Friday, 29 May 2015

it's my half birthday!

midlife blog ~ cresting the hill
Nice of Ryan to send me good wishes!
I can't believe it's been six months since I started this blog! I thought I'd be lucky to last six weeks.... and yet here I am celebrating my first half birthday!

Seeing that I didn't even know there was any such thing as a half birthday prior to writing this blog, it shows how far I've come in the last six months of blogging - and to have a picture of Ryan Gosling as part of my post also means that I've gotten into the whole "meme" thing without even trying! It's been a really fun journey so far and I am so pleased with all the friends I've been making along the way - thanks girls!

Anyway.....to celebrate this momentous occasion I've made a few cosmetic changes to my blog page - changed the colours (I was getting tired of the green) and freshened things up a little bit. I have a new header picture that I think reflects the blog better and I'm feeling a lot more positive than when I originally started writing six months ago. It's a nice to feel content with where I'm at and to be looking forward to what the future holds.

I like the idea or having a good think every six months or so and adding or subtracting things that I think need to change (in my blog AND in my life!). I don't imagine I'll be swapping blog platforms or anything exciting at this stage - I'm a microbe in the ocean of blogging and Blogger meets my needs very nicely and will do for a long time to come.

So, happy half birthday to me - I was going to buy the T-shirt but it didn't come in my size - I saw this one (below) that I loved and it comes with a matching tutu and headband (shame I wasn't small enough to fit into it!)
midlife blog ~ cresting the hill
my cyber T-shirt
Thank you to those of you who pop by to read and say hi every so often - it's been lovely sharing the journey with you so far and I look forward to many more half birthdays ahead!

21 comments:

  1. I do like your knew look and that photo header is beautiful. I did like the old one too but I agree this one is fresher. Happy Half Birthday girl.
    Kathleen

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Kathleen - I thought the new header summed up how I'm feeling at the time being!

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  2. Oh yeah, Ryan and I expect that we'll be celebrating more milestones with you in the future!

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    1. Thanks Mithra - it was lovely of you and Ryan to stop by and join my party - I do hope I'll be around for a few more!

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  3. Love the header photo - she looks so happy and free!

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    1. Hi Kim - I really liked her too - I thought she could be me if I close my eyes and thought happy thoughts :)

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  4. I am always assessing how my blog looks, if my ads are ok, if my sidebar is working. Maintaining a blog takes a lot of time!

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    1. Nice to know that a "professional" blogger is always assessing - makes me feel a lot better! thanks Sharon

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  5. Thanks for reminding me that I'm due for a blog overhaul. Now that you've made it to your 6 month blogging birthday (congrats by the way), I'd urge you to reconsider staying on as a blogspot blog. It might be time to migrate to wordpress.org and "own" your own blog---because right now, Google owns it (of course, don't they own everything?) If you haven't claimed the crestingthehill.com url, at least do that. Write on!

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    1. Thanks for the advice Suzanne - I am in the process of claiming my url - I just need to get on and do it and you are now my motivating voice! wordpress may be next on my agenda :)

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  6. I am constantly changing things up on my blog. It's like changing the furniture around in my house. I get tired of looking at the same old things day in and day out. I love how yours is looking! Happy blogging birthday!

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    1. Thanks Rena - it's nice to have a fresh change isn't it :)

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  7. Happy half birthday, Leanne! I really like the new layout. It took me more than 2 years to go self-hosted. You have time, my dear.
    Congrats on the feature of #FridayBlogBooster!

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    1. Thanks for the reassurance Debbie - I feel fine with blogger for now but if I'm still pounding the keyboard in another year or so then I might be brave and self-host :)

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  8. Hi Leanne! Congratulations on being 1/2 a year old here on your blog! And I love to celebrate just about everything so this is an excellent way to throw another holiday in here! You've got a great blog that looks great and I can't wait to see where you go from here! ~Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy - thanks for the positive words (your specialty!) feel free to eat cake in my honour!

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  9. Happy ½! Nice of Ryan. Fun to change things up and I wish you many more ½'s and whole !

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    1. Thanks Haralee - I do love a birthday wish from Ryan (and from you!)

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  10. I love the new look - and your outlook! Happy half birthday - and here's to many more! I have loved Blogger, and have no plans to relocate either. Looking forward to your future posts.

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    1. Thanks for the blogger love Susan - I'm finding it a really easy platform at the time being - I guess it's a case of never say never, but I'll be here for quite a while longer :)

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  11. Hi Leanne,
    I am stopping by (again) to let you know that I featured your blog on my Shout Out Saturday blog of May.
    Thank you for sharing so many great posts!

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