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Throwback Thursday: Blogiversary

  • July 23, 2015
  • By Brittany
Throwback Thursday: Blogiversary

Hi there!  Happy Thursday!  I’m so excited for this week’s Throwback Thursday because Allie from VitaTrain4Life is co-hosting with me!!!  Also, today just happens to be my exact blogiversary!  Whoot whoot!  So naturally, my throwback post is to my very first blogiversary post where I explain exactly what My Own Balance is and why it is important to me.  This one is definitely an oldie but a goodie!  Also, if you are here for the link-up (I hope you are), please scroll down to the end of the post!

Hello all!  Today is a very special day!  My Own Balance turns 1!  I can’t believe it’s already been a year of blogging.  So much has changed over the past year and I really feel like my blog has become my home on cyberspace.  If you don’t mind indulging me, I would love to take a minute to talk about the changes in my life and on this blog.  I also have some fun top posts from the past year for you to check out and because it’s MyOwnBalance’s birthday, I have some really exciting things coming up this week.  So read on to celebrate year 1 and then stay tuned this week to see what’s in store for you all to celebrate!

Happy Blogiversary

My Story

I started My Own Balance in July 2012 while working as an attorney at a firm in New York City.  At the time I was working long hours and expected to put aside my personal wants and needs to be available for clients 24/7.  This included cutting back on sleep time, workout time and spending time with my husband and friends.  In addition to a lack of time, I was also under constant pressure to bill hours and generally live a stressful lifestyle that comes hand-in-hand with working as a litigator.  I noticed that many people in my firm did not value a healthy lifestyle like I did and working out and eating healthy was just not a priority for them.

Unlike the members of my firm, I have not only valued a healthy lifestyle, it’s been a passion of mine for years.  As a girl I loved ballet and jazz dancing and as I grew older, this love of being active translated into sports like field hockey and track.  I was in a dance company in college and I taught group fitness classes before and after college.  Hand-in-hand with being active was eating healthy and while I have no shame in indulging, I have always made healthy food choices a priority of mine.

I felt that I needed an outlet.  A place where I could share my love of healthy living and talk about things that were important to me.  One day while searching for something across the web, I came across a blog that I began to read regularly.  It was not long before I decided I could start my own blog.  My Own Balance was born as a way for me to find balance in my hectic life and to create a space where I could emphasize the improtance of healthy living.  Of course, My Own Balance is also about balancing healthy living with things that make life worth living: indulgences, travel and generally having fun.  I wanted to capture it all here and in the past year, I feel that I have.

MOB Growth

When I started My Own Balance I didn’t really know anything about blogging.  I thought you just got a website and started writing.  Wait, there are people who are professional bloggers?!?  You have to share on social media!?  I need a Twitter account!?!

I have spent the past year learning so much about blogging.  I’ve gone from a tiny, self-designed website to today’s version, which I happen to love, designed by NW Designs.  I’ve worked with brands, attended FitBloggin and met incredible people.  The blogworld is a lot smaller than I thought and I feel so happy to have met so many people that are interested in the same things I love!  All you fitness freaks out there know what I’m talking about, am I right?

I don’t think I can adequately verbalize here the myriad of changes this blog has undergone in this one year alone but suffice to say, I look at it as not just a hobby but a life project that I’m excited to work on everyday.  I look at landscapes, food, clothes, everything now with an eye for how it can be photographed for the blog (I now love photography! Who knew!?).  I look for opportunities that I think will be fun to share with you all.  I can’t imagine not having MyOwnBalance.  I am so excited to see how much it grows in year 2!

Top Posts

Because this blog has grown so much over the past year, many of you have been joining me for only a short period of time.  I thought it would be fun to recap some of my top posts from the past year and let you get a chance to see some of the oldiers but goodies.  Here are my top posts as per Google Analytics:

1. Barre Week- Best At-Home Barre Workouts

2. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Recap

3. Les Mills: The World’s Best Fitness Classes

4. FitBloggin Recap

5. Barre Week- Best Barre Classes in NYC

And here are a few of my favorites:

1. Finding My Balance

2. My Own Balance Does Martha’s Vineyard

3. My Barre Video!

4. My Thirty Under Thirty

5. Solstice In Times Square

Happy Blogiversary 2

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Readers, what’s your throwback this Thursday?  Have you ever done something to counteract unhealthy forces in life? 


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  • Hollie
    July 23, 2015

    Thank you for hosting this! I found your blog through Allie who said she was chosting this link up with you!

    Reflecting back, I think blogging is one of the most unnatural things we do. We all start “just wanting to write” and I think it progresses from there. You’ve always got to be ten steps ahead on social media on you are behind.

  • Allie
    July 23, 2015

    I love that this is a blogoversary!!!! So great. Thanks for asking me to co-host this TBT party ๐Ÿ™‚ Let the linking begin!

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    July 23, 2015

    Happy Blogiversary, dear Brittany! When I look back at how I started blogging and my first posts, I cringe!! I love your reason for starting the blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ and you know I love your TBT series!!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    July 24, 2015

    Happy 3 year anniversary MOB!! I loved reading more about your backstory ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cailee
    July 26, 2015

    Ahhhh!! This is SO fun!! Congrats Congrats Congrats! I just adore your blog and all the success you’ve had! Truly inspiring! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marielle
    July 27, 2015

    Happy Bloggiversary girl!! I still have so much to learn about blogging, but try to take it one step at a time bc I get overwhelmed so easily! Your blog is looking so great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly
    July 28, 2015

    If you will allow me add a favorite post to your list it would be Three!
    I am with you on the top post analytics!

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