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1 Year Anniversary

It is hard for me to believe it has been 1 year since my first post.  I remember all the nervousness that went into a blog post in the beginning.   The scrapbooker in me decided to get my blog printed as a book (a very long book it turned out).   I used Blog 2 Print and it wasn’t too hard.  It take a while for it all to process, but that might be because it was 275 pages long.  I hadn’t realized I had written over 180 blog posts.

Well, after 1 year, I highly recommend blogging to everyone.  Here’s why:

1.  The people I have met through my blog are amazing, supportive, and full of encouragement.   One unexpected benefit is the diversity of artists I have gotten to know and the inspiration they have shared!

2.  Blogging has pushed me to explore my style and then articulate it in posts.  It is one thing to think it but another to write it.  I wasn’t very good at it in the beginning because I had just started.  The best way to get better at something is to practice it.  Blogging often has helped me improve.

3.  It keeps me creating.  There are busy days that make it hard to get time in my studio, but the blog keeps me gently  accountable. I never expected the blog to do this for me but I am grateful for the nudges.

Well, I’m off to visit great blogs at Creative Every Day- stop on by if you have a moment!

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  • Paula - Buenos Aires April 17, 2012, 1:30 pm

    Happy Blogaversary! 😀 Looking forward to another year of art and friendship. 🙂

  • AJ April 17, 2012, 4:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary Carolyn, I love your blog book, what a great idea. I agree with all your reasons for blogging, making art and blogging about it has changed my life for the better and you have been one of my biggest inspirations and greatest supports. Thank you. Here’s to another year of fabulous creativity.
    Big love, your friend

  • Ginny April 17, 2012, 8:24 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Carolyn. I am so glad I stopped by to help you celebrate. What a wonderful idea to have a book consisting of all your blog posts. I am going to look into doing that. I am so glad that I have gotten to know you through bloggings. Your posts always inspire me to color outside of the lines and try something new. Thank you.

  • Maria April 17, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Happy ONE Year Anniversary!!!!
    I have wanted to do the Blog2Print for so long–now I’m going to!!! What wonderful memories we will have someday 🙂

  • mary April 17, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I’m so glad you started!

  • Cynthia April 17, 2012, 10:52 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Thank you so much for letting us join your journey. And that book is too awesome. Really. I didn’t know you could get a blog into a book form. So cool.

  • Susan Tidwell April 17, 2012, 10:53 pm

    Congratulations on one year! So glad you started a blog and that I stumbled upon it.

  • Mary in IL April 17, 2012, 11:20 pm

    I too have just been a blog reader of yours since Julie Fei-Fan Balzer sent me your way. Keep blogging and I will be here to read and enjoy it. Thanks!

  • Rita McGregor April 18, 2012, 12:35 am

    Congrats on your one year blogaversary!
    Wow! That is quite a blog book, too! Cool!
    Keep creating and enjoy the next year. 🙂

  • Bleubeard andElizabeth April 18, 2012, 12:46 am

    Happy anniversary. Seems like you have accomplished more in one year than many of us have in several. Keep it up!!

  • Valerie-Jael April 18, 2012, 2:13 am

    Congrats oy our birthday, and here’s to many more blogging birthdays to come! Love the book, I thought about it too, but it is too expensive – that’s life! Valerie

  • Lynn April 18, 2012, 3:16 am

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. Here’s to many years of creativity and blogging!

  • muriel April 18, 2012, 3:26 am

    Hello! Happy anniversary! Obviously you were right to start your blog. I’d never heard of being able to have a book of one’s blog made. It is such a great idea! I have just been catching up at reading your posts and I like the Dick Blick polymer you use on pastel and your use of crayons on chipboard alphabet. Wishing you many more years of blogging.

  • Mitzi Zohar April 18, 2012, 7:10 am

    What a treasure! Happy birthday to your lovely blog.

  • Mitzi Zohar April 18, 2012, 8:50 am

    Thanks for dropping by and for your sweet comments. You always brighten my day.

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer April 18, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Congrats! What a great idea!! Memories to treasure, for sure.

  • Lori - What Remains Now April 18, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Congratulations, Carolyn! Your book is really cool.

  • cat @ sea.sky.stone. April 18, 2012, 2:02 pm

    * * * flinging confetti* * * WOO HOO! Happy Anniversary! * * * flinging confetti* * *

  • Corrine April 18, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Congrats on a year. Your creative exuberance is wonderful. Love the new profile pic by the way, meant to mention. Blog 2 print is good. I did a pdf of mine, now I do need to update it since I switched over……Happy day creating. xox

  • Lenna Young Andrews April 18, 2012, 3:37 pm

    congratulations, Carolyn! I love your reasons as to why you have done this for a year and plan to continue : ) I am new to your blog but try to get here often as I enjoy what you share. thanks!

  • Melisa April 19, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Happy Anniversary! That blog to print thing sounds like a great keepsake.

  • Nordljus April 20, 2012, 3:10 am

    Happy anniversary! What a great idea to turn your blog into a book! You’re doing a great job with your blog here, keep blogging and creating 🙂

  • Marjie Kemper April 21, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Congrats on your Blogaversary! Love your posts and wish you many more…

  • Currie Silver April 22, 2012, 7:29 am

    This is an awesome realisation, Carolyn!! THANK YOU!! I think I might check into DOing 366 Daze of Grace as a blog to print. I intend it to BE a perpetual calendar, so thanks for the grand idea!!

    And many good wishes for your continuing blogging adventures. I am so glad to have met you here!!

  • Kristin Van Valkenburgh April 23, 2012, 1:52 pm

    Oooh, that is SO cool! I have always wondered what they look like – and really want to do a book myself. I am almost 3 years now – hmmm. It could be like right now (gotta check that out!) and I would love a book for each year.
    Happy Anniversary!!! xoxo