You know that I'm all about celebrating.
Big events. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Summer. Dinner. I believe in celebrating. Often. And well.
Today marks my 7th anniversary here in this space. SEVEN.
My big, fat, Cuban family is 7 years old today. And so I'm celebrating. *fires off the confetti canon*
But first you have to sit through the usual recap of my 7 years in the Blogosphere. 7 years, people! I totally deserve a party. Or at least a recap. But before the 7 year recap, how about a celebratory video?
Yes, I think a video would be perfect. Enjoy!
Did you know I also have a YouTube Channel? I know. The over-sharing never ends.
Also, if you're following me on Instagram, you'd recognize that most of my life takes place at #CasaDeLaLoma. I'm Smrtqbn, by the way. (See what I did there?)
Year One. October 1st, 2007. I was delighted to have found my voice and an audience.
Year Two. October 1st, 2008. I was taking care of my family and sharing the stuff I had cooked. And people liked it. Who knew? I also wrote a cookbook that year, which gave me something to give away. And so the giving away commenced in earnest.
Year Three. October 1st, 2009. Three years? I was amazed that I had been able to keep at it for so long. And I fell in love with you, my readers. Always kind and ever gracious. I felt like I had won the lotto.
Year Four. October 1st, 2010. I could have graduated from an institution of higher learning with a degree. Bachelor's in Bloggology?
Year Five. October 1st, 2011. It was a rough year, filled with some physical challenges, but then I became the "little Cuban that could" and just kept right on writing. (<--That last bit took tremendous grammatical focus, as do most of my blog posts, but that's not important right now.)
Year Six. October 1st, 2012. Six years. Add lots of great experiences and some amazing blog-friends later, I was still standing. Seriously so much to celebrate.
Which brings us to today.
Year Seven. I am so very grateful that I get to write and you are still there, reading and sharing your lives with me. You get my sense of humor and you seem to enjoy my writing style.
I have met so many of you in person and I'm always amazed and humbled by your enthusiastic response to whatever silly things I'm up to. I enjoy hearing from you on Facebook and Twitter and (even if I don't respond right away) I love receiving your emails.
And yes, of course I'm going to get to the giveaway, but first I want to say thank you. I would not be doing this at all if it wasn't for my awesome online and (for some of you) now real life friends.
Thank you. From the bottom of my big, fat, Cuban heart. Seriously. Thank you.
You may have noticed that I've changed up the banner up on top there and added color. It makes me happy and I hope you'll enjoy the things I've got coming up this year.
I have so much to celebrate!
In fact, I'm going to be celebrating ALL WEEK. From today, October 1st, 2013 through October 7th, 2013.
Seven glorious days and seven fun-filled nights of celebrating that I've survived and possibly even thrived right here on the internet. For this next week I've lined up some wonderful Cuban friends that I've met because of my blog who have graciously agreed to sponsor some very cool giveaways every single day for the ENTIRE WEEK to celebrate
each of my SEVEN bloggy years.
I can officially call this MBFCF Giveaway Week! (7 days and all that...) Yay!
To kick things off - here's MBFCF Blogiversary Giveaway #1
My Big, Fat, Cuban Family Cookbook
An autographed copy of My Big, Fat, Cuban Family Cookbook. I know. Shut up.
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win my cookbook and please answer the following question:
- When and how did you find My big, fat, Cuban family?
I'll choose a winner at the end of MBFCF Blogiversary Giveaway Week on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 11 am, so you have lots of time to enter.
Thank you again and let the celebrating begin!