Looking Back on 4 Years of Blogging

Wow, I just renewed my Go Mama O. domain today for another year, making it 4 years of blogging!

I am not an exceptional or wildly popular blogger by any means. I know there are many things I SHOULD do (writing more is one of them), but many of these things are in a mental list of “how to be a better blogger.” I’ve even changed my Twitter bio to “occasional blogger.”

But still, this Mama O. goes on.

I have seen bloggers in my reader or blogging community come and go, and my little site is still here.

I have found so much enjoyment from meeting fellow bloggers in my Fly on the Wall challenge group. These posts have kept my blog going and have become not only a fun outlet for me to record what my kids say, but also a wonderful way to connect with some other awesome bloggers! I’m so glad to have come across and get to know you all through your blogs. A special shout out goes to Karen at Baking in a Tornado, the mastermind behind this and other challenges.

And wow, my kids have grown so much in four years!

waking up big sister from her nap

little brother waking up big sister from her nap

Hmm…remember when they would nap?! I see a correlation between nap time and number of blog posts published on Go Mama O. Now I squeeze in a post when they are occupied with a show!

getting ready to fish

This summer – My two little fishers – ready to go! Only Big Sister caught one.

In the past four years, a lot has happened,  I’ve worked full time as a SAHM, part-time as a marketing manager; we ventured to Arizona as a family, celebrated our 10 year anniversary, did a LOT of spring cleaning, and moved to a new house this year, enjoyed camping & many adventures with our kids. Soon little brother will be off at 4 year old kindergarten, and I may be job hunting.

It has been a treat to look back on my blog and read old posts, which brings me back to the reason why I still blog – for me. It’s my own little smidgen of the Internet, where I take some time to reflect and create posts pertaining to what’s going on in my world. The format is perfect – more than just a status update or a Tweet to share what’s on my mind.

Thank you for following and reading!

Can you relate to my blogging experience?  Has you blogging varied through the years?

 

I’m 1 Year Old! Happy Birthday Go Mama O!

Cheers! My Blog is officially 1 year old today! AND it’s my 100th post! I celebrated last night on a date night with Daddy O.  Here I am toasting myself with a cucumber, cilantro vodka concoction.

blog bday

We had the most amazing tapas! It was the perfect meal for an end of summer evening to dine al fresco and sample bits of this & that (without committing to one HUGE entree). This savory waffle with smoked gouda and chives topped with chicken asparagus and mushrooms was so pretty I HAD to take a picture before devouring it. Tell me I’m not the only one who takes pictures of my food…c’mon! delicious tapas

Looking Back

Reflecting on Go Mama O’s first year, I would say that I have learned a lot this past year.  One of my earliest posts, Top 5 Things I Learned from my Kids, still holds true even one year later, and I’m STILL learning to be a more patient parent.

In this past year, I met some helpful fellow moms along the way – including a sweet elderly woman at a grocery store. Gained a contract job that I did while my son napped and my daughter watched all episodes of  Wonder Pets on Netflix. I job hunted & got rejected several times before finding the right fit.  In the meantime, I learned to slow down more and enjoy many million dollar moments of parenting.

I am most proud of times when I gave up control a bit and empowered others to make a “good choice.” When potty training my daughter, I ultimately told her that SHE WAS IN CHARGE of her pee-s and poops.  I mistakenly gave her too much free reign on one toilet session, and paid for it dearly, so much so that I had to call in for back-up.

This aforementioned incident aside, I started to realize that this parenting thing DOES get easier as your kids grow older and slowly more independent.

Come April, I had landed a part-time marketing job that continues to be a good balance of work & parenting.  A few job related posts:

We have mostly overcome issues with growling, survived a cross-country road-trip, and I’m adjusting to the dinnertime rush on my workdays. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come (and my family too) in this past year.  For all the stress and worry that I felt one year ago, I wish I would have just RELAXED more because everything did work out for the best.

Thank you so much to the many fellow blog-friends, and my readers, who may relate to or simply enjoy my mom / work / cheese obsession / travel posts.  I look forward to celebrating more Blog Birthdays with you in the future!

Any feedback, suggestions, or thoughts on topics that I write about?  I’d love to hear from you!  Do you frequently look back at old posts and think about how life has changed since then?