On September 24 I celebrated a new beginning. If you missed it, you can read more about it here. What I didn’t realize is that September 24 also marked the one year birthday of Musings of a Shiny Penny! I posted my first article on September 24, 2011. Personally, I am amazed at this accomplishment. I get my pleasure from starting projects, but rarely enjoy maintaining them. However, this one is different. I have absolutely loved sharing parts of my story, interacting with you, being able to motivate, encourage and inspire and to give others a platform to share their own stories.
I’d like to share with you a few highlights of the past year, but first I’ll let you in on a little secret… Ready? musings of a shiny penny is getting a facelift. YES! The new site is in developing stage right now, and hopefully within a month you will see a new site with improved features! Yippee! I am really pumped.
Without further ado: A Year In Review
In the past year, musings of a shiny penny has had 7,866 page views, from 67 different countries and 670 total comments.
The first post ever:
What’s In It For Me?
The post with the most views (196 hits) in one day:
If You Knew the Truth, Would You Still Like Me?
16 Guest Posters!
A big thank you to you all for contributing to the first year of posts. In order of appearance: Ivan Bickett, Cari Troyer, Emjayandthem (MJ), Claudia Good, Josh Gordon, Josh Becker, Nina Nelson, Carissa Woodwyk, Terri Spaulding, Amanda Whitehead, Kim Lincoln, Josh Mokma, Michael Good, Gary and Laurie Pokorny, Abbie Livingston and Kimanzi Constable.
Check back Tuesday, October 2. My sister Halsey Preston will be posting and will be launching her new blog the same day! This is something you won’t want to miss – she is an incredibly talented artist. Her blog will soon fill with sketches and doodles mixed with short illustrated stories. Her first short story will be featured on musings of a shiny penny!
I especially want to thank my husband, Josh. Josh, you have supported me throughout the past year – through my ups and downs and the constant chasing of random shiny objects (projects) that I think I want to invest my time into. Knowing that you believe in me and believing that I have a story worth telling has empowered me more than you will know. Thank you.
This year has been a journey. I’ve learned a lot about myself – some really cool things and some really scary things. I know I am a better person. I’m looking forward to a new year of learning and growing and climbing and processing and kicking and screaming. Hehe. In the end, it’s all good, right? 😉
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