Today is my four-year blog anniversary! *throws confetti* I’m rather excited, and I hope you’re at least mildly enthused. 😀 In honor of this occasion, this post will feature highlights from my blog archives, interesting stats, sentimental thank-yous, and a super fun giveaway to top it all off. STICK AROUND. IT’S GONNA BE GREAT. *grabs your hand and drags you into the party*
We shall begin by looking through some of my old posts. Even though I really, really, REALLY don’t want to show you this… here’s the first picture I ever posted on my blog. *smiles bravely*
Isn’t it beautiful? :’D Yes, thine eyes do not deceive you – that’s a shoebox lid covered in crooked scrapbook paper. I don’t know why I thought dusty walls and gross-looking green towels were a good photo backdrop, but I did. I specifically bought that towel just to take photos on. *glares at my past self* WHY.
This was a major blogging highlight for me: In the summer of 2017, I changed my blog’s name to Clara & Co (it was previously Clara’s Craft Corner). I’m so glad I decided to change my blog name – I think it really captures well what my blog is all about! 🙂
Another memorable experience was hosting a blog treasure hunt along with Megan in 2016. We worked together to hide clues across the blogosphere that led to a fun virtual prize at the end. It was slightly hectic, but the concept was super fun and I think everyone really enjoyed it! Would you guys be interested in another blog treasure hunt sometime?
I learned how to photograph the stars! Many of my fellow bloggers are incredible photographers, and their blog posts always inspire me to become a better photographer. In this post, I shared the learning process that led to finally capturing the above photo. It wasn’t necessarily one of my most viewed posts, but I had a lot of fun writing it and sharing my process. 🙂
Taking pictures of eggs with faces is definitely on the list of most random things I’ve ever done. XD I had so much fun coming up with ideas for this post and making the little eggs come to life. Click here for the full post! Does anyone want to see the eggs return?
I co-hosted The Summer Bored Games along with Megan, Allison, and K.A. It was quite enjoyable coming up with challenges and seeing how much fun you guys had doing them! I can’t wait to do it again in 2019. 🙂
I started a business! The Blogger Box is an innovative box for bloggers and online creators. It’s the first business that’s ever become a reality for me, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future!
I hosted four comment-a-thons. 😀 These always get a great response and they grow a little every year. I hope to keep doing them long into the future!
I learned how to make my own clipart! Learning how to use GIMP was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’ve loved exploring the world of graphic design ever since. Click here to see my free clipart!
I’ve written a total of 335 posts and received over 14,000 comments on my blog! Talking with you guys in the comments is one of my favorite parts of blogging. 😀 I have written a total of 32,046 words on my blog and my average amount of words per post is 916!
*applauds you all*
Interesting search terms:
“why goats are awesome”, “her adorable freckles, “shopkins without s”, “megan clara blue”, “repunzel and her sister pics”, “sf note of love lifted me hymn”, “best camera for taking barber photos”, “squishies claras”, “craft eyes”, “happy bd to clara who cares”, “fishy003”, “crafts using stirrups”, “why shopkins”, “how to make a mini grass of paper”.
WHAT ON EARTH. That birthday one is particularly rude. XD Was that one of you? *squints suspiciously*
Obviously there’s more to blogging than just stats, but I always enjoy seeing how my blog is growing. 🙂
When I started blogging, I truly had no idea where it was going to take me. Four years later, I’ve learned more about graphic design, writing, and photography than I ever though was possible and I’ve made some absolutely wonderful friends. ❤ I’m not going to write everyone out, but you know who you are. 😀 Thanks for being so awesome!
I feel like this occasion calls for some sort of blogging advice or something, but I don’t really have anything to say. XD That said, you can click here to see some wonderful and supremely helpful blogging tips from Allison, here to see some great advice from Abby, and here to see my post on photography tips, which some of you have asked about. 🙂 NOW LET’S GIVE SOME STUFF AWAY!
To celebrate this milestone, I am giving away…
What? It’s a pretty nice box, don’t you think? 😀 I decorated it myself… I thought you guys might like it…
I was feeling extra generous, so I even put some stuff inside!
The winner of this giveaway will receive the following:
- A tiny magnetic canvas
- Three pairs of ankle-length socks decorated with pizza, hamburgers/fries, and tacos
- A bag of the best candy in the world, Bob’s peppermints
- Two PaperMate felt-tip pens
- A tube of gold glitter
- Cactus string lights (battery powered)
- A set of six page holders
- Two “ask me about my blog” pins
- Five mini rolls of washi tape
- Watercolor gift tags
- A fat quarter of colorful fabric
- A set of assorted sticky notes
- Stickers for a planner or other crafting purposes
- Three rolls of Scotch double-sided tape
Are you ready to enter? Just fill out the form below, and keep in mind that I will need your address if you win. 🙂 This giveaway is open to the U.S. only.
Good luck to all who enter! This giveaway ends on Wednesday, January the 2nd. I can’t wait to find out who wins!
Thank you so much for being the most absolutely wonderful readers in the world! ❤ Here’s to four more years of blogging. 🙂
How long have you been blogging? What’s your number one piece of advice for new bloggers?