I haven't been one to keep very good track of "blogiversaries", and that's why my official third year anniversary of starting my blog came and went without any fanfare around February 1st. Originally, my blog was called Mitzi's Collectibles, which is my business name, and my first blog post was a little introduction and a mishmash of stuff. I included a very busy collage of images I'd made with Picasa (below). You can read the post here if you are interested.
Wow, what a mess!
I spent a little time tonight looking back through my old posts, which I hardly ever do. Even though previous posts can be changed at any time, I never go back and improve them, although Lord knows some could use enhancements! I've written over 300 published posts, increasing in frequency during the last year. Not only that, I have over 200 posts in draft form, so rest assured, there's no shortage of ideas or inspiration on my part. I'll keep writing this blog for a long time to come.
I love doing the "legwork" for this blog!
When I started my blog I hoped to contribute something unique to "blogland", rather than copy something that was already out there. It took me a while, but I hit on a formula that works for me. I try to mix "easy to digest" educational posts about antiques in with my craft projects, personal stuff, and a dash of humor. I hope readers feel they are benefiting from the time they spend here, because our lives are busy and our time is precious! I think the little bits of information add up, and will come in handy when you shop at flea markets, antique malls, and other places where vintage goods are offered.
Every blogger creates their own little world. We just hope someone out there likes it!
I've definitely improved my photography skills since my initial blog posts, and it wasn't by accident. I've taken an online photography class that helped, and purchased a better camera along the way. Still, there's room for much improvement, but I'm up for the challenge.
Something else that helped my blog vision solidify was taking the e-course "Blogging Your Way". I highly recommend this course, taught by world-renowned bloggers Holly Becker of decor8 and Leslie Shewring of A Creative Mint, to anyone interested in starting a blog or improving their existing blog.
So now it's time for a new challenge, because I'm not one to rest on my laurels. I will be making a big announcement soon. Until then, I'm going to keep you in suspense! I have been planning and scheming for a couple months, and will be unveiling something new and exciting right here, so stay tuned!
Everyone is welcome at Mitzi's!
Most important of all, though, none of this would be possible without interested readers. I want to thank all of you for your loyalty, support, and friendship. Whether you are a comment leaver or not, I appreciate your visit here very much. I'm writing this for you, after all! As you can see, I don't take advertising on my blog, so basically I'm writing for the sheer love of it, and perhaps a plug here and there for my Etsy shop. I'll keep writing as long as you keep reading!