Wow. Twelve years of blogging (or, of owning jessaluknits.com, since I’ve lapsed the past few years). I’m so grateful for all of the friends I have made through blogging, knitting, spinning and sewing. Thank you all for sticking with me for so long! (I’m also super happy to have a record of my daughter’s awkward teen years to hold over her head…it’s how I show my love ;op )
So let’s celebrate! I like to celebrate blog anniversaries and birthdays like the Hobbits do – don’t give me a gift, I give the gifts!
Comment on this post and you’ll earn a chance to win a bag (or $26 off a larger bag) from my shop! If you tweet/Instagram/facebook/blog and let your friends know, and they mention you in their comment here, you get another chance to win! (and who knows, I might go all crazy and give a prize to the person with the most name mention entries just because ;) ) Let’s use the hashtag #JessaLu12Years to keep things organized – if you have a private IG/twitter/fb account and I don’t follow you, keep in mind I won’t be able to see your posts, so come back here to let me know you’ve posted!
Also, I’ll be adding prizes when we hit comment milestones – the first one is 50 – once we get to 50 comments, I’ll add a Gale’s Art sock blank to the prize pile!
Also, let’s keep the twitter stuff to a dull roar, ok? spread them out and 3x/day minimum – this contest will be open until Monday night to give everyone at Stitches and Spa a chance to enter when they get back to checking online ;)
…it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? About 2 years…crazy. So last year, I ended up not doing a blog contest because my house was falling down around me (okay, not ALL of my house, just the ceiling in the upstairs hallway) and we ended up doing an extensive redo of the upstairs hall on the same weekend as
my anniversary. I reupped my hosting and then completely forgot until mid-summer then felt like an idiot to do an anniversary contest then for an anniversary in February, so I put it off again. (well, I had surgery, then a tick thing, then fall shows, then christmas sales and a sideways tooth extraction, it was crazy.)
So here I am again, on my blog anniversary again, wondering why the hell I don’t sit down and write like this more often. It’s so easy to pop off a quick post on instagram or facebook that I have completely abandoned blogging and I shouldn’t. This is the spot where I write my own personal story and I need to do that more often. Call me a narcissistic navel-gazer, but I think my anxiety and depression were better when I typed out what was going on so I’m going to try to give this a go again. Beginning with an anniversary contest for my 12th year of paying for blog hosting. ;) That post will be up in a day or so so get ready, I’ll be running it with the old rules, if you share the link and someone mentions you in the comments, you’ll get more entries!
See you soon!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! A big thank you to everyone who Instagrammed, Tweeted, Facebooked and commented on my anniversary post – I read each and every one and they are wonderful!
Quite a few of you said you would like to see me blog more – and I will try. I worry about talking about the same thing too much, but I guess here I will add more commentary and more story to the quick pictures I post elsewhere. :o)
Speaking of pictures…I do have a couple that I haven’t shared anywhere else. R received a package in the mail the other day – this is rare, I’m usually the one to get fun packages (with YARN in them, get your minds out of the gutter ;op) and you can see how happy he is to get something that’s for him in this pic:
Look! A dimple, even! What was in the package?
A nice warm slouchy hat knit for him by our Cookie! Love! It even matches his eyes ;o) He’s barely taken it off since – it’s kind of awesome :o)
So you guys probably aren’t here just for the hat…right? You want to know who won, too! Okay then!
I put all of the entries into a spreadsheet and did the random number thing – and here are the winners!
and Winner #2:
Congrats to you both!! Emails will be going out to both of you in the morning!! (it’s 1am here…no email from me will make any sense right now.)
Also, speaking of the shop (each winner now can apply a $25 credit to a bag of their choice in my shop) – now that I’ve fixed what I broke on Friday (yeah. It was A Weekend.) there will be a shop update at 4pm Monday!
Thank you again for all of your comments, tweets, facebook posts and instagram reposts – you guys all helped make my 10th blogaversary awesome!
I’ve been staring at that title for ten minutes. Because I don’t really know what to say.
This week is my 10 year blog anniversary – 10 years since I posted this post that started it all. However, last year I only posted three times. 3. Can you say you’ve been blogging for 10 years when you only posted 3 times (and 2 were posts about your 9 year anniversary) during the past year? This is my conundrum.
I post so much on Instagram and Facebook (and Twitter gets my IG auto-posts) that posting here is an afterthought. I think about it and then I’m like…why bother? How many times do people really want to hear about my latest knitting project or cross stitch (I’m cross stitching again, by the way) or how many socks I cranked on a Sunday afternoon (since my boss finally gives me 1 day a week off). I don’t want to flood social media and make you all sick of me. So I don’t post here.
I know I should. Maybe I should post here when I finish a project and put all of the IG pics in one spot? At least then I’d have a record…oh wait, I have Ravelry for that.
Maybe I should post about my shows and getting ready for them etc. …but wait, do you guys really want to hear about how I was sewing for 14 hours a day and RR was ironing and cutting interfacing?
How much navel-gazing can one introverted, slightly shy girl do, anyway?
Here’s another reason I don’t update much – I began this post, my computer locked up, I had to scan it then install 25 (!) updates. I dug out my iPad keyboard, installed the WordPress app and…it wouldn’t let me log in. SO now I’m typing this on my iPad in the browser hoping nothing crashes before it saves my draft while my desktop is on update 7 of 25. I’m ready to smash something.
Since it is an anniversary of me reserving jessaluknits.com and writing a post…I’m going to do my usual Hobbit birthday-esque don’t-give-me-a-gift-I’ll-give-you-one if you comment you have a chance to win something thing. ;o) and if you tell your friends and they mention you in the comment, you get another chance. Tweets get 1 chance plus if you are mentioned, a second chance. Let’s keep the tweets to 3 per day though, ok? Spaced out nicely throughout the day, too, not all posted at once. ;o)
Up first! $25 towards the bag of your choice from my shop! If we get to 50 comments, I’ll add a second prize drawing! We went over the 50 mark so there will be 2 drawings for $25 towards the bag of your choice!
Comments are now closed! Thank you everyone! Winners posted in my 2/23/2015 blog post – good luck!
I posted a photo on my Instagram and Facebook when I first got this tattoo at the end of July but didn’t really go into the thought behind my new tattoo – and I need to post to my blog more often since I don’t really feel like a blogger anymore because I seem to only post on my anniversary and holidays. I like blogging, but Instagram is just soooo easy!
Anyway, this post is about my new tattoo and not my laziness ;o)
This year marks 10 years that I have been a part of the fiber community so I decided to get a new tattoo that will remind me of my love of all things wooly – there are a few people who also have been wool marked so I wanted to put my own spin on things. I went with Woolmark ‘Gold’:
I chose the location so I can see this tattoo and my wrist bee while I’m knitting ;o) I had a bit of angst regarding this tat, but I finally came to the realization that the only ink that I have that will ever be truly individual is my SbJL bee since that was designed for me (by my friend Heather – check out her new yarn and designs while you’re over there!) and is my trademark so it can’t be copied.
Anyway, I love my new addition to my tattoo collection and yes, I’m already thinking about what I want next!