Monday, March 9, 2015

My Blogging Philosophy {anniversary edition and a GIVEAWAY}


Well, it's March y'all, and around here that means my one year blogging anniversary. Yep, this little blog was born one year ago this month. Crazy how fast the time flew. Some of you have been with me since the beginning and I have lots of new friends too. I wanted to share with y'all how I decide what you see when you come for a visit. Y'all could go anywhere else, but you've chosen to come here and read what I write and comment from time to time, bless your hearts, I just adore when you take the time to chat with me in the comments.



So, obviously I've chosen the SLOW route in blogging. I started not even knowing what HTML was and somehow I managed to get this blog live. I changed the look of the blog quite a few times and I'm sure it will change again eventually, but I'm okay with it for now. Obviously, I haven't paid anyone to design my page or lay it all out for me nice and professional like so it's a little off center and wonky.... hey, just like me- ha. I haven't taken my page views into the hundreds of thousands, and while that would be nice I'm sure, I want to know that the growth of this blog is coming from one person liking it's content and sharing with another, you know, how we make friends in the real world, meeting one another through like minded friends. I haven't written any fancy e-books and I'm not really sure if I'll ever have enough words swimming around in my head to fill up a whole book. I haven't done any sponsored posts on the blog for money, but I'd really be interested in that if it were a house related product that I love anyway {hint, hint, Benjamin Moore Paints, Ikea, Kenmore}. Maybe one day....... she says wistfully.




Here's the biggie for me. I don't like all that stuff that pops up all over blogs wanting me to buy some product or subscribe to something, even if it means that I may have more subscribers if I would use them. They just drive me nutty. I feel that if you really like my content and want to subscribe, you'll take a minute and look for my form in the side bar and sign yourself right up. I don't need to beat you over the head with it by flashing requests at you. You know how when you drive by a big ole car lot and there's balloons tied to every car, hundreds of them, designed to get your attention? I just don't get it. I've never once said, hey, oh my gosh look at all those cars for sale, I've never noticed that humongous car lot before, we don't even need a car, but you know what, let's go buy one. That's kind of how I feel about pushing things on y'all. You're smart, if you want to connect on FB, or subscribe to this little blog, I'm totally confidant you'll click on the right button without it jumping out at you while you're trying to read.



So there's the skinny on this little blog. It has slowly and steadily grown over the past year, all thanks to y'all and each one of you taking the time to come by and share my content when you feel like it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this journey with me. 



And now an announcement............ as a big ole thank you, I'm going to have a little giveaway in honor of my one year anniversary. It has lots of my favorite things for crafting, entertaining, and some other goodies that I just adore and thought you might too. It also includes an awesome 11 x 17 print from the Choose Brave Shop




All you have to do to enter is comment below! That's it! A winner will be chosen at random from the comments on Saturday, March 14th and will be announced here on the blog. Don't forget to check back Saturday to see if you won! Good Luck Everyone!


Love y'all so much and thanks for joining me when you could have chosen to be anywhere else!


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50 comments:

  1. Congrats on hitting 1 year! I look forward to reading your posts in the months and years to follow :)

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    1. Thanks Kimberlee! I look forward to be around for a long time to come, glad you're on the journey with me!

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  2. Now why would I comment just to win something? Your blog is on my thankful list.

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    1. YOU are on my thankful list! Thanks for being so faithful!

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  3. I am glad I stumbled upon your blog space! Congrats on a year!

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  4. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Gosh, this place and your sweet heart have changed my life for the better. So grateful!

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    1. Without this blog, I never would have met you! That's just worth all this writing I declare!!

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  5. So glad you started blogging!! ♥ And Hooray!! For 1 year down! Many more to go I hope! I enjoy reading about your journey and seeing all your beautiful pictures!

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  6. I am surprised you have only been blogging for a year. You blog seems much more mature than that.

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  7. Congrats on your 1st year Blogging! I enjoy reading all your posts...

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  8. Way to go on 1 year!!! I just adore reading your true heart in your posts, and YOU are why I love connecting with people in this way!!

    Keep it up. :o)

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  9. I'm so glad to have met you through blogging. Keep up the good work :)

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  10. Happy Blogiversary! Nice work on a year-cheers to many more!

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  11. Hi! Congrats on your first bloganniversary!

    I have been reading since around september/october and I wanted to thank you for one very specific thing you wrote that had a positive impact in my life. Last june, in your post "How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Four}", you said "What blogs do you frequent and do they support this new lifestyle you have chosen?". Afterwards, I did a big cleanup in my reader and wow!, I do feel better now after my daily reads.

    Merci! :)

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    1. Hello Genevieve! I'm so glad that changing what blogs you read has had such an impact for you. That and surrounding myself with like minded friends on the same path I'm on are the two biggest factors to successfully living a more simple and fulfilling lifestyle. Thanks so much for visiting today!

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  12. Congratulations on your first year of blogging!

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  13. I am fairly new to your blog but it is blessing to read!

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  14. Amy I really enjoy your blog! I love how real you are and love your decorating style! Especially the pom poms on the curtains : ) Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas and lovely writing.

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  15. Although I haven't been reading since day 1 your blog meets me where I am, lifts me up and most importantly opens your heart to us flaws and all. Congratulations on 1 year. Keep doing what you are because this girl from CA can't wait for every new post.

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  16. Your blog seems so professional yet comfortable. I'm surprised it's only a year old. Congratulations!

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  17. Just starting reading your lovely blog! congratulations :)

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  18. Awww... happy blogiversary, sweet friend! Just so you know, I totally would have commented, even without the giveaway, but that is a pretty awesome package! ;) Best wishes for year two!

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  19. Happy Anniversary on your sweet blog! I had to chuckle a bit as I read your post today as a blog I visited just before yours today had all those pop up ads and I found it hard to read her post. I honestly considered unfollowing as it was quite annoying. I enjoy reading your posts and seeing all your beautiful pics, it's like visiting a friend! Thank you for keeping your blog pure and easy to enjoy, may you continue to blog for many more anniversaries!

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  20. Amy, I love your philosophy. I don't even know how I stumbled on your blog but I do remember connecting in spirit over your winter depression posts and that is what kept me coming back. I love that your posts have pictures (what camera and editing do you use?) and our short. I am also a homeschooler and often wonder if unschooling is a better way to go, an update would be great. Blessings to you as you continue this journey, I will be tuning in.

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  21. I just recently found your blog and I love it! Congrats on your 1 year blogging anniversary!

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  22. Happiest Anniversary to you and the blog. I love it...and I LOVE the ads not popping up all over the place..it's a place of calmness where I can soak it in and just read without having to click on a ton of ads I dont want to see!

    We are homeschoolers...transiting to unschooling more and more....love your blog and what you throw out into the world!

    Huzzah to you!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one irritated by all that clicking while I'm trying to read! Appreciate you stopping by today!

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  23. Congrats on your blog anniversary.. I love your blog and all the fun things you do. I found you through Danielle's blog.. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.. I get so inspired when I see your decorating ideas..

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  24. I really like you blog. I live in GA too. Hope to win!

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  25. I truly enjoy your blog but I still would like to win especially craft stuff that I can use for my fourth and fifth grade girls who come to the library to make thank you cards for the kids that do something awesome and did not know that it was being noticed or for teachers who really does something wonderful and the girls just wanted to say thank you. I would love to see more of your craft projects.Maybe get a few ideas???

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  26. I hope friends are eligible. Enter me please.
    Blessings
    Diane

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  27. I happen to find your blog a few months ago and I'm so glad that I did. I love reading what you thinking about for the day. Many times it has helped me, been just what I needed for that day!! thanks again

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  28. I love humble beginnings and organic growth. I know the feeling, since I too view my blog similarly. congratulations on making it through this first year! Here's to many more to come :)

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  29. I love humble beginnings and organic growth. I know the feeling, since I too view my blog similarly. congratulations on making it through this first year! Here's to many more to come :)

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  30. I agree with your philosophy completely and I'm so glad I found you, even if it was only a short time ago :)

    Happy Anniversary!

    rue

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  31. Happy Blogiversary! It's been so nice "getting to know you" through your blog posts and I always appreciate you linking up with us at Merry Monday!

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  32. Happy blogiversary! It's such a sweet gesture for you to have a giveaway with such awesome prizes. So kind of you. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. I love your blog, and you have such cutesy taste, it's fantastic. Fingers crossed I win :)

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  34. Happy one year!!!! How.exciting! Btw, I am making your biscuits AS WE SPEAK (or type, lol)!!! I can't wait to taste them :)

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  35. I haven't followed you for too long but I've loved every bit of it so far!

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  36. Found your blog a few weeks ago and love it. You are very down to earth - always enjoy the read and the pictures.. Will be making the biscuits soon.....

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  37. Congratulations on your anniversary! So proud to be able to say, "I knew you when..."

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  38. I came across your blog about a month now and I've been reading all your past post. I found your blog through blissful and bomestic and I just love it. Being a new stay at home mom I have been making a lot of changes around my house and i've been using your blog as inspiration. Congrats on your one year anniversary.

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    1. Thank you so much Melissa and I'm glad I can be of help. Congratulations on being a new stay at home mom too. The hardest, most fulfilling job you'll ever have!

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  39. Happy Anniversary! Boy, that year went fast!
    Hoping this post shows up. You know me & technology. : ('
    I like reading your posts, but I LOVE visiting you in person!

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  40. WOW, I did it! I did it! My FIRST blog comment!!
    So, I am doing another one!!
    I am so excited! Must be because it is PI day. ; )

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    1. YOU DID IT! Yay! You're a 'comment-er' now! Doing my little happy dance!

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  41. Happy Blogiversary! I love your style and I know you're blog will only get bigger. Can't wait to see what the next year brings :-)

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