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six months blogging birthday

June 1, 2012

Today is a special day.

Today is 1st june.

Let me tell you a little story. Back in september 2011 i was sitting at home feeling the need to make some changes. I had just started my journey with colourliving and was feeling restless and in need of inspiration. That very same moment a tweet appeared on tweetdeck by decor8 announcing last entries for blogging your way commencing 1st october. i had just met holly becker at her book signing of decorate at anthropologie here in london so had a vague idea of who she was. But blogging? How do you do this? I’d never really read many blogs before.

Good at knowing how to help myself when in a rut, i blindly signed up and remember thinking i’ll figure out what it’s all about in a few days when the course actually starts.

It started. I listened. I learned. I participated. I took risks. I stayed open hearted. I was humbled. I was inspired. I was fulfilled. I made friends. I now have a new found family and to top it all, i started serious blogging on 1st january 2012, yes, exactly 6 months ago today.

I’ve loved every minute (including the late nights) and my little blog would be nothing without all of you, my readers, and new found friends.

Thanks to holly, i feel creatively inspired, i’ve made new friends, i host the london bloggers group where we’ve already had 5 meet ups since byw and I’ve been to my first bloggers conference, the hive in berlin, where i met even more fantastic bloggers.

I am truly humbled and greatful. Holly, you started off just blogging but who knew you would literally change people’s lives? You changed mine.

How to celebrate? Have you heard of a virtual party? Of course you have! Yes, people, i will celebrate online with the start of byw2.0. What better way i ask you? So, here is to many more blogging birthdays, many more courses, conferences, friendships and humbling moments! See a lot of you in class!

Ooops, it has been pointed out to me that it’s actually only 5 months since 1st january. Oh well, who’s counting when you’re having fun. I will leave this post in the sentiment it was written:)

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  • Reply Igor June 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Happy bloggerversary, Tina:-)) Pop the champagne!

  • Reply Sophie June 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Happy Blog Birthday Tina! What a wonderful celebration of all things blogging.
    I’m also really looking forward to getting stuck into BYW2.0!

  • Reply Holly June 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Happy 6 month birthday to ColourLiving blog! So happy we found each other – Like you, I feel so grateful for what blogging has brought to my life. ALthough I never participated in BYW (yet), Holly’s Decor 8 and Haus Maus blogs were the first blogs I seriously followed 2 and a half years ago when we relocated to Germany. Combining interior design and her adventures of changing countries, I could relate to and appreciate a lot of what she was posting about.It brought me a lot of comfort and inspiration at the perfect time. That led to eventually starting my own blog and discovering a great community I didn’t even know existed. So I too call say, thank you Holly!


  • Reply Lauren June 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Happy Happy day to you my dear! What a cause for celebration! I’m so grateful for your blog, Tina and so grateful for your view on the world. You’re off to a fabulous start, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of your blogging life has in store for you! This community is a true gift, isn’t it? xoxo

  • Reply Erin June 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Yay for blogging anniversaries! Even the smaller ones are worth celebrating. I would give yourself more credit though; I don’t think you owe all of this to Holly. It’s not like she invented blogging afterall. She just found the quickest way to monetize her own hobby and share her secrets of blogging as more than a hobby. I personally don’t get all the fanfare over her. That isn’t to discredit her accomplishments, and I do like her blog, but it’s not like she cured cancer or anything. I will say that regardless of whatever started you blogging, I’m definitely glad you did! It’s a fun journey, isn’t it? Here’s to many more! Echoing Lauren, the community really is the best part.

  • Reply annie June 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Hey happy blogiversary Tina! I for one am glad you’re posting more often.

    Interesting to see how BYW is, don’t think I’ll get as much out as I can’t put as much in. I simply can’t believe how many of us are doing it, it feels like we know the entire 750! Looking forward to getting stuck in. holly is a great teacher. As Erin says though, it’s all your hard work, your words and photos so don’t underestimate your talents x

  • Reply Laura June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    He he, I was going to point out that it was 5 months. It seems to me that blogging us something you were meant to do, you are a very talented lady. I am so happy it led to us meeting. Looking forward to our next catch up.

  • Reply Theresa June 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Happy six months!! (Whose counting? πŸ˜‰ I still can’t believe you only just started in January. You seem so seasoned at this blogging thing. Suppose I have Holly to thank for our paths crossing, albeit in six degrees (or less) of separation. Regardless, I am glad we found each other. You inspire me to look after myself, think differently about things, and appreciate where I’m suppose to be right now (i.e., not fight against the current so much). Thank you. I am forever grateful for this commuity we have. Here’s to many more anniversaries!

  • Reply leah of sang the bird June 2, 2012 at 12:56 am

    congratulations. i have been a silent reader for a while. i love your blog and the voice you bring. here’s to many more brilliant posts xxx
    p.s see you in BYW xxx

  • Reply nicolenicol June 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Just saw you in the blogroll on the BYW course and i think your blog is great and judging by your writing and pics i would have thought you had been doing this for a lot longer . Great work. That is a good sign for me as we head into this course..i have just started out but excited to met others and learn a lot .

  • Reply Jennifer June 2, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Happy Birthday Tina! I’m so glad to have met you and found my way to your inspiring blog. I’ve told Holly several times that she brought many of us together in a really special way and I’m excited for our next class. Have a great weekend and see you over at BYW 2.0! I’m already late to class!!

  • Reply Heather @ Canal Notes June 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Happy Blog Birthday πŸ™‚ Well done, Tina! You’re an inspiration to me to keep my little blog going!

  • Reply Catherine Bedson June 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Hi Tina,
    Happy 5th month blog birthday…your blog is wonderful, keep doing what you do you are an inspiration…see you in BYW 2. Catherine x

  • Reply Deepa June 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Happy birthday to your lovely blog! The blogosphere celebrates your colors and your voice today!

  • Reply parisbreakfast June 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    S I X M O N T H S!!!
    wow wow wow I can’t believe that’s all you’ve been blogging!
    You ahve a very evolved, sophisticated blog here.
    merci carolg

  • Reply Kelly Sparkes June 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Birthday, I thought you had been blogging for ages, your posts and photos are so professional!

    Enjoy your anniversary celebrations, looking forward to learning with you on BYW 2 πŸ™‚ xx

  • Reply ursula (room to bloom) June 2, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Happy anniversary Tina! Looking forward to many more meet-ups, trips, learning together. Hope your blog will open many more new doors x

  • Reply tina June 4, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Thank you everyone for your kind wishes and most appreciated comments.

    If truth be told I really love blogging and hope to keep producing interesting material for you. It really gives me great pleasure to inspire… xx

  • Reply noreen June 4, 2012 at 12:59 am

    hello tina, happy blogging birthday! it is wonderful that you can celebrate with byw 2.0. i’ll see you there!

  • Reply Chi@106 June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, Tina – I’m so, so late but this HAS to be said: five months, six months … who cares?! Your blogging voice is strong, confident and true and you have made this space one of my favourite destinations on the blogosphere.

    I feel so lucky to have met you through such a serendipitous set of circumstances and I hope to spend many more happy years not just on your amazing blog but in your wonderful company. Three cheers for you, my darling – you rock!!! Mwah! xoxo

  • Reply Mary C. Nasser June 5, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Happy 5-month blog birthday!
    How lucky you are that you got to meet Holly!! πŸ™‚
    I know what you mean…she has changed my life, too! πŸ™‚

    How inspiring that you meet up with bloggers.
    I really want to do that, too!!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Mary (from BYW 2.0)

  • Reply Sania Pell June 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Happy blogging anniversary Tina! πŸ™‚

    Time does fly when you’re having fun.

    Hope to see you soon.


  • Reply Toni June 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Happy anniversary Tina, great to see that you are having so much fun with it πŸ™‚

  • Reply sue June 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

    oooh, our blogs are twinsies! (well, share a birthday at least)… belated happy anniversary to us! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply tina June 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Happy Birthday ‘anomadicabode’!! I hope you celebrated!:)

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