10 Crazy-Exciting Milestones Every Blogger Should Celebrate

I started Hey Eleanor about 18 months ago. At first, it seemed like no one was ever going to see it.


And then, they did. My traffic jumped from 10 people to 40. My Facebook page hit 100 likes. Someone tweeted a link to a post I wrote.

I love celebrating. Really, who doesn’t? If you’re a blogger, I suggest you get yourself a party hat and vuvuzela right now ’cause you gotta celebrate the little moments. All of them! Blogging is a daily grind. You might pour your heart and soul into a post and get nothing in return. Then the next day, you link to a stupid squirrel video and everyone goes bananas.

People say blogging isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, and while I hate cliches, that stupid one is especially true.

It takes a lot of small, incremental wins to be the next Pinch of Yum or Un-fancy or My Name is Yeh. I would know ’cause I am working on it.

So if you’re new at this (or even if you’re not), get ready to celebrate these super exciting milestones.

You think they won’t happen, but they will. Trust me.

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1. Your first comment.

Nobody commented on my first Hey Eleanor post. And that’s cool. But on day two, a friend from college told me “congrats!” for using a chainsaw. She did point out that I didn’t mention what I learned from the experience, but oh well! If you’re still reading Kate: I learned how to not die while using a chainsaw!

2. Your first comment from someone you don’t know!

Almost a month into Hey Eleanor, I went skydiving. Tasha left a comment (who was about the ninth person to comment on my blog, ever). I’m 99.9 percent sure I do not know Tasha in real life! Whoa! Cheers!

3. The first time you get 100+ visitors in a day.

I will never forget this one. I was at my brother’s apartment in LA, sitting on a blow-up air mattress in his guest bedroom when this post got, like, 137 views in three hours. By the next day, it had something like 400 views! I later realized it was because I accidentally tweeted a link to the page from Andrew Zimmern’s twitter account (I managed his social media for six years… whoopsies!), but hey, it was still exciting and a ton of people commented on it via Facebook.

4. The first email you get from a stranger.

Her name is Ariana and she emailed me on 10/6/2013 to say she loved the blog and that I should go skydiving… which coincidentally, I was doing the following weekend!

An honorable mention goes out to Marguerite, a person I do know in real life, but emailed me saying my blog had inspired her to say yes to an opportunity to “give a presentation to 1,000 brilliant biologists (some very famous names) at a synthetic biology conference… in English (not my native language), in Germany (not my native country). And I am not even a scientist, I’m a designer. And I hate speaking in public.” Go Marguerite!


5. Your first Internet friend.

If you’re not connecting with amazing people through your blog, you are doing it wrong! Within the first few months, I’d met a handful of kick-ass ladies who gave me all sorts of helpful advice. Thanks Dr. Justine, Sarah, KatieJina & Sally!

That said, I lifted a champagne flute [of bone broth] the day I realized I had my first Internet friend. Which is to say, a person I met over the Internet that I still do not know in real life, but I consider a real-life friend. Na zdraví, Mel J!

6. Your first dollar.

People love asking how one makes money blogging. Great question. It’s a mix of ads, sponsored content, affiliate links, ebooks and lots of other stuff I don’t even know about yet.

But if you are planning on quitting your job to go bloggin’ full-time, I got news for you. It turns out, getting rich from Google Ads or BlogHer isn’t easy. In fact, the first day I ran Google Ads, I think I made six cents. But after a month, I’d made, like $13!

And you know what I did? I bought a fancy glass of pinot noir and celebrated. Because $13 is better than zero dollars and you gotta start somewhere.

7. The first time someone wants to meet you for coffee/drinks/lunch.

There is nothing more warm-fuzzy inducing than having a perfect stranger A) tell you they love what you’re doing and B) ask if they can treat you to a cup of coffee. I say so long as you have time and they don’t seem creepy, meet them! Why not! Who knows– they might even send you some delicious cheese after the fact, like Hannah did (hi Hannah!).

8. The first time someone asks you for blogging advice.

Ha, as if I’m an expert or something!

But as it turns out, by the time someone asked me for legit advice for starting their own blog, I knew a lot. I had opinions about Word Press vs Squarespace vs Blogger. I knew about post frequency and photos and how to promote yourself on social media. I loved sharing what I’ve learned. And what’s more, it felt awesome to reflect on how much I’d learned.

9. The first time you tell someone about your blog and they’ve actually heard of it.

This happened last fall at my friend’s cookbook release party. Someone was all, “What do you do?” and I said, “I have a blog called Hey Eleanor!” And then they said, “I LOVE HEY ELEANOR!”

It was the absolute coolest!

10. The first time a stranger comes up to you IRL and says they love your blog.

I’ve been Hey Eleanoring for over a year and a half and this just happened last week. I was enjoying a drink at the most basic watering hole in the land (Green Mill on Hennepin… it’s nothing special, and that’s precisely why I love it!), and Clara– who I don’t know, but we have a mutual friend– came up to me just to say she loved the blog. Aw, shucks!

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It’s so important to revisit the small, simple reminders of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished. Two years ago, Hey Eleanor didn’t even exist. I’m proud of what I’ve built, one post at a time, and excited for whatever milestones are next.

No matter how big or small.

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Comments (20)

  • Ashley 6 years ago Reply

    I have some very dear internet friends thanks to an online diary site I was on for over a decade (before it went offline…although another member had already created a replacement site for the community, which I think says everything about that group of people). I’ve gotten to meet two in person! It’s kind of mind boggling how close you can get to people through online interactions.

    I’m so glad I heard about your blog on Andrew’s podcast! Keep up the great blogging 🙂

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    So cool! Internet friends can become for-real life friends.

    As always, thanks for your kind, considerate & thoughtful comments!!

  • Amy 6 years ago Reply

    Congrats Molly! You absolutely should celebrate. I love Hey Eleanor and look forward to reading your posts. I found the blog through listening to Go Fork Yourself and am glad I did. Cheers to you!

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Aw, thanks Amy!

  • Nicolle 6 years ago Reply

    Hi Molly! Congrats on all of your milestones. I love your blog. (Hey Eleanor is the only Facebook link I always, always, always click on as soon as I see it in my newsfeed. 🙂 Keep it up and keep celebrating; your writing is a joy to read.

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Appreciate that so much, Nicolle! I hope to see your smiling face soon… that is, if this is Mexico Nicolle with two Ls. I don’t think I know any other Nicolle with two Ls. 😉

    ni 6 years ago

    It IS Mexico 2Ls. We’ll be back in Minnie for the summer and we should get together to celebrate something (anything!) then. For sure. xo.

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago

    I am all about celebration! Llamame!

  • Erwin Mendoza 6 years ago Reply

    Thanks for all the inspiration Molly. When I someday get there, I’ll remember to celebrate the little things. Pop bottles. 100 Emoji

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Pop bottles, cans, Pringles, whatever. Sometimes it’s completely reasonable to celebrate just publishing a post.

  • Alexandra Heide 6 years ago Reply

    This is so true. Annie D. tells me we’re kindred spirits who haven’t met yet – hoping to join the mystery bus and change that!


    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    YES! I hope to see you there! PS there are only 10 tickets left. Just a heads up. 🙂

  • Jennifer S 6 years ago Reply

    This is going to sound super lame. but how does one email you?

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Not lame at all!! heyeleanorproject@gmail.com

  • Andrea 6 years ago Reply

    This is so great! Now I’m off to buy myself an $8 glass of wine.

    molly mogren katt 6 years ago Reply

    Woohoo! Cheers!

  • molly yeh 6 years ago Reply

    tonight, i’ll be celebrating the first time someone has expressed interest in being the next my name is yeh 🙂 (HI, LET’S BE FRIENDS.)

  • Lindsey 6 years ago Reply

    I love this! Yes, yes, and yes. I’ve been blogging for almost nine years (OMG) and am a huge believer in celebrating the small milestones. xox

  • Sarah 5 years ago Reply

    So does that make us internet friends? 😉

  • Misty 3 years ago Reply

    Hey Eleanor.
    Hi. I am not sure how I found your blog but I am sure glad I did. I have been interested in starting a blog if my own, only I do not know anything about blogging. Except that I have read some very interesting articles and pieces written by people just like me (people who want to try something new,) that aren’t afraid (to afraid) to take that leap of faith. Though I am not “there” yet I am closer than I was yesterday, before stumbling across your blog.
    Thank you for your work, it is a great thing you do. I do not need to wish you luck because you’ve got this. I hope that someday I will turn on my computer and open up my own page and I will see a comment from “hey Eleanor.”
    Misty Wilson

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