Happy Good Friday friends! I hope this day finds you well and ready for a wonderful weekend. Easter Sunday is right around the corner, are you ready? We’ll have one son home from school and the other away in Denver, CO so these days Easter isn’t quite what it used to be when they were younger. However, the religious importance of the day is not lost on us and never changes.
Tuesday, April 16 marked the three year “Blogaversary” of This Blonde’s Shopping Bag. In the spirit of having fun with that I thought I’d tie what the last three years have been like along with a few other fun things! Last Thursday I shared some background information about my blog here. But here are a few other thoughts I’d like to share.
Favorite #1 No doubt my very favorite part of blogging is the wonderful community of women I have come to call friends. I am not throwing that term around lightly. I have made some very good friends on this journey and they have helped me through some tough times. Just last week I was totally blessed to get to meet up with some bloggers in real life. Sadly I have no photographic evidence of the Saturday meet up but trust me, I had lunch with NIna and Melanie and we will definitely do it again! Just days earlier I had lunch with Paula!
Favorite #2 I’ve learned what matters most to me and that if it comes right down to it i feel it’s more important to connect with people than track numbers and make money. Listen, I am NOT throwing shade on anyone with a business mind or desire to turn their blog into a profitable business. I am not wired that way and while I have a pretty good idea of what it will take for me to become more successful, I’m not really willing to work that hard.
Favorite #3 Blogging has taught me to rely on myself and to do things I didn’t think I could. Three years ago I was in tears trying to upload photos and add links. Now? I can do it. Sometimes I even figure things out for myself! Ha! But you know what? There is also nothing wrong with asking for help. Believe me, I do plenty of that.
Favorite #4 I absolutely love connecting through comments. Whether you are a blogger or not, if you leave me a comment, I comment back. I want to get to know you and I want you to know me. There will never be a time on this blog that I do not respond to all comments myself. If my blog ever got so big that I couldn’t keep up I’d take away the ability to comment before I’d let your comment go unread. That is my personal opinion and since I am the boss around here I get to make those decisions.
Favorite #5 Like all the things in life, it is up to me to determine how successful this blog is. No one can be blamed or credited for what happens around here but me. I also must define what success is – for me, I’d like to make enough money for the blog to sustain itself and possibly give me a little extra jingle. Success also means I am surrounded by a community of like minded people who want to support and uplift one another. If another blogger lands a great brand deal or has a ginormous spike in readership I will applaud and celebrate not tear her down or doubt her success.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope to have you back on Monday! Please sign up to follow by email and if you aren’t following me on Instagram please do that here. Have the very best weekend!