Each year the blog 5 Minutes for Mom hosts a giant blog party where you write a post about what you and your blog are all about, and then you link up with the party. There's also a social media link up, live events, and prizes!
Even though I've been writing my blog for years, this is the first time I've linked up with this party. Scrolling through the hundreds of linkups, I can't believe I've missed this party up until now!
So what's my story? Read on if you wanna know more...
11 years ago I became a SAHM. During naptime I began scrapbooking and making other crafty things. Then one day while surfing around online I came across the website Etsy, and discovered that people were selling their handmade items. For money! And people were buying them! And right then and there I decided that was what I was going to do, and in November 2008 I opened my Etsy shop PapercrushCrafts.
Then came the part of how I would attract visitors to my shop, and this is when I began to blog. Even though blogging was mainly for my Etsy shop, I for some reason didn't name it PapercrushCrafts like my shop, but instead I called it Sincerely, Paula.
This I am happy for because blogging has become so much more. Of course I share and promote items for my Etsy shop, but my blog has slowly changed into a lifestyle blog. I now share a large variety of things from my baby updates, to recipes, to favorite things I've pinned.
I also found out that blogs are platforms to review products, host giveaways and contests, and advertise for other blogs or companies ~ all of which I've participated in.
Another part of blogging I love is the connection with many other bloggers out there. I always thought blogging was solitary, but it is just the opposite. I've made many bloggy friends, some who live within driving distance, to others on the other side of the world.
To my regular readers I am so happy to have met you, and to be able to connect with you. To those of you who stalk my blog (you know who you are) I'm happy to have you too! And if we haven't met yet, introduce yourself!
Now I'm off to link up this post with the Ultimate Blog Party...