I was reading the first I post I ever published on this blog in preparation to write a post about my 3 year blog anniversary (which I believed to be tomorrow) when I realized something shocking: my third year blog anniversary is actually today. And it’s actually my second year blog anniversary, not my third.

I'm glad WordPress sent me this notification; otherwise I would have been celebrating the wrong number of years, on the wrong day!
I’m glad WordPress sent me this notification; otherwise I would have been celebrating the wrong number of years, on the wrong day!

Nevertheless, today I am experiencing all of the emotions I expected to feel tomorrow: happiness, shock, gratitude, and pride. On September 18th, 2013,  I had no idea that I would love blogging so much, or that I would experience so much growth in my writing (in fact, I barely even knew what a blog was back then). Two years, over 100 posts, and over 600 followers later, I am so glad I decided to start this blog!

In honor of my blog anniversary (“blogiversary”, according to Google) I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favourite posts I’ve written over the past two years, because a lot has changed about my writing in that time.

 One of my favourite posts, written about half a year after I started my blog, was titled ‘When Silence Isn’t Golden’. The message of this post –  standing up for those who have been silenced – relates to what I try to do with my blog: explore different viewpoints, and give a voice to people, issues, and events that aren’t being spoken about a lot.

This was the header of my first theme. Oh, how times have changed!
This was the header of my first theme. Oh, how times have changed!

Another post I’m proud of is ‘A City of Contrasts’. In this post, I tried to evoke imagery in the reader’s mind through my writing. I love that I was able to include an underlying message throughout the descriptions of a city (and I got to reference Taylor Swift lyrics, another bonus).

At the beginning of 2015, I started paying more attention to promoting my blog and improving my critical thinking and the quality of writing and thoughts in my posts. I’m proud of my efforts to do those things, and I think they became apparent in the posts that I have published so far this year.

One of my favourites was ‘I Want What Happens’. This was one of the first posts on my blog that I edited photos for, so I’m proud of that. I also really love the message behind the post: I frequently use the phrase ‘I want what happens’ in my life, and I think it’s really cool that I was able to write a post about it!

i want what happens

This year I partook in Blogging 101, a course offered by the lovely WordPress team. One of my most commented on posts came from that course: ‘Dear Ideal Reader’. When I read this post now, I don’t completely agree with my thoughts on who my ideal reader is. I don’t write about happiness very often anymore (not because I’m unhappy; simply because I’ve been gravitating more towards writing about current news and my opinion on it), so my ideal reader has changed in that sense.

And finally, I end with the post I wrote about why I blog. In the post, I mention that when I started sherinaspeaks (two years ago today!) I made my footprints in the sand. When I started to figure things out, I splashed around in the water. And now that I know what blogging is all about, I want to make waves. I’ve been making waves for two amazing years, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Hooray for two years of sherinaspeaks!