October 19, 2012

I'm a ONE YEAR OLD!

So, today is my FIRST BLOGIVERSARY!!!!
Well, technically yesterday--but it still counts, right? :)
Yup...it's about to get all mushy & gushy in here....so if you don't have boots on...you might wanna stop reading now :)

One year ago,  I wrote this post (riveting, I know) and started on my new blogging adventure. 
And....I  had absolutely NO IDEA what I was getting into. 

No idea about the DIRECTION I wanted the blog to head (or that even needed to have a direction!) 
No idea how TIME CONSUMING it would be. 
No idea about PAGEVIEWS, SPONSORS or FOLLOWERS. 
No idea how much WORK it takes to run a blog. 
No idea about ANY of it.
I was just writing to write. I wrote what I wanted about, and I didn't really care if anyone ever saw it (besides my hubby).  

I have learned SO MUCH about myself in the past year. SO MUCH. Probably a little more than I even WANTED to know!

{SOME HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME}
---Going to two Blog Conferences (here & here), 
---Opening up my SHOP!! Something I would have never had the guts to do before all the encouragement I've gotten from my bloggy friends. 
---Writing about my miscarriage. The hardest post I've ever had to write (so far). 
---Doing my first ever VLOG about my favorite beauty products. Something I NEVER thought I would do. 
---Ummm..doing outfit posts?! Who knew that was even a thing? :) I actually love doing those, cause it reminds me to actually GET DRESSED for the day!! (you can see some of my attempts here, here & here)

Most of all, I had no idea I would make LEGITIMATE, SOLID TO THE GROUND FRIENDS. 
I think THAT is what I'm most surprised about. I have made some amaaaaaaazing friends through blogging. Not just readers or followers...but TRUE friends. Friends that I text with, spend hours on the phone with, hang out with (like tonight), g-chat with, and fly to see/fly to see me. I've even had some of them stay at my house for a night or two. I mean...I remember when there would have been NO WAY I would have had (gasp!) online friends. That was always so taboo. I think it's much more normal, now. It's much more about community. Something that I love being a part of.

I love ALL of YOU--seriously..like LOVE YOU--but not in a creepy way ;) for reading, browsing, following, commenting, tweeting, etc... I sometimes can't believe that people come to just read what I have to say. I mean I'm not THAT interesting!! :)

Every time I make a new connection with someone, it makes my heart happy. You guys make my day ALL the time. I have NO IDEA what this next year in blogging has in store for me...but after this year, I can't WAIT to see what happens!!!!!!!!

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STAY TUNED on MONDAY for a little 
"THANK YOU GIVEAWAY" to all of you guys!
I will be giving away some of my FAVORITE THINGS
...and there will be TWO WINNERS!!!!
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37 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jenna!!! It takes a lot to run a successful, awesome blog like you do! :)
    www.theopinionatedgirl.com

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  2. yeah for one year! we must have started our blogs the same week!!

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  3. I love you, Jenna! Happy blogiversary! You are wonderful!

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  4. CONGRATS pretty girl!!! Happy 1 year! :)

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  5. jenna. i remember meeting you in arizona and just being struck by your beauty-- inside and out. and wanting so desperately to be friends with you, so i made jokes and you told me i was funny :)

    and then we bonded over our husbands' ideas of style (t-shirt over a long-sleeve...what?) and now I read your blog daily because your humor, your grace and love is something I admire so much.

    keep blogging lady! you have a big voice and beautiful stories!

    xoxoxoxox

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  6. Happy 1 year!!!! I'm SO glad I know you and can't wait to hug you for REAL someday!

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  7. happy anniversay!! i love your blog, i dont comment enough but I always read!

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  8. Congratulations!! I can't believe your blog is only a year old! You're definitely fantastic at blogging, so I'm excited to see what's to come!

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  9. I'm so glad you decided to start a blog. You're truly a ray of sunshine in the online world. love ya girl. xoxo

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  10. One year is a big deal! COngrats! Love to read your blog

    Xo

    glammedbytarin.blogspot.com

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  11. Congratulations on your blogversary!

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  12. Happy Blogversary!!!

    http://tryingtobewhoiam.blogspot.com/

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  13. congrats!!! your blog is so cute--and so are you! :)

    xo,
    kristyn

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  14. Yaaay!! I'm SO glad we met through blogland :) And I can't wait for the day we meet in real life! Because we will definitely be moving back up there and I can finally come to the bloggy get togethers!

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  15. you've come so far in one year! great job, girly!

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  16. Congratulations! I think you've built up a great blog in a year!

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  17. Happy birthday to your blog!! How wonderful blogging encouraged you to open your shop!

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  18. happy birthday, bloggie!!! so glad i found you and found my wonderful friend jenna through you! love you and congrats, jenna!! xo

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  19. AWWW! I love this. AND YOU. Happy one year!

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  20. This is so cool to read. I guess I am visiting your blog for the first time on your one year birthday :) It's lovely, as are you.

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  21. Happy one year blogiversary! That is so neat (: I am off to read your first post.

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  22. way to go!! you are so awesome!!!

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  23. congratulations! ayear--what an achievement :)

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  24. happy blogiversary you lovely lady!!! congrats!!!!

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  25. yay! Jenna. so happy for you. Ive been thinking about you, since we hadnt chatted in awhile. thought id stop by and so glad i did to celebrate with you =)

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  26. I love your personality Jenna, you're funny and easy to read in your posts) I really like that! I also LOVE your fashion sense, so because I love you and your style, I read your blog =)
    Much Love!

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  27. Happy Blogiversary!! :)Keep doing what you're doing... I'm excited to follow along and see what this next year has in-store.

    Now, I have to go back and read some of the older posts I've missed.... hehe

    xoxo

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  28. Just stumbled upon your blog tonight -- congrats on one year! happy blogversary! Look forward to reading more in the future!

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  29. YEAH to one year. hope you ate some cake or something! :)

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