Today is officially my one-year blogiversary and I am truly SO happy with how things have turned out in the past year. So here’s a bit of a look at the past year and the ups, the downs, and all the in-betweens.
I quit my job and started this blog with no idea that it would be a major part of my life.
Nothing too exciting. I probably ate a lot and visited family.
I challenged myself to blog for 31 days straight. I had a really hard time with this and now I almost always post twice a day. I met a blog friend offline for the first time. I did my first vlog. (And I kinda miss doing them. Err, it. I did one. Should I do another?) I unveiled the cost of my wedding dress ($25 from a thrift store!) We lost our pet rabbit and it still stings. I turned 24. The After Nine To Five shop launched on Etsy!
We held a help us pick our last name giveaway. (We haven’t changed our names yet, but we will be after Mexico!) I shared my first lovingly weird letter to my now husband. We bought our first camera that I’m still learning how to use.
We got married in Jamaica and went out of the country for the first time!
I moved my shop to Big Cartel. I decided to not cut my hair for the rest of the year other than trims (it’s working!) The Seven Day Push was launched. I got kinda real with how I felt about self-employment (and still do a lot of days.) I got rid of Google Friend Connect (and STILL love that I did!) I pledged to live outside of the Internet more. I called out the lurkers and found tons of wonderful people!
The blog party began! I got Facebook back, but only for business purposes. I shared my A to Z post. We started canning. I discussed my new direction with the blog and the business. Megan joined the After Nine To Five team (And I don’t know that I’d be where I am with this blog or my business without her.) I released my first e-book.
I started doing blog and shop design. I took a long look at who I am. I introduced Pay-What-You Can-Consulting (and am SO happy I did as this is something I intend to grow in the next few months so keep an eye out!) I completed my first full blog design. Went to my first corn maze.
And this brings me to today. 555 published posts later. Hosting the Big Give Giveaway to show my appreciation with much more to come in that area and hoping that I’ll at least make it to round two of the Top Blog of 2011 from the Blog Guidebook. I never thought I’d be nominated for something like this, but I am so honored that someone so sweet would do so!
Starting this post, I had no idea that it would be this long or that my life was filled with so many amazing things from a year ago. I had no clue that I had done so many things, life-altering things, that I would have most likely forgot about without this blog. I really cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for me – and for all of you, the readers and my friends – that go along with this journey for me.
As a last part of the blog party, some wonderful people offered up their testimonials for the things I’ve done over the years. If you’d like to be a part of this page, please let me know! I’d love to include your words.
DON’T FORGET! TODAY IS:The last day to get the holiday specials. The last day to use HEREFORTHEPARTY to save 25% off in the shop. The 15th of the month so advertising can start today! The first day to start voting for me at the Blog Guide Book!