{BLOGVERSARY} 1yr of blogging? + vlog

 

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So apparently I’ve been blogging for one year now.

 

…..

 

*screams* *throws confetti* *flails* ADFJKL; I CAN’T BELIEVE I SURVIVED ONE YEAR AAAHHHHHHH.

 

Honestly, I don’t remember the exact day I started (the reason obviously being that I didn’t have a bullet journal back then 😉 ). I started the blog, then I didn’t like the design or my first post, so I redid it (classic me), buuut I’m pretty sure my very first post was the 22nd. The one I left on the blog is dated the 26th, and here —->is the link. (I can’t believe I just linked to that thing  xP)

 

So all the celebration stuff here on the blog today! I also have a vlog at the end in which I throw confetti and answer your questions and ramble about unicorns and pizza.

 

 

THE STATS

FOLLOWERS

77 public followers (from blogspot)

54 email followers (though I think half a dozen public followers switched when I moved)

15 bloglovin’ followers.

 

And you guys are all so awesome *hands out cups of unending gratitude* (unless you’re a hug person, in which I can definitely hand out hugs 😉 )

 

 

COMMENTS

1,210

 

That’s a lot of talking going on xD

 

 

POSTS

58 (59 with this one!) I remember I wrote seven a month in November and December last year, but now I’m down to about four a month. Considering the craziness of life, I think that’s good.

 

Fun Fact: I’ve been publishing posts regularly on Saturday mornings since last November. I haven’t changed it once, except for moving the time from 5am Pacific, to 2am, to 1am here (though the emails go out at 2am)

 

 

TOP POSTS

(with stats from blogspot)

 

{REALM MAKERS 2017 HIGHLIGHTS}

 

{DREAMS AND CALLINGS} the best is yet to come

 

{JUNE WRAP-UP} + makeover & vlog ideas

 

I honestly have NO CLUE why the last one is so popular. (I’d love to know, though xD)

 

 

MY FAVORITE POSTS

 

{STORIES ARE POWERFUL}

 

{DREAMS AND CALLINGS} the best is yet to come

 

{WRITING IS A GIFT} i am a pencil

 

Those also happen to be my FAVORITE types of posts to write. I guess you could call them inspirational, but I call them “thought dumps” because that’s what they really are xD

 

What’s ironic about these is that I’ve been petrified before publishing them. Friday night before I posted each of these, I was laying in bed asking myself why I planned that post and if it was too late to run down stairs, turn my computer on, and write a new one (spoiler alert: it was).

 

I’m hoping to do a lot more posts like this in my next year of blogging, as they’re all really close to my heart. There might not be any next month though because #nanowrimo (still don’t know if I’m doing it :P)

1yr3

 

MOST AMAZING BLOGGING EXPERIENCE

 

MEETING OTHER WRITERS. Before I started a blog, I knew zero other writers, especially teen writers. Getting to know you all has been amazing. Also, READING YOU GUYS’ POSTS. It’s incredible what other bloggers write and how we’re able to share it with a few clicks on a screen (I sound so old-fashioned, I know). But connecting with you all and sharing posts and writing has been the most incredible experience in this past year.

 

BEST PART OF HAVING A BLOG

 

Having a central social media platform that revolves around writing 😊 Twitter and such are great, but blogging is the best way to be on the Internet. You can share your stuff, attract readers/friends who like what you like, and then go read their stuff and collaborate and encourage. Being a part of this incredible community is a huge blessing.

 

 

FAVORITE BLOGGING MEMORIES

 

-getting my first comment (thank you, Hannah White! <3)

 

-succeeding in my first makeover (December 2016)

 

meeting a gazillion bloggers on New Year’s Eve as we went around reading each other’s wrap-up posts (December 2016)

 

-writing my first inspirational post (write from your heart, February 2017)

 

-creating my current blogging graphics which I love love love (June 2017—thanks for your help, Mom!)

 

having the most epic camp nano cabin ever (July 2017)

 

-MEETING SEVERAL OF YOU IN PERSON ASDFJKL; (July 2017—one day I’m going to meet ALL of you <3)

 

-finally doing a post on why writers and autumn are the perfect match (September 2017)

 

getting published on the Project Canvas blog last week! They accept submissions, and it’s an incredible opportunity *pushes you over to their blog*

 

 

THE VLOG

 

*drumroll* and now for the vlog! Unfortunately, I rambled for twenty-five minutes again and I had to cut down the video a ton *cries* But here it is (and excuse my rambling or awkward, random laughing and faces :P)

 

*don’t worry: my entire room isn’t that plain but that particular wall was the best background

(if the video doesn’t play, click HERE)

 

And yeah. Plants smell good when they’re dying <—- great line, Audrey, great line. XD

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

Nooo the post is over. BUT before you all leave, I want to say thank you….

 

To my family, especially my mom, who encouraged me to start this blog last year. And my dad, my most faithful email follower!

 

To Georgia Lou Studios, for having the most beautiful templates, and basically everything my minimalist mind could want.

 

To Bluehost, for help with my recent move over to WordPress.

 

ALL OF YOU FOLLOWERS. A simple thank-you isn’t enough to you guys. You’re encouraging, inspiring, and incredible people I’m blessed beyond belief to know. Every Saturday morning, I wake up, eager to hear from you, fantasizing about meeting you in person one day so I can thank-you face to face for following me along on this journey. I love you all so much <3

 

On to year two of blogging!

 

<3

audrey caylin

Aaand that was a monster post but I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S BEEN A YEAR. How long have you been blogging? What have been some of your favorite memories?

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Catherine
    October 21, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Congrats, Audrey!!!!

    I never would have guessed that you have only been blogging a year. I love your posts, especially the inspirational ones. Also, thank you for your service with #RebelliousWriting!!!!

    Catherine

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Catherine! <33

      Being a part of Rebellious Writing has been incredible. I'm so glad to be a part of such an incredible movement!

  • Reply
    Lila Kims
    October 21, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Congratulations, Audrey!!! *throws confetti and cupcakes*

    (This reminds me… This month is my first blogoversary too… Should probably do a post on that sometime… :D)

    And your vlog is amazing!!! Forests are my favorite too!! XD And yes, the unicorn would most definitely win.

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thank you, Lila! *eats cupcakes* (probably not the confetti though… 😉 )

      YES DO A POST ON IT. It’s definitely something to celebrate 😀

      RIGHT??? xD I’m still trying to find out who asked that question…was it you, by any chance?

      • Reply
        Lila Kims
        October 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

        Nope, wasn’t me.

        *COUGH* Kinda wish it was, though, to be completely honest with you. Because it’s an awesome question. 😛

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          Audrey Caylin
          October 30, 2017 at 5:35 pm

          Ah, I see *COUGH* 😉

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    Riley
    October 21, 2017 at 6:27 am

    AHHHHH CONGRATS, AUDREY!! Seriously, your blog is awesome- I always look forward to reading it on Saturdays, and it’s always worth the time. You write the most inspirational posts, like, ever! I especially loved your “{WRITING IS A GIFT} I am a pencil” post!

    And oh my word, I’m so happy you got your blog post published on the Project Canvas!!! That’s so awesome! It was such an awesome post!

    Now I need to go watch your vlog!! *rushes over to go watch* CONGRATS! You’re going so well! *virtual hugs*

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:09 am

      EEEPPP THANK YOU SO MUCH RILEY. <33 That means so much to me *virtual hugs*

      Thank you! And thank you so much for your help with that post! 😀

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    Lisa
    October 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Yay congrats!!! So happy for you — you’ve reached your first milestone I guess? I can totally see why Realm Makers hit most popular posts haha xD

    Lisa
    thisinkwell.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Thank you, Lisa! I still can’t believe this date rolled around so quickly. I feel like I’m just getting started 😛

      That was probably the most bittersweet/fun post I ever wrote xD

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    Ivie Brooks @Ivie Writes
    October 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    You rock! I loved hearing your answers! Congrats!!!

    The original pizza was Chinese. I know a lot of people think its Italian.
    The character in Despicable Me is Agnes. 😀

    I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes you. Your blog is awesome!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I definitely would have guessed Italian. I think I’m going to go see if google has a picture of the first pizza…though schoolwork would probably be more important than that XD

      Thank you so much, Ivie! <33

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    februaryfairyblog
    October 21, 2017 at 10:51 am

    CONGRATULATIONS, AUDREY!!! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year, everything seems SO professional. Meeting other bloggers is definitely my favorite part of blogging. It’s just so encouraging to know other people enjoy your writing. I’ve technically been blogging for almost two years, but I didn’t start seriously blogging until about a year ago. I hope this next year is even better than your first!

    ~ Ella Marie | February Fairy

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Aaaahh thank you so much, Ella <33
      I know! I've made so many friendships through blogging. It's been great getting to know you too 😀 I can't wait for your new blog to launch!

  • Reply
    Anna C. S.
    October 21, 2017 at 11:37 am

    *THROWS CONFETTI EVERYWHERE* CONGRATS AUDREY!!!! You are such an amazing and inspirational and sweet blogger, you are an encouragement to all of us and your stories are going places <3

    Ok you have no idea how much I laughed over your ramblings on unicorn vs. narwhal. xD This is my favorite vlog right now hands down. AND YES FELLOW CHEESE PIZZA ENTHUSIAST. true words right there. 😀

    xox Here's to many more great years of blogging <3 God Bless you girl <3

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Thank you so much, Anna! You’re making me cry. I feel so blessed to have everyone’s encouragement here. Thank you so much for yours <33

      EEEP THANK YOU. It was the best question ever XD Did you happen to ask it? I still don't know who submitted it.

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    Maddy
    October 21, 2017 at 11:56 am

    AHHHHH CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! *throws confetti and hands you a heaping bowl of ice cream* That is so EXCITING!!! I will be celebrating my one year blogversary in January 2018. Though I started my blog on wordpress, I recently moved it over to blogspot.
    I have so enjoyed reading your blog since I found it a few months ago. Your blog is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! Keep up the good work, Audrey!! *hugs* <33333

    – Maddy | littlebitofsunshineweb.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      AAAAHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH.*eats ice cream*

      A blogversary will be an epic way to kick off the new year! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for that post 😀

      Eeep thank you <3 Your words mean so much to me *hugs*

  • Reply
    Nabila
    October 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Ahhhhh!! Congrats congrats congrats! I love your blog and it’s so cool that you have been blogging for a whole year now. 🙂

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you, Nabila! <33

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    bookishlywormish
    October 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    AWWWW THATS SO HAPPY!!! *hurls confetti all over you* I am at work so i can’t watch the vlog yet but I DIDNT REALIZE I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG? AND THAT MAKES ME ALL THE HAPPY AND FILLED WITH ALL THE FUZZIES OF WARMTH <3 You're an amazing, lovely blogger and I'm so thankful for your existence!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      AAAAHHH THANK YOU. <33 And yes, it was you. I'd been stalking your blog for over a month before I started mine. When I saw your comment I was like "omw Hannah White commented ON MY BLOG." xD Thank you for all your beautiful comments over the past year. You and your posts have been a huge inspiration to me *hugs*

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    Julia Ryan
    October 21, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    WELL GOSH GIRL if you don’t keep blogging i’d die and also I LOVE THE VLOG. you’re gorgeous.

    AND WOW A WHOLE YEAR?!? I can’t believe we’ve known each other for that long now!! I love having you as a friend girl. NaNoWriMo is the best for bringing us writer buddies together 😉

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      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      Aaaah omw thank you, you’re so kind <333

      I KNOW. I think I found your blog in January, but same difference xD You're an amazing friend, epic writer, and awesome human bean <3

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    Micaiah
    October 21, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    *throws confetti* *throws cake* *throws more confetti and cake* *screams* CONGRATULATIONS AUDREY AAAHHHHH ONE YEAR!!!!! I can’t wait to see what’s in the future for you, your blog, and your awesome writing! =D

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

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      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      *flails* *dances in confetti-cake rain*
      AAAHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’m still freaking out right now. xD THANK YOU <3

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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words
    October 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

    CONGRATS AUDREY!! You’re an amazing blogger and one of my all-time favourites. Your blog posts always touch my heart and never fail to inspire me – as a writer, as a dreamer, as a Christian.

    Your favourite posts are my faves too! Although actually it’s hard to choice a fave because I love all your posts so much – they’re so amazing, girl <3 And every one of them comes straight from your heart and it's clear to see that. Keep it up!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH AMY!! I think we found each other’s blogs this time last year too 😀 Thank you for all your encouragement and your friendship. It’s been amazing getting to know you. *hugs*

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    Sophia Noelle
    October 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    WOW congrats audrey!!!! i am so excited for you!!! blogging is so much fun + it makes my heart sing to hear that you have been sucked into the awesome hobby 😉 you have such a cute, inspiring space. keep writing awesome posts and sharing your heart with blogworld. <3 <3
    hugs xx

    this girl

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Eeep thank you so much <33 Blogging is definitely close to my heart. I can't wait to see where this little place goes!

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    Chelsea R. H.
    October 22, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    AMAZING WORK, AUDREY! I love reading your blog and congratulations! Happy birthday, little blog. 😀

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      THANK YOU SO MUCH 😀
      *pats blog* I’ve been considering naming it…but for now it’s just “bloggy” xD

  • Reply
    ashes2beautytrout
    October 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Aw happy one year anniversary, Audrey! You are such a beautiful light in the blogging world <3

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you so much! <3 I feel blessed to be a part of this incredible community.

  • Reply
    jonnyboyt
    October 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Okay that was awesome and you’re fabulous at video editing. Happy one year blogiversary woot woot!

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 23, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks! It’s not too hard…if you ever wanted to try 😉
      *throws more confetti*

  • Reply
    jemjoneswriter
    October 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    [late to the party but] WOW CONGRATULATIONS! I would have guessed you’d been blogging for a lot longer than one year… you seem to have this blogging thing together. 😉 *sends virtual pizza so you can keep blogging*

    (AUSSIE ACCENT mwahaha apparently I’m cool xD)
    Jem Jones

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 30, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Come on in! THE PARTY GOES ON ALL YEAR xD Ack, thank you. *gobbles down pizza*

      YES I LOVE AUSSIE ACCENTS. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS xD

  • Reply
    Jessica G.
    October 24, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Aw, congratulations Audrey! You are pro blogger. And those inspirational/thought dump are my favourite posts too. 🙂 All the best for year two of blogging! xx

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      October 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much, Jessica! And thank you for all your beautiful comments. <33

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    Mikaylatheordinarygirl
    November 11, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Congratulations Audrey!! *Throws more confetti* The Q&A was awesome!! I agree dying plants smell good. =)
    I look forward to seeing what your next year of blogging holds!
    -Mikayla-

    • Reply
      Audrey Caylin
      November 14, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Aw, thank you, Mikayla! I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

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