Two Years? Happy Blogiversary To Me!

imageToday 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:

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Hope you can join me then!

You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog and don’t forget to check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/suzie81speaks

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78 thoughts on “Two Years? Happy Blogiversary To Me!

  1. 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…

  2. 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! ❤

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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