zoot

I'm addicted to superhero movies, donuts, craft beer, playing in the woods, and reading YA fiction. I'm a writer by day and a dreamer by night.

Happy Blog Birthday To Me

Eleven years ago I launched a blog at misszoot.com. ACTUALLY – now that I think about it – the first domain was different. (I’m not going to tell you what because, if I remember correctly, when I ditched it…it became an adult site.) And ACTUALLY…I blogged a few months at a Typepad address before setting up my own doman. BUT! For all practical purposes…I’ve been blogging for eleven years. My blog is now starting puberty. She started shaving her legs and wearing deoderant, and now she wants to get her first bra even though she’s no where close to needing one.

It’s funny how much this place has changed in eleven years. I used to care a lot more about how many comments I got, but that was back when people actually commented on blogs. I can do a blog post now that gets read 1000 times and still has no comments. I used to post a lot more junk content…funny pictures from the internet and such. I guess that was before everyone did that on their Tumblr? I used to talk a lot about my reproductive system. A LOT. If you were around during the TTC (trying to conceive) and Habitual Aborter (that was the medical term they gave me that I loved so much because it made me sound like I was addicted to miscarriages) stages of my life, then you probably know more about my uterus than my OB/GYN.

I used to talk a lot about boob sweat because I had a 40-minute commute during the summer when I was pregnant and had no a/c in my car. Now I have no commute and the a/c won’t turn off in the front of the van. I find this “circle of life” incredibly entertaining.

I also used to talk a lot more about entertainment…television and whatnot. It’s not that I stopped watching TV, I still watch a lot of it, but I just don’t write about it as much. I’m not sure I enjoy TV like I used to. I still have my favorite shows that I watch as soon as I can, but I’m not following fan blogs on Tumblr or anything. (Two Tumblr references in one post…I’m totes cool.)

It’s funny…the two things I talk the most about now…Running and Bullet Journals…I wouldn’t have even understood in 2004. I wonder if Zoot of 2004 would have started running or using bullet journals if she had stumbled upon Zoot of 2015’s blog. Maybe the bullet journals, but not the running. I think I needed to get past some of my crippling social anxieties first, in order to brave joining running groups.

There are a lot of people who were blogging back in 2004 that are still blogging today, but the landscape is so very different. The demolition of Google Reader I think was what damaged the landscape the most. I still have never gotten back into using a feed reader. Honestly, I think the way I read blogs the most now is if people post links on Facebook and Twitter.

I’ve been doing a little bit of site maintenance lately. I changed the “Losing My Religion” tab on the menu as a page with a little bit more backstory. It used to just be a link to my “Agnostic Atheist in the South” category. But – if you’re new to this blog and you click that link – that would be a very weird hodgepodge of content. I also changed all of my “links” on this blog to remove the dates. This makes URLs much easier…BUT…that means a lot of my in-site links no longer work. I decided it was worth it in the long run. I’m hoping to change my 404 page to explain that so people can easily find the right link.

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This is my wordpress dashboard that shows my basic stats. I HAVE WRITTEN A LOT OF WORDS OVER THE YEARS. Also – it’s weird that my “Losing My Religion” page got so much traffic. How did you all know that had even been updated? I’m so confused. I just made that page a day or two ago and it’s already been seen over 1000 times? Did it show up on my RSS feeds? Why do I still not understand how my blog works after 11 years?

SO! Is there anything you’d like to see around here? Are you a new reader, is there any information you’re missing? When you were a new reader was there something you wish had been here in terms of information on my About Me page or something? Are there specific topics you enjoy? Are there topics you wish I’d cover?

I know this is like the most boring blog post in the history of blogdome, but I have to do one of these every January to mark another year rambling about boob sweat on the internet.

14 comments on “Happy Blog Birthday To Me

  1. Well happy blog birthday. 11 years ago I was 17 and taking my AS Level Mock exams. My blogging adventure hadn’t started yet, Yahoo was the search engine of choice and you could sign into MSN Messenger on the school network if you signed in via MSN rather than Hotmail – it also meant that you could check your personal email via the school network when I’m pretty sure Hotmail should have been blocked. I had a Nokia or Sagem mobile phone and the idea of pretty much getting full websites instead of WAP on the go was a bit of a dream lol.

  2. Congrats to 11 years of blogging. Wow! I should look into when I started my first blog, it’s been a while, I think. How we read blogs or more important how we find blogs has changed over the years for sure.

    I mourned Google Reader for a long time, but after a while I got used to using Feedly and it’s really not that much different from Google Reader IMHO. You might want to give it a try again…?

    Reading blogs via a feed reader is the main reason why I hardly comment anymore anywhere, because I mostly read the feed on my phone or table and it’s always a bit of a hassle to leave a blog comment via phone.

  3. Congrats on 11 years! Funny I read you for awhile – lost your link (and with pregnancy brain could NOT remember the blog name!) found you again and have been back for 6 years! I love your change in content (even though I don’t bullet journal or run). Love seeing your kids get older even though I understand the limited content because they are people too! Here is to many more years!!

  4. I went to my old blog and had a reference to a picture you posted in 2006 so I guess I’ve been reading your blog 8-9 years now. Still always the first blog I read every day you have a post. I keep my old blog because I have blog feeds on the side bar and that’s how I know when people have updated their blog. Happy Birthday to your blog!

  5. Happy birthday!

    I am here to second Feedly. I hated it at first but I think that was mostly because it WASN’T Google Reader and I refused to like it. I feel like they’ve made some changes and it’s much more like Google Reader now once you get it set up the way you want.

  6. I’ve followed along for some time now but I’ve never commented. (I don’t think.) I’m not saying that me commenting is like a blog birthday present or anything, I’m just saying it’s about time that I did. Happy Blog Birthday.

    Side note: I don’t know why it’s taken me this long but I just started a bullet journal for this year thanks to you. So far so good. (It’s only been a week, but whatever.)

  7. Happy Blog Birthday!!!!!

    I have been using the Digg app since the downfall of google reader. I test drove quite a few and Digg is the one that I like the best. I think it is also quite like google reader… Which is probably why I like it.

  8. Hi! I’m here because I like your writing. This sounds kinda bad, but your content is somewhat irrelevalent to my interest in reading. You could write about rocks and I would be happy šŸ™‚ keep writing. It makes this Minnesota gal’s heart happy.

  9. Happy blog birthday! I’ve read your blog forever it seems (before you were pregnant with N). Please don’t go away!

  10. 11 years ago I was blogging on blurty, xanga, and myspace. Ha! I was such a hip little 23 year old.

    I don’t remember when I started reading you, but it was when E was still referred to as Lilz in your writing. For about a year I stopped reading most blogs (for reasons entirely unrelated to the blogs themselves), and when I came back around to reading, your daughter had been born! I was sooooo happy for you. I spent an entire day at work reading your archives leading up to her birth, and I’m pretty sure I was grinning like an idiot the entire time. Oh, all the feels!

    Happy 11 Years! Imagine what you’ll be writing about in 11 years from now…maybe grandchildren? šŸ˜€

  11. Congrats! I’ve “only” been blogging since 2006, and even in that time it’s changed a lot. I know that I comment less often because the interfaces on tablets are problematic, in my experience, so I either don’t bother, or put it off until I’m on the real computer, which sometimes doesn’t happen until I’ve forgotten what I wanted to say. As a blog reader, in other words, tablets have changed my habits more than the loss of Google Reader. (I find Feedly does all right for my purposes as a reader, and I’ve never had that many commenters, so nothing to report there.)

    I do find it interesting to look back at my younger self and imagine what she’d think of me today. Sometimes our changes seem so small along the way, and it’s only looking over the spectrum that we really face the magnitude.

    Anyway, I read every post you put up, no matter the topic, and hope you continue to find it worth doing. Happy new year!

  12. I wanted to pop over and say thanks for making the 2015 calendar pages for the bullet journals and for giving them away šŸ˜‰ I’m not really doing a bullet journal but needed full page calendar pages to fit in my smaller journal and yours are perfect! Thanks again!

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