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It’s not long now until Thanksgiving and of late I’ve been reflecting over the past year or two, counting the milestones, big and small, one of which is this blog.
I started it just under 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing, where it would go or what opportunities it would lead to. It started as an on-line journal, a way of documenting my life by incorporating my love of family, food, entertaining, decor and design.
It was never intended for commercial gain and traffic has largely been through word of mouth, a couple of search engines hits and Pinterest and Twitter follows.
I’ve updated it without rhythm or rhyme, a noted blogging ‘no-no’, sharing my thoughts and ideas when inspired, in those brief moments of R&R between my parenting and freelance responsibilities.
And yet, despite the odds, another milestone was met yesterday. Over 50,000 of you have visited this site, having served up over 87,000 pages. Now I know that these numbers may be small in comparison to ‘big time’ blogs, but that’s HUGE for me. I could fill a stadium with you, all peering into my life, sharing my images on Pinterest boards like “My Future Home” and “Design & Beauty”. I’m grateful for you all.
In updating my ‘About’ page (long overdue) I was looking over my personal press folder and realized I’ve been featured in every national newspaper in South Africa, local decor magazines like House & Leisure, Elle Decoration, VISI, Good Taste, Green Home and Home as well as Marie Claire, Fairlady, Mens Health, Food & Home Entertaining, Gourmet, The New York Times and countless blogs.
My ‘How-To’s’ have been published in both print and on-line and covered by Curbly, Wired Magazine and even Home Depot.
I know that the blog doesn’t always engage you in asking questions, prompting you for feedback and comments, though a couple of you have shared words of wisdom, insight, praise and thanks, for that I am to grateful.
I hope in the new year to give the blog a bit of an overhaul, stream line content and categories, but for now, thanks for accepting it for what it is, and what it isn’t.
I’ll be taking a much-needed break and am heading off to New York and Boston for a few days, I plan to eat, relax and hopefully read a novel while taking in my surroundings, engaging in tourism 101.
Till then, keep safe, and thanks for visiting.