I've seen several other bloggers do these types of posts, and since it looks so fun I think I will do the same.
I was still getting my footing as a blogger and I think I had all of four followers, but Derek and I took our first "real" trip together to Daytona Beach for the annual stand-up jetski ride and had a blast. Even thought winds were 20+ miles an hour and it was less than 40 degrees. Also I was still calling him "D." I also participated in miss Whitney's "Facts of me" link up and told you all some pretty embarrassing things. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you do, it's a real gem and you can see me in an afro.
Also, I hadn't changed my blog name yet but we'll get there.
I think this was the month that I realized I could actually have real followers and I started sponsoring other blogs and made myself a reply blogger. I started participating in weekly link ups and saw my numbers grow even more. I even think this is when Helene commented on my blog for the first time and I nearly peed in my pants. I also talked about my goals for spring, and I'm pretty sure I failed at most of them.
In may I opened up a little about what it was like living with Derek's parents. At this point I had only been there two months but I thought it seemed like forever (ha - joke was on me, still here).
June is both my Dad and little brother's birthday, along with Father's day so I spent quite a few weekends home with my parents. I also was nominated for a Leibster Award and Derek fake proposed to me but I don't really like talking about that.
I'm all healed up now and plan on doing another one in the spring! August also brought the beginning of football season, and with that, a lot of tailgating.
I didn't talk about it, but this month was when I seriously contemplated quitting my blog. I was so immersed in school and work and just living life, that my blog almost seemed like a burden. My post were less-frequent and not great quality. I did give some of my opinions on blog sponsoring though, and I still stick by what I said then!
In October, after almost quitting, I changed the way I looked at blogging. My writing style changed, my content changed, and I noticed a lot more interaction with my readers. I talked about seeking affirmation and blogging for myself.
I also hosted my very first link up, with some awesome ladies, all about Harry Potter and it was more successful than I could have ever imagined.
Overall 2013 wasn't my favorite year, there were a few changes and decisions that I wish wouldn't have happened, but there was also plenty of growing and learning new things about myself. I am excited to see what 2014 will bring me and my family, and I hope that you will continue to follow me in my journey.