Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Blogoversary - One Year

Yesterday was the anniversary of my first real blog post.

My blogoversary if you will. But unlike some more committed bloggers, there will be no give-aways or hoopla. I just want to say "thanks."

Thank you for reading my blog. I started My Suitcase Full of Tricks as a place where I could put my thoughts down, maybe make people laugh and help other parents realize that other people live through lunacy too, we survive and it can also be fun.

I didn't think when I started that anyone other than my Facebook friends and my family would read it and I was completely blown away by how supportive everyone was.

I was shocked to quickly learn that with a tiny bit of effort, blogging can introduce you to people from all over the place with who the only things you have in common are the facts that you probably have a kid or two and you have a blog...or not.

I could quickly rattle off a list of people I would absolutely be thrilled to have show up on my doorstep. If you want to know who those people are, give it a day or two and most of them will have commented on this blog post because that's how great they are to me. I think the world of them.

And to wrap up, here are a few quick facts:

  • I did 99 blog posts in 2011. I'm such a slacker. Couldn't do that last one, could ya Ali? 
  • I never wrote about poop although I used the word "poop" 4 times.
  • I never divulged my husband's name or our last name although you could probably figure it out. I didn't even use my own name for several months, but just couldn't get by without it. 
  • I only did one blog post without an image and it was my first post. It was a little love letter to my friend Ciarla who was a treasure trove of info as the only person I've ever known to have a blog. She's amazing. 
  • I still haven't gotten around to making myself a blog button. Anyone want to make one for me? I'm taking volunteers. 
  • I only guest-posted on one other person's blog. I kind of strong-armed the beautiful Rach of Life Ever Since into letting me do it. She also told me how to put social media icons on my blog and I'll NEVER forget that. I owe her a kidney if she ever needs one. 
  • I never had a guest-poster here. Too much organization for me. 
  • I actually had a short-lived freelance blogging gig that I only told a few blogging friends about. 
  • Only two people ever have asked me what the heck my blog name means. I told one of them and I don't even remember who the second person was. And I'm not telling you now, but if you guess I'll gladly confirm. 

Thanks kids! I mean it.

Love,
Ali

34 comments:

  1. Awww, I love this blogoversary post. I went for the hoopla with mine. I don't know what that says about me - probably nothing good.

    But this one? Sweet, genuine, heartfelt, and humble - just like you. Happy Blogoversary! :)

    And I actually might show up on your doorstep this summer!

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  2. Happy blogoversary, Ali!

    {I think 99 is the *perfect* number! Who needs 100, anyway? :)}

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  3. That's me! That's me! I made the.Blogiversary edition! Congratulations, Ali...See, I told you you would be awesome at this! Xoxox

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  4. That's me! That's me! I made the.Blogiversary edition! Congratulations, Ali...See, I told you you would be awesome at this! Xoxox

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  5. Congratulations! Dude, I was afraid of having guest posters and put it off for 3 years. Another rookie mistake! They send their readers to your blog (more traffic) and do all the work of writing. It's like free childcare for your blog. Snacks included.

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  6. Happy blogiversary! However I'm supposed to spell it, it's a great day.

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  7. When I first started reading, I was almost disappointed because I thought you weren't going to make me laugh, but then I read that you didn't ever write about poop. I'm so proud of you. I must say that takes a lot of talent to never write about poop but mention it four times in only 99 posts. Good job, Ali. So I did get my laugh in for the day after all. Happy blogiversary.

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  8. Happy 1st Blogiversary! (I spell it that way because it comes most naturally to me)

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  9. Happy, happy day!!

    I have only had one guest poster (while I was on vacation) and have not yet written for anyone else. I'm just plain lazy. This bloggy business can be so much work.

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  10. Happy Anniversary to your blog! I enjoy reading it and of course your sense of humor! Hope you have many more :)

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  11. I know I'm on your list. Ahem.

    Happy Blogiversary! 99 is impressive without being haughty. Nice job.

    Now, will you guest post for me during the two weeks around Blissdom & Klaw's follow-up appointment with a genetics specialist in Pittsburgh?

    Please.

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  12. I'm going to show up on your doorstep one of these days, and you're going to totally freak out. Either from the creepy factor or from excitement. I'm not sure.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! Quite impressive that you never wrote about poop. I write about poop a lot. :)

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  14. Happy anniversary!

    I have written about poop-- about the dirtiest restroom I have EVER seen in my life.

    I even put a picture up.

    And I wouldn't let my kids go, we peed in starbucks cups.

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  15. Congrats.and happy anniversary! I am keeping my fingers crossed that I cna make it to my 1 yr blogoversary! I still have a loooooong ways to go!

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  16. Happy Blogiversary or however you spell it! I was happy to have you over at my blog so I could be nosy about how you met JakeRyan. Go ahead and design your blog button before Picnik dies and I'll help you with the code.

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  17. Blogging is awesome and I am so glad that you do it. :)

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  18. Congrats, Ali! I only found your blog about a month or so ago but I'm so happy I did. Can't wait to be around when you celebrate your 2nd blogoversary.

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  19. Happy blogoversary darlin'! So glad you decided to start blogging!!! Can't wait to see what the next year holds for you.

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  20. Happy Blogaversay you minx!
    Your blog name means you have a suitcase full of naughty bits and I want nothing to do with it.
    Your tomfoolery won`t pull me to the dark side.

    I love you like a brotha.

    xoxoxoxo

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  21. Also...
    You did disclose your husbands name in one of your picture vlogs.
    I totally know it.

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  22. I'm with you on the too much organization....I'm hopelessly unorganized. Here's to another 20 blogging years.

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  23. Happy Blogaversary. I still have a ways to go until I get there but I agree with how great it is to "meet" all these amazing people!!! And to know that some of them live right around the corner!!! :)

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  24. So glad I signed up for mugswap and found your amazing blog!!

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  25. Happy 1 year! So I read the line about 99 posts last year and now I have "I got 99 problems but a b*tch ain't one" in my head. So, thanks for that. ;)

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  26. Happy Blogoversary Girl!! You are one fantabulously funny chic and I'm so glad I found your blog so I can laugh my butt off every Wednesday!! Here's to 20 more years of blogging and laughter!

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  27. Happy Blogiversary, Ali!

    I would happily have you at my place for a guest post. Would a Friday in April work for you? I'm totally serious. Email or tweet me!

    I can also make blog buttons...

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  28. Congratulations on your one year blogoversary!! What do you have planned for the upcoming year?

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  29. Happy Blogoversary!!! One year full of cracking my ass up! Thanks for that!

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  30. a whole year. Sigh. go you, big girl.

    i for one could give a shit about the meaning of the blog name, does that make me suck?

    only one post w/out an image? Impressive. Now. Reply to my guest post e-mail, would ya? bitch.

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  31. Happy One year! What a great accomplishment!

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  32. I don't want to blow up your head any bigger for fear we won't be able to squeeze you through the doors at Food and Wine Festiival this year, but love you and love the blog.

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  33. Your first blogging year recap totally reminds me of mine. I'm not sure if that was a compliment. You can decide :)

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