photo credit RTM ConnectDecember 9, 2011 This is the first picture from the first post I ever wrote for the blog.
It seems like it was yesterday.
I can remember sitting in front of the computer....staring at this picture....trying to think of something to write about.
With absolutely positively no idea where to start.
Here were my ideas for my first post:
Christmas in a farmhouse?
Ummm.....a little vague.
How to decorate your mantel?
Ummm.....a few bloggers had written about this already (about 542,325).
How much I love seagrass rugs?
I probably should have gone with that one.
And then I saw it.
The incomprehensible overwhelming embarrassment of it all.
Christmas decorating 101.
The tree didn't even have a tree skirt.
I had decorated my house for Christmas, cleaned my house top to bottom, had a photographer come to my house, take pictures of my Christmas decorations.....
.....and I didn't put a tree skirt under the tree.
And in that single embarrassing tree-skirtless moment......the randomness that is Thistlewood Farm was born.
The journey and growth of this blog has been an amazing blessing to me.
One that I want to share with you at the Southern Bloggers Conference on October 12 -13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I'm speaking on "Five Proven Ways to Grow Your Blog."
It may have a catchier title by then.
I'm open to suggestions :)
I'm so happy to be speaking with three other amazing friends of mine.
Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is a truly creative force in blog land and she will be sharing her heart and her blogging journey.
I have heard Rhoda speak and she will make you laugh and encourage you and inspire you to reach for the stars.
My girl Heather from At the Picket Fence will be there.
She is speaking on "fake it 'till you make it" and how to find, work with and develop long term relationships with sponsors.
Wait until you hear her. Seriously.
First she will make you laugh.
Then she will completely change how you look at advertising and marketing and all things SEO.
And you all know my BFF Kelly from Eclectically Vintage.
You might have seen her over here a few times :)
She has an incredible sense of humor and a way of looking at things that make you laugh until you sound like the two old Muppet men in the opera house box.
Kelly is speaking on blogging mistakes (who hasn't made some of those) and what she has learned from them.
Please say you'll join us.
We would love to meet you!
October 12 -13
Raleigh, North Carolina
And now here's the best part......do you want to go for FREE?
I'm giving away a FREE ticket to one Thistlewood Reader!
For more details head over to
for your chance to enter!
Good luck and I can't wait to meet you!