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.
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