Engagement photo session back in 2006

This one’s for the bloggers out there…

Danni from the lovely blog Oh, Hello Friend wrote a fabulous POST the other day. So fabulous, I wanted to do the same one here on my little blog. Below I talk about what inspired me to start a blog and how it’s developed. I’d love to hear your stories too so leave a comment explaining your blog beginnings for us all to read =)

My first blog, before this one, was called The Hettervik Household which I started right after we got married. Back in 2006 everyone seemed to be starting one up, but I didn’t really look at blogging back then the way I do now. I added A TON of pictures and practically wrote a book for each post. I definitely didn’t know what I was doing, but it was very genuine. I focused more on bigger events like Christmas, birthdays, and camping trips so I wasn’t blogging multiple times per week like now. Then I stopped that blog. I guess I just lost interest and I didn’t even know if anyone was reading it (I wasn’t aware of looking at stats back then). I wasn’t reading other blogs either at that time and I wasn’t really a part of any social networks other than myspace. I felt like I was sending my blog out into a vast empty space on the internet. Later on I discovered the magazine Blueprint and the website Bluelines by Martha Stewart. Unfortunately they stopped the magazine and website, but while it was still live I noticed they had a bunch of links to different sites that I fell in love with. I quickly realized they were blogs. I began to understand the concept of blogs and how to use them. I started A Girl In Transit with excitement and good intentions. A nice blank canvas to work with. Once I realized how much hard work went into it, I started slacking off again and there were a couple years where I didn’t take it seriously. If you notice on my archives, 2010 only had 3 posts that whole year! Pitiful. Then after I had Samantha I got a burst of inspiration. I started discovering awesome blogs like Rockstar Diaries, Oh Happy Day, and A Cup of Jo. My inspiration grew from there and I began to fall more and more in love with blogging. Exercising my creative side, the community, the idea of documenting things for my family… EVERYTHING about blogging I fell in love with. I’m still a little blog and I have a ton to learn, but I’m still just as in love with the blogging experience today as I was back when it was all new.

17 Responses to Blog Beginnings…

  1. Great post !



  2. Anita says:

    I’m so glad you decided to start up a new blog…I love getting to come here and read about your goings on and thoughts! As for my own blog…not really sure why I created it…maybe as an outlet for some creative urge.

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Anita! You are very sweet. I would definitely say your blog is a creative outlet. You’ve written some very lovely content =)

  3. Amanda Rose says:

    I get that feeling all the time that my posts and efforts are just going out into a black hole on the internet to never get read. I always get discouraged when I hear that people get up to 1000 followers their first year when I have barely broken 30 followers and I’ve had my blog since 2010! I keep trying though because it makes me very happy to blog!

    Amanda Rose

    • Sarah says:

      I used to get discouraged too for the same reasons. After researching how to get a blog to get that kind of traffic in a short amount of time, I realized I’d rather live life more and blog less because you really have to sink a lot of time into a blog to get it to grow that fast. Your blog is awesome. I love reading it =)

  4. Chelsea says:

    I love your blog and I just found it! I love blogging too for all the reasons that you mentioned! Rock Star Diaries is also my inspiration! That girl is awesome! It can be a lot of work but it’s so worth it. Just imagine 30 years down the road how many awesome pictures and memories that you will have documented! I love it!

    • Sarah says:

      Totally! I keep thinking how cool it would have been to read about my mom’s phases in life leading up to now. That would be neat if my kids took an interest too! Thanks for the blog love =)

  5. Alexa says:

    Love this…same thing happened to me after Mila was born. So funny when you get the creativity! :)

  6. I just met Danni this weekend! She is as lovely in person as she is on her blog. And I can’t get over how cute you are in that picture up there! I still love blogging too after all these years, and actually miss it now that life has gotten busy with the boys. You’re inspiring me more and more lately to jump in and get posting again. Maybe I’ll post my Danni encounter. :) xo!

  7. Britt says:

    love this…there is so much to learn in the world of blogging and so many people. i feel like it is our on little club-if you aren’t a blogger you don’t get it.

  8. you two are darling!! love your blog story thanks for sharing with us

  9. I love hearing how your blog began. I started mine as a way to keep in touch with family & friends once we moved to England. It’s also been a great way to journal. I love your photo, BTW ;)

  10. Laurie says:

    oh my gosh, what a sweet picture! i am so glad you started a blog, i love reading about your family and your adventures!

  11. Great post! Good to know that it’s not as easy for everyone else as it looks. I don’t get to devote as much time to my blog as I’d like, but I think you’re right; it’s better to live life more. Thanks for this post!

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