My Four Year Blog Anniversary + GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

Today is my four-year blog anniversary! *throws confetti* I’m rather excited, and I hope you’re at least mildly enthused. πŸ˜€ 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! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€ I have written a total of 32,046 words on my blog and my average amount of words per post is 916!

Top commenters:

Megan (A Barefoot Gal)
Aria Lisette
Allison
Hannah
Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive
Liz – Home with the Hummingbirds

*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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚ NOW LET’S GIVE SOME STUFF AWAY!

To celebrate this milestone, I am giving away…

A BOX.

What? It’s a pretty nice box, don’t you think? πŸ˜€ 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:

  1. A tiny magnetic canvas
  2. Three pairs of ankle-length socks decorated with pizza, hamburgers/fries, and tacos
  3. A bag of the best candy in the world, Bob’s peppermints
  4. Two PaperMate felt-tip pens
  5. A tube of gold glitter
  6. Cactus string lights (battery powered)
  7. A set of six page holders
  8. Two “ask me about my blog” pins
  9. Five mini rolls of washi tape
  10. Watercolor gift tags
  11. A fat quarter of colorful fabric
  12. A set of assorted sticky notes
  13. Stickers for a planner or other crafting purposes
  14. 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

How long have you been blogging? What’s your number one piece of advice for new bloggers?

116 thoughts on “My Four Year Blog Anniversary + GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

  1. AHHHHHH HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY OR ANNIVERSARY OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT.
    How exciting, Clara! You have indeed come a long way. Wow, I’m one of your top commenters! (Also I think there’s something wrong with the links there…) HA HA, THOSE ARE SOME STRANGE SEARCHES. The blog treasure hunt sounds familiar…maybe I saw it on Megan’s blog back when it happened? I think I remember deciding not to even try because it sounded too hard. XD This was such a fun post to read, and congrats, Clara! (I’ve been blogging three years online, but I began by sending out newsletter-type “posts” to my friends when I was ELEVEN, so yeah, LONG TIME.)

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    1. AHH THANK YOU. πŸ˜€ Haha, yep! I always love your friendly comments! Oh, whoops, thanks for telling me about the links – I fixed them. πŸ˜‰
      Heh heh, I don’t blame you – the treasure hunt was pretty difficult. XD Thank you once more, Aria! Also WOW, that’s a long time. O_O You’re a blogging veteran! πŸ˜›

      -Clara ❀

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      1. Awww, I’m glad! I feel like I kind of just EXPLODE ONTO THE POSTS I COMMENT ON. XD Yeah, I know! You do NOT want to see those newsletter posts, though. O.o XD

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  2. Happy blogiversary Clara! Why is winter everybody’s blogiversary?! Well, you’ll be glad to know that I am more than MILDLY enthused. I am entirely enthused that you’ve spent four years blogging. Nice giveaway.

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  3. Sweet Blessings to you on this special day. May we all inspire you to continue blogging!!!
    πŸŽ†Long live Clara and Co.!!!πŸŽ‰
    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŒΈπŸ“Έβ˜ΊοΈπŸ’πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽ€

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  4. Happy 4th Birthday to…your blog!!!!! It’s great to see how much you’ve accomplished through blogging. Wow, that’s such a cool giveaway. Quick question, is it open to people outside US?

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  5. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I’ve been a reader of your blog for forever and have seen all the hard work you’ve put into it. I remember the old days of AG photo stories and photo shoots… πŸ˜› I’m so proud of you, your blog is amazing and I’ll never grow bored of your marvelous posts. πŸ˜€

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    1. THANK YOU, MYA! I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts, too. πŸ˜€ Haha, yes, those were fun times. πŸ˜› Thanks for always leaving such kind, friendly comments – it means a lot! ❀

      -Clara ❀

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      1. You’re welcome! It’s so cool to see how most of our blogging community started off as young doll bloggers, and now here we are. Blogging is so much fun and I love the community, I feel we’ve all grown up together.

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  6. Congratulations, Clara! Have a donut or two throws donuts at you. 🍩🍩🍩 Wow, four years is a really long time! That’s really exciting! But the towel is such a lovely color, how could you possibly not like it? XD
    Such a cool giveaway! <3<3<3<3

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  7. WOW congratulations on 4 years of blogging! This is a huge milestone. The treasure hunt was so fun to do, and I hope you decide to do it again, as well as the Summer challenge. πŸ™‚ Congrats again!!

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  8. Ah, congratulations, Clara! What a joy it is to hear you’ve been blogging for this long. Your posts always make my day in the Reader. πŸ™‚
    The giveaway looks absolutely amazing! I entered, as well as shared it on my blog and on Pinterest! I cannot wait to see who wins.
    Congratulations again! ❀
    Sydney x

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  9. I entered! I can hardly wait to see who wins!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I loved the pictures of the eggs, and, yes, I do think you should do more.

    I think it would be fun to do another blog treasure hunt.

    See you.

    ~Sara v3

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    1. Hooray! πŸ™‚ Good luck!
      I’m glad you like them – maybe I will do more sometime. πŸ˜€ And I’ll be considering another treasure hunt as well!

      -Clara ❀

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  10. I entered! I can`t wait to see who wins!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I loved the pictures of the eggs (XD), and , yes, I think you should do more.

    I think it would be fun to do anther blog treasure hunt.

    See you.

    ~Sara v3

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS!! You are an amazing blogger and always inspire me! I love your posts and your photography. I cannot wait to see what other amazing things come from your blog. Have a very happy blogiversary.
    -Rose ❀

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  12. Congratulations Clara! 4 years is amazing. I really hope to hit that milestone one day just like you πŸ˜‰ Oh yes another treasure hunt would be awesome! Unfortunately I cannot enter the giveaway but it looks exciting. Here’s to the future of Clara & Co.!

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  13. WOW WOW WOW CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR FOURTH BLOGIVERSARY!!!!
    I’d love it if you hosted another treasure hunt… I wasn’t there for the first sadly sobs
    Congrats Clara! My FIRST is only in late February next year… I can’t imagine what four years feels like!! Rhi xxx

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    1. YAAAAY thank you! πŸ˜€ I’ll consider doing another treasure hunt sometime! Ooh, congrats on your upcoming blogiversary – that’s great! πŸ™‚

      -Clara ❀

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  14. “her adorable freckles”, β€œsquishies claras”, β€œcrafts using stirrups”, WHAT ON EARTH? XD Those search terms are so hilarious! Pretty much all of mine are about Bing/Google or being barefoot.
    OH AND YAY CONGRATULATIONS ON BLOGGING FOR FOUR YEARS! That’s a pretty long time. o_O I love your giveaway too! The socks are so fun. πŸ˜€ I entered!

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    1. I KNOW. XD Haha, the search terms you mentioned in your blogiversary post (I think) were so funny and weird. πŸ˜›
      YAY THANKS! πŸ˜€ Good luck!

      -Clara ❀

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  15. takes a deep breath AHHHHHHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS, CLARA, THAT IS WONDERMOUS. I LOVED reading this post and also that giveaway is incredible! I entered, of course. πŸ˜‰ I was just thinking about your blog treasure hunt the other day, actually, but I forgot about the eggs. XD I would love to see them return! YAY, I’m a top commenter! I always feel honored to be on that list. :’D
    Keep up the outstanding work, dear – your blog is one of my absolute very top favoritest. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. AHHH YAAAAAY! πŸ˜€ Thank you so very much, Allison, and thanks for entering! Haha, I did too until recently – the eggs will have to make a grand return sometime soon. XD INDEED YOU ARE! Your comments are always so wonderful! πŸ™‚
      Awww! Your blog is one of my top favorites, too. πŸ˜€ ❀

      -Clara ❀

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  16. Congratulations on four years of blogging! It does take a lot of work to keep creating posts for that long–and it takes a lot of time, too, which I unfortunately don’t have right now for my own sadly neglected blog. Anyway, I always enjoy reading your posts, so keep up the great work! I entered your giveaway, too, because who doesn’t love a giveaway? πŸ™‚
    Also, that first picture that you posted on your blog may be a little strange, but I’m sure it had a point to it (and it’s not bleached out with flash like some of my early photos were, so that’s a huge plus). Everyone has to start from somewhere, and we’re always learning and improving. πŸ™‚
    It’s so cool that you use GIMP to create clipart! I actually don’t use GIMP as much as I used to (though I still use it and love it), because I use Lightroom to edit my photos and I use Gravit for graphic designing. Have you ever tried vector design instead of raster (i.e., GIMP)? My brother introduced to the world of vectors, and it’s absolutely amazing. Gravit (designer.gravit.io) is a free vector design program for download and web browsers, and I use it a lot. There are some good Gravit tutorials on YouTube by Joshua Pomeroy, if you’re interested. πŸ™‚
    Again congratulations on four whole years of blogging. That is a great accomplishment, and I know you’ve put a ton of effort into creating posts and a fun blog. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Sassafrass! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoy my posts, and thanks for entering my giveaway! πŸ™‚
      Haha, yeah, that’s true. πŸ˜› The pictures that I’ve seen on your blog always look great!
      AHH LIGHTROOM! How do you like using it? I use GIMP for photo editing currently, but I would LOVE to have Lightroom. πŸ˜€ Ooh, yeah, I think I’ve used Gravit before – thanks for recommending it! I’ll have to explore it some more. πŸ™‚
      Thank you so very much for following my blog from the very beginning! πŸ™‚ I always enjoy your comments!

      -Clara ❀

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      1. You’re welcome!
        Aww, thanks! My first photos I took (on my camera and for my blog) weren’t very good, either, though. I like to look back at my old photos, however, because I enjoy seeing all the things I did, especially with my dolls, and it’s good to see how I’ve grown. πŸ™‚
        Oh, I really like using Lightroom. My favorite slighter is the highlights slider–it’s amazing for when you want to bring some detail back into the overexposed areas of a photo. The basics are really simple to learn, though I am learning more all the time. There are lots of great Lightroom tutorials on YouTube, especially by Julia Trotti. Do you watch any photographers on YouTube?

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  17. Congratulations on, wait, 4 YEARS?! Covers mouth and raises eyebrows in a very surprised way (Hehe. Oh me(; ) But really, 4 years is amazing! Your first picture is just, beautiful! cough
    heehee.
    I’m looking forward to many more years of Clara & Co.!
    ~theJunebugblog | https://thejunebugblog.wordpress.com

    P.S. I didn’t see the form for the giveaway. Hmm…

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    1. Haha, thank you so much!! πŸ˜€ Heh heh, isn’t it? XD
      Aww, I’m glad! And hmm… if you were viewing this post in the WordPress Reader, then you’ll probably need to go to my site to see the form. Let me know if that works! πŸ™‚

      -Clara ❀

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  18. Happy blogiversary! Technically, I’ve been blogging with WordPress for more than eight years, but I started Hot Shot Headlines in 2014. So, 2019 will be five years!

    My number one piece of advice is write from the heart, and write for you. It’s one of the best way to express yourself!

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