I can hardly believe that this is my 400th post.
And in another few weeks, I will have been writing this blog for exactly two years. Who would have thought I had so much to say?
Don’t answer that! 😉
For the first few months, I posted weekly, but before long, I began to post Monday through Friday, and have kept up that pace ever since.
In the beginning, I really struggled to find my blog “voice”. I worried that I sounded too much like a “professor”, or too formal. I wanted to use humor, but was afraid I’d sound silly. I wondered whether I should write on many different topics or stick to a theme? Back then, it quickly became apparent to me, that there was a learning curve to this blog stuff.
After I’d been writing for several months, a new commenter arrived on the scene. It was January 1, 2009. Her comment was very kind:
“Glad I found your blog. I am on my way to see your shop!! I LOVE cabs.”
Little did I know that this lady would be with me every day from that moment on. Each morning when I’d sign onto the blog, her comment was waiting. She became my barometer for measuring how I was doing with my posts. If she liked it, or she laughed, or she said the post touched her – then I knew I was making progress.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know her too . . .
I’d like to dedicate this 400th post to Carol. 😀
Because she has been commenting on every post for 18 months, I fear that, on some level, I take her for granted. Of course, I do NOT mean to, but I’ve become spoiled. It’s like when you turn on the TV in the morning – you expect to see the Today Show. Well, when I sign into the blog each day – Carol’s comment is waiting. It has become part of the day!
Thank you, Dear Carol . . . for your friendship, advice, sense of humor, and very kind heart. I’ve told you before, but it was your consistent support during my earliest days of blogging, that helped me to push forward and have the confidence to keep at it. You’ve made an immeasurable contribution here. Love ya so much! 😀
Didn’t I tell ya I missed ya that week you took a break!! I feel exactly the same way about you. Now, I’m not going to get all gushy here, but its very touching that you have dedicated this post to me. I look forward to your posts as much as I look forward to comment on what you share with us. For me, this place is like having a cup of coffee with friends. You have made your blog far far more than a draw to your shops. I enjoy all the comments you receive and I’m not surprised that your posts are a big hit with all of us.
We love your Monday questions, the great recipes you share and the shopping excursions we tag along on trips to etsy.
You are a network for friends. I have become blog friends with many of your followers. We are all so cool!! Thank you for giving us a place to lite.
Now everyone, raise your cups in a toast to Crissie and wish for 400 more!!
Have a great day everyone.
400! Congrats! And Carol… when do YOU get a vacation? 😉
Congratulations on your 400th post and how cool that you and Carol have become friends. I too look forward to the questions and other thoughts. It is fun to check out all the different opinions that are always respectful of the other posters.
congrats on your 400th post, sweet gal!!!! and a big bloggy woo hoo shout out to carol……bloggy friends are the bestest of friends!!!! xox, :))
Thanks Kelly Ann!
You’re making me smile, here 😀
“bloggy friends are the bestest of friends!!!!”
You are so right, Lori!! 😀
Yay! Happy 400th Post!
What a great milestone!! I look forward to your 5 posts a week. I know they will be fun and informative. And I usually check back just to read the comments.
May your “topics well” keep flowing and never go dry. Congrats!!
Thanks so much. 🙂
If I start with vacations, she’ll want a fancy new office, next!!
Congratulations on your 400th post! I look forward to reading your blog; it never fails, you always have something uplifting to say when I need it!
Thank you for doing this, Crystal! (And to Carol, for her witty comments!)
Here’s to 400 more!
Congrats on your 400Th post.
And to Carol for making you
and all of us happy with her
comments to your blog.
And a BIG THANK YOU TO
you Crystal for having your
blog. I really enjoy it.
This is sooo sweet! There you go pulling at the old heartstrings again, Crystal! I know Carol is your dear friend. I always read her comments after I read your post! We’re blessed to have such good friends! Hugs to both you and Carol! xoxo