It’s been one year…

by | May 12, 2008 | Happy Anniversary, Personal Reflections, Why Blog? | 15 comments

Exactly one year ago today I started blogging. So, I guess in the blogosphere, today would be referred to as my “Blogoversary!”

A year ago, I knew absolutely nothing at all about “html code” and very little about “blogs” in general! I had been enjoying reading a friends blog, so I decided I would give it a try. I was very shy at first, and didn’t tell a single soul about my new blog… In fact, I only posted twice last May, and both posts were quizzes! June was even worse with only one quiz. In July, with the arrival of the Moto Proprio, I branched out a little and posted one quiz and two videos! However, August arrived, and since hubby was off on fires, I rearranged my school room (imagine that!), posted about it, and finally told someone about my blog since she wanted to see pictures… She even left me a few comments! I was hooked!

Yes, a year ago, I didn’t know how much I would grow to love blogging!

  • I didn’t know how easy it would be to share ideas, post pictures, videos (other than my own!), and prayer requests!
  • I didn’t know that it would enable me to get to know some of my real life friends even better, and stay in closer contact with my twin sisters and a few of my cousins.
  • I didn’t know that I would get to stay in closer contact with one of my best real life friends through her own blog.
  • I didn’t know I would find so many new friends and acquaintances for whom I truly care about, and to whom I feel deeply connected, just not geographically! Real friends that I would love to meet any day if I could. (Or that I would even get to meet two of those new friends!)
  • I didn’t know I would find, through reading blogs, so much inspiration, motivation, and thought-provoking topics, challenging me to become a better Catholic, Wife and Mother… As well as an endless amount of craft ideas for my children–and myself!!
  • I didn’t know I would be blessed with giveaways like this.
  • I didn’t know how generous people, including total strangers, could be. Thank you all once again, you are AMAZING!!!!
  • I didn’t know how much of an addiction it would become, causing me to prioritize and re-prioritize my time. However, in all my re-prioritizing, I never omit blogging completely.
  • I didn’t know how strange it sounds to non-bloggers: this thing called blogging, and how difficult it is to explain.
  • I didn’t know how much I would come to hate the word “blog.” (Especially when my little brother Scott says the word!!) It is so ugly-sounding for some reason!
  • I didn’t know I would spend so much time thinking about this blog wondering what to write next and how to word or arrange it, and enjoying almost every minute of it.
  • I didn’t know how much enjoyment I would receive from other people’s comments. Family, friends, and yes, even strangers!

So, thank you to everyone that has made this blogging thing so fun, rewarding, inspiring, encouraging, and thought-provoking. Thank you to those of you who comment, to those of you that send me private emails, and to those of you who just lurk. Thank you to all of you who have given me advice, support, and friendship over the past year, you have been such a blessing!

I’m so happy to have made your acquaintance!


  1. Anonymous

    What a great format for a “blogaversary” post! This is really an awesome site, Jessica. I’m so glad I found it…and the person behind it, too!



  2. Anonymous

    Happy blogaversary! We all benefit so much from your blog! I feel very blessed that I found your blog and so thankful for you, you have helped me in many ways! You are an inspiration to me and I hope I get to meet you some day!
    Thank you for sharing so much with us all 😉

  3. Margaret

    I’m happy you blog too!

  4. Jamie Jo

    Happy Blogiversary!!!!! Wow, I don’t think I even know the date I started!! I will have to just link you when it’s my blogiversary!! This was a great post!! It says it all!! I am honored to be one of the links!
    Thank you and congrats!!!

    I laughed at the part about trying to explain blogging to people who just don’t get it….happens all the time! I catch myself being kind of embarrassed, which is silly!

  5. Christine

    Happy Blogaversary (I love new words!)

    I agree with you. I never would have imagined that I would meet so many wonderful gals out there. You are one of them. I am so addicted. I go to your site just to see what you are up too and all those fun pictures. You have given me so many ideas.

    Keep up the great blogging!

    I still have so much to learn. I need Jamie to show me how to do a you-tube song.

  6. stephanie

    Happy Day from a stranger who discovered your blog recently and feels much the same about blogging.

  7. Amy

    Happy Blogaversary!!!!

  8. Sue B.

    Congratulations! It also took me months after starting a blog to blog on a regular basis, and then even longer to tell anyone about it. I love visiting here. I love all of the “liturgical” cakes.

  9. Anonymous

    Happy blogaversary! I celebrate my first in 7 days…it’s so lovely to know so many incredible Catholic mom bloggers! God bless you!

  10. Anonymous

    Happy Blogoversary!!
    keep it up your good work!!

  11. Allison

    You touched on so many of the reasons blogs enrich our lives. I too am happy to find other Catholic moms who are on similar journeys. We derive strength from one another, so thanks for your blog! Happy Blogaversary, I am grateful to have “met” you through your lovely blog!

  12. Cheryl

    Happy Anniversary! I’m glad I found your blog.

  13. Mary Machado

    Happy first birthday to a beautiful blog and blog creator.


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