Monday, January 16, 2012

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

One year ago today, I hit the publish button on my very first post for Popcorn, Pugs & Peonies.  Named after three of my favorite things, I was looking for a fun, creative outlet to talk about the topics I was interested in.  I had no idea if anyone would actually read it.  Then I got my first comment, (it was from Chloe, someone I look up to in the blogging world *swoon*) and my readership started increasing every month.  I made new friends and discovered new blogs.  I went to a blogger meet-up, wrote some guest posts, and hosted a few giveaways.  It was a fun year.  

What do I hope to do with the blog in 2012?

1) I really want to take a photography class.  I want to learn how to take better pictures (especially since I tend to snap my photos at night without the presence of natural light).

2) I wouldn't mind learning how to use Photoshop Elements as well.  I try to play around with it on my own, and I am a complete disaster.  I currently use Picnik for my everyday needs, and although I like it, I am hoping to learn how to do more.

3) Some of my favorite posts are the ones that require audience participation.  I love hearing from you and reading your responses to the things I talk about.  There will definitely be more of this in the future.

4) A few Pinterest projects.  I bookmark so many things (you can find me here) for future use.  I want to actually try some of them.  I love a good idea.

5.  I would like to do the occasional outfit post.  This was always my goal from the start of the blog, but it just hasn't  happened yet.  I just don't know how to fit it into my day.  I am always running late in the morning, and by the time I get home I feel haggard.  My hats off to all of you amazing bloggers that snap a picture every day.  

6.  More of the same:  pictures of the dogs, recipes, book reviews, pictures from my life, garden updates, shopping, style, awkwards and awesomes, funny stuff I find on the web, and other assorted randomness.  I love to read and comment on your blogs.  I love reading your comments on mine.  As I said in #3, the reader interaction is one of my favorite parts of blogging.  This wouldn't be fun if it was a one-way conversation.  

One more thing.  That celebratory slice of Boston Cream Pie above?  That recipe will be coming your way tomorrow.  You will want to try this cake.


Carly said...

Aaw congrats Erin! The cake looks lovely btw.

Leia said...

Definitely coming back for the recipe! ;)


Adele said...

Congrats Erin on your 1 year anniversary! Look forward to more of the same this year & all your new extras for the blog xoxo

Melbourne on my mind said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary! And that cake looks amazing :)

Loulou said...

Congratulations! Way to blog. Mmm the cake looks really good.

Loulou Downtown

The Blonde Duck said...

Sounds like great goals!

colleen said...

oh my word yes, please post that recipe. and happy birthday to your wonderful blog!

Morgan said...

Conrats on a year of blogging! =) It is a milestone isn't it? Here's to another fun year!

Jax said...

Congrats on making it a whole year in the blogging world :)

Caitie said...

that cake looks unreal ..... def. have a serious sweet tooth now :)


Molliee said...

congrats on 1 year!!! xoxo

fluff and fripperies said...

Happy blog birthday! Well done for growing the site into such a lovely place to visit xo

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging. I'll be checking out your cake. I can't believe I missed a photo of your babies till today.

E said...

Congrats on a year of blogging! I'm the same way with the pinterest projects. I really need to actually make some of the things I've pinned.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I love meeting new bloggers!


Happy Blog birthday Erin!! xo

Bravoe Runway said...

Congratulations on your first blogoversary Erin! I love Chloe as well, she is an awesome blogger :) I can't wait to see that pie tmrw :)

Rach said...

awesome goals!! congrats on 1 year!

Sugar Filled Closet + Newest Blog Post: Purple Monday

pia said...

great ideas !
you're right about the outfit thing, it's hard to find the motivation at the end of the work day. Thats why I usually end up doing it on the weekend. Also by the time i get home form work its already dark outside !
I don't know how some girls manage to post everyday, Its a lot of work !!

great blog, will be following


Lorena said...

Congratulations Erin !
I loook forward to Popcorn, Pugs and Peonies' upcoming year.
Maybe you can start your outfit posts by just doing them on the weekends.

Stephanie said...

Congrats on one year! I'm looking forward to the outfit posts. :)

Kathy S said...

Congratulations! Here's to another great year of blogging!

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