Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I hope you're sitting down.

Today is a big day over here at corner Decoybetty. Today this website turns 10. I repeat TEN years old. I started this blog as a first year in college as I followed my roommate into the world of blogging and fell in love. At the time, I only knew a few people in real life who had blogs.

That changed fairly drastically after about 5 years, and now the majority of people in my real life don't know about  my blog and instead I've made incredibly friends and connections with people from all over the world. I did not see that coming back in 2003.

To put this in perspective, when I started blogging on Blogger in 2003, Blogger did not have its own commenting software and I had to install a third party commenting plug in...that was a big day.

I've written well over 1200 blog posts (although many are hidden). I've been dumped (via Facebook no less. Ouch), I've shared highs and lows. I've moved around the world, I travelled to the South Pacific, India, and all over Australia. I've shared stories and feelings with you - and I've loved every moment of that.

I wanted to do something big. I mean my blog is a fifth grader!

But I haven't come up with any brilliant ideas? Do any of you have any ideas on how we could celebrate the big 1-0?

I would like to congratulate Tiffany from Polka Dotted Cats because she won the hand knit hat! I'll be sending you an email shortly Tiffany!

I adore you all and every day you find some way to put a smile on my face.

Happy tenth birthday, Decoybetty.

24 comments:

  1. Congrats on ten years -- WHOA!!!! That is awesome. Much love!

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  2. Oh my gosh ten years?? I had no idea. I have only been going about two so I have a lot of catching up to do. Congrats my friend :)

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  3. that's a long time!! congrats!

    i've been blogging for the most part since 2000, back when LiveJournal was all the rage but it was pretty much straight text with no ability to add images or gifs or even your own CSS designs.

    i've seen bloggers do a massive giveaway for a blogaversary and they rally together with some other bloggers too. maybe you could do that?

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. Happy blogoversary!!! That's pretty dern big. Maybe you should do a world tour. hehehehe...

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  4. Happy 10 years !! I started my blog in 2005, so I know how you feel about having been in the game for a long time. Obviously 10 and 8 years ago, blogging was much different. There was no such thing as sponsoring, link ups or followers.. It was just writing and hoping that someone would stumble upon your blog one day and stay awhile.
    I ended up writing a children's story and winning a contest .. and my story was published. I had to write a little bio about myself and in it I included the URL to my blog. But after having done that .. I scoured my blog for immature posts from when I first started blogging.. About smoking pot and getting wasted. Missing my ex boyfriend after he dumped me. Explaining to blogland that we were meant to be together, blah, blah, blah. You know, dramatic stuff that I was embarrassed about. So Deleted the stuff I wasn't super proud of. But I'm glad I did.. and I think that is totally okay to do. You know what I really would LOVE for a gift.. and it would be amazing to be able to get ... Someone to print off every single blog post and put it in a book or a binder for you to have forever. I know.. it would be a lot of pages and a lot of work, but wouldn't that be nice to HAVE!?!
    Anyways.. I blabbed.. happy day to you Deidre!

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  5. Won, 10 years, congratulations

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  6. Wow!!! Ten years!!! What an accomplishment!! :-) Happy Blog Birthday! ;-)

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  7. What an amazing milestone—Happy 10th blogging anniversary! :)

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  8. Holy crap, TEN YEARS?!?!?!?!?!?! I feel like we should make your blog a cake. Next Dessert Day, yes?

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  9. That is outstanding! Congratulations on such a big milestone :-)

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  10. Congrats! How awesome. :) Did the frequency of your posts change throughout the years?

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    1. Not really, this year and last year have been the most infrequent - last year because I was so stressed out and this year because I was very busy internalising all the feelings.

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  11. 10 years?!? Amazing. You are truly a blogging hipster - doing it before it was cool! Congratulations :)

    Thanks again for the hat! I am so excited :)

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  12. Happy 10th birthday :)

    XO Lourdes

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  13. OMG this is the oldest birthday I've ever seen on a blog! :) Congrats!!!

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  14. 10?-!! Good grief woman, you've been blogging half as long (almost) as I've been married. Congratulations! Way to stick with it! LOL - I think I've probably started and stopped as many blogs as you've done years. Keep on typing - we love DB ;)

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  15. Congrats on 10 years! That's a big one and I hope you had a mini celebration in honor of your blog (or did a mini dance, either is fine)

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  16. Drat . . . I'm late to the celebration. But I like to think this wish just keeps it going . . .

    So here's to you and DecoyBetty, long may you write and explore and change the world around you. Cheers!

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  17. Pretty soon it's going to start getting an attitude and not want to do its chores. Watch out the moody teenage blog years are upon you!

    Congrats ;)

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  18. A big congrats to you. I've only been blogging for about 5 years now, but even back then people didn't know what a "blog" was for. I applaud your commitment. It sounds party worthy to me. Do bloggers throw birthday parties for their blogs? I think we should start.

    Tina @ GirlwithaNewLife2.com

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