Happy Blogaversary to The Bumble Files!!!
Happy Birthday to my blog. My blog is three years old today!!
While I ask myself where has the time gone, I also admit these three years have felt more like six years. It’s not that the time hasn’t flown by. Usually, when someone says something seems longer than it is, it would be a negative connotation. Not so here. But, indeed, it feels longer than three years. I’ve heard other bloggers share the same sentiment.
What is it with blogging that makes us feel this way?
I’ve been blogging so long, I’ve been doing it since the very beginning…since the beginning of blogging time. What? That wasn’t three years ago?
Let’s see now:
Three years = (@365 x 3) = 1,095 days = 26,280 hours
Whew! No wonder it seems like a lot. We can agree it’s an intensive experience, is it not? It’s not simply throwing up a post, as those non-bloggers think while rolling their eyes at you. We all know it’s reading, commenting, and sharing in an active community. Granted, I haven’t blogged every hour, but I may have thought about my blog many of those hours. I have had a few forced breaks, a few unintended, but mostly my blog has been a part of my life and an extension of me.
For me, The Bumble Files has been a life philosophy about finding the path in life that is meaningful and true. Most of the time, I’m feeling my way as if in a tunnel of darkness. Not really, just kidding. I see the light just as much.
But I’ve been doing it so long, I feel a little like this penguin here:
Where did everybody go?
I’ve seen bloggers come and go…come back and leave again. It’s understandable and there is always a valid
excuse explanation. Perhaps they got a new job or a new boyfriend or husband or had a new baby, finished school, or they’re finally binge watching on Netflix writing that book. Sometimes, it’s just burn out. I bet some of you are nodding your head at me now. Sadly, a lot of my friends have left the scene and have abandoned their blogs.
They have what I call a “Ghost Blog.” While they are absent from their blog, their spirit is still here with us.
Happily, there are always new blogging friends to make. If you’ve followed me recently and have never returned, oh, please come back and have a chat. Just because I’ve been blogging for three years does not mean that I don’t want to make new friends.
While some things change, some things remain the same.
The numbers always change:
Some current numbers:
Number of posts: 354
Number of comments: 16,651
But the thing I’ve realized is that the bigger some of these numbers get, the less significance they seem to have. While some bloggers may have higher numbers, I am proud of these no matter what.
More things remain the same:
- I still haven’t written my book. Argh!
- I still haven’t met most of my followers. Please come back.
- My biggest search item is still boobs!
- I still don’t have a blogging schedule, because that would be so “Un-Bumble” like.
- I still have blog posts lined up to write.
- I still laugh my way through much of my blog reading. You are all so funny and talented.
- I still have trouble reading everyone and am searching for that “balance.”
- I’m still meeting fascinating people from all over the world.
- I still feel proud every time I publish a post.
- I still feel excited when you stop by to like/comment or both!
Recently, with the death of my father, I am reminded why I blog. You were here with your kindness, giving me strength, and in some ways, more comfort than I experienced in my real life. You were really there for me. For me, this speaks to the power of the blogging bond and the deep connection we share with words. And this just gets better over time.
A celebration would not be complete without cake. And this, my friends, is still the best cake on the Internet (thanks Sandee!). Won’t you have some?
I still have the best WordPress community. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Truly, I hope everyone feels that way about their blog because that’s what it’s all about. Thank you one and all! You are simply the best.