Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Celebrating Four Years of Posting!

That's right, this month marks the 4th Birthday of my posting here at Old-Fashioned Charm! My first post was on September 4, 2008 so I've missed the actual date by a few days but I knew I had to do something to celebrate.

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First painting I posted.
"I love old fashioned things - song, houses, books, poems, clothing, furniture, stories, movies, towns, architecture. Even things that seem old-fashioned like absolute truth, morals, virtues, patriotism and the Bible.  I'm so excited to have this blog now where I can express my old-fashioned side. I'm dedicating this blog to everything old-fashioned!" 

I was browsing through the analytics for my blog and was quite surprised by the figures I saw! When I began I never would I have guessed the growth

Statistics:
  • 382 Followers (and counting!)
  • 671 Posts published  (my new goal is 1000 posts!)
  • 83 Film Reviews published
  • 7 Book Reviews published
  • 46 Games published
  • 42 Follow OFC by e-mail
  • About 20 different Blog Headers and Themes

Most Popular Pages:

Most Popular Posts: 

OFC's Associated Pages:

Most Importantly:
  • Tons of Period Dramas watched.
  • Lots of life lessons learned, writing practice gained and learning about history.
  • Amazingly funny moments of extreme hilarity!
  • So many encouraging and challenging comments left here. Thank you!
  • Countless sweet blogging friends made!
  • A group of priceless close friends that I know personally now and e-mail frequently. Love you girls!
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From my second post: An Intimate Conversation
My Deepest Thanks:
So many people have encouraged me and helped along this journey of blogging.
  • My family - Dad & Mom, you taught me how to read and inspired this love of Jane Austen and classic literature. You challenge me always do my best and encorage me to always be learning new things. To my brother who, like dad, often helps with technical questions and fixes my electronics when they quit working. To my sweet sister Bea, you have helped me with almost every aspect of my blog from ideas for games, judging contests, watching period dramas with me, fangirling over actors and characters to high-jacking my blog to post a wonderful birthday post for me. I love you all so much!
  • Elise from Ribbons of LightMiss Jen of Blessed Femina - You were two of my very first followers, left lovely comments that encouraged me just knowing there was ladies out there who enjoyed the same old-fashioned things I do and your blogs have directed many people my way.
  • Melody of Regency Delight - It was such fun finding your blog and it's been incredible getting to know you personally and e-mailing back and forth over the last couple years. You are such an inspiration, so helpful when I need advice or prayer, the sweetest Nonsensical girl and an all-around wonderful friend m'dear Marianne! 
  • Miss Elizabeth Bennet from Elegance of Fashion - It's been lovely participating in your period drama events, co-hosting and collaborating on projects, but especially e-mailing and getting to know you better recently. My statistics also say that your blog has brought in many followers so thanks for linking to me! 
  • Mel of But when a young lady is to be a heroine - It's been such fun getting to know you through your blog and now e-mailing more and finding we're such kindred spirits, thank you for your period drama suggestions and your sweetness!
  • Miss Amy Dashwood of Yet Another Period Drama Blog - Your blogs and e-mails are such fun and you've been such a help and inspiration to me, thank you Mouse! 
  • Charity of Austenitis - Your blog is such fun, I've enjoyed many of your book suggestions and thanks so much for inviting me to guest post and guest posting for me on occasion. 
  • Miss Woodhouse, Anne-girl, Abby, Hayden, Jemimah C, Maria Elisabeth, Peyton, Alexandra, Ella, Bekah and Little Lady - you young ladies are such an encouragement and inspiration to me! through your scribblings and interesting posts you have encouraged me to keep writing when I don't feel like it, find joy in serving the Lord and you give places to have fun discussing fandoms! 

And I know there's so many people I'm forgetting to thank, all of you who comment and follow are such an encouragement to me to keep blogging and sharing these period drama and faith related posts that are truly bits of me. Thank you!

So here's to lots more posting ahead! 
My goal now is to make it to 1000 posts. Phew! I better get writing!

I'm thinking about changing up my blog design and have put a poll on the sidebar to help me decide what theme to go with next. Please vote!

How long have you been following Old-Fashioned Charm?
Do you find the posts here helpful and/or encouraging?
What types of posts are your favorite? (i.e. film reviews, games, actors, historical figures, painters)

19 comments:

Bekah said...

Congrats on your 4th anniversary! That is very exciting and worth celebrating :)

I don't remember when I started following you, but I think it's been around 6 months, or something like that! :)

Anyways, I voted on your poll ;) I look forward to seeing your new design :)

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

Congrats on your 4th anniversary!
I do love your blog!
I know I haven't been around long, but it's definitely one of my absolute favorites.
I love your reviews and games, and I'm always going to your Period Films Page for reference.
Just everything in general, really. You are an awesome lady, and I pray your blog continues to be blessed so mightily.

Miss Dashwood said...

First off-- sink me, if you didn't go and do it for four whole years! Congratulations, old chap!

Must have my Sir Percy quotes whenever possible, you know.

Second-- awww, thank you so much for mentioning me! Do you have any idea how much of a blessing and encouragement you've been to me?

You were the first blog I followed when I first joined the blogging world last fall (Melody was a close second!). I've so loved reading your posts and hearing all about new period dramas and turning to you first when I need to know something about a specific film. :D Emailing with you has been such fun too (which reminds me that I should write to you more often!) and... well, I just admire and look up to you so much! Thank you for all you do and write and say, Ladybird. You're a wonderful blessing!

Here's to four more years of blogging... and counting!

Miss Dashwood said...

First off-- sink me, if you didn't go and do it for four whole years! Congratulations, old chap!

Must have my Sir Percy quotes whenever possible, you know.

Second-- awww, thank you so much for mentioning me! Do you have any idea how much of a blessing and encouragement you've been to me?

You were the first blog I followed when I first joined the blogging world last fall (Melody was a close second!). I've so loved reading your posts and hearing all about new period dramas and turning to you first when I need to know something about a specific film. :D Emailing with you has been such fun too (which reminds me that I should write to you more often!) and... well, I just admire and look up to you so much! Thank you for all you do and write and say, Ladybird. You're a wonderful blessing!

Here's to four more years of blogging... and counting!

Miss Dashwood said...

First off-- sink me, if you didn't go and do it for four whole years! Congratulations, old chap!

Must have my Sir Percy quotes whenever possible, you know.

Second-- awww, thank you so much for mentioning me! Do you have any idea how much of a blessing and encouragement you've been to me?

You were the first blog I followed when I first joined the blogging world last fall (Melody was a close second!). I've so loved reading your posts and hearing all about new period dramas and turning to you first when I need to know something about a specific film. :D Emailing with you has been such fun too (which reminds me that I should write to you more often!) and... well, I just admire and look up to you so much! Thank you for all you do and write and say, Ladybird. You're a wonderful blessing!

Here's to four more years of blogging... and counting!

Charity U said...

Awww, thanks for mentioning me, Miss Laurie! Yours was one of the first blogs I found when I started reading blogs...and I've enjoyed it ever since. I depend on you for reviews! You're an awesome friend and I can't wait to come out there and meet you someday. :)

Alexandra said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! SQUEEEE!!!! Four years...wowza!!!

I've sooooo enjoyed your blog and thank you SO much for mentioning me! Your blog has been such a blessing and so fun as well! Congrats again, old chap! :) Now I'm wracking my brain as to how long I've been blogging...I think it's like, two years and a month, but that doesn't quite have the same zip. ;)

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Bekah,
Thanks! I enjoy following your blogs too though I don't comment very often. Thanks for voting!

Rhoswen,
Aww! Thanks so much! It's been fun having you comment more and I started following your blog today.

Amy,
You always make me smile and this comment was no exception! We should definitely e-mail more, especially if Melody insists on taking so many vacations! (just kidding Melody!) Yes, anytime you have questions about period dramas or books or anything send them my way, if I don't know the answer I'll find out for you! Thank you for your sweet comment dearie! :)

Charity,
So glad my reviews are helpful to you. If you ever have any particular questions just let me know. Hope ya'll are able to come out soon! How's October looking? We should talk. :)

Alexandra,
I'm still giggling over your comment, I totally love the "zip"! :) Even though I don't comment much, your blog never fails to inspire me and make me smile! I know, sometimes it's tricky trying to keep up with blog anniversaries, I've forgotten mine for the last couple years!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 4th year anniversary of this lovely blog. Thank you for remembering your dad and I and us teaching you to read and write. We are very proud of your accomplishments and of you our daughter. May God continue to make your blog a success. I don't comment often but I do enjoy everything on here. Love, MOM

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Congratulations on four years of blogging! Thank you for the shout-out: you are very welcome! I'm very glad to have gotten to know you! :-)

mom said...

I've never thought about celebrating a blog anniversary on my blog before...I think you've just inspired me! I have one coming up in January, you now have my mind thinking! Congratulations for being so dedicated to your blog. Something to be proud of!

AJ said...

Four Years?! Wow!
* Congratulations! *

I was lurking for quite awhile before I became an email follower. But I think I've been visiting your blog for alittle over a year.

Thank you for your wonderful posts and pictures. I truly enjoy your lil' corner of the web. :)

Abby said...

Wow, four years is a huge achievement, congratulations!

Thank you ever so much for mentioning me! :) I love reading your blog, and you've introduced me to so many period dramas over the past year or so. Your reviews are always my first stop when I want to find out something about a particular period drama!

Bring on reaching 1000 posts! That would be an incredible goal to reach.

~Abby

Elisa said...

I've been a reader since late winter/early spring.
A virtual cupcake is in order! :)

Juliette said...

Crongrats for this 4th anniversary !
I would like to tell you I am a fan of your site, you are so fabulous ! :)
So, thank you very much for your work ! ;) And I love your blog !!
Bye ;)
Juliette !

Scullery Maid said...

Congratulations, and Happy Blog-Birthday! You have such a lovely blog, and it always encourages me in being old-fashioned! Keep up the delightful writing!

Ella said...

Wow! Congrats on four years!
Your blog is an encouragement to me also:)

Melody said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, four years! :D How wonderful! And you definitely deserve all those high-number stats! I think your blog must have been one of the first I followed, too...and ditto everything else that Amy said, hahaha. Couldn't have said it any better myself, as they say. ;)

I was so surprised delighted to see my name mentioned there! :D I'm very glad we can be friends, my Ladybird! And as to the vacations--if my family are wild beasts who drag me here and there, it is not my own fault! ;)

birdienl said...

Dear Miss Laurie,

Congratulations on your first anniversary! Though I will not be in your statistics, I do follow your blog, simply by having put it in my browsers favourites! (And I'm thinking of opening up a blog myself, so than it would be even easier to follow you)

Anyway, I love your blog and consider it to be one of the very best around! I love your extensive reviews, your interesting games and the way you put period drama in every thing you post, even about your everyday life! I'm looking forward to many more of them.

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