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Hi I'm Paula, a quirky, crafty Mom from New Hampshire. I have a little shop on Etsy where I sell papercrafts, softies and other random goodies :) I'm crazy about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogging, handmade, vintage, networking, making new bloggy friends, and I'm PR friendly too :)

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April 6, 2014

What Sincerely, Paula Is All About...UBP14 Party Prompt


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...



Sincerely,
                   
Paula

9 comments:

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Mummy) said...

Lovely to meet you Paula and I too thought blogging was solitary, but wow, what an amazing bunch of people there are in this blogosphere! Found you via One Mother Hen

Alicia - OneMotherHen said...

I had no idea how many blogs were out there and how wonderful and supportive other bloggers were. Love your blog story xx

Kirsty @ My Home Truths said...

I really enjoy finding out why people blog and what their blog is about - the perfect post to read for a first-time visitor like me! Visiting as part of One Mother Hen's #openslather x

Jessica Pelasky said...

This really is a great post!

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I have never linked up either, but I should definitely go check it out! I haven't done linkies in a really long time, but I always love meeting new and interesting bloggers. It is how we found each other, after all :)

Angel Allen said...

I love these kinds of posts. It's great to learn about other bloggers.
It's great to have you back in circulation again too.
Hugs
Angel

This Mom's Heart said...

Linking up with your linky party today. Happy to meet you! :) Thanks for hosting!

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mightytravels said...

The blogging world is so huge now, it's no wonder there's now a big party :)

Look forward to reading more of your stuff on Twitter!