It’s easy to measure how far you’ve come or how time has passed when you’re a parent. You see the results in the eyes of your children. In their smiles and laughter. It’s easy to measure your age in the lines on your face and in the struggles you’ve overcome. When I was growing up we moved a lot (I mean A LOT) and so I grew accustomed to measuring things by where I lived at the time. Not a full proof method of remembering your past but it worked.
But when you’re a blogger, sometimes all you have are archives to mark your past. If you’re a popular blogger, you have trips, swag, and what seems like a never ending list of followers, fans and haters.
I’m really glad I’m not popular.
I am lucky.
Even though I don’t consider myself popular and I don’t land on any top blogger list, I still measure how far I’ve come. It’s true; in the beginning I used to measure my numbers, statistics – technical stuff. Today, I don’t have to measure my blogging career in terms of archives and especially not numbers. I measure it in the places and things that I’ve discovered. The friends that I’ve made and in my own growth. I’m a different person now than when I started blogging. It was always my goal to tell whoever was listening what I thought and what I was feeling. It was always my plan to be able to crawl out of myself and find an escape for this country life we had found ourselves in and the changes that it brought to our (growing) family.
Most days I still don’t know what I’m doing with this blog. In recent years, blogging has prompted me to clam up more than I probably would’ve if there was only Facebook to share. It’s given me reason to pause in my words sometimes before they come out. At the same time, it’s given me something that, outside of my children, belong 100 percent TO ME and I can call my own. I’ve been able to mold it, change it up, give it a time out and yes, praise it.
I guess in many ways, Chaos is another child to me. I want to protect it fiercely from the haters and meanies of the world. And always, always, even when it has no direction or no clear idea of what it wants to be, do I want to see it take flight and be the best little blog it can be, whatever that may be, with thousands of admirers and people who adore it. Regardless of what I do here tomorrow, I want to celebrate today and how far I’ve come. I marvel at the fact that I’ve continued to pay for having a blog (that’s right, I’m not getting rich over here) for the last eight years and the thought of not renewing my hosting or domain every year almost feels like deciding not to breathe.
Time to Celebrate with a Blog Anniversary Giveaway
In celebration, since this is my blog and in many ways my own little world, I want to giveaway some of my favorite things. After eight years I feel like having a blog anniversary giveaway seems like the perfect thing to do (who knows what will happen when we reach 10 years!)
Over the last eight years, each of these prizes have become a part of this blog in one way or another. I still rely on pen and paper but I love my Amazon prime, streaming movies for the kids (so I can work Yo!)and a blogging gal like myself needs Starbucks to keep blogging. Lastly, I don’t think I’d still be knitting if it weren’t for social media and all the knitters who kept me motivated when I cast on for the first time. One of you will win a basket of my favorite things which includes:
- A $25 Amazon GC.
- A $25 Etsy GC.
- A $15 Starbucks GC.
- A pack of Bic Intensity Fine Point Felt tip pens (I love these for doodling and creative mind mapping)
- A pack of Paper Mate Design ball point pens (Seriously. The best ball point pens ever. And pretty too.)
- A selection of Moleskine notebooks to put all of the creative things that live in your head.
- Simple seed scarf pattern and yarn to complete the project.*
(*If you win and you don’t want the yarn and pattern, let me know and I will host a separate giveaway for all of my knitting readers.) After eight years I feel like having a blog anniversary giveaway seems like the perfect thing to do (who knows what will happen when we reach 10 years!)
(Notes: this giveaway will run for 10 days and is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older, the winner will be selected randomly and notified within 24 of the giveaway’s closing. The winner will have three days to respond to the giveaway via email. If they do not respond, within three days, a new winner will be chosen and notified via email. The winner’s entries will be verified before posting a public announcement.) Enter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway