Last week, two amazing things happened: I finally went public with my blog, sharing it with friends and family and I was Freshly Pressed.
I started blogging as a New Year’s Resolution. I thought, if I could blog once a week for a year, I would have accomplished a goal and gained a new creative outlet. I never imagined that I would develop friendships with so many like-minded individuals, be truly inspired, and want to continue. Because I started the blog as my own little pet project, I kept it to myself and didn’t tell a lot of people about it. As soon as I did, I got rewarded.
An hour or so after clicking Publish and sharing my blog on Facebook, I received an email from the WordPress gods informing me that I was about to be Freshly Pressed. Needless to say, I couldn’t believe it. My heart raced and my stomach felt like the deepest cavern imaginable. This can’t be happening to me. I reached out to a few friends to let them know about the honor, but those outside of the blogging community, really couldn’t understand my excitement. I discovered several of my favorite blogs after they were Freshly Pressed and now I was about to be launched into a new realm.
A day later, my post still hadn’t shown up on the Freshly Pressed page and a part of me thought that this might have all been some kind of mean joke. But then, there it was and my phone started buzzing with notifications of new followers and comments.
I am delighted that so many of you could relate to not being able to say “no” and stuck around to see what else I could come up with. Thank you for all of the insightful comments and feedback!
And since I am the type of person who likes to gift, I have two things to offer all the Wonderlings, both new and old, as a welcome and thank you for all the love. Since I can’t Freshly Press all of you, I invite you all to pick a post and share it with the rest of us. I will select three and feature them on my next post. I have discovered many fun and interesting blogs when other bloggers have offered up their blogs as party places and I hope you all enjoy this little experience. All I ask is that if you share a post, you agree to read and comment on another post. It’s all about sharing the love.
The other gift I have to bestow is a giveaway. Yay! Everyone who shares a post will automatically be entered in a drawing to win the fun prizes you see below, as well as a few other little surprises. (Giveaway is now closed. Thanks all for playing! You can continue to leave a favorite post and meet some fun new blogging friends.)
The contest ends Tuesday, July 16th at 5pm (PST) and the winner will be announced the following Thursday.
Best of luck to you all!