Last week in the middle of cleaning up the mess left behind from a leaky roof and tending to a sick child, I let an important day go by without any fanfare at all. You see March 5th, 2013 was the day I hit publish on my first post. I honestly had no idea what I was doing when I decided to start blogging. I knew I wanted to take up writing again. I knew I needed a creative outlet. What I didn't know was anything about blogging or what I was going to share.
Two years later, I have to say that I actually know quite a bit about blogging...at times, I think too much! I can write HTML and CSS code, I have been on Blogger and WordPress and Blogger again, my writing has been published in national magazines and syndicated. I have been a craft designer for various companies and I have had my DIYs featured on some pretty big websites. All in all, it's been a very successful two years.
However, if you ask me what the best part of blogging has been, I would have to say, without a doubt, it's been the people; the fellow bloggers who have guided me around this new world, helped me out of a virtual jam and become my friends along the way. It's also been wonderful to meet others who share my passion for decor and crafts, who take the time to read my emails and then let me know how my words have touched them. I am not sure I will ever get over the thrill of opening an email from a reader.
Last week, on the eve of my second anniversary, I received a comment from Caroline, not a blogger, but someone who was looking for decorating inspiration and stumbled across my site.
Thank you for posting this! I made this valance for my daughter's room and they came out quite nice! I could not find anything in the stores that suited the space/ my needs so I decided to try to make them myself and came upon your site. Very well thought out, concise and easy to follow. I also appreciated that you were so encouraging and made things seem so simple. I tweaked things to fit my needs and design but am very happy with the results! :)
That one email totally made my weekend. It was the best anniversary present ever!
I was so excited to know that something I wrote, helped someone else to accomplish a project they were looking to do, to make their own space beautiful. Maybe it's the teacher in me, maybe it's the writer in me, I don't know, but either way, it was one of the most gratifying feelings I have ever had.
I answered Caroline and told her that if she wanted to share her creation I would love to see it. She was kind enough to send a photo along. I think it's so sweet. I just adore her interpretation. That ribbon is so feminine and light, perfect for a little girl's room!
This is my valance. It'a a box pleat curtain on rod, not a board. It's been featured on a lot of websites and is one of my top posts, visited thousands of times, and yet, Caroline's single visit is the one that means the most.
So thank you Caroline for taking the time to comment and let me know that I was able to help you out a bit and thank you so much to everyone else who reads my posts, shares my articles, comments on the blog and sends emails to ask technical DIY questions or just say hi.
I have appreciated it all, more than you know, over the last two years.
You are what makes Exquisitely Unremarkable, truly remarkable!
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