Today is my two year blogiversary. Two years. While I follow blogs that have been around five times longer, I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.
Two years ago, I was in a very different place. The Bloke and I were going through some difficult times – he had lost his father and his best friend within a year, we were experiencing major problems with our neighbours and I was finding my job extremely difficult. I was suffering from anxiety and depressed. Writing has always been therapeutic, and The Bloke suggested that I start a blog as a way of being able to exorcise the demons that plagued my thoughts on a regular basis.
It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. I was instantly addicted – spending hour after hour pouring out everything I could think of into this little space of the the Internet. Within the first few weeks I had written about fifty posts.
Over the last two years, life has continued to be a rollercoaster of highs and lows. We moved house twice in just over six months, my beloved cat died, my other cat was diagnosed with diabetes, I spent a week in hospital with a kidney infection and a virus and I became desperately unhappy at work. On the positive side, my little sister got married, my family and I were able to repair relationships that had been fraught and strained for years, we now have a lovely landlord, nice neighbours and are fully settled into our home, we’ve had many wonderful evenings with friends, seen films, shows, been on visits to London, and after years of being conflicted about my profession I made the decision to finally take the risk and quit, handing in my resignation just a few weeks ago.
The blogging community has been with me every step of the way, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined just how much Suzie81 Speaks would grow and develop. With over 390,000 views, 11,600 followers, a successful weekly hashtag party on Twitter, monthly sponsors and lots of comments every day, blogging has become a part of my daily life. I’ve been Freshly Pressed, featured on Mumsnet and The Sits Girls on several occasions, one of my posts went viral on Facebook and I’ve loved every minute of it! It has given me confidence, self-belief and the motivation to change things for the better. Better still, I have met people from all over the world that I would now consider to be my friends. People who have listened, empathised and have gone out of their way to offer support, particularly during extremely difficult periods of my life.
To those people (and I make no apologies for the potentially vomit inducing sentiment), thank you for everything.
As a chance to give back, I am hosting a blogiversary party this Saturday. For those of you who wish to participate, simply check out the link below by clicking on the image:
Hope you can join me then!
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Thanks very much Hollie!
Congrats on your two year Blogiversary, Suzie! 🙂
I’m so glad you started blogging, for you and your readers!
All the best, always.
You’re a legend, thank you very much!
Happy blog anniversary ! 👍
Thanks Kate! Really appreciate it!
Congratulations on your two year blogiversary. You have definitely done well. You started out quite a bit more aggressively than I did and it has worked out very well for you. It is helpful to be able to put out some posts and get some responses that you need to give you a boost. I think that is why I started. I was frustrated and still struggle with depression, but it is nice to know that there is people out there that want to listen to us and give us help and share our happiness, struggles and pain. Best wishes on another two years and more. 🙂
Thanks so much my lovely and for all your support! Your comments have always been fabulous… I totally agree – the blogging world is a brilliant place to help us realise that we aren’t alone…
Happy Anniversary. Looking forward to Saturday. Janice
Thanks so much Janice! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Happy Blogiversary to you,
Happy Blogiversary to you,
Happy Blogiversary dear Suzie,
Happy Blogiversary to you!
… and many more….
Thanks Shawn – I had the tune in my head when I read that haha!
It could be worse, it could be the Macarina 🙂
Haha! Or The Lambada… Although I’d have a bit of difficulty understanding that! At least it’s not The Birdy Song…
Thanks very much my lovely!
Happy Blogversary chuck! Woohoo! ^_^
Eeh by ‘eck! Cheers love!
Don’t be takin t’ piss of ow Northern I am. I is like down wit kids an shizzle yo!
Wow, all that in two years? Very impressive, but I am not surprised…it’s all you and your hard work and sharing. Well earned and deserved. Happy bloggity birthday to you! ❤
Thanks so much – your comments and support have really helped me through some difficult times… Thank you x
Likewise, my dear 🙂
Happy Blogiversary!!! 😀
Thank you very much my lovely!
Congrats on all your hard work & success!
Thanks so much Sabina!
2 years is a massive achievement, congrats Suzie. It is well-deserved.
Thanks Vinnieh! Thanks for all your comments on here too!
It’s a pleasure reading your work.
Congratulations Suzie, here’s to many more blogiversaries!
Thanks very much Stephen!
Happy Blog-aversary! ❤ Thank you for always being there for all of us. 😀
Aww thank you!
Happy Blogiversary Suzie! Well deserved and a party to boot! 🙂 I’m new to your blog but have loved every minute of it! Keep up the great blogging! 🙂
Thanks very much! Really pleased you enjoy it – hope to see you on Saturday!
Happy Blogiversary, my lovely! I’m so happy we met ❤ Looking forward to your party! 🙂
Me too – thanks Natacha!
Well done on two years! Your blog is one of my favourites!
Thanks so much, and thanks for always leaving such lovely comments!
Happy Blogiversary, dear Suzie! Congratulations on your incredibly wonderful blog! Cher xo
Thanks so much Cher!
The big day!
Happy blogging anniversary to you.
I am trying to decide which one of my posts to bring to the party Saturday. It is a difficult choice and I have only been doing it for just over one year, let alone two.
I did basically the same thing you did here for my one year celebration back in Feb.
I look forward to checking out some of these posts you included throughout this post.
Have a great day.
Thanks very much! If you can’t decide, why don’t you share two or three instead? You’ll have to share them separately because it will go into my spam folder otherwise, but I don’t mind if you want to do that. Congrats on your first year!
Congrats! Here’s to the nex fun packed year!
Thanks Steve! You’ve been a bit part of the last year and I really appreciate it!
Happy Blogiversary! 🙂
Thanks very much!
Happy blogbirthday! Incredible what refreshment blogging gives. To many more fab blogiversaries ahead!
I totally agree – thanks very much!
Congrats and happy bloggy birthday to you! xoxox 🙂
Thanks very much Rosie!
Congrats, Suzie! Happy Blog Birthday! 🙂
Happy anniversary Suzie, well done!
Thanks very much!
Happy Anniversary Susie! You’ve done amazingly well! Be proud!
Thank you very much! Really appreciate it!
What an incredible two years you have had! Congratulations, I have enjoyed reading you and following you the past two years. You have brightened my days, made me shed a tear or two and made me laugh. Well done!
Thanks so much my lovely. You were one of the very first that I followed and your wonderful comments have got me through some really tough times… Thank you x
what a kind thing to say. That makes me cry. I love your writing and I am so thrilled that I found your blog.
Happy Anniversary – you’re an inspiration! Looking forward to the party 🙂
Thank you very much Joy! See you on Saturday!
Happy Anniversary, Suzie. It’s been quite the rollercoaster one way and another, all handled with your own brand of aplomb and intergrity. Cheers to the years ahead.x
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Congratulation! You’re an inspiration for many!
Thank you! I’m hosting a blog party at the minute if you’d like to join in? Check out my latest post!
You’re most welcome! Way to go!