Girl’s First Blogiversary (Part 1 of 2)

November 16, 2011   //  Posted in: Business-y, Casual Celebrations   //  By: Emily   //  18 responses
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It’s a day for small celebrations.

My first post on merrypad.com went live one year ago today. All I can say is… wow-zilla.

OK, that’s not all I can say. My most-optimistic goal on Day 1 was that I could earn enough through AdSense to pay my modest hosting expenses ($7/month). Anything else was icing on the cake. Not literally on the cake that Pete made for me to celebrate (tutorial can be seen here), I was referring to the proverbial cake (although, that too would be coated with $1.69 cream cheese frosting). But yes, I digress. Yes, there was actual party cake. Red Velvet, my favorite. Thanks Pete. (He makes fun cakes in his spare time, donchaknow.)

Pete makes stellar cakes.

I celebrated by splurging on a new 15″ Macbook Pro that I’ve long been saving my pennies for, and no, blog revenue wasn’t what enabled that purchase. My previous macbook was a post-college-first-job-holiday-bonus splurge, meaning that come next month, it’d be exactly 5-years old, and that’s pretty old in computer-years. This time around, I saved 25% by buying it off the Mac Refurbished section of apple.com, and used some of that savings to invest in AppleCare to cover my butt in case something backfires with buying used. (Fun fact: Pete had a laptop die after 2 years, 11-months of use, and because his AppleCare covered him for 3-years from purchase, he walked out of Apple with the same model, 3-years newer, on the spot. And that’s cool. Household rule: Always get AppleCare. Blog rule: Always recommend AppleCare. Blog rule #2: Always brush hair and put on a little makeup, missed in this next photo.)

Unbrushed hair, jammies, no makeup, I look like a kid on Christmas morning.

A lot has changed over the last year; I couldn’t have planned it, I took it as it came. I also maybe took horoscopes at the Starbucks counter too seriously. This appeared to me one day last spring, and not that I condone taking things literally, especially mass-generalized horoscopes, but this struck a nice chord (and then I walked into work and quit my job):

Taking things seriously. With daily horoscopes.

All aspects of my life are different. Some because of the blog, some because of life itself.

In April, Pete moved in. In May, I left my job (next week will be the big 6-month mark!). In June, I attended #DeltaDIY2011. In July, I started freelancing project management + ghost blog writing for a few companies; it supports personal blogging more than my 9-5 ever could have. In August, I surprised Pete with a trip to Mexico. In October, we escaped to Boston. And this month, I was able to announce my first real (huge) contract project with DIY Network. My mug was on the homepage of diynetwork.com for god’s sake (top right).

Whoa, homepage action blows my mind.

My home itself is different too. Mostly because I’ve really pushed myself to try new projects, learn more about tools, and experiment with decor and paint and, well, everything I could afford and get my (now-calloused) fingers on. The driveway is smaller, siding is much better, and the dog is much calmer (the 3rd birthday maturation). An office was created, the kitchen shelving was expanded, a sunroom was painted (and repainted), and a stained accent wall greets me happily every morning.

I have a second post planned for this afternoon to make the party last a little longer. There is no cake in the second post, but I still think you should check back for some other special little surprises + tidbits on my blogging lifestyle.

Comments
  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie
    3 years ago - Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! You sure have accomplished a lot in one year! Now I feel lazy….

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Emily! No way have you been lazy!

  • Elisa @ The Self Life
    3 years ago - Reply

    Wow, only a year! You’ve accomplished so much! Congrats! :D

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Elisa! A year flew by…

  • John @ Our Home from Scratch
    3 years ago - Reply

    Congrats Emily! May you have many more years of success!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks John!

  • Mark Winters
    3 years ago - Reply

    Best wishes Em…..we’re very happy for you. The time has flown.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      :) Thanks

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    3 years ago - Reply

    Congrats on your bloggiversary! You’ve accomplished a lot in such a short time!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Cait! And thanks for your support from almost-day-1!

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      3 years ago -

      Of course! :)

  • Taylor
    3 years ago - Reply

    Yay Emily! You should be so proud of yourself! That’s an amazing list of great stuff you’ve done! And the DIY network?!? Doing a happy dance over here for you! Awesometown!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Taylor! We’re still happy-dancing over here too!

  • Condo Blues
    3 years ago - Reply

    Congrats on an awesome first blogging year!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Lisa!

  • Kate
    3 years ago - Reply

    Happy blogiversary!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thank you, Kate! :)

  • Ashley@DesignBuildLove.co
    3 years ago - Reply

    couldn’t have been a more amazing adventure! Congrats Em!!! So much accomplished in so little time!

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