Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - Blog is 2!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - Blog is 2!

Hello everyone!  Thanks for popping in to join me and Vanessa from X-tremely V for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. Hope you link up below and tell all your blogger friends to link up too!

So today is kind of a special day for me -- my blog turns 2 years old!  I can still remember the day I hit "publish" for the very first time and felt the spark of excitement rush through my body.

Linda, my friend you've heard me mention a ton of times, and I had just returned from a beach vacation in Gulf Shores.  We had spent hours of therapeutic conversation while laying on the beach talking about where we were mentally at this stage in our lives.  My son, Ian, had gotten married and was busy in law school. Eric, my husband, was working all kinds of crazy hours with no real set schedule.

For a planner like myself, his schedule situation was making me crazy.  Couple that with the fact that my son was extremely busy with his own life and most of my mothering skills were no longer needed (or wanted).  My head was swimming with the "what's next for me".  I had toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a while and upon my return from that vacation, I decided to just do it!  And do it I did!

Some things are like that in life -- you need to just do them.  Sitting around talking (and talking, and talking, and talking) really doesn't get you anywhere.  Taking the first step is really the hardest sometimes.  After that, you look back and wonder why you waited so long in the first place.  Do you have things like that in your life?  My advice -- do it!  Don't let fear stop you.  Step out there and give something new a try.

Soon after publishing a few posts, I knew I wanted the look of the blog to be freshened up.  I solicited the help of Ali, from Ali in Bloom, and love the design she made for me.  As a matter of fact, just this week she helped make my font a bit bigger so reading a post can be a little easier.  She also added on the side my latest pins on Pinterest and what I've shared on Instagram.

Two years later I can honestly say that I still love blogging.  Having a full time "real" job keeps me so busy at times that blogging has to move to the side, but it never leaves my mind.  I love having an outlet to share ideas and adventures with others.  Even more importantly, I love reading your comments and getting your emails.  Honestly, I'm the type of person that needs THRIVES on positive feedback.  Some days your comments are the best part of my day!

Through it all, my friends Linda and Dorothy have liked every single Facebook post I've had sharing my blog link.  EVERY.SINGLE.ONE!  Now that is great friends!  And Eric, my husband, has shared every single post mentioning my blog.  What a devoted husband!  My friend, Michelle, from Grammie Time, has commented on almost all the posts I've published.  Thanks guys!  Diligently supporting my blog is just one of the many reasons I love these guys!

There are still a million ideas I have for this little space on the internet and hope to put some of them in place before another year rolls around.  I want to thank each and every one of you for reading Penny's Passion and hope you stick around and watch the evolution that's to come.

So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  What about you?  What's on your mind?  Link up your blog post below and let us know!  See you tomorrow for my Five on Friday.

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  1. And today's comment is no exception. Congratulations on 2 years. Doesn't seem that long ago does it? I do like the changes to your sidebar and I for one am thanking you for making the font bigger. I can see it better. Still need the old reading glasses, but it does make it easier. Now I only wish a few others would DARKEN their font because I'm going to go blind trying to read some. Here's to many more years blogging.

  2. Congrats on 2 years!! I just started blogging this year! I wish I would have done it sooner! I love this little community!! I linked up today "thinking out loud" about my water in take and how I need to drink more of it:)
    Thank you for hosting this link up!!

  3. Congrats on 2 years! You're right, sometimes you just have to "Do It" and stop thinking or talking about it. That's how I entered the blogging pool too! You're very lucky to have such supportive friends. I give a lot of credit to my Mom for her continued support, which is the main reason I continued blogging. Keep up the great writing! :)

  4. Congratulations on your two years, Penny! You've just summed up my most favorite thing about blogging on here and that's just the act of putting things out there. You can plan it out as much as you want, but at the end of the day, it'll still be full of surprises along the way. Thanks so much for sharing your milestone with us on #shinebloghop this week!

  5. Congratulations! What an amazing milestone, and friends too. Here's to many more years!

  6. Congratulations on your blog birthday!

    Nellwyn |

  7. Fabulous! Congrats and happy blogging anniversary, Penny. :-)

  8. Congrats on 2 years! And I have a few friends like this, they are wonderful aren't they?

  9. Happy Blogiversary! This is a milestone in blogging. You started, you stuck to your guns, and you haven't given up. Way to go. Many things in your post, I can reflect on for myself. I get so busy with my full-time job that blogging can sometimes take a back step. Again congrats! ~Lowanda

  10. Yay! Happy Birthday to the blog ha That is such a great milestone to hit :)

  11. Congrats on two years!!

    I had my old blog for 6 years but I shut it down 1.5 years ago. I just started a brand new blog just three weeks ago!