This time seven years ago I'd had a blog for a whole week. 1685 blog posts later... and here I am, still blogging!
In my first post I wrote "I'm hoping this [writing a blog] will encourage me to make more stuff..."
Given that I now design and make and write about crafty stuff for a living, I'd say that's a mission well accomplished :)
Here are just a few of the things I made that first year:
Blogging helped kickstart my creativity, especially when I began my Crafting 365 Project
to do something crafty and take a photo of it each day for a year. Making stuff every day (and getting excited about making
things and sharing them on my blog) definitely helped me become a Featured Seller on Etsy that year, which was a huge thing for my baby business.
lots of photos for my blog has really improved my photography skills,
and the challenge of taking interesting photos of my work so I could blog about has resulted
in some great pics and, in turn, some exciting features.
Blogging also got me started writing craft tutorials, and reviewing craft books... which has led to my blog getting mentioned on / linked to from all sorts of amazing blogs and websites. It's also led to me writing craft books of my own which is something I still sometimes have to pinch myself about to believe it actually happened.
Plus being part of this crafty blogging community for seven years has been pretty darn awesome!
Thanks so much for all your support, folks xxx