200th Blog Post! A celebration

This is my 200th blog post. I wanted to celebrate and thank all my readers. I also wanted to share some of my thoughts…..and a giveaway.

Reflections On Blogging:

When I started my blog, I was really worried about a lot of things. But mostly it made me feel incredibly vulnerable. I was putting myself out there – it scared the poop out me but it was worth it. I have made a connection with a community – a place that I feel I belong. I have mentioned this before but I finally feel like I found my tribe.

One of the things that I have learned about blogging, is that I probably get more out of this process than you guys, the readers.

Blogging is a terrific stress reliever for me. When I am feeling anxious or low I go to start writing something – anything. I blog at other times too, but I find writing really helpful. It calms me down and returns me to  some semblance of calm. Blogging is certainly cheaper than a therapist!

Blogging has caused me to expand my horizons. When I am considering a new sewing or knitting project I am really influenced by the great posts many of you write. They help me think about style and things differently, even shifting my positions on a number of issues.

Blogging has enabled me to “meet” so many interesting people. I have met people I might never have met in the past. It has helped to open a whole new world of relationships. Relationships in which they also get it when I talk about ease :-).

Blogging has become part of my life now. Here are few facts about me when I started blogging…

    • I was scared to show my face on the internet
    • I hated having my photo taken.
    • I never expected to love blogging – I thought of it as just a catalog of my makes. I wanted to log things I made  as a way to deal with the depression I was suffering from – to remind myself that there are things I am good at.

Now I’m totally in love with blogging. I hope to keep blogging indefinitely. I still do worry at times whether I can write anything — at least on a regular basis — that people would find interesting. But then I remind myself why I started this blog and that deals with any jitters. I still am amazed when I get great comments from people who have read a post and are motivated to comment. It is both flattering and ego building. It really helps me to hear from you guys, so let me know if there’s anything you want to see on the blog!

I’m working towards making my blog the best it can be 
I plan to keep going, growing and pushing myself to make this the best it can be. I’m excited to have finally started my YouTube channel as another way of talking about what I love. It was another scary huge leap for me but its fun and my kids really love that mum is a ‘Youtuber’. Here is my latest video in which I answer 12 sewing related questions. Enjoy!

So, for my 200th Blog Post Celebration, I tip my glass to all of you that have been reading, commenting and being by my side for so long.

I have 4 giveaways:

3 x  Lekala gift certificates for 3 readers selected randomly,gift1big

A pattern drafting book which is really good if you are a newbie and are curious about what this pattern drafting malarky.

9781849940733

All you to do is leave a comment. I will post worldwide. Entries into the giveaway close one week from today on the 12 Oct 2016 and winners will be announced 13 Oct.

Thank s so much for stopping my little corner of the interwebs and for your continuing support.

200 posts down, many more to go!

Peace and love,

Hila

*All  giveaways were bought by me.

 

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62 thoughts on “200th Blog Post! A celebration

    1. It was hard but overcoming the fear of rejection is very liberating.I have gotten better at having my picture taken – the more relaxed I am the better the pictures – the trick was figuring out how to relax quickly for pictures. In my case it’s listening to some of my favourite dance songs. Of course it helps when I am wearing something I absolutely love and makes me feel like a million dollars 🙂

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  1. I really like your blog Hila, mainly for your amazing energy and style. I have lots of kids and a busy job too, but until they grew up I could hardly sew, never mind blog. So well done you – you are successful in every aspect of your life. Carry on blogging. Love it.

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  2. Congratulations on this milestone! I love reading your blog posts- they’re a real highlight of my blog feed- colourful, inspirational and informative. And it was fab to meet you in ‘real life’ back in February! x

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    1. It was lovely to meet you too! I hope there will be another Spoolettes meet up soon. There is a Sew North one being organised for Leeds in November – its on IG being organised by Redsews (i think) – will you be going?

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  3. Congratulations Hila! I’ve loved your blog since I started reading it, I don’t even know how long ago, last year? Before even? Anyway, I think that you make great garments, use great photos & the way you write is relatable & down to earth. So keep going! Xx

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