It’s been one whole year that I’ve been blogging! And I’m just shocked at what a huge world it opened up for me. I know I’ve blogged about this a billion times before but I can’t help it!
I first found blogging through some girls on a playgroup/messageboard I joined when Lydia was born. I got so sucked in to their lives, I was living vicariously through them! (and still do!)
When I started my blog, I don’t really know what I hoped. I just loved the idea of writing and possibly having someone else read it! Little did I know I’d actually meet (to turn a boomama phrase) tens of people that I call friends!
I really do consider you friends. If you’ve never made an online friend, I know it sounds freaky. But if you have, then you understand. I miss you guys when I’m not caught up on your blogs. I feel like a bad friend when I haven’t commented in awhile! It’s because you’ve brought something rich to my life. You are a constant source of encouragement and joy!
So, to honor you, my bloggy friends, I’m borrowing a page from Megan‘s blogiversary and giving you some gifts. I’ve got 3 of my favorite things to give away: something purple, something etsy and something readable!
The Purple. This gift is for the person that has commented the most on my blog in the last year. As soon as I decided to do this, I knew it would be between two people. My bbb’s, Val and Annie have commented their fingers to the bone over here! So, I counted them up and lo and behold, they were only 3 comments apart. Annie, you left me 215 comments! But, Val, you left 218 comments!
Yay, Val! Thanks for making my first year so fun! Are you ready for your prize? I know it’s kinda strange, but after I saw it, I just had to buy it. Val, my dear friend, you are about to be the owner of SIX personalized purple Sharpies!
Can you see how cool they are? I made them say “Purple Valley & Oh Amanda BBBF” (best bloggy buds forever), but you can get them to say whatever you want!
(Oh, and Annie, as second prize, you win 213 comments from me! I better get hoppin! Love you!)
The etsy. Here’s what I did—I decided to find my most popular post. This is the first time I’ve ever looked at my stats by post and it was very interesting! Of course, the giveaways and carnivals were the biggest. So, I picked the most popular post that wasn’t linked to anyone. It was my Right to Life post! That surprised me but it also made me happy. I like that one.
(If you have no idea why I’d give this away, you just haven’t been around long enough!)
The readable. Yup, it’s a book. You were hoping for a magnet, maybe? This one was a bit harder. I love to read. I have so many books that mean so much to me. But I ended up going with the purpliest and the bloggiest book. It’s called Sahm I Am by Meredith Efken. It’s the story four women (all stay-at-home-moms) who live all over the country but are best friends via the internet. Well, how much more perfect can it get? Plus, the cover is purple. So, yeah. I had to give it away.
(Now, this isn’t a brand new book. I’ve read this one. So, if there are chocolate smudged finger prints or some bent pages, you’ll know they are from me! Your very own piece of oh amanda memorabilia! Ooooh. Aaaaah.)
So, who gets this book? Well, it could be you! I’m having a photo tag! I’m tagging you to show us a picture of you and your blog. I’m pretty sure you saw my blog and me above. Yes, the one of me kissing my computer. Pull out your camera and let’s see the 2 of you together!
First take your pic, then post it on your blog, sign the Mr. Linky with the URL from THAT POST and if you want, link back here. Then wait for me to announce the winner. (While you’re waiting, please go visit the other blogs playing along! You might meet your new BBBF!) We’ll do this until…Friday…is that ok? I’ll announce a winner then!
Thank you again for giving me such a fun year. I love my blog because of all of you! Thank you being my friend. I’m honored.