August 20, 2012

Blogging Year in Review – Plus a Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway!


One year ago tomorrow, I started this blog.

I can hardly believe that I’ve come this far—really, that I’ve found enough topics to write about for a whole year and that people keep coming back to read it.

I’m amazed. And humbled.

This last year, I started this blog as a chronicle of my writing journey, but soon discovered that I wanted to write about more than just that—like my faith, my marriage, romance, fun everyday things—and I thank you all for joining me on this journey so far!

This year, I’ve been so pleased to interview and host six fellow authors—and next year, I plan to have a lot more (two within the next month alone!).

In March, I started my Names of God series, and so far have 16 posts talking about who God is to me and how He shows Himself to me in different ways.

Sometimes on Fridays, I ask a fun question so I can get to know all of YOU better.

Because to me, this blog is a conversation. It’s not just about me getting up on a stage and shouting my thoughts from the rooftop. No. Instead, it’s a way for me to communicate my thoughts and for you to communicate yours back.

So, to thank you all for engaging me in conversation for a year (!), I’m doing a fun giveaway.


The winner will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Here’s how to be entered to win (you must do both steps to qualify):

FIRST: Become a blog follower or subscriber (if you’re already one, you can skip this step!). Do this by using the Google Friends Connect “Join This Site” button to the right OR by entering your email in the Follow By Email box. (Note, if you do the latter, you will be emailed a confirmation.)

SECOND: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite drink at Starbucks! (Include your email address so I can get ahold of you if you win.) If you aren't sure how to comment, just use the Anonymous selection and then put your name and email address at the end of the comment.

FOR EXTRA ENTRIES: Tweet or post on Facebook about this contest for extra entries. Be sure to let me know in your comment that you’ve done this so I’ll know.

The contest will close Thursday at 7 pm (PST) and I’ll announce the winner (who will be chosen randomly) on Friday. Only U.S. residents are eligible to win.

Hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for your support and celebrating a year with me.

What’s your go-to Starbucks drink?

54 comments:

  1. happy blogging birthday, Lindsay! You're a blessing, that's for sure. Hmmm... favorite Starbucks card? That'd be an Earl Grey Latte, aka "London Fog". Especially on a rainy day. :)

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! You bless me right back.

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  2. Aw! A whole year! Congrats, friend. That's awesome. My favorite drink is either the white chocolate mocha or the cinnamon dolce latte (both hot). If it's late, I get a chai tea latte. Yummola!

    I tweeted and you know my email! lol

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    1. Yes, I do know your email...and your Twitter handle...and your blog site...and your phone number...hehe. All sorts of ways to get ahold of you!

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  3. Yay! Congrats! I'm so glad you started blogging and I'm even more happy I found you. :) Looking forward to all the fun events we have coming up together!!

    The little town I live in doesn't have a Starbucks, but there are three or four within a thirty mile radius...with that said, I'm not familiar enough with Starbucks to know my favorite -- BUT, I'd be more than happy to win the card and find a favorite! :) Anything with chocolate or chai would probably become the winner in my book.

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    1. I'm so happy you found me too! And ditto on looking forward to seeing you...twice...in the span of a month!

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  4. Happy blogoversary, Lindsay! Enjoy your celebration.

    (You don't need to enter me in the contest. I've never developed a taste for coffee.)

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    1. Keli, they have NICE hot chocolate, or white chocolate with candy canes at Christmas. Mmmm.

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    2. Thanks so much, Keli! You have been one of the biggest blessings during my first year of blogging!

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  5. My favourite drink at Starbucks would have to be a steamed milk with a shot of vanilla. Mmmmm. Their Earl Grey is okay, not awesome. Wait a minute, I can't win since I'm Canuckian. If I am randomly chosen to win, how bouts I get a sash that says "Miss Congeniality"?

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    1. I've never had their steamed milk with vanilla! That sounds yummy.

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  6. Wow, has it really been a year? What an accomplishment, Lindsay! I've loved getting to know you.

    As for Starbucks, do I really have to pick one drink? ;) If I'm in a coffee mood, it's a skinny caramel-vanilla latte. If it's a hot day outside, I get a passionfruit lemonade. If I'm in a tea mood, I get the vanilla rooibos latte. Gotta have a drink for every occasion, right? LOL

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    1. I've loved getting to know you too, Sarah. Can't wait to meet you in a few weeks. Yay!

      And I agree...I have a drink for every occasion as well.

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  7. I follow you in GFC.

    Caramel macchiato is my husband's favorite drink at Starbucks (if I won, I would give him the gift card).

    Thanks for the chance!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Mami! That's so sweet you'd give your hubby the gift card. :)

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  8. I shared on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/mary.happymommy/posts/411504842244569

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. Hi Lindsay! Congratulations on your one year blogoversary! I've enjoyed getting to know you over the past 12 months!

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    1. Thanks, Barb! The feeling is mutual, for sure. :)

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  10. I "met" you through this blog -- and I am so glad I did! Now I am counting the days until we meet face to face! Yay!
    My favorite drink at Starbucks: grande black ice tea with three Splenda -- except when the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are being served! Yum!

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    1. I'm so glad we met too...and soooooo look forward to meeting in person. I fully expect to be swallowed in a hug!

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  11. GFC follower. My favorite drink is Caramel Macchiato

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for the follow, Elena! That seems to be a popular drink. :)

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  12. https://www.facebook.com/#!/elena.istomina.12/posts/430435103665302

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  13. Lindsay - congratulations! Now go do a bloggy-dance!

    I love your Names of God series - I love reading about how God romances his Bride and I can read your love for Him in the way you talk about Him.

    I'd love a chance to win that SB card - I live one block from my favorite one and sometimes I sneak away to write in the back corner with a Venti Americano, add shot (that's 5 shots of espresso) with half-n-half on top. Preferably hot but every once in a while over easy ice. Yum.

    And I'm already a groupie fan!

    beckydwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

    Have a very blessed day!

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    1. Thanks, Becky. It's been awesome getting to know you. And I've entered you twice in the drawing, once for commenting and once for the Facebook post!

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  14. Congrats, Lindsay! Happy Blog Birthday!

    Doesn't a year go by fast?

    Java Chip Frappuccino

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    1. It sure does, Loree. I can hardly believe it!

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  15. Yay! Congratulations. Your blog is fun, so I'll keep coming back :) I'm already a follower cause well...your blog is fun! My favorite drink at Starbucks is an Earl Gray tea latte. Yum! And not too sugary!

    Here's to another year!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cindy! I love your blog too. Always so helpful, and I've loved getting to know you more.

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  16. Happy 1 year B-day! I had mine in July. It's pretty amazing!

    I am already a follower, I will tweet this and my favorite drink is a Fat Free Sugar Free Vanilla Latte.
    (I know, many think I just took the yummy out of it, but that's how I like it).

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    1. Thanks, TC! And hey, whatever floats your boat, right? ;) I've got you down for two entries!

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  17. Congratulations, Lindsay!! I'm so glad I'm getting to know you and your blog a bit better! :)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. The feeling is so mutual.

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  18. How fun! I am pretty sure I am following your blog and I always enjoy your posts. Also glad you joined the writing blog-o-sphere!

    OOOH, fave drink. I love the Gingerbread Latte at Christmas, but for my norm I like a Raspberry Latte or Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Lately, I also enjoy the Blonde roast coffee w/cream/sugar--when I am going cheap!

    My email is heatherdaygilbert@gmail.com, and I think this is such a fun gift idea! I am a total coffee FREAK!

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    1. Anything raspberry rocks! It's awesome that you love so many different items on the menu there. :)

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  19. Woo Hoo! Happy Blog Birthday tomorrow, Lindsay! I've thoroughly enjoyed connecting with you via your wonderful blog and getting to know you better. I'm looking forward to finally meeting you in Dallas! Let's see...Starbucks. Wow, so many to choose from, but I'll have to go with the Cafe Mocha. Chocolate and coffee. Nuff said. :)

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    1. I can't wait to meet you in Dallas, too! Oh, and chocolate is always a good choice. ;)

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  20. Congratulations Lindsay!!
    I always enjoy visiting your blog.
    My favourite Starbucks purchase is a 'plain' cup of coffee :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Karen. :) And you know what? Sometimes, less is more!

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  21. I follow via gfc (Jen M) and I like the Caramel Macchiato.
    Glad I found your site!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining, Jennifer!

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  22. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/JenniferCNP/status/237733038258266113

    jennifer marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I've got you down for two entries. :)

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  23. Thanks for the chance! I follow your blog via gfc as Dee and my favorite drink would be their chai latte! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

    I tweeted for an extra chance: http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/237736705543782400

    I shared on FB as well :) https://www.facebook.com/dee.gol.5/posts/504602942887357

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much for joining and sharing. I've got you in for three entries. :)

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  24. Well, I'm totally late with this comment, but that's because I was hiding out from the Internet yesterday. :) Happy birthday to your blog!!!! I'm so glad you began blogging...otherwise I might never have "met" you. Can't wait to actually meet you in person. Yaaaayyyyy!!!!

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    1. Oops, I forgot to tell you my favorite Starbucks drink. Skinny pumpkin spice latte. Mmmm...you will probably see one in my hands throughout most of ACFW. What's amazing to me is that the nonfat version doesn't even taste fake to me! I'm also a massively huge fan of their carmel apple spice drink. And sometimes, I just want straight black strong coffee. :)

      And I'm now jonesing for Starbucks.

      p.s. Just yesterday my coworkers were making fun of me for knowing every single Starbucks location in Des Moines! :)

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    2. That's okay. :) I'm so glad for all of that too!

      And I know all the Starbucks locations in my immediate area. There are several. ;)

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  25. My fave drink there is a skinny vanilla latte :)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for following and commenting, Aubrey!

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