Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Happy 10th Birthday to 'So, Zo...'!!!


Can you believe it?! Today is this blog's tenth birthday. TEN YEARS!!!!!!!!! With the odd gap of two or three weeks here and there (like, for example, immediately after the birth of my children), I have managed to consistently maintain this blog for a decade. It's a wonder to me, it really is.

According to my stats, I've written 917 posts in total. Some were quick ones, like musings on an outfit in the early days, or a brief update during Me-Made-May. And others took longer to write than some of my degree coursework. Anyways, that averages out at 1.7 posts published per week over the course of this blog's life. These days, I'm posting about once a week, which is just about sustainable given my other current commitments.

Last night I spent a while reading some of my very early posts (I wouldn't recommend it.) It felt so bizarre to get a peek into who I was a decade ago. Around the time I begun this blog, I was busy dismantling the life that I had grown bored of, and to start up a new one by setting off on a major adventure. I moved to Spain, with no plan, no employment, no Spanish and very little money. I had complete freedom and it felt amazing.

And like my life at that time, I wasn't entirely sure what this blog was going to become (hence the vague and, in hindsight, stupid title). I knew that sewing would feature a great deal, as it was steadily becoming a bigger and bigger thing in my life. But I also wanted to use this space to explore other topics and issues that interest and influence me, which I have done to a greater or lesser extent over the years. At risk of sounding dramatic, this blog has been an amazing tool for self-discovery and helped me find my voice. If anyone is considering starting up their own blog, I would definitely recommend it.

To be honest, I don't remember actually setting up this blog, but going back to my first post I saw that it was my amazing friend Silvia Sella who helped me do it. It is the very same amazing friend, Silvia Sella, who very kindly spent some of her recent post-operative convalescence designing me a new banner for the top of this blog. She also designed the fabulous logos for my sewing patterns, and I love how it looks a lot more cohesive now. To say that I'm thrilled to have this spanking new, slightly slicker and more grown up banner is an understatement. I can't thank her enough.

I also want to thank everyone who has read and commented on this blog, and I hope that you will continue to do so in the future. I wish you all much love and happiness xxxx

18 comments:

Cucicucicoo: Eco Crafting & Sewing said...

Wow, Happy Blogiversary! Going straight for 10 years is pretty impressive! You've done a lot in that time and inspired a lot of people through your MMM challenges and not only. Congrats and thank you for everything! :) Lisa

wendy said...

Happy 10 years!! This blog has certainly inspired me over the years, long may you continue.
Thank you !
Wendy x

elizabeth said...

Congrats on your double digit blog anniversary!

steelyseamstress said...

Congratulations! I feel such a youngster in the blogging world in comparison! I've joined in the Me Made May a few times and actually it was one of the things that inspired me to keep sewing - I saw all those other sewers and knitters with wardrobes full of me-made clothes.

Anonymous said...

Hey!!! Many many congratulations !!
All the best xD

Mother of Reinvention said...

Happy Blogiversary. 10 years is quite a achievement, especially with so many changes in your life. How fab to have a record to look back over the years. Anyway congratulations and I hope that it is going for another 10 years. Xx

Tamsin said...

Congratulations! Quite the feat staying the course for 10 years!

Caroline said...

Congrats! I love reading your blog. What a milestone!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! This is one of my favourite sewing blogs, so keep up the good work!!

Susan_in_Peckham said...

I really enjoy reading your blog (I also enjoyed your copy-my-clothes workshop a few years back) and it’s fun to hear what it has meant to you over the years. Your posts on sustainability have inspired me and got me thinking about my use of resources in ways I wouldn’t have done otherwise- thank you!
A decade is a momentous milestone and I hope you’ll celebrate in a way that makes you happy (:

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday!

Pamela Tessari said...

Happy blogiversary and congratulations for keeping at it for so long! I always enjoy reading your posts and relate to you on so many levels: as a sewist, a mother and a person who cares for the environment.

Jodi Wade said...

So impressive! Congratulations! I have loved following along over the years.

Fabric Tragic said...

Congratulations lovely! Yours was one of the first I started to follow and I’m always so interested to read your posts. Your writing is always terrific and your reviews, opinions and thoughts are always very even and impartial. Love your work xx

Tanit-Isis said...

Happy blog overstay! Good job on maintaining the posting—-I have definitely fallen far from my early days (not as early as you though) when I posted nearly daily. It is wonderful and strange to have this record to go back to, isn’t it?

Sarah Sparkles said...

Happy anniversary!!

Gillian said...

How exciting!!! My blog just turned 6, and I do hope I keep it going for another 4 years! You've accomplished a lot over your decade of blogging - here's to a great future! :)

Cathy said...

Are you kidding me? Your blog title is the BEST EVER!

Happy Blogaversary, I always enjoy reading what you write, and I love Me Made May.

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