Wednesday, April 6, 2011

1 Year Blogoversary!






It was a year ago that I wrote this post: Why Blog?  I was really clueless at the time.  I had been reading a few of blogs (for just a short couple of months) and was really curious about this whole blogging thing.  My husband was the one who encouraged me to start my own blog.  I told him I didn't know what I was doing...and he told me I could figure out the details as I went along.  This usually isn't my style...I like to know exactly how everything works before I jump right in.  But, my husband knows me well...and if I had waited until I knew exactly what I was doing I would still be sitting here reading blogs and trying to figure out all the little details!  I'm so glad I jumped right in...otherwise I would have missed out on this past year of blogging and all the little things I want to remember that have made this season in my life so special.




On #5 of my list (Why Blog?) I wrote that I wanted my blog to be a conversation with others...a way to connect with people who share common interests and values.  When I wrote this a year ago...I really had no idea what I was really in for!


 
This has turned out to be my absolute favorite part of blogging.  YOU the readers, the women I have gotten to know through blogging...women that I am thrilled to call my friends.  The support and encouragement and kind words I get from your comments means more to me than I could ever express.   I have loved getting to know you and your families.  I love trying your recipes and seeing your craft ideas.  I love hearing about your faith, the way you parent, your date nights, your thriftyness and how you make your house a home.  I love it all, and I am truly inspired by all of you.  I have come to know such amazing women.




 
This past year, I was encouraged by another blogger to write about having an only child.  It was the hardest post I've written, but also the most rewarding.  It's something I don't usually talk about.   I still look back over the comments you left me and my spirits are lifted immediately. 



I felt supported when I posted about my embarrassing DMD addiction.  You waited patiently...even though I left you hanging for three months before my soda update.  I felt you cheering me on.
You have given me advice on boy's shoes, and paint colors...and  I have enjoyed sharing fun recipes and crafts with you.  You have continued to come back even though I am not the best writer, I don't take the greatest pictures and I talk way too much about my son and his passion for tennis!  Anyway, I just want you to know how much I appreciate all of you who continue to read my blog and leave me such kind comments.




 
I have really enjoyed recording little snippets of our life this past year. It's the perfect creative outlet for me that I was hoping it would be.   And, even though I don't have all those little details about blogging figured out just yet...I am enjoying the learning process. 




 
Thanks so much for making my first year of blogging such a
 FUN and MEMORABLE one!

24 comments:

Karen said...

And I have LOVED reading your blog over the last year Kerri! I'm so glad you decided to start! By the way, here's something I haven't figured out. How do you get that really fun font in your header??? Please share.

Nicolle said...

What would I do without you?!?! :))

Meeting you through blogs has been such a blessing in my life. We have so much in common with each other. I know if we were neighbors we'd be shopping, eating cupcakes, drinking margaritas and just having a ton of fun, all the time!

Love this post. Happy blog anniversary!

gabe said...

Oh, Kerri what a great post! I'm so glad that your hubby said jump right in!

I for one love to read about Brady...because someday hes gonna be famous and I can say I heard all about it back in the day!

Happy Blogging!

Cindy said...

yeah for you!!
goodness has it been that long? I still remember that very first header...look at you now my friend!:)
thankful for you
so glad we are friends
here's to many more years....
have a happy day

jen said...

I'm so glad you wrote that post about Brady. I remember how hesitant you were to post it, even after you wrote it.
Glad to have a friend in PA.
Have a great anniversary.

Stacy Crawford said...

Happy Anniversary!

Traci said...

Happy Anniversary Kerri! So glad I found your blog. And you do know a lot about blogging. Just look at that beautiful "Thank You" you posted today. I have no clue how to do cute stuff like that! And also, I can't wait to say someday "I knew about that tennis play Brady way back when!" Have a great day my friend:)

Cherie said...

Kerri - Congratulations on your Blogaversary!!
I agree with your whole heartedly. I started my blog to have a journal about my life and I got much more in the form of friends and people I could talk to. The things you mentioned are all things I really enjoy also.
I am so glad to know YOU through blogging - I feel like you are such a wonderful person that I can now call friend!

Bridget said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm so glad you found my blog and left a comment, because I have so enjoyed getting to know you and your famiy. Brady is a handsome guy!

Holly said...

I can not believe you have only been doing this a year... your blog is one of my absolute favorites to read!!
Keep them coming... you are inspiring!

sloan said...

Aw, Kerri, this is such a sweet post - Happy Blogiversary to you!! I can't even believe it's only a one-year celebration ... do you mean to tell me you've built all of this in just one year?! WOWZA!

And ps, I agree that the people I've met - truly wonderful moms just like you - are the best part of all ;-) Congrats on the one-year mark - you have an amazing blog over here - truly one of my very favorites ... can't wait to see what the NEXT year brings!

Jen said...

It's so neat that I remember all of those posts...So so glad that you got the encouragement you needed..and aren't we all just learning as we go. Happy Blogging for years to come!!! And maybe someday we will all get to meet each other in real life too.

yaya said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging! I would have thought you were blogging forever. Your blog is so cute and nicely done. You have a wonderful family and it's fun to read about your life and all the great things you do. At the end of every year I put my blog in book form. It becomes a journal to me and it's so cool to see it in print. Hopefully my kiddos will appreciate reading it some day when I'm not here to bug them!

Jenny said...

Happy anniversary! Has it only been a year?! Wow, what an accomplished blogger you are! I have loved getting to know you, like I have said before, wish we were neighbors, I'd love to swap sweet treats with you. :)

Stef said...

Well, I for one am glad your hubby encouraged you too. I love coming here. Really! I do!! Let's party bloggy style. I'll go get the mini cadbury eggs and sit in front of the screen eating it all alone.

Diane said...

Happy one year! I celebrated mine last month. I did it on a whim since I wasn't even reading any other blogs at the time and I too have been blessed so much by all the amazing people out here in blogland.

Lorri said...

I am so glad you started blogging! You have great ideas and funny stories. Happy Anniversary!

Kimberly {YeP, they are all mine} said...

WooHoo!!! I'm super glad you started blogging :-)

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Congrats. To have persevered for a full year... many bloggers do not accomplish that. So many great posts you shared. I've read some and just had the chance to read others. Here's to many more years of story telling.
Dana

corners of my life said...

I sometimes feel like reading blogs is like picking up a favorite magazine full of friends. The highlight of my morning as I drink that first cup of coffee. Hmmm . . maybe DMD for lunch?

Kymmie said...

Happy Blogversary! Yes, it's an addictive thing, and something that I'm so glad I started. Now, off to read some of your old posts! xx

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Happy Blogversary!!

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Kerri, you are a wonderful blogger. You are always sweet and thoughtful and my hope is that we can meet in 2011. Holy ow have you made a lot of blog headers! great work Ker! hugs, Cathy

Kim said...

Happy Blogoversary! I've really enjoyed getting to know you too. :)

 
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