Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Blog Post No. 500


My post with a detailed recipe (including step-by-step photos) on
how to make Zwetschgendatschi remains one of my most
popular posts. Who would have thought? Not me.

500 blog posts! It's not a milestone I particularly aspired to, and probably wouldn't have noticed, were it not for Blogger's tally at the top of the list of all my posts. I started this blog in January 2011. Now, three years and nine months later, I have arrived a post no. 500. For some bloggers that's might not be a lot; they have reached that within a year or so as they blog almost every day. For me, it is a milestone worth noting.

So where am I, 500 blog posts later?
  1. Blogging has truly become part of my life. I'm proud that I've kept a steady clip.
  2. Twice a week is my blogging frequency. I experimented with how often I should blog; I did three Blogathons, and last August I participated in a daily blog challenge that finally taught me that my rate of blogging is simply twice a week. Sometimes less, sometimes more, but it averages out to that.
  3. That August Break blog challenge also taught me that I want to blog about what I want to blog about. Someone else's prescriptions don't work for me.
  4. I've become a photographer. I didn't see that one coming. Now I have a photo essay coming out in Bella Grace.
  5. I've developed my blogging voice. I do still get carried away with new ideas, however. Sometimes I end up being comfortable with those, sometimes I realize they were really fads, or someone else's way of blogging. But I tell myself that it's good to keep experimenting.
  6. I crave the interaction with and affirmation from my blog readers. No other form of publication really provides that.
  7. Like any other endeavor, blogging is its own thing. You have to learn about it and keep learning, challenge yourself and keep going. You don't just do it on the side. It becomes something else you do, something you commit to and then it rewards you in ways you could have foreseen (see point 4).
  8. Old successful posts keep on giving, meaning they are useful to new readers and keep delighting me as well. For example, I continue to get comments on my Zwetschgendatschi recipe from three years ago. People are still happy to find it, and every fall new comments remind me that I need to bake it again, which I did this weekend, hence the photo.
Here's to another 500 blog posts that will get me to 1,000!

10 comments:

  1. WANA112 here I am at 375 posts since January of 2012. Hope to get to 500! Glad you have made that milestone. That shows perseverance! Good for you. Now keep writing.

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    1. janiceheck - thanks for stopping by! Sounds like you are keeping a steady clip, too!

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  2. Quite a roadmark!

    With my photoblog, since that's daily, it'll pass the writer's blog sometime next year.

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    1. William - thanks! I don't know how you do the daily thing...

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  3. Wow, Annette, congrats on the 500 milestone! I'm from the original WANA 1011, but I'm nowhere near that. Hard to tell exactly where, because I had been blogging when we lived in Ireland before the class, but somewhere around 150. And months-long gaps when my return to college took over completely. Hoping to be more regular now, but still working out how to do it! So you can be my inspiration. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. Happy to inspire you! It's all about figuring out what blogging frequency is comfortable for you. It took me a while to find my pace. And of course it's not just about quantity, you do have to have something valuable to share. I hope I do that...

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  4. Annette, congratulations on your 500th post. Your recipe for and photographs of Zwetschgendatschi make it look irresistible. May you, you loved ones, and the fellow followers of your faith have a wonderful Rosh Hashanah.

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara, especially for thinking of Rosh Hashana! I've been in baking/cooking mode for a few days now to get ready for tonight's festive dinner and guests.

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  5. Congratulations Annette! 500 posts are a milestone!

    I, like Jennifer, am from the original Wana1011 class. And I don't even begin to know how many times I've blogged. It's not anywhere near 500, that much I can tell you. You are an inspiration! So glad you're enjoying the process. :)

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by! It's nice to see you're still at it.

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