Yes, indeed, it has really been two years of me pushing the publish button. I know it feels like just yesterday we were high-fiving and butt-bumping about my one-year blog anniversary and yet here we are again. Here’s a little review of the past year.
What have I learned?
- Posting everyday doesn’t work for me: For a while, I was trying to have a post (or blog update) go out every day or at least 6 times a week but I determined that is way too much. Writing takes time and then you have to edit. And then, I like to sleep on it and edit again. Taking photographs, then editing and optimizing the photos, then adding the photos to the posts – it all takes a lot of time.
- I love to get out! I love attending events, conferences, and meetings that allow me to meet real people. Not that readers or bloggers aren’t real, just that I completely need to get out from behind my computer screen and be social in person or IRL – In Real Life – it’s the best. Speaking about frugal living and home swapping has also helped me get out from behind my computer, too.
- Don’t believe me: Whenever I say, “Okay, I’m getting on my computer for just a few minutes,” my family knows the truth and it’s never just a few minutes. I try hard not to become “Internet Girl” but I’m easily distracted by things on the web. Nothing is easy or takes “just a few minutes” like I always think it will. Only our commitment to Technology Free Sundays and the wi-fi being turned off on Sundays, helps me to stay away from my computer. I like to have the forced day off from technology and it helps me be present with my family – and not to be distracted.
- Pinterest is not a fad: Pinterest is here to stay. I remember my sister telling me about it and how I needed to open an account but I was dragging my feet because I didn’t need one more social media channel to keep track of. Pinterest sends me a lot of traffic so I finally wised up (and sucked it up – what’s one more social media channel? Plus it’s so fun and pretty!) and you can find me on Pinterest as Go Gingham.
- I call Photoshop! I really enjoy taking pictures and no, I do not have a fancy camera. I do get up really close to what I’m shooting and use a little tri-pod. Keeping the camera still makes a huge difference for me when taking pictures. Taking my pictures outside on a cloudy day and inside on a sunny are also little tricks I’ve learned. My early posts have pictures that I’d really like to retake but I have to let go.
What will this year bring?
- Updates from you: Please keep the comments coming – or leave your fist comment today – it’s easy! Keep stopping me at the grocery store, library, social gatherings or various conferences to tell me what you’re doing to simplify and live frugally. Tell me about that DIY project you’re tackling, or maybe how you’re still driving the same car or my all time favorite – having your kids do more chores! Apologies to my nephew who told me over the phone, “Thanks a LOT, Aunt Sara.” His mom, my sister-in-law, had evidently gotten some kid chore related ideas from Go Gingham! I love it!
- Fewer updates or posts per week: Even though I have no shortage of material (trust me!), I only want to fill this website and your email boxes with quality material and posts. I don’t want to “blog” everyday just to have something go out for the sake of “blogging every day.” Everyone has a limited amount of time to sit in front of a screen and I want to respect yours.
- Secret stuff: I don’t want to share too much here but I’ve got some exciting things in the “maybe” category or “this is a possibility” but don’t want to jinx myself or count my chicks before they’re hatched. I’ll keep you posted on these!
- Monetizing?!?: The elusive “make money from your blog” goal (yes, bloggers everywhere are smiling and nodding in agreement here) is another objective for this year but one that I struggle with. Every day my email box has several offers of a give away for my readers, a coupon every reader will want to have or a company wants me to review their product (it’s the best!). Yes, I could pimp my site out and pocket some quick cash but that’s not who I am or how I want my site to be.
Along with this “monetizing” theme, here are two additions I’m adding to Go Gingham:
PayPal donation: If you’re inspired to give me a tip (it’s equivalent to a cup of coffee!), you can do so here.
Amazon shopping link: If you’re already are an online shopper, you can use this button to get to Amazon to do your shopping. It costs you nothing but gives me a few pennies for purchases made.
Both of these buttons are also on the home page as well. Thank you in advance for using them.
Lastly, and not at all least, a big fat virtual hug and thank you, dear readers, for reading what I publish here. I love how there is such a positive exchange of ideas around frugal living and how it can be done simply and with style.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you!
If you’re reading this in your reader or email, please click over to see the mini-makeover I’ve given my site. It was getting to be too busy and there was too much gingham – I know what you’re probably thinking – did she really say too much gingham? Yes, there was too much busy-ness with gingham!
Here’s the before…..
Here’s the after….
I know just enough about WordPress and website “stuff” to make these changes myself but am always afraid of messing things up. If you want to experiment with making changes to blog or website, change your own CSS, HTML, or PHP, have your hosting company help you set up a practice site. Having a practice site is free and gives me such a big piece of mind because I can practice over there and make mistakes and it’s not on my live site.
What do you think of the mini-makeover?
Go Gingham related links:
Meet Internet Girl – she’s fun and likes shiny objects
Our weekly ritual – Technology Free Sundays
BlogHer in my backyard – a fun blogger event I hosted
BlogHer food and too much fun
Create your own website (or blog!) Go Gingham style
The launch of my professional site is here and my speaking schedule is here
Free tools for your blog or website – really, free!
28 thoughts on “Happy Two Year Anniversary Go Gingham”
Congratulations on your anniversary! It’s great to reach a milestone, especially when you’ve worked so hard to keep the content well worth reading. The new look is lovely, and I look forward to another year of great ideas. Thanks for your work.
Thank you, Judi! I appreciate your feedback and am always happy to hear from you.
Thanks for your kind words.
Happy Anniversary! I love reading your posts, and I also love the new site look. It feels lighter and brighter. I can’t wait to see it live one day!
Thanks, Fabiola! I look forward to meeting you in person. Keep me posted on the next meet-up.
Thank you for your nice compliment, too, about the re-do!
Happy Anniversary, my friend!! Such an accomplishment. I always look forward to your inspiring updates in my mailbox. Love the new look!!
Thank you, dear Carrie! Of course the IRL is sweeter because of you. Thank you for your kind words.
I loved reading all your revelations, hearing what’s to come, and seeing your new look. I love it and I like your new tagline too: simple, healthy and less expensive.
All very good things — happy anniversary, and you go girl!
Oh, Amy, it’s always good to change things up and thank you! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you and can’t wait until our “Frugal Mama Contributors Meeting” which should take place somewhere warm and tropical!
Thank you, Amy, thank you!!
Love your mini-makeover! And the new buttons. Thought for sure you’ve been at this business longer than 2 years–you’re so pro at it. 🙂
Rita, you are too kind!! Thank you, thank you.
One of these days our schedules will align and we’ll do our big field trip plan 🙂
Love the mini-makeover.
A little about me: my husband calls me the Grammar Police. I think you are missing the “)” in the paragraph on Pinterest. I cannot edit on the screen, if something is important I have to print and edit.
Any ol’ time you want to grammar police me, please feel free! My editor misses things sometimes (that’s my husband!) and I do, too.
Thanks for all of your great comments here, Karen. I really appreciate your input!
Have you read “Eats Shoots and Leaves” yet? If you love grammar, you’ll love it. I probably don’t have commas in the right spot on the title but you get the idea 🙂
Thank you, Karen.
Happy anniversary! I found you about one year ago. The mini-makeover looks great. I noticed it right away. 🙂
Thank you, Carrie! I appreciate you finding me so that I could find you! Have a great day.
Could not get the paste and copy to work. I think your “)” goes in the Pinterest paragraph after “channel?”
Without the second one it leaves the reader hanging.
Karen, thank you! Now I see where you mean….there’s a teeny-tiny bit more to the sentence on the next line 🙂
Thank you for noticing and for keeping such a close eye on my writing! Thank you.
So happy for you (and really me, since I love to read all your posts!) on your two year anniversary! Keep up the good work ~ I am sure that we can all use a little “stylish frugality” in our lives. The new look of your website is fabulous; I didn’t think it needed updating, but now I can’t imagine it in the former version :).
You’re so sweet! Thank you for reading my posts and yes, putting fun into frugal is always good. 🙂 Thanks for your good wishes, Darcy!!
Congrats, Sara! You have been working so hard and have made your blog so great and professional and fun! I so admire your perseverance. Keep up the good work!!!
Oh, Annie! Thank you, dear friend. Who knew all those years ago driving around the beltway together that we’d bond over our blogs!
Thank you, Annie.
I like both versions of your site — the first one had a lot of character that matches your online personality. Yes, it may have been a wee bit busy with the gingham background, but it added to the personality of the site.
This one is more airy and cooler (“wintery”). The other style was more “summery”/warmer.
Takes a lot of work to keep a blog going — so many start and don’t maintain it, or it ends up being too nonsensical and poorly written. Yours provides a glimpse into what it really means to live within ones means and still be able to do those things you really want to do without crying, “woe is me.”
What a nice and heart-felt comment. Thank you. I absolutely love your take away about my blog because that’s most certainly what frugal living is all about!
Thank you for being such a great reader. I appreciate your comments, history, and point of view on what I write. I know that when you leave a comment, it’s going to be good and make me think!
Thank you, Sue.
Congratulations, Sara! Everything that you’ve said about blogging is right on! Also, I love the new blog design – it’s so pretty!!!
Thank you, Rayna! I appreciate your feedback and know that you know what I’m talking about here.
It was time for a new design here!
Thanks, Rayna. Looking forward to our meeting – whenever that may be!
I thought something looked different! I love the new look. And happy anniversary.
Thank you for noticing the changes and anniversary wishes! Keep on blogging! 🙂
Congratulations on two years! I noticed the change right away and it looks great, it’s fun to mix things up every once in awhile I know I’m due.
You know I missed my blogaversary this year how did that happen?
Thanks, Petra! Happy anniversary to you, too. Too busy sewing to notice is my guess 😉
Thanks for noticing the redo. I needed a little frshening up here!!
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