“Her Life in Ruins” is 2!
As you may have guessed from the title of this post, today is kind of a big deal. Why? Because Her Life in Ruins has been online for 2 years! *cue the confetti toss*
I have loved sharing my travels with all of you so much over the past 2 years and can’t wait to share even more with you in the future – but first: nostalgia.
How Her Life in Ruins has Grown
When I first started Her Life in Ruins, it was just supposed to be a fun little hobby. I would write about some of the things I’d done to share with friends and family back home while I lived in Florida. At least, that was the goal. In reality, I didn’t really write that often – just a post here and there for about a year and a half (don’t get me wrong, though, there were some really great posts!). Then, something awesome happened: I graduated from FSU with my master’s in anthropology and suddenly had all sorts of free time, which I spent really buckling down and focusing on this blog.
Hopefully, you’ve noticed that I’ve started treating this blog as less of a hobby and more of a job (but in a fun way!). My posts since May 2018 have become much more frequent (I even have *gasp* some sort of a posting schedule!), are over more focused topics, and are really all-around better than some of the things I posted when I was first starting out. Her Life in Ruins has become my baby. I have spent so many long hours pouring my heart and soul into this blog to ensure that everything I publish is worth reading; judging by the feedback I’ve received from y’all and an overall increase in readers, I’m guessing I’m doing something right.
A little more personal…
In addition to my blog growing over the past 2 years, I have grown so much! From a writing standpoint, my writing skills have drastically improved and I’ve developed more of a feel for the type of things I’m interested in writing about. On the personal side of things, I have become much more self-aware, have learned how to present my strengths, and am much more confident than I ever could have dreamed of being. Her Life in Ruins has helped me learn to be a better version of myself; it sounds so cheesy, but is true! By falling in love with this blog, I’ve started falling in love with myself, which is an incredible feeling.
So What’s Next?
On the most basic level of “looking toward the future”, I plan to keep posting fresh content on Her Life in Ruins. I love this blog and engaging with all of you so much and I don’t plan on ever stopping! I’m headed to Europe in about 2 weeks to start a huge trek, so I’ll be sharing tons of fun posts from the sites I see and my experiences from that trip later this spring and early summer. Naturally, this means I’ll be visiting tons of archaeological sites to write about for the much loved Site Sunday series – yay! I’ll also be writing my typical guides to towns I visit along the way, as well as trying something new: publishing more journal-style posts that focus on my experiences; hopefully it’ll be something you all love!
Looking even farther in the future, I’m hoping to partner with more companies, brands, photographers, and tourism offices to broaden the content that I bring all of you – my readers! Over the past few months, I’ve been dabbling with working with groups in my area to see if it’s something I’d enjoy doing more long term and I found that I L O V E working with others – middle-school super-shy KB is shaking! If you’re interested in collaborating with me, just fill out this form and I will get back with you!
I cannot thank you all enough for hanging out with me and this blog for the past 2 years. Her Life in Ruins would be nothing without all of you. Sincerely, I cannot thank you enough! Here’s to 2 years and to many, many more! *champagne pops, glasses clink, the whole 9 yards*