Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy (bloggy) birthday!

Three years today since I posted this. Three whole years... What a journey it's been.

I started this blog in 2010 after we found out Mitch had been offered a job in the Netherlands and we had 8 weeks to pack up our lives and move abroad again. It began as a way to keep our family & friends updated on our whereabouts, then became a bit of a personal travel journal and since making the transition from a couple to a family of three, I've now ventured into the world of Mummy blogging :-)

I blog because I love to write. Writing is my me time, it's something I enjoy. I have so many thoughts whirling around in my head, I love being able to sit down and attempt to get them out - even if it doesn't always make sense... I've also come to love the community I've found in blogging. One thing I've discovered is that blogging is not about followers, it's about readers - an engaged audience is more important then numbers. I really do love reading your comments and appreciate the time it takes to read & respond. As a Mum, I know how busy the days can be! It always makes my day when a fellow blogger takes the time to respond to my comments on their blog and it's something I also feel passionate about on this space, although it's sometimes made difficult with the no-reply profiles :-(

I love the idea that one day my son can sit down and read what I've written. That's one of the positive aspects about blogging - it's also a diary to my son. A way for him to (hopefully) get an insight into what his parents lives were like before he was born and while he was growing up. On that note: I'll try my best not to embarrass him, although I want to be as real and honest as I can be in this space. I don't want him to just see the picture perfect family moments, but also to learn about our struggles.

In honour of my third blogging anniversary, I thought I'd open up a little space on my sidebar for sponsors, including an ad swap. la petite lulu is a small dot in the wide world of blogging, but I thought I'd take the plunge. You can get more information here. I'm keeping it small because I'd like to really get to know everyone that chooses to work with la petite lulu.

Why start this now? Well, sponsoring other blogs has been a huge help to me over the past months. Not just in driving traffic to my blog, but also to finding more engaged readers and getting more exposure for my Etsy shop. I want this place to remain me and continue writing from the heart; writing because I want to, not because I have to. But I've had some really positive experiences partnering up with some lovely ladies and I'd love to return the favour to anyone who is interested :-)

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Happy bloggy birthday!!!


17 comments:

  1. happy birthday to your blog! it has been such a fun experience for me too topening a blog and having somewhere to see and read everything about the past :)

    xo Britta

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  2. happy blog birthday! i bet it is so much fun to go back and look at those first posts.

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  3. Happy bloggy birthday to you!! Love your space here! xo

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  4. Yay! Happy boggy birthday friend!!

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  5. Hi! Just stopping by from the FTF blog hop! New follower on your lovely blog, would love to have you stop by my blog sometime and follow back if you like. Happy Blogiversary! My one year blog birthday is next week. :)

    xoxo,
    Melissa @ thisgirlslifeblog.com

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  6. wow! what an exciting journey! happy day!

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  7. YAY how exciting! Happy Birthday Blog :) Looking forward to many more years reading you!

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  8. Hi Luana, congrats on your three years of blogging. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  9. Happy birthday to your blog. Just like you I love this community has forms through blogging.

    You wrote exactly how I feel about my blog.

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  10. Happy Bloggy Birthday! Thanks for creating such a lovely corner of the web for me to read!

    Cheers,
    Kristina

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  11. Happy Birthday to your blog! Here's to many more!
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh! Oh! MEE!! Pick mee!! ;) I want to swap!

    Happy, happy 3rd birthday!!!!

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  13. Happy Blog Birthday! I sure hope that I can stick with blogging as long as you have. I am loving it so far...I am close to my one year mark:) I am your newest follower, if you get a chance. I would love to get some tip on blogging:) Have a great bloggy bday!

    ~Chelsee
    I am over from the Almost Friday blog hop today! I am your newest follower, if you get a chance please stop by and check out my blog. Have a great day!

    ~Chelsee
    http://southernbeautyguide.blogspot.com/

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  14. 3 years! That's awesome! Here's to 3 more!

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  15. Congrats on three years! You hit the nail on the head with your follower comment. I find myself bummed by the lack of followers I have sometimes, but then I get a nice comment that makes my day. Your writing is wonderful, keep it up!

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  16. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-18-and-country.html







    I hope you can make it!

    Cheers,

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

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