I’ve been thinking a lot about the early days. The very beginning. October 29th 2009. That is the date of my very first ever blog post. It’s a bit crap in case you’re wondering. But it does have a few of my favourite photos and quotes in it. I was reading this Kidspot entry post over at Lori’s blog and she was cool enough to mention my blog as one of the first she came across. Suger was huge, she said. I’m assuming she used past tense because she was talking about 2010 but I couldn’t help wonder if maybe I’d peaked too soon..?

In 2010 I was writing some of the best posts I’ve ever written here. Frustrated that no one ever read them. Or if they did, they sure as heck weren’t commenting. In a lot of ways my blog did grow quite quickly in the two and a half years that I’ve blogged. But nothing like those first six months. When blogging was new and I was bright eyed and busting to find my next blog. I think this reading, the searching, made for better content.

These days I’m not even sure where to look to find new blogs. Back in the day it was all about Blog This. I would find and follow ALL the blogs on the list. But they closed so I was looking for somewhere new to do this. And a fellow blogger suggested that I get on Stumble Upon. Well, back on Stumble Upon. I really never did get it.

So I’m accepting the challenge. I’m going to stumble my way to filling my Google Reader with inspiration and ideas. And while I’m here, if there is a post of yours you feel just HAS to be shared with the world? I’d be happy to check it out. Just leave me a link with your comment below.

Do you Stumble?


  • Modernmummymayhem

    I don’t stumble…but may just load it back onto the iPad…love hearing about your journey as a blogger. Not sure my posts are that fabulous to be too unleashed on the world yet lol..:)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      No way, posts are always ready to be unleashed! 😉 And thanks, I’m enjoying the insight. There’s a HEAP I blogs out there. Haha.

  • Danimezza

    I feel like I could have written this post.
    For the past 5 months or so I’ve made a real effort to read more, comment more, explore more, to do the things I used to do before I felt I had to prove myself. 
    Enjoy stumbling around the internet, you never have to prove anything to me xx

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks lovely. It’s strange, isn’t it, how all of a sudden it feels different and you just have to strip it back to what you love most. Off stumbling I go. 😉

  • Salamander

    Ah Suger, it’s all good babe!! Sometimes a good stumble around in the dark can dig up juicy new blogs, and sometimes it’s just like sitting in a bookshop, flicking through all the latest releases and finding nothing that screams, “Take me home!!” Blogversation is always there – sometimes we have more time and energy to explore it than others. I always enjoy reading your posts. But if you need a break…take it. And then come back, fresh.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I missed the thrill of finding a new blog, that’s for sure. So I’m out to recapture the excitement. For all blogs.

      Thanks, I appreciate that! You rule. 🙂

  • Peaked too soon? Never! I only found you last year! Drop by for a visit:

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. Thanks! I will do so. I’ve got some blog visiting time booked later tonight. Exciting!

  • Well I never knew your blog back then but your blog is one of a handful I read everyday. I come back because you’re honest, real and made a connection with me, the reader. And no I don’t get stumble upon AT ALL!!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Naaaaaaaaaw. You’re too nice. xo

  • I don’t stumble, I never really worked out how to. I do’t think I have a post worthy of being spread to the entire world either, you’re welcome to troll through my archives and find one if you have the time or inclination. i should warn you, there’s about 600 posts there.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Ha! You and me River, the over posters. 😉

  • There is this one post thatexplains me and my blog in just a few words. Nothing earth shattering, it’s as simple as I am.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I’m so glad you added one. Will go check you out. I don’t think I’ve read this one.

    • Sarah

      I love that posts River. Not every one is a mover and shaker and that’s okay. There is room for everyonexx

      • Melissa Walker Horn

        More than enough room for everyone. I totally agree. If you’ve ever looked at the current number of websites in the Internet from one week to the other, you’d know. Room a plenty. 😉

  • Sarah

    Exploring the intertubes is one of my favourite things to do. The possibilities are endless. Just like blogging!

    I don’t want to so much get my posts out there but I hope the ones that do get out, find the right person to speak to. The rest is a mish mash of stripped back, monotony, ugly and beautiful. That’s life I guess:)

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Me too. I’d forgotten to just get lost out there sometimes.

      Your blog is gorgeous. A mish mash of whatever, it works beautifully. 🙂

  • Hey Mel, I actually shyed away from your blog at the start, You had a persona that preceeded you, People spoke about “Suger” making over their blog, or commenting on, or reading their blog. I sort of put you up there in the “All Mighty” category, my doing I know!. 
     I started seeing you in the hello events stories and pics, and I thought “this lady is pretty cool” (nutbag) and then I met you, and Yeah, you are an awesome loveable nutbag!!
    Once you find someones blog that you really enjoy, you go back and read all their old stuff, so I don’t think your good stuff is lost in history.
    Bottom line is You didn’t peak too soon, as you are re-peaking every time a new person discovers your blog! 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Holy COW! An almighty huh. That’s pretty darn cool. BUT I am glad that we got to meet up at the workshop and I hope we see you at more lunches etc in the future.

      I love this angle of looking at things, so perfect. And relevant to everyone no matter where we’re at. Thanks, this made me smile big! You rock.

  • SurelySarah

    I don’t stumble, but I’d love you to check out my wedding blog! It’s my favourite thing lately. http://surelyabride.blogspot.com/2012/04/our-big-day.html 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I will. I love a good wedding blog.