Sunday, January 16, 2011

Why I Blog

Hi everyone!

Tomorrow starts my week of giveaways to celebrate my 2 year blogoversary!!! Monday thru Friday there will be a new awesome who-knows-what up for grabs so make sure to come back!

I don't usually post on Sundays but before the crazy week of giveaways start, I wanted to take a minute to tell you how I started this blog and why I continue to blog today.

Beckie from Infarrantly Creative wrote a fantastic series of posts entitled My Blog Story in which she recounts the origin of her blog and how it's grown in its 3 1/2 years. This blog of mine hasn't been around quite as long but with my 2 year blogoversary coming up this Wednesday the 19th, I thought I would post my thoughts on how far this blog has come and why I still blog today.

I started this blog primarily because I had another blog that was strictly about my gaming life and wanted to have a space where I felt more comfortable writing about the everyday. Husband, kid, life in general, etc.

Toot when I first started this blog

Toot now

At about my 5th post in, I showed a few of my scrapbook layouts (being out the scrapping game for years but starting up again once Toot was born).

One of the layouts from that post. "Scraptastic" indeed, yes? :P

Believe it or not, I had no idea scrappers used more than just stickers for layouts. Blogging got me wondering if there were any other scrappers out there and wowowowow did I experience an eye opener as I found people using inks, punches and something called "Stickles". I even wrote about it all in this early post, Scrapbooking Counter Culture.

It on that post that I got my very first comment from a "stranger". It was Peggy from Treasured Memories and I left her a comment recently thanking her for leaving that first comment when I started blogging here.

Because basically, I didn't start out writing this blog to get people to read my rambles. I really just wrote it to have a place for me to share my life and myself but once I got someone commenting here and there, I discovered an entire community of people that I could...well, "commune" with through this blog and their blogs.

I wrote my first Friday Night Fab Five post in February 2009 and am proud to say that I've been fairly consistent in keeping that alive. :) I joined a scrapbooking forum Life Preservers Scrapbook Club and met a great group who taught me a lot about scrapbooking and are some of the sweetest ladies around.

So the first part of this blog was really all about scrapbooking for the most part. I've met so many awesome scrap bloggers who I still visit and consider to be my friend. Since then I've started working with mixed media, discovered what the heck an "ATC" was and have learned so many other techniques along the way.

But for me, blogging isn't just about all that. Now that I'm two years in, it's really become more about the community of it all than anything else. I've congratulated you when the good times come rolling in and cried with you when they go rolling out. You've been there for me too, always supportive and willing to laugh at my jokes, no matter how lame. I now enjoy visiting fashion bloggers, designers, mommies, foodies, scrappers, every sort of crafty you can imagine, vintage addicts and people from literally all around the world.

You all have taught me so much and oh how I wish I was infinitely wealthy and could just fly you all out to one place to party it up and meet in person. Everyone needs a place to belong, a place where they feel like they fit in no matter what happens.

Thank you for being that place for me.

24 comments:

  1. I cannot blog and scrapbook at the same time. Even just seeing those terrific scrapbooking pics make me itch to pull out my box. But then I would still be cutting and pasting as the sun came up.
    You are one fantastic scrapbooker. I need loads of practice before I'm even half as talented.

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  2. ANOTHER great post Maggi dear. Wow Toots has gotten so much bigger, she is really growing. Loved viewing all your art work pieces , like I always say you are very creative artist.
    I say some pics of you in the glamor shots post - wow - they are really gorgeous :) and you were only 15. I remember the Glamor Shots time afew years back, wish I had done some. At the time I didn't have the money but now I wish I had given up something else and done them. Love to you always my dear friend. Hope you & baby girl are feeling well too .

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  3. I SAW some of your glamor shots,
    sorry used the word say instead of saw............

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  4. I am glad that you started craft blogging! Love reading your posts...your awesome sense of humor, watching Toot grow up and our friendship. You know I *heart* you right? :)

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  5. Great post - I've been thinking myself about blogging and why I do it (and indeed, whether I want to continue - and yes, I think I do, despite the lack of time!) - congratulations on your 2 year blogoversary!

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  6. Toot is going to be such a heartbreaker - she's gorgeous! And I bet she knows it :P

    I know exactly what you mean Maggi - I started mine as a place to store my craft stuff alkl in one plave because even then I didn't trust my coughing PC. Now I love it so much, have met so many wonderful people that I really do think of as friends - you among them. Gotta love this community.

    CVongratulations on your anniversary - here's to many more!

    Oh and wouldn't that be SUCH a party?

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  7. Wow..time has flown.....look at how big Toot is now!!!

    I just adore you Maggi and you have brought many hours of fun with your Blog!!!

    We all adore you!!!! :-)

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  8. Oh Delightful Maggi,
    Happy almost bloggerversary! I thoroughly enjoy peeking in on your world, and Toot, and your fun and witty personality..and of course your talent. :) You have an enthusiasm that is contagious and i am always a little happier for having visited-a lot of times i talk to the screen when reading your posts- YES i love that movie! ooohh i forgot about that song! and on it goes-and i hope it does go on for years to come! xoxoxo

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  9. Amen!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeee this post Maggi...and soooooooooooo HAPPY that I 'met' you on here!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your pages too!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  10. What a great post Maggi, I didn't know some of this!

    and how gorgeous is Toot? Seriously, she is going to be a knockout when she's older!

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  11. You've come such a long way, I cant wait to see how your blog develops in the next year. It's always been a pleasure visiting.
    *kisses* HH

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  12. Same here, also started with scrapping only. Then it was much more fun just to have a blog of randomness, and post whichever I felt like. ^-^
    I enjoy reading all of your posts, and I'm so glad to have found a fellow gamer/doller/scrapper (a rare combo XD) in you!
    Happy bloggerversary!

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  13. I've only just found your blog and I love it already...keep up the good work *Thumbs up* :-)

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  14. Congratulations! What a sweet and heartfelt blog post - that has to be one of my favorites of yours! Thanks for always being so inspiring!

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  15. Congratulations on your almost 2 years...I don't even remember the exact date I started a blog on blogger...it was before Don passed which was October 2009 (and before blogger I had one on Bravenet) I started up again sometime in 2010...you have a great blog and I enjoy coming over to visit you... wishing you years and years of blogging joy...(((hugs))) Theanne

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  16. What a wonderful post.Thank you sweet maggi for sharing all the wonderful photos and words.I too am amazed at how our bloggy world has made us see and feel with new eyes.Blessings,Cat

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  17. This is such an awesome post Maggs! I, for one, am sure glad I've come to know you via blogging! You've had me in stitches over your posts, especially the ones featuring the douch himself, need I say his name! lol
    I'll never forget those posts! They're embedded in my mind forever!!! Your wit is as awesome as your work- what a gift you have! I hope you continue to blog along with creating for many more years! love you! d xoxo

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  18. congrats on 2 years!

    Toot is so cute!

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  19. Congrats on 2 years of bloggin!! My 2 years is in February and you were one of the very first blog friends I had:) I enjoy reading your blog everyday and you always make me laugh! I appreciate every single comment you leave me on my blog as well. Your just so sweet and I especially enjoy watching Toot grow up! She has gotten SO big can NOT believe that is her in those jammies!

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  20. What an awesome post, Maggi! I'm so THRILLED that you began blogging and it was fun to read about how you got started. We all start somewhere. :) I so love visiting with you and am really glad we became friends! Here's to many more years of blogging fun!!! Theresa

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  21. so glad you started blogging Maggi so that we had a chance to "meet". you've come a long way girl! Love ya!

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  22. Just been having a catch up....my gosh how Toot's has grown...to be expected of course lol.

    Loved this post, keep it up.
    xoxox

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  23. it's amazing how our blogs ebb and flow with our life. and toot is adorable! and you've come so far as a scrapper

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  24. Keep on blogging! You have a very cool blog and I like your style! And your awesome glasses, like I wrote in your swapbot-profile. :-)

    Cheers
    Moni

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