#LetsDiscuss2023 #7 – Milestones – #DiscussionSunday

This is my 1000th post on this blog, which made me think:

Do you celebrate milestones on your blog?


These are my personal opinions. I do not expect anyone to agree with anything here, and in fact, I’m certain that many will disagree and/or even hate many of the things I’ve written below. Sorry about that, but you are always welcome to express your own opinions – be they contrary or comparable – in the comments section. So, with that out of the way… let the controversy begin!

What made me think about this topic?

As noted above, this is my 1000th post, which also made me realize that some time ago, I wrote my 500th book review. I’m not sure why I didn’t do anything to commemorate that event, but I have seen others put up celebratory posts when they reach certain milestones.

My Thoughts

Should we note special milestones on our blogs?

Well, I don’t see why not, but it really is a very personal decision. I mean, I never celebrated a blogging milestone until now. I have thought about it from time to time, though. For example, I know I’m coming up on my 10th blog anniversary, and I might want to do something special for that. Maybe. Or not. I’m not sure.

But if you think about it, it might be seen as a bit of “tooting our own horns” type of thing. I mean, does anyone really care how long I’ve been blogging, how many reviews I’ve written, or how many posts I’ve put up here? Yes, it is kind of cool to see how far we’ve come from our first posts. The question is, are they for our readers, or are they more for us bloggers? I’m not sure what the answer is to that.

I’ve also seen people put up posts to celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, births and other personal events in our lives. I do like to let people know when I’m going abroad on vacation for any extended amount of time, so there is that for me. Other than that, and sometimes to wish people a happy [insert holiday name here], I don’t post about other personal events.

Some bloggers write posts to let their readers know about less than happy events in their lives. That’s really not me at all. I prefer to keep my personal life private, but I get why some people share those things. They can be cathartic, and the comments remind us that we bloggers are a very large community. Other bloggers will make their political views known to their readers, which is also interesting. Again, I don’t think I’d like to do that here, even if sometimes political things come up in comments.

All told, as I said above, it really is a personal decision that every blogger needs to make for themselves. There’s no right or wrong answer, just food for thought – and, of course, an interesting topic for discussion!

And, what about you?

Do you put up celebratory posts when you hit some kind of bookish or blogging milestone? If so, do you have a special reason for doing these? Do you have a particular format you like to use? If you don’t post about milestones, is there a reason why you don’t, or is it just that you never thought to do them? What about personal events? Do you let your readers know about those, or not? Let me know in the comments.

Something to think about, right?

This post is my 7th entry in the 2023 Discussion Challenge & Giveaway, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!


24 thoughts on “#LetsDiscuss2023 #7 – Milestones – #DiscussionSunday

  1. I did my 10-year milestone, but I don’t do a lot of these. I think it’s fun to share achievements, but it can be overdone. That said, my blog is mainly a record for ME, so I try to post on things I want to record and remember. In that sense, I don’t care a lot if others like it or not. (0h, for the record, as I checked, I’ve done 2012 posts. This week is my 14th anniversary of blogging. I started in May 2009. I am writing about 20% fewer posts these last few months because of my big downsizing activity. It’s quite overwhelming.)

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  2. Hi Davida, congrats on your blogging milestone! I love celebrating blogging milestones and bookish accomplishments, like when a snippet of my review is published in the praise section of a book. I don’t often share personal news in posts, but if it’s relevant when reviewing I might mention it in the context of a review. I think we should ‘toot our horn’ for the significant milestone events or accomplishments, and I think it’s just as much for ourselves as it is for our readers. My readers love celebrating along with me, and many of them have been following me that long they genuinely enjoy the successes with me, and I can see your readers do too 🙂

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  3. I’ve never really paid attention to the number of posts I’ve put up, but this made me check. I’m close to 2000 published right now, but I have some that were marked Private over the years and some that were actually deleted I think (just some basic promo posts, but still). So, I’m probably at about 2,300. Congrats on your 1000th post!!

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  4. I used to do an anniversary post each year but I missed a year and then got out of the habit. Like you, I was never sure whether my readers cared much about stats and so on – I suspect maybe some of them do, since I always quite enjoy reading other people’s stats and round-ups. On the whole I prefer to keep personal stuff and politics off the blog, though again I sometimes enjoys such posts on other people’s blogs. As you say, it’s all a matter of personal choice.

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  5. I rarely think about it. Your post made me actually go and check how many posts I’ve put out there and I was very surprised to see I’m almost at the 5000 mark. I don’t take much notice, for me it’s about writing posts that I hope others get some enjoyment or meaning from. Anyway 1000 posts is always worth a good pat on the back.

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  6. Congratulations! When I get to 1000 posts I’ll definitely ‘toot my own horn’ about it because I think it is an amazing achievement.
    Personal details, hmm. I’m on the fence about this. Is it wrong that I enjoy reading about other peoples lives but don’t share much of my own?

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  7. I like blogiversary posts and have done one every year for the past few years. I also like personal details and often write about them, although I’ve learned not to share too much related to the other people in my family so don’t often discuss anything that’s less than positive.
    Happy thousandth!

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  8. Hello, I have never posted about milestones because I only see that the numbers repeat and repeat; in that one can’t ever do enough posting because there’s always something irking to do more; is that the best that you can do or do it again; or as I tend to give numbers meaning and somehow ghost are in my face reminding me of the number that I am at and what it means or should mean to me. I share personally with the hope of making it stop; to go away and leave me be but instead, I worsen the frequency of what I perceive that is being done to me. I explain but none understand and I forget that what I see on my blog none sees it from this viewpoint or any point. Again, I don’t make sense and I can’t make these perks stop pestering me. I simply don’t know what to do. It is blogger.com and WordPress.com that are making my life hellish since having posted my first post, decades ago. Okay, this post presents lots to think about; thank you for sharing. Have a great week.

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  9. I sometimes mention a milestone, if it occurs to me, such as last week at some point I hit my 2000th post since I did my blog refresh in April 2021. I didn’t make a whole post about it, just noted it in a “PS.” For around 6 months, I’ve been doing a “stats” report post on the first of the month, though it is a bit of a snooze. As far as personal info, yep, I mention a lot of it, including an occasional political opinion…

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