10 Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway

I don't usually blog on a Sunday, but today is a special occasion.

Exactly 10 YEARS ago today, I created this blog for a Creative Writing class in college. And then I just kept it. For a freakin' decade! (!!)

I think 2 things have kept me going with this blog:
  • Having a close-knit blog community who left meaningful comments. It was never about quantity, but most definitely quality when it comes to my blog community! 
  • Having a space to catalog my travel adventures! 

Oh right, the giveaway. You know I've never done a giveaway on this blog? Today I thought is was highly appropriate to gift what's known as a nazar bracelet. Nazar is a protector of sorts, most often crafted into an eye shape, to keep away the "evil eye." It's a tradition that spans back centuries, and Turkey is not the only place that holds onto this tradition.

Now this bracelet is nothing pricey, but just a little trinket to say thank you for reading all these years. According to my family, if the bracelet or eyes break it's done it's job in keeping away an evil spirit coveting something of yours! So...this may not be a great gift for the guy readers...um, I'll give away something "masculine" next time. ha.

To enter my lil' giveaway, simply comment and please leave your e-mail. I'll be picking someone at random on Wednesday, February 18th (probably with some numbering off method)!

So...here's to another decade of blogging?? I think so! 


  1. I love that you started your blog for a class and 10 years later you are still going strong! I've been reading all about your travel adventures for about 3 years now and it is awesome to see how far you've come and how happy you seem. I love that you've chosen a path that allows you to travel!

    I am the terrible follower who decided to comment when there was a giveaway haha, but I must admit there was something about that bracelt and it's symbolism that called to me. My email address is pure_simpleruth26@hotmail.com

    Happy anniversary and look forward to reading more :)

  2. <3 so glad I know you and can read you and I've met you!

  3. Jess, hello! I love finding out that I have secret readers...and 3 years, that's quite awhile! Must been around the time I was deciding to go over to London. Well you are entered, glad you like the bracelet!

  4. Oh my goodness, 10 years is so impressive!! Congratulations! How fun to have such a great record of the past decade. That bracelet is very sweet! xxx

  5. I'm not sure if the early years are a great record (bad writing and I sound like a tween in the most of the posts), but it is fun/hilarious to look back on a decade!

  6. that is awesome! i totally think this is like the oldest blog i've ever come across, so go you!

  7. I started this thing when I was a baby (19!!!). So yeah, I've been around the blogger block.

  8. Here's to ten more years of blogging, girl. YAY.
    I used to own that bracelet and lost it. Can you believe it!? I think my cousin accidentally took it. hahahaha, who knows. ;)

  9. Congrats on such a remarkable commitment! It must be such a joy to look back at how much you have changed as both a writer and person. (And also, thanks for the encouragement to start a blog in the first place.) ;)

  10. Happy blogging anniversary! Here's to many more adventures!