*Photo credit: The Boy, who so lovingly gave up his time to make it for me =P
Two milestones all in one day. Both of which I am incredibly honored and grateful to share with you lovely ladies. This is my 200th post. It is also Bloomin’ Beauty’s first blogiversary today! I have so much to celebrate in the month of the December already, but these two reasons alone make me thrilled to pieces.
Why I’m Grateful
To say that I feel like my first year of blogging was successful doesn’t do what I actually feel any justice. I feel proud, but I also feel extremely grateful. Grateful for all of the wonderful ladies (bloggers and non-bloggers alike) I have “met” this past year. You have made this feel so special, and made this infinitely more fun. From random twitter conversations about banning rice and all of our pets/children, to making each other buy things we never knew we wanted, it’s been an absolute blast.
I am also thankful for all of the support from various brands and public relations firms I have gotten to know this year. Everyone that I have worked with has been incredibly generous and sweet. I never expected that kind of support, and it is incredibly humbling for me to have gotten to work with them.
What I’ve Learned
I have learned a lot about blogging in the past year. I thought I might pass on some little tidbits to new bloggers, or ones who are thinking about starting. The most important thing is to be yourself and be original, because you will always fail at trying to be someone else. The other thing that tops my list is to be honest. People appreciate your honesty more than you know and it will keep them coming back to you for your opinion. Your blog is your space and you can do what you want with it; don’t let someone try to tell you how to run your rodeo. One last thing, blogging should be fun. If it starts feeling not so fun, something is probably out of balance. Figure out what it is, and carry on.
On the technical side I have learned a lot about hosting your own site, a little about code and design and feel like I am really honing my photography skills–evidenced by taking a peak at the archives from last December…eep! xD
I don’t have a working crystal ball, but I’d like to say that I will be here same place, same time 1 year from now. Only I hope I’m armed with even more knowledge, even more beauty friends and even more memories.
Reason to Celebrate
Now on to the good stuff. Over the next few days you will see some surprises coming your way..ok..giveaways! I wanted to give back to all of you who have stuck in here with me, through bad puns and jokes and countless swatches. To many more! Be on the look out for those and good luck to all of you.
Also, if you have been a silent reader, feel free to say hi! I love love love hearing your feedback!