A Super-Duper Belated Birthday

I've been seeing a few blogs in the past week or so that have been celebrating their blog's birthday. You know, those blogs that have been around for six months or a year and already have 500 followers and 80+ comments on every post? Not that I'm bitter. Really, I'm not!

Just for kicks and giggles, I went back to see when I posted my first rambling as The Funky Junkie. I knew it was sometime in the summer several years ago, and maybe if I was lucky I could catch the anniversary and do a mushy birthday post.

Turns out it was on July 29th, 2010. I just missed it! Kind of....by a lot.

Deciding to blog about thrift stores and vintage stuff two years ago seemed like a unique idea at the time, and was brought on by prompting from Ian and my dad to have a space online where I could write about things I loved, as I so eloquently put in my first blog post:

"About a year ago, in the midst of a particularly boring semester at Penn State, I decided that instead of countless hours of Facebook and TV (2012 Commentary: that has not changed.), I wanted to do something productive with my extra time and passiono for writing. After some browising and inspiration, including many viewings of Julie and Julia, I took a leap into the world of blogging.

In these tough economic times, I think we can all agree that when it comes to fashion, bargains are the way to go. I come from a long line of shoppers, and I hope to gain more readers who thrive on stepping into the musty disorganization of a thrift shop, the excitement in wearing old clothes with an unknown origin, and, of course, the thrill of a good bargain."

-The Funky Junkie, July 2010

The more I started blogging, the more I became a part of the blogger community which even led me to some new friends when we moved to Virginia. Every day I try to make my blog better, while striving to stay true to why I started it in the first place. That's why I steer clear of things like giveaways, guest posts, and ads. I don't think there is anything wrong with this stuff and it works for so many people, but it just doesn't feel like me. Obviously I'd be open to that changing in the future if I felt passionately about something, but for now I am trying to keep it simple, and ultimately, it's really not the numbers or the money that I care about.

Anyway. All this is to say that I love blogging, and even if I slack sometimes or write rambly posts like this one, I appreciate everyone who stops by and leaves a comment more than you know! So happy super-duper belated birthday to The Funky Junkie! And many mooooooore......


  1. Just so you know, I think I've read every single one of your blog posts since 2010! I love your writing style because I can hear your voice, and it makes me happy to know what's going on in your life! Love you!

  2. awww, happy birthday, blog...belatedly! we're so glad we found your blog and love reading your thoughtful and funny quips!!

  3. Happy very belated blog birthday! The blogging community is one of my favorite parts about blogging too :) I think it's awesome that you're staying true to the reason you started blogging!

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  4. Happy Blog birthday! I missed my blog B Day too and I do every year. I say, I'll post about it next year and then I forget. So...next year!! I've been blogging for a while and have not too many followers and I'm not bitter about it either!!

  5. I love your blog. I can appreciate what younger bloggers love, write about and wear. I wish that blogging had been around when I was your age. I think people who choose not to follow you or me are looking for something other than real connections with real people. I have been blogging for a little over two years and can barely keep up with commenting and posting as it is with as many followers as I have. It seems that I lose a lot of followers too. When that happens, I gain one that is precious to me as I always ask God to send me who He would have me connect with. dawn suitcase vignettes xo. I have lost the point of my comment...I better sign off. lol.

  6. Belated blogiversary! I wouldn't worry about those other blogs- they aren't really the kind of blogs you want to be friends with, are they?

  7. Happy belated! It's amazing how time flies!!

  8. Happy belated birthday!!! So great that you've been doing this for so long! You'll have to teach me some tricks.



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