The biggest surprise and joy of this past year, has been "meeting" all of YOU! All of our family is out of state, so a big part of starting the blog was to keep our family up to date on our happenings and house progress. Slowly but surely, more and more of you stopped by. Whether you stumbled here by accident or saw something that peaked your interest, the fact that you take time out of your day to stop in means the world! Your sweet comments completely make my day and I especially love to hear the success stories in your own homes that you've shared with me.
A blogger can easily get wrapped up in numbers..how many followers, page views, "likes", pins, yada yada. But when it comes to measuring the success of a blog, I think that's determined by each blogger and their personal goals. I've thought about this in the weeks leading up to today. How do you measure success as a blogger?
I got an email from a friend this weekend, who mentioned that some of the projects she's seen on the blog, inspired her to tackle some projects in her own home and embrace the colors she's always loved. Be still my heart! I had no idea she even read the blog! It. made. my. day. Anytime someone reads or sees something here that inspires them to go for an idea they have for their own home, seriously makes me giddy inside. While I do have goals and think about the numbers, that inspiration is success for me.
For a long time I operated out of fear and was very calculated when it came to choices for our home. What if this will affect the home when it comes time to sell? What if I hate this in a year? What if I completely ruin this beautiful piece of wood furniture (which I have)? What if? What if? What if? OR what if I totally love it?
Over the past year, I've managed to dig up some courage and start taking risks - starting small is still starting. We've definitely had some flops, but we've had some huge wins too! And the biggest risks in our home have had the biggest and best payoff.
It's both ironic and sentimental that the project I was painting on this blog's birthday is the same as the first project I shared here a year ago - a painted blue bed for a sweet little boy who's moving on up from his crib. Except this time it's for a different little buddy. We won't go into how I feel about taking down the crib, or this could get ugly. Like mascara running down my cheeks ugly.
For now, consider this your personal invitation to Blogiversary week here at Fresh Coat Of Paint! We're kicking tomorrow off with a giveaway that I'm certain you will heart!