Wow! What I Have Learned in 5 Years of Blogging


I actually began this blog in 2012 but didn’t really start writing until the following year. 2012 was a year of turmoil for us. We got married (again, legally this time), my partner lost her job in a company buy-out, she got a new job in Michigan, we moved 600 miles to a super small house, sold our family home of 17 years, bought a new house, and moved again. Needless, to say that didn’t leave much time for anything else other than keeping our family together as much as possible.

But, I have learned so much over the last 5 years and continue to learn more every day about blogging. I have learned it is about relationships. The relationships between bloggers and readers. Most of the people who read my blog are family, friends in real life, or bloggers. I love reading what others posts, commenting when something touches me, and following their stories and lives. It is all about the relationships I build and the connections I make. If I don’t read something from you in a while and you haven’t posted an “I Need a Break Post” I begin to wonder and worry a bit that you are okay. Really.

And, in the end I have learned I know nothing about blogging at all. I learn new things from each and every one I follow every day. I just learned that if I want to continue to grow I need to work on moving my blog. I am thinking about it. It is another growth moment for me and am I ready for it? We shall see!

Thank you to each and every one of you who has read my blog, commented, and become my friend. I thank you so very much!

36 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations! We are twins of a sort since I s also began my blog in June 2012 and it has gone through a few overhauls as well. Also, congratulations on your personal changes.

    I don’t know what you mean by “moving” your blog. If it’s what I just got finished doing, think long and hard about it. I’m still working on the getting the kinks and bugs out of mine!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I probably am. I am WordPress.com now and cannot add plug-ins and other things to help move my blog to the next level. I am constrained by what they allow. I am thinking of moving my blog to WordPress.org with Bluehost. I have been agonizing over this decision for a year and am finally to the point I think I am going to do it.

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      1. I just moved mine over to InMotionHosting because of that reason. I also changed my domain name so it was a longer process than I had hoped. Good luck!

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Thank you! Hope yours gets all ironed out soon!

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          1. Me too! Since I was at my renewal period with WP, I did it all at the same time. Maybe I should have waited to change my domain name but that probably would have made the entire process cost more and I have been hemorrhaging money in the last five years so I saved a few bucks by doing it all at one time. But since I needed someone to help with some of the heavy lifting, I ended up spending that money anyway. 😀

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much! I am so scared that makes me smile!

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    Wow, truly a turbulent year that was! And now you have an even bigger family together with your blog family. Happy blogversary, Marci!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much, Erika! I truly do have a bigger family here in the blog world!

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        And I am glad we both belong to it!

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  3. renxkyoko says:

    I enjoy reading your recipes… they are simple and doable and not intimidating at all. The ingredients are things I can find in our pantry, or at the neighborhood supermarket. Do you have a You Tube channel ?

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Those are the goals I have set for myself – getting people to cook at home, experiment using things they have in their pantry or freezer, and sitting down together. I don’t have one yet. I have been toying with the idea. Maybe when I switch my blog I change everything up and add one!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!

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  4. mistimaan says:

    Congrats…….keep up the good work

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  5. Gloria W. says:

    Thanks for the post

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  6. Danice G says:

    Congrats on 5 years. Your blog is interesting and well written. Whatever you decide, please do not stop blogging. I have thought of moving my quilting blog (it’s not on WordPress .com) of eight years, but it does sound so like a long process. As a result, I may just leave that blog where it is and start an entirely new quilting blog on WP. Maybe announce the new blog on that existing blog. We’ll see…

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! After all my research WordPress.com or WordPress.org seem to be the way to go. I started on .com and am probably going to move to .org just so that I can do more and try to move onto the next level. I hope whatever you decide it helps you get where you want to go!

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  7. Rini says:

    What doesn’t kill you can only make you stronger and I’m sure those things you endured back in 2012 helped mould you to be who you are today. I encourage you to continue building and growing your blog. Who knows where it may end up bringing you. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind words!

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  8. Audrey says:

    Congratulations on 5 years!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  9. Megala says:

    Congrats on 5 years of blogging !

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  10. Congratulations, Marci, 5 years is a long time. I love your blog and enjoy your adventurous food ideas.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      ❤ Thank you so very much!

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  11. Thanks for this post. As a new blogger myself I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive support of other bloggers on the WordPress platform. I too began writing for family and friends, and I have been so amazed when I see views and likes from all over the world.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is wonderful watching the numbers go up but be careful not to get stuck on them. I have seen far too many people quit because of stats. It is about what we have to say. You tell a lovely story keep it up!

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  12. janowrite says:

    Great post! I so enjoy your posts and really appreciate your remarks – happy fifth year! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much for your kindness and support! It means so much to me!

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  13. Happy anniversary!!!! I am the exact same way when I don’t see new posts from my favorite bloggers. I am also that way with my regulars at work.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I am too! I think it is the Mom in me coming out wanting to know all is okay.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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