My first blog anniversary + giveaway

blog annivIt seems not so long ago when I started creating this blog and was surprised when a WordPress notification congratulated me for celebrating my first year in the platform. Wow. I didn’t imagine that I could maintain a blog for this long and it came as a surprise. I made it to my first year! The feeling is incomparable. This is my first blog ever and I feel very much accomplished to see how far I already am from last year.

I created this blog as an outlet of my feelings, thoughts, and opinions. Honestly, I was nursing a heart ache at that time and blogging seemed like a helpful diversion for me. I know some of you already know about this, but The Impressions of a Princess will not be here if it were not for Gorjaeous of Scatterbrain. She is my colleague, friend, and older sister rolled into one. She’s been blogging for years and decided to go back to WP platform. While busy tweaking her new account, she talked me into creating one for myself. The next thing I knew was I was signing up for a WordPress account!

My first post is ugly that I am shy to share it to you guys. However, since I want you to read my first ever entry, here is a link to “It Started with a Dream, but not Mine”. I have this funny feeling while reading that post a year after. I didn’t have any expectations at that time so I am very overwhelmed by the number of people visiting, reading, liking, commenting, and following me.

Earlier this year, I used WordPress Annual Report to see how far I’ve gone since then. I also created a summary of how 2012 treated me and you can find it here: Looking Back: Year 2012. And now, a year after my first successful attempt in blogging, I am going to relive some of blogging memories I had.

March 3, 2012 – I posted my first post after the required blog intro. It is also my first Korean song posted in the site. Link: Nothing Better

March 26, 2012 – My first Korean inspired food was featured. Link: Spaghetti a la Koreamo: Kimchi Spaghetti

June 20, 2012 – My first Korean restaurant review. Link: Cravings – Bulgogi Garden Experience

August 13, 2012 – It was my first time to receive a blog award. The Liebster Blog Award was given to me by Aneesa and Faraaz. Link: Liebster Blog Award

September 23, 2012 – My first politically inclined post. My other side was showing! Link: Whose Innocence? On Innocence of Muslims

October 3, 2012 – I joined a 30-day Blogging Challenge and I posted my challenge intro on this day. Link: Unblocking Your Mind: Prevent Writers’ Block; 30-day Blogging Challenge link

October 10, 2012 – I attempted to write a short story about inanimate object. Link: As I lay dying: The life story of a cigarette

November 19, 2012 – Hosted my first ever giveaway sponsored by Juanita of Juanita Tortilla Shop. Link: Some things to be thankful for

December 4, 2012 – I written my first ever book review and author’s interview in the blog. Link: The Drought

December 17 – I joined various book blog tours and I posted my first book blog tour stop. Link: His Black Wings

Through all of these, you guys stayed with me. You tolerated my sick jokes and nonsense opinions. You gave opinion on how to improve my blog. You also encouraged me to continue writing and expressing myself. For that, I am eternally grateful. I know I said this several times already, but I won’t grow tired saying it. I owe a lot of things to you guys. You made me a better writer than I was before. Before, I only thought out of the box, but now, I break the box. You made me a whole person. I cannot be like this without you.

Honestly, I am a sentimental person and we could go on like this the entire blog post. However, I don’t want to show that side of me in this site so I will stop boring you with my gratitude. Let’s talk of the future instead. Now, what will be in store for us from this day forward?

Since I love reading, I will still post reading and book related stuff in my site. However, I already stopped signing up for blog tours as they occupied much of my time and space in blogging. Aside from books, I decided to post more about my life and thoughts on anything under the sun. Also, I will try my very best to catch up with you guys. I know that I sound rude for not being able to reply to all of your comments and I feel terribly sorry for that. I will also make time visiting and camping in your sites in the near future!

I didn’t make New Year’s resolutions, but the paragraph above sounded just as much. Anyhow, to celebrate my first blog anniversary, I will be hosting two-three giveaways in the near future. Now, how cool is that?

They say the best way to start is now. So why wait for a few more days? Let’s start the celebration! Sincerely Sweet Boutique lives up to its name by offering one of my readers a chance to get a $30 Gift Certificate to be used in their shop. Sweet? Totally.

Let's celebrate!

Let’s celebrate!

To inspire you on purchasing items from this shop, let me post some of the products they are offering.

love sprung blouse

young love dress

magical evening dress

goodbye kiss coat

To join the giveaway, kindly click on the rafflecopter link below to join. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on March 13. All entries will be checked and a winner will be announced in this blog. The winner will have 48 hours to respond/comment in the blog announcement before another winner will be chosen.

Have fun everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cheers,

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96 thoughts on “My first blog anniversary + giveaway

  1. Unnie! I’m so happy for you! You have achieved so many things already. i hope more and more blessings will come and that your blog will continue to inspire others 🙂

  2. wow! Happy anniversary ate Nica!! You’ve had a really awesome blogging year huh? I’ve never said this before but I really look up to you. Cheers to many more years of inspiring others! All the best! <3

  3. ONE year! Wow, Monica, you certainly achieved a lot in this one year, in terms of blogging 🙂 I’m glad Gorjaeous led you to blogging.

    Also, I feel SO honoured to be your first giveaway sponsor 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing more from you!

    1. Juanita~ You are forever will be one of the people who made this blog a success. Thank you for trusting me to host your giveaway.

      After that first giveaway, I received a lot of offers after. Currently, I am promoting a book of my friend. I hope that you will be able to join the paperback and journal giveaway here:
      https://gongjumonica.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-popes-stone-by-marc-kuhn-review-huge-giveaway/

      It is open internationally. 🙂

  4. I only found your blog recently but I’ve been enjoying reading both your book reviews & the bits of your personal life that you share. Congratulations on one year!

    1. Thank you so much for reading my posts. I hope that they entertain you enough. I sometimes I feel there’s something lacking in my post so please bear with me until I found what it is.

      Do join my giveaways please.

  5. Congrats on your one year blogging, I totally love your reviews, your thoughts and every time I visit your blog, I feel I’m traveling on a new world, out of the ordinary! I totally loved the review you wrote about Exemeus! Thank you so much for the giveaway, I wish you a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. CONGRADS! You have been so nice and you were one of my first followers on my blog. I think you have done a wonderful job so far and I honestly cannot point out anything more that you have not already done. Your blog is my very own adventure and I commend you for your excellent work! Keep it up and good luck in all you do!

    1. OMG~ Sorry for the late response, Ashley. I don’t know why I missed replying to comments in this post. Weird. Anyhow, thanks for all the kind words. I am glad that my site became your own personal adventure. I am hoping that I will continue to put spices to your own adventure so it won’t get boring. let’s see to that, shall we?

    1. Hi Shirley, Queen of the Awesome. How nice of you to drop by here in my humble blog. I hope this is suited to your liking. Hehe. Kidding aside, I am happy that you stick with me all this time. Since I responded late in here, I would like to note that we are now communicating again. Hee.

  7. Congratulations! Knowing that you stuck to blogging for a year must be a very exciting moment. I know I felt awesome just to know I stuck to blogging for a month 😛
    I get what you mean about the blog tours. When I first realized how easy it was to join them I signed up for a whole bunch of them at the same time. I didn’t think I would get accepted very often but I was wrong. Spent the whole week trying to speed through all the books!
    And those clothes are just adorable!
    Again, congratulations!

    1. Thank you, Lottie. I am sincerely glad to meet you here and in Goodreads. Haha so I am not alone to commit that book reviewing error. I almost got myself sick every time I speed through those books!

      yeah, the clothes are just too pretty! Thanks again!

  8. many thanks for this giveaway anh happy bloganniversary
    i see your recentions but i dont write never sorry but i’m italian and my english is not very good

  9. Congratulations Monica on your 1 year blog anniversary. So which outfit are you getting for yourself? I personally like image # 2 and 4.
    Nice accomplishments as well Princess!! 🙂
    Keep blogging we like your sick jokes and nonsense opinions. 🙂

    Chef Randall

        1. I live in Asia so we don’t have that NYC, but for your second question… I love Korean shops! I also purchase clothes online in some East Asian clothing line. Or I charm my friends to buy me some clothes when they return to Korea. 🙂

  10. I can’t believe I missed this, I am a sad Ste for that. You have come a long way in a year, you are hugely popular though and lve to read your writing, you put a smile on my face and always have something quirky and of interest to say. Keep it up and fame cannot be far away.

    1. If you continue with all those flattery then I will blame you for my bloated confidence in blogging. Haha. Thanks for the support, Steve, You are one of those rare people who always see the good in my writing. I am not aiming to be popular…just read.

  11. Flattery? it is honesty. I don’t have to look very hard to be entertained with you, as it is there in front of me as soon as I hit your link. when you are read, you are appreciated and followed. So with your writing comes popularity. True story!

    1. Friendly honest or real honest? My friends and I have that kind of classification. As a friend, one can’t be blatantly honest and tell that her buddy is as big as a whale. Anyway, thank you for saying such nice words to me. I am not used receiving compliments so I always shrug them off.

  12. Friendly honesty isn’t really my thing, unless it is tactful, like the whale situation. If I didn’t enjoy your writing and our chats, I wouldn’t come back as often. I always do though because you write well and one day when you rule your empire I want that top book job still!

        1. Well then, armor-up soon. We will have a new take-over in a few days. After a few more months, I will be declared Empress the Awesome and you’ll have the privilege to be under my employ. We just have to work on that lengthy job description.

  13. It may fill a book in itself that title. I will get on finding more books for our pleasure. I already have some elbow pads and a hat so I am sorted for protection against missiles of a soft nature.

    1. A book! Oh dear, and how can I explain it to my butler that he has to announce your complete job title whenever you wish to see me? I can already imagine his look!

      Don’t forget the knee pads. Who knows? You might get in some action conquering land for me.

      1. He can use a shortened version if it pleases you, either that or your butler and i will end up as mortal enemies. I’d have a crack at conquering some land, I’m all about the experience.

        1. No one must dare oppose a butler, especially one as strict as mine. He can order Cook to starve you to death whenever you visit. We should not let that happen. I will have an abridged form of your title fixed up immediately.

          Hearing a willing subject is nice for the ears. Let’s do conquer some for the Land of the Awesome!

          P.S. I am still designing our flag and coat of arms.

          1. That would be mean, even I need food although I don’t eat often. I’m sure the butler and me will still be wary of each other.

            I will be interested to see what you come up with. Something epic I expect.

            1. Most butlers are supposed to be mean. And why don;t you eat often? Are you planning to get in the same weight as I do?

              That’s the sad part. I don’t know how to design really. Photoshop always swallows me alive.

  14. I have never attempted Photoshop or anything that seems technical. I am better with words.

    I just don’t seem to get hungry much, I eat mainly because of routine as opposed to actually wanting to eat. I can go two days without food before I actually want to eat something. I suppose it is a good survival technique.

    1. Oh? I have tried Photoshop many times, but I really can’t get the hang of it. That explains my stolen header and impersonalized blog buttons.

      Weird! I assume all men are pigs when they eat. That’s not an insult by the way. They just tend to overeat. Why are you like that? Are you skinny?

      I eat every three hours most of the time.

  15. I’m not really skinny. Maybe I should be. I have never really noticed the eating habits of others. I think a little bit of observation is in order now. That and I like being nosy

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