A Year of Creating This Life

Last September I picked up my parents at the airport and, as we were driving, I was updating them on what was new with the family.

At some point my mom asked, “So what’s new with you?” and I mentioned that I had started a new blog.

Easy Silver Polishing at CreatingThisLife.com

“What’s it called?” she asked.

“Creating This Life,” I answered.

“Oh, I like that. How’d you come up with it?”

“I honestly don’t remember; it’s been rattling around in my head for a while.”

Art surrounding TV

The background is this: I’ve been blogging about family finances at The Family CEO since 2006, and I had started putting up more and more decorating, entertaining and other lifestyle posts there.

The two topics have some overlap, but the way I wanted to write about them was different. So I debated about whether to split the blog into two, separate blogs for quite a while, and eventually I decided to (apologies to Nike) just do it .

Last August I bought the CreatingThisLife.com domain name and put together a few posts to get things started. And then I started winging it from there.

No Sew Cafe Curtains

This past weekend it occurred to me that I’ve been winging it for exactly one year now, so I marked the occasion by digging into the archives and pulling up some blog stats to see what that year has looked like.

Floating candle with twigs

Let’s start with some post numbers:

Stainless iced tea spoons and salad serving pieces

Top Post Categories:

Patio table decor at CreatingThisLife.com

Most Viewed Posts:

Aren’t those numbers of views crazy? That’s the power of search engines and Pinterest, people, because that’s where most of Creating This Life’s traffic comes from. In fact, here are the top three ways people have found the blog:

Fall front porch with mums pumpkins metal orbs

Here are the places we’ve gone on the blog:

Rome doorway at Christmas


Washington DC Fall Street


Now a bit about all of you:

Tablescape 1

Number of subscribers and followers (THANK YOU!)

Silver candle snuffer with bell jar candle

Number of comments you’ve left: 1005

vintage dairy jars with flowers and spoons

And where you all go when you click away:

ottoman used as side table

It’s been so much fun for me to look back at a year on the blog this way. I hope it’s been interesting for you too.

Traditional dining room with pine white dishes silver and clear glassware

And THANK YOU for showing up to read, comment, and send emails. That thrills me more than you can know.

Antique skirted chair at CreatingThisLife.com

I hope you all had a good Labor Day weekend. I’ll be back next time with a few new secondhand finds.

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  1. Congrats Julie! Love your blog and just love your style. Such a joy to see what you put together in your beautiful home.

  2. Thank you for the lovely comments, all! I’m grateful for you.

    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Suzannes.

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