A year of blogging taught me so much. It’s been a year of challenges, laughs, headaches, and joy.

The one thing I never expected was that my writings would be so well received.

As much as I can share all that I learned from my first year of blogging, I know for certain, I couldn’t have done it without the support of all of my loyal visitors and commenters. People who were strangers a year ago. People who are now cyberspace friends.

To all of you, I say “Thank You”

Thank you for your support, for your continued visits, for subscribing, commenting, and for the massive words of kindness.

I am humbled and honored to be part of your lives, and thrilled to be a part of this community of kind and generous people.

Although our paths may never cross in the real world, I’m grateful our paths have crossed in cyberspace.

You’re all awesome.

May you all find success in all of your endeavors.

That is my wish for you.

Again, I say thank you!

To recap what I’ve learned from my first year of blogging, listed below are all of the lessons, including a brief description.

Lesson One: Why blog?

Lesson Two :Commenting on blogs

Lesson Three: Importance of learning the mechanics of blogging

Lesson Four : Learning from your blog statistics

Lesson Five: Finding balance between blogging and life

Lesson Six: How blogging can be therapeutic

Lesson Seven: How bloggers are often misunderstood

Lesson Eight: The uniqueness of your blog and first impressions

Lesson Nine: What makes a blog/blogger a success

Lesson Ten: Give credit where credit is due

Lesson Eleven: Comparing ourselves to others

Lesson Twelve: Making money with blogs

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  1. I just realized that after another year of blogging, you’ll be entering the terrible twos! Hope your next year is a great one!

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  2. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    Well it’s been fun Barbara, reading your blog, and I have learned a lot.

    Continued success!

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  3. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Hunter,

    Yikes! The terrible twos. πŸ™‚

    Hi Natural,

    Thank you! Continued success to you, too.

  4. Barbara – you do a great job and offer nothing but encouragement. I appreciate the attention you’ve given my blog very much. Keep up the good work!

    Mark – Creative Journey Cafes last blog post..If You Build It, They Will Come

  5. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Mark,

    You’re welcome, and thank you for the kind words.


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  7. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    I like the way you put that Deacon Bernie. Thank you!

  8. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – Thank you. I’m glad I met you too. And your blogging lessons series has been awesome.

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  9. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Catherine. I’m glad you enjoyed the series.

    BTW,: did my email get buried in your inbox?

  10. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I’m glad you had such a great year. I hope you have many, many more.

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  11. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Debbie, and I wish the same for you.

  12. John HoffNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – I can see from all the comments here that you’re a mean, ruthless person! LOL. Ok, I just had to!

    Seriously though, it’s been a pleasure getting a glimpse into the mind of Barbara Swafford. I can see you’re a kind-hearted person and the kind of person this world desperately needs more of.

    I’m only in my 7th month of blogging so it’s nice to pick up on a few things someone has learned that’s not too far ahead of me.

    @Catherine – if you read this, thanks for introducing me to Barbara through the use of your informative blog. I might not always comment, but I read πŸ™‚

    Ok, I need to go watch Fight Club or something!

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  13. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi John,

    LOL That was a funny first sentence.

    Thank you for your kind words. If we all stick together, we can all do well. It’s about community, helping others, and sharing in each other’s milestones.

    Just think where we all might be a year (or two) from now.

  14. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:


    How nice would that be, hey?

  15. I think why your writings are so widely received Barbara is because they are very warm and encouraging.

    I usually wait for your emails to hit me before I come to your page, but today I just needed some sort of “Barbara Voice” so decided to come by early and see if there was anything new.

    Thank you for what you do! And especially for taking the time to believe in all of us and write things to help us be better.


  16. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Dr. Nicole,

    I do believe in all of you (and even those who don’t comment). Faith tells me if we all work together, we can make this world a better place by leaving a positive foot print on cyberspace.

    I’m proud to be part of a community of bloggers who genuinely care.

  17. and thank YOU for doing what you do!
    You teach, you’re so supportive, you’re warm
    πŸ™‚ its much appreciated and it taught me a tip or two on how to be a better blogger

    (( Hugs ))

    go barbara, go barbara!

    *online dancing* << really. πŸ™‚

    JEMi | Tips for Life, Love, Yous last blog post..What Keeps YOU Young?: An InMyHeels/Lipton FUJI Crosstown Bike Giveaway!!!

  18. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    JEMi, you are welcome and so kind.

    ((hugs)) to you too. You’re making me laugh with that online dancing. Only you could come up with that. That’s great! πŸ˜€

  19. Pat RNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – Congratulations on your one-year accomplishment. We haven’t known each other very long but I feel like I’ve known you much longer in time. I know that’s because of your integrity and caring and support of others. It comes through in your posts and what you contribute.

    I can see I have some catching up to do in reading some of your past articles and I look forward to reading what you have put out there as your generous offer to help each of us.

    Barbara, thank you for being you and for the support you give. I know it’s not just of me it’s of everyone commenting here and those reading. You find the time and a way to connect to each of us and I honor that.


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  20. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Pat,

    You’re welcome.

    Isn’t blogging great? We can connect with people we may never have met otherwise. I like how that works.

    Your kind words touch my heart. My hope to to continue to give support to you all, and stay on my mission to find new bloggers to welcome into the community.

    Put the coffee on, I’ll be joining you at your “kitchen table” real soon.

  21. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I liked the journey. It was like stopping to smell the roses, along with a healthy dose of introspection.

    I’m glad you were our tour guide.

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  22. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:


    I should thank you. Without the support of people like yourself, it would be so easy to lose sight of why I bother blogging.

    It makes it so worthwhile to visit a blog where your opinion is valued, and the content so rich and thought-provoking.

    I have certainly discovered an awful lot by coming back here and will continue to do so.



  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D.

    Thank you! I love being the tour guide.

    Stay tuned, there’s more to come

    Hi Ian,

    You’re welcome.

    It’s always great to see you here, and your opinion holds tons of value. Thank you for being such a loyal visitor and commenter.