March 28, 2013

Halfway to 10,000 hits

10k what?  Hits on my blog.  I just hit the halfway point.  Whoop.

I am no pro at this whole thing.  I barely even knew how to add a picture in last year, so the fact that this is still going is a BIG FREAKING DEAL.

Why 10,000?  Because I thought it would be impossible and it would be fun to figure this whole blogging thing out.

My journey:

I have always been a little jealous when my friends pull out their old diary's and laugh about the funny things they said in their junior high years.  I was never lucky enough to have a little diary with a tiny lock and an even tinier key.  Let's be real, I would have lost the key and probably had to break the diary open with a hammer.  That would have been enough excitement for me and it would have been shoved in my closet never to be seen again.

A couple years ago, I attempted to start a blog.  I figured it would be an easy way to capture some of my favorite moments and read them later in life.  If you click on the posts from 2006 in the archive, you will see how well that went.  I tried again right after we got married.  I thought it would be sweet to document our lives as newlyweds - and then I realized that our lives consisted of watching TV and sitting on different patios... not that exciting.

Right around Christmas 2011, I decided that I wanted to start a blog to document my 30 before 30 list.  I wanted to laugh about my adventures in becoming an adult... I know, I'm almost 28 and still pretend like I'm on this "journey."  One of the things I included was to get 10,000 hits on my blog.  That number seemed like light years away.  I read a few blogs all the time, but had never commented.  I felt like I was a weirdo that was creeping on other people's lives, and I'm already at super stalker level on Facebook.  If you're looking for a few to stalk, click on any of the links on the side of my page - no one pays me for that, I just like them.

I made it a whole year and was extremely excited.  I imported my failed attempts at blogging so they would be in one place.  I got a few random comments here and there.  I was most excited when some friends of mine wrote their 30 before 30 lists: Katie's ListChelsea's List and Kelsey's List.

It is so much fun to encourage others to participate in new adventures and setting goals - whether they are realistic or not.  I get even more excited when I have the same item on my list like some of the lists I've found in blog land.  Here are a few of my blog land favorites:

Erin @ Love, Fun and Football - I may or may not comment weekly on my jealousy that her Disneyworld trip is coming up and mine is over.
Katie @ Strawberry Halls Forever

On this blogging journey, I have found that I really like writing random thoughts down somewhere each day.  Sometimes I do it at work while drinking coffee when I need a break from spreadsheets and emails, many times I write something on my couch at night (maybe after a glass of wine) and then reread and edit in the mornings before posting and sometimes I take a break while on vacation to write down notes on things I don't want to forget.

It is getting more exciting because hitting this mark means that people are actually reading my random thoughts.  So...

Thanks Mom for clicking on the link I email you every once in a while.

Thanks Dad for being proud of me and thinking that this post was funny and sharing it with your friends.

Thanks to all my girlfriends that randomly check this and send me funny texts/emails.

Thanks to my sister-in-law's for giving me a million awesome memories to write about.

Thanks J for making me watch Top Gun and laughing when I'm trying to be funny.

Thanks Kaitlyn for giving my blog a makeover.  I love it.  (find her here)

Last but not least, thanks to those of you that have never met me yet you comment on my ramblings and help me know that I'm not totally crazy.  I'm sometimes a little angry, especially when I have to be a superhero, but I'm not crazy.

"The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated." - William James

Toby's Tails


  1. Aww thank you so much for the shout-out! Making my 30 for 30 list was really fun, I need to go read yours again now!!

    I'm happy you stuck with blogging! It took me awhile to get into the groove of it and I'm so happy I did! :)

  2. Congrats on meeting this milestone! I've been enjoying the posts I've read so far :)

  3. That's awesome Steph!! You will definitely make that goal :) Nicely done deary!

    Kelsey @

  4. Whoo hoo!! halfway to 10k is awesome! Thanks for the little shout out too!


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