7 Moments In Blogging | Happy Blogiversary To Me!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUSINGS FROM NEVILLE’S NAVEL! It’s hard to believe this here little blog is seven already: If it were a human child, it would have started first grade this fall. That’s so weird to think about.

In honor of this blogiversary, I made a list of seven of the best moments from the past few years. Enjoy!

1. Starting my blog

I mean, duh, it’s obvious. But I really wanted to mention it here anyway! I still remember the night I created it… and how confusing WordPress seemed to me at the time. Um, what?! Now I can practically navigate it in my sleep. I honestly never thought I’d still be blogging seven years from then and I can’t believe that such a small moment would go on to have such an effect on my life. All the things I’ve learned, read, written… not to mention all the wonderful friends I’ve made!

2. NaBloPoMo

Otherwise known as National Blog Posting Month.

I signed up for this in August 2011, shortly before I did NaNoWriMo for the first time. I think it gave me the confidence I needed to both do NaNo and take blogging more seriously. I’ve only blogged every single day for a month a few times since, but this was definitely good practice.

3. Joining the Teens Can Write, Too! blog chain

I miss this so so much! I found so many cool bloggers through the chain – some of whom no longer blog anymore, sadly. (Which should give you an idea of just how long ago it was!) I participated for the first time in June 2012 and in the three or so years that followed I learned so much about myself as a writer.

4. Being Freshly Pressed


This happened in August 2012 and has never happened since, but I’m still pleased as punch about it. Looking back at that post now, I don’t think it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever written, but it did get me a ton of new followers/friends, so that’s something. I was so proud of myself that day!

5. Meeting Kate @ The Magic Violinist

This was in October 2012! Don’t ask me how I remember the date so precisely, I just do. She commented on one of my Teens Can Write, Too! posts and we struck up a friendship right then and there. It’s bizarre to think that she’s now older than I was when we met: She was twelve (now seventeen) and I was sixteen (now twenty-one). We’ve shared our writing over the years, shared a love of the same books and TV shows, and more. She’s considering going to my school for college and I consider her the little sister I never had. I’m so lucky to know her! Someday we’ll finally meet in person.

6. Writing about LGBTQ+ rep in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series

Four (!) years later, this post has more views than anything else I’ve written – over of them! It was my first real foray into posts about diversity and representation. Wow, I just skimmed through it and I’d forgotten how long it was!

7. Doing the #LoveMe Challenge

Jumping wayyyy ahead in time, from late 2013 to early 2017, we have #LoveMe, a challenge designed to help you learn to love yourself. Although I previously considered myself a person pretty in tune with what I value, what makes me tick, et cetera, I learned even more about myself this past February, in addition to boosting my self-esteem and solidifying some visions for the future!


Do you have a favorite moment from my past seven years of blogging? And when is your own blogiversary?



About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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9 Responses to 7 Moments In Blogging | Happy Blogiversary To Me!

  1. Congratulations! It takes so much dedication to blog this long, even when blogging is something we do for fun. Your blog continues to be one of my favorites!

  2. Lucille says:

    Happy Blogiversary!!! I had my first in September but with college back I’m already struggling to post enough reviews and to keep up with everyone’s posts!
    Seven years…! I’m so impressed!

  3. themagicviolinist says:

    Happy blogiversary!!!! Your blog is SEVEN?! Your little baby’s growing up. :’)

    !!!!!!! You totally made my day with that shout out. *insert seven heart emojis here* I can’t wait to finally meet in person someday! I totally forgot I’d commented on a TCWT post! I miss that chain so much.

  4. Boquinha says:

    For a long time now, I have been really terrible at both blogging and keeping up on blogs. Life is so busy with teens – it’s wonderful, but yeah – not so great with my blogging habit. I’m so glad that Kate told me about this one today, because what a very sweet tribute to read!! I love that you two share a friendship. Happy blogiversary to you!!

  5. orphu44 says:

    I’m mainly here to tell you that if your blog lived where I live, it would have started grade two this fall. I mean, if it lived where I live and were a human child, obviously. Happy Blogiversary!

  6. Shanti says:

    happy blogiversary! I love reading your blog. I have to say I love your June queer posts that you do because I always learn so much from them.

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