Three Years

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You know you’ve been blogging for a while when you realize that you missed a blogging anniversary, by two weeks no less. Especially when you look back and see how you celebrated your first two anniversaries (giveaways, linkups, excited announcements, OMG-ing).

Three years does not seem like a long time in the blogging world, because there are so many more bloggers who have been around 5, 6, 7, 10 years, and are still going strong (do they remember their blogging anniversaries?).

It’s long enough for me though, to realize that I can’t quite imagine life before blogging. What did I do with my time? How did I get by, not writing my thoughts down? 

All I know is that I’ve published 531 posts on this blog in its different incarnations, and another 100, maybe 150 posts on other blogs and websites. I’ve had the privilege of reading at least 50,000 comments on all my posts, and made as many comments in response. I’ve probably written thousands of comments on other blogs, some of which don’t exist anymore (sadly). I’ve read hundreds, maybe a thousand blogs since I started blogging. I’ve met incredible writers, photographers, cooks, wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and come to call many friends. 

I’ve started and stopped various series on this blog (sometimes, you have to know when to let things go). I’ve changed the design many, many times (and this is my favorite one). I’ve changed the name once, moved blogging platforms, and on WordPress itself, have tried three different themes. I’ve started a business and have had such great support, and in turn, I’ve supported many of my blogging friends’ endeavours, from book writing and publishing, to show producing. In some cases, I’ve had the privilege and honour of a front row seat, watching these undertakings bloom from mere ideas to full-fledged successes. 

My writing is different from when I first started. I like to think I’ve found my voice and style (even if linguistically, there are issues with verbs, adverbs and what-not). I’ve tried writing fiction and know that I can’t go that way. I know now when and how I write best, and I can finally call myself a writer without cringing.

I’ve found the motivation to pursue a lifelong passion for photography. I’m nowhere near good, but I pick up my camera daily and shoot. That is something. 

Three years ago, my only child was 15 months old. He is now 4, and has a nearly-2 year old younger brother. He is going to be a big brother again in less than 6 months, to two new siblings. 

In three years, my world horizon has expanded, my friend list diversified, my family grown, my passions reignited, my writing voice found.

What a ride. 

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I am a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother to four - two boys, born December 2009, May 2012 and boy/ girl twins born September 2014. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world's biggest sports brands, I traded in launch parties, product launches, and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Aside from this blog, I am a contributing writer at Everyday Family. My writing has also been featured on Mamalode, Families In the Loop, andThe Huffington Post.
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  • April 14, 2014 sarah reinhart

    what a ride indeed. I’m so glad i’ve been around to see and experience so much of it with you! ….and also thrilled to see where you’ll keep going. xx.

    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad you’ve stuck around, Sarah! xo

  • April 14, 2014 Tracie

    Happy blogoversary. I’ve enjoyed reading you for the last three years. It has been a beautiful ride. (great quote at the end!)
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tracy! I love the quote too, it was serendipity when I stumbled on it recently.

  • April 14, 2014 tracy

    Wish I could send you a rainbow unicorn cake to celebrate. Wish I could hug you in person. Wish I could come over for coffee. Wish I could take your boys out so you can take a rest. Wish I could be your neighbor. Wish I could so many things because I’m so overwhelmed some days that you’re in my life….because of your blog. Love you. xoxoxoxo

    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Wish all those things too. I love that I’ve known you for three years, and for many more years to come. xoxo

  • April 14, 2014 Julia

    Happy 3 years! Isn’t amazing all the people and places that blogging can bring you.
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Julia, and yes, it’s been amazing.

  • April 14, 2014 katie

    I’m looking forward to reading years more of your blog too :)
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Katie.

  • April 14, 2014 Kir

    Love you ladybug, love this blog, love your words and your heart.
    Always.

    xo
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Love everything about you too! xoxo

  • April 14, 2014 Kerstin

    What a ride indeed – happy blogoversary!
    I remember Alison & Ados Blog Bash from your first blogoversary – that post is still in my bookmarks, there was so much goodness in it.
    you set the bar high, my friend – and you are one of the few how continues to bring it to new heights. xoxox
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      You’re so kind, Kerstin! I’m so glad we met. xo

  • April 14, 2014 Nicole

    Happy Blogiversary!! I’m so glad I discovered you in my blogging journey, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and your beautiful (growing) family!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad we met too, Nicole, and thank you!

  • April 14, 2014 Tamara

    Happy Blogiversary to you! I nearly forgot mine this year and just made it into a giant shoutout to all the loves I picked up along this journey. It’s amazing to look back and forward. And at the present.
    I’m in for this one and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds for you!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I”m glad you’re in, Tamara! It is amazing, this blogging thing.

  • April 14, 2014 Allie

    What a ride, in deed! Congratulations Alison. I haven’t been with you since the beginning, but I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know you over the last year.

    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      And I, you, Allie!

  • April 14, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    I love your blog. From the second I found it and read your “About Me” I was hooked. I DEFINITELY think you’ve found your voice and love that you can call yourself a writer without cringing. You’re not just a writer, you’re a GREAT writer.
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Aw, thank you Rebecca! It’s good to know I’ve got at least ONE page right :)

  • April 15, 2014 Kimberly

    You go on with your bad self. I had no idea that you have only been blogging for such a short time. Look at all of the things you have accomplished. You inspire me girlfriend! xoxo
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Is 3 years short? It feels long. :) And thank you.

  • April 15, 2014 Rorybore

    I’ve been blogging over 5 years now, and never once have done a Bloggy Birthday party. I do believe it was March when I started, so technically — another year has sailed on by. As I’ve stood and watched it go. LOL
    I cannot believe I have written over 1,000 posts! Although now I do now why my house is not as clean as it probably could be. But meeting other talented and inspiring writers such as yourself: totally worth some dust on the baseboards!
    Congratulations!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Wow, 5 years! Well, happy 5th blogiversary to you! Thank you for sticking with me.

  • April 15, 2014 Michelle

    Happy blogiversary Alison! You’ve done amazing things!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Michelle!

  • April 15, 2014 Laura

    Happy Blogiversary! (I never remember mine! And I never know when to start counting… from the beginning of my CURRENT blog or the beginning of my blogging life?)

    Also, I have told you this before, but I have noticed the evolution of your voice and style and I love where you have come with it. xo
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I would count from the beginning of your blogging journey :)
      And thank you. Truly.

  • What a ride indeed! Congrats on your blogyversary!!!

    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Tinne!

  • April 15, 2014 Katie

    Happy three years! I think I’ve been with you for ALL of it!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I think you have, and I’m so glad! Thank you.

  • April 15, 2014 Bev

    That is quite an accomplishment, congrats!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Bev!

  • April 15, 2014 Jessica

    What an amazing three years it’s been! Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary! It’s been a pleasure knowing you these past three years!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      The pleasure is all mine, Jessica!

  • April 15, 2014 Susanna Leonard Hill

    Wait, what? Two new siblings? What did I miss, and how???!!! Love your blog, and glad I found it :)
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I made the twin pregnancy announcement on Facebook about 3-4 weeks ago, and shared a belly picture 2 weeks ago. :) Thank you!

  • April 15, 2014 Leslie

    I know I haven’t always commented regularly in a while, but I’ve been following along with your journey since we first “met” so long ago. Congrats on your three year blog anniversary…who knows how many more adventures await?
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for hanging around, Leslie!

  • April 15, 2014 alexandra

    Three years?? This shocks me. Seems like just yesterday that we met, Alison. I am lucky to know you, and so very happy you’re in my daily life. Happy 3rd year blogiversary!!!

    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I don’t remember my blogging life without you. I’m the lucky one. Thank you. xo

  • April 15, 2014 Charlotte

    Congratulations on your blog-versary!!! It’s crazy when you think of the things you’ve seen, the blogs you’ve visited, the comments you’ve received, the growing family–and the fact that you’ve documented most if it here. I feel so honored to have been on this journey with you and can’t wait for all that’s just ahead in your exciting life :) XOXO
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      It is mind blowing. It is. Thank you for sticking by me. xo

  • April 16, 2014 Stacey Lynn

    Happy Blogiversary :) I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a whopping 13 years…since my now teenaged son was a baby! I couldn’t even tell you what my blog anniversary is, I just remember it was August 2001!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      13 years, WOW, that is amazing, congratulations!

  • April 16, 2014 Lady Jennie

    I’m so glad for this space on the Internet. It’s a must-stop for me, so Happy Three Years!!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      I’m so glad we met, Jennie. xoxo

  • April 16, 2014 Marta

    I’ve never paid attention to blogging anniversary’s (even the first ones) though I do love the reflective idea of just how many thousands of comments I must have written and read across all of these year. SO MANY YEARS. I think its because I have been writing for SO LONG and don’t feel as though my blog has grown that much that it doesn’t seem celebratory. But then I think well look at how much I have changed in that amount of time and that IS amazing.
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Oh Marta, it is something, and it is amazing. Celebrate!

  • April 16, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Happy Belated Blog Anniversary Alison!! I haven’t even hit one yet i feel like such a baby :D It’s so much fun though I hope I’m around for my 3rd anniversary :D Hope your pregnancy is going swell, take care -Iva
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Once you hit the first, the other years will follow very quickly! Thank you, Iva.

  • April 16, 2014 Keely

    Only three years? Not only can I not remember what I did before blogging, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t reading YOUR blogging!
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      And I can’t remember blogging life without you in it, my friend!

  • April 16, 2014 Eli

    When a kid’s 3, she watches George Shrinks and Zoboomafoo. In three years, I’d completed one sophomore year of college, and two junior years. To see what you’ve accomplished … well, me and 3-year-olds have a lot to live up to.
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Hah! That’s a good perspective, thank you.

  • April 16, 2014 Kim

    Happy 3 years, Alison. My second blogiversary was last month.I remembered it as it approached and then promptly forgot about it until the actual day. So the event passed quietly, with no public reflections. I still feel *very* new to this, but looking back as you have makes me see that so much has changed.
    I am so happy that our our paths crossed on our separate blogging journeys, Alison. And I am looking forward to see what lies ahead. :)
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    • April 16, 2014 Alison

      Well, happy belated 2nd blogiversary, Kim! You’ve come a long way, don’t doubt it. I’m glad we met too.

  • April 16, 2014 Allie

    So glad you found space here (and a lot of other places) and that I GET TO read your thoughts, dreams and share some small part of life with you, even though you’re halfway around the world! Incredible! Happy Blog Anniversary and here’s to many, many more.
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    • April 18, 2014 Alison

      Blogging IS incredible, and thank you!

  • April 16, 2014 Natalie

    I am so excited that I\’ve known you these three years! I\’ve enjoyed going through this journey with you!

    • April 18, 2014 Alison

      My oldest bloggy friend, thank you!

  • April 17, 2014 Adrienne

    Happy 3 years, my friend! I’m so glad I’ve been reading for mostly (if not all) of those years! XO
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    • April 18, 2014 Alison

      I’m happy to have you along for the ride, Adrienne!

  • April 17, 2014 Maureen

    Happy Blogiversary, Alison! What a journey and I can’t imagine the blogworld without your words :D
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    • April 18, 2014 Alison

      You’re so sweet, Maureen, thank you.

  • April 17, 2014 My Inner Chick

    —–I’ve had the great pleasure and honor of reading most of your blogs.
    You are one of my all time favorites.
    Short. Sweet. Insightful. Interesting. Relevant. Sweet. Beautiful writing.
    Congrats, Alison Lee.
    Your readers are better people because they have known you. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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    • April 18, 2014 Alison

      And you’re one of my favorites. So glad to know you, my friend. xo

  • April 21, 2014 Christine

    So glad that you started blogging and have continued to blog. It has been an amazing ride.
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    • April 21, 2014 Alison

      Thank you for sticking it out with me, Christine!

  • April 24, 2014 Andrea

    You’ve accomplished so much since you’ve started blogging! I like to think about who we were when we started, and who we are now. I really like reflecting about what on earth I did before I did this. I think my house was a lot cleaner.

    Happy Three Years! So glad to have spent at least one of them getting to know you. :)
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    • April 24, 2014 Alison

      Clean houses are overrated :)
      Thank you, I’m glad we met too!

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