2 Year Blogiversary

Searching my archives, I came across my first post. Checking the date, I realised that OMG! It’s my 2nd Blogiversary!

Two years!

And how apt that in this week I also managed to gather my 2000th follower!

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That’s an average of 1000 Peeps clicking follow each year!

Little did I know that when I tapped out that first post, 2 years ago, how much this whole WP community would come to mean to me!

I have ended up with an amazing network of international friends, and my blogily, those ‘sistas from other mistas’, and ‘bruthas from other muthas’!

(I even rewrote a classic, We Are Blogily, and sang it, here!)

I have been encouraged to stretch my creativity. This resulted in me releasing my first poetry anthology, Poetic Rituals, available on Amazon.

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Just click here…

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So many amazing reviews from you all!

I’ve learned new skills, IT based and otherwise! I take part in regular challenges, I write, unabashed, about things that strike a chord.

And the best thing?

You read them!

Earlier this year I was even blessed to have come second in the Best Blog Award at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London!

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And I was able to meet a whole host of like-minded bloggers who were just as lovely in person as they were online!

The encouragement we get from each other to write, to push ourselves, is just phenomenal!

I am often asked why my blog is called But I Smile Anyway…Well this little quote sums it up perfectly. I hope my blog is a ray of positivity in an increasingly negative world. Everything seems a little easier to handle when you have a smile on your face!

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I want to take this time to say “Thank You!” to each and every one of you that has followed my journey. I hope to be here for many more years to come, and hopefully finish at least one fiction project too!

Cheers to the first 2 years, cheers to the weekend, and here’s to many more smiley years to come!

95 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. INCOMESCO / Jesi
    Nov 28, 2016 @ 01:44:38

    Congratulations RituπŸŽ‰πŸ‘

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  2. Lisa A.
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 19:58:48

    Ahh I’m late, sorry Ritu! I don’t know how I missed this one! Congratulations and here’s to many more years of blogging!

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  3. joey
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 19:20:54

    Congrats! I don’t always read you, but when I do, I SMILE πŸ˜€

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  4. dray0308
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 02:48:41

    Congratulations!!

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  5. Don Royster
    Nov 27, 2016 @ 01:27:02

    Happy bloggerversary

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  6. Judy E Martin
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 18:20:59

    Congratulations Sis on your Blogiversary (mine passed when I had me little break),
    Also how wonderful to have your 2000th follower too! That is amazing, although I am not surprised! People are drawn to your warmth, humour and supportive nature. xx

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  7. Don Massenzio
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 14:33:12

    Congratulations. I enjoy your blog.

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  8. mopana
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 11:24:26

    Congratulations, Ritu, on the two years! And happy blogiversary, my friend ❀

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  9. stevetanham
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 08:23:46

    Congratulations, Ritu, on the two years!

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  10. Erika Kind
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 08:01:39

    Hey, Sis, happy blogversary. You truly are a symbol of hope and strength yourself and I am so thankful that you started this blog adventure. I am happy we met πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  11. syl65
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 07:42:54

    Happy blogiversary Sister!

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  12. Tenacity T
    Nov 26, 2016 @ 00:18:57

    Congrats!! that’s so AWESOME πŸ™‚

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  13. Cookie Crumbs
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 23:16:36

    Happy 2 Year Blogiversary and Congrats on 2000 Followers! 😚

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  14. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 23:12:46

    You’ve done very well, dear Ritu! You go, girl! Congratulations on such wonderful achievements.

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  15. Southern by Design
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 22:57:07

    Congrats β€οΈπŸŽ‰

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  16. Anna
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 20:59:17

    Happy 2nd anniversary! You are so worth the milestone πŸ™‚ may it be many more successful years here at wp.

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  17. Tony Burgess
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 19:42:26

    Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for connecting with me. Keep on blogging!

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  18. Hugh's Views and News
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 17:12:31

    Congratulations, Ritu. That’s got to be worth a bag of Maltesers, hasn’t it?

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  19. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 16:56:23

    Shine ON, you little blogstar, you! ❀

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  20. trentpmcd
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 16:45:21

    Congratulations on your two years!

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  21. dornahainds
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 16:44:39

    Many cheers indeed. πŸŽ‰

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  22. John Holton
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 16:43:41

    Happy Blogiversary!

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  23. ghostmmnc
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 16:37:41

    Congratulations on your 2nd year of blogging! πŸ™‚

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  24. Dorinda Duclos
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 15:56:10

    Congratulations on everything!!! So happy I found you on WP!! ❀️

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  25. Deb
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 15:03:58

    Happy 2nd Blogiversary!! You have accomplished much in two short years. You must feel very proud!! I’ve always enjoyed your posts and learning about you and your family. Wishing you many more Blogiversaries!! Big Hugs!! xo

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  26. IreneDesign2011
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 14:55:11

    Congratulations with your first 2 years Ritu and now on to the next πŸ™‚

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  27. Victo Dolore
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 14:07:58

    Happy blogiversary!!!! πŸ™‚

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  28. The Story Reading Ape
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 11:23:38

    CONGRATS RITU πŸ˜€ XXX

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  29. Chris White
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 11:11:48

    2000 lucky folk, myself included. Congratulations.

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  30. sparklingpoems
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:57:39

    Sparkling CONGRATULATIONS…!!

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  31. Eric Klingenberg
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:32:54

    Congratulations, celebrate by taking the day off work, I’m sure they will understand. πŸ˜‰

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  32. niasunset
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:29:45

    Blessing and Happiness dear Ritu! Thank you for sharing with us and being there, it is so nice to know you. Love, nia

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  33. Sue Vincent
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:27:30

    Happy Versary, Ritu πŸ™‚

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  34. pranabaxom
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:18:40

    Happy anniversary.
    2000 followers, you are making me jealous.
    But then how can one be jealous of a friend?

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  35. willowdot21
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:14:46

    Congratulations Ritu you deserve it all! πŸ’ŸπŸ’

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  36. mliae
    Nov 25, 2016 @ 08:02:41

    Congratulations! Keep up the awesome blogging πŸ™‚

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