1 Year Blogiversary!!!

When I began blogging a year ago today, I had
nooooooo idea
what I was getting myself into,
what I'd learn,
what I'd discover about myself as a person,
and seriously...that I was entering another world! Lol :-)

Are you ready??? This is a little long today.


Yesterday I had gotten so impatient motivated, I finally
got out my brushes and went to work on my son's
bedroom. He'll be 3 in a few weeks, and I'd
love to have his room done by then! ;-)

My husband came into the room after awhile,
and what he said has kind of been stuck in my mind...

"Wow...that's really going to change
the feel of this room. It looks great babe."

And that's exactly part of why I love doing what I do.
...the power to change.


Here was my thinking....

                 1. I'm refinishing and building some furniture.
                 2. I don't like just listing my pieces on Craigslist.
                 3. Hmmm....I've heard of blogs. (I couldn't tell you a single one)...
                        But I'll make a blog page and have a specific page I can
                        show what I've done.

Some people begin blogs after having followed, commented on,
been inspired by, and so on by other bloggers.

It's safe to say I was greener than green in newness...
Everything was new.

Because of that, the learning curve was tremendous,
and thankfully my husband's patience outlasted
the earlier days of late, late, late nights of designing,
whatever networking I could do, gleaning from other pages on
all the "how-to's" of blogging....everything from commenting,
linking, how to take pictures, etc. Anyone who blogs
knows how MUCH there is to learn!

Here's what I've realized about myself and blogging this past year:

1. I LOVE Blogging.

2. I'm a terrible blogger, because...

3. I just don't have the time to blog consistently.

Remember these munchkins???

They spell T.I.M.E.! Lol :-)

4. Refinishing furniture makes up about 10%
of what I'd really like to write about.

5. I've thought about changing my blog name a million times.

6. RustiChic is and will continue on as a Furniture and Design Blog.

7. I am seriously considering starting a new (more personal) blog dedicated to
a variety of other topics that I love, including
Family, Health and Fitness, Beauty and Fashion,
DIY Crafts and Projects, Traveling, and Music.

8. That varied of a blog may or may not go over well. ???

9. I've always loved writing, but I definitely want to
write content that is relevant to readers.

10. Blogging to me is not about numbers, followers, stats,
pins, tweets, etc. and at this point I like being able
to take a couple weeks "off" and not be stressed about content.
My hubby worked so many years to gain a job
that allows us major freedom and flexibility in our schedule,
and I seriously treasure that. 

11. Facebook has been the
best platform for me and my time this past year.
As the kids get older and my time frees up, I SO look
forward to blogging more! :-)

12. I'm thankful for EVERY person who takes the time
to read whatever I post on RustiChic.


When I started refinishing furniture, we had two mortgages
and we were in a transition where I needed to fill a creative
outlet that was now void in my interest of music.

RustiChic was slowly born and filled a
financial and creative need for me.

Now a year later...those needs have changed.
So I keep asking myself,
"Does that mean that RustiChic needs to change?"
"Do I still need RustiChic???"

They have been good questions...hard questions.

I've always loved design and even went to school for awhile to
get a degree in interior design. Also, I think once you DIY
you always DIY! Lol :-)
C'mon...am I right, or am I right?

I'm still working out the answers to all these questions,
but even as I originally wrote in my profile,
I'm on a journey, and I'm thankful that you are
here joining along beside me in this thing called life,
no matter what changes come our way.

SO...the next big journey is


We're scheduled to close on the 20th of April, and
then it's full blast to get it ready as a vacation rental for this summer.

Are you with me???

Because this. is going. to be FUN.

To another year of adventures and discovery!



emily ressegue said...

Congrats on your 1 year! Exited to see what else is coming.

the modern cottage said...

Congrats on a year! :)

Stacey said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments! And aman to all you said about blogging! Thanks for all the inspiration you give!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Anne said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Great post! I've enjoyed seeing your blog grow and getting to know you. So glad you are blogging. I'd love to hear more about how things have changed and why at times you wonder if you still need the blog...