It’s a Beautiful Day

August 20, 2010

in Mixed Bag, Song of the Week

A beautiful day ©Cuba Gallery

This morning I realized the two month anniversary of going public with Naked Girl in a Dress was this week. The one month anniversary was big. Really big. The party was fun, the huge increase in traffic was great, and I loved having Darren Rowse visit my site.

This morning I thought about what I have accomplished in month two of this writing adventure. I am pleased with the effort I have made and the results achieved.

A few highlights from the second month:

1. Last week I was approached by a larger blogger to be a monthly contributing writer on her blog.

2. This week I was accepted for a writing position I applied for with a large blog magazine.

3. My Twitter followers are almost at 600 after 8 weeks of tweeting.

4. I have met and been inspired by countless talented bloggers.

5. My readership has increased significantly. But, most important to me, these readers are all wonderful people whom I am glad to have met through my blog (except for the ONE crazy-trying to erase that from my mind).

6. I almost have enough ad revenue to reload my Starbucks card.

In addition to the progress on the blog, I have made progress in my life. Two weeks ago I wrote about feeling hopeless. I hit a low point in the divorce process and everything in life felt so overwhelming. I worked diligently all summer, with mediation every 14 days, and do not even have a draft agreement to show for the effort.

With each passing day from that low point, I feel more hopeful. Great things happening for my blog, supportive readers leaving words of encouragement, friends reassuring me, and these new writing opportunities have a lot to do with feeling better. Stepping out of my comfort level and facing a fear helped too.

And, it’s a beautiful day. In the DC area we are enjoying blue skies, low humidity, and cooler temperatures.

I shared a lot about myself this week. One thing my readers learned is my 25+ year infatuation with Bono. It seemed fitting to share a U2 song for the Song of the Week.

“It’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.”

Enjoy your weekend.

Happy Friday!

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Jen August 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

I was wondering when this would make “song of the week”
ha ha!
have a great weekend!

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misssrobin August 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm

This is such a great song. I needed this today.

Happy anniversary on your blog. I’m glad you’ve found some joy through the experience. I hope it continues to feed your soul.

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Alana @ Domestically Challenged August 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

What wonderful accomplishments – big congrats!! Keep plugging along and things will fall into place. I’m happy for you!

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I hope my effort will continue to build into a great writing career for myself. Thanks for the encouragement.

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Kristy August 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I LOVE BONO too! And U2 of course! Huge part of my “growing up years,” how silly does that sound? Best concerts ever. Anyways. I love blogging too. It’s great.
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for stopping by Kristy!

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Pete August 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

This is a great site. Not because it is a good story or even good entertainment, but because it is a clear portal into a wonderful soul. You balance both the challenges and victories of your life with a good natured view that everyone can identify with, and those of us more mired in challenges can aspire to. Thank you.

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 20, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Pete~

What a wonderful comment! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about my blog. I never tire hearing my words are helping others through a difficult time.

Hang in there!

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Jenni August 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

So glad things are going so well for you, as far as the blog goes. I hope it continues to keep picking up for you!
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Brahm (alfred lives here) August 22, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hi – my first time here – I love this blog!

Really like how open and honest you are, and yes I like Bono, though apparently not as much as you. Love Cher tho (ha ha Cher, Sonny, Bono, so funny, at least I entertain myself)…

Thanks for finding me on Studio 30 Plus. Am gonna stalk, er, “follow” you now!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

Brahm,

Thanks for the kind words about my blog. I appreciate a fellow Bono fan following me here and at Studio30 Plus.

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Jen August 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

Wow! What an accomplishment. I’ve been at it for a year and a half and haven’t done as much. Keep up the good work

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Thank you so much Jen! I wish you much success as well.

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Lemons to Lemonade August 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

I will say that the whole mediation process can be very draining and stressful. I have recently reached an agreement with my ex-to-be and I felt such a sense of relief once the clerk stamped the papers! Hang in there. It takes a lot of time and patience, but it does work.

Following you from Relax and Surf Sundays.
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Congratulations on the finality you have reached! I wish I could fast-forward and be where you are right now. Still taking it one step at a time though.

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The Sweetest August 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Love this song. Every time I hear it I get pumped up- it always elevates my mood!
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Semi-Slacker Mom August 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

What a great post! I’m glad you are having a great experience in the blog world. It’s crazy how people you have never “met” can become your greatest support system.
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

THanks! I am glad you enjoyed it.

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ZippyChix4 August 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Great song…it always puts me in a wonderful mood when I listen to it. Looks like you have been doing amazing things in the blogging world in the last 2 months. Zippy Chix is also a newbie blog. What an amazing journey we are enjoying! You are right about the high number of talented bloggers! I meet new ones daily. Enjoying your blog and will be back for future visits. Thanks!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 23, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Thanks for visiting ZippyChix4. I look forward to seeing you here again soon. I will visit your blog to see what you are doing as well.

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Grace August 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Thanks Grace. I am so happy for YOU! Great news about the test results.

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Dee August 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

Wow, congrats on 2 months!! I just found your blog and I am already in love. It sounds like you have some amazing things going on :) Keep up your amazing work!! xox

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Thank you Dee. I hope you visit again soon.

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Mark August 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Happy two months! A lot has happened in a short time. You are creating a beautiful reality!

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Naked Girl in a Dress August 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I hope I can continue to build a new reality for me. I do feel encouraged about the changes I have seen and look forward to even more self-discovery.

Your blog is a big part of my journey. I find inspiration with each visit. Thank you for what you share.

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The Invisible Seductress August 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

WOW!!! What amazing accomplishments!! You should be very very proud!!!!
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Naked Girl in a Dress August 24, 2010 at 10:02 am

Thank you! I am enjoying this blogging adventure and am happy to be off to a good start. With everything happening in my personal life, I love that I have a success here. I needed a “win” in my life right now.

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Ash August 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations on all your recent accomplishments – well deserved my dear.

Love that song. The whole album really. Excellent choice.
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Susan February 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Congratulations on the job and Twitter milestone! Wonderful!

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