My Blog Story Part 1

Hello there IC readers.   I have been thinking a lot about my blog lately, especially when it began and where it is now.   I am deeply grateful for each and every one of you who come to my blog and visit me daily for creative inspiration.   It is humbling and overwhelming to me.   There have been some of you who have been with me since the very beginning.   That is unbelievable to me.   I can’t wait for the day…when I get to meet some of you.  I thought it might be  interesting  for me to write about my blog story.   So this is how it began.

Okay first let me back up and say I wish I knew then what I know now about setting up a blog.  I would be an a whole different place if I had done some research on blogging.  So if you are new to blogging or haven’t set up a blog and want to I highly recommend my friend Court’s free course on how to start a blog.

On so let’s begin shall we? I started blogging 3 1/2 years ago.   My husband, myself and my 14-month old son had just moved from Washington state to Indianapolis.   I started a blog for a few reasons.   First of all, I had no friends and plenty of time on my hands and it was a way to express myself.  Secondly, I also was hoping it would be a way to keep in contact with friends and family far away without having to send an annoying email letter with adorable pictures of my kid each month.   I thought if they wanted to pop in for a visit they could.   If they didn’t no big thing.

Isaac 15 months


I started blogging about my crafty endeavors, refinishing furniture, and decorating on the cheap. Then in December of 2007 Kim from Today’s Creative Blog featured me.

To be honest I felt really out of place on her blog.   I felt not crafty enough and a little embarrassed that she actually thought I was creative.   But it also spoke to this little place in my heart that thought, “Hmmm…maybe I have some inspiration to offer people.”   So I continued on and nurtured that little light that was lit in my heart,

Obviously, life got busier as I acclimated to my new surroundings and made friends.   Then I got pregnant with my daughter.   I had gone ten days overdue with my son and it was utter torture.   So I enacted Operation Project Month in January 2009 and had a project planned each day in order to keep my mind off the waiting game.

Then I had Kayla and I had over 100 comments and congratulation emails from my readers.   It was a weird sort of community to me that 100 people I did not know personally would take time to wish me the best on one of the most exciting days of my life.

I was so grateful and I remember reading those comments in the hospital in tears.

To be continued…

Click here to read Part 2 of My Blogging Story


  1. Traci@ Beneath My Heart says

    I love hearing stories like these…to see how blogs developed over time. Every testimony is inspiring. 🙂

  2. Brooke @ says

    Your kids are adorable! I can't wait to read the rest of your story! 🙂

  3. I love your blog !!! ♥

  4. I LOVE this already! Can't wait to read more. 🙂

  5. Your inspiring to know that one day I could have 100 readers for my blog!! 🙂

  6. Wow as a new blogger it is exciting to read how other blogs that I admire came about! I can't wait to hear more.

  7. You have a great story Beckie! Thanks for sharing it with us along with your creativity.

  8. One Thrifty Chick says

    This is such a great way to start my day! My little blog is so fun for myself, and I hope one day I too will have many blog friends like you do!

    Thank you for all of your inspiration!

  9. Andi @ Potential Treasures says

    I love your story. I also blog to show my furniture transformations and learning to decorate inexpensively. Your blog has really helped with ideas that I have and can't afford to buy brand new. Thank you for your inspirations and I can't wait to hear the rest of your story!

  10. Mique (as in Mickey) says

    I'm proud to say I've followed you from (almost) the beginning. I haven't commented much, but I've always been lurking in the background. 😉 CANNOT wait to meet you in a few weeks. It will be a BLAST.
    And excited to read more of the story. It's fun looking back.

  11. I love this story so far. I can't wait to hear the rest. I didn't even know what a blog was four months ago and now I have been blogging for 3 months and this blog thing seems to snowball. It's an amazing adventure. Your story is inspiring.

  12. Molly Smith says

    I hope you are writing Part 2, because I'm dying to read more! :o)

  13. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says

    I'm so glad you are doing this, Beckie! I'm one of those curious ones, too!

    btw, I gave you (and your blogssss) some link love today.

  14. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says

    I'm so glad you are doing this, Beckie! I'm one of those curious ones, too!

    btw, I gave you (and your blogssss) some link love today.

  15. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More says

    I'm so glad you are doing this, Beckie! I'm one of those curious ones, too!

    btw, I gave you (and your blogssss) some link love today.

  16. It has been really exciting to see where you've gone with this whole blogging thing. I think it fits you so well…..and yes you totally inspire people – always have! And I LOVE saying I've been here since the beginning 🙂

  17. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    I really enjoy reading about how other people got their start in blogging. You should host a linky on this topic sometime, Beckie! I'd join in. 🙂 LOVE that cute little baby belly on Isaac. 🙂

  18. Ditto to what Lee Ann said, this whole blog thing is right up your alley! I too, have been reading your blog since the beginning! I remember when you guys moved – we were in the same boat and left Vancouver to come to Phoenix shortly after you guys did. Can't believe it's been 3 1/2 years already!

  19. Shelley Davis says

    I haven't been with your blog for a real long time. I didn't realize that you were from Washington. So am I. I am from Tacoma now transplanted to Toledo, Ohio. What part of Washington are you from?
    I enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing what you are doing.

    Blessings for a Happy New Year,

  20. Has it only been 3 1/2 years — really??! I guess I might have been with you almost since the beginning. It was my brief encounter with Shannon – your Vancouver BFF – that happened me onto blogging and to your blog… I have been tracking you ever since and enjoying your creativity. I love knowing a little of your history and where you came from and I look forward to journeying into our older ages through blogging. It is amazing and that pic of Isaac is amazing too – how fast the days turn into years!!!

  21. Isn't it amazing how much you can accomplish in such a short time?? I love it and you are certainly creative enough. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing your story. I can't wait to read more!

  22. I don't know how long I've been reading and I had no idea you lived in Indy! I grew up there and my mom and brother still live there. That means we might get to meet one day!

    I just read your entire Real & Raw series this afternoon (yes, dinner was almost late!) and I just love you even more after reading your testimony. You shine for Him!

    Traci from Beneath My Heart is one of my new good blogging buddies after we met at Relevant and I know she is a huge fan of yours too!

  23. The Polka Dot Closet says

    I have no idea what I thought blogging would be like, but I never expected connection with people and really caring. One 32 year old blogger I have followed just had surgery for breast cancer on Friday and found out today it had spread to her lymph nodes and possible her chest wall. She has 3 young daughters and I have been just devastated all day. What bonds we have formed. Most of all I have found a world that "gets me" and my love of all things shabby and romantic, no one in my family reads my blogs, it is like my own special blogging world.


  24. Kim -today's creative blog says

    I guess I could see your talent! I remember you being so humble and not wanting to share your feature with your readers. Silly girl.
    Your blog continues be a creative force….we love you.
    thanks for the mention.

  25. Mod Podge Amy says

    I didn't meet you until after you had Kayla – almost (but not quite) two years ago! It's been so fun to watch you grow. Kim was smart to find you 😀


  26. Brooke Douglass says

    That was a very awesome story!!! I love reading these kind of posts!!! Thank u, Brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  27. You're in Indy? Wow, blogland is really small sometimes! I'm in Indy too, Avon.

  28. I love your blog too! I live in Noblesville and frequent the Fishers Goodwill using lots of your work for inspiration!

  29. UMMMMM….I think you forgot to mention that your amazing friend SHANNON started one first and then you jumped on the bandwagon!! I think I should start collecting my cut….20% sounds good! LOL

  30. I’m so glad I found you! We do similar things at my place:

  31. love the part about “that little light that was lit in my heart”. great and encouraging post!


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