On this day in 2010, I published my first blog post here, on what was then known by the two people who read it as “Un Peu de Tout”. Four years, a different name and 713 posts later, I am still surprised by my continued commitment to it, by my drive to make it the best I can, and by you all – my supportive, kind, articulate and intelligent readers.
I mulled over a few ways I could commemorate the four-year anniversary of The Rich Life but they all seemed boring or trite or both. The most un-dull way I could come up with to mark this occasion is to answer a question I am often asked: “How did you get into blogging?” So let’s go with that.
In 2008, a friend of mine from high school emailed me to tell me that she had a blog and that she thought I should start one too. The first thing I asked her when I wrote back was, “What’s a blog?”
Once she introduced me to the blog world, I found myself online for hours reading blogs. French-themed style blogs, dog blogs, humor blogs, interior design blogs, beauty blogs, book blogs, shoe blogs, it seemed the subject matter was endless. And most of these bloggers were just average jills and joes like me! Suddenly I realized I could have my own place in the world to write about whatever I wanted. And strangers might even read it…and like it!
I knew this was something I had to try so I opened a Google account and started a blog on Blogspot. In the three months I had my first blog, I changed the name four times and mostly blogged about not knowing what to blog about – not exactly fascinating or engaging content. I told no one I had a blog, not a single soul. After about a dozen mind-numbingly uninspiring posts, I decided to put the pathetic thing out of its misery and deleted it.
But blogging stayed on my mind. I continued to read a dozen or so blogs, many which are now defunct. In 2010, I gave blogging another chance. I felt I’d read enough blogs in those two years to know what I was doing and it was worth taking another stab at. I was ready.
On June 29th, 2010, “Un Peu de Tout” (A Little Bit of Everything) published its first post. I blogged about French things, travel, cutting corners, household tips, my dogs, fashion, books, and anything that happened to be on my mind except whining about not having anything to blog about. I also decided to be open this time and told anyone and everyone I could about my blog. It was my new favorite topic.
One day another longtime friend of mine was visiting. I was eager to show her my blog and proudly pulled it up on my laptop. Though she liked the content and the design, she thought the name was horrible and told me as much. She mumbled the title and said, “No one will remember the name of your blog, you know. Ever. And what the hell does that even mean anyway?” Embarrassed, I laughed uncomfortably because I knew she was right but also nervous because that meant I had to think of a new title and I knew from past experience that blog naming was not my strong point.
She offered to brainstorm with me. So I pulled the cork on a bottle of chilled Sauvignon Blanc and we started throwing out names. By the time we came up with a title we both were excited about, the wine bottle was empty and The Rich Life on a Budget was born!
Four years on and my interest in French culture and cutting corners on household costs have been replaced by a lifestyle blog that encompasses what makes my life rich – internal and external, material and intangible – in the hopes that I might make your life even a tad richer while continuing to add richness to my own.
I want to thank my two dear friends: one who introduced me to blogging and encouraged me to try it and the other who wasn’t afraid to give me constructive yet blatant criticism and helped me get on the right path with my blog.
And I want to thank you readers for four pretty great years of blogging. Without your readership, support and a generous helping of discourse, I would never have lasted four years, probably more like four months. I am forever grateful to you all.
If you have a blog, I would love to your blog story. How did you get into blogging?
Make it a rich day!
P.S. How I Wear My: Summertime Picnic Look photos are still being accepted from now through June 30th. Send in your photo with a brief description of your outfit to howiwearmy (at) yahoo (dot) com. Visit the HIWM page for more information. Hope to see you for July’s How I Wear My!