In my second year of blogging, I really clicked it up a notch as my blog’s tagline changed in my head from this:
“What happens when a timid and squeamish woman decides it’s time for a change?”
“This is what happens when a timid and squeamish woman decides it’s time for a change!”
Less Timid, Less Squeamish
I 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.
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.
Beyond 101 Things
I 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.)
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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 husband
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:
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.