Midlifestylist Is One Year Old

My Blog Celebrated its First Birthday

My blog Midlifestylist is one year old.  Midlifestylist celebrated its first birthday on 24 October.  It has been a year of many challenges for myself personally, as well as a huge learning curve for my blog. I started Midlifestylist because I wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle to midlifers.  Along the way it’s developed into much more than that.  Many of my readers are outside of that age range. 

I started off thinking my blog would mainly focus on weight-loss and midlife interests.  Because of my health issues this year, the direction of Midlifestylist changed to promoting health and raising awareness of cancer and other hereditary illnesses.

I had minimal technical experience prior to starting my blog and have had to learn everything from the beginning.  I’m proud of how far I’ve come.  I started my blog on WordPress.com not realising that using that platform would limit me unless I paid for a business plan which is way above my budget. Changing over to a self hosted platform was extremely challenging.   I’m glad I did it but I’ve had to learn everything from scratch and through trial and error.  My website is almost the way I want it now, after a lot of work.  

The Best and Worst Aspects of Blogging

The most rewarding part of blogging has been all the wonderful people I’ve “met” online.  The blogging community is so supportive and I’m proud to be part of it.  I didn’t realise that there was this community before I started.

The aspect of blogging that has been the least enjoyable is the constant self promotion that is required.  I’d really rather be writing than promoting my blog on social media.  It’s a necessary evil though, if I want people to actually read my blog.

I’ve had some very positive feedback over the past year.  If I can improve just one person’s life in some way then it’s all been worth it.  My family are very supportive even if they don’t read it!

Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle Through My Blog

Having my blog has been a Godsend this year while I’ve been stuck at home recovering from my surgeries.  It has helped me to channel my need for helping people while I haven’t been able to work as a nurse. I have been able to promote a healthy lifestyle and keep my mind active while doing something worthwhile.

Thankyou to my regular readers and to the people who have supported me over the last year.  Thanks to other bloggers who have shared my articles, commented on my posts, and allowed me to be a guest on their blog.  Your support has been valued very highly.

Shared at Life This Week Linkup


10 responses to “Midlifestylist Is One Year Old”

  1. Congrats to you Christina, a great year of blogging. I too am surprised at what I’ve managed to do in regards to my blog, not being a technical whiz at all. I too dislike the requirement of self promotion but do the bare minimum. I have pinned your post. #lifethisweek


    • Thanks so much Debbie. The technical aspects and self promotion take the joy out of blogging for me. I’ve pulled right back on social media but it’s affecting my stats so I will probably have to bite the bullet and do more. Thanks for sharing and commenting, regards Christina


  2. Congratulations! I agree the blogging community is a great support. Here’s to another year of blogging.


  3. Fantastic achievement Christina. Yes, a blog is a great way to connect with others. It’s why I am still blogging…and you have reminded me, I first started mine in late 2010. Gosh!! I know so much more now and the why of blogging for me is all ab out the connections. When I first started it was pretty new in Australia and many, including me, listened to those who said it could make us money. For me that was very limiting and I stopped any kind of promotions a long time ago as it drained me!!

    Thank you for linking up this week. I do hope to see you link up next week too of course. The optional prompt is44/51 Outside 2.11.2020. Wow: November is here! Denyse.


    • Thank you so much Denyse, for your words of encouragement. I have quickly realised that blogging is not a way to make money. It takes all the joy out of it. Wow, 10 years! That is amazing! My first blog was just a kind of a diary of when I was going through heart issues, and that was in 2009. My second was a family history one that I started in 2015. This is the only one I’ve stayed consistent at and tried to grow. You’re right – the connections with other bloggers has been the best part of it. Take care, Christina


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