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Reflections on 5 Years of Blogging

It was indeed a cold and rainy day five years ago when I launched Style Maniac. 
I had no idea then what would happen or where it would lead.

 I didn't know I would journey ...
From reading a digital magazine for the first time to being published in one.
From joining social networks to co-founding one.
From reading about flash mobs to staging one.
From writing about brands to launching one.
From playing around with Polyvore to selling couture.
From finding out about Twitter, to joining Twitter, to having people laugh at me for joining Twitter, 
to having those same people join Twitter themselves, to watching as the world joined Twitter.
From going weeks without a single comment to holding an ongoing conversation 
and forging new friendships with readers around the world.
 From having people ask "What's a blog?" to witnessing bloggers
change the way information and news is shared.

Along the way I ...
Was invited to join this pretty new start-up called Pinterest.
Found out about this cool new app called Instagram.
Met artists, designers, photographers, entrepreneurs.
Became friends with authors on my bookshelves.
Built sandcastles from the air, spread glitter and gold, 
traveled to Paris, Bulgaria, Tokyo, Greece 
without leaving my desk.

Together we ...
Supported each other in sad times, bolstered each other on dark days,
celebrated royal weddings, new babies, new businesses.
Revealed our dreams, our fears, our desires.
Found in each other kindred souls 
who love books and beautiful things,
who believe you can be smart and strong and chic,
who agree that living every day 
with style and color and love and laughter
is the only way to live.

These past five years have flown by in the blink of an eye.  As I type this post on a frigid January day, the sun shines bright through the window, good news has just arrived in an email and I have the sense that so many of us who have been on this blogging journey together will find that as we have been posting daily or weekly or monthly with our heart and soul we have actually been building our dreamsHere's looking to what's next and hoping those dreams coming true for all of us.

Top photo via Lisa Roy. Bottom photo via Nest Pretty Things.


Denine Gorniak said...

5 years! Wow! 5 Years - amazing. And what you have accomplished in that time is a testament to spirit of you and the blog. Congratulations and thanks for continuing to be an inspiring friend and fellow blogger!

Barbara said...

Quite a ride! You were one year ahead of me and definitely instrumental in keeping me motivated. It seems like a lifetime, it seems like the blink of an eye. I'll be entering my 5th year of blogging next month. I'm excited and energized, which is more than I can say about any previous venture I've had. I'm also launching a new blog, thanks to the advice from my Blogstress co-founders.
Congratulations! May the next 5 be even more exciting!

'LUSH' said...

I just feel really good after reading this post. The words make me feel, and visualize, what you are expressing, and it's good! I love all that you share, and how you share it--your posts do not follow the typical protocol, and I love that! I am overjoyed that I am connected to you because of your blog. You have encouraged me in so many ways, and warmed my heart unexpectedly when I needed it! Congratulations on ALL of your accomplishments! And, Happy 5 year anniversary, Doreen! I love STYLE MANIAC!!!

Style Maniac said...

Thank you, Denine, what a lovely comment. How crazy is it that we live in the same city -- but only met through blogging? A lovely turn of events! Looking forward to many more good times and adventures to come.

Style Maniac said...

From zero to five -- and beyond! Thank you, Barb, for being one of the reasons I keep blogging, for all your support, and for always contributing to the conversation.

Style Maniac said...

And this is why we blog! Thank you, Shelly, for making it such a joy and for showing that online friendships really are true friendships. Here's to many more great times to come.

Style Maniac said...

Thank you to all of you who have emailed and written on Facebook with congratulations! Sorry to hear that you have been having problems commenting here. Trying to figure out what happened ...

Lee Romano Sequeira said...

This is such a DELICIOUS post, I'm savoring every word! I especially loved what you wrote about traveling to far away places, all from your desk. I think I'll enjoy somewhere exotic today myself!

♫•*(¯`v´¯)¸.•*✿ HAPPY 5th!
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tinseltine.com said...

Happy 5th Anniversary indeed! You're so right, so much has happened in 5 years of blogging; things we now take for granted, were so new when we first began.

Your journey has been lovely and amazing! Amen to building and living our dreams.

Rosemary Nardone said...

Congrats on your five years! Time does fly when blogging for some reason, new to your site and loving what I see. Here is to another 5 years!!

Heather Lindstrom said...

Doreen! What a lovely, celebratory post! Congrats on your 5 years of blogging and all things social media. Your blog has always been a spot of style, fashion, art, joie de vivre with a big dose of heart. I love stopping by and I'm so happy we've met through blogging. You may not now this but along with Shelly from Lush (my first blog follower) you were one of my first blogging commenters and it was very exciting. Again congrats and I can hardly wait to follow you the next 5 years my friend.
Cheers xx

designchic said...

5 years, Doreen, what a wonderful accomplishment. We love your blog and are always inspired and uplifted when we visit...wishing you many, many more years of success!!

Style Maniac said...

Thank you,Rosemary and welcome to Style Maniac!

Style Maniac said...

Isn't that lovely! Blog friends are what keep us going. So glad you are one of mine. xoxo

Style Maniac said...

Thank you Beth & Kristy! I have so enjoyed our blog friendship. Here's to all the wonderful and chic things to come for all of us :)

Style Maniac said...

Lee, you know you are a main reason I have made it this far. Thank you, my friend.

Style Maniac said...

Amen indeed! 2014 is our year, LeAnne!


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