It's My Birthday & I'll Blog if I Want To!

by Jessika Hepburn, Editor

It’s my blogiversary! I posted my very first post as editor of Oh My! Handmade 365 days ago today and what an amazing journey it’s been. It’s Canada Day here and they sky is exploding with fire works, Chris took both girls away for the weekend to a family reunion-it really feels like it’s actually my birthday!

I’m all alone in the house for the first time in 7 years and I’ve been reflecting on the past year and all the wonderful things that have happened since I published that first post. I knew Oh My had potential but did I imagine that 400 subscribers would grow to 1500? 300 Twitter followers to over 2000? Or that I would run a website that got over 200 000 view in one month? Um, no way! I thought it was a good opportunity to promote my small biz. I definitely never thought I would close up my own handmade business to focus on the blog or that I would love every minute of it or so many of you. I’ll be sharing some lessons learned and ideas on how you can generate similar momentum for your business this month but…
What is truly overwhelming me in a good way is that when I wrote that first post I had no idea you were here or what good friends so many of us would become. That this community would welcome me with open arms and that I would find true friends by bringing together people here. I am so overwhelmingly grateful to each and every one of you that has left a comment, sent me an email or chatted with me online. You have filled every day of the past year with smiles and laughter and of course so much handmade goodness. Thank you for your comments, your tweets. and posts, and pins-for all of your support. I wonder if  you realize just how beautiful you are-I see it shining bright and clear!

So let’s party friends! For the whole month of July we’ll be celebrating the OMHG community and just having fun. Parties and printables, great giveaways and some really special surprises from our wonderful contributors + the launch of my first e-book on the 15th. I’m thanking you for your awesomeness + giving all our contributors a standing ovation-we have a really incredible team!

Oh My! Handmade has certainly grown this year and so have I. When I think of what will happen in the next year I can hardly contain how excited I am for our future. I hope you will stay with me on this journey and that we will learn and grow together-with so many talented and beautiful people in one place, really, is there anything we can’t do?

Cheers (& cake) to another 365 days of sharing what we know and love!


  1. Happy bloggiversary my lovely – whatever day, whatever time, there’s always something going on here on your fantastic site – I just love the vibrant community that lives here.

    I often use OMHG as a case study of best practice in social media – I’ll now be including those impressive growth numbers too, just to make my students even more ambitious!

    Thank you for a fantastic year and here’s to another happy 365 handmade-filled days, Lucy xxx

  2. Viv Smith says:

    Happy Blogiversary! Enjoy your weekend alone – so jealous, I’m in so much need of a break from mummy duties! Can’t wait to see your e-book and what the next year holds in store of Oh My! Viv 🙂

  3. Allisa says:

    Sending belated happy wishes your way! You’ve created and shaped such a lovely community…and in just one year! Wow, can hardly see what the next year has in store for you 🙂

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