A little over 10 years ago, I did a google search for “home decor blog” and discovered a whole new world. Well, new to me. I found “my people”…housewives, moms, and decor enthusiasts sharing their love of home on the internet. They were Myquillyn of The Nesting Place, Melissa of The Inspired Room, Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick, and Layla of The Lettered Cottage. I devoured their posts and the comments left by others in that growing community. I soaked it all in. Pretty quickly, a thought took hold in the back of my mind. Initially, it was a quiet, gentle nag. You know, I could do this too.
I can’t explain it, but that quiet nag became insistent. I felt compelled to do it. I was being pulled by a strong current and something within me knew I needed to do it.
In my complete ignorance of how blogs work, I didn’t even realize I already had the capability to blog on my website. So, I navigated my way to Blogger, a free blog platform offered by Google, and clicked the rectangular button that simply read “start a blog”. I remember feeling shaky with anticipation and nervousness. I created a makeshift header and fiddled around until my first post was live.
On August 16, 2009, Miss Mustard Seed – the blog, was born.
In that first month, I wrote about my first Lucketts Fair, shared furniture makeovers, and my yard sale adventures. I had started my decorative painting and mural business the previous year and was still trying to find my footing as an entrepreneur. My business wasn’t started because I felt capable, but because I needed to earn money while I was at home caring for my two sons (the 1 year and 2 1/2 years old.)
Now that my boys are going into middle school, it’s hard to believe that they used to streak through my photos in diapers!
This blog was born before Instagram or Pinterest and when Facebook was used primarily to find former classmates. It was scrappy and unpolished. It was before sponsors saw any real value in partnering with bloggers and before the term “influencer” was coined. It was the wild west of the web and we were all figuring it out along the way.
Over 10 years, I’ve written over 3,000 posts, you’ve left over 180,000 comments, and the site has racked up over 70,000,000 page views! Yep, I had to double-check that number, but over seventy million page views.
We’ve covered a lot of topics, too… home, decorating, running a creative business, food, health, art, creativity, and even a little bit of fashion here and there. You’ve been with me through German glass glitter, preserved boxwood, drop cloth upholstery, and just about every kind of paint. And you’ve been with me as I have learned and grown so much in the areas of photography, styling, writing, sewing, upholstery, painting, refinishing, editing videos, running a business, marketing, design, social media, and growing a thicker skin.
And things that I thought would be completely out of my reach, like having a product line, being featured in a magazine, or writing a book, became possible because I put my work out there on a blog.
It was the best decision I ever made for my business. Through all of the changes and the continuing evolution of my business and creative endeavors, I’ve never once thought of retiring from blogging. I’ve always seen it as the heart of my business and the engine that drives everything else.
But it’s more than just a showcase of my body of work and a history of my growth over 10 years. It’s a community. Simply put, this blog wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the readers who have visited over the past 10 years whether for one idea or to join me each week on my journey.
So, thank you. Thank you for listening to my ramblings and forgiving my shortfalls. Thank you for cheering me on and encouraging me. Thank you for challenging me and for not letting me get away offering less than my best.
I wish I could share a slice of cake and some berries with you and we could all reminisce. Since we’re spread out all over the world, I had a piece for us…
Who knows how long blogs will be a “thing”, but I’m going to optimistic and raise my fork to another 10 years!