Sorry I’m Late, But I Just Hit Eight! (Years!) #Blogiversary

So, there I was, minding my own business,when a notification came up…

I’ve officially been blogging for eight years!

And how I fell into this world is a story in itself.

Some of you, my oldest friends, on here, will have heard it already, but for those of you, my newer blogily members, I am happy to recount the way this blog started.

A dear friend of mine wrote a post on Facebook, mentioning that she had started writing to help her mental health. She shared a link and said any of us could read it. Being the supportive friend that I am, I clicked straight onto it and was immersed in her words and thoughts. I wanted to comment to show my support, but it told me I needed to create an account.

And so I did.

Then this thing called WordPress emailed me and said, now you’ve signed up, why not start a blog?

Blog?

So that is what this thing was called.

I’d never heard of blogging. (Old school, aren’t I?)

But I thought, why not?

And But I Smile Anyway was born!

I had no idea what I was meant to write about on this blog thing. I had no niche, no plan, no clue.

But, somehow, that little unknown blog built up its followers, and some of those followers became friends, and you all gradually became my blogily!

Eight years down the line, I have nearly 10K blog followers, it’s won awards, and I was given the encouragement to pursue my writing, meaning I am a published poet and author, too, with a publishing contract!

I branched out onto Instagram and TikTok, too… see where blogging leads you?

And, every day, I feel blessed that I have such a wonderful Blogiy, still willing to read my ramblings, so THANK YOU!

I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for you and your interactions with me!

Here’s to plenty more years together, too!

64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dinesh Kumar
    Jan 09, 2023 @ 14:28:06

    Ritu hard work πŸ€—

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  2. Amajor Virginia
    Dec 08, 2022 @ 04:53:28

    Congratulations

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  3. Jevannel
    Dec 05, 2022 @ 05:46:15

    Wow congratssss!!!

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  4. therealrizwana
    Dec 04, 2022 @ 21:49:44

    Wow congratulations!!

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  5. WebbBlogs
    Nov 30, 2022 @ 18:48:55

    Congratulations on 8 years! 😁😁

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  6. niasunset
    Nov 30, 2022 @ 05:36:17

    Congratulations dear Ritu! This blog anniversary also means our connection with you being in all these years, I can’t believe how passing the time. Blessing and Happiness, Thank you, Love, nia

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  7. Happy Mum Of 4
    Nov 29, 2022 @ 08:48:57

    Congratulations 🎊 πŸ‘

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  8. OIKOSβ„’- Art, Books & more
    Nov 27, 2022 @ 21:56:14

    Sorry, i am late again, Sis! Congratulations to this great anniversary! πŸ™‚ xx Michael

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  9. Leanne
    Nov 27, 2022 @ 20:13:31

    Congratulations for all of your accomplishments!

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  10. willowdot21
    Nov 27, 2022 @ 00:37:51

    Sorry I am late to tell you that I love you and your eight year old blog. Happy Blogerversary πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ˜‹

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  11. Hilary Tan
    Nov 27, 2022 @ 00:13:55

    How exciting! Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Š

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  12. petespringerauthor
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 14:53:38

    Right on, Ritu, or should I say, write on, Ritu! It seems like the ten-year mark should be the next goal.

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  13. Jennie
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 14:28:51

    Happy Blogiversary, Ritu. Here’s to many more years of blogging and friendship.

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  14. Chris The Story Reading Ape
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 09:03:13

    CONGRATULATIONS, RITU, here’s to the next 8 years, and beyond πŸ€—β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ€—

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  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 07:30:54

    I loose track too! Lol. Must be about 8 years too? Funny how you started. You’ve made such leaps and bounds in 8 years Ritu. Keep up the great content. Love you, sis. x

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  16. The V Pub
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 04:45:31

    Congratulations Ritu!

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  17. John Holton
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 03:25:37

    Congratulations, and happy blogiversary!

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  18. kittysverses
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 03:14:14

    Congratulations, Ritu. πŸ™‚

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  19. susiesopinions
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 02:29:59

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰

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  20. Dan Antion
    Nov 26, 2022 @ 02:11:56

    Congrats Ritu. I don’t know how long I’ve been following you, but I’ve enjoyed the ride.

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  21. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 23:42:25

    This is fabulous! Congratulations, Sis. My 9 years πŸ™€ comes in April! Time flies when we’re having fun! ❀️

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  22. Book Club Mom
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 23:40:38

    That’s an awesome story, Ritu. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! You’ve accomplished so much during that time πŸ™‚

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  23. Sadje
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 23:24:47

    Congratulations Ritu. A very inspiring story.

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  24. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 23:01:30

    Party! Party! Party! Keep up the good work, Sis! ❀

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  25. beth
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 22:32:17

    Woo hoo!

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  26. CJ
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 22:15:46

    Happy blogaversary Ritu! I am very happy to have found you here, a post from you is always a treat. I haven’t taken the Instagram plunge yet, but I do think about it from time to time. CJ xx

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  27. rothpoetry
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 21:47:15

    Congratulations on 8 years blogging!

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  28. floridaborne
    Nov 25, 2022 @ 21:46:40

    Congratulations!

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