Last year on my one year Blogoversary I talked to you all about my life and how I came to be a blogger.
Today I’d like to review the past year and talk about what I have done and also share my favorite posts which by the way are not always the most popular. But more importantly I’d like to discuss what is important in blogging. I always manage to go overboard with these milestones, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s talk.
The year started off with a Spring project that really surprised me. It was a spring wreath. I have made wreaths before but this was the first time I incorporated many different elements, from nature and from the house. Those branches you see below came from my almond tree.
This was also the month that I tackled my ugly fireplace. I had been inspired by another blog post, but it was the gentle nudge of my friend Kim that helped me to finish it. I met her on Facebook and she is not a blogger but an artist This is another happy byproduct of blogging – connecting with amazing people who inspire. I painted the fireplace in two stages and below is the final result. I am so proud of this project. When I walk into the house this is the first thing I see and it is something that will be here for years. Had I not been blogging, I would not have attempted such a big project.
I use this suitcase now to keep all of my sewing notions and ribbons. It’s nice to have everything in one place. And it’s even better to know that my basement has one less occupant.
Mr. Paranoid Man Pumpkin became so popular that he appeared in five of my posts. He has won all of our hearts and he is sitting on my living room table as I write this. There have even been requests for a Facebook fan page. Oh and let’s not forget that he even has a portrait of himself painted by the lovely Michelle, of A Crafty Mix.
And what a special gift this was, from friends that are spread out all over the world. Had it not been for them, this old beauty would still be in my basement hiding in a corner.
In June I began a series to share my most popular Facebook “photos of the day” with all of you who do not live on Facebook – like I do – and to say thank you. The whole series is in the gallery.
And sadly because of my ever increasing obligations I had to eliminate the Greek translating that I was doing. I made the decision to concentrate on the projects and good quality photos, but I did write a tutorial on how to translate.
It is all the rest that we need to learn, Codes, and Social Media, Algorithms and pixels. The list goes on and on. I was finally able to tackle the beast that is known as SEO. Yes, I went back to the beginning of my blog life and redid everything. That was a major goal for me this past year. It turns out I was so clueless at the start that Google did not even know I existed! And where would I be without Google?
I was also able to monetize my blog. Getting paid, even if it is a little is rewarding when you think that I put 60 plus hours into this blog every week. No one wants to work for free even if they love their job.
This is the hard part and I am so grateful to my tribe, Pili, Katrin, Keri and Michelle for their continued support. I also want to give a great big shout out to my favorite blogging guru and friend Nikki. And to my WAYWOW tribe. And my Blogging Fifty group. I can go on and on, but it would not be fair, I’d end up leaving someone out.
Have you noticed a pattern here? What has made me stronger and helped me to improve my blog in these two years has been my blogging community. This is the same community that I did not know existed in the beginning. And now I am in daily contact with them as if they are my neighbors and we share daily cups of coffee together (hi Lisa)! Yes we may all complain about Facebook but for me it has become the great unifier. And no, I do not have shares at the stock market.
Since I am a big believer in the power of paint, I look forward to getting to know the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.s products much better now that I’ve become a Brand Blogger for them. It will be a learning curve, but we’ll enjoy the ride together.
And I want to continue to share my surroundings with you in photos. And of course to keep on improving those photography skills.
Improving the look and navigation of the blog is also very important. Your experience here should be user friendly. So if you have any problems or suggestions, please feel free to let me know in the Contact me section above. I am learning new things every day and the old brain cells are doing the twist now!!
But mostly, I look forward to continuing with my repurposing and upcycling projects and I want to stress here that I always make things that a regular person can tackle. I don’t have any special training or skills. And I certainly don’t have any fancy machinery. The never ending economic crisis here in Greece has limited my budget but not my imagination. So with a bit of elbow grease and a lot of inspiration I will continue to share my sometimes wacky ideas with you. And I hope that you will try some of them too. Not only do they make your home more pleasant, but they are also good for our environment.
Thanks to all of you for putting up with this ridiculously long Two year Blogoversary post. I only get a few times a year when I pour my heart out. Let me know which of my favorite projects were yours too. And if you have anything at all you wish to say reach out to me.
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