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Friday, May 23, 2014

My 4 Year Blog-Versary

Tomorrow marks the 4th year I have been writing on my beloved blog .... So here's a cheers to you Jarrah Jungle!

Cheers to you guys, my awesome readers too for your support over all these years. You guys rock!
I absolutely love to blog. I have no idea what I would do with my time and ideas, if I couldn't type them out and share them with the world. That moment I hit publish makes me feel so relieved to share my story and happy that I can connect with other bloggers and readers alike.

I'm a Taurus, we're creative people who are also very practical. I spend my days as an office chick and my nights as a home obsessed blogger. This fulfils both sides of myself well, but it's still a dream for me to find a job that fulfils both my creative AND practical side.

I've bored my friends endlessly about my love of blogging and interior design and how I want to form a career from it somehow. No matter how much they encourage me I'm just not sure how to get my foot in the door and find the right career path to do this. I'm contemplating doing an Interior Design or Decorators Course, but for someone who has worked full time for 17 years it's hard to think about returning to study or how the bills will be paid without a solid income, but as they saying goes where there's a will there's a way!

To show how serious I am about my beloved blog, I registered it as a business name last year. This was a very proud moment for me and proved to myself how seriously I take this blog of mine. This is not just a hobby, it's something that I invest many hours of my days in and take real pride in my writing and what I share with my readers - yes that's you guys!

I was nominated for 2 amazing blog awards throughout the year too - Peoples Choice Nominee in Best Australian Blogs 2014 and Kidspot Voices of 2014. Having readers put my blog forward for these awards was such a proud moment and I thank you all so much for your support, whilst I didn't get into the top blogs, I still feel very honoured to have been listed amongst some of the most influential voices on the blogosphere.


As for the happenings around the Jarrah Jungle home in the last 12 months, we've been going gun-ho with the renovations as you'll see on my House Tour page. Finished the kitchen and dining room, built a limestone courtyard, new concrete driveway, to name just a few projects!
I've been doing a lot more book reviews over the last 9 months as well which I've been really loving returning to my book nerd ways and getting through a few books a month. I'm still doing my Book Club reviews and also reviewing books for Random House and NetGalley - they send me books to read and review before they are published which is pretty exciting! I feel like a mystery reader receiving the proof books with spelling mistakes and all, it's pretty awesome.

I've written hundreds of posts over the years and this is my 696th post I've published! Wowsers!!

My top 3 most popular posts from the last 12 months are: 
There's a bit of everything in those top 3 - A recipe and my love of entertaining, my interior design mood board for the Laundry renovation it's so good to see you guys like these to, and of course renovating the kitchen, the main topic of this blog is all about home improvement and I'd be worried if those posts weren't being viewed!
Of course I always save the best for last ..... I want to say a big thank you to you guys, my readers, for always popping by to say hi, to comment and offer advice when I need it, and just generally showing your support. You guys are awesome!
Who knows what the next year will bring but I'm positive that it's going to be fan-bloody-tastic!

You can find my previous blog-versary posts here: 1st, 2nd and 3rd

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  1. Well done Michelle!!! You have a wonderful blog, great job!
    Love, M+B

  2. I really enjoy reading your blog =)
    I say go for the interior design/decorators courses! If it's something that you are really passionate about it'll work out somehow. It has to!

  3. Happy Blog-anniversary and that is so cool you've gotten two rewards on your blog!!

  4. Well Done on blogging for four years. Such an amazing achievement! :)

  5. BIG CONGRATULATIONS on 4 years and for the nominations. Great work! Cheers Lisa

  6. Congratulations, Michelle!

  7. Thanks so much for your well wishes ladies xx

  8. Happy bloggeversary Michelle!

  9. Congrats on 4 years! Thanks so much for linking up with Agent Mystery Case for our blog of the month. Winner announced soon and this month's link up opens Wednesday.


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