Happy 1st Birthday, Bluesky Kitchen. Hello everyone. Welcome to the party!
I can’t believe I just typed that title. One year ago today in 2015, I launched Bluesky Kitchen. What started as an occasional, “I don’t know what I’m doing” place to write a bit about cooking and crafts in 2014 was reborn into a real, honest to goodness blog with a real logo, pretty colors and fonts, posts, and pages, and photography that I hope is getting better every day.
One year ago, I hardly knew what Pinterest was, had never heard of Instagram, had never heard of DSLR, CTA, or SEO. I didn’t know what MailChimp or PicMonkey were, much less how to use them; now they are two of my best friends. I was truly what is called in the blog world, a newbie, a blog baby.
Today I have active and growing Pinterest and Instagram accounts. (Thank you so much to all you who are following; love you all.) My email subscribers have grown ~ love my community who open my newsletter The Bulletin every week for extra recipes, cooking lessons, and cooking videos. (Please sign up ~ that’s a CTA!) Readers to blueskyathome.com continue to grow, giving me the confidence and commitment to keep writing and taking pictures and cooking and completing projects that might have stayed as visions in my head. As a creative person who loves to stay busy, I can occasionally get a little lazy. (Sometimes I like to do nothing more than read a good book, watch recordings of Outlander or Grey’s Anatomy, drink sweet iced tea and munch popcorn.)
People to Thank
*the fabulous ladies who put on Haven Conference and the blogger instructors for sharing their knowledge and giving me the inspiration to begin this blogging journey.
*the wonderful Cristina of Elan Blog Studio, my talented web and graphic designer, who took the vision of what I wanted my blog to look like and turned it into reality. And who is always there to answer my silly questions. The fact that she lives on the other side of the world has never stopped her from being there for me.
*the talented and generous Kirsten Thompson of Sweet Tea LLC and The Mason Jar who teaches about all things e~mail marketing and other blogger topics. We share a love of sweet iced tea, we both live in cities named Dallas, and we both have black Labs. And she thinks I’m “stinkin’ cute”. Love that girl.
*my Lone Star Sisters, my Texas blogging Facebook group, some of the sweetest ladies I know.
*my blogger BFFs Holly, Diane, Kristy, Gloria, and Christine; we met at Haven 2015, formed Southern Haven Tribe, launched Your Inspired Design Link Party. They have been so supportive, informative and inspirational this past year. Our group has evolved the past year, but they were with me at the beginning.
*and last, but not least, Sweet Shark, the most supportive and patient husband a blogger girl could have. He has snapped a shot when my hands were covered in food, waited on dinner while I finished writing a post, made drinks for me to post about (That was not a hard task!), moved stuff around for photos, and proof~read posts and caught typos and weird wording, and so many other little things, I can’t count. His encouragement is unfailing and constant. I know most bloggers couldn’t have this crazy career without a supportive partner, and I’m so blessed to have mine.
The Reason for Bluesky Kitchen
When I started Bluesky Kitchen, I wanted to share with readers my love and experience in cooking and my passion for creating a beautiful home, with a bit of humor thrown in. I hope that I have provided you, dear reader, with cooking lessons, recipes, DIY and paint projects, home tours, party ideas, tablescapes, and travel experiences that have been beneficial, instructional, and inspiring. It is my goal going forward to provide even more and better content for YOU. Better photography, better ideas, better benefits.
A Give Away
In celebration of our (me and Bluesky Kitchen) 1 year birthday, I want to give one lucky reader a prize ~ my very first give away, Yeah! This book, Kitchen Hacks, How Clever Cooks Get Things Done (from the publishers of Cook’s Illustrated) is over 300 pages jam~packed with useful, practical cooking information and tips that will make life in your kitchen more enjoyable and efficient. I love my copy and I want one of you to have it, too.
Just enter the give away below. It’s open for 1 WEEK, ending next Sunday, August 21st at midnight. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, August 24nd.
Pour a glass of sweet iced tea and enjoy the party. I know I am.