360 Degree Self Turns Two

February 17, 2010

Today is the second birthday of 360 Degree Self! While I first created this blog on Blogger back in November of 2006, my first post wasn’t until more than a year later on February 17, 2008 when I wrote about the tragic Valentine’s Day murders at my old school, Northern Illinois University.

Like any two year-old, I’m still learning to walk and getting acclimated to blogging. I also look at blogging much the way a two year-old approaches the world: with beginner’s mind.  Sure, I bring a lifetime of experiences, but I try to write with an open-minded approach.

When I started my blog, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  While I didn’t really have many specific goals, I did have visions of lots of subscribers, tons of traffic and perhaps an opportunity to make money.  I figured “this blogging thing” couldn’t be too hard.  Ha ha, I was wrong!  My early intention was to write some sort of personal development/self-improvement/life hack/marketing type blog, but I never wanted to come off here as preachy or as some sort of expert.

I will continue to focus on topics that contribute to well-rounded living…hopefully in an entertaining and informative manner.

What I do know is this:  I have met some incredible people through my blog and even met some friends.  This absolutely blows me away.  I am amazed at all of the connections I have made not only here, but on other blogs.  I want to thank you for coming here, contributing and being a part of this little “community.”

Creative Commons photo courtesy of kyz.

1 Curt Rosengren February 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Happy blogbirthday!
.-= Curt Rosengren´s last post…4 reasons you should celebrate your success =-.

2 Lori February 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Put another candle on your birthday cake
your birthday cake,
your birthday cake.
Put another candle on your birthday cake, you’re another year older today. Toot! Toot!

(Do you remember Sheriff John?)

Happy Birthday, 360 Degree Self!

It’s interesting to learn your blogging history, Tim. I’m fortunate to have found you — but, at this point I don’t even remember how we crossed paths.

Suffice it to say, you’re one in a million! Enjoy your birthday and I’ll looking forward to celebrating more birthdays in the future.

Thumbs up!

3 Tim February 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Hi Curt: Coming from someone whose blog I read (and admired) in the early days, I feel honored by the birthday wish. Thanks!

Hi Lori: Thanks for the birthday wishes and the song! However, I don’t remember Sheriff John…I’ll have to do a quick Wiki search. In any case, I’m glad we somehow connected on the blogosphere. Thanks for all of your comments and your support here (including your graphic design support)…you and your blog are awesome!

4 Lance February 17, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Hi Tim,
Happy 2nd birthday to your blog!!! Woohoo!!!

I’ll have some cake today (I did – a cupcake!!)!! It’s been great getting to know you, and seeing your site evolve to what it is today. Keep on rockin’ it, my friend!!!!
.-= Lance´s last post…Those Challenging Relationships =-.

5 Walter February 18, 2010 at 5:59 am

Congratulations on your second year of blogging. This proves your adherence to you passion. The greatest reward we can gain from blogging is connecting with others as well as the lessons we learn. 🙂

6 Tim February 18, 2010 at 11:33 am

Hi Lance: Thanks for the bday wishes and for your continued support here and on your blog! You’ve been a very inspiring presence to a lot of us bloggers out there and I really appreciate it! It’s been great getting to know you, as well, and I look forward to reading more from you!

Hi Walter: Thanks for the good wishes! It’s been a journey that hasn’t been easy, but I do have a passion for writing and expressing myself and helping and/or entertaining others. You really hit the nail on the head…I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with others and learning more about myself and various tools of technology.

7 Evita February 19, 2010 at 9:38 am

Hi Tim

Oh I am so happy I could be here today to wish you (your blog) a happy 2nd b-day/anniversary!!!

I just celebrated “mine” this past January so we are pretty much the same “age” – LOL 🙂

And I hear you so much on what the world makes blogging seem to be, versus what it can be, versus what it is to each of us.

I am just so happy to write for the simple pleasure of expressing a passion and helping others where I can, just like you mentioned to Walter above. So today I simply say, do it for the love of doing it, enjoy yourself and whatever else comes as by product of that is an additional gift 🙂
.-= Evita´s last post…On the Pilgrimage of Life: Talking With Bernie Krausse About A Special Journey =-.

8 Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord February 19, 2010 at 9:57 am

I’m reminded of the credit card commercial: “New friendships found in unexpected places — priceless!”

Like you, the reason I keep blogging is because it fuels me on a spiritual, emotional and mental level. The connections I’ve made in the last year, alone, are worth a billion (trillion?!!) dollars. I feel very blessed to cross paths with good souls like you, Tim. (*bow*)

Happy 2nd Blogging Birthday!

9 Tim February 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi Evita: Thanks for the blog birthday wishes! In blog years we’re what, almost teenagers, huh? Like you, I hope I am somehow helping others in some way. The key thing, as you said, is to enjoy doing it and so far it’s been a fun trip. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hi Megan: Wow, thanks for your wishes, as well! I am very glad to hear that blogging has had such a positive effect on you. Speaking of crossing paths, I’ve met so many cool, interesting people through this (including you) and it makes the world feel smaller. I’ve come a long way since that pen pal I had back in grade school! Thanks and have a great weekend!

10 Mr. Stupid February 21, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hi Tim. That’s two years of blogging. Hooray!
I am glad I dropped by today. Will be dropping by more often.
And now, I have a reason to have cake. Its in my refrigerator and my Mom won’t let me get close to it… lol
.-= Mr. Stupid´s last post…Dream, Demon and the Dog! =-.

11 Tim February 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hi Mr. Stupid: Thanks for the good wishes on the milestone! I didn’t have cake-yet, but I’m getting the coffee ready. Anyhow, thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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