readers, thank you for coming along for the ride. I am excited to begin my third year of blogging and see where it takes me.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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12 Responses to Less Timid, Less Squeamish: My Second Blogoversary

  1. Your Zombie makeover picture is HILARIOUS…and also gross! 😉 I love the reflection…definitely a good idea on a blogaversary! 🙂

  2. beebeesworld says:

    my kid does this on his smart phone

  3. You are truly amazing! An almost completed 101 Things in 1001 Day list, fabulous “in the moment” photos, a sketch of you rappelling nude with William Shatner (where is he, by the way?) even a VIDEO and a theme song. AND you discovered that secret thingy called Stats and know how to find what search terms have led people to your blog. Whew! High five, blogger buddy.

  4. Love this post! So fun to read. Happy Blogoversary!!!! XOXO 😀

  5. Tracie says:

    Congrats on your two year blogoversary! It looks like the last year was amazing, and I’m sure this next one will be even better.

  6. 31milionseconds says:

    Happy Blogoversary! And a big congrats on two years! That is quite the accomplishment. And I love the zombie picture. Great fun!

  7. beverlydiehl says:

    Belated congratulations on your blogoversary. Wonderful to see how much you’ve been brave enough to tackle.

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