Four years ago today I opened my first wordpress account and started this blog. Back then I had no idea what I was getting myself into – I was recently single, had just moved to Orlando, and didn’t know the first thing about writing a blog! But I was determined to keep it real. I wrote about what was ever on mind and slowly, but surely, the blog started to grow, as did my passion for the blogging community.
Eventually my little hobby led to some amazing opportunities and, 4 years later, I wouldn’t trade any of it for a second. Starting this blog was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. Thank you to all the readers, commenters, followers, friends, and family members who have supported my little blogging endeavor the last 4 years. It has been one hell of a ride!!
In honor of 4 years of blogging, I thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane to see just how far this blog has come since 2008.
- 9/11/08: Meals and Miles begins as “Inner Workings of a College Graduate” at http://graduatemeghann.wordpress.com.
- First blog post “Welcome to my World“
- Joins Foobuzz ad network. Makes approximately $10 the first month.
- First “blogger” dinner.
- 9/27/08 – First 15k (Miracle Miles)
- Develops a “Perfectly Portioned for One” series
- 10/10/08: First product review – Karnea Nutrition Bars... are those even around anymore?
- 10/28/08: Creates a “reader challenge” to see where everyone was reading from – had over 135 responses!
- Discovers “Google Reader”
- 11/28/08: Leads a round of “Blogger Secret Ingredient” a weekly challenge where bloggers came up with a dish using a secret ingredient picked by another blogger.
- Creates a Blogging: 101 series
- 12/6/08: Runs first half marathon (OUC Half)
- Becomes a Mac girl and discovers the wonders of blogging via Ecto
- Creates a list of resolutions for 2009. At the top:
Go on Dates – Hell I would even be happy with talking to just talking with a guy. I had my heart broken this past year, but I believe its time to move on. I’m enjoying being single, but a free meal every once in a while would not hurt either.
- 1/6/09: Purchases first domain www.graduatemeghann.com
- Feels inspired after volunteering at the Disney Marathon (1/111/09), attends an informational meeting for Team in Training (1/17/09), registers for the San Diego Marathon (1/19/09), and begins fund-rasing via the blog for LLS
- 1/18/09: Reconnects with Derek over some hurricanes
- 1/22/09: Purchases first bike “Blue“
- Hosts first Blogging Bake Sale with 26 bakers and raises over $1300 for Team in Training!
- 2/8/09: Turns 24
- 2/11/09: The first giveaway! A Gracie’s Gear Sports Bra.
- Email chain begins that leads to the planning of the first Healthy Living Summit.
- Sister is hit by a car while riding her bike. She survives with little more than bruises and cuts; promises to live day to the fullest.
- 3/14/09: Finishes first triathlon
- Featured on WomansDay.com: 10 Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- 4/6/09: Hosts second “Blogging Bake Sale” with over 40 bakers, which raises over $1700 for Team in Training!
- 4/8/09: Reaches TnT fundraising goal with over $4,731thanks to online bake sales and reader donations.
- Completes Jullian Michaels 30 Day Shred Challenge. Posts review, which becomes one of the highest searched blog posts to date.
- 4/20/09: First reader survey is posted to gauge interest re: the yet-to-be-named “Healthy Living Blogger Conference.” Response is overwhelming and survey exceeds number of expected responses in first hour.
- 4/25/09: First out-of-state blogger meet-up in Long Beach
- 5/31/09: Finishes first marathon in San Diego. Highlights include first YouTube video of the race and a “Marathon Reflection” that carries through future marathons
- Officially announces the first Healthy Living Summit after partnering with Stonyfield and raising $15,000 in sponsorships. Tickets are $30 and sell out less than 20 minutes after they are released.
- Loses Abbie and welcome Maddie to the family
- Attends first Healthy Living Summit in Boston (also, first blog conference!)
- Enters the NatureMade Sam-E Complete Good Mood Blogger contest (10/20) and, thanks to reader votes, makes it to Top 20 (10/22). Creates a killer application video, but ends up finishing 4th overall.
- Attends first Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco
- Purchases first DSLR and 50mm lens (blog photography improves SIGNIFICANTLY)
- Quote appears in November 2009 issue of Self
- 1/10/10: Runs Walt Disney World Marathon
- 2/8/10: Turns 25 in NYC
- 2/9/10: Participates in “Kelly’s Cake Off For a Cause” with Electrolux and Foodbuzz in NYC
- Becomes a “Chevy Girl On The Go” and blogs about adventures with the Chevy Traverse
- 4/3/2010: Runs first ultra-marathon
- Joins “Chevy Girls On The Go” again. This time with the Chevy Malibu
- Healthy Living Summit tickets go on sale for 2010 – sell out in an hour.
- Appears in the June 2010 issue of Shape under “Success Stories”
- Executes second annual Healthy Living Summit in Chicago This is the last summit officially planned by all 5 founding members.
- 8/26/10: Attends first “Ladies Who Blog” dinner in Orlando. The group eventually evolves to become “Central Florida Lady Bloggers:
- Celebrates two years of blogging with a complete blog overall. Good-bye graduatemeghann.com, hello MealsAndMiles.com. The blog is completely redesigned and moved to a self-hosting platform.
- Open Meals and Miles fan page on Facebook
- An article is published that turns my world upside down. My response post is still my highest viewed post to date.
- 10/6/10: Opens Meals and Miles Shirt Shop
- 10/10/10: Runs Chicago Marathon
- 10/20/10: Writes first “My Period Post” that turns into a 3-part series
- 10/21/10: Auditions for first blog related reality tv show
- Attends 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival in San Francisco
- Announces leaving job to blog full time. Says good-bye to role as a marketing assistant after over 2 years on the job.
- Starts filming “The Meals and Miles Show” with iZonOrlando
- Begins a Project Move & Mix series on the blog that chronicles the journey of moving in with a boy
- Accepts role as an Attune Brand Ambassador that carries through the remainder of 2011
- 3/5/11: Moves to Tampa
- Starts the New Rules of Lifting for Women Plan and chronicles results over the next year. The NROLFW page becomes one of the most viewed pages on the blog.
- Begins training for August Half Ironman and creates weekly training check-in series that follows 16-wk journey.
- 6/6/11: Registration for 3rd annual Healthy Living Summit in Philadelphia opens. Sells out in 12 hours.
- 7/6/11: Appears on Florida Swim Network with other Central Florida Bloggers
- 7/16/11: Speaks at Central Florida Blog Conference on how to monetize your blog
- The third annual Healthy Living Summit takes place in Philadelphia.
- 8/22/11: Reflects on three years of planning HLS
- Makes television debut in 1.5 sec spot on Cupcake Confidential on the Cooking Channel
- 12/4/11: Runs Las Vegas Half Marathon with Attune Foods
- Reflects on all the adventures from 2011
- Joins FitFluential
- Derek proposes at the finish line of the Miami to Key West Ragnar Relay
- Wedding planning begins! A wedding tab is added to Meals and Miles.
- Joins Verizon Wireless Brand Ambassador program
- 2/8/12: Turns 27
- 2/12/12: Finishes Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Pete Marathon at goal of 1:45:39
- 2/26/12: Runs Walt Disney’ Worlds Princess Half Marathon with RunDisney and FitFluential partnership
- Road trips to SXSW with team “Fresh Squeezed” to raise money for Adopt-a-Classroom in partnership with Chevy.
- Joins Pinterest
- Starts training with XP Multisport
- Selected as first “Blogger on the Run” featured on WomensRunning.com
- Founded “Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers“
- Hosts Kelly’s Bridal Shower – becomes most pinned post.
- 4/27/12: Develops recipe for Almond Breeze
- 5/5/12: PRs at Flying Marathon
- Becomes Yelp Elite Member
- Sets goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.
- 5/20/12: Runs 5k completely nude. Most googled post.
- Partners with Healthy Living Blogs for Healthy Living Summit
- 6/12/12: Registration for 4th Annual Healthy Living Summit Opens
- Signs on as Brand Ambassador for Brooks Running
- Travels to Washington to go cherry picking with Whole Foods
- Participates in #SurviveOn35 Challenge with Anytime Fitness and FitFluential
- Attends first BlogHer in New York City
- Executes 4th Annual Healthy Living Summit in Boston
- Says good-bye to Scooby
- 8/29/12: Hosts Trojan Vibrations Giveaway
- 10/8/12: Starts CrossFit
- 10/9/12: Appears on Daytime for Pretty Muddy
- 10/28/12: Finishes second Ironman 70.3 in Miami
- Listed in Runner’s World as a top “Running Twitterati” to follow
- 11/4/13: Registers for first full Ironman, Ironman Florida 2013
- 1/5/13: Marries Derek
- Honeymoons in Dominican Republic
- 1/16/13: Donates 11in of hair to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program
- Celebrates 5 years as a runner