Tuesday, March 31, 2009

100 Posts: Under the Sheets-Shhh Anniversary

This is the Under the Sheets-Shhh's blog 100th post. Happy Anniversary! Boy how the time flies by. I want to thank you, my blogging friends for all of your support, comments, care, quick comebacks and suggestions. Our blogging community has taught me so much. My real life and thoughts have all started to bleed together.

You many want to know why I started blogging? Well.....

I have kept many journals in my life. I have written pages and pages in my journals starting at the age of ten. I use to love releasing my feelings out to forgiving blank paper that had no judgement towards me or towards my grammar. My journal was like a best friend. It saved me in the dark times, was an outlet for me when I was angry and made me laugh when I would reread my entries.

About 7 months ago, I was sitting with a friend over drinks after work when she suggested that I start a blog. "A blog?' I asked her "But what would I say?" She told me that I had been through so much in my life so I had a lot to write about. She also suggested if I felt more comfortable I could write anonymously. 

After my usual two glasses of wine and feeling a little tipsy, I realized that I liked her idea of creating a live journal, but under a pen name. Yes, ladies and gentleman I was Avery Jones for about 2 months. Doesn't the name 'Avery Jones' sound like she could have been a bond girl?

I went home that night and created this blog. Under the Sheet-Shhh was a name that honey and I had thought of for a boutique that I hoped to open one day. I still like how the name feels intimate and caring. At first I kept this blog secret and then one day told my honey about it. And then I started to write under my own name with little backlash from you:) Over the past months, I have been able to open up more and more to you. 

When I started thinking about creating this blog, I was told by my friends and articles that I read that I should pick one topic and write on it. Only one topic felt like a very difficult thing for me to stick to. Instead I just started writing. So far this blog has eight main topics: relationships, my manic depression upbringing, San Francisco, recipes, travel, advice, current topics and my memories.

The hardest topic for me to write about is my manic depression upbringing. These memories brought to the light of day feels very raw, but also very healing. I hope that in some way these posts are helping others. I have received a lot of supportive emails, but one from an amazing blogger who suffers with manic depression. She asked her daughter to read with her the post I wrote Chapter 4 Mini Me. How brave of this woman to be able to reach out to her daughter like that. How brave of her to then reach out to me to tell me her story! Thank you to you.

Let me let you in on a little secret. I love getting your comments. I get very excited every time I get a new follower and am taught by your creative words every day. If you haven't already subscribe on the right sidebar and become a follower to the Breakfast Club for future posts. 

I hope you are enjoying reading my posts almost as much as I am enjoying writing them. Here's to not sticking to one topic and thinking outside of the box.  Happy Anniversary and here's to the next 100 posts while we are all under the sheets-shhh! 

33 comments:

Audrey said...

Happy Anniversary!!! YEEEAAAH!
I am relatively new to your blog, and I am enjoying it immensely! I am with you - when I started blogging it was with the intent that I would focus on my disease. I find now, I spend less and less time talking about the disease and more time talking about my life in general. It is such a liberating experience!

Keep writing - I am looking forward to the NEXT 100 posts :}

Jules said...

Congratulations!!!!!!! I love reading your blog so I am very happy that this is your Anniversary!!!!

La Belette Rouge said...

100!! Congratulations! 100 posts is quite an accomplishment. It is so interesting how blogs change over time and I am sure continue to change, just as we do. I look forward to your next 100 to witness your journey. Did you see my post? We might be neighbors!:-)

Mich said...

Congrats on 100!!!!! im right behind you....

Char said...

happy blogaversary!! I feel the same way about comments and followers. it's just a way to get to know each other in this great big world. glad we found each other's world.

Namine said...

HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!!

What a lovely post! I feel the same way about comments and followers!! They make the day awesome!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Happy 100th! Isn't it so much more than you thought it would be when you got started?

Miss Musing said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I definitely think you should go with the yellow dress. It just so happens to be my favorite spring/summer color!

Couture Carrie said...

Congratulations, darling!
Happy Anniversary!

xoxox,
CC

Laura said...

Audrey: Thank you for your blog love. I am loving your comments.

Jules: Thanx sweetie and here's to you!

La Belette: Isn't it amazing how we change. And you have been with me from the very beginning. Ah shucks. Move to San Fran already!

Mich: Happy early anniversary to you!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I saw the post that Debbie at Surburb Sanity wrote in response to your questions last week and started thinking whatever happened to Laura? We used to be such wonderful friends. I’d stop by your blog and comment, you’d stop by mine and comment. It was fun.

We should start doing that again.

Congrats on your 100th post. Huge accomplishment.

-Francesca

Laura said...

Char: I love your world and your thoughts. Let's keep going k?

PHST: So much more. I had no idea it would be like this. And now I am starting to guest post. Thank you for your support.

Miss Musing: Yellow it is!

Laura said...

3 Bay B Chicks: I have missed you too!!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Happy 100th Post!!!
And next you can add to your list... GUEST BLOGGER... this is going to be soooooo much FUN... I can't wait to read your posts... and even better I get to read it before anyone... how luck am I!!!
See you in Paris... ENJOY!
Fifi

Fancy Schmancy said...

Congrats, good job!

Laura said...

Fifi: I am so excited to guest post on your blog twice in the month of April. Yipee and thank you for the congrats!

Fancy Schmancy: Thanx sweetie. Appreciate it!!

Cora said...

Congratulations!!!! :-)

Alanna said...

YAY! Happy anniversary! Just started reading your blog (thanks for commenting on mine) and am loving it. I know what you mean about not sticking to one topic: I'm all over the place! Keeps things interesting.

Cheers!

Kyla said...

Congrats girl!!

Sasha said...

Congratulations!!!! For 100 more wonderful posts...!! You have the ability to write in a way that every time I read your posts I feel I am talking to a great friend in her kitchen while zipping some (of course) great wine>>!!and even thought your audience is great..I feel you are talking only to me...!!!You should think about writing a book one day...I would run to buy it!!
Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!! Your courage is countagios!

Donna Maria said...

Congrats Laura, I love reading your blog and look forward to very entry that you make! Xx

Laura said...

Thanx Cora and Kyla!

Alanna: You are so right. Love your blog as well.

Sasha: I will remember this every time I write.I might even write a post about feeling comfortable. I love your blog and designs ;)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Saw your comment on our blog today, but I am not sure that I understand. Are you thinking about somehow uniting the SF bloggers? If you are, then it is really scary how on the same page we are because I was thinking the exact same thing today.

How fun would it be to create some type of blogging group specific to the Bay Area? Maybe this is something we could do on Facebook?

Interested? Drop me an e-mail: 3bay.b.chicks@gmail.com and we'll chat.

-Francesca

Joanie M said...

Congrats on 100 posts!!!

La Belette Rouge said...

p.s. I have tagged you! Want to play? Come on over to my blog and see.

G said...

Congrats on hitting 100.

And here's to hoping that you hit 200 in a quicker period of time.

Debbie said...

Happy 100. And of course we love your posts!

Le laquet said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I have just celebrated a milestone too, so I understand your sense of achievement - please don't stop :o)

Bon Don said...

Congrats doll! Your blog is fabulous :)

Cuckoo said...

Congratulations on anniversary. I am one of your readers who has been reading you since the beginning. Comment or no comment is a different thing. I normally don't comment on all posts as I have 100s of blogs to read.

I remember very well, you came to my blog once and commented as 'Avery Jones' and then you started blogging by your name. If you remember I had asked you this question as well.

Keep up the good work. It de-stresses one. :-)

Just Playing Pretend said...

Blogging is so great and I'm glad you share! Even when it's hard.

That's what she said.

Sorry... I can't help myself.

Laura said...

Cuckoo: Of course I remember and thank you for your unique comment :) I am loving writing and also connecting with all of you. For fun I should come by to your blog and comment again as Avery :) Have a good weekend.

Just Playing Pretend: Thank you and FACT I will keep going!

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