Yesterday, The Lambent Life celebrated its first birthday. Instead of toasting champagne, I tended to a growing cold with gallons of echinacea tea and Emergen-C paired and a bowl of vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries for good measure. I topped off the festivities with an early 10 p.m. bedtime and so here I am, the day after, properly noting the milestone.
Much like the first year of a child’s life, I’ve spent the past 12 months and 131 posts learning the ropes and figuring out who I am and what kind of blogger I want to be. And what kind I don’t want to be. I’ve found camaraderie with other bloggers and learned from their experiences. And I’m happy with what I’m growing and how I’m growing.
Like naming a child, it’s hard to pick the perfect blog name until you see its personality emerge. Josh, bless his heart, spent an entire afternoon last year brainstorming a good, reflective name. As usual, he came through.
I don’t want to burn brightly and quickly. There is nothing wrong with seeing loads of traffic or gaining popularity but I never want blogging to be disingenuous or burdensome. You won’t find glitter or glam design at The Lambent Life (mostly because I’m technologically inept). I want The Lambent Life – and my life, in general – to be a gentle glow, a familiar word and quick smile. And I hope that comes across.
And if you really want to give a good birthday present, head over to The Lambent Life on Facebook and give a sister a like. I promise loads of tasty, clean recipes and sweaty, post-run selfies. Oh, and probably embarrassing pictures of my kids like this one:
A year, in review
Most popular posts:
I don’t wear deodorant. (you guys are a curious bunch.)
The time E turned 3 and I bawled. (and I bawled again reading this.)
My favorite posts:
Parenting an allergic child is hard. (the hardest post I’ve written. Reading it makes me all the more thankful that we’re now allergy-free, wee!)
One becomes Two. (because I love her kiss face.)
Most popular search term: Color Vibe 5K coupon (that ship has sailed, folks. But thanks for stopping by!)
My favorite search terms: “pit bull Weimaraner pajamas” and “put-your-sister-in-a-headlock day celebrations” (Uh, not sure I helped you with either of these. Sorry, Charlie.)
Happy birthday, The Lambent Life.
And thanks for sticking around.