3.14.2013

A Very Bloggy Birthday!

I can't believe it. 
Today, The Sunshine Diary, formally known as Sunshine State Of Mind turns 1 year old!


It's so strange to think I started this blog a whole year ago. 
The time has flown, and I'm so excited to see how much this hobby of mine has grown. (Oh heyyy, I rhymed.)

When I started this blog I had been reading blogs for a few months, and loved getting a glimpse into someone else's life.  I was getting beauty tips, new recipes, reading stories of people to whom I could absolutely relate, and laughing a lot along the way.  I wanted my own blog for a long time, but I had no idea how, and I had no idea what to write about.  I was working full time, taking pre-reqs for my nutrition degree in the evenings, and babysitting on my nights off.  Besides weekend shenanigans visiting Dom at the fraternity house, I really had no idea what I would write about!

Still, on March 14, 2012, I decided to take the plunge and make my blog.  I figured I could spend a few months figuring out how this all worked, and then use it as a way to keep my family and friends in the loop when Dom and I moved to Florida.

What I didn't know was the fact that there weren't just blogs.  There was a whole blogging community.  Women connecting over things they had in common from all over the county, and the world!  Women sharing stories, support, and the "I've been there!" reassurance that you can't always get from people you know in real life.

When I started my blog one year ago, I was so excited when Lauren from Wifestyles left me my very first comment.  I jumped up and down when my follower count was in the double digits.  When I got two comments on a post? Mind. Blown.  

I had no idea how much I would love this hobby, and how many amazing women I would meet who would become true, real life friends.  I am so thankful for each and every reader, you really make this journey so much fun! I seriously love getting to know you all, so if you have been a "silent reader" I would love for you to say hi! If you love following along with the random spastic-ness of my blog, I know we'll be friends. ;)

A LOT has changed on my blog in the past year, and reading my old essay-like posts makes me giggle. But after reading my first post, I'm happy to say I still live in a Sunshine State Of Mind! :)

Thank you so much for making this year wonderful! Here's to many more :)

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31 comments:

  1. Same here - I never expected to find such a great community! Happy blog birthday.

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  2. Yay! Happy Birthday Sunshine Diary!! =D

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  3. I agree, I was never expecting to feel like a part of such an amazing community - but I am SO glad I do!!

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  4. Happy bloggy birthday gal! I'm so glad you started a blog and we found in each other in this hugee blogging community!! Keep up the amazing work ;)

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  5. Hooray!!! Happy Blog Birthday :) :)

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  6. Happy Blog Birthday!
    It's a wonderful experience to reflect back to where you started & see how far you've come. Keep it up!
    ~Osh
    SunKissed Peony

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  7. happy bloggity birthday yay!!!

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  8. Yay! Happy Blogiversary!! You've definitely been successful in the last year, and I've loved reading along with your journey, and becoming blog-friends! :)

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  9. Happy Blog Birthday! I absolutely adore your blog!!!

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  10. Happy bloggy birthday sugar!!!! :) SO so exciting.

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  11. Happy 1 year! I hit 3 years on Sunday. However, I had no clue there was a whole bloggy world until abt a yr ago :)

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday pretty lady! I hope Dom is taking you out tonight to celebrate ;) And I'm not sure if you knew I was GF before or not!? Either way, it IS annoying, but I like being able to find healthier options in the process :) XO

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  13. happy blog bday! i've been following your blog for a few weeks now and am absolutely loving it!

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  14. Happy Bloggy Birthday! That's so exciting and look at how far you've come! You go girl!

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  15. Happy blog birthday!! :) I was hooked when I read it for the first time!!

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  16. It's funny how writing style changes overtime. I was bored the other day so I went through my old posts, I couldn't believe how hideous my formatting was.

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  17. Happy Blog Birthday! I've been following you for a little while now and love your posts. I'm also GF and always experimenting with new treats! Here's to another year :) x

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  18. Happy blog bday! I found this bloggy piece of sunshine awhile ago, and I'm so glad I did! Your posts always make me laugh!

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  19. Congratulations on your first, and very successful, blogging year! Cheers to many more!

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  20. Happy Blog Birthday! It's motivational to read your story, your blog is so adorable and I love reading it!
    xxoo,
    Jordyn
    www.thefairyprincessdiaries.com

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  21. I'm late but
    Happy Bloggy Birthday!
    Those are the same things i thought before I started. lol & I felt the same with every "milestone" (1st comment, follower(s), 50th post, 100th...haha)& I've only had mine for 5 months!
    Anywho, I'm glad you chose to start this hobby a yr ago cause I was able to find your blog 5 months ago! :)
    xoxo

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  22. Happy Happy blogging anniversary! Love finding people from the south on here too!

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  23. like I've said via twitter before you are SUCH an awesome blogger! Its so real and exactly what I am looking for in blog reading! :) Such an inspiration and hopefully I can gain as much credability as you!

    If you could check out my blog that would be incredible! Nothing special just a start :)Thanks!

    www.dwninlndn.blogspot.com

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  24. happy belated blog bday!! congrats on the year and same reasons I started my blog too :) well except for the moving to FL part hahaha

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  25. I just found your blog last night as I came across blogs with stories about long-distance loving :) I love your blog already! I guess I was a "silent reader" last night, but not anymore :) Looking forward to reading your posts!

    -Blaise

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