It's amazing how quickly a year can pass you by. I can't believe that's it's been more than a year since I first opened my shop, and almost a year since I gave birth to my little boy. It only seems like yesterday that I made my first post on this here blog.
I had originally intended for this blog to be a way to share what was going on in the shop, and to share any new items that I would be listing for sale -- a lot of the artwork that I posted is actually no longer available...amazing how things evolve. I finally figured out that no one is really interested in a blog that's just about a shop and products -- unless you are very successful and everyone loves you.
I shared many photos and the stories behind them from the shop.
Slowly, I began introducing other aspects of my life. I introduced the blogging world to my son in May -- though not through the very popular way of a birth story. Next, I began telling you tidbits from my childhood and what I do for a living -- though I've never shared the entire story.
I shared my history of gardening.
Through-out the Summer months, I continued to share aspects of the shop, and even attempted to have a giveaway. It turned out to be a bust, but the lady who won, asked me to do something quite inspirational with the little drawing. I was also sharing with you some very personal experiences and started letting you know what my thoughts are on some touchy subjects.
I'd say that it wasn't until September that I really switched the blog over to more about sharing personal experiences and thoughts than stuff about the shop. I started telling you more about my home and family life, and that's what you seem to care about more. Since then, I have shared recipes with you, and showed you how to do some fun little projects.
I showed you how to make paper trees with an old book.
I eventually reached a point where I knew that I had to make regular blog posts so that people would know when to visit with me, and not wonder where I was -- like you all think I've gone missing or something. But I don't think I really found my voice until earlier this year when I wrote about jealousy and blogging. That post was like therapy to me, and since then I have found myself creating the blog that I really want to see -- not something that other people might be interested in, and not copying what other people do.
This past year has seen quite the evolution, and, although the first initial steps were shaky, I think I've finally found my footing. I will continue to share my thoughts, recipes, little projects, and my family, because that is what makes me, well, me!
So raise your glasses, and let's toast to letting ourselves be who were supposed to be -- both on the internet, and off!