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Monday, January 16, 2017

Poppyseeder Turns 1 + Giveaway! (CLOSED)

blogiversary giveaway

As of today Poppyseeder is 1 year old. I can't believe that I have stuck with this blog for a whole year. Not only that, but I have no intentions of abandoning it. Crazy! Now it's time to delve into my past a bit, because would this really be a blogiversary post without me describing my history with blogging? No.

I grew up journaling every single night. It started as a requirement for school, then I did it on my own because I loved to look back and read the usually mundane details of my life. Before middle school I bought a ginormous orange, fuzzy-covered diary from Claire's and I wrote in it almost every night before bed all three years of middle school. Unfortunately I threw it away out of pure embarrassment when I got into high school. That diary contained details about my first real crush, my first not-so-real boyfriend (I mean, it was middle school), and every stupid, petty, angsty detail of my oh-so-difficult life. Tweens, amirite?

During high school I moved away from the fuzzy orange diary and branched out to Blogger and LiveJournal. I used Blogger to share my terrible prose poetry that made no sense whatsoever and I used LiveJournal to share every detail of my day plus YouTube videos for songs I loved at the moment. I shared every single thought and feeling I had during my turbulent teen years on LiveJournal because I didn't think anyone I knew read it and because I didn't want to burden my friends and family with my problems. I just wanted to get things off my chest. I thought it was a good system. Turns out someone I knew did read it, and they used it to mock me relentlessly for years, which caused me to take a break from blogging for a while.

I started a new blog during college that left out the personal stuff and focused on my adventures in environmental advocacy, the short time I lived in Washington D.C., and trying to figure out how to grow every vegetable under the sun in containers on my patio. I used that blog for a few years but deleted it and all the content when I was going through a particularly rough time. I was really proud of that blog and it had lots of photos that existed only there, so about 45 minutes later I definitely regretted hitting the self-destruct button.

Sharing my life on the internet isn't easy for me, even with the teeny tiny spotlight that I have. I'm still wary about sharing too much, I still cringe when I find out that someone I know in real life reads my blog, and I still have so much self-doubt that I'm constantly battling. Will I hate all of my posts by next year? Yeah, probably, but oh well.

Anyway, I'm happy with where my blog is now, I'm happy that I decided to start it up again, and I'm happy that I'm sticking with it. I think I've found the line of sharing too much (at least, I hope) and I have been so darn reclusive the past few years, this has helped me crawl out of my little turtle shell.

A Look Back
Camden, Maine library

If you read all that, I appreciate you! If you're just here for the giveaway and didn't read any of that...I guess I appreciate you, too...but not as much 😉 Let's get to it.


The purpose of this giveaway is just to say thanks for reading, whether you're a new reader or have been around for a while. The prize of this giveaway is a $25 Amazon gift card so that you can treat yourself to a 'lil something. I will be sending it to the winner via e-mail, so there is no need to provide a mailing address.


RULES + OTHER INFO
  • This giveaway is open only to residents of the USA who are 18 years of age or older.
  • My friends and family are not eligible, sorry y'all. 
  • This giveaway is not sponsored, I am purchasing the prize with my own money. 
  • One winner will be picked randomly via Rafflecopter and *I will be verifying that they have completed the mandatory entry tasks*. I will then notify the winner via e-mail and Twitter and they have 48 hours to claim their prize before I pick a runner-up winner.  
  • The giveaway is open for entries between 12AM EST January 16th and 12AM EST February 20th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I'm pretty confident that this year is going to bring bigger and better things. Thanks again for being here and good luck!
27 comments on "Poppyseeder Turns 1 + Giveaway! (CLOSED)"
  1. The best thing that happened in 2016 was my niece was born and I became an aunt!

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    1. That's awesome! I became an aunt in 2016, too! 😊

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  2. The best thing that's happened to me in the last year would have to be buying my first home.

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    1. Congratulations! I'm planning to do so this year. I'm nervous but so excited!

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  3. found out I'm going to be a grandma next year

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  5. The best thing that happened to me in 2016 was moving into an apartment in an awesome area that's all mine! :)

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  6. The best thing about 2016 was that I quit smoking (1 year on Jan 20th)!

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  7. I was able to get together with my aunts who I haven't seen in 10 years!

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  8. Congrats on one year! That's so awesome. I'm glad that you've stuck with it and don't plan to stop any time soon. (:

    Single Vegas Girl
    http://singlevegasgirl.blogspot.com

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  9. I got to meet my best friends from high school after almost 30 years! We picked up right where we left off! It was great!

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  10. The best thing that happened to me in the past year was the insane amount of traveling I've been doing! I'm exploring Europe this year through excessive studying abroad and it's honestly been such a period of growth.
    www.natillie.com

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  11. I think I've finally learned how to be both a mom and working professional. It doesn't mean I won't have to keep re-learning how to balance life but at least now I don't feel guilty loving both my baby and my job! Huge progress for me!

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    1. I bet it's a huge weight off your shoulders! Way to go 😊

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  12. The best thing that happened to me in the past year is that I learned that I am capable of growing food for my family and myself!

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    1. That's awesome! 😊 I used to grow tons of food but then started moving so often, it just didn't make sense to keep doing it 🙁 Hopefully that will change soon.

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