Happy Blogiversary – to Simply Solo! Today marks one year since I started this blog. It’s crazy to me that it’s been a full year of sharing (or oversharing) my life with you all. When I wrote my first post, Starting Fresh, one year ago today, I never could have imagined how much of a difference this blog would make on my life.
This blog has been my passion, my creative outlet and my therapy. You readers have been my listeners, my comrades in heartache and happiness, and most of all, my inspiration. You have shared countless comments and experiences that have completely changed my perspective. You have educated me, made me laugh and moved me with your stories. My favorite moment each week is writing a post and hitting publish – not because I’ve put something out there on the blogosphere, but because I can’t wait to hear what you think. So thank you. You all are amazing.
A year ago today, I was bored (and sad) out of my mind. My world had come crashing down on April 19, and here I was in June, still feeling depressed and sorry for myself. I couldn’t imagine how I would make it through the next month until my unwedding day. I needed an outlet desperately – and somehow I found myself starting this blog. It was exactly what I needed. It was the light at the end of my tunnel.
Simply Solo wasn’t my first choice for a blog name. At first, I wanted to name my blog “Just Me.” That name came from my search for a new apartment, where every time I began to fill out the application, the renter would ask, “Are you moving in with anyone else, or is it just you?” To which I’d reply miserably, “It’s just me.” I wasn’t quite at the point where I found living by myself empowering. I thought it would be “just me” forever – I was doomed to die a lonely cat lady, never to love again.
Of course, “Just Me” was taken. So then I proceeded to play with different variations of feeling alone and bad for myself. As I searched for a blog name, I suddenly thought, “I’m alone. It’s that simple. I’m simply solo.” And suddenly, being alone didn’t sound so bad. Simply Solo didn’t sound like I’m Going To Die By Myself.com or I’ll Never Love Again.com. Simply Solo felt very “it is what it is.” I’m alone. But that’s OK.
In hindsight, Simply Solo wasn’t the best choice for a blog name. And not just because Simply Solo is also an Australian dating site (who knew?!). Obviously, I won’t be solo forever. Someday, I hope to be Simply Happily Married. Or Simply A Published Author. Maybe Simply Happy … whatever that looks like. You see, I no longer want my blog – or my life – to be defined by my relationship status. It’s amazing how far I’ve come in a year. Simply Solo felt perfect a year ago because I felt so alone. But this blog, and the amazing experiences I’ve had this past year, have reminded me that I am in no way alone.
But I do love Simply Solo. I love that I can share such diverse content through the Simply Solo Spotlight guest posts, and I love that we have been able to openly and honestly explore relationships on this blog. I’m excited to continue this blog for years to come – and I can’t wait to figure out what other meanings Simply Solo could take on.
I thought it would be fun to celebrate my one year anniversary of blogging with a fun giveaway! Since so much of my blog has been about the search for love, I thought it’d be fun to give away something that could help some of my single readers find their ideal mate.
The kind folks at Match.com have very generously provided a three-month free membership to two lucky readers of Simply Solo. (And I say “very generously” because they have not provided any payment to me or anything like that.) There are no strings attached, just three months to try out the dating site and try your hand at online dating.
So, how can you win? In the comments of this post, tell me why you want to give online dating a chance. Did your aunt’s best friend’s neighbor’s cousin meet her soul mate online? Did you just move to a new town and are finding it impossible to meet anyone? Have you always wondered about online dating but didn’t want to pay to try it? Do you just want a few really good online dating horror stories to share at cocktail parties? Are you finally ready to meet “the one”? Tell me why you want the membership by 6 p.m. EST this Friday, June 17. I will select two winners and announce them next week.
For my coupled readers, please be sure to share this giveaway with your single friends! And, hopefully I’ll be holding more giveaways in coming months in which you can participate.
Thanks again, everyone, for taking part in my journey. I’m extremely fortunate to know you all, and I’m looking forward to many more years – and blog posts – to come!