Great Blogiversary Linkup Post: What Will I Be Blogging About In Ten Years?

I have suspended Tuesday’s humor post today to participate in our rockin’ great blogiversary link-up. For all of the details about linking up, writing prompts and how you can win some sweet prizes, read this. The linkup is open all week, and we’d love to read more about all of you.

And now… What I’ll be writing about on my 10th blogiversary:

I have no idea.

I don’t mean that as a cop out or a casual shoulder shrug.

I love that. It makes me tingle and smile and feel excited.

A year ago, It Builds Character didn’t exist. I was at home with two young kids, feeling a bit isolated and trapped despite an amazing local moms’ group and my kids being pretty damn awesome.

I needed something. I missed writing. I missed my brain. I wanted a new community.

I wanted to be able to write my own truths, good or bad.

I was lucky enough to have a handful of friends who were game for a little bit of adventure. I joked, and still do, that it was my way of “playing work.”

I never expected to have grown to the readership that we have.

I never dreamed I’d travel across the country to meet other amazing bloggers who have become friends, regardless of physical distance. Or that I’d be honored to provide a platform for pieces by such wonderful writers, both as regular contributors and guests at IBC.

I certainly didn’t think I’d start to get the shakes during weeks when life interferes with my time to write.

This year has truly been full of surprises. We have learned a lot as we’ve grown and we plan to continue to change as we learn even more. (Someday, I may even understand Google+.)

The point is this – I have found community here at IBC, through social media, through collaborations with Just. Be. Enough. and ChicagoNow. So on my tenth blogiversary, will I still be writing about parenting? Probably to some degree.

But I’m not limiting us there. When I look at the growth in our site, our writing and the potential of the IBC team, we have plenty to do in the next nine years, both here and beyond. As Mama Sully likes to say, I think it will be full of Awesome.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Forget the writing prompts? Here are your choices – Just pick one (or 5) and grab the badge!

What to write?Here are your prompts to choose from:

    • 5 (or more!) Ways the Blogging Community Improves Life
    • 5 (or more!) Blogs that have Influenced my journey (and Why)
    • 5 (or more!) Reasons this year has been “just the beginning”
    • The Darker Side of Blogging – 5 (or more!) things to Avoid
    • 5 Ways to Technically Improve your blog
    • What I thought I’d Be Writing About When I Started
    • What I’ll Be Writing About on My 10th Blogiversary
Do Sweat the Small Stuff

And hey – don’t forget to check out my partners in the Great Blogging Anniversary Linkup (and the other places you can link up). When you link up, your post will appear on all 5 blogs. They’re a great group to party with:

Literal Momblog, Twitter, Facebook page

The Woven Momentsblog, Twitter, Facebook page

The Adventures of Daddy Runs A lotblog, Twitter, Facebook page

Do Sweat the Small Stuffblog, Twitter, Facebook page

  • Sweaty

    Tracy, you’ve accomplished so much during the one year that you’ve been blogging.  Not only do you have a place to write down your thoughts and ideas, but now, through IBC and the other collaborations you’ve made, your presence and voice are making a difference in the blogging community. 

    It’s an honor for me to be able to celebrate my blogversary together with yours.  Here’s to many more productive, fulfilling years ahead!

    • ChiMomWriter

       Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so thankful that I’ve got to discover your writing more through Just Be Enough. You have a powerful voice. I’m honored as well – I’m glad we can party it up together this week!

  • Missy | Literal Mom

    I love this post.  So much.  It’s exactly how I feel inside too.  I love how you describe getting the shakes when you can’t write.  Yes.  Totally.  

    • ChiMomWriter

       That was me all last week. I have a date with my computer tomorrow for a couple hours, so I’d better be in the mindset to write!

  • hollow tree ventures

    A whole year of amazing accomplishments, and room to grow – what could be better?  It’s a good feeling, though I do agree the withdrawal from the computer when you can’t write can be problematic. :)

    • ChiMomWriter

      Writing is such an awesome drug. And I love that it goes so well with coffee. ;)

  • Ryan Slevin

    I love that your blog, like our lives, is an unpredictable adventure.

    • ChiMomWriter

      I’m fairly certain my daughter spit up all over my planner 3+ years ago, and I never bothered to replace it.

  • Wombat Central

    So glad to have discovered your blog via Literal Mom! 

    • ChiMomWriter

      Likewise! I’ve got a whole new arsenal in my Google Reader from this week. Love it!

  • Galit Breen

    Just look at you! All breath taking and real and future oriented sans stress! 

    Love! And go you!!

    • ChiMomWriter

       I have my moments. My hair will be on fire again in no time. ;)

  • Kate F.

    I don’t think I’ll EVER understand Google + :)

    P.S. Can’t wait to continue to follow you and IBC for the next 10 year!

    • ChiMomWriter

       I’ll be reading at all of your hangs, too. And hopefully our paths will connect at some more blogging gigs as well!

  • Leighann

    What a fun idea to think of what we will all be blogging about ten years from now. Sounds like you have great plans.

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