When I started this blog 4 years ago, I had one goal:
Document my life.
At first, I only had a handful of followers which were mostly friends and family. They would stop by to see pictures of Addison, read about her latest adventure, or laugh at my Twilight posts. This was the first header I made for A Daily Dose of Davis...
Things were simple then. I was a new stay-at-home-mom, trying to adjust to this new routine. I retired my Banana Republic shift dresses for Old Navy sweat pants and t-shirts. I was still getting up at 5:30, but it was no longer to sit in traffic. It was to cuddle with my baby girl and make her breakfast. My days were no longer filled with meetings, phone calls and emails. They were filled with giggles, poopy diapers and breastfeeding. I was in this whole new world and sharing those moments and asking for advice on this blog is what got me through. I know it sounds silly, but blogging made me a better mom.
Perhaps the most amazing part of this journey for me has been sharing so many important moments in my life with all of you. I was blogging when Addie rolled over for the first time, when she took her first steps, when she found out she was going to be a big sister, when my belly grew for the second time, when Blake was born, when HE rolled over for the first time, when he took his first steps...and the list goes on! You were all there for potty training, first day of dance class (along with all the meltdowns) and first day of preschool. You've seen me at my best and my worst. You know I am a crazy worrier and a bit overdramatic. You know I love to craft, run, read young adult fiction, teach college English and watch bad TV. You know all these things about me and you still come back to read! Ha!
The other day, a fellow blogger asked how I got so many followers. I actually laughed because in 4 years of blogging, I am still under 400 followers. I have seen new bloggers get 400 followers their first month of blogging!! In the grand scheme of things, I don't have NEAR as big of an audience as some of my other blogging friends. Not even close.
But trust me when I say...I am okay with that!!! Sure, it's always nice to make a new friend or read a sweet comment from a stranger, especially if you put a lot of work into a post. But the reason I have blogged for so long is not because I have been getting a paycheck or because I want to have a million followers. I blog because I love to write, share my crafts, tell stories, make friends and talk about my family. I am afraid that if I start to worry too much about bottom lines, followers, page views, etc...this whole blogging thing is going to feel like a job to me. And because I already have 3 jobs (a full-time stay-at-home-mommy, college English Teacher, and partner in The Polka Dot Posie)...I don't need a 4th right now. Now, please know that I don't think there is anything wrong with blogging for money and I think my dear friends Mandy and Jeff have shown just how lucrative this career can be! And if you have the ability to make this your job...GO FOR IT! If I had more free time and the ability to make it a career, I probably would :-)
But for now...I just want to enjoy sitting down with a big cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and writing my heart out. For now...I am happy with keeping my blog a hobby. A hobby that I have stuck with for 4 YEARS!!!!
And I have 1, 273 posts to show for it :-)
So thanks to all of my faithful friends and family who take time out of their day to read my ramblings. Thanks for not abandoning me when I post about Harry Potter or my not-so-pretty mommy moments. Thanks for always offering encouragement and advice, especially when I beg for it :-) Thanks for sharing my blog with others and pinning my crafts on Pinterest. And most of all, thanks for your friendship over the years :-)
Well that's enough sap for one day my friends, and I have definitely reached my quota for links in one post...but I just wanted to say thanks and celebrate this big milestone with all of you who have followed me on this journey.
And really...what better way to say thanks to all of you and celebrate my blogiversary than with a GIVEAWAY!!!!!!
Don't worry...this isn't a follow me, blog me, link up with me type of giveaway. In fact, I am not going to promote this giveaway at all because it is for my readers and only the people who made it through this CRAZY long blogiversary post deserve to enter. Haha!
All you have to do to enter is tell me what your favorite post of all time was on my blog. Was it when I made an ass out of myself in Babies R Us all those years ago? Was it a craft or recipe I posted? Was it when I started the Couch25K program and puked after my first run? Was it the birth of my Blakey Boy? Or better yet...let me know how long you have been following along with the Davis'. If you can tell me the original name of this blog...then I know you've been around for a long time :-)
Oh...so what am I giving away exactly? Well...a gift card to The Polka Dot Posie of course!!!! One of you will win $15 to spend any way you like in our shop! I'll pick a winner on Monday so be sure to get your comments in by Sunday!
Thanks again friends! I heart you all SO SO much!