My husband Will and I enjoy a good session of ludicrous dreaming, discussing plans and ideas that seem unlikely to happen but are fun to discuss all the same. Once upon a time, we had such a conversation about this blog.
The idea was born right around New Year 2011; we were talking about the highs and lows of the year gone by and our hopes and dreams for the year to come. He suggested I start a blog; I told him that was silly because I didn’t read blogs at the time.
But I warmed up to the idea … and soon was flooded with ideas and plans. (That is my VERY FIRST brainstorming notebook, pictured above.) Once I got going, it happened fast: ten years ago today I launched Modern Mrs Darcy.
This isn’t the only big milestone we’ve been marking around here lately. A few weeks ago my podcast quietly turned five. These two ventures have a lot in common, but I felt—and feel—very different about starting them.
Prepare yourself for something that sounds ridiculous (to 2021 ears): back then, when I began, the common wisdom was the time to start a blog had passed. In 2011, you were late. The window was closed, the ship had sailed; anyone who was going to make a go of this blogging thing should have started years prior.
In contrast, I started the podcast in the second week of 2016—relatively early, as far as podcasting for individuals like me goes. I felt green, yes, but I didn’t feel late.
I felt very differently about starting these two things, although I’m not sure how much my feelings really mattered here. I was never in danger of being late, not the way they meant it then.
Readers still regularly ask me questions about starting their own ventures, about blogging and podcasting and book writing and the like. Every week in my inbox, they ask: is now a good (or good enough) time to begin? Have I missed my chance? Am I late?
I always tell them—and I hope I’m right—you are not late. It’s never too late to send something true or good or useful into the world. I believe that good work will out; there’s always an audience for the good stuff. Perhaps that’s a Pollyanna way of looking at the world, but regular readers know I’m a glass-half-full kind of girl.
Not only do I believe it: here on Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next, I try to make it happen. Of course I’d love new readers to find Modern Mrs Darcy and What Should I Read Next, but it goes deeper than that: one of the key things I try to do here is connect the right readers with the right works, whether that’s a blog post or a book or a rom com or anything at all that you would be happy to find. I believe good work will out, but only with a bunch of helping hands, and it’s my honor to be one of them.
For that same reason, I’m also eternally grateful to those of you who spread the word about my work, who help my podcast and blog and books find their audience. Thank you.
Thanks for joining me on this journey, whether you were here on day 2 or day 200 or day 3653 (and yes, I just pulled out my calculator to do that math). I hope you’ve found some good stuff along the way.
A few highlights from the past 10 years
- Total posts as of today: 2,233 (This number doesn’t include deleted posts, though I probably haven’t deleted as many as I should have)
- Reader comments: 104,214
- Total pageviews: over 72 million (um, wow)
- 9 Summer Reading Guides (which means this year’s will be #10, woohoo!)
- 3 published books
- 2 member communities with thousands of members: The Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club and our What Should I Read Next patreon community
- 48 author discussions hosted in this space
- 339 book lists (which is probably more, but we categorize them differently now than we did in 2011)
If you’ve never commented before I would love to hear from you today. I’m sure you’ve heard it before “don’t read the comments” but the comments here on Modern Mrs Darcy are lovely and I would love to hear from you, especially if you haven’t commented before.
Later this month I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve learned in ten years of blogging—if there’s anything you’d especially like to know, would you tell me in the comments below?
Today and every day, thank you for reading!
P.S. I found this look back at what I learned in just four years of blogging to be fascinating. For a more timely reflection, last year I wrote about how your blog is your test kitchen, and other things I’ve learned in 9 years of blogging.