oh, blogging.



it wasn't until recently that i realized just how good this little blog has been to me. i thought i'd share just a few of the reasons why:

- it made me fall in love with graphic design. before i started blogging, i didn't know the first thing about photoshop, HTML, or fonts. i barely even understood what a "button" was. (by the way, why are they called buttons?) after more than a year of being a blogger, i can officially say that i love all the things that i just listed. i enjoy the creative freedom that is afforded through all three of those things. if my eyes didn't argue otherwise, i could spend all day on my computer creating things, editing photos and finding new fonts.

- it's created so many opportunities for my sister and i to do things together. whether it's been hosting a local blog meet-up, going to conferences, or doing a style challenge, i have had more fun than i ever could have imagined and i'm so glad that we're able to do it together. and it's nice to have at least one person in my crew that knows what i'm talking about whenever i talk about blog stuff.

- i've gotten to meet some pretty rad people and build relationships with them, both in real life and over the internet. which is kind of crazy, but also really unique. (for example, Lindsay and i have officially reached the point in our friendship where we meow at each other...via twitter and email, of course.)

- it's provided me with the opportunity to help other people. i get lots of e-mails with questions about how to get a blog design, how to start accepting sponsors, how to grow your blog, etc. i love being able to offer suggestions and tips, even though i'm definitely no expert.

- it's provided a really great creative outlet for me. because, if i didn't have it, i would be re-arranging my apartment on the regular and probably spending way too much time on pinterest.

- it made me realize that i really enjoy writing, which i never discovered in school. i'm going to guess that it has something to do with the fact that i get to choose what i want to write about and i can write in my own voice (and lowercase letters).

thanks, blog. you're the cats pajamas.

26 comments

  1. How true! I'm right there with you on the falling in love with graphic design! Even though I have LOTS to learn, it's fun to play around with!

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  2. I agree, I am a blog newbie ( and have a long way to go) but I enjoy meeting new people across the world, how cool! I'm in grad school and I still don't like to write. But I could spend hours on my blog.

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  3. I agree, I'm a new blogger and I absolutely love it. It's so thrilling and creative and I can't imagine life without it!

    Kate
    Something Ivory

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  4. you're the cats pajamas... hahahaha that made me laugh!

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  5. Very true! I'm new to blogging, too, and I've learned so much. Keep up the great work :)

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  6. I'm new to blogging and I just love it!! It's a great outlet for me and I have met some wonderful and inspiring people! Honestly, reading you and your sisters blog got me started in the blogging world! Hope you have a great day and keep those posts coming! I always look forward to what you have to say :)
    -Kristen @ fewofmyfavoritethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  8. I agree as well! I just started mine a couple months ago and found I enjoy it too! You should think about writing a entry that gives tips on growing, photoshop, etc. I bet you have great ideas and I know i'd be interested. :)

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    1. I agree, a post (or series of posts) like that would be great!

      Kristina

      Kristina does the Internets

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    2. I was just going to write a comment suggesting the same! I would love to hear your tips on sponshorship/growing a blog, etc. :)

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    3. I'd love it too!! Designs, sponsors, how to make it grow, tips, tricks. I'd love to read it all! My blog is very simple right now and I'd love to learn how to take it to the next level!

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  9. Great post, I totally agree! Since we started Provocative Manners, we have entered into a whole new world that we didn't even know existed and we love it! Can't believe how much fun blogging is! Danielle Marie & Katrina @ www.provocativemanners.blogspot.com

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  10. love it!! all the same reasons i love blogging!! :)

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  11. I feel the same way about blogging. It's amazing how many doors blogging has opened! Such a great community!!

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  12. I am not new to reading blogs but I have never actually blogged myself. What tips would you give someone who was want to start a blog but didn't know where to start?

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  13. Until I started blogging, I never even considered an interest in web/graphic design but now, like you, I could spend HOURS font-hunting and designing new things for my blog. I recently bought a book on web design so I could learn to do things the correct way and maybe do a little web/blog design on the side =)

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  14. Love love love your blog. Yours and your sisters blog was actually what inspired me to start up my blog last week and i absolutely love it. I find my self excited everyday for a new post. =]

    -krystle @ aplatefulofhappiness.blogspot.com

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  15. I've always wondered how to learn more about blogging...I never knew it was "ok" to email other bloggers for advice! Be expecting an email from me soon :)

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  16. Hey from a fellow Raleigh/Cary girl! Just a thought- I'd love to see a little tutorial about using Photoshop to make the cute designs and making everything look so chic. I have Photoshop, but have no idea how to use it! Just a thought. :)

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  17. I can relate :)

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  18. The cat's pajamas is new. I will have to use that some time. :-)

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  19. I am new to blogging (since June 2012) and I am learning so much about computers and html stuff that is still so greek to me. Really loving the people I am meeting!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  20. great post, and i enjoy stopping by your spot everyday!

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  21. First of all, MEOW!

    I had a business trip this week and then wasted no time plugging away to install new things back at my center. It's been a crazy week! A crazy week WITHOUT blogging! I know, crazy talk, right?

    I'm so sorry I didn't read this sooner, BUT... I am super amped that you feel comfortable enough to admit to our meowing in such a public way. ;)

    MEOW you later, friend! You are wonderful!

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  22. Hey Lauren, I have been following you and your sister's blog and you both have inspired me to start my own. I am new to the whole "blogging thing" and when I saw this post I can say it was nothing but encouraging! I was wondering if you had any ideas/advice on growing my blog that I have just started?! Or any other helpful information. I would appreciate it so much!

    mysplashofcolor.blogspot.com

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