30 June 2012

3 double Zero and a giveaway


Today, is my 300th post!
Well.. strictly speaking it's the three hundredth post I have written, unbeknown to me, blogger also records the posts you have drafted not just the ones you have published! Hey, I'm not that far off three hundred published posts!
Yeah, awkward! But still a time for celebration me thinks as I have written that many posts! Wow!

(Hoping my little miss calculation has given you all a giggle!)

To celebrate the big 300 I thought I would share a few things I wish I had known before I started blogging..

Don't be scared of HTML

There have been so many times I have typed bizarre things into google like, "how to get rid of sidebar lines!" Lo and behold all that is required is a piece of coding and it's just a matter of copy and paste. Once you try it, a whole world of customization is opened up to you.

Don't try and be anyone else

When I first blogged I based my posts around ones I had seen others write. I wanted my blog to look like "that" blog. Although I think it is good to get inspiration from others, let your words and blog design be unique. I am far more proud of my blog now that I have done it all myself.

Try something new.

Even if you start a blog with the intention of going down one topic, don't be scared to try new things. Yep, they may flop but they may also work really well. As I grew more confident in blogging I wrote on other subjects. Variety is the spice of life as they say! You may have noticed more creative writing on the blog recently!

Not every post you write has to be published.

Hmm. I know that one! ha ha! I have written some awful stuff which I am glad I didn't press publish on! That said don't be afraid to publish stuff that is different. I wish I had also learnt early on that there is no pressure with blogging. It is your slice of the web therefore you call the shots.

Follow, comment and read other blogs.

I strongly believe that blogging is being part of a community. Read other things, get inspired, make friends.

To celebrate my 300, there is a little giveaway! (cue excited clapping!)

To be in with a chance of winning both these kits I created- one is the materials to make a neat thinking journal, the other is a selection of papers and embellishements-simply tell me:

-One thing you like on the blog as it is.
-One thing you want to see more of/ see in general.

Giveaway closes Tuesday 9.00am BST

Please feel free to take away the graphic I made below- my party gift to you!

Thanks for stopping by



Maria Ontiveros said...

Congratulations on 300! I agree with all your suggestions re: blogging. I think they're spot on.
The thing I know I like now is the sewing projects you do and sharing your work at the girls' school.
I want to see more of your photography - way more! You're so good at it.
Love the look of the journal kit in particular.

scrappyjacky said...

Congrats on such a thoughtful 300th post.I enjoy everything on your blog....but really love your photos....and how they so often tell a little story.

Jennifer Grace said...

Congrats on your 300th post! The kits both look cute. And I love that graphic, I'm going to print it out for my craft wall!

I love your photography, so I'd like to see more of that, maybe with ideas / prompts for how we can take inspration from your photos to take our own shots. x

emhowl said...

I love the space and the size of your blog. More photos please.

Sinead said...

Congratulations on 300 blog posts - a great achievement! Both kits look gorgeous. I really do love your blog:D I love how your posts are honest and give readers an insight into your daily life. I agree with the other commenters, as I adore your photography and would love to hear your advice/ideas/tips! I just got my first SLR (yay!) so any help would be greatly appreciated! xxx

Beverly said...

I love experiencing life through your eyes and the sweetness of your view of the world. I love your stories of you and The Boy and you and the children and I never ever tire of your photography and your new creations. Congrats on 300, Abi!

Katie said...

Congrats on 300 posts - published or otherwise :-) Great tips and I love the freebie graphic :-)
To enter the giveaway here are my answers:
-One thing you like on the blog as it is - I like your snippets of life that you feature. It's always great to meet the blogger behind the blog.
-One thing you want to see more of/ see in general - more crafty posts and tutorials as they are always great :-)