Mel Gibson and Lindsey Lohan can’t overshadow this special day.

July 19, 2010

in Mixed Bag

Happy One Month Anniversary To Me!!

Mel Gibson and Lindsey Lohan discussions need to be put on hold today. It is a huge day for Naked Girl in a Dress and press coverage needs to shift to ME for the next 24 hours. One month ago today I went public with this site. In honor of this momentous occasion everyone should be tweeting about me, posting on Facebook, and leaving lots of love in the comment section. Interview inquiries from the press will be handled by my rep Alex. She will then either issue a “no comment” statement or will be shopping my story to the highest bidder.

To make this day even more memorable, I am presenting myself with an award. Today I graciously accept the award for Best Blog Celebrating One Month on July 19, 2010. And, in accepting this award, there are numerous people to thank for my rise to fame.

Dawn and Schmutzie from Sweet Blog Design are brilliant in masthead and blog design. These ladies were wonderful to work with too. The idea in my head was captured and executed in the design. Go visit these ladies’ blogs or head over to Sweet Blog if you need design help for your blog or if you need a Twitter background. I promise you will be happy. If not, you can come back here and write me a nasty comment.

Thank you to T from The Quest for T. T listed me in her sidebar blogroll within the first couple of weeks of having this site up. I am so grateful to her for having faith in my site after following me for a few weeks.

The ladies who run SITS listed one of my posts for Potluck Friday. I was one of three bloggers featured that day. I am Ready to Swim was the highlighted post. Certainly I am thankful the ladies chose me, but I am also appreciative of the overwhelming amount of comments coming from SITS readers.

A special thank you to a reader who commented on the post Free to Be You and Me. I mention in this post the influence Marlo Thomas had on me as a young girl. The reader let me know her aunt was the editor of the album and book and is also friends with Marlo Thomas. She sent the post link to her aunt, who responded with a kind note about my blog. WOW! I appreciate a stranger taking the time to make that connection for me.

Darren Rowse the ROCK STAR

Thank you Darren Rowse of ProBlogger for all you do for people feeling inspired to start a blog and bloggers who want to succeed. The first step I made towards blogging was buying Darren’s book. The second step was subscribing to his RSS Feed, following him on Facebook, creating a shrine in my home for the man, and, well, that’s all I will say. I know I would not realize most of the success I have achieved in this first month if I had not been studying everything this man has written for the last year (yes, I have been researching all aspects of blogging for that long).

I have to thank Darren Rowse again because this ROCK STAR is following me on Twitter. You read that correctly. He has 100,929 followers and he has reached out to me to be one of the chosen few he follows (to date he only follows 47,829 people). This is his first step towards contacting me. I know he wants me to write a guest post soon. It’s coming people. We all just have to be patient.

I was slow to join Twitter for fear I would be addicted (which of course I AM). @ngreenberg was probably my first follower and he helped me gain followers in the beginning (a whopping 4 weeks ago). He retweeted posts and begged his followers to follow me.. Thank you Neil for pimping me on Twitter. You are the best pimp a girl could ask for!

Thank you to every person who has visited my site (this is where the orchestra starts to cue a wrap-up for commercial break, but I am going to ignore and speak louder now). I feel excited and also like vomitng each time I hit the “Publish” button for a new post. Will it be well-received? Is what I feel compelled to write in synch with what people want to read? Am I proud of the writing? Ugh. It is torture at times. What always snaps me out of self-doubt are the readers. I LOVE to see the traffic reports, see where you are coming from, and LOVE to see comments are waiting for approval. The compliments to my writing, the supportive words regarding my divorce, and the stories you all share are wonderful. With 24 posts published (I was posting privately to build content before going public), I have received 234 comments in the first month. That is amazing feedback. THANK YOU!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

~William Arthur Ward

Thank you everyone. Each one of you has given me a gift. I would be remiss in not acknowledging all you have done to support me this first month.

And, if you have enjoyed this first month, I can promise more great posts in the coming months. I have a few surprises to introduce soon too. So that you don’t miss anything, sign up for the RSS Feed today (the subscribe button in top right corner).


Missy July 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Happy One Month-a-versary!!!

molly campbell July 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

congrats! It is obvious that you are brilliant! I remember when I first started blogging and was so excited to check my stats every five minutes! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. molly
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Jen July 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

“Thank you to every person who has visited my site (this is where the orchestra starts to cue a wrap-up for commercial break, but I am going to ignore and speak louder now). ” ha ha!! I am laughing at my desk..This is great Kelly!

Congrats on your first month, great blog and award you have given to yourself!

schmutzie July 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Happy anniversary, and thanks for the mention! Any time.
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apathy lounge July 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Congratulations on your month-long foray into blogging. You have some wonderful support.

Kristy July 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

What an awesome award! Love it! Very impressive. Look forward to more. (real quick so as not to distract from your general fabulousness – Mel Gibson sucks.)
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corinne July 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Happy one month blogaversary :)

Darren Rowse July 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thanks for your kind words, I am glad something I do has helped.

Congrats on your milestone – may there be many many more!

Ofthesea July 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

A MONTH?!?!?! I thought you had been around forever!! Spectacularly professional job, woman, and brilliant writing.
I’m sure Perez Hilton is on his way to interview you as I type this.

Dawn B July 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Congrats on your 1 month anniversary. You are rockin’ that pink! ;)
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SuzRocks July 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm

YAY! Congrats! I had to come here and see for myself what the Problogger wrote on your wall. Are you too cool for me now?? :(
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Tracy July 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Congratz on the month anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Canadian Bald Guy July 19, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Happy one month anniversary!!

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Momma Sunshine July 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Congrats!! Happy One Month Anniversary to yooooooooou!!
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T July 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Aw shucks girl. You totally deserve that award! :)

Happy anniversary and thanks for the linky love.

Keep up the greatness!
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sally July 19, 2010 at 11:57 pm

This is one funny blog post….you are the Rock Star!!!! What a hoot!
Love the music on Fridays too.

Alana Morales, Author Domestically Challenged July 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

Happy Blogaversary!!

Holly B July 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

Why have I not found you until now?? Loving your blog.
Happy one month anniversary!!
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Jenni July 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Oh wow! Congrats! You’ve only had your blog up a month? Another WOW!

This is where I hope to eventually get my site up to.

So good job!
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Teresa July 21, 2010 at 12:38 am

Wow girly! You sure do deserve that award and you are fantastic! Absolutely brilliant, anyone else up for a standing ovation for the lady???

***Standing Ovation To You ***
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Texan Mama July 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

You are my people.
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Texan mama July 21, 2010 at 1:09 am

Did that sound queer? i just meant to say, I get you.

No, maybe, you complete me.

Okay, now I KNOW that sounded queer.

Stepping away from the keyboard…….. NOW.

Catherine July 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

Happy one month anniversary! may it be the first of many.

Rachael July 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Hilarious! Happy anniversary!

Ash July 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Sorry I’m late to the party – Happy One-Month Anniversary! And thank you for bumping Mel and Train Wreck out of the news. Sincerely.

Um, any cupcakes left?
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Lindsay {Designer Wife} July 27, 2010 at 4:57 am

Happy one month Blogiversary!! How exciting!! ;)

Came across you on NirvanaMamma’s blog when doing some good ole’ #31dbbb blog stalkin’. So happy to have found you and will definitely subscribe. You’re too fun!! :)


Naked Girl in a Dress July 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for subscribing! Look forward to seeing you back here again soon.

Lesley July 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

Congrats on your 1 Month Bloggyversary……here’s to many more months….Happy SITS day!
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Michele July 28, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Late to the party but I’m celebrating anyways. Congrats! And way to push Mel and Lilo out of the limelight. You deserve it so much more :)

AnonymousPunchingBag July 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Thanks for these tips. I just went through a divorce so I am excited (guess that is the wrong word…) to read the rest of this blog. I am glad I came across it. Thanks for sharing

Susan February 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Congrats on being followed by the likes of Dr. Rowse!
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Naked Girl in a Dress February 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Thank you. I worship the man so it was a big deal.

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