Happy Blogiversary! It’s Been a Year!

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“My first post went live on July 1, 2012, two days after I fuddled endlessly with a theme and getting things all set up on WordPress. I remember that day vividly, because I was filled with excitement, yet so terrified at the same time. Unlike blogging to generate awareness of a product or brand, I was jumping into blogging mainly because I needed and craved an outlet.”

That’s a quote from yours truly, four months after I started my blog. A year later, here we are. And what a year it has been! I’ve started and managed a number of blogs over the years. But they were all focused on various business-related topics. This little labor of love has been…personal. I questioned whether or not I would make it this far. Would I have the time? Would I lose interest? Was there room for yet another mom blogger? I’m glad to report that the answer to each question is YES! I have thrown myself into this MommiFried world and been loving every minute of it.

I’ve shared stories about my family, kids, what I’m cooking and even a dark secret, my struggle with OCD. There have been moments of frustration; even a two-week long hiatus when I swear I had my first-ever epic blog meltdown (long story for another day). I’ve lost confidence at times. I’ve cried. I’ve laughed – in a completely losing my marbles sort of way. I’ve experienced so many emotions along this blogging journey – both good and bad.

I’ve persevered because blogging has become an important part of my life. I feel a major sense of accomplishment and proud of the risks I’ve taken, not only with my writing, but with my career in general. I’ve also met the most amazing people! Fellow bloggers who I now call friends. Loyal readers from around the word (including college guys – you go boys!). Even PR and marketing reps who have nudged me into doing some reviews and giveaways.

It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed since I wrote my first post – and yet it seems like it was just yesterday. (Or maybe the day before.) My humble, heartfelt and most sincere thanks to anyone who has ever read anything I’ve ever had to say!

To celebrate MommiFried’s one-year anniversary, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card as a token of my appreciation. Just leave a comment below for your chance to win (winner will be chosen at random using an automated system – contest ends July 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET). I’m also leaving you with a great quote from one of my favorite poets and writers – Edgar Allan Poe:

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” ~ E.A.P.

(Never stop dreaming, my friends!)

And Happy Blogiversary to MommiFried (ummm, me)!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER – NICOLE OF WORK IN SWEATS MAMA! 🙂

 

Posted on by Crystal in Life As We Know It

45 Responses to Happy Blogiversary! It’s Been a Year!

  1. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom

    Happy Blogiversary! Isn’t it amazing how quickly a year passes – and how much can happen – on this blogging journey?
    Love that quote – I don’t think I have seen that one before. 🙂
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    • Crystal

      It’s crazy, Kim! But I’m loving every single minute of it! 🙂

  2. Bev

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone!! It sounds like you have accomplished so much in the last year–you should be proud of yourself 🙂
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    • Crystal

      Thank you so much, Bev! And thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me! 🙂

  3. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama

    Congrats on your 1st blogiversary! Sounds like we started our blogs for many of the same reasons. One thing I really love about blogging is connecting with so many amazing women from all walks of life. We can commiserate about our similarities to learn from our differences!
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    • Crystal

      Connecting with other women has been one of the joys of starting and managing this blog. I have met women from all over the world, with so many stories and experiences to share. 🙂

  4. Ashley

    Happy 1 year Blog Anniversary! 🙂 You should be proud of yourself and your blog ! By the way I love your blogs name, awesome choice!
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Ashley!

  5. thedoseofreality

    Happy Blogiversary! You are definitely a welcome voice in the blogosphere! :)-Ashley
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  6. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    Happy blogiversary!!! So glad you have found a sense of accomplishment through blogging. I can definitely relate to that. I love the personal connections, too!
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    • Crystal

      The personal connections are a major bonus! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate, Lisa!

  7. Tamara Camera

    Ah, Happy One Year! Blogiversaries are so special. I’m in shock that it’s only your first because you seem to know so much and be so successful. Great job. Just imagine what you will have accomplished by next year!
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    • Crystal

      It’s my first year with MommiFried, but I’ve been blogging in various capacities since 2004. Never have I had such a personal project as this one! What an eye opener. Thanks for stopping by today, Tamara!

  8. Carmella

    So happy that I found your blog this morning via the link up on SITs Facebook link up! Congrats on one year, I can’t wait to follow along now!
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    • Crystal

      It’s great to connect with you, Carmella! Thanks for stopping by.

  9. another jennifer

    Happy Blogiversary! Here’s to another awesome year!
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    • Crystal

      Thanks, Jennifer!

  10. Nikki

    Happy blogiversary to you! My little blog is 5 and it’s my real baby, so I understand how proud you are! Here’s to many more blogiversaries! Yay!
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    • Crystal

      OMGosh! I aspire to reach 5 years. Kudos to you, Nikki! 🙂

  11. Connie Weiss

    Happy Blogiversay!

    May the next year be even more successful than the last.
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Connie!

  12. Alexa (Kat Biggie)

    What a GREAT quote! I love it! I’m going to have to use that one! Happy Blogiversary! I know this year is gonna rock!
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    • Crystal

      I adore that quote! But I am a Poe fanatic, so… 😉

  13. Christy, Home-Mom

    how exciting!! I remember my first year blogging and there’s something really awesome about that first milestone 🙂 Now 5yrs later whats a girl to do? Start a new blog LOL. Congrats on all the amazing accomplishments you’ve made thus far, amazing stuff.

    New blogger at http://www.hautedot.blogspot.com
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    • Crystal

      Another 5-yearer! That is amazing! Congrats on your longevity and achievements.

  14. Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes

    Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your blog!!!!
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Stephanie! I love yours, too!

  15. Melissa@Home on Deranged

    Congratulations sweet lady! You are so wonderful to all of us, and we love you for it. I’m glad you decided to stick with it! It’s just going to get better from here 🙂
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Melissa! I’m glad to be part of such a welcoming community!

  16. Jess

    Happy Blogiversary!! 🙂
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Jess! I really enjoy visiting your blog.

  17. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)

    Congrats! Does it not feel good?

    • Crystal

      It feels GREAT!!!!!!!

  18. Candi

    Happy Blogiversary. It’s great to connect.
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    • Crystal

      Thank you, Candi! It’s great to connect with you as well.

  19. Rabia @ TheLiebers

    Happy Blogiversary! December will be six years for me!!
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    • Crystal

      So far, you get the prize! Six years! Holy cow! 🙂

  20. This Momma's Ramblings

    Happy Anniversary!! Here’s to another awesome year for you!
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    • Crystal

      Thank you so much!

  21. OneMommy

    Congratulations on your milestone!
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts — looking forward to more!
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  22. Kristen Daukas

    Happy Anniversary!!! And I for one am so glad that I found you! I love working with you on the LOBS party!
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  23. Stacey

    Happy Blogiversary! I just found your blog but I’m looking forward to reading more 😉
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  24. Jodi @thenoiseofboys.com

    Crystal Congrats! I look forward to following Mommifried for many more years and linking up on #LOBS
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  25. Christal

    Congrats on your 1 year Crystal!!!
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