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Thursday, July 23, 2009

2 Year Blogiversary



I started out with my first post 2 years ago today! It was a pitiful, picture-less start, but I've since added about a billion photos to this blog in over 850 separate posts. As of yesterday morning, according to statcounter, I'd had over 55,000 page views since I started tracking things & I've got about 50-70 unique visitors each day. My GAP Adventure review is still a very popular page, but my Houston Wine bar page is quickly catching up. Travel is still the most popular category, along with the highlights of my married life. Zoe has over 100 posts now and I'm collecting quite a few Houston posts.



Currently- I'm a bit photo'ed & blogged out! All those photos from our Africa trip are killing me & I've been a bit busy at work. I'm sure the addition of a new puppy will get me back in the photography swing of things. I love, love, love having a blog & being able to keep an online journal of my life. It's a great place for me to store & share my photos, plus it affords me a place to share my thoughts or add some description to all of our memories.



I have also loved the community of blogging- I've become a total blog addict in the last few years thanks to Google Reader. It is great to stay connected to friends around the country, to keep on top of the personal finance world and to see so many other friends loving on their dogs. I'm currently subscribed to 286 blog feeds- everything from news & politics, to photography & photographers, to Vizslas and funny entertainment blogs. I'm still a news-junkie and love all the updates & love keeping up with friends around the country.



As a way to say thank you to all my blog readers, I'm having a special anniversary contest. I'd love to know more about who reads the blog & connect with other bloggers. To celebrate the occasion, I'm giving away a $25 Amazon.com giftcard. Leave a comment, introduce yourself if you are a lurker or tell me what you'd like to see more of on the blog. Contest ends Friday at 5M central time & I'll randomly select a winner for some fun online shopping this weekend.


GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Going to dinner with some friends & their babies tonight.

5 comments:

Laila said...

Happy Blogiversary, Amanda! My mom and I love reading your blog and seeing your amazing photos. The Zoe posts are my favorite. I'm looking forward to future posts of your new bundle of joy. :)

Kisses,
Laila

Valarie said...

Amanda,
I have been keeping up with your blog for awhile now. I stumbled across it after reading another friend's page I went to high school with - Rachel Yoesel (Scatizzi). The first day I found your blog I was hooked! I saved it to my favorites and literally check your page EVERY day to see all the great pictures and hear about your latest adventures!


You inspire me to do more, to be more creative and to completely live life to the fullest. Thank you for being an inspiration.


I would like to talk to you sometime about your trip to Italy. I decided to celebrate my 30th birthday there and maybe Greece if I have time to do both. I would love to get your input on things to do, see, etc.

Congratulations on your two years of blogging. Keep up the FANTASTIC work!!

Valarie from St. Louis, MO

Courtney said...

I love reading your blog because it keeps me up to date with your life and where you guys are at.
I feel like I owe you an email with everything I have to comment on!

Keep blogging, thanks for sharing your life with us. Have 2nd anniversary!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Happy blogiversary! I'm pretty sure you know who I am so I won't bother with the introductions! ;-)

Amanda said...

Happy Belated Blogiversary!!

I'm still trying to catch up on reading all the blogs I follow since I've been gone. I absolutely love your blog and am green with envy every time you travel to a cool new place. Although it's a fun mini-vacation when I look at your photos. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to see photos of your puppy. Zoe is going to be so happy to have a sibling :)