One year ago, on January 15th 2013, I published this blog post — the first post on Be a Freelance Blogger.
Most of the universe paid no attention. But my life changed completely.
That blog post’s received 222 comments. Some of those were from me and Lauren replying to your comments, but that’s still about 200 comments more than I was used to getting anywhere else.
People were talking to me. I mean really talking — not “Great post!” but long, thoughtful comments. People emailed to thank me. And I felt kinda stupid, because Jon Morrow and Danny Iny told me this would happen, and I secretly didn’t believe them. I couldn’t imagine a life where more than 10,000 readers visit this blog in a month, and 5,700 people subscribe to read my emails.
Now I can’t imagine it without you.
I spent 2013 meeting so many new people with brilliant minds, heartfelt passions and genuine ethics. I’ve chatted with freelance bloggers and entrepreneurs around the world. I’ve taken beach holidays while I created online training programs, just like those spammy ads on the internet keep saying everyone can do… except that this isn’t an infomercial. It’s my life. It’s really happened.
It’s happened because you read, and think, and talk to me. Because you tell me when I’ve helped (and when I’ve screwed up).
It’s my blogiversary, and I’m happy you found me.
As a writer, it pains me to admit I haven’t got the right words — there aren’t enough words in existence — to tell you how much I appreciate you.
Well, either there aren’t enough, or there are only two that will do it.
Now go sit over there and read some birthday messages from the blogosphere while I pretend I’m not crying, dammit. There’s a big fancy prize to win at the end.
BAFB’s Birthday “Telegrams”
Happy birthday, Sophie – it’s been a pleasure watching what you’ve achieved over the past year, and I’m honored to have been a small part of that. Now onwards! Upwards! To help more people reach greater heights!
~Danny Iny, Mirasee
Happy Birthday to Be a Freelance Blogger! While you may only be a year old today, your wisdom is far more eternal. Your words are a sword cutting through the bullshit and excuses that prevent us writers from traveling our legendary paths. Many thanks to Sophie for your breathtaking courage and brutally honest advice! I raise my glass in your honor and looking forward to celebrating many more birthdays to come.
~Valerie Bordeau, Freelance Writers Academy
Be a Freelance Blogger is only a year old?! Damn. With the amount of value, credibility, and authority that your blog has, it looks like it’s been offering advice for ages. I suppose BAFB is kind of like a wise old guru in a young girl’s body. 🙂 Congrats and happy birthday, BAFB! I’m sure you’ll have many more years ahead of ya.
In one year, Be A Freelance Blogger has done more than some blogs do in their entire “lifetime.” It’s everything a great blog should be — consistently updated, fabulously entertaining, and gosh-darned useful. I fell in love with it as a reader and couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it as a writer and “community helper.” Here’s to another great year!
~Lauren Tharp, LittleZotz Writing
Congratulations on your blogiversary — and way to come out swinging. It’s been my pleasure to spend this year as a fan and a friend of yours. Keep blowing the doors off!
~Gary Korisko, Reboot Authentic
Congrats on your anniversary, Sophie! I remember that first blog post going live and making a huge splash 😉 You’ve done such cool stuff in just a year — best wishes for continued success in 2014!
~Dana Sitar, DanaMedia.co
Congrats Sophie… it was a great year with a lot of great info to apply. Keep going!
~Ahmed Safwan, To Start Blogging
Sophie, you are a blogging rockstar and an inspiration! Also you tend to curse when you get excited and I like that. 🙂 Congratulations to you! I wish you a fantastic birthday with many happy returns!
Hey Be a Freelance Blogger! Happy Birthday! Long may you continue to grow, thrive and kick booty. Thank you for helping writers find their way, their voice and their bottle to get out there and *ROCK* their freelancing career.
~Laura Leigh Clarke, Wire Yourself for Wealth
Such an important milestone and look how much you’ve done with it in such a short time. You’re an inspiration.
~Jagoda Perich-Anderson, Conflict Tango
Congratulations Sophie! I look forward to your emails and appreciate the inspiration. Every time I receive one of your emails, I think, ok I can do this too! Again, congratulations and Happy Birthday BeaFreelanceBlogger.com!
~Claudia Sheridan, The Belgians Are Coming
Sophie – it’s been a great year getting to know you AND Be a Freelance Blogger – you’re always my top recommendation for anyone who wants to start writing for money online. Many happy returns to you, to BaFB and all of your wonderful community!
~Megan Dougherty, Mirasee
Can’t believe it’s “only” been a year for you. You’ve put out a crapload of kickass content!
~Jim Bessey, So Write Us
One year already! How the time flies… I’ve adored this blog since I first discovered it. Not only do you deliver honest, super-useful advice; you do it with a style that shows by example how it’s done. You’re the real, tail-kicking deal, and this site is an awesome resource for other bloggers. Here’s to another great year!
~Kelly Gurnett, a.k.a. “Cordelia”, Cordelia Calls It Quits
Your Turn: Win a BAFB Scholarship!
Today’s prize is the big one: every training course in the BAFB armoury. I plan to offer this scholarship prize to one reader on Be a Freelance Blogger’s birthday every year from now on.
At the end of January 17th, I’ll choose one winner to receive:
- Get Started for Freelance Blogging Success, a step-by-step training that walks you through starting up your blogging business, getting your first clients and delivering a professional blog post.
- The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass [self-guided edition], an in-depth training program on how to find and win higher-paying clients who love and respect your work.
- A group mentoring session where you can get your questions answered and meet other freelance bloggers.
For your chance to win, leave your own blogiversary greeting in the comments box — tell me how long you’ve been reading the blog, and what’s the best or most useful thing you’ve learned from Be a Freelance Blogger so far.