This week I celebrate the 6th anniversary of launching my blog.
On July 3, 2012, I was SO nervous, you have no idea! It took me a while to press “publish,” and I was shaking when I did. And then, I didn’t even tell anyone about the blog for some time. It felt so…personal.
While I’d worked in communications my whole career, writing about myself — and things so intensely personal like body image and private struggles I’d never spoken about to anyone before — was a whole different animal.
But it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. I love every minute of working on this project, and through it have met the most incredible, inspiring people.
I just want to say thank you so much for following my journey and for your support. I truly appreciate it, more than you know!
Growth and change over six years
When I launched the blog in 2012, I wasn’t sure which lifestyle aspect to focus on, health or beauty. So I called it Healthy Beauty, and decided to do both and see what sorts out.
Over time, health and fitness became much more important to me. I felt a calling to help others, and over the course of three years I pursued my fitness certifications. In 2015, I rebranded from The Healthy Beauty Blog to Michelle Rogers Healthy Living, and redesigned my site.
It’s fun to look back. Here are the all-time top 5 posts, in order of most traffic received:
- Body Combat helped me kick 40 pounds to the curb (2012)
- Katie Couric reveals the surprising way she got her slammin’ new bod (2012)
- Portable audio equipment for a group exercise class that rocks! (2017)
- Review: WEN Six Thirteen Cleansing Treatment (2012)
- My weight loss story (2017)
Most pinned recipe on Pinterest: Gluten Free Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Snickerdoodle Crust (2013), thanks to Udi’s Gluten Free, who featured it on their channels!
Most viewed on YouTube: How to create a home workout room on a budget (2015)
Most comments: Week includes a mountain, music, fitness, thrifting, crafting and preparing (2016)
Most social media connections: Twitter
There are many bloggers far more successful than I, with more comments and more views and more traffic than I can even dream. But you know what? I don’t give a rip! I know how far I’ve come, and not just in terms of blogging stats. I’ve grown personally and professionally in ways I could never have imagined. Most importantly, all of this led me to a new life’s mission to help others as a health and fitness professional. And I’m proud of that.
Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart! It’s been an honor connecting with you here and on social media. I look forward to hopefully many more years to come.