Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, Bloggy Woggy!


It's my blogging anniversary! Today, I have been blogging one whole year. I remember when I was tossing around the idea of blogging. I did so for several  months, unsure of whether I could do it or not. Computers and I sometimes get along about as well as oil and water do, and I was afraid of trying something new(did I just rhyme there...?)

And who would comment? Who would care what I had to say? But looking back, I'm so happy I took the plunge- maybe a good lesson to remember when faced w/trying things out of my comfort zone? Anyhoo, in the past year, I've made so many new friends. I enjoy reading your blogs, and discussing books and writing and life(and developing a certain Mafi/Riggs obsession...you know who you are...lol)

It's fun to cheer successes, and to commiserate over the lows the writing life can sometimes bring. I hope I blog for many more years to come, b/c you guys are all the best. *giant group hug & cupcakes for everyone!*

And....of course I'm doing a giveaway! =)   



I didn't even have to think very hard on this one. If you've read my About Me on the side, you know I'm partial to a few things in life. Like vanilla in my pop and ampersands! Also old houses, but those don't translate well into giveaways. I know, bummer.

So to celebrate one year of awesomeness I'm giving away a bottle of vanilla flavoring and an ampersand. Just comment to be entered to win(and maybe follow me on Twitter if you don't already...you'll find the link on the sidebar to the right). I'll announce the winner 4/19 on Twitter. Also, you've probably noticed the ampersand is just plain wood. That's b/c I have a selection of colors for the winner to pick from.

Sky Blue, Regency Blue, Dark Hydrangea, & Cayman Blue

 Yellow Light, Nutmeg Brown, Pure Black, & Rainy Day Grey

Lisa Pink, Tangerine, Burgundy, & Holly Berry Red

So thank you everyone for all the comments and love this past year, and for making my small slice of the internet feel like a special place. *more hugs and cupcakes- you can never have enough cupcakes!*
UPDATE: Suzanne Furness was the winner, announced via Twitter.

56 comments:

  1. Congrats on your anniversary! Such a fun idea for a giveaway, too :) (Though too bad about the old house bit--haha!) Yay for cupcakes!

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    1. Thanks! Cupcakes are always cause for a happy day. ;)

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! I, for one, am glad you started blogging. Otherwise, I may have never met you. Congrats for surviving a full year!

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  3. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Time goes by fast, doesn't it?

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  4. Congrats on the anniversary! I'm glad you took the plunge. And in this time when "they" say blogging is on the downswing, you've made a go of it! Those are great giveaways, and when I saw the first row of colors, I thought all you had was BLUE. Which would be, in my book, PERFECT. :)

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    1. Yup, partial to blue here! My living room is done in different shades of it. So relaxing!

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  5. Congratulations!!! I am so glad you took the plunge and enjoying it. I never thought I'd blog but it's something I enjoy tremendously. What a fun giveaway! Please don't add my name into the hat since I've already won your previous one ... and they are already keeping me up past my bedtime :)

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    1. Oh, good! Well, not about less sleep... just glad you got them okay! =)

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  6. Happy blog anniversary! :) Wooo! And what a gorgeous blog it is too. I think you do a great job having fun with your readers.

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    1. That's it in a nutshell, isn't it? Having fun. And I do! =D

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  7. Happy blog birthday!! You've certainly accomplished a lot in just one year!

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  8. Yum. I feel old. I've been blogging since 2006. That's been...a LOT of years.

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    1. Wow, that's awesome, Stephanie! I hope I'm still going strong eight years from now too.

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  9. Aww a very happy blogiversary to you! This is a great community and I am thankful to have met such great folks out here in blogland.

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    1. Thanks, everyone really is the best! I look forward to when I get to go around 'visiting'.

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  10. Congratulations! A year is a wonderful accomplishment!

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  11. Hey Leandra,

    Look at you! :) You've been blogging for a whole year? You really should get some sleep! Seriously, well done and here's to your next year of positive interaction within this diverse blogging community.

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    1. Ha, thanks, klahanie! And here's to both of our our next years. =)

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  12. No need to enter me, just here to congratulate you! I had no idea what to expect when I began either. But it's been a total blessing.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! Having the King of Blogging visit on my anniversary just feels right. Lol! =D

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  13. You're an awesome blogger! Happy Anniversary! (no need to enter me). After the books I received today, I'd feel way too greedy getting anything else.

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    1. Glad they arrived a-okay. And thx, your affirmations are always appreciated!

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  14. Congrats on your blog anniversary! I've enjoyyed your blog so much! (and thanks for the cupcake!) :)

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! Enjoy that cupcake. ;)

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  15. Happy blog birthday!! How exciting - and such a fun giveaway too! I LOVE ampersands! I've been trying to find a way to work them into chapter titles for my WIP. ;-)

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    1. Cool idea, sioux! I collect ampersands, and mainly have them in my office, though a few have found their way into other rooms. Such fun symbols! And where would we writers be w/out 'and'?!

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  16. Sooooooooooooooo excited for you! Congrats!

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  17. What a fun giveaway. Congratulations on your successful blog, Leandra, & Happy Blog Birthday!

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  18. Happy Blogoversary!! And what a fun give away! :) I'm glad you decided to make the leap into blogging. :)

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  19. Happy blog birthday! Love your giveaways :)

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  20. Happy Birthday to your blog, Leandra! I remember those same feelings when I first started blogging, too!

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  21. Congrats on your first blog-versary! Woohoo! I hope to be reading your blog for many years to come. :)

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  22. Yay! Happy 1st birthday to your blog! :)

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  23. aaw I love it! Happy Blog Birthday, Leandra!! you're super fun to follow and so sweet, always giving my blog some love. :) I'm so glad we're QT/blog friends. I too share an ampersand obsession. I saw one in Target, didn't have the money and never got over it!

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    1. Right back 'atcha, Beth Ellyn! And I have to come visit your blog to see what cool gifs you're dishing out. =) And aren't those the worst shopping experiences ever?! Here's to hoping you're strolling through a second-hand shop one day and see that ampersand. A girl can always dream, right? ;)

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  24. Congrats. That is a milestone. It's not easy to keep up with the blogging world and everything on top of that.

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    1. Thanks, Johnell! One thing I definitely didn't count on was the time suck w/blogging. It takes longer than I thought it would to plan a post and get if off the ground. =)

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  25. Happy blog birthday, Leandra! I'm glad you took the plunge. I love your beautiful blog! Congrats!

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    1. Thanks, Jenni! Hopefully w/out sounding egotistical, I am really proud of it. =)

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  26. So happy to win you your giveaway, happy blogging for many years to come.

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  27. Happy Belated Blog Birthday, Leandra! It is so nice to have "met" you through your blog--you always have such thoughtful content and ideas!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Becky! And you too as well!

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