Two Years Blogging

It’s my second blog birthday! I can hardly believe I have made it this long. When I first started blogging, I didn’t tell a soul, outside of my husband and my mother, mostly because I wasn’t sure how long I could keep it up. Sure, I read blogs almost everyday, but could I come up with enough to say to write something of my own? I guess I did!

In my first year of blogging, I made some pretty big changes to the blogs that I read as well as to the content of my posts as I learned who I wanted to be as a blogger and developed that voice. If you are new to blogging or feeling like you are in a blogging slump, I would definitely recommend reading my first blog birthday post. And if you feel like it, leave a comment on blog trends you love/hate. It made for some fun reading last year!

I won’t bore you with a recap of my entire year since that’s what the blog is for, but I am pretty amazed and grateful for a few things:

  • All of the people I have met and the friends I have made. Food and wine bloggers, and especially Boston and Sonoma bloggers in particular, are awesome, fun, real people. I never would have imagined meeting and becoming friends with so many people in two years, but through blogging and events, I have, and my life is so much richer as a result!

 

  • I never intended blogging to become my job, and it hasn’t. BUT, I did hope that it would lead to new work and get me out of a job I was incredibly unhappy in. And it did! Looking back, even at a year ago, to think that I would be in the process of starting my own business and even have clients (and am still taking more!) that would pay me to do Marketing, PR, and Social Media work. . . well I just never imagined!

 

  • All of the amazing food and wine I have consumed over the past two years. From samples to events, I have been SO lucky to get to taste new things to grow my appreciation for all things delicious.

 

  • All of the skills I have learned from the blogging community and have taught myself. My Marketing career has benefitted immensely from blogging, which, while a hobby, has enhanced my Social Media understanding and has given me lots of writing practice.

 

  • All of you! Thanks for coming back once a day, once a week, once a month, whenever! I am beyond excited each and every time I get a comment, a trackback, or a visit. I definitely am not taking any of you or the time you spend here for granted, thank you!

 

If you are a blogger, what benefits has blogging brought you? If you are a reader, what are your favorite things about reading blogs?

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  1. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Two years is such a wonderful accomplishment- and I have LOVED reading along! I can’t wait to keep reading for the next 2 (and more) years!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    Two years is pretty darn amazing! congrats. I look forward to reading your blog every day, as I have since I first discovered it. You’re perspective is refreshing, real, honest and fun, and beyond the writing, I’m so lucky to have you as a friend!!

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  3. Jean | Delightful Repast’s avatar

    Happy second blogiversary, Meghan! Amazing, isn’t it? I’ve been blogging coming up on 16 months now. Though it seems like forever, at the same time it seems like the time has flown.

    Hmm … blog trends you love or hate? Not sure this fits in the category of trends, but I love it when a blogger uses his/her own unique voice and hate it when a blogger suddenly turns into a different person overnight and you know s/he just discovered Pioneer Woman or one of the other really big bloggers!

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  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Happy blog bday! Blogging is a lot of work and it’s quite the accomplishment that you produce so much content so regularly! Keep it up :)

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  5. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite’s avatar

    Meghan, congrats on your two years of blogging! Whilst I don’t often comment, I do read every day :)

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      Thanks, Mardi! I miss you. I hope our paths cross again someday soon!

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    2. Jean’s avatar

      Happy Blog Birthday! I have enjoyed reading your blog for two years and look forward to many new posts in the future!

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    3. Michelle Collins’s avatar

      Happy second blog birthday! Since I started blogging, I have been very fortunate to receive additional writing opportunities, restaurant reviews, event invitations, and more – and have also meant an amazing and inspiring group of people. It’s truly been a fantastic experience so far!

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    4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      Happy blog birthday!! I love getting to know you and the other wonderful bloggers too – that’s definitely one of my favorite things about blogging :) Looking forward to seeing you again! xo

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    5. Terri’s avatar

      Happy 2nd Blog Birthday! We are so proud of you! We enjoy reading your posts and love your photography! You have come so far in just two years~can’t wait to see where the blog goes next!
      XO

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    6. Taryn’s avatar

      Great post, and happy blog birthday! I am a blogger AND a reader, and I think both have a lot of value. Reading is a fun escape, and offers insights and ideas that wou’d never get anywhere else. And blogging itself it such a wonderful outlet, and as you mentioned, offers some fantastic business, personal and social connections!

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    7. Shani’s avatar

      Congratulations! Your blog continues to teach me things nearly all the time. Keep up the great work!

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    8. alicia’s avatar

      Great post!! my favorite thing about blogging is definitely the friendships

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    9. Michelle’s avatar

      Happy 2nd blogaversary! It has been wonderful meeting you through the blogging community and even better becoming friends! Sending you lots of love!

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    10. Eric King’s avatar

      Congratulations !!! – your blog is really wonderful – I love how its has transformed over the last 2 years from small photos and standard templates to the wonderful site it is today – showcasing your passion for food and wine and travel and providing us all with ideas of where to go for vacation, good times.

      Wishing you many more years of excellence – Keep it up!

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    11. Megan’s avatar

      Happy Blog Birthday!

      I always say the same thing, but the people I’ve met is one of the best benefits. I’ve also been realizing that I’ve had some great opportunities to try a lot of restaurants that I wouldn’t necesarily have gone to if it hadn’t been for my blog. And I also feel like I learn a ton every time I make a new recipe, attend an event, or read another blog.

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