Friday, December 30, 2011

Home Bloggers & Happy New Year!

When I started this blog, I didn't know a thing about a "niche" or even that my blog would someday fall into some type of category.  I started writing simply because I was going through lots of changes in my life like being newly married, pregnant, and building a home.  To top it off, I suddenly decided that I wanted to stay at home when my baby arrived and quite unexpectedly left my job.

I needed a place to connect with other women and was delighted to find this world of blogs and bloggers who were interested in the same kinds of things as me.  Welcome to the world of home bloggers.







It wasn't really until I went to Blissdom that I even realized how many different types of blogs there were.  Basically, if there's a hobby or business or sport, there are people who blog about it.  At Blissdom, the "home bloggers" were definitely in the minority.





I have come to have a special place in my heart for the "home blogger."  A home blogger graciously and courageously opens her home (which is synonymous with her heart) and shares it with the world.  We share our not only our decor failures, successes, and dilemmas, but also can't help but letting pieces of our relationships leak out into our blog too.





And we get to know each other.  



I feel like there is a special intimacy and closeness in the relationships we've formed with the home blogger through our readership and comments because of the intimacy of looking into each other's homes.  It's as if we are being invited in for a cup of coffee and a chat.  I know that when life gets busy and I haven't had a chance to "stop by" I miss it.  Like I miss seeing a friend in real life.





Our homes are decorated with love, and although we may not be trained interior designers, we rock some pretty great personal design.  We bounce ideas off of each other and take comments to heart.












To all you home bloggers and home creators and home lovers,

40 comments:

  1. Well said! I never thought about how personal home blogging is, but you are absolutely right. I think of so many of the ladies I've "met" through blogging as close friends even though we have never met in real life.

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  2. What a lovely post! Suzy (who left the comment above mine), did a post about how much she's learned as a blogger and a lot of what she said was quite similar in tone to yours...so true and so thoughtful! Really well said!

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  3. Could not agree more Megan! It is about home, heart and everything inbetween!! Happy New Year to you!!

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  4. Very well said. Opening our home is synonymous with opening our heart. I love that!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  5. Oh, love it all! Such a blessing. Happy New Year!!!

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  6. What a wonderful post, Megan! I totally agree with everything you said. There's something so special about the relationships we form by reading and being welcomed into one another's homes. Thank you for always inspiring me! Happy New Year!! xo

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  7. Great post. I'm so happy to have connected and with and been inspired by many home bloggers this year. Happy New Year!

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  8. What a beautiful post could not have said it better. I just started this whole blogging journey and hope to be as successful as you and many others. Happy New Years

    ~Mandy

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  9. Aww, sweet Megan, I feel the same way about you :) I love dropping by your house and enjoy when you drop by mine. Thanks for including me in this roundup! Wishing you a fabulous 2012!

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  10. Love this post girl! This is so true! Xoxo Happy New Year Pretty mama!

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  11. Happy New Year, Megan! :) Here's to a fun and fabulous 2012!

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  12. I couldn't agree more Megan. Very well said. Happy New Year!

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  13. Great post! I agree totally:)

    Happy New Year to you too!

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  14. Thanks for including me Megan!! It's because of bloggers like you that I had the confidence to open my home up to blog land. It is so intimate and so rewarding too. I'm so grateful for all of the inspirational home bloggers and can't wait to see what everyone has up their sleeve in 2012!

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  15. What a lovely post! The home blogging community is a wonderful group of ladies! I love to see what everyone is up to and what ideas they have. I started my blog just as a journal to keep my decor ideas, but have slowly started sharing it. It is scary and fun all at the same time! Thank you for taking the time to follow it :). (and thanks for sharing some blogs that I am not familiar with!). Happy New Year to you and your family!
    -lori
    http://houseofpruitt.blogspot.com

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  16. i am happy you found real friends through your blog megan :) happy new year!

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  17. So well said Megan! Thanks so much for including me in your round-up. It has been wonderful connecting with you through blogging... happy new year!

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  18. That made me tear up!!! Thank you for including me friend...I only wish I could join you in real life for a starbucks and a HomeGoods run, and an afternoon playdate for J and K....your heart is genuine and your spirit is sweet....so glad to have 'met' you in this community! Happy New Year to you M!! xoxo Shel

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  19. Wow what a sweet and heartfelt post. I am a "new" home blogger and I hope to make such great friends as you have. Have a wonderful 2012 : )

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  20. wow. you nailed it girl. thank you for lending me your perspective. you are right on and i couldn't agree with you more. i also loved the way you shared your 'friends' with us. already clicking away to meet them.
    thanks again for posting.
    so true, friend.

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  21. You always have the right words Megan. I always enjoy stopping by your blog and beautiful home for a "visit". Thanks for including me in your post. Have a happy happy New Year friend.

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  22. This was such a nice post. I'm new to home blogging. I started blogging with my wedding blog and felt the same connection with other brides. I hope to feel that kind of community again with home bloggers. I recently started finding blogs I really like, such as yours. I'm excited to check out all the ones you listed here. Happy New Year!

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  23. Thanks for including me in your roundup Megan! You are my oldest blog friend! Happiest of New Year's to you!

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  24. Happy New Year to you! You featured many of my favorite home bloggers in this post.

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  25. Hi Megan! I remembered that you loved LuluLemon like I do so I wanted to tell you I'm giving away a $50 gift card!

    http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2012/01/superfoods-skinny-tips-lululemon.html

    Happy New Year!

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  26. What a sweet post, Megan!! I genuinely feel so blessed to have met you in the blog world. As a lawyer, mommy, wife, blogger and sweet friend, you've been such an inspiration to me!!! Happy new year to you and the whole A family!! xo

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  27. Sweet Megan!!! that was such a great post! I loved every bit of it...and especially loved that I recognized each of my 'friends' houses as I saw the pic...as if I've actually visited their homes in the past year. And your gorgeous home? I recognize it anywhere! I can even almost imagine how it smells! :) xoxoxo

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  28. What a great post. Thanks for sharing and giving me more blogs to read for inspiration!

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  29. I've been lurking on your blog for several months now! So much so that I feel like I know you! Ha! Thanks for welcoming us into your beautiful home! Wishing you a fab 2012!!

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  30. Fabulous review - I'm almost 2 years in and still love it! Happy New Year!

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  31. so fun! and love & read so many of those blogs. Fun to see a few I have not heard of-going to add them to my list! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & New Years!

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  32. Olá!
    Encontrei seu blog e o post é emocionante! Parabéns!
    Desculpe, mas não sei escrever inglês...sou brasileira.

    Um beijo, felicidades e Happy New Year!

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  33. I became a stay at home mom when my youngest was born, went back to work to teach preschool for four years, and decided to stay home again this year. My oldest is 16 and they tell you that time flies, but it never seems to go as quickly as it does when you look back. I wanted to cherish the time I have left with them. I decided to start a blog of my own so I could feel like I'm still contributing something in some way. You have given me a ton of inspiration and I enjoy you and all your "friends"! ;) Thank you.

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  34. Great post! I also loved seeing the spaces of so many of my favorite home bloggers in one spot.

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  35. HAPPY NEW YEAR, megan! such a sweet post!

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  36. I absolutely love this...its the best way to "stop by" and you don't even have to put make-up on or get dressed up. =) I had that moment the other day, my house was a mess,my kids were screaming with excitement, I was working on a design board and then I checked a few of my favorite blogs...and I didn't even have to get up or gather ourselves. I felt like I had a nice visit and then went back to my chaos.

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  37. *love* this post! every word is so true!! Happy 2012!

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  38. Happy belated new year! Thanks so much for including me :-) I'm so glad we've had a chance to meet, you've been such an inspiration!

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  39. Happy New Year! When I started blogging, it was more about motherhood and life in general, then as I got deeper into blogging, I realized how much I loved the home/organization blogs and really wanted to do something more like that, as I have a creative, yet organized soul! I love all the decor and organization blogs I've found...they are all great inspiration. www.justhadabrightidea.blogspot.com

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  40. I really enjoyed going through your post to know about this lovely house very impressive Fabulous review..

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