My itty bitt blog is three today. Well, it was Saturday, but it's close enough.
How is that even possible? Where did the time go? Wasn't it just yesterday when I was sitting at my desk at 1am trying to get things in my sidebar to line up straight? Me.The girl who had no knowledge of sidebars, coding, clickable links, copyright laws, feeds, commenting etiquette or linky parties...nothing in this mysterious world of blogging I had so blindly entered.
It didn't seem to stop me. I may have been naive, but I was on a mission.
I just wanted to write. I wanted to share my thoughts, my crafts, my ideas, my silly stories, my words, with the world. Whether they were read or not, I needed to create and put them out there.
So I did. On March 5, 2013, after weeks of working behind the scenes, I wrote my first post, hit publish and held my breath.
And you know what happened?
Well, not much of anything.
A few friends read my post and called or emailed me to say it was great, but they didn't know anything about blogging either. They didn't have profiles, couldn't figure out following or commenting. It was kind of quiet here at Exquisitely Unremarkable.
Slowly, however, I figured out blogging. Well, as much as one can ever figure out blogging.
The traffic grew and so did the feedback.
Postive and well...constructive.
The techie people told me there was a lot of red on my site. I really should lighten things up if I wanted to grow. Ditch the tulips, they're boring...and that's not a logo. Others told me that people wouldn't get my sarcasm, my humor, my tongue in cheek approach to decor dilemmas.
"You either need to be a home decor blogger or a humor blogger. Or you need to do serious. People need to know in the first three seconds they're on your site, what you are, or they'll leave."
Of course, these were also the people who were telling me to be authentic.
In the end, I thanked everyone for their perspective and then just kept doing what I wanted to do. After all, this is my little home on the internet and hadn't I always preached that you need to create a space you love and not worry about those that don't live there?
"Fill it with things bring your pleasure, things that hold meaning for you."
So I did.
Besides, wasn't I the girl who wrote what other people think of you is none of your business?
Today, I am glad I listened to my gut, I am very proud of what I've created.
I've stayed to true to me and my voice. I have mixed serious and sarcasm, crafts and embarrassing tales. Have I changed my mind about some things along the way? Yes. Live and learn I guess, but overall, I have followed my vision and spoken from the heart.
One of the greatest compliments I have received was from a neighbor who told me,"When I read your stuff, it's like you're right there in my kitchen, telling me the story. I can hear your voice, your intonation and see your hand movements."
Italian. Lots of hand movements.
But that type of reaction has always been my goal. I just wanted to share with friends...inspire...provoke thought...make people laugh, just like we were chatting across the table.
Do I have the most views on the web? Ha! Hardly, I am a teeny, tiny baby blogger. If I had a day job, I would not be quitting it.
However, I have never published a piece I wasn't in love with. I have made some wonderful friends with whom I have actual relationships and I have inspired people to try some of my projects, like a reader who actually made my box pleat valance, and another who made my Cheatloaf Meatloaf.
They really made them!! I can't tell you what that means to me.
In addition, readers talk to one another via the comments, have shared recipes and tips with me and opened their hearts regarding some tough subject matter too many times to count.
It was recently pointed out to me, that beyond a blog where I speak at people, I have created a community. I was floored by that observation. It's more than I ever could've imagined and I am so grateful that you have chosen to be a part of it.
My husband jokes around with me and calls it my KIMmunity. Ha ha. He thinks he's funny, but this time, I told him to joke all he wants. I like it!
And I'm going to use it.
No. I totally am.
Ok, but that's enough about me. Let's get to this giveaway! (Update: Giveaway has ended)
It may be my anniversary, but I am offering you a chance to take home the present! I want to thank you all for being part of my journey, for reading, sharing, commenting and following. It means the world to me, truly, so I'm giving away this bag!
I found it at Barnes and Noble and it just screamed spring to me...plus it's covered in tulips. My favorite.
Kind of meant to be, don't you think?
It's perfect as an overnight or carry on bag, a day at the beach or park or if you like a big purse, it could totally work.
It has a small matching case...
and this fabulous pink printed lining! There is a zippered pocket on one side and a snap closure.
Of course, I wish I could give one away to everyone, but with college tuition on the horizon, I've just this one.
If you'd like a chance to take this lovely lady home with you, just leave me a comment saying so! That's it...BUT...(there's always a but)...if you are not a blogger or you are no-reply, please, please, please leave me your email, so I can get in touch with you if you win!
AND...(yup, there's an and too!) if you are an email subscriber let me know that and you will earn a second entry just for following along that way!!
Not an email subscriber, no problem. Join the KIMmunity (sorry, I couldn't resist!) ~ Sign up in the sidebar and earn yourself another entry!
Can't figure out how to comment here? Then leave me a comment on Facebook!! That counts, too!
I will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 15th.
*While I would love to be able extend this giveaway to all, due to shipping costs, it is only open to residents of the continental United States. I still love the rest of you just as much though and in the near future I hope to offer a giveaway just for you. Pinky promise!
Good luck everyone!!
Until then, I will be staring at this bag and endlessly reminding my husband that my birthday is coming up soon and it really would make a lovely present.
Barnes and Nobel, dude.