Ten year blogiversary and I’m buying one of YOU a gift!

A few weeks ago when I was writing a different entry, I realized with a shock that the tenth anniversary of my blog was coming up. I can’t believe it’s been ten years already. I really had no idea when I found Blogger and wrote my very first post that I’d still be at it ten years on and I surely hadn’t a clue how it would change my life, either.

My original home
My original home

Through writing here (well, here and there, if we’re being literal), I gained so much confidence and made friends from far-flung places like Australia, Scotland, Iceland, and North Carolina. While I still battle with depression and diabetes, through my writing I know that I’m not alone even if I’m the only one in the room at the time. My blog gave me a sense of pride when pride was something I could only vaguely remember from before I started gaining weight. I have traveled to several blog conferences, learned more about how to hone my writing, and have picked back up the photography hobby I had forgotten about since I was 12. And now my blog is serving as my accountability partner, an integral part of Project: Happy-Healthy Me, my one year quest to improve the quality of my life.

And it all started with a single blog post.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, I’m giving one lucky reader a Fitbit Zip activity tracker. If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know how much I love my Fitbit activity tracker and Aria scale – they are both indispensable tools as I transform my body and my life, so it seems to me only fitting that I celebrate ten years of blogging by giving one of my readers the chance to transform their body, too, and perhaps their life as well.

To enter, just use the giveaway widget below. The raffle will close at 12:00 am EDT next Friday, April 12, 2013. Good luck!

ETA: And the winner is…my sweet friend, Greta Funk. I’ve contacted Greta to find out which color Fitbit she’d like and where to send.

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Finally, I want to thank you – whether you’ve been reading here for years or if this is your first visit – because it’s knowing that you’re here that brings me to my keyboard to put my thoughts out into the world. Without you, there would be no blog or at least the blog wouldn’t be nearly as much fun.

Here’s to another ten or so years!

21 thoughts on “Ten year blogiversary and I’m buying one of YOU a gift!”

  1. Hi Denise! Faithful follower for a VERY long time–dare I say 10 years? Not quite but close, I think. You are doing wonderfully! Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Melissa,

      Thank you, for reading here and for the kind good wishes on the blogiversary! I hope you’ve entered to win the Fitbit – it’s really quite the most wonderful device I’ve come across in a long time.


    1. Looks like you have three entries logged: one for leaving a comment, one for following on Pinterest, and one for “Like”ing on Facebook – was that what you thought you’d done?

  2. Denise, I ran across your blog through Bloggy Moms, and I must say that I am so grateful. I too struggle with my weight. I have PCOS, so Type 2 Diabetes is a concern of mine. One area that I don’t struggle in is to eat at home – I do that well. So maybe I can help inspire you in that area? Either way, I’m looking forward to hanging around your blog for a while. Good luck with your goals this month!

    1. Hi Cat,

      I’m so glad you stopped by – I definitely need a gentle nudge, or an outright shove, into the cook at home thing, so I’m going over to your site now to find some inspiration.

      Thanks for the kind comment!

    1. I love that, too, Greta. The first time someone said that I’d inspired them, it made me cry because I was so touched!

      Thanks for stopping by,

    1. Hi Ellie,

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for the kind good wishes. Ten years has just flown by so my best advice is to enjoy the heck out of each and every single moment so that your mental scrapbook can be as full to overflowing as mine is with happy memories of people I’ve met and words I’ve written.


  3. Och, ten years already! That’s about where I am too. September 2003? October? Somewhere in there. Wow, we are OLD!

    I’m not entering for the fitbit, because I don’t actually want one 🙂 but wanted to say how much I’ve enjoyed your blog for the past decade, and looking forward to many years to come!

    1. Ginger,

      You are one of the very, very best things from the last ten years and meeting you this summer was wonderful. Of course now I want to drop by your house for coffee and yummy breakfast every day, so don’t be surprised if you see a little blue Mini pulling up your driveway with lots of bugs on it from the 2,000 mile drive!


        1. Mmm, sounds good – if I leave now I can be there by breakfast Thursday! I have hard-boiled eggs and Greek yogurt pretty much every morning, so we’re like breakfast twinsies.

    1. Hi Kimberly,

      Thanks so much for coming by and for your thoughtful comment. Getting to know my readers has definitely been the very best part of the last ten years for me!


  4. I have been struggling with my weight for 5 years after coming off of steroids I have gained 6 stone and I really need to get it off as I have my Wedding booked for June next year eek!! I have just come across your blog on twitter and love it I am on MFP as Reario if you want to add 🙂 x

    1. Hi Rea,

      Thanks so much for stopping by – I’ve added you on MFP and will watch your progress (and hopefully mine, too) with much anticipation. A wedding is such a wonderful reason to make healthy changes in your life, so congratulations!


  5. Reading blogs helps me gain some hope to get back on the healthiness trail. Thanks for sharing in your journey!!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I know what you mean – my favorite bloggers are always inspiring me to take better care of myself and make better choices. Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by today.


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