Jan 13, 2012

~ happy anniversary tft

Thinking about writing a blog was easy. Thinking about clever topics, exciting ideas, and inspiring subjects... easy. Talking about writing a blog? Not particularly difficult. In fact, talking about writing a blog was also easy.

A photo from my first post

Writing that first post? Entirely different story. For me, writing my first post as a new blogger on a new blog was not easy. Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my first post as a blogger on The French Tangerine. For some reason, even though I had plenty of things to write about, and had the gift of gab when it came to talking about starting a blog, actually doing it was not going to happen without a fair amount of anxiety involved.

Thanks to my personality, I worked for weeks on details like the background color, the banner, the sidebar, the name... I had a few different looks before finally getting around to writing my first post. 
Even after I got the hang of it and began to write with more frequency and with a bit more confidence, the "look" of TFT changed and I imagine it will continue to evolve.

Original TFT image used for first banner

Questions? I had a few...  What should my first post be about? What will people think? What if no one reads it? Will it just be a personal online diary? What's the point? Will it take up too much time? What did I hope to accomplish? 
Doubts? Yes... Maybe this was a stupid idea. 

I finally recognized the obvious: I was doing it because I enjoyed doing it, and my hope was that others might be inspired. Simple.

What I'm getting at, as I reach this one year anniversary of The French Tangerine, is that I'm so happy I followed through with the part that was not easy for me! After all, there are a lot of ideas out there that never see the light of day! 

As I look back at my posts from a year ago, I sense a timidity that has all but vanished. I am more excited and enthusiastic than ever about writing posts for The French Tangerine! I love doing mosaics, I love exploring color combinations, I adore doing inspired homes and posting about inspired travels. I relish the fact that I have an outlet to share whatever inspires me! 

In one year, I have acquired over 1,000 subscribers who receive my posts by email and have had close to 250,000 page views! I realize there are blogs with more impressive numbers, but I couldn't be happier to have had such a positive response. How rewarding it is that this hobby of mine not only provides satisfaction and inspiration to me, it is in fact inspiring others, making it that much more worthwhile and enjoyable.

Adorable monogram by pve

I plan to keep on keeping on and hope that you will enjoy another year of posts here at The French Tangerine.

A sincere thank you to each and every visitor for your comments, emails and kind support throughout this past year, and for not making me feel stupid.


(all images are from TFT archives)

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Linda in AZ * said...


... sooo, I send you fond "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY wishes"~~~ you DESERVE good wishes for all you've shared here with all of us!


Linda in AZ *

MS Design Maven Marilyn Storey said...

Bon anniversaire to TFT! Enjoy your blog and all your COLOR. Look forward to another year!

'LUSH' said...

I absolutely love your blog and am glad that you got through the difficult fears of launching! I wish you many many more years! xo

christy said...

Congratulations on your blog. I am not a regular but when I do get here I always love what I see.

Unknown said...

I look forward to reading your blog, so Congratulations is in order!! Your right, planning is different than execution of the bright idea. I applaud your FIRST YEAR!!

Patricia said...

Congratulations !! I am a reader that subscribes by email, and I have to say that I can't believe you've only been blogging for one year ! Your blog is beautiful, lovely to read and I completely enjoy every single photo ! I eagerly look forward to a new post.....

Creative Choices Interior(s) said...

Thank you for taking the time to start your blog. I stop by all the time (your on my list of favs!).

My one year will be in July and I hope to have a fraction of what you have accomplished!

Best to you in the New Year!

David & Dianne said...

I can't believe you have been blogging for a year--congratulations!!! The time and creativity and love you put into TFT is so evident in each post. Of course, the post in which you informed me you were surprising me for my birthday and arrived shortly thereafter will always be my fave!!! Thanks for inspiration in all things! Love, Mom

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Here's to many many more! So glad you decided to go for it. xo

Jacki said...

Happy anniversary!! I'm so glad you followed through. I used to write a blog, and have so much respect for those who do. Your color combinations and mosaics are just so awesome that I am constantly inspired by them. And love love love the inspired homes! Keep up the good work. Jacki

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogaversary. Hugs, Marty

Acquired Objects said...

Happy one year blog-a-versary TFT and you too Jan you have a beautiful blog!

Karena said...

Happy Anniversary Jan!! I adore your blog; the images you choose always inspire me!

You do have a faithful following!! All the best in 2012!


Art by Karena

The enchanted home said...

Happy blog anniversary Jan. Glad you listened to your inner voice and stuck with it ( I remember wondering myself when the well would run dry, lol). Wishing you many many more years of continued blogging success.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Happy one year mark! I am glad I found your blog. I love looking at your beautiful posts.

Fly Away Home said...

Happy Anniversary, Jan!

TFT has been an inspiration to me, too! Your posts are stunning. Because of TFT, I learned about Linda St.Clair and now have one of her beautiful paintings!

Happy, happy first year and I look forward to seeing your beautiful photos and writing every morning!

xo Beth

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

We are right behind you on being a new blogger. We also looked back to see our first couple of posts. Its fun to see the progress. We love your blog and have given you the blog on fire award. We will be posting it on Monday. Congratulations!

Victoria said...

Congratulations, Jan, on your One Year anniversary. I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to many more in the future.
All the best...Victoria

tricia s. said...

I recently came across your blog and think it is fabulous - truly gorgeous. I very much enjoy checking in to see your posts - they are always stunning. Am working my way back through all your old posts- thanks for the inspiration !