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One Year of Blogging


Today marks my official one year anniversary of blogging!  You can read my very first (and very short) post, here.  Too funny.

I'm honestly shocked that I'm still here and doing this almost everyday... I would have never guessed that it would become such a big part of my life.  Blogging started as a way to document what was happening in my life but it has turned into so much more than that.  The best and most least expected thing to come of it?  The friendships.

I'm so, so, so, so thankful for all of you that stop by here everyday... I still smile every time I get a comment notification :)  YOU guys make blogging fun, worthwhile and more than just a place to write.  I love that our comment/email exchanges have turned into friendships and I honestly feel that I'm closer to some of my blogging friends than my "in real life" friends!

As a way to say thank you, I want to give back a little something to a lucky reader.  $10 gift certificates to five of my favorite stores: Bath and Body Works, Forever 21, Ulta, Starbucks and (of course) Target.  I hope you know how much I truly appreciate you all supporting my blog and stopping by here everyday to listen to me ramble on.  Cheers to many, many more years of blogging fun!

*Contest runs through September 23rd at midnight.  US residents only, please.



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55 comments

  1. Happy blogiversary Katie! I am so glad our paths crossed in the very beginning, you are the sweetest and you know I just love your blog :)

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  2. Yay for one year! So glad I came across your blog -- it's one of my daily reads for sure! And yay for a fab giveaway! P.S. my favorite blogging tip: staying true to yourself in terms of what you want your blog to be! xo!

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  3. happy anniversary!! your blog is one of my favorites :) I've always heard to just be yourself with blogging - have your own voice! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Happy blogaversary!! I'm so happy you started blogging!! Someone told me to always be myself when I blog, and I think that is what draws to your blog - you really hear your voice and it's like sitting down over coffee and chatting with you :) Hope you're having a great trip!!!

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  5. Happy blogaversary!!! I love stopping by here every day, and hope you're having a fantabulous time in New Orleans :-D

    Best blogging advice I ever got was to just be myself and blog for me and not anyone else. I started my blog in a totally different direction than I am now, and where I'm at now is where I should be and what works for me. Such a great creative outlet!

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  6. Happy anniversary! Great giveaway! It's amazing the friendships you make with blogging! I agree I think fellow bloggers know more about me than my IRL friends do!

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  7. Happy anniversary! Love stopping here and getting to know you!

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  8. Happy Year, friend! :) Keep on doing the things you love!

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  9. First of all, happy blogiversary! Second of all, what a great giveaway. Hope things are going well with the house :)

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  10. Haaaaaaaaaaaaapppy blogiversary!!!! best advice was just be you!!!!

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  11. Congratulations girl!! So happy to have "met" you through blogging! Best advice is to be true to yourself with what you write!

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  12. Hooray! Happy Blogging Anniversary! :) I'm so glad that we've connected and have become blogging friends - I'm telling you, we need to meet for cocktails! I enjoy reading your blog everyday, and it has been so much fun getting to know you. Oh, and to answer your question for the giveaway - the best advice I've ever received is that it's better to not put a post up one day rather than posting something crappy.

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  13. Congratulations! Happy blogging anniversary!! I'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to meet while you were living here, but I've enjoyed reading your posts and I look forward to reading more! :-) I hope that you are having a great week too! :-)

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  14. How sweet of you! Happy blogging anniversary! Mine is coming up, too. :)
    The biggest piece of advice I've been given is to write what you know, but don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

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  15. I am a new follower and I love your blog! You seem very genuine and down to earth! And we have the same name - only I'm a Caity :) Congratulations on one year of blogging!

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  16. Yay for one full year of blogging- this is such a fun giveaway! One of the best blogging tips I've received is to write about the things you enjoy :)

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  17. Happy Blogging Anniversary! I am so glad that we have gotten to know each other through the blog world!

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  18. Congrats! I'm glad you're still around! & what a fun giveaway.
    My best advice that someone told me that holds true to me is to stay interactive with my commenters... you do a great job at that :)

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  19. Happy bloggy birthday! The best tip I've ever received is to blog about what interests you and be genuine.

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  20. Happy Blogiversary!!! So happy to have been following along for so long! Your blog is fabulous and so are you! Looking forward to many, many more posts!

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  21. The best tip I ever received was how to find a Zara blanket scarf!

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  22. Congrats! I just love your blog and I'm so glad you stuck with it. :) One of the best tips I've been given is to reply to comments! Easy enough, but a lot of "big" bloggers stop replying after awhile. You're great at replying, though, so it's not like you need that advice, haha!!

    xo Always, Abby

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  23. You and your blog are adorable! Happy Blogiversary!!!

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  24. How sweet is this? Thanks girl!

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  25. Happy Blogaversary!! So happy to have found your blog, I just love reading! And a giveaway to my most favorite stores?! Wahoo! Happy almost weekend!!!

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  26. yayyy happy blogiversary!! congrats darlin :) and what a fabulous giveaway!

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  27. Happy blogiversary! The best advice I've ever received was to just stick with it and have fun- it doesn't matter the readers, the views- but if you like it and are happy then do it.

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  28. Happy Blogiversary Katie!! So glad I found your blog. Loving the giveaway! Fingers crossed :)

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  29. Yay for one year!!! And what a great giveaway!!

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  30. Happy 1 Year! I don't know that I've gotten any really great blogging tips. I say keep it as a creative outlet and be true to yourself!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  31. Happy one year blogiversary. I really enjoy reading your posts especially the posts about your move and your new house. Good luck to you and Nick as you get settled back in Michigan.

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  32. Oddly enough the best blogging tip I ever received was to leave a comment! HA! I am so beyond thrilled we found each other through blogging, happy 1 year!!

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  33. It's been a year already?? It seems like you've been around forever! So glad we met through wonderful blogland! Happy Blog Anniversary girl!

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  34. Congrats on the one year!! Love following your blog!

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  35. Happy blogiversary! I've loved getting to know you and following along with your blog over the last few months, sweet girl:) The best bit of advice? Blog for you and not for anyone else. That way, you'll never fail:)

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  36. Happy blogiversary, Katie!!! The best blog advice I have been given is to plan posts ahead of time (...now if only I could start doing that!!)

    :) :)

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  37. Happy Anniversary gal!! It really is amazing to see the support,advice and encouragement from this little community. I never knew I would love it so much either!

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  38. Happy Blogiversary! Blogging is my far my favorite hobby, and while sometimes I think about quitting...I'm not sure I could leave this community behind!

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  39. Yeah!!!!!!!!!! Happy blogiversary!!!!! I'm so glad I've found you during this time! xoxoxo

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  40. Happy blogiversary!! The best tip I ever got was to stay true to yourself while blogging, it can be easy to get caught up in it.

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  41. Happy Blogiversary! LOVE YOUR BLOG! My 100th post was earlier this week, so I was excited about that milestone! I'm so glad to have "met" you!

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  42. Happy year of blogging! It's crazy how something random can turn into something so real and important!

    Best blogging advice I've ever received was to blog for enjoyment and not for anything else. Otherwise it will seem like a chore and won't be enjoyable anymore!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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  43. Great picture. And contests on year one! Best advice that I received and used was scheduling ahead and being myself. You do a wonderful job. Can't wait for what's ahead!

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  44. THE SIMPLEST advice I have been given has been the best one: Blog about what you like, not what is current. It has helped me stay true to my likes, as I am not makeup or fashion forward as the style says we should be. Happy 1 year!! SOOOOOO FUN!

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  45. My best blogging tip has been to "Keep Communicating". If someone wins a giveaway, Keep in contact with them and make sure they receive their prize. Encourage them to enter future ones and keep them interested in your blog.

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  46. The best tip I was given is to post good pictures. Nice photography catches peoples' eyes!

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  47. Happy 1 year of blogging!! That's amazing! I love reading your blog! The best advice would be to stick to who you are and your purpose for blogging. Don't let others or advertisements influence your style or content. Awesome giveaway!!!

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  48. Happy bloggerversary!!! Thats awesome! I personally LOVE your blog!

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