I’m honestly a bit speechless. Has it really been 4 years already?
4 years ago, little Diamond sat down with a computer and a dream and started Build a Bears Furever. Four years seems like a long time, but then it also feels like I’m just getting started too. I fully intend to stick around for a while. 😉
I have a fun announcement coming for you, but for now, let’s look at some stats, shall we?
- 255 followers
- 12,528 pageviews
- 4,558 likes
- 555 posts
- 3,738 visitors
- 3.1k comments
- February 23rd, 2021 – best day for views
Here’s the history of our designs.
I definitely prefer the current design, but all of them have the same style. I’m happy with the design evolution.
Okay now lets react to some old blogiversary posts!
First of all, I mispelled “blogiversary.” But oh well.
I’ve learned a lot in a year, and I’m glad that this is the first blog I actually stuck around to celebrate a year. I still have plans to post for a long time, so hopefully there will be a two year blogoversary, three year, and so on.
I still pretty much agree with that. I’ve definitely learned a lot. There definitely was a two, and three year blogiversary.
I also introduced BAB Takeover Week for the first blogiversary! It’s kind of poetic that I’m ending it now for the blogiversary, eh? Anyway, I feel that BABTW had a good run, but I am ready move on.
Did I ever think I would still be blogging here two years later with plans to blog indefinitely? No, I’d never even stuck with a blog for a full year before. (I had two other blogs) I simply started this blog as a side blog. I figured, hey, why not make a post every month or so? Little did I know I would be here two years later, still loving Build a Bears.
News flash, you’re still here 4 years later.
Let’s see, I also made a timeline and survey in this post, and ooh! I had the bears share their experience blogging. That’s cute. The photos are a bit subpar though.
Ooh, looky! I made an image for this one. That’s cool.
I’ve been thinking a lot about when I first started a blog. I started my first blog in 2014. Isn’t that crazy? I’ve been blogging for nearly 6 years. I’ve definitely improved a lot since I started.
7 years now almost! You have totally improved!
You want to know what was never a phase for me? Build a Bears. I’ve been into Build a Bears since 2008, and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. I really do love blogging about Build a Bears. I hope to be able to blog for at least another 3 years.
Well, if a pandemic didn’t stop you, I don’t know what will.
Anyway, then I just kinda talked about stats.
While those were cool posts, did I have a contest for those blogiversary’s? No, I don’t think so! I’d better fix that!
I’m literally ecstatic to annouce to you all our very first contest!
I’ve always wanted to do some sort of giveaway with prizes, but I never really knew what to do? I also couldn’t think of much to offer, seeing as I’d prefer to do a virtual giveaway. Well, I’ve seen contests done before with some pretty cool prizes, and I think I’ve come up with something that will excite you all.
How this works: It’s almost like any regular writing contest. What will happen, is you guys are going to write a photostory for my blog! Basically, you guys are going to write the story part of the photostory, and then for one lucky participant, I’ll turn their story into a full length photostory here on the blog! I think this will be a really cool experience.
There are a few rules, but not too many. It would be preferrable to me if you use my characters (learn about them here!) but, that is not a requirement. I do need you to tell me which bear you want to play the characters though!
The story should be about 500-2,000 words in length. I’m not going to worry with the exact length, but please don’t send in something incredibly short. Or a novel. That won’t work, and you definitely won’t win.
Also, try to keep the story free from typos or grammatical errors. I understand if there are a few, but if there are too many, your story won’t be considered for a photostory on my blog.
Finally, please send the story to worldofagdollsblog(at)gmail(dot)com by March 31st. I will be picking announcing winners in April.
Speaking of winners, there are three prizes! (I’m hoping that at least 3 people enter…hehe)
1st Prize – Full quality photostory posted to my blog
2nd Prize – Blog Spotlight + your story will be posted with no photos
3rd Prize – Your story will be shared + a shout-out
I will be picking the winners myself, so the better your story is, the better chance you have at winning. I can’t WAIT to see what you guys come up with!
P.S. It would mean a lot to me if you shared this post! I’m hoping that a lot of people will enter, so spread the word!