200 and 1.

*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

The Future

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!

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34 Responses to 200 and 1.

  1. Happy Blogiversary, Danielle!!! Congrats on the 200 posts too, that’s awesome! Thanks for all you do. Your swatches are fantastic and you’re always the quickest to respond with product recs and twitpics. It’s been a blast getting to know you on Twitter and on your blog here. I wish you and Bloomin’ Beauty many more happy and successful years! Hopefully we can have our Midwest Beauty Bloggers meetup sometime soon! <3

    • Danielle says:

      Amen to the meetup!!! Thanks for all of your kind words Kayla! I really, really appreciate that!!! It has been such fun getting to know you through both of your blogs, and your humor slays me! Keep up all the fantastic work you do too! :)

  2. Alison M says:

    Congratulations, Danielle! I found your site by chance – maybe fate? :) – and haven’t looked back. You are a sweet, beautiful and giving person and hope the second year of blogging is as wonderful as your first. Keep ‘em coming!

  3. Alex says:

    Congratulations Danielle! Thanks for being a fabulous blogger and great friend :) Good luck in the next year – I’m sure it will only get better.

  4. Dovey says:

    Congratulations on one year :) All the things in the “what I learned” section ring so true. I think figuring out how to be yourself is really a key point— blogging is so much better once that happens. Actively approaching things when it seems like blogging is ‘not fun’ is a very nice pearl as well.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks Dovey! I just wanted to pass on a few things I thought might make a new blogger feel better (not that I’m old, geesh ;) ) lol. So glad I found your blog!

  5. Sarah S. says:

    Double congratulations, Danielle! I love your blog and really appreciate your photography skills, swatches, humor, and honesty <3

  6. Happy Blogiversary Danielle!! It’s been awesome getting to know you! I wish you all the best! Hugs!

  7. Arianne says:

    Happy birthday, Bloomin’ Beauty Blog! Congratulations Danielle. 200 posts in 1 year is amazing. Your blog has grown to become one of my absolute favourites, and it’s because of your sense of humour and hard work. :) So glad I found BBB!

    Now, how ’bout some Brinkley and Oakley photos in celebration of this momentous occasion? :)

    • Danielle says:

      Ahh, Arianne I feel the same about you and yours! Your photos and wit never cease to amaze me. So glad we have become friends! I will be putting up some dog pics on twitter soon…I hope! ;)

  8. Jessica says:

    Congratulations, congratulations! Getting to know Bloomin Beauty and Danielle over the past year has been absolutely wonderful. To say that BB is one of my favorite blogs would be an understatement. I appreciate your honesty and perspective when you write and review, and I appreciate the relationship we’ve developed.

    Here’s to many more wonderful years to come!
    Perhaps in year two we can work on that Chicago meet up?

    ♥ Jessica

    • Danielle says:

      Absolutely!!! We need to make that happen! I feel the same! Our tastes tend to be so similar, so pretty much everything you show I want! ;) Thank you so much for all of your kind words and support dear! To many more indeed! *raises glass* :)

  9. Larie says:

    Happy blog anniversary and 200th post! :D

  10. Harshleen@BeautyTidbits says:

    Happy Blogiversary Danielle!! Loved reading your thoughts and feelings about your 1 year blogging experience. Wish you All the best!

  11. Congratulations! What a fantastically successful year it’s been!

  12. Aneela says:

    Congratulations and best wishes for the new year!

  13. Xiao says:

    Congratulations, love! I am thankful I’ve “met” you and Bloomin’ Beauty as well :) Any day we talk Asian is a happy day for me!

    Speaking of, I haven’t handed in that last paper so I guess my rice ban is still on /glum

  14. diane says:

    Danielle happy 1st anniversary to your blog. it’s amazing. the quality of your posts are just superb. I can tell straightaway all the hard work and effort you put into each one and frankly that kind of dedication is very admirable. it doesn’t get unnoticed hun. :) can i call you hun or is that weird? haha but anyway i really do read your blog posts although i sometimes fail to leave a comment. i can never forget the day you granted my wish about swatching all your mac blushes and if u were curious nope i didn’t pick up any for my b-day. the price tag had me running away :). i’ll eventually buy some with your reccomendations on my mind. see that is the exact reason why i love your blog cuz i know you value your readers opinions and you strive for excellence and to cater to the needs of your readers. keep it up. and as for me? well i’m hoping my blog and i will be as successful as your blog. you inspire me.
    love, Diane * waiting eagerly for all your posts* hugs and kisses

    • Danielle says:

      Oh my gosh, Diane! I am extremely flattered and appreciate your sincerity! It really makes this SO worth it. I wish you all the best on your blog too, and hope that it goes wherever you want it to! :)

  15. Congrats, darling! I’m so glad to have come across you and your wonderful blog via our awesome beauty friends. :) Here’s to another year of bloggin’ good times! xoxo

  16. lilladylife says:

    congrats dear!!!! been loving following and reading your fantastic blog over the year I predict a great future for your blog bc the quality of ur words and photos are just superb!

  17. Tiffany says:

    HAPPY BELATED 1ST BLOGIVERSARY!! Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished in one short year. You have such an amazing blog!!

  18. Happy Blogiversary! ^____^

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