There have been three major anniversaries I missed this year. My own anniversaries, mind you. Some of them I know because of my archives, others I know of because there’s that thing called Facebook Memories. They show you what you’ve posted on a certain day throughout the years, and you can have an a-ha moment.
I let all these anniversaries slide, without doing much about them. Why? Well, I was super busy, wrapped up in things, and traveling during that period. Some of the travel, like this trip to Sighisoara, was unplanned. Other trips, like the one to Berlin for Euro Pride Con, were planned for close to a year in advance, and still managed to surprise me with last minute glitches. So, which anniversaries did I miss?
Nine (9) Years of WordsofaBrokenMirror.com
Yes, this is my oldest self-hosted blog! The first post went like in mid-June 2007. Prior to that, WOBM was a blogger blog started in January 2005. So yeah, I’ve been blogging for more than a decade 😀 And yes, I am feeling a little old right now 😀 At some point, WOBM was my main blog, tightly linked to my career in Public Relations, and later to my very on PR and Marketing agency. Now it’s more of business and lifestyle blog, as my days in PR are almost over (apart from by Book & Author PR adventures).
All the Travel Tweaks Anniversaries!
Yeah, I said three, but it’s more like three blogs whose anniversaries I’ve missed. With TravelTweaks.com, there were actually two Back in June 2008, I started my first travel blog. At the time, it was called Travel Spells. Later on, I moved it from a subdomain to its own domain and called in Travel Tweaks. This happened at the end of July, 2010. Yup, missed both of those important milestone anniversaries in my first travel blog’s life!
Another July anniversary I missed was two years of my Book Review Blog and Book PR Services Site, EyesOnBooks. This marked a huge moment for me. After considering giving up PR as a career forever, I started working on promoting my upcoming debut book, the vampire adventure/romance The Edge of Hope, the first book in the Bad Blood series. While I was working on this particular book promo, I started talking to other authors and realized they needed help promoting their books. I started helping them with book tours and posts in book groups, and when I realized this was something I wanted to do, just as I wanted to write and publish books, I created EyesOnBooks.
Why Is It Okay That I Missed Three Anniversaries?
Sure, I missed some promotional opportunities. But at the same time, I was busy traveling, releasing new books, and running book PR campaigns for my author clients. I had work coming my way, I was having fun, and I had great fun discovering new books released by my clients. All while sharing my experiences and travel adventures on the… well, five sites I run.
Do I feel kind of bad for missing all these anniversaries? Of course! Does it really matter that I missed them? Not really. I still feel I’ve accomplished a lot over the years. I am still working on all my websites. I have been back to traveling more for the past couple of years, and I have very interesting plans for the future.
In the end, if you’re busy enough and are having fun, enjoying your life, there are things you’re going to miss. Stop scolding yourself for them, you’re not superhuman. And while they feel like the world to you, in the grand scheme of things, there will be more anniversaries for you to make it up.