Few months ago, I share my thoughts after 10 years of active blogging. I was so emotional in that post that I didn’t even bothered to write an actual timeline, it might be a bit boring to read, since I didn’t save any screenshot of my past blogs through the years, but I know it’s something I’d like to see in my archives.
Summer 2007 – 2008
This is the year my dad bought our first laptop and, for the first time, he created a user profile just for me. I was 16 and the internet was basically just born for ordinary people here in Italy, having an email account was still something crazy and my parents were scared to death because of all those terrifying documentaries about the dangers of the internet. This is also probably the year we got a “faster” internet connection, the Adsl, before that it was all cables and weird sounds.
Thanks to my highschool mates, I discovered MSN, Microsoft’s blogging and social networking platform, which was the only popular one at that time (no Myspace or LiveJournal here in Italy). I remember spending so much time, especially in the Summer, chatting with my friends in the evening. Then I discovered blogs and, keeping an active paper journal since I was a child, I decided to give it a go. I remember that one of the posts I was mostly proud of was the translation of President Obama’s first speech. Even if I wasn’t into politics, I remember crying with my mom in front of the news listening to his (translated) words.
I loved playing with graphic and widgets at that time, it was like having a little virtual house to furnish.
The year I got my highschool diploma. MSN wasn’t fashionable anymore and I needed some distractions during the last days before the big final exams. So, I joined the online community of a magazine I was reading at that time, you could even have personal blogs there and join conversations in the forums. Unfortunately I didn’t meet many people of my same age, because the website had an older audience, so I got bored after a couple of years.
My first full year at University was also when I finally caved and joined Facebook. My friends were begging me since the last year of highschool, I didn’t like the platform, but I ended up joining it because I desperately wanted to play Farmville. *face palm*
I think this is also the year I joined Twitter, or maybe it was 2011 (?).
My very first blog was created on Blogspot. The title was “Caro Diario”, which means “Dear Diary” in English. Super fancy, right? This is the very first button I got, made for me by a fellow blogger. Unfortunately our friendship didn’t last after she closed her own blog.
It looks so cute! So many great memories!
This blog changed so many names and graphics throughout the years. Here are some past headers.
It’s hilarious that some titles were in English even if I was blogging in Italian. 😀
I participated to my very first blogging meet-up in Milan, with 3 other internet friends. It was the first time I’ve met someone from the internet and it felt suuuper weird, but I really enjoyed that experience.
After changing my blog so many times, I felt very scattered and tired, I couldn’t find my own voice, I was tired of the kind of blogs available in Italian (mostly mommy and cooking blogs) and all the excitement for the upcoming Hobbit movie made me to dust off my English and start interacting with other Tolkien fans. I didn’t even know the Tolkien community existed, after years spent neglecting my passion because I was the only “weirdo” around, I had finally found my people!
Also, blogging was changing with the popularity gained by social media. At the end of the year, I decided to close my blog for good, because I didn’t enjoy writing anymore.
I joined Middle-earth News, probably one of my biggest milestone of my life. I’ve been asked to join the team by Lily, who was enjoying my little side project: I had joined a network called MyMiddleEarth and I started sharing events from the books (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) on a blog, publishing them the exact day they were happening, according to Tolkien’s book Appendix. This is how my Saturday column, This Week in Middle-earth, was born.
At this point, I was feeling pretty comfortable with my English, but I wasn’t ready to commit to a full blog, so I tried Tumblr for some time, but I didn’t stick with it. The platform is cool, but I wasn’t in highschool anymore and building a readership only with original posts was almost impossible.
My favorite blog of all time, A Beautiful Mess, that I was following since 2010, put its courses on sale and I purchased Blog Life. Shortly after, in December, I won Photoshop for Bloggers during one of their Christmas giveaways. I learned a LOT from them and it’s when I finally caved and decided to start blogging again. I was missing it a lot, but I didn’t want to open a new blog I would get tired of after a couple of months, I wanted to do it well. So, I started brainstorming a name, searching if it was already taken on the internet and, then, buying a domain.
August 4th, 2014 The Geeky Burrow was born.
*By the way, this post has been inspired by the one A Beautiful Mess published to celebrate their own blogversary. I’ve been a loyal reader of theirs since 2010.
The year I graduated and I spent many months at home waiting to start my MA in September. I already mentioned it, but it’s when I started studying blogging and business just for fun, testing out some lessons learned on my own blog. Trying to cope with my post-Hobbit-films sadness, the struggle of not being a student and being unemployed and much more.
Needless to say that I got super burned out by the end of the year. Starting back University stolen basically all my free time and I thought more than once to close the blog.
Last year I kept myself busy with Project Life. Becky Higgins selected me to be part of her creative team and I had a blast! I also discovered digital scrapbooking and I started to take photos just for me and my memory keeping projects again, instead of Instagram.
I started book blogging, but, despite my effort to socialize with others, I felt the community a bit locked, not very welcoming for new bloggers. Despite my huge love for books, I discovered I didn’t enjoy writing reviews and my reading numbers weren’t high enough for challenges and things like that.
I did my very first collaboration, cross-posting, with my friend Francesco.
This is also the year I’ve been contacted to review a mattress (all the way from US!) and some superheroes underwear. Yep, you’ve read it right. Needless to say I declined the offers.
At the beginning of this year, I banned my editorial calendar and I decided to blog whenever I wanted. 6 months in and it feels so good, let me tell you!
I also started contributing to an awesome blog I was reading, Page Flutter. You can read my first article here.
Congratulations if you’re reading these words, it means you’ve arrived at the end of this very long post! I had so much fun sharing my story with you all, I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Blogging is always evolving and it’s very different now from 10 years ago.
I hope to be able to write a 20 year celebration post one day. 🙂