Saturday, December 31, 2011

50!

I'm excited to announce that this is my 50th blog post.

I never thought I'd get here so fast. As you know, when I started this blog in June, I intended to post just once per week -- but I was having so much fun, I changed my mind and added bonus posts. And now here we are!

To celebrate, I'll announce the winner of my giveaway. I'd like to prolong the suspense a little longer, though, so before I name the winner, I'm going to engage in a bit of retrospection.

Since the first post...
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I wrote my very first blog post with some goals in mind. It turns out, I met every one of them! I shared my work several times over. I featured three fantastic artists who use sequins in their jewelry. I did my very first tutorial, and indeed, I shared some of my favorite tools and suppliers.

The only difference is that I posted more about creativity and doing what I love for a living than I'd originally intended. One reason is that there were photography problems in the beginning, but I think things turned out for the best. The Do What You Love posts are a lot of fun to write, and I look forward to doing lots more.

What I've Learned

In the short time I've been blogging, I've made some discoveries. Some of these are technical, like how to include links and photos in my posts, and how to add the nifty Link Within widget, but some of the lessons I've learned have been deeper.

If I could pass any wisdom on to new bloggers, it would be this: do it your way. Expert advice can be valuable, but take it with a grain of salt. Concentrate on what works for you, what you enjoy seeing in blogs, and what makes you happy. If you do what comes naturally, it will show, and you'll attract the right readers -- awesome people who get you. This has certainly been true for me.

The fun parts

There's so much I enjoy about blogging, it's a struggle to narrow my list down to just a few things. But! If I had to name what I like most about it, it would be finding unexpected inspiration for new posts, sharing things that inspire, delight and help people, and making friends with other talented artists. And also coming up with crazy ideas like a 50th post celebration or a showoff box for my artwork.

The hard parts

The toughest part about blogging, for me, isn't coming up with ideas for posts or feeling motivated to write. I have more ideas than I have hours or typing fingers, and I've found that I can write even when I'm tired and stressed beyond belief.

The hardest part about blogging is that feeling of invisibility most new bloggers experience. I don't feel that way now that I've made so many friends and joined groups like Artists in Blogland, but for the first few months, I wondered how to attract readers without seeming pushy. And while I enjoy writing in this blog, and would probably do it even if nobody paid me any mind, sometimes I wonder whether my ideas, and my writing, are any good.

I suppose the cure for self-doubt is to plow ahead regardless, embracing all the little victories and improvements along the way. That's what I've been doing, and so far, it's worked out.


Beyond the 50th Post...

When it comes to my plans for this blog beyond the 50th post, there's a common theme: more.

I want to do more sequin sightings and tutorials (can we say bead embroidery tips???). More WIP Wednesday posts -- including a series on my prom dress from 1997, which I'm embroidering with beads, sequins and embroidery floss. And of course, I'd like to do more giveaways -- the sort that everyone, not just North Americans, can participate in. Maybe something winners can download.

And speaking of winners....


The Winner

And now... the winner of my 50th blog post giveaway!

Super duper congratulations with glitter on top to Melissa Creamer!

To claim your prize, email me with your mailing address.

Thanks for celebrating my 50th post with me! While you're here, check out some of my favorite posts:

Own it!

On Failure and Rejection

Overcoming Creative Block

Let's Make a Deal!


Have a sequintastic day and a sparkleriffic New Year!! :)

10 comments:

  1. My day just got sequintastic and sparkleriffic! Wow. I am in shock at being the winner. Thank you so much. I love reading your blog and seeing your wonderful creations. Please keep up the glitterrific work! Here's to a sparkleriffic 2012!

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  2. Happy 50th!!! I just posted my 200th post-gasp! Can't believe it. You will be there in no time at all. I look forward to following along in the new year and maybe being able to join in on some bead embroidery! Congrats to Melissa :)

    Happy New Year!
    Carol

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  3. Yay for post #50! Here's to 50 more! (And then 50 more, and then 50 more....)

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  4. Melissa,

    Congrats again on winning! I'll try to send your package out tomorrow or Tuesday. I may want to add some little extras between now and then. :)

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  5. Thanks, Carol! I was so excited about your bracelets that I forgot to congratulate you on your 200th post, which is seriously epic and impressive. So congrats! :)

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  6. Thanks, Audrey!

    My goal is to hit my 100th post in June. That means a lot of posting, but I'm up to it!

    Also, thanks so, so much to you and Andrea for coming to Mr. Sequin's birthday bash! You really made the day extra awesomesauce for us. :)

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  7. Happy 50th and happy new year! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store-- keep up the amazing work!
    Best wishes for 2012! Erin

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  8. Thanks, Erin! I'm working on some really fun things, and I can't wait to share them -- and also to see all the great projects you come up with!

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Congratulations! I always seem to miss these benchmark opportunities n my blog (I just checked and I'm at 153 posts - see what I mean?). :)

    Great post - I found myself nodding along the way, especially at the 'fun' and 'hard' parts.

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  10. Thanks, Karen! :)

    I usually miss things like this, too. That's one reason why I started the countdown at 40 -- I needed plenty of reminding not to let the big 5-0 slip by!

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