my blog just turned a year old

A year ago in September, i created this blog as a hobby and as a form of self-expression. But as months went on, i became more and more inspired because i am not only gaining hits on my blog coming from all over the world, but also gaining some wonderful followers and subscribers along the way. My revolver map tells me, i had visits from 109 different countries. The top 5 are (other than my home country): USA, Canada, UK, Australia and Netherlands.

revolver map stats

Thank you dear readers for your comments, they pave the way for some lovely interactions and conversations with all of you fellow bloggers.

During the course of one year, i am delighted to say that i had 3 blog nominations. Thank you HolisticMe for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you Catpurrology for the Blog on Fire Award. These mean a lot to me, and i am so deeply honored.

awards and nominations

I had the greatest gift on September 2, 2012 which is my actual blog anniversary date. During that day, i had the most number of views on my blog. I only had an average of 20-30 visits per day but during that day, it was 88. I know that the number is relatively small as compared to other popular blogs’ hits, but i must admit that it really made me proud so i gave myself a well-deserved pat in the back.


Thank you islandtraveler for being my number 1 commenter. I am so grateful for your visits and comments. And i must say (again) that yours is a very inspiring blog.

My most liked post is Sunday Post: Reflection which garnered 27 likes as of today. Thank you jakesprinter for providing a theme for creative inspiration. It also earned a lot of good comments like perfect, fun, radiant, pretty, awesome, great, beautiful, interesting and unusual. Wow, sure likes a lot of adjectives in there for 1 simple photograph.

Sunday Post: Reflection. This is my most liked post.

Today, i am making a little change in my blog. My site title used to be Life’s Journey and More… and my tagline is My SweetPaintedDreams. I interchanged it and from now on my Blog Title is My SweetPaintedDreams and my tagline would now be Life’s Journey and More…

Looking forward to more fruitful blogging years ahead.

Thank you all for the inspiration.

one lovely blog award

First of all, i want to thank holisticme for nominating me for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD.

one lovely blog award

It felt so good because there are awesome people from all over the world who really stopped by and read my blog. I am so happy to know that i now have some followers who really find my blog interesting enough to follow and i am truly very grateful. I started this blog as a hobby, a place to write my thoughts and a place where i could share my photos.

Seven things about myself:

  • I used to work in an airline company but decided to be a stay at home mom last 2007.
  • I was able to visit Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, US, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Korea. One of my future plans is to be able to visit my sister in Dubai.
  • I am an animal lover that’s why every now and then i post photos of my pets that i truly adore. I even feed leftover food to some neighborhood cats who regularly and patiently wait for me in front of our gate.
  • I love shopping but i must admit that i enjoy grocery shopping more since i love to cook and experiment with recipes, tweak with them a little bit to suit the taste of my kids.
  • I don’t like to watch suspense thriller movies.
  • I prefer body spray or fragrance mist over perfume.
  • Last but not the least, the most expensive gift i received was a brand new SUV from hubby last year.

In no particular order, here are some of my favorite blogs:

The rules to the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
  • Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they’ve been nominated.

Well, i know some bloggers think that these award post nominations may resemble some chain mails because of the rules, but for me, i would want to keep this going because i believe that this is one way to make interaction and to say thanks to all the readers, likers, and followers of my blog. Being nominated is one great honor, thank you.

It has been a truly wonderful 8 months of blogging and i will continue to write and share everything that inspires me.