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Happy Birthday Rhyme & Ribbons!

This week, Rhyme & Ribbons turned 3, which is a pretty huge milestone for me. I might not have had any exponential growth, or gone viral, or made a living by blogging full-time, but I have had steady growth, some amazing opportunities provided for me through blogging, plus made some wonderful friends. 

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I would be a terrible blog-mother if I didn’t at least mention that I’m so incredibly proud of this space. It’s not the most-popular or the fastest-growing or the chicest or the most original, but it is mine. It’s something that I think about and work on every day and I love it. It’s provided me with an arena to grow my photography skills, develop my food styling, and comforted me when I’ve felt like my day-to-day job doesn’t allow me to work creatively. 

Blogging gets a bad reputation sometimes; from “blagging” to full-time bloggers being told their jobs aren’t “real” to others being accused of perpetuating stereotypes of perfection on social media. But I can only be grateful to blogging. Would I love to be a full-time blogger one day? Sure. But that doesn’t stem from a desire to “get things for free” it comes from loving to write and to take photographs and to work on creative projects on a daily basis. 

I can only be grateful for blogging. It’s introduced me to some amazing people, and I’ve made some wonderful friendships from it. If it wasn’t for this space, I wouldn’t have gotten to know one of my bridesmaids. Rather than taking over my life and free time, Rhyme & Ribbons gave me the creative life-raft I needed when I saw my chances of living a life fully engaged in theatre dwindling. Although blogging can be a source of stress, for me, it’s mostly a source of joy. 

I am forever grateful to it, and for you, its readers. 

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  • Congratulations on your blog birthday! You should be so proud of the lovely and joyful space you’ve created. I love your ode to blogging too – it’s something that brings me a great deal of pleasure as well. Looking forward to celebrating a lot more of your blog birthdays to come! xxx

  • A very Happy 3rd Birthday Amanda to your beautiful blog! You’re always a source of inspiration and I love reading your creative and visually beautiful posts.
    Louise x
    http://www.thewhatnowblog.com

    • Thank you so much, Louise. I really appreciate it- especially coming from you as I have so much respect for what you do on your blog space! xx

  • Congratulations lady! I absolutely love your blog and I totally agree with all the great stuff that blogging brings 🙂 x
    Sophie Cliff

  • Sara Johnson

    Happy Birthday! Keep being amazing. x
    http://www.colourmyworld101.blogspot.com

  • Congrats!!!! Wish you more readers and views! You write really interesting and I hope you will celebrate your 5-10-20 years blog birthdays!;)

  • Happy blogging anniversary! I agree with all the things you said about blogging. Here’s to more good things that will come your way through this lovely blog xx

  • Happy blogoversary Amanda! Three years is quite a milestone! I find it interesting that blogs are getting such a bad name – I think we should reclaim the blogosphere for the exact reason you and I (and millions of others) use it – as OUR space and a creative outlet.

    • Yes! Definitely! Even if I’m exhausted while working on a post it never feels like a chore and I hope it continues to feel that way. Here’s to reclaiming blogging! xxx

  • Happy Birthday Rhyme and Ribbons! I’m completely there with you for blogging as a fun, creative persuit. Love it!

    • Thanks Elizabeth! It’s so wonderful to have it to look back on – look how much your life has changed since you started blogging! xx

  • Happy birthday Rhyme and Ribbons. I adore your space and love keeping up with your adventures!

    • Thank you so much! This message really did make me grin. (And feel really emotional about blogging) xx

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Happy Blog birthday!!!

  • Happy Blogging Birthday, Amanda! I always love reading your blog, so I’m glad you don’t feel you need to change what you do. Keep on being you! Here’s to the next three years 🙂

    • Thank you so much Sophie! That’s such a great thing to hear. I really, really appreciate it! 😀 xxxx

  • Miu

    Congratulations! To the next three years! 🙂

  • Wooooo what an achievement! Happy Blog Birthday!! 😀 xxxx

  • Hey you be proud your blog is totally awesome so Happy Birthday to Rhyme & Ribbons!

  • amitygardens

    Happy Blog Birthday! I am so grateful that you started this blog otherwise I never would have gotten to know you!

  • Happy blog-iversary!

  • Happy Blog Birthday! Love reading your posts 🙂

  • Congrats! wow 3 years is a long time! May it be at least that many more!

  • Christi Mazzei

    Hi Amanda, I had lunch with Graciela last month when she was back in NM to get caught up on life. She told me all about your blog and Instagram account and since then, I’ve been following you and reading what you write! I just wanted to let you know I’m really proud of you and for all the work you’ve put into making this a reality. I think it’s really neat and super interesting and look forward to reading more of your blog entries in the future! Also – congratulations on the engagement and the wedding coming up this summer! I’m sure it will be absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see photos! Hugs, Christi Cobo

    • Ahhh! Thank you so much Christie! That means so much to me and I really appreciate you taking time to write to me! I’m definitely over the moon about the wedding but if you have any tips, I am all ears! 😀 I loved seeing your beautiful wedding photos on Facebook awhile ago. Next time I am back in NM it would be wonderful to catch up. (I’d love to meet your husband and hear all about how you’ve been!) Lots of love! xxx

      • Christi Mazzei

        Absolutely! We are due for an Academy reunion + significant others! Be sure to let me know when you are back state side and I’ll let you know if we make it to London anytime soon!

  • Happy happy birthday Miss Rhyme & Ribbons!

  • Milli

    Happy Birthday Rhyme and Ribbons! How exciting, I totally agree with you about blogging given me somewhere to be creative when the acting thing isn’t necessarily going to plan! It eases the pressure of the ‘resting actor day jobs’ as I know I can come home, and be completely creatively free with no reviewer, director or manager criticising, or putting pressure on me. It’s just a place where whatever you want to do goes, and that is a very rare thing. xx

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Happy blog birthday!!! <3

    Blessings,
    Edye

  • Rachael Brennan

    Happy blog birthday! I love your blog and so glad I stumbled across it this year.
    http://www.seachangeokinawa.blogspot.com

  • Happy blogiversary! I can’t believe this little space is 3! I really don’t remember how I stumbled across Rhyme and Ribbons but it was one of the first blogs I started reading some 2 and a half years ago!

    • Ahh!!! That makes me feel so good, I’m glad that I’ve kept your attention and that we are blog friends 🙂 xx

  • Jenn Sie

    happy blog-birthday
    http://www.jenikya.com/blog

  • aww! happy blog birthday 🙂 blogging was definitely my creative escape back when I was stuck in 9 to 5, and I’m glad it’s helped you too!

  • Congrats on 3 years!!! That’s so amazing!!!!!

  • Cate in the Kitchen

    Congrats lovely girl x

  • Yay for blogging and yay for Rhyme & Ribbons turning 3! I’m so glad I found your blog! 🙂 xx

  • I love your blog, and I’m so glad it’s connected us! Congrats on 3 years! <3