It’s my Blirthday

Nope, that is not a typo. Today is my BLirthday. My blog birthday. My one year blogging anniversary!

I had been contemplating starting a blog for a while, and one year ago today I decided to put my big girl pants on and just do it. My first post was probably the hardest to write, but after I put it out there and pimped it out to all my friends, it got a bit easier.

It is funny how quickly you get used to sharing your life with strangers.

My blog has definitely gone through some changes over the past year, as I have tried to find a niche for myself in the blogging community (that I didn’t even know existed until I started blogging). I was first inspired by the few healthy living blogs I had stumbled across, and I started out posting mainly about my eats, and workouts.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and as cheesy as it sounds, Happy or Hungry brought me a sense of joy. But as I blogged for longer, I noticed I started to gravitate more towards highlighting the random activities in my day, and my life adventures, rather than oatmeal and salad. I still loved food (I will always love food), but I started wanting to write more about the other things that were going on in my life, and tell stories (and draw pictures). Talking about my food became almost an afterthought, which led to it feeling like a chore.

Eventually I decided that being a

lindsey-evanoff

wasn’t for me. So I officially dropped the label that I had given myself.

I definitely find it more difficult to post daily, as it was much easier for me to write about what I ate all day. Now that I don’t have my eats to fall back on, I have been trying to hold myself to a higher blogging standard, and posts typically take me more time to write. But I feel more proud of myself afterwards. And I’m enjoying myself more. It’s working out better, for sure.

Thank you all so much for keeping up with me over the past year! I appreciate all of your comments a ridiculous amount. Honestly, I live for feedback, and I love hearing and seeing people’s reactions to things, whether positive or negative. If I am having an off day, all it takes is one comment to turn my mood around. I said before that your comments give me love bursts for you, and that was no joke! I love the interaction that this blog has provided.

I hope you will continue to follow me through to my next blog anniversary. I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing in a year, but I know I’ll still be telling stories to anyone who will listen, and hopefully making someone laugh!

Now I promise the cheesefest is over, and it’s back to regular biznass! I’m going to a gay bar tonight, which should be interesting to write about tomorrow…

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42 responses to “It’s my Blirthday

  1. Happy 1st BLirthday! Mine’s coming up this month too!

    • I was so jealous of you when I first found your blog, because I knew you were new like me but you had tons of comments! Seriously jealous. But then I realized it was because I didn’t comment on anyone’s blog, and then I understood. Funny how that works.

  2. Happy 1st Blirthday!!!
    I love reading your blog. Pretty sure I laugh out loud every time I read it.
    🙂

  3. Happy Blirthday!! I love your blog & the stories you tell. I’ve never been interested in “food diary” blogs, just the ones that offer recipes, tell stories, and/or make me laugh! Your blog is the funniest 😀 Keep on keepin’ on!

    Mine has been changing a bit, too. I talk a bit more rather than just posting recipes. I used to be sooo nervous to post anything about myself, but I like it now. It gives me more content, rather than just saying “this meal was really good!!” for the billionth time. I find now that I’m back at school, I don’t have a ton of time for cooking and/or blogging anymore, which I think makes it more special.

    Anyhoo, I rambled. Happy Blirthday!! <3

    • Thanks Char!
      Honestly, I love that your blog is more than just a food/recipe blog. I find with most of those I just kind of skim through, but as yummy as your recipes look (they do always look delicious), I truly enjoy the way you write! I think you are extremely friendly and relatable, and it really shines through in your writing! So keep on talking more, I like it!
      I was having the same problem – I was really running out of ways of saying “YUM”

  4. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I AM SO STEALING THAT DR.EVIL PHOTO… it made me laugh out loud, while my students were quietly working on their computers. I am a good teacher. Happy Blirthday!!!!!!! I am so pumped for the gay bar post.

  5. I love looking back at the first posts of my favorite blogs. It’s nuts to see how far you’ve come! Congratulations on making it through an entire year 🙂

  6. I can’t BLeave it’s your BLirthday already! Happy BLirthday! 🙂

  7. holy crap i just bypassed by 6 year blingverserary in october! yay happy blirthday to you!

  8. Happy Blirthday! For some reason I thought that you’d been blogging for longer. I think that you have a really strong voice, so I’m glad that you’ve figured out what kind of blog you want to write! My first blirthday is on Monday…I completely forgot about it until I read this post. Thanks for the reminder. And – like a previous commenter – I laughed out loud at the Dr Evil image. Perfect!

    • That is funny, because I thought you had been blogging for much longer as well! I had no idea we were almost BLirthday twins. Your blog has always given me a wise old owl of the forest kind of feeling, like you are genuinely sure of yourself and know what you’re talking about. I like it.

  9. Happy Blirthday! I haven’t been around for the whole year but you can bet I’ll be around for the next 🙂

  10. Awww happy first blirthday!!! (love that word btw hehe) Your blog is fabulous and I love it! Can’t wait to continue reading 🙂

  11. Happy Birthday !!! My bloggy birthday too! I love your cartoon that always make me smile!

  12. CONGRATS!! And Happy B-Day!! I appreciate hearing your story as I am just starting out as well and trying to figure out which direction I want to take my blog in. It’s tough!!! I appreciate your sense of humor though and I love your pics so keep up the good work and I will be here to see what you are up too!!

    • It is tough! In the beginning I really tried to fit into the HLB model, but then I started to realize, that really isn’t me. It’s hard to just be yourself, but those are definitely the blogs I love best. Good luck!

  13. Happy Blirthday 🙂 That’s a fun word btw 🙂 I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog some months ago as it quickly has become a favorite of mine. Your humor and unique posts never cease to entertain me! That picture made me giggle too! DR EVILLLLL

  14. So glad I found your blog around the time you decided to drop that HLB label. Otherwise I don’t think I would be reading. C’mon, much more interesting to read about Dexter and ice skating adventures with comics than reading ”Today I ate a Honeycrisp apple! Yum!” and looking at a picture of a half eaten apple.

  15. Happy Blogiversary! My favorite thing about your blog are the funny cartoons you draw. They seriously make my day and never fail to make me laugh! Thank you for sharing all your stories through them!

  16. whoop whoop raise the roof! found you through SOMI references, cant wait to read more!

  17. HAHA I love that picture of the “healthy living blogger” quotes. Awesome.

  18. Happy 1st Blirthday! BTW, I said that out loud and cracked up. And that Dr. Evil meme is the greatest thing ever! Baha
    I’m glad I’ll never come to your blog and be bored to tears — your stories are always so entertaining!
    <3

  19. Happy berfday! I just celebrated my two yr this past wknd, I didn’t even blog about it–oh the irony.

    My blog has changed a ton since then, I went self hosted, don’t post every day and post more about random things rather than just what I are and what exercise I did. The changes you see are so great sometimes–here’s to another great year for you!

  20. Happy blirthday! I started reading around the time you made the switch…I love your illustrated stories! It’s cool to have the record of what you did to look back on and I’m looking forward to another year of bloggy antics (blantics?).

  21. Happy blirthday! I guess we started blogging at almost the same time then…crazy how much your blogging style/schedule grows and changes, isn’t it?

  22. happy 1st birthday!

  23. WAH!!! I’m so late to this post! Sorry, i do all my blog reading in one hit!
    Anyhow….big congrats and happy blog bday to you! I’ve been a blogger for five years and never got as famous and as fabulous as you! Big whoop ass hug to you and your blog! And many, many more!

  24. Hey Lindsey! Congrats on your 1st Anniversary!!! I came across your blog last year via my friend Stephanie @ Lunges and Lunch 🙂 (we went to University together) I love you stories, you always make me laugh.

  25. I’m so happy to read this post. I totally started mine as “healthy living blog” as well and realized, that just wasn’t for me now post random junk. Wait, you don’t post random junk though. Just wanted to clarify.