It passed without any fanfare – this past week marks two years blogging at Live By Surprise.
This journey feels in some ways like it’s been going for a long time – and in some ways like it’s only just begun.
I was at home with Bae on an extended maternity leave. He was just over six months old. And I was getting bored. I’d always enjoyed writing – so I thought, why not? I read a couple of “How To” posts on blogging. I landed on a theme and a brand – and I got social media accounts for Live by Surprise on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I took a few days to figure out Blogger, and on January 22, 2014, I wrote this post: The Seven Critical Decisions that have Changed My Life in Surprising Ways. Two weeks later, I applied for and was approved as a writer on DivorcedMoms.com on Valentine’s Day. My first piece with them, Resolving my Co-Parent Nightmares with Cartoon Violence went live on February 22, 2014. Up to that point, I’d been writing solely for myself – but I finally felt like this was going to go somewhere, and I let Hubs in on my secret.
Some of you have been here since the beginning – as I wrote about my family, my son’s struggles with his learning disability, my love of my husband and kids, our dogs and of course my own struggles with the Goblin King. I had pieces published on the Huffington Post, and last summer, a group of writers that I was part of in Facebook encouraged me to submit my first piece to ScaryMommy. With that, I made my debut as a paid writer. I haven’t looked back. I submitted pieces to The Mid, Sammiches and Psych Meds and Your Tango. Last week I had my first interview with a real writer!
This past August, my Blogger became LiveBySurprise.com. I went from a Blogger platform to WordPress. I love the flexibility and seamlessness of the templates – and now (especially after an incredibly rocky transfer), I’m not sure why I didn’t start on WordPress.
My stats tell me these are your favorite posts:
- Since My Divorce…
- The 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not Read the Comments
- Memories or Evidence? Photos and Divorce
- Building Strong Children
I had scaled back on writing about my divorce – but it seems that may be my niche. So you will find new divorce articles from me shortly.
I also plan on broadening my writing abilities. I want to write more humor – as I know you’ve enjoyed my MockMom articles. I’m going to keep up with my YeahWriteMe Microstories. I have plans to submit my writing to new places. I’m going to enter the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. And if I don’t win, I’ll be back next year to try again. I have plans to do my first blogging conference in the spring. I’m going to work hard to improve my writing in the hopes that you all will keep coming back. And some day soon, I’m going to write a book.
And I couldn’t done it without you all. Thank you for your support. If there are any articles that you think I should write, or something you want to know more about, please let me know in the comments. I may write just for you!
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