The Blessings of Blogging, 2-Year Anniversary

This month marks the 2-year anniversary of my blogging career.  A lot has changed for me in the last couple of years, and one of the blessings that has come from “putting myself out there” has been the friendships I have made in Bloggy Land.

Savannah Tea House

 

Saturday I was treated to high tea at Savannah Tea House here in Nashville by one such friend, Noelle.  I met Noelle at a party last year, and it was at that time she began reading my blog.  Along the way, she has sent me many encouraging messages about what I share in this blog and generous compliments about the work that I do.

Me, Noelle, & Heather

 

She also invited along the talented Heather Spriggs, creator of the online magazine Gatherings (my home was featured in her first issue).  I also met Heather in Bloggy Land just a few months after I began blogging.

High Tea with Friends

 

After a challenging 50+ hour week (they are all 50+hour weeks now, but this one was a doozy) it was wonderfully refreshing to spend a few pleasant hours with people who support and admire your work and let you ramble on about your frustrations and your triumphs.

 High Tea at Savannah Tea House

Bloggy Land is a strange and fuzzy place, with only snapshots and short sentences to connect you to those with similar passions throughout the country, even the world.  I’ve become friends with so many lovely readers, as well as gifted fellow bloggers including Kelly, the other Kelly, Carol, Michelle, Vanessa, Sheila, Maria, Lee, Radhika, and many others whom I never would have known without this medium of communication.

 

The Decorologist blog is currently blessed with around 65,000 page views a month. My highest percentage of  followers are from my hometown of Nashville,  followed by New York City,  Toronto, London,  Athens (Greece, not Alabama!),  Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Melbourne & Sydney (Australia), Seattle, and Atlanta.   This blog ranks in the top 50 of 2500+ Home & Garden blogs listed on BlogTopSites.  I have created color palettes and designed interiors for readers all over the country and Canada, and am perpetually backlogged with both decorating and staging projects here in Nashville.

 

That being said, I am well-aware that all blessings come from above.  Any gifts bestowed by God should give glory to Him, which is what I desperately want and never want to lose sight of.   My message for fellow bloggers:  Blessings abound in Bloggy Land if you are willing to put in the countless hours and an almost insane level of commitment to crank out new and creative blogposts on an ongoing basis.  The hard part is establishing boundaries so that you keep your faith first and protect appropriate time and energy for your family, and even for yourself to be refreshed and renewed every once in a while.  But that’s the subject of another blogpost . . .

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Amy
Amy
8 years ago

Good job, Kristie! I’m proud of you!!

Michelle L.
Michelle L.
8 years ago

Congratulations on 2 years and much success, Kristie! I am so proud of you….you’re doing a good thing here, my friend! Love you!

Lezlie Owsley
8 years ago

Kristie,

I am delighted for you. I was horribly unaware of the extent of your giftedness. I’m so thankful for your faith and your open acknowledgement of God’s blessing in your life. My prayer is that you continue to grow in your relationships and in your work. Your friendship is a blessing to me and my family. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do to make our home sacred space.

Love,
Lezlie

Katie
8 years ago

LoL…Yes I think you should try that statement! Very cute 🙂 And please let us know what happens next… XoXo

Kelly, Arte Styling
Kelly, Arte Styling
8 years ago

Thank you for the mention, Kristie! It’s been great getting to *know* you.
Congrats on your 2 years of blogging. 🙂

Mitzi Leigh Hinton
Mitzi Leigh Hinton
8 years ago

Kristie, would you mind sharing location information for the Savannah Tea House? Thank you! Blessings, Mitzi Leigh Hinton

Patti Hutchinson
Patti Hutchinson
8 years ago

Congrats Kristie!! I’m a new follower and look forward to your posts! I just love your ideas and talent. Thanks so much for sharing your life with us!!

Lisa D.
Lisa D.
8 years ago

Congratulations to you, Kristie! You are so good at what you do and I love how dedicated you are to your work. Thank you for sharing all these fabulous posts over the years. I always look forward to reading them and am amazed that you continue to discover such interesting & creative topics to share.

Keep on keeping on!

xo
Lisa

Katie
8 years ago

Congratulations Kristie!!! I love your blog and always read your posts. They are very inspirational. P.s. You look very pretty in the above photo… XoXo

Alicia
Alicia
8 years ago

Kristie,
Congratulations on the successful blog and career change! I enjoy reading your posts.
Alicia

Lee
Lee
8 years ago

God is good – all the time! May he continue to bless you, your family and those you touch!
And may everyone be more aware of the extent of your giftedness! 😉
(still chuckling over that earlier comment!)

Rachelh
8 years ago

Happy Anniversary Kristie! You have a lovely blog, which you obviously put a great deal of your creative self into. Wishing you much continued success in the coming years. You deserve it!

Bonnye Schwerdt
Bonnye Schwerdt
8 years ago

Congratulations Kristie- and thank you for sharing your creative thoughts and ideas with us!! You are truly gifted and I am thankful that you are using your God given talents to inspire and help others who weren’t blessed with those same gifts (like me!). Thanks for all of your help with picking out colors for my new bathroom/bedroom! So far so good – I’ll let you know when we finish and I’m ready for more help! Thanks again! 🙂

Jacqueline
Jacqueline
8 years ago

Happy Anniversary from a grateful “decor fan” in Peoria, Illinois!

vanessa @ silly eagle books

Congrats! I love your blog and am so glad we have become friends. Ben mentioned Nashville the other night and I blurted out, “Oh! I have a blog friend there!” 🙂 Keep up the awesome posts!

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living
Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living
8 years ago

Congrats on your two year anniversary!!! I’m only two months into blogging and am loving it so far. It’s amazing to me how many creative, talented women there are out there and everyone is so friendly. I just recently found your blog and have found it to be so helpful. I’m taking classes in interior design, but could use all the help I can get. I look forward to continuing to follow your blog as you move into year three.

Radhika
8 years ago

Congratulations !!

LaJuana Gill
LaJuana Gill
8 years ago

Kristie,
Congratulations!!! I am so proud of you and so grateful for your success! It is such an honor to call you friend!
Blessings upon blessings!
LaJuana

Sheila Zeller
8 years ago

Happy Blog Birthday Kristie! Congratulations 🙂 And thank you so much for the mention & link. You are truly a gifted inspiration. I love your blog, and look forward to every post. xo Sheila

Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co

Kristie, you are so wonderful! Congratulations on your anniversary and to your huge success! I truly look up to you. Also, you could not be more right about appreciating the gifts we have been given. I have been doing my best to make certain that I remain appreciate and reflect on all that I’ve been given. This post was not only lovely to read and inspiring, but also, a good reminder that one can never be too thankful!

Congrats again! -Ashley

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago

Thank you for mentioning me Kristie! I feel I have made a good friend and I appreciate all the advice you have given me. I thank the Lord everyday for everything in my good life I have. So glad I met you! Congratulations girlfriend! 29 messages! Wow ! 🙂 You deserve it!

Stacy Naquin
8 years ago

Congrats on your anniversary! That adds up to many hours I know!!! 😉

Maria Killam
Maria Killam
8 years ago

I had no idea your blog was 2 years old! Awesome Kristie, congrats, your blog is wonderful!
x
Maria

Barbara Bussey
8 years ago

Congratulations on your success! It comes with commitment and dedication and your hard work has paid off! Great blog and continued blessings, happiness and success!
Cheers!
Barbara

debra disman
8 years ago

Lovely post and delectable photos Kristie! I think tea, and especially HIGH tea, is one of the BEST ways to share with and enjoy friends! It looks like you did just that, and celebrated the event, and your experience in bloggy land (yes, fuzzy indeed, but rewarding!) in this exquisite post!

Monique
Monique
8 years ago

Hi Kristie,

I’m a fairly new reader to your blog. I’m very happy to read about your success and commitment to this blog. You freely provide your readers advice and tips. Personally, I consider your blog a blessing. I wish you continued success.

Cindy Barganier
6 years ago

Hi Kristie,
I am reading backwards through your blog. LOL Rhoda and I are friends so she led me to you. I am so happy for you and what you have been able to achieve through the blog. It’s an amazing world is it not?
cindy

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