How to Celebrate Your Blog Anniversary
Do you celebrate your blog anniversary?
Your blog anniversary or blog birthday is a milestone. It is an achievement for making it this far because blogging can be fun but also challenging.
Whether that’s a one year anniversary or three, it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.
A blogger wears many hats. And blogging isn’t just about writing and posting pretty photos. It’s so much more than that.
Like with your birthday, a blog anniversary is something that should be celebrated whether it’s a small celebration or a huge one.
That’s why I’m celebrating mine with a giveaway. Read until the end of the post to find out what you can win and how you can join.
Not sure if you should celebrate your blog birthday? Here are just some reasons why you should!
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Reasons to Celebrate Your Blog Birthday
Reminisce your journey
Your blog anniversary is a great time to look back on your journey as a blogger, and appreciate how you’ve grown. Maybe that’s learning a new skill like graphic design or maybe even learning how to pitch to brands. Take note of everything you’ve achieved. No achievement is too small. Even if it’s being able to write a blog post faster than when you started, that is already a win.
A chance to go back to your WHY
Remember the excitement you felt when taking an idea and making it into a reality through your blog? You had a reason for starting your blog and this time is great to remind yourself of why you started your blog. Is it to document your life? To start a side-hustle or maybe even become a full-time blogger?
Realign with your goals
As you go back to your why, the next step would be to evaluate the blog goals you’ve set for yourself. Goals aren’t a static thing. They need to be reviewed to see your progress and if your goals still align with you. If they don’t, then there’s no shame or guilt in pursuing a different goal. However, if your goals remain the same, there’s that saying, “change the plan, but not the goal” which means to change the way you’re going after that goal. There are many ways to get to your destination, so keep going.
Reflect on the lessons you’ve learned
As you reflect on your journey, you’re bound to remember the lessons and failures that you encountered. This is natural. Failure is something we need to embrace more because each time you fail, you are one step closer to succeeding. Instead of viewing failure as a negative thing, think of it as the plan that didn’t work out. And now it’s time to try a different plan. You never know how close you may be to your success.
Now that you’ve read those reasons to celebrate, you may be wondering how to celebrate your blog anniversary. Here are a few ideas on how exactly you can do so.
5 Ways to Celebrate Your Blog Anniversary
Organise a fun photoshoot
You know special occasions like a gender reveal, coming-of-age party or a special announcement call for photoshoots? Your blog birthday is more than enough reason to get dressed up, put on some makeup (if you want to!) to commemorate this special day.
If your blog has a theme, you can use that theme for your photoshoot. If you have coloured balloons from a previous birthday party, why not reuse them? For a more sustainable approach, you can even use confetti made out of leaves.
Your photoshoot can be done indoors, in your backyard or even outside. It’s up to you. Remember to have fun.
And when your photos are ready, you can share them in a blog post, your social media accounts or both!
Celebrate with food
Where there’s a celebration, there’s food. Prepare a hearty home-cooked meal of one of your favorite dishes, order in from your favorite restaurant, bake sweets or organise a picnic. To add that extra fun factor, you can incorporate your blog theme or blog topics into the food selection.
For example, when I launched my debut novel, my close friends ordered a themed cake inspired by the cover of my novel. In the same way, if you’re a fashion blogger, you can bake or order cupcakes or cakes that have a fashion theme.
- Cameron dives into the world of secret shows & a spontaneous summer tour to face his biggest rival: himself. One night, Cameron and his best friends, Benji and Eric, fellow musicians themselves, stumble upon a series of underground live music shows called The Hush Society. There they find a community of new musicians who inspire each other and help one another succeed—in music and life. Cameron is instantly drawn to the community—and its founder, Cassie, an enigmatic, artistic wild spirit. When Cassie invites Cameron and his mates to join The Hush Societys summer tour, he decides to give his passion a go one last time. But Cameron sees this as his last shot and feels he must commit fully—sans safety net—if he wants to make it in music. So he does the unthinkable: he drops out of University. Even if his bean-counting father already put in the down payment. Even if it dents his parents fragmented relationship further. Even if his Dad’s ultimatum (go to Uni or dont ever come home) scares the hell out of him. Will Cameron finally be able to overcome the part of him ruled by fear? Or will he destroy his chances of success, his friendship with his best mates, and ultimately return his doomed life in Beverley?
Write a fun blog post
Why not write a follow-up post to one of the blog posts you love or maybe even your first post? For more ideas, check out Lyrical Host’s fun ways to celebrate your blog birthday where one option suggests doing a round-up of your blog highlights. This could be your highlights of your first year if it’s your first year of blogging, and sharing any stats such as your page views.
Organise an online event
Go global and to accommodate your followers worldwide, why not organise an online birthday party? For the launch of my young adult debut novel called The Hush Society Presents, I organised an online music-themed book launch. This is a fun way to connect with your readers in real-time. You can play games, watch a movie or video clip together, do a live giveaway and even send them virtual party goodies like a curated playlist of your favorite songs or a copy of your favorite digital book.
Why not give yourself a gift for all the hard work you’ve done? It could be something you’ve been wanting for a while or maybe even an investment for your blog.
Aside from that, you can also give your blog readers a gift through a giveaway. This is my favorite way to celebrate a blog anniversary. Read until the end of this post for details about my giveaway for you.
In case you need some ideas for gifts, here are a few gift guides you can check out as the ideas are relevant no matter the season (even if the blog post title is geared for a specific occasion haha):
13 Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends When You Don’t Know What to Give
Best Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Content Creators
Christmas Gift Ideas for Bloggers and Content Creators
How I Celebrate My Blog Anniversary
My favorite thing about blog anniversaries or blog birthdays is reminiscing on my blog journey and realising how far I’ve come.
Throughout the three years since launching izzymatias.com, here are some of my favorite posts:
I started blogging when I was around 11 or 12 and wanted to document my concert experiences.
At university, I started a music blog as a writing portfolio because I wanted to apply as a music journalist for an online music publication.
Three music blogs later, I decided to start anew with this blog geared at helping content creators and bloggers build their blogs and make money so they can live a life of freedom.
Even back as a music blogger, I celebrated blog anniversaries through giveaways because they’re so fun to do.
This now brings me to the anticipated part of this post: my giveaway for you.
MY GIFT FOR YOU A.K.A GIVEAWAY TIME!
As a way of saying thank you for the support and to celebrate izzymatias.com’s 3rd blog birthday, I’m hosting a giveaway.
What do you get?
One person will win these 3 gifts:
- Access to How to Build a Money-Making Blog (Your Creative Business) course
- Consistent Creator’s Content Calendar
- How to Create Engaging Content online course
The mechanics are simple.
All you have to do is to fill out this survey for a chance to enter the giveaway. To earn additional entries, there are bonus options too.
The giveaway is open worldwide and closes on October 8, 2021, at 11:59 PM GMT +8.
The winner’s name will be announced in this blog post and sent an email on October 9, 2021.
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
Congratulations to Mummy Conquering Anxiety!!
Good luck, and once again, thank you for all the support!
Let me know in the comments if you celebrate your blog anniversary and if so, how you celebrate it.
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Your blog celebration ideas all sound so fun! I have been writing for four years now, but have never actually celebrated a milestone. Your mix of simple and complicated ideas resound with me as I love the idea of realigning with my goals, reflecting on what I have learned, and cooking a delicious meal.
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you too, Jaya! Glad that some of these ideas resonated with you 🙂
I love this post! It’s so important to celebrate your blogging journey and I love all of your ideas x
Great post. I will use these ideas for celebrating mine next year! Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on your anniversary xx
Thank you! So excited to hear that you will use these ideas for your blog anniversary next year. And you’re welcome 🙂
Great read! I’m celebrating my six blog-versary next month and I am setting out goals and also have a few guest posts to help celebrate too. I think our anniversaries have to be celebrated, small or big x
Wow! Congratulations in advance for 6 years of blogging. That’s amazing, Jeanette! 🙂
I haven’t really thought on doing a blog anniversary however it feels like a really good idea to celebrate your blogs birthday. Something to think about. Thanks for those lovely helpful ideas and tips. A giveaway sounds fun.
It’s fun to celebrate a blog birthday! You’re welcome, Alicia. Will you be celebrating your blog birthday next time around? 🙂
Hi Izzy. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Here’s to the next 3 years 🙂
Thank you so much, Richie!! 🙂
I’ve been blogging for just over twelve years and I have never really celebrated it — which now I wish I had, haha! I shall have to follow some of your tips to celebrate my 13th year of writing and/or the time I’ve been on wordpress (which isn’t as long). Thanks for the inspiration!
It’s never too late to start celebrating your blog anniversary. And amazing that you’ve been blogging for 13 years 😀
Congratulations on 3 years! My 2nd blogging birthday was in May but I didn’t do anything. I love the sound of it, so I definitely will next year x
Thank you, Caroline! Looking forward to seeing how you will be celebrating your 3rd blogging anniversary next year 🙂
I have never thought of doing a blog anniversary, I won’t even know which date to choose. Such a great idea.
You could do the day you started or launched your blog, or if you don’t remember that, I guess you could choose a date. That would be fun too!! 🙂
Blog birthdays and anniversarys are great fun, aren’t they!? I had mine last month and celebrated with a refletive goals post. I am so ready to hit more goals this year!
They are very fun! Oh, a reflective goals post is a great idea too. Best of luck with the rest of your goals this year. 🙂