One Year

Today is the one year anniversary, or blogiversary if you will, of Shoes on the Wrong Feet.  According to Word Press the one year mark actually fell on July third when Husband confirmed the creation of the domain name and money exchanged hands but I did not post for the first time until July fifth.  This two day discrepancy is much like the one of America’s Independence Day where the resolution for independence was approved on July second but was publically declared on July fourth (not that I am at all saying that my little blog and the Declaration of Independence are anything alike, mind you.)  I, like my great nation, choose to celebrate on the latter of the two dates; America celebrated with fireworks while I celebrate with, well, this blog post.

I remember sitting on the front steps of our house with Husband.  I think we were drinking Coronas with slices of lime and watching the boys run through the sprinkler in the front yard.  I had been thinking of starting a blog for a while but I was not exactly sure what one was and how a person went about acquiring one of their very own.

We kicked around ideas for names, several of them were a play on words using our last name.  Some of them included mention of coffee or beer or moonshine but none of those felt right.  I wanted to write about the boys but I did not want to limit myself to that.  Shoes on the Wrong Feet came to me and I warmed up to it right away.

It can have many meanings, Shoes on the Wrong Feet.  It can refer to a child’s innocent mistake when it comes to putting on their footwear.  It can mean that someone is wearing shoes meant for someone else (figuratively, of course) as they walk through life.  The shoes of mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend, microbiologist are they suppose to be on these feet of mine?  Is this who I am?  Am I comfortable in them, have I outgrown them or is there still room in there for my toes to wiggle?

I have enjoyed blogging more than I ever thought possible.  I thought it would be a place where I would write about the boys’ fun little antics and post pictures of them as they grew.  It is that but it has become so much more.  I had no idea I would start writing about such personal things as Cody’s seizures or my dad’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and finally his death.  I had not considered the healing properties of blogging.  I had also not considered the social aspect of blogging.  I find myself with a network of people who care and are interested in my life just as I care and am interested in theirs.  I have made some amazing connections with people.

So on this day, I would like to say thank you for being a part of my life and for sharing in your own way a part of yours.  I have greatly enjoyed this journey and look forward to where the next year will find me.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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39 Responses to One Year

  1. I, for one, am glad you started this blog. I was attracted to it by your name – I probably found you while I was on another blog and saw your comment and liked your name. I will continue to be a faithful follower. I have been blogging about a month less than you, thus my anniversary will be in August–but I did not really get mine going until about three months ago–where I really paid attention to it. Happy Anniversary, wishing you many more blogging years of sharing your life. I will be right there sharing mine with you.

  2. Nancy says:

    You’re welcome! I’m so glad I found your blog and have enjoyed your enjoy and the connection we have made through blogging. I agree, healing is a big part of blogging. So is de-stressing! And us moms need that sometimes! Cheers to a wonderful first year and to many, many more!

    • shoes says:

      I had no idea how therapeutic blogging could be! It has been wonderful for me not only in getting my feeling out in writing but by meeting others who I connect with, such as yourself. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Jodi Stone says:

    I would reiterate what the above comments say. I’m so glad we found each other (quite frankly I cannot remember who found who) but I have enjoyed getting to know you since I started following you. LIke you I wasn’t really sure what my blog would be about, but I think I have found my voice and you have found yours.

    I wish you many more years of blogging!

    • shoes says:

      Ah, I know that I found you when you were FP and was amazed that you started following me (I think your were my fourth follower!) I have enjoyed reading your blog and always look forward to your comments and thoughts.

  4. Congrats on making it through one year of blogging. Good luck as you go for two. Btw, I like the name.
    P.S. My blog’s one year b-day is in about 10 days. I look forward to celebrating with it.

    • shoes says:

      The year has flown by; I only wish I had started blogging sooner. It is a bit amazing to me that I have been able to come up with things to write about for a year especially since I very rarely plan ahead or know what I am going to write about until it hits me. Congratulations on your one year of blogging!

  5. Congrats on your anniversary. I love the name and all it conveys. And I can completely relate to being surprised by the beauty of this blogging community! Here’s to another year older and another year bolder!

    • shoes says:

      Thank you! The blogging community has really been great to me and I have enjoyed making such great friends within it. Another year – here I come! 🙂

  6. Thank you, too, for opening yourself and sharing with all of us. Congrats on one year!!!

    • shoes says:

      I think that it has been people like you in the blogging community who have given me the ability to open up and share. I tend to write for myself and try not to think about editing for the people who read, so that I am true to me and that style seems to be working for me. It has been a roller coaster of a year and I am glad to have had my blog to put my thoughts out there and get feedback from others.

  7. good for you, may you have many more blogiversaries

  8. jensine says:

    wow one year …congrats

  9. muddledmom says:

    Congrats on one year! I’ve enjoyed it and look forward to the next!

    • shoes says:

      Thank you I am glad you enjoy it as I very much enjoy your blog! I shall keep on blogging as long as I have things to say. 🙂

  10. The Waiting says:

    I am so glad you started blogging. I always look forward to reading your writing because yours is that very rare breed of blog that actually has a point and sprinkles the realities of life with levity and sincerity. I also appreciate all the comments you’ve left me on my blog; they are always so thoughtful and encouraging. Thank you for opening up and being a person I consider a friend in this strange world of the blogosphere.

    • shoes says:

      Ahhh, thank you for your sweet comment. I am glad you think so highly of my writing. I have greatly enjoyed your blog and your friendship. The blogosphere is a strange place indeed but I do like it.

  11. Congrats on the 365 days! What an accomplishment! 🙂

  12. jadelyoness says:

    Congrats on keeping with it for one year!! I am still struggling with it myself. And thank you! You are the one of the few blogs (the others being by close friends) I try to keep up with and read. I appreciate you letting all of us into your life.

    • shoes says:

      Thank you for your comment, such a compliment that my blog is in your little collection of blogs you try to keep up with. You may not post often but when you do it is always about some great adventure with some lovely pictures to go along with it. 🙂

  13. mommysaidaswearword says:

    I’m very thankful that you decided to do it. I am really glad to have connected with you through this outlet, and always look foward to your beautiful, down to earth postings.

  14. Congrats! So glad you took the leap that crossed our paths!

  15. EV says:

    Thanks for sharing your life with relative strangers. That takes a vulnerability that is a beautiful thing. Peace and Grace in the coming year.

    • shoes says:

      Thank you. While I know that a stranger is someone you don’t know, I feel that there is quite a group of you that I have grown to know and consider friends even. It is nice to have that connection and to have this space to write about and share my life.

  16. Hetterbell says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! It is so nice to think that your blog has brought you so many benefits in that time. I have truly enjoyed reading it ever since I discovered it (which I think was last autumn). Here’s to many more posts! 🙂

    • shoes says:

      If I remember correctly, you are one of my long time followers. I don’t think I had a single follower (other than the two friends I told and Husband) for a couple months. It was a slow start but even now I continue to write for myself and not chase the numbers. I do admit to checking my stats quite a bit because it is fun to see the numbers but it has to be my words and thought first and rather than trying to gain followers. In the end, if I enjoy doing it then I will keep doing it. 🙂 I plan on being around for a while. Glad to have connected with you as I so like your blog and always appreciate your thoughtful comments.

      • Hetterbell says:

        I think you’re absolutely right to write first and foremost for yourself, and no doubt it is that authenticity that keeps more and more people coming back to your blog. Thank you for your kind words! Obviously, I love your blog, and I’m so glad to have connected with you, too. 🙂

  17. Mary Ann says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I look forward to reading more of your blog posts, and I am so glad we met.

  18. Sugar Snap Me says:

    You’re pretty groovy. One year is a great achievement. Someday I will figure out how you got yourself read by so many people…which is something I struggle with. You’ve set a great goal for me!

    • shoes says:

      Thanks, I think you are pretty groovy yourself. 🙂

      I was surprised how quickly a year passed by. And I have to tell you that I am not followed by all that many people, it is just that the people who do read my blog are absolutely great about leaving thoughtful comments and being consistent readers of mine. The blog community that I have been involved with the past year is really amazing. I have found that tagging my posts with tags from the WP topics has allowed my blog to be found by new people. I also try to write 2-3 times a week so I am not lost in the rest of the internet noise. Other than that, I write because it makes me happy and I get to meet cool people like you! 🙂

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