Linda’s Bead Blog is 1 Year Old Today
I started this blog right after I retired, in June, last year. My very first post was called Jess Blue, named after my friend, chainmail artist, Jessica Burnett‘s favorite color.
At the time, I had no idea about the inner workings of WordPress. I had to figure out how to post pictures, add tags, categories, blog rolls, links and widgets. It all seemed so overwhelming! I didn’t know how to edit my posts, publish a post on a different day than it was written, create headings, lists or make the body of a quote indented.
I was a Facebook newbie then and had never tweeted, but now I create links to both Facebook and Twitter for every post. I’ve joined Creating The Hive, which also publishes my blogs. My Muffin Tin Challenge post was one of their featured posts this week.
In October, 1000 Markets was sold and I had to quickly find a new venue for my jewelry. Fortunately a friend pointed me to Artfire. I blogged about the trauma of loosing 1000 Markets and my transition to ArtFire. I’ve grown to love ArtFire now and the venue just keeps getting better all the time. Look for a whole new appearance for the studios in 3-4 weeks. The changes coming up are truly exciting!
A year ago I had only a handful of online friends that weren’t also “in-person friends”. Now I’m blessed with a whole community of friends, many of whom are beaders; but there are also other artisans and fine artists, as well as many wonderful non-artisans. This community of friendship and support has become the most important part of this experience for me. It is hard to find words to express what this has meant to me, both in terms of my growth as an artisan and for me personally. I humbly thank each person who has taken the time to connect with me, through this blog or on Facebook. I send a virtual hug to each of you.
I’m looking forward to the years ahead with you.
When you start a blog, you have no idea if anyone will visit, or if you’ll be able to keep up with posting regularly. Here’s a mini-summary of the first year.
# of posts: 132
# of comments: A little over 800
# of Bead Challenges I’ve participated in: About 6
# of items in my ArtFire Studio at this time: 66
CONGRATULATIONS, Linda! A real milestone. An you have accomplished so much in only 1 year! You rock, my friend!
Congratulations Linda, that was quite a learning journey, you should be so proud of all you have accomplished. I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful beady creations and photos of all the get- a- ways, Its been a real pleasure getting to know you.. and I am looking forward to more… Rosie
Congrats Linda! You’ve been busy and popular. I love the Castle in the Sky Necklace!
Oh! and the Floral Cascade too! Just beautiful work what you do.
Beautiful Blog and post! Your work is amazing! Happy Blogversary!
Congratulations to your Linda!
Happy Blogversary dear Linda 🙂
Yay! Good for you!
Happy Blogiversary Linda – I so rememebr having that ” what if I wrote and no one comes” feeling – I too have come to love blogging and never thought I would be so enthusiastic! It’s a little world I get to escape to every day!
Congrats, Linda! Quite an accomplishment! I found you on the Hive and on Artfire. Your jewelry is very beautiful. Love the Castle in the Sky Necklace. I am an Artfire “newbie”. I just received my certified handmade artifact. Stop by sometime!