Salut! It’s My One-Year Blogging Anniversary.

6 07 2013

Salut

This month marks one year of blogging! WOO HOO! It has been an amazing year and this little blog ‘o mine has taken me to unexpected places. I started it because I needed to have my creative voice out there. A few months into blogging, I stumbled upon this fabulous group of women at Generation Fabulous. They were remarkably supportive of one another and read my blog and even commented on it. Then GenFab bloghops were in the freakin’ Huffington Post and there I was!  This led to writing for another group, Better After 50 and more amazing writers. GenFab has grown in just the few months since I joined and  now has a website featuring the powerful voices of midlife. I was a featured blogger and had a video interview with Chloe Jeffreys for her feature Coffee with Chloe. I still am surprised when I look back on this past year and see where My Creative Journey has taken me.

Another surprise is that I didn’t expect that each post I’ve written would become a blog child. I must admit while I love all my blog children I do have favorites. So in honor of my one-year anniversary I’m going to tell the world my favorites and why.

These are what I consider my 3 best posts:

the jump

Taking the Leap
This is about my attempt to become fearless.

Me and my sweetie, Steve

Soul Mates and Angels
Even though I wrote this, I can still tear up when I read it. It’s me and Steve’s love story.

Full view w detail

If You Give Connie a Glass of Wine
This chronicles the birth of my business, Greenview Designs in that meandering way that is my creatve processs. It’s written in the style of, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” a book I loved reading to my daughter when she was little.

These are about where I live:

katrina-08-28-2005

Bread, Batteries and Booze
Big shoutout to my buddy Juan Simoneux who posted it on at The Cajun American.  It’s because of his fans that this remains my most viewed post ever. It’s about living in hurricane country.

Flyin Alligator waterfront lounge

Luzianna Friday Nite
I love where I live. OK, I don’t love hurricanes (see above).

These are about my family:

  My mom dresses just like the Cosmo Girl.

Wild Woman
This is about my Mother. You’ll need to read the post to understand why that’s all I can say about this one. 

My Mom and me, 1961

The Sandwich Generation  
What make The Wild Woman story so special to me is where my Mom came from. This post tells that story.

letter

Large and Purple
My Dad, Lloyd McLeod, was a local character and a really great father.

My first apartment

Argo, the Ayatollah, Eudora Welty and First Apartments
Connections I share with my daughter.

These were unexpectedly popular:

mcleodyardwork

Timeless Tips From a Fashionista
This was inspired by the GenFab bloghop on epic fashion fails and it also made the Huffington Post. It proves I don’t care about embarrassing myself if it makes a good story.

Teresa from the Housewives of New Jersey flipping a table screaming Prostitution Whore!

My Guilty Pleasure
I was a little surprised how many other people admitted to the same guilty pleasure. Ssssshhh, it’s our little secret.

Sometime in the last year I heard about this amazing blogging conference called BlogHer. So I will be flying off to Chicago soon and rooming with a new friend from GenFab. I could never have imagined this a year ago. I’m sure a blog child will be birthed from this adventure. Time will tell if it’ll become a favorite.

Thanks to all who have read and supported me in the past year.

If you like My Creative Journey, I’d love for you to follow me. My posts will then arrive in your email and I promise no spam.

I’m proud to be a GenFab blogger!

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16 responses

6 07 2013
Generation Above Me (@TheGenAboveMe)

Keep writing. You are highly entertaining. If you lived closer, I’d have dinner parties just to give you a platform for performing.

6 07 2013
conniemcleod

I am so flattered! Maybe someday we’ll have that dinner party!

6 07 2013
Elizabeth Lee

Happy Anniversary!!

6 07 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Elizabeth!

6 07 2013
Lisa Garon Froman

So glad I’m on this journey with you, Connie! Kudos for your fearlessness, authenticity and creativity. It shows.

6 07 2013
conniemcleod

Lisa, I’m also so glad we’re on this journey together.

6 07 2013
afterthekidsleave

Wonderful, Connie, and congratulations! Wendy and I are a couple of weeks behind you–our blog birthday is on July 19. We’ve loved meeting great fellow bloggers like you!

6 07 2013
conniemcleod

My actual first blog was July 18, so we really have been at this the exact amount of time. I always love reading you and your sister’s stories. I hope you have had as much fun with it all as I have this past year. And I always appreciate the comments! Thanks.

6 07 2013
Sharon Greenthal

Congrats Connie! I’m so glad you are part of Generation Fabulous – I feel as though I’ve gotten to know you through your posts ove the past months. Keep blogging and being as genuine as you are. xoxo

6 07 2013
conniemcleod

Thank you Sharon. You, Anne and Chloe have created a remarkable community. It is full of real friends like yourself. I sincerely appreciate all your support and I can’t wait to meet you in Chicago.

6 07 2013
sulliv90

Congratulations Connie! You are my inspiration! Virginia- FirstClassWoman

7 07 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Virginia. That is so kind of you to say. Please know your blog moves and inspires me too. I can’t wait to get to know you in real life at BlogHer!

7 07 2013
D. A. Wolf

Congrats on a year! That’s big! (Party, party, party… buy shoes!)

🙂

And lovely to have your faves here to choose from!

7 07 2013
conniemcleod

Shopping, I hadn’t thought of that. GREAT idea!!!

12 07 2013
Pat

Happy One Year Anniversary! Love your stuff and so glad we connected via the amazing Generation Fabulous.

12 07 2013
conniemcleod

Thanks Pat, I couldn’t agree more!

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