Blogging. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? It seems that everyone defines blogging differently, as well they should. Blogging is different for everyone and ten years ago blogging meant something completely different than it does today. However, one thing is certain true in my case: it’s always been a creative outlet. What started out as a hobby has turned into so much more than I ever would have imagined and it’s been an awesome ride.
Today, October 14th, is my 10th anniversary of blogging. Happy Blogaversary to me!
As I looked back and re-read my very first blog post, I was a little embarrassed to be honest. I mean, how did I ever let myself publish something so poorly written? Then I remember that I started Masshole Mommy as a record of my life. Back in 2009, that’s what blogging was: an online diary. I wasn’t writing to impress anyone and truly believed that no one would even care enough to read what I was writing. At the time I was a single mom of two little boys and that’s what I wanted to write about, so I did.
I seriously wrote about the dumbest stuff back then. Just look at this post I wrote about the show Lost. It’s like a bad Facebook status. Yikes.
Then about 3.5 years into this whole blogging thing, something terrible happened. I wrote a full recap of what happened here, but in short my site crashed in April of 2013 while I was on vacation with my family in San Diego. In total, I lost about a year’s worth of blog posts and approximately 90% of the images on my site. I had someone back home trying to help me to restore my site, but no matter what we did we couldn’t recover it. All that work was just gone. There were posts about my wedding in 2010, vacations and the boys that were just gone forever! It was completely devastating. I remember sitting in our hotel room in California in tears and truthfully, I almost quit blogging that day. I am so thankful I didn’t.
It was around that time that blogging really started to change, so I decided to keep working on my site. Brands were starting to notice that bloggers were building captive audiences and the sponsored opportunities started to roll in. At first it was product reviews, but then it turned into sponsored trips and eventually getting paid to write about stuff. I never would have imagined that back when I first started blogging in 2009.
That’s when I changed the focus of my blog. I worked hard at improving my photography skills and started to write about things that I felt more people could relate to (recipes, crafts, etc) versus lame recaps of Lost.
And here I am 3426 blog posts later…..
If you think that number is impressive, check this out. Over the years, those 3426 posts have received 172,705 comments! That blows my mind to think about all those people that took the time to comment on my stuff. It’s humbling really.
Since I started Masshole Mommy, I’ve gotten (re)married, both of my boys have both started and finished elementary school (Jared has completed middle school as well), I’ve lost my mom, bought two cars, Jared got his black belt, I’ve crossed 4 things off of my bucket list and gotten a dog. My writing and photography skills are a million times better than they were a decade ago and I don’t see any end in sight for Masshole Mommy. While it seems that a lot of emphasis is placed on social media, and I take my social media very seriously, Masshole Mommy definitely isn’t going anywhere.
If it weren’t for Masshole Mommy I likely never would have met Donnie Wahlberg (and then gone on to meet Joey, Danny and Jordan), ridden in a helicopter, spent the day touring wineries on Long Island, visited the Domino’s HQ in Ann Arbor for my friend Maria at Tough Cookie Mommy, ridden a float at Universal Studios Mardi Gras parade, flown to LA to meet the Old Spice Guy, stayed in a big house on Anna Maria Island with a bunch of other bloggers Real World Style, or filmed a segment for NECN (a local news station). Blogging has been such a blessing for me and my family and I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to us (especially meeting Donnie Wahlberg).
Since I have your attention, did you happen to notice that my site looks a little different? I figured that a milestone like my 10th blogaversary warranted something special like a new look for my site, so I made some changes to celebrate!
I know there are some of you who have been with me since the beginning and I thank you (if no one reads my posts, I wouldn’t be here). I absolutely love all the emails and messages I get, so keep them coming. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with our adventures and I hope you are looking forward to what’s in store for us. There are a lot of milestones coming up for us – Jared will be driving in less than a year (OMG!) and graduating in 2022!
For some behind the scenes fun, make sure to follow me on Instagram because I post of a lot of pictures to my stories.
Blogging has been a a truly amazing journey and here’s to another 10 years (and maybe seeing Donnie Wahlberg again)!