WOW! I'm ONE! Well, actually I'm not one (I'm about 20 or so years older than that) but my blog is! I can hardly believe that this journey has survived an entire year.
A little over a year ago, I was unemployed and a Facebook junkie staying at home with my babies. I wasn't particularly unhappy, but we as a family were broke! Then a life-long friend approached me. She said I was funny, she said I was a good writer, she encouraged me to start a blog. A what I said. A blog, you can do this and you can be successful and continue to stay at home! I was intrigued and on November 13, 2010, with a LOT of help, Insanity Is Not An Option was born. It debuted with a post about parenting entitled Parenting Is Rough and a couple of people read it so I was encouraged and continued to plug away.
I continued to rant and people continued to read. WOW crazy! A month or so after I started this venture, I posted The Top 10 Most Annoying Facebook Personality Types and by this time, people were finding my blog by searching Google! Holy can this be true? Yup so I plugged away and y'all let me rant. Can you say FABULOUS? Well I sure can (5 times fast even)!
I don't have a huge blog, but I truly am digging this gig! I love my followers (again, can't thank the 12 of you enough...YOU ROCK), and this journey has been amazing! It has stressed me out at times, I've wanted to quit, I think I even cried once or 100 times! But now, after a year, I'm happy to be where I'm at and I'm glad I stuck it out.
I have no great wisdom to offer, no grand prizes, just a sincere thank you and a list of the top 10 things I love about what I do and the people that have supported me. So without further ado, my top 10:
#10 - There a gazillion and 50 blogs on the web, and people actually choose to read mine!
#9 - I get to rant, rave, and review and no one can tell me to shut up! Well they can, but I don't have to listen!
#8 - I'm my own boss!
#7 - I write what I want PERIOD!
#6 - If people don't like what I write, they don't have to read it. It's not like a report at work. It's just my life! SCORE!
#5 - After about 6 months, I began making money while staying at home, doing what I love....WRITING!
#4 - I get to stay at home with my babies!
#3 - I've found some really great new friends in the blogisphere!
#2 - My husband and my children for supporting me in my efforts, as I stress, as I cry, as I'm ready to give up, they have encouraged me. They are my foundation and without them I am nothing!
And the #1 thing I am thankful for on this (one day late to my own party) blogiversary is....
#1 - Jules at A Little Bite of Life. Without her encouragement, without her help, and without her support along the way (and that occasional hanky), I wouldn't have held out. I would have packed up my blog and gone back to work. I would have left my children in a day care center.
So raise a glass, toast a toast, and let's celebrate! I'm one and I'm thankful! Thank y'all for this sparkly year! And MANY MORE!