September 1, 2016
Aww.. My Blog is Three Today! Happy Birthday, Blog!
Yippeeyayy! Before I dwell into any details, look at how I celebrated! That’s some delicious cookie balls for you, my dear readers who were always there by my side, being a part of my world, my happiness!
Three years ago, when I started this blog, it was with the sole aim of maintaining a record of the recipes I tried in my kitchen. I was newly married and I wanted to keep track of the ‘Eureka moments’ after experimenting. I took baby steps and began to scribble few poems and snippets from my life, which was well received. Awards and Accolades came her way and she evolved.
There are two highlights or the best things that happened to my blog which I wanted to share on this special occasion.
a. Participating in the #AtoZChallenge – all three years. I absolutely love the madness and chaos that come with it. It opened doors for knowing some amazing blogs and bloggers, every single year. I had 5.9k views this April, my highest ever, of course. This year, I chose a topic that is close to my heart, rather, I should say, it is my very being- 26 things on being Married to the Olive Green. I was humbled by the response I got. Honestly, I am unable to express my happiness right now.
b. Blogging Communities – It was only days before the AtoZChallenge that I came across a random tweet by Blog Chatter. I joined their regular chat session that Wednesday and it piqued my curiosity. The next thing I knew was that I was showered with a lot of love from so many bloggers who guided and motivated each other. You tell me, who else would send across a lovely @rangroute journal to all those who completed AtoZChallenge with them? I am so happy and delighted to be part of such a close-knit community, for they are just a ping away- always!
I am also part of two other fabulous blogging communities- Blog-A-Rhythm (BAR) and Write Tribe who have helped me regularize my blogging and inspire to churn out excellent if not, exemplary posts.
I am glad that I am connected to Book Club, there by having a golden opportunity to know many authors and review their works. I am happy that I have been approached by quite a handful of authors through emails asking me to review their books. Being a part of Indiblogger, Blogadda and Blogmint opens doors for contests, sponsored posts and writing for some great prompts. I had a huge opportunity to attend a Blogging Conference by Indiblogger and it was A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Having had the chance to meet few renowned names in the field of blogging, I knew I had to up my game.
And thus, I decided to take a small step by moving my food blog to self-hosted and my Tomato Blog is now Kohl-Eyed Me. Huge decision! I just wanted to let go of many things that was attached to the previous title- few wounds are hard to heal.
The best moment for this little space was when I had the chance to meet Brett Lee as part of Sounds of Cricket Campaign. Yes, it was Fabulous, especially when he said he loved the question I asked him.
A handful of WOW posts, few contests won on the blog and Twitter, my blogging journey this year isn’t much to brag about. But, here are my Popular Posts:
So, it is Three years, 444 posts, 55K+ footprints, a max of 579 views a day, and 13k followers later, I am set to begin another exciting year on Kohl-Eyed Me.
I’m setting few goals for my blog, this year:
1. Write at least 3 posts a week (so that I can dedicate time for my food blog too)
2. Do/Ask a guest post every month
3. Participate for the contests and not procrastinate
4. Read more
5. Make friends
6. And celebrate all her baby steps.
Thanks again for being a part of my journey. Keep visiting. Keep encouraging.
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