Tuesday, January 26

let's celebrate...

hApPY bLogOvErsAry
(mini chocolate chip ice cream sandwich)

i've learned so much about myself and about the "blog world" over the past year...
i had no idea what i was rEaLLy getting into when i submitted my very first post.

here are just some of things i've discovered:

- blogging is personal & i put a lot of thought into it.
- blogging is therapeutic
- blogging is a lot of fun
- a lot of my posts seem to center around food - particularly baked goods. *grin*
- it's important to take the time to comment on other blogs
- blogging requires time...and sometimes a lot of it...
- inspiration from others can help you find yourself
- blog comments are like gifts...i love opening them!
- it takes time & commitment to maintain an interesting blog
- the time & effort i put into my blog makes me appreciate the efforts of other bloggers...
- the more you blog, the better you get at it
- there seem to be endless widgets/gadgets to add - pick only the ones that are worthwhile
- there are so many wonderful friends/people i've met
- a little goes a long way
- blogging isn't all about a "follower count" (although it's nice to be followed) *wink*
- always give credit and site sources
- there are many like-minded people out there searching for creativity, inspiration and
the knowledge that there are others like them...
- sometimes the inspiration i'm searching for is right in front of me - my children/family
- my motivation for taking pictures comes directly from my passion for posting/sharing them here.
- i blog for selfish reasons - me. me. and me. (it's been sooo good for me).
- i blog because it allows me to record my life/journal at the same time.
- sometimes i go for a few days without any posts because of time constraints...and that's okay.
- although i've debated whether or not to keep music on my blog because it may, potentially,
irritate some readers. BUT...without music, my blog wouldn't be a true representation of ME.
- blogging is worth it...

a big HUGE thank you to all of my readers...
your comments, feedback & support continue to lift me.
i ADORE you!

Don't forget...
You've got until midnight tonight to have a chance at winning my first blog give-away...
there's a serious competition going on between who can send over the most friends...
i won't mention names...but these two gals are neck-in-neck...
hugs to everyone...
thank you for the genuine excitement and support...
...good luck!

Keeping It Real:
the picture of the mini chocolate chip ice cream sandwich took me several attempts
to get it right.(and i'm still not 100% satisfied...*laughing*)
it ended up back in the freezer at least two different times so it could harden back up. *wink*


Alison January 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

i love the picture of the ice cream sandwich!

this april will be the 2nd anniversary of my family blog. i do it for many of the same reasons that you listed. the joy my children receive when seeing old pictures, reading stories starring them... PRICELESS!

Deb January 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

Happy blogoversary, Jess! I really enjoy following your blog and I love this list of what you get out of blogging. I could have written this list myself! Ditto. Ditto. Ditto!

All the best to you as you begin your next year of blogging!

Renee January 26, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

Happy Blogoversary, Jess!!

Thank you for inviting us to your party. We are so happy for you and proud too. I love the list that you created about blogging. It is very meaningful in more ways than one. Oh, I love the music that accompanies your blog especially Owl City.

Today is your day, Jess. I know you will enjoy every minute. 'Sending you a virtual bouquet of flowers to celebrate.



Lisa January 26, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

Congrats on making it one year...your list is great- I can relate to many of those statements...And I love the "Keeping it Real" sections (were they always there or I am just noticing them?)...Heres to many more posts regaring baked goods & craftiness!

Kim January 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

Found your blog today and have been on all morning reading! (shhh... should be working!). Love it all! Your list is right on too! Can't wait to follow you more...


jess @ pen n' paperflowers January 27, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

hey lisa...
your question about the "keeping it real" section...
i started doing it a few posts back:

"one of my goals for 2010 is to add a "keeping it real" blip to the bottom of my posts...
this allows readers to know i'm human and not a "pretend-to-be-perfect" kind of gal.
it may also help remind me what NOT to do next time as well as prevent readers from making
the same mistakes i may have made through the process...*wink*

it's fun...keeps me grounded...*wink*

thanks for reading...and commenting.
i ADORE your blog...

Bambina Babe February 4, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

I love this post...very true what you have learned about blogging. Thanks for sharing!

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