Celebrating My First Year of Blogging!

Happy Blogoversary 
To The Writer’s Reverie!
Won’t you celebrate with me,
And, share a lovely cup of tea!

I’m so excited to share my FIRST YEAR of blogging BLOGOVERSARY at our Teatime Link-ups this week!!

It was one year ago this past weekend that I went to the antique show at our local Woman’s Club.  They have one the first weekend in March and the first weekend in November every year – and I’m always there.  I’ve gotten to know the dealers and they know me.  For instance – Valerie usually brings a hat I simply MUST take home with me!

But, by far the most enriching thing I took home last year was a freebie – a blogspot address from Linda who had just entered into Blogland with Grandmalays Daydreams.

It was Linda, you see, who tooled me with the key to Blogworld, and now – one year later – I’ve prepared a special Give-Away for the occasion!  Here’s a peek:

I gathered the whole bunch up at the Woman’s Club Antique Show this past weekend where I re-connected with Linda in person at her table.

Roaming about the room, I found plenty of tea things – not only at Linda’s table . . .

But, my friend Gail of Vintage Rose Teas was there with some beautiful tea things!

How I would have loved to go home with this stunning trio with a white rose pattern!

But, I was a woman on a mission – I was buying variety today – not just tea things – and thinking of all of you!

The Writer’s Reverie Story – March 2011

Once again it was a new year and I had been thinking about re-starting my blog that I had begun five years earlier.  I’d found blogspot and created a very simple page and posted my first little introductory bit.  Then – waited.  Waited.  Waited.

No one read it.

Hmmmm . . . is there some sort of secret to being read on a blog?  How do people find you?

Over the next few years – always between January and March – I gave it another college try.  Again, cute little posts, no readers or comments.

So, here I was again, the first week of March, 2011, feeling the nudge of the Lord to start blogging, yet overwhelmed with a sense of past failures and cluelessness as to the “trick” to getting into what felt like a secret society.

Then, along comes Linda at the Woman’s Club Antique Show with the line, “Oh!  Kathy!  You just have to visit my new blog!”

A flood of expectation swelled over me.  “Say, I was just thinking about starting up my blog again.  But, I just don’t think I’m doing it right.  It seems too complicated.”

Linda assured me she was quite the novice, but she was enjoying it so much and just beginning to meet people.  She explained about how I have to connect with others by reading blogs that would be in my own interest pool.  The idea of commenting and introducing myself and inviting others to visit me – well – it would seem that I had to have the courage to reach out to others before they would know to reach out and respond to me.

A daunting proposal.  What if I made a fool of myself?  I looked at bloggers as almost semi-celebrities.  They’re all professional and published. Would they have time to read little old me?  And, more to the point – did I have anything really to contribute to the plethora of words and ideas out there in Blogworld?

Linda’s gentle encouragement and a written list of specific tips in building a visually appealing blog, using pictures to illustrate and blog etiquette, was invaluable.  That afternoon I sat down and pulled up my old boring blog and completely re-did it from top to URL!

Just a few weeks earlier, my photographer friend Karyn, had done a full day photo shoot of me in various costumes.  She was getting her degree and had some school projects to do and hoped to use my shoot for some practice and perhaps project work.  Karyn graduated this past December as valedictorian of her class with an amazing gallery exhibit in Philadelphia!  Just go see her marvelous works at VioletBrown Photography!

My favorite shot in the series was the one I put up as my blog banner . . .

When I saw the series, I felt words in my spirit:  The Writer’s Reverie.

Then, verse followed – a sort of mission statement:

Story
happens when I
leave the confines of contemporary
and retreat;
to ancient places,
clothed in vintage apparels,
surrounding myself
with the bylines
of bygone times, and tomes;
and the treasures 
of lifetimes . . . of life lessons . . .
lived, learned, loved.
Therein, are the tales
worth telling.

I had vision!  My new blog was built!  I published it!  Then visited Linda and began to visit the handful of blogs she was reading with similar interests to myself.  First I met the talented Sandy at Quill Cottage . . .

And, Kathy at Delightsome Life . . .

They were two of the first blogs I began to comment on and follow – and two of the sweet bloggers who encouraged me, giving me more tips on how to build my blog and readership.

Early on, too, I met Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for teatime . . .

And, Trish in Australia for LACE Wednesdays at Lily Rose Cottage . . .

It was Kathy who explained the link-up process to me – and by May, I was linking away.  My followers and readership – and BLOG FRIENDS – grew.

And, I haven’t looked back.

So, now about the Give-Away!  The blogger Give-Away rituals celebrate all sorts of milestones in blogger’s lives.  I’ve enjoyed participating in many – and have actually won five times this year!  Lovely gifts from lovely ladies!  So, of course, I want to put a nice little package together for my first year milestone Give-Away.  I had such a grand time finding little treasures to put together into a “potpourri” of a Give-Away package inspired by the many different areas of blogger interests with which I’ve connected!  Just look and see:

I am continually enriched by the goodness and beauty I find in our little Blogland world.  I follow a “potpourri” of bloggers in various areas.  The Christian devotional blogs brought me into fellowship with sweet believers all over the world.  I sip my morning tea on blog reading days with the likes of  Sharon Sharing God and Janette Sage and so many more . . .

The collage/mixed media artists stirring up the long dormant artist in me and opening wide the world of  ATC’s – thanks Jill at Bucks County Folk Art for telling me what an ATC is – and sending me one so I could see it up close and personal!  Oh, the altered books and journals and collage artists – Shawn at Poetry in a Pot of Tea – and anything artists – Creative Carmelina – and beautiful vintage images – Twyla & Lindsey at Two Crazy Crafters – and graphics – shout out to Abby at Little Birdie Blessings and so many, many, more –  that I am inspired by daily . . .

The tea ladies and our weekly teatimes – oh – how my love of all things teatime has found a greater purpose in collecting and making daily use of as I now host teas at my home for ladies as a way of sharing enrichment, beauty, and encouragement in the Lord – and then online – and then emptying my bank account in tea shops . . .

The wealth of an education and inspiration I’ve received from all the beautiful cottage, home, and garden blogs featuring interior decor, antique and vintage thrift shopping for home good bargains, re-purposing, and exterior landscaping and flowers everywhere to create a home sanctuary surrounded by beauty where retreat is a way of life . . .

The home schooling friends – foreshadowing a year ago the very direction my life is joyfully taking today as I enter year two of blogging . . .

And, the various writing blogs and lovers of literature I can look to for inspiration and encouragement in my own composition pursuits.  Many of these friends I meet here in Blogworld cross over into two or more of these interest categories – like Deb yakking away at Words on Wheels – with many other miscellaneous categories tossed in for fun.

Though this past school year has cut my previous average of five posts a week down to two, I have consistently linked in with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday . . .

And, besides Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Trish’s Simply Sweet, I link in weekly with all these Teatimes on Tuesday . . .

Sweetology

Martha’s Favorites

Miss Spencer’s Thursday Teatime

Artful Affirmations

Antiques & Teacups

A Return to Loveliness

Many changes this year as I’ve grown with such loving support from women I have never met – and yet we find a connection – often praying together and seeing the Lord use this communication forum in miraculous ways.

Linda has continued to work her Grandmalays Daydreams Blog, too – this past year expanding to an Etsy Shoppe where she sells many of the lovely vintage treasures she collects – reaching a Blogland audience.  Do visit her Etsy HERE!

I wish I could list you all more personally – but, for that, just scroll down my left side-bar and there you all are!  Bless each and every one of you!  I’m sharing this cup of tea today in celebration of a joyful first year of blogging – and as a thank you to all the beautiful and sweet spirits I’ve come to know and love – I sip with unbounded gratitude that you have made me feel so welcome in Blogworld.

You have all enriched my life in ways I barely can describe.
ENTER MY 1st BLOGOVERSARY GIVE-AWAY!

I’ll be celebrating all month!  To enter, all you have to do is comment on my posts all month!  I will be collecting ALL the comments (so the more you comment the more your name is in the hat) and draw a winner at the end of the month on March 31 – announcing the winner at Beverly’s Pink Saturday!  And – don’t be surprised if by month’s end I have added more treasures to our potpourri of prizes!  Perhaps – there will be multiple winners . . . too . . .

Thank you for a great first year of blogging!  Bless you all in Blogland – and, see you ’round the posts!

Celebrating My First Year of Blogging this week with:

  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. What a wonderful recounting of your blogging history! I loved it…getting to know your life journey a little more. Your gift choices are wonderful & I love the fair you went to. Wish I’d been able to go with you! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

  2. Congratulations on your first full year of blogging. I am so glad you did not give up. I would have missed getting to know you. You are a delight. Love all the wonderful things you have collected for the giveway. I am so excited. Wishing you a wonderful year two, with many blessings, Martha

  3. Kathy, you amaze me, truly! With your grand story-telling expertise, and imagination, I am surprised it took you so long to ‘hook up’ with other bloggers! But yes, one of the secrets is to visit and comment on others’ blogs.
    You have been a delight to get to know and I always look forward to your posts. What a fabulous Giveaway, m’lady! Indeed, put my name in the hat, please.
    Congratulations! on your Blogiversary and I wish you many more happy and inspirational years of blogging!
    Thank you for joining me for tea today and thank you for mentioning my humble little blog. If the truth was known, we’ve all been a wee bit nervous in the beginning. Looking forward to the coming year of your wonderful and delightful posts!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  4. Mazel Tov! What a blessing your blog has been in my life. We are truly kindred spirits, you and I. I love your new pic at the top, your subjects and photographs. Visiting here is a pleasure, and I’d love to be entered to win the goodies you’ve gathered.

    May you be blessed in the year ahead and may your followers increase. They, too, will be blessed to know you.

    Shalom and blessings,
    Gail

  5. Kathryn I have so enjoyed your beautiful blog. It has been such a pleasure to know you through your writing. And of course it is always a delight to join you for tea.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  6. Congratulations, Miss Kathy!!!! It is a great experience …blogging and meeting others. We connected again through the blogs too…imagine that!

  7. Congratulations on your BlogAversary!!! In the short time I have had the pleasure to visit your wonderful blog , you are certainly a most inspirational writer. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Thank you to Linda , who was your inspiration to setup a home in BlogLand!!

    and what a fabulous giveaway you are celebrating with!!! xo HHL

  8. Well…..I so enjoyed reading through your post….set to the elegant and romantic music you have playing in the background! And how happy am I to have been mentioned, with a link even! You really are so sweet and kind…and I’m happy to know you.

    I’m also thrilled that you have taken to the blogging world….the ‘private club’ that’s not so private afterall! heheee….

    I would love to be entered into your celebration of ONE YEAR of blogging…..It becomes so much a part of you and who you are and what you do….well, it certainly did that for me…..and I couldn’t imagine what I used to fill my time with in the past…..! It just feels so natural and so right! You know what I mean?!

    Enter me. Enter me please.

    Have a great night…..and here’s hoping that plumber is kind on your pocket book! heheee……
    enjoy your soothing soaks

    xoxoxox

    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

  9. Hello Kathryn
    Learning the art of blogging is quite a feat, isn’t it? Your story is heart warming and I’m glad you gave your blog a second chance – congratulations on your anniversary.
    Although I only meet with you once a week over tea, you always have so much to share and I always enjoy seeing you dressed in period costumes. Your presence does contribute to blog land, for sure!
    Your giveaway looks delightful, please enter me in your draw.
    Judith

  10. Hello Miss Kathy ~ First of all I have to say what a surprise it is to see a picture of you and Linda together. Sometimes the sea of blog seems so vast, but then I see something like this and realize it’s not as vast as it seems.

    I’d love to be entered into your giveaway. Thanks as well for mentioning me in your blog post, lots of new sites there to check out. ~ Abby

  11. Miss Kathy, my daughter and I always have such a wonderful time “visiting” with you through your blog!! You brighten our world!! Congratulations–I am mighty glad that you gave blogging another try and that we found you!! You are definitely a blogging celebrity to us!!!

  12. Sweet lady, many Happy Blog Anniversary blessings to you, my friend!
    I feel like I’ve known you much longer than one year.
    I praise God for Linda!
    I’m so very glad she nudged you back into blogging so I could meet you!
    You are a treasured blogging sister who never fails to delight, inspire, entertain and bring comfort to others.
    I love seeing your “Joy!” signature in my comment box :-)
    Wish I could give you a big hug and tell you in person how much you’ve blessed me!
    Thank you for your kind words and for all the wonderful posts you’ve linked up to Lily-Rose Cottage this past year.
    I pray the Lord’s rich blessings on you and your loved ones and look forward to continuing our blogging journey together.
    JOY! to you dear Kathy!
    Trish xox

  13. Hello! What a wonderful post. I enjoyed reading about your forray into Blogland and the women you have met. Thank you for mentioning my blog. My one year blogaversary was this past Thanksgiving and I share many of your feelings. I did not realize how much satisfaction I would get from writing my posts and reading other people’s blogs. I am delighted by your blog, Kathryn, because of the heartfelt sentiments, touching stories and inspirational Scripture you joyfully share with us. xo

  14. Congratulations on a wonderful blogging journey this year! It was clearly the right time, and God had a Holy Appointment set up between you and Linda that day. I’m devoted to keeping the appointments He’s making for me this year and not to squander them because of my stiff neck or blind eyes.

    I enjoy so many of the blogs you mentioned. In fact, some of them are among my very favorites. Since I tend to like your tastes, I will be making time to clickity click to some of the ones that I don’t know as soon as I find a pair of minutes.

    I have a “pink thing” home, as you know, so my time is blissfully limited.

    I can’t wait to see what the next year of blogging holds for us all!

    Signed,

    Debbie the Yakker

  15. What a great way to share your first year of blogging! It goes by so fast doesn’t it?

    Thanks for keeping in touch even though I’ve been MIA the past few months. Almost there…soooo close!

    Loving your picture at the top too!!

    It’s been a joy getting to know you too,

    Jill

  16. Congratulations on One Year..what a joy it has been to come here and read from a true writer and someone who loves the arts! Your tea cups and love of tea have been so inspiring to this mom with a household of boys! It makes me feel like a girl.

    Look at all you have done in one year of blogging…oh my, I haven’t come close in two years…you Go Girl!

    Keep enjoying…and I will continued to be uplifted and inspired.

    As for helping the home school moms…well you know that is sooooooooo dear to my heart…I so wish something like that would have been around when I was educating my first four, but they survived and are successful in the real world. God is faithful to all forms of education..it is He that holds our kids.

    Enjoy all your new adventures…thanks for sharing

  17. Hello Kathy,
    Congratulations on your Blogoversary. I love reading your posts. You’re a wonderful story teller and your photos are always beautiful.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  18. I am so glad you came into my life. You have been a pleasure and blessing to “get to know”. Congratulations on your one year milestone.

  19. This is one of the sweetest heartfelt posts I have ever read. Can I give you an “Amen” for expressing many of the same thoughts I have had since entering this wonderful way of connecting? Keep up the beauty filled posts and a hearty congratulations on your successful year of blogging, many happy more!

    Thank you for the sweet mention. I hope you are enjoying a sweet day!

  20. Dear Kathy,
    I am so proud of you, and so very happy that I was able to talk to you about blogging early on, and be your follower still, and I know your readers are too! You have brought so much pleasure to so many by writing and sharing such wonderful stories, history lessons, great literature, and sometimes thoughtful spiritual thoughts to inspire and guide us.
    I love how you share the beauty of everyday things and special events, family and home, community and faith, enriching our lives and encouraging all of us.
    I am glad blogging brings you so much joy and friendship!
    Keep on going, we love you! May you continue to be blessed, as you are such a blessing in blogland!
    Happy Blogoversary!

  21. Well Ms Kathy,hugs and congrat to you! I love your blog, so creative and often just a whole lot of fun! I would have thought you had been blogging for years! You blog is one of my favorites to read. I was a bit afraid to
    start mine too! My sweet daughter, the writer, finally helped me and gave me the push I needed. It’s been so fun for me to meet delightful people, like YOU, via my blog. Blogging has become such a part of my life. I just couldn’t keep a paper journal. Now I can plus so much more!
    Keep blogging my friend,
    Lady Linda

  22. I enjoyed this post so much. We all have a ‘how I came to this blog world’ story and how wonderful to hear yours! We are just as glad that we found you!! Your writing and you heart have been an inspiration to me as I navigate this interesting new world of friends. Congratulations on your anniversary and I look forward to many more…

    Blessings, Debbie

  23. Kathy, please forgive my belated appearance at your party!! Happy Blogoversary, dear friend! It has been such a wonderful pleasure to get to know you this year. You have brought such beauty and insight to Blog Land. We are all blessed by your presence.

    Keep up the awesome work.

    GOD BLESS!

    (And thank you so much for the “honorable mention” – it really meant a lot.)

  24. Hello Kathy,
    My goodness! A year! Congratulations! So lovely to spend teatime with you! I have thoroughly enjoyed my visits! I look forward to along and wonderful acquaintance!
    Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

  25. Happy Blogoversary!!!
    Kathy your Blog is one of those Gems!! You have a beautiful
    place here,(and you LOVE the Lord too)!!
    I’m glad you learned to blog and are keeping up with it!!
    Looking forward to many more!!! ;-D
    Blessings and Hugs, Linnie

  26. I would love to be entered into your drawing. Your blog is wonderful. So peaceful and inviting.

  27. Congratulations on the first anniversary of your blog! Looks like we look at alot of the same blogs. Keep up the great work.

  28. I’m re-reading this post again, and am thankful for God’s gift of you. I need to visit some of the places you mentioned here in this post, many I’m already aware of. Thanks for offering this giveaway. Hugs to you my friend. ~ Abby

  29. Hi Kathy, only up to now I have known you as Kathryn. I’m just beginning to know you through our Circle Journal Group. Reading your journey to blogging was very inspiring. I am hoping to know you much better from here on. You have a lovely blog and you are a wonderful writer.

    Thank you for the offer of a wonderful giveaway. Congratulations on one year of blogging. I am entering my 5th year of blogging in May of this year. Beverly encouraged me to blog and I have been amazed at how many dear friends I have made. I am having a giveaway in May to celebrate the very rewarding and inspiring thing called blogging. Smile.

    I hope I am lucky.
    Blessings, Jeanne

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