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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday ABpetite!

1 year ago today was my 1st Post EVER Olive Tomato Chicken.
I still remember my thoughts about starting a blog. I started writing because I found Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny's Blog. I was a regular to reading her blog. She just was beyond creative, fun, cute, spunky and top of all of that she was changing people's lives for the better. She was making people skinny. I thought, I want to be like her and I tried my hardest to, still do today.

I feel like I learn more and more about blogging all the time. When I think about what my blog looked like a year ago I feel like I should be embarrassed..from the web design to the recipes, to the photos. I did all the web design myself {still to this day}. However, I am not embarrassed whatsoever. It has been an amazing learning experience. When I look through my blog it has so many memories.

I have met so many of you amazing blog friends that have become real friends. Some of you blog friends I chat with even more than my real life friends. Thank you all for your love and support. This is such an amazing community and group of amazing people we have gathered.

Awhile back {a couple months ago} I was talking to one of my best bloggy friends. I was telling her that I was thinking of giving up. I was going on about the bad things about blogging.. The whole problem was I was obsessing over the numbers. I was looking at everyone elses numbers and comparing them to my own. This is the WRONG thing to blog for. What I remind myself constantly is that I blog for my dear readers, I blog to keep my creativity rolling, I blog for fun. AND that is what ABpetite is about for me.

KJ sang Happy Birthday Dear ABpetite as I took these photos. I told him that it had been a year sense I started this blog. He said, "Congratulations mom thats an accomplishment!" I thought to myself, "yeah, yeah it is!" A huge smile came over myself. I could have quit, I could have given up, I could have seen all of you amazing writers, fashionistas, cooks, bakers, inspirationers, fitnessests, web designers, Do it Yourselfers and so many other things that you ladies are and just given up. Threw in the towel and said thats enough I give up I can't compete with these fantastic women. But, you know what? Its NOT a competion. Its not, it makes me feel so special to be involved with all of you. Your creativity inspires me every day and I appreciate it more than you know!

Cheers friends. Cheers to many years of friendship to come.

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  1. happy birthday little bloggy baby!!! I love this little cake and celebration :)

  2. Congrats Sister Love! I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog months ago and now have a new friend. Thank you for all of the encouragement and keeping the sexy going...xoxo

  3. happy birthday! Would you like to follow each other on GFC and bloglovin'? :) I will follow back!

  4. Yay! Happy 1st birthday! Gosh now that I read this, I need to check mine, I think it might be tomorrow!

  5. Congrats on your blogiversary! BTW That looks so yummy!

  6. Congrats on the milestone! :-)

  7. Happy First blogging birthday!!! I know what you mean about being focused on the numbers. It is causes some anxiety when you visit or contact people who have thousands of followers but you have to step back and think about the reason for the blog. If you could just reach one person and help them live a healthier lifestyle, then you have accomplished your goal and should be proud of yourself! It is hard work being a blogger but honestly it is rewarding! Keep it up and I can't wait to celebrate year two with you!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY CELEBRATIONS!Stay focused.. you have already accomplished more than you know... over 1000 members and so many daily comments! If you should ever lack inspiration ... you can count on all of us ~ your bloggy friends ~ LOVE YA! YOU ARE TRULY APPRECIATED :)

  9. Happy 1st blog-birthday! I am SO glad I found your blog too; You've helped me a great deal in my journey to get fit.

    I love that spoon!

  10. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary :) Mine will be coming up in July!!! You know I LOVE your blog! I am amazed at how large your following has grown in a year!

  11. Happy 1 year! YAY!! :)


  12. Happy birthday girlie!!!! love your blog =)


  13. Happy Birthday precious girlio! You can never quit!!! What would I do without my Ashlee? And your recipes. And your advice. Helloooo... I made your lasagna again last night. Third time in three weeks. My life is easier for it. So, another reason you could never stop. And thank you, thank you, thank you for your support today. :) You have no idea how happy I felt when I saw your little cute, well designed button on my link. Hugs to you!

  14. Happy blog birthday!!! I'm so glad you didn't quit...I love your blog!!

  15. awww, cheers friend!!
    I'm so glad you stuck with ABpetite, I love this place!!
    Congrats and happy 1 year to ya!!

  16. Happy first birthday and many more! I love your blog and am so glad I found it!

  17. Hi Ashlee, congratulation and happy 1st birthday. Nice to meet you too.
    Do not worry too much on the numbers of comments or followers.....It's not the quantity that counts, it's QUALITY we're look for...

    Looking forward to see more wonderful posting from you, keep up the good job. Your blog is EXCELLENT, I always enjoyed reading your blog, thou sometimes I did not leave my finger prints.
    With lots of love and hugs to you. Have a lovely week ahead.

  18. Yay! Happy bloggiversary! ;) Can't wait to host with you tomorrow!! :)


  19. Happy bloggiverasry! I love your recipes!


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