Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sorry, very long winded

It was back in January of 2008 that I first thought about starting a blog. That's when I opened my google account and made my first blogging attempt. My original blog is long gone and it never went very far to begin with. I was quickly discouraged when a certain person (who shall remain nameless) made a less than positive comment about my efforts. Although I gave up at that point, I continued to have the desire to blog. It took 9 months (how appropriate is that) for Ann's snap edit scrap to be born.
For months, I stumbled along writing posts, begging family members to read and follow, and shouting out new posts in the cafe mom forums. I enjoyed doing it but I felt like I was the only one who ever saw it. Here I was making digital scrapbooking things that I wanted to give away free and no one was there to take them. That's when my sister Tanyia suggested that I register with digifree. I tried that and I gained a couple followers, but yet I still felt like I was all alone in the blogosphere.
Finally I found Entrecard. It opened a new door in my blog world. I found so many new blogs written by the most wonderful people. I have made connections with people who have given my blogging purpose. I'm entertained by their posts on a daily basis. I laugh with them, I cry with them, I relate to what they are saying. Never in a million years did I think that my humble little blog would have reached 97 followers. I feel truly blessed by each and every one of you who stop and visit me. Which brings me to another subject. I've been given some awards.
Words can not begin to describe how honored I feel that two wonderful bloggers felt that I was deserving of an award.

This first one is from Swapna at Crafts and Cooking

Thank you so much for passing this on to me. It truly means a lot to have received it.
The rules of the award are
1. add the logo to your blog
2. Link to the person who passed on the award
3. Nominate blogs of your choice
4. Leave a message on the nominees blogs.

Without further ado I would like to pass this along to the following
http://donna-madeinheaven.blogspot.com/
http://beadedtail.blogspot.com/
And Will Oaks Studio

My next award comes from a woman who everyone knows and loves. Jackie at http://shinade.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much Jackie. You inspire me as well. Not only am I inspired by your beautiful photos and words, but by your dedication to your readers and your kind and thoughtful comments here and on the other blogs you visit.

Choosing who to pass this along to is very difficult because there are so many of you who inspire me, each in your own way. My choices are
Miawa who inspired me in more way than one through both of her blogs
http://eachstepitakewithgod.blogspot.com/ and http://withmiawa.blogspot.com/
Donna, here's another one for you. Your sweetness and hospitality have won my heart http://donna-madeinheaven.blogspot.com/
Vickie, you quickly became one of my favorites http://digivic.blogspot.com/
and finally Ratty, you have inspired me to go out and look for all the wonders the world has to offer. http://everyday-adventurer.blogspot.com/

25 comments:

WillOaks Studio said...

I'm surprised and delighted, Ann! Thank you so much for this recognition and also, I really liked reading the story about your "beginning blogging." It was true for me, too--talking to myself in the beginning but thanks to all the wonderful networks I'm finding..which lead to all the wonderful blogs and people...like you, I have found some followers now, too!! And I still just love doing that post (almost) every day!

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on your awards and thank you so much for thinking of me! I enjoyed your story of beginning to blog as I felt the same way! I felt like I was talking to myself for the longest time and I still wonder with every post if anyone will stop by and care enough to comment. I enjoy your blog very much. The way you write is like you're talking to us as friends and makes me feel so welcomed and comfortable. Anyway, thanks again for the award!

Nessa said...

Congrats on your awards!:D

There will be a few who would always love to comment in a negative way. I have received a few, bothered me? Yes but everyone's entitled to their opinions.

EC has definitely helped my blog's exposure and I've found some of the most wonderful bloggers on its network.

PJ said...

i remember when i first started dropping on you, i immediately added you to my blog roll cuz i loved what you were doing and what you talked about. real, that's it! that's why, with entrecard, i am so grateful for having joined them, but don't really care about all the credits and stuff. i keep it as an aid to find more amazing people like yourself. have a wonderful night my friend...hugz!

January said...

Congrats Ann on your awards, you really are deserving. Your blog is very inspiring. I'm so thankful I found you thru entrecard and I am so happy I found a very fantastic person and that is you my friend (please allow me to call you one now)..Hugs!

Ratty said...

Congratulations! You deserve these awards more than you may know. Our blog histories are slightly similar. I went for months without any readers. I was lucky that one person took me under his wing and encouraged me. It was things like Entrecard that really helped mine take off too. Thanks for the award. I feel greatly honored that you chose me as one of the recipients. I'll post about it hopefully in a few days. I'm unfortunately very slow with these things because of the way I write my stories. Thanks again!

Reese =^..^= said...

What a very touching post! I appreciate your efforts and think your blog is terrific! Congratulations on your awards. They are well deserved.

Donna said...

Ahhhhhh Ann!! Thank you SO Much for thinking of Me!!! I'm SO glad you decided to continue your journey into the world of blogging!! And I'm SO glad to have found You!(((HUG)))

Daisy said...

Congratulations on your awards! I think I found you through Entrecard, but now I subscribe to your blog in my Reader.

digivickie said...

Thank you Ann! I have posted the award on my blog with many thanks to you sweetie!!

Chris said...

Congratulations on your award first of all. And I can relate to your post. My original blog started out focusing on allergies in pets,and over the past 2 years has changed quite a bit. I also didn't know how to go about getting anyone to read it other than my sister and mom, and felt very discouraged by a careless negative comment left by a total stranger. My skin has thickened since then, and like you I have found many new blogging friends thanks to Entrecard. I know they are going through some things that people aren't happy about, but it is a very easy way to find other blogs so I stay. I wish you great success with your blog - it is very nice.

Roschelle said...

Congrats on your awards!!! It's always a wonderful thing to be recognized by your peers.

Swapna said...

Hi Ann, Congrats on your awardS

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Ann I think you know how I feel about you! i have truly come to love you and consider you a very dear friend!!

I too found your blog through Entrecard and many found me through EC too.

Congratulations on your awards. You are most deserving and once again I am inspired!

Also as for now, unless they do something atrocious on the 5th, I will pay and stay!!

Happy Monday and big big hugs!!
Jackie:-)

Miawa said...

Thank you so much Annie, it has been my pleasure to become your friend. You are one of the most dedicated and giving people I have ever met. And your openness and sharing is a reward to each of us. Thank you
"I love you Annie",
Miawa

Tanyia said...

Congrats, Ann...you deserve them both! It is so great to watch your blog, its followers, and your talents keep growing! Big hugs, Sis.

Ann said...

I'm overwhelmed by all your comments. I thank you all, each and every one of you. All of YOU are the reason I keep doing this.

Buggys said...

Congrats on your awards! All very well deserved.

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

I had been going to pass one of these awards to you..but you have it already, lo.
Congratulations they are well deserved!!

Theresa said...

Congratulations on your awards, you deserve and have earned them.

It's a great feeling to know people appreciate your blog. Makes it worth the time spent working on it.

Ann said...

Thank you Buggys

aw June how sweet of you. and thank you

Theresa, thanks you very much. Yes all of you make this worth while.

earthtoholly said...

Many congrats on your awards, Ann! Very well deserved. (And I hope that the nameless one is aware of your blog's success!)

allotments4you.com said...

congrats on your award..I am a fairly new blogger who has also recently joined entrecard and found many wonderful blogs...that is where i came across Ratty...the everyday adventurer who left a post with a link to your site after you passed the award on to him...i will be sure to come back again!!

Ann said...

allotments4you so glad that ratty sent you over. hope to be seeing you around lots. have a great day

Ann said...

Thanks Holly, actually the nameless one is my husband and I tell him about my blog all the time. His only response is usually "well why don't you make some money with it". geesh

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