Tuesday, April 6, 2021
My first post went live on April 6, 2018 and here it is! You think I’m amateur now…when I started I was even more amateur!
I seriously cannot believe that I have published 764 posts in 3 years. I had no idea I had that much to say, but maybe my friends and family aren’t surprised! I have only had a few times where I just couldn’t think of a topic.
A little back story…
I have always loved a magazine! When I discovered these things called blogs, it felt like an online magazine to me. I was hooked! There was always a little nudge that I wanted to try it, too. But, I was always daunted by the photos and the technology behind the blog. And, I thought that I didn’t have much to offer that anyone would be interested in reading.
Finally I got up the courage to just jump in with both feet. I wanted to write a blog that I would want to read. My kids were 15 so I didn’t want to do a mommy blog, but I think I would’ve been all over that had I started when mine were little. I didn’t want to do a strictly cooking blog or a strictly fashion blog, but I wanted to incorporate all of the things I enjoy. I have kept pretty well to the structure of Hello Monday, Tuesday Tip (this may not always be my topic), What I Wore Wednesday, Thursday Thoughts, and Friday Favorites. Thank you to all of my blogging friends that host link ups because I think they are awesome and it took me a while to figure out how to participate! A link up is a topic that the host decides upon and then pays a service to let other blogs link to their blog. It is a great way to find new blogs you want to read and for new readers to find you.
It was hard to come up with a blog name, but once I thought of mine I was satisfied. I love coffee and I love cocktails and I love making my own at home. I am a homebody at heart so the word “casa” resonated because it means “house” in Spanish. I also love the Spanish language and I have since I was 14 years old and now I am a high school Spanish teacher.
I wanted to be consistent for my readers by posting Monday through Friday at 4:00 a.m. I write my blog posts the day before and set the timer to release the post at 4:00 a.m. I do this for my early risers. I rarely do blog posts much in advance. I almost always write the entire post the day before. Some bloggers spend hours upon hours on each post when you consider the photos they have to take, the editing, the adding of the links, etc. I can’t spend that kind of time so I would say each of my posts takes an hour give or take a few minutes. Some of my time is devoted to responding to my readers’ comments, which I love receiving.
Sometimes when I am writing, I think to myself, “do I think that I’m so interesting that people care about the details of my life? Like really, who am I and why does anyone care?” But, then I get the sweetest comments where my readers share that they made an effort to make a fun plan with a friend. They say I inspired them to see the good in the daily routine or in the current season they are experiencing. They tried a tip of mine or a recipe and they loved it. Wow! I am so flattered that I could inspire even just one person and I am so touched that a reader took the time to type that positive feedback for me. Thank you!
Blogging does not feel like work to me. I am almost always excited to put posts together. I cannot believe how much I have learned in three years but I also feel like the more I learn, the more I learn how much more I have to learn! Ha!
Finally, I feel that I have made genuine friends in my readers. It is so weird, but so cool. There is a lot of good and positivity in the blogging world and the people I have met have helped me stay optimistic. During the pandemic, this was even more evident. Again, thank you!
If you have made it this far, here is your reward….
If you leave me a comment with your name and email address, your name will be put in a drawing for a Nordstrom e-gift card of $25. Nordstrom is one of my favorite places for online shopping. Their sales are amazing!
I just want to say thank you for continuing to visit me! You all are truly the best! I hope you enjoy a coffee or a cocktail at your casa today!
P.S. – Some say blogs are obsolete, or becoming obsolete, but I hope that is not the case. If you have ever wanted to start one, just do it! I use WordPress and it is very user friendly.