Happy Birthday Savoring Saturdays!

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Guys- my little blog turned 1 year old today. Can you believe it?? I hardly can. Or rather, is it my blogiversary? Is blogiversary a word?

Either way, creating and writing this blog for the past year has been such a learning experience for me. When I started out I had no idea where to even begin with this kind of online platform and the technology behind it, I just knew I enjoyed reading other people’s blogs and I really wanted to try it. Blogging seemed like such a good way to get all of the information and ideas and things I love out of my head and out into the world.  I promised myself that if I did it and made it “public” I would have to stick with it, no matter how much I wanted to give up. And there have been plenty of challenges along the way- believe you me. I crashed the entire site a couple of times, accidentally deleted all the photos/media from 3 months worth of posts, and on numerous occasions have experimented with design and layout changes that I still don’t know how to fix. Not to mention the non-technical woes- the nights I come home from work tired and uninspired and feel like quitting this entire thing.

But, I’ve learned that it is perfectly normal to go through these slumps and thankfully they are rare. For every day I’ve felt like throwing in the towel there are 10 more when I feel so inspired that I spend hours sitting at my computer just jotting down ideas. Ever notice that we tend to focus on where we’re failing instead of on how far we’ve come? As trivial as it may seem, I find it so satisfying when I learn a little bit of code that actually works and doesn’t delete everything I’d worked on for the past 5 hours. (I’m knocking on wood right now) #bloggerproblems.

Experienced, successful bloggers often say that you should blog for yourself. Not for the money, or to get free things, but because you enjoy it and have something to say. All of the rest can be an added bonus sure, but readers can tell when your heart isn’t into it. I think about that advice often. Savoring Saturdays has become so many things to me- a favorite hobby, a way to document and catalog parts of my life and the things that I truly enjoy, and a way to connect with people. And if it ever starts to feel like a chore or I no longer get fulfillment out of it, I’ll reconsider continuing to do it.

As for now? A year in? Well, I absolutely love it. In the beginning, (bless their hearts) the only people who regularly read SS were my mom, grandma, husband and a handful of loyal friends. With time, the readers and subscribers have grown and its been incredibly rewarding. I will never forget the day I received a delightful note from a complete stranger encouraging me to keep up with the blog and how much she enjoyed a particular recipe I’d posted. I felt like this was such success! I was now legit! Someone who wasn’t related to me was actually reading my material!?! How cool 🙂

Most importantly, THANK YOU for reading. I feel so fortunate and grateful for your support and words of encouragement. Many of you have followed alongside me on this journey and sent me tips and feedback and I appreciate it so much. I’ve been introduced to a blogging community that I didn’t even know existed and I am so happy to be a part of it.

I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the 25 most popular posts over the past year. (I can’t believe there have been over 200!) I look forward to what this second year brings!

Jules xo

  1. The Little Things
  2. Pinterest Recipe of the Week- Cuban Sliders
  3. 13 Things That Are Totally Going to Change You in Your 30’s
  4. 5 Must Have Household Items for the Busy Woman
  5. Best Primer Under $20
  6. Pinterest Recipe of the Week- Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
  7. Smells Like Summer- Must Have Candles
  8. PopSugar Must Have Review February 2015
  9. The Lost Art of Free Time
  10. BeautyFix Subscription Box Review June 2015
  11. Fall in Love with Someone Who Inspires You
  12. November Beauty Picks
  13. The BEST Spiced Cranberry Prosecco Punch
  14. 100 Calorie Eggnog Latte
  15. Life Advice for 2015 From 16 Bona Fide Superwomen
  16. 10 Rules to Live By
  17. Ginger Pear Sangria
  18. Birthday Week Celebrations
  19. The Best Way to Add Texture to Clean (or Dirty) Hair
  20. Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Grown-Up
  21. Watermelon Cucumber Margaritas
  22. Italian Chicken & Cous Cous
  23. 2014 Top Book of the Year
  24. Boxycharm Subscription Box Review- April 2015
  25. 10 Ways to Let Go of Work on the Weekend

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