Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Beading Gem's Journal celebrates 4th Anniversary!

By on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 26 Comments

Paper in typewriter listing Blog

Today is my 4th blogging anniversary! I may have written 1687 posts since January 4 of 2007 but it's not worth writing even one if it didn't have any readers. So thank you all for following me and for all your encouraging comments.

Some of you have taken the trouble to tell me the first thing you do in the morning is to grab a cup of coffee and read my daily post.... probably works better in that order, right?

Thanks too for the numerous tips and questions you've sent. They enable me to write interesting posts and share information. I especially thank readers for letting me indulge in the occasional mini-biographical historical posts.  Not everyone liked history in school but really, the stuff they didn't teach us is far more riveting. It's actually harder to write something short than something longer like a book and still capture the essence of the person while making it jewelry related at the same time.

Writing is indeed another of my creative outlets. I admit blogging has even become addictive. As many of you no doubt suspect, I actually spend more time here than on jewelry making! It's wonderful to be a writer, editor and publisher all rolled into one but I am far from perfect. So do forgive the typos and other grammatical transgressions I failed to catch before the posts were published.

Woman typing on laptop.

I've noticed many of you just visit via my blog URL. If you don't want to miss a post, then subscribe for free via email or feeds! If your email box is starting to get out of hand, try a feed reader like Google Reader or Blogger Follower. A feed reader is how I keep tabs on your blogs. It's very easy to use - just check out my post on How to Subscribe. If you did try to email subscribe and the posts didn't start, please first activate your subscription in the confirmation email. Sometimes the problem it's due to an email address typo so try again. Still struggling? Then contact me somehow.

I am also on Facebook and Twitter. People hang out in different places so if you like those neighborhoods, you can still keep up with my blog. I often post extra things there which I can't or won't fit into my blog.

Comments are always appreciated as these are invaluable feedback and help guide what I choose to write.  Frequent commentators are rewarded with extra links back to their shop or blog URLs - see the widget in action on the right side bar. Hah! "Anonymous" now takes 5th place!

Over the past year I have added a button and widget codes page as requested - past featured designers and tutorial designers may like these for their own sites. Also a FAQ section to deal with some of the questions that keep cropping up like whether or not I accept guest posts, whether I can feature your tutorial or jewelry design and whether you use my blog material. The Disclosure section explains how this blog is supported by ads and affiliate programs so it continues to grow and remain free.

Now for some fun :

Woman typing on keyboard

Last year I celebrated my third anniversary with a list of the previous year's funny and strange things people search for on Google and other search engines, and landed on my blog. Did you know there is a whole bunch of people who talk to Google?

Here is this past year's crop of search terms I happened to notice in my blog stats. It's so much fun this might well become a blog anniversary tradition for me. For every query you see below, there are actually corresponding blog posts on the subject like vampire or fingernail jewelry. Enjoy and join me for another year of awesome finds!

Wishful thinking
Need some bling - give me a ring
Is true if your necklace clasp turns around to the front someone is thinking about you?
i want to spend a million £ on a dog collar
Dummies guide to cabochon wrapping
why is making your own jewelry romantic?

You've Got to be Kidding
funny paua (is that funny haha or funny peculiar?)
vampire jewelry for mother's day
vampire energy jewelry
earrings that look like a tooth with a smile on them
where can i buy a jewel encrusted beetle
chastity bra

buttock jewels
toenail swarovski
long gold toenails jewellery
gallstone in resin pendant
toe nail sculpture

Good Ideas
angel wing two finger ring
how to make a doughnut gemstone into a button

Odd things people want to know
Joan Rivers travel organizer
cows in Southern Sudan
josephine bonaparte teeth
victoria secret model bead-free
can I swim in my swarovski jewelry

Funny Typos
lost all the spots you can pierce your ear
how to sue a pearl reamer
how to do card exposure earrings
hot to tat a necklace
show stripetsy

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  1. congratulation !
    I forgot how I found this blog a year ago, but since then i became your subscriber.
    so many tips that I don't want miss it

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! Keep up the great work.

  3. Your blog is awesome, so informative and entertaining! I don't comment often but I read nearly every post! Congratulations on your 4th year!

  4. Happy Blog-a-versary Pearl! Your blog IS great! I can personally attest to signing up to get it via email. I used to be able to visit every morning and then my business and life just got busy. Now, by getting the "morning news" via email, I am able to keep reading your fabulous posts!

  5. Congratulations on your Blogiversary Pearl...Your blog is not just inspiring it is plain addictive and those topics..you got to be kidding right;)..?? anyway great work and good luck for the future :) :)

  6. I really enjoy your daily email posts. I don’t actually try all the tutorials, but I love the diversity and uniqueness of some of the jewelry presented. Thanks and Happy New Year.

    Jackie Wenner
    (via email)

  7. Thank you all for your kind words!

    Yes, there is a huge range of styles, techniques and tutorials. They are meant to inspire and perhaps a few new things to try. Jewelry making is a huge field - lucky for us!

  8. Happy, happy anniversary!!! Hope to still be reading your blog daily for many more years to come!!

  9. Congratulations! I must let you know that I am extremely grateful for the work you have shared for I being in a country that does not have workshops or schools which teaches the art of jewelry & anything in relation, really really really appreciate your time, hard work & willingness to share. Your articles are great inspiration, filled with relative & rich information! I don't take part in any blogs but I will remain a dedicated follower of yours! Again Congratulations & Thank you!

  10. Congratulations Pearl...I enjoy visiting, there is always something unique, interesting, informative or down right unusual!!! Regardless of the topic I love it.

    I think if you get some free time :0) you could make your blog posts into a wonderful book, with volumes! Seriously...

    Some addictions are a good thing...this is one of them.

  11. congratulations - and thank you for some fabulous articles and great tuts! xx

  12. Congratulations, your blog is one of my favorites.

  13. Hi, Pearl!

    Congratulations on your 4th blogging anniversary!
    Let me take this opportunity to thank you for writing this blog. It may be on of your creative outlets and even an addiction for you, but for me that's good news 'cause I'm addicted to your blog too! LOL
    Thank you for your work, for the inspiration you are to me, for the great tips, tutorials and giveaways and thank you for... well, for being you! Your sweet, good-mood personality comes out in every post and that's one of the main reasons I keep coming back!

    Here's to 4 more magnificent years!

    Love and kisses,
    Cris, from DeCris Creations - Blog
    DeCris Creations on Artfire

  14. Thanks for sharing this latest article. Also congratulations for your very hard work. I shows and I appreciate it very much.

  15. Hahaha 'show stripetsy' that a good one! I wonder how Etsy would feel about that! :-)

    I can't believe it has been 4 years already Pearl! I have been reading your blog now for about 3 of them and have thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge you have shared with us all. Thank you so much for everything you do. Looking forward to another 4 years of The Beading Gem Journal!

  16. Congratulations! Wow, four years already. Love to read your blog and hope you'll continue at least another four years. :-)

  17. Congratulations Pearl. You have a great blog, you open so many doors to us readers, thank you. Wishing you all the very best for many more years of great blogging.

  18. So happy for your success, Pearl! You deserve it! I've learned alot from your posts, been introduced to some fabulous artisans, and look forward to reading many more!

  19. Woo hoo! Congratulations on the 4 years - and you're so consistent too! I swear I'm still not sure you have time to have a real people type job. I do not know how you have the time! You have definitely inspired me to try some things and yeah, the history is cool too. I don't remember liking history too much in school, but the parts you relate are so much more interesting! I'll keep coming back for more. Oh - grabbed a button - obviously didn't know everything about your blog!

  20. Hi,
    Congratulations on your 4th year! I just subscribed today. I was very impressed with all the information, good reading, & tutorials that I decided to join.
    I find your writing style very interesting, well written & enjoyable. Tutorials are very clear. BTW, I love your jewelry at Etsy. I'm new at making jewelry as a hobby and your site will be a great help and will provide lots of inspiration.
    Again, Congrats!

  21. Happy Blog Birthday! Laurie
    (via email)

  22. Your daily journal is amazing! Your topics are stimulating, creative, and informative, and I always learn something new from your tutorials. Happy 4th anniversary!
    (via email)

  23. Congratulations on your success! I enjoy reading the posts on Beading Gem. Things like this, seeing bloggers celebrate their anniversary are inspirational to me and give me that extra push to keep up blogging.

  24. Goulan - blogging is a long-term activity. It can be quite discouraging at the beginning so keep at it! Pearl

  25. It shows that you like to write. You're a wonderful blogger, always making interesting posts. Happy 4th birthday, and here's to 40 more!

  26. Hi
    Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. I really enjoy your posts and wanted to let you know that the mini history lessons are my favourite.
    David Wells