Three years Two days

So I’m little tardy in celebrating my blog birthday, but I just checked it out and I wrote my first post 3 years ago!  (Plus two days.)  When I began blogging I didn’t read other blogs.  I didn’t study formats for success and I didn’t know about commenting or promoting myself.  I dove in ignorantly and thought I would take over the world.  Insert eye-roll here.
Nearly 600 posts later, I think its safe to say I’m not exactly the biggest, best design blogger ever.  But I’m ACTUALLY really happy where I am right now.  (This is coming from a perfectionist who believes that nothing she does is ever enough.)  Three years ago I could only dream that my work would be featured around the world and thousands of people would drop by every day to read my thoughts.  Sometimes my blog stats actually scare me.  Who are all of you?  Having this platform has enabled the decorating end of my business to blossom and I will be forever grateful for that.

It hasn’t all been roses and cupcakes.  There have been several times I wanted to quit.  Moments I felt discouraged, frustrated, jealous and alone.  All over a blog.  But it wasn’t just a blog, it was ME.  It was my dream and I didn’t feel like people were getting it.

Instead I chose to work harder, design projects that would get me noticed and forge relationships with other like-minded bloggers.  It took me nearly a year to make my first blogger friend.  What’s up with that?  Maybe I’m awkward, or shy, or feel easily overwhelmed by the internet.  Either way, now I can count quite a few treasured friends that share my same obsessions.  Some I have yet to meet, (some day!), and some live in my own city.  That has been such a great gift.  I’ve even encountered a few readers in person.  Let me tell you, nothing makes me more delighted than learning someone reads my blog.  
I think I’m reaching my word-attention capacity, so I’m just going to wrap it up by saying thanks.  Thanks for reading.  Thanks for enabling me to grow.  Thanks to the early followers who stuck with me when I sucked.  Thanks to the brave readers who gave me my first decorating jobs.  Thanks to my guy and my family for listening to me vent, obsess and dream about this little venture.  And thanks to myself for sticking with it.  You done did good, Naomi.

Off to do what I love- Design Homes.  I hope I get to do it forever.

PS- My First Post is still highly true.  (But lacking in pictures, tisk tisk…. see I didn’t know anything!)  

PPS- Just need to share some current musings on the showroom to reward you guys for finishing this gratuitous post.

  1. I’m obviously ridiculously, embarrassingly, behind on blogging. Just want you to know how much I love yours, and how much you’ve inspired me. I appreciate your blogging story, as I was in the same boat, and still feel like quite the amateur, and really don’t understand how everyone keeps up with it, but I love it regardless. I’m so glad that you stuck with it and when we found out our mutual connection, it just reminded me how small the world really is. 🙂

  2. I am SO glad you stuck with it! Naomi…you are so incredibly talented and I have really enjoyed watching the progress of the “loft”… you will have another whole new space to get us excited about 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Naomi! This is an awesome blog and you are an AWESOME GAL!!! Thank you for letting your light shine through! We are all better for it!!

  4. Happy blogiversary (or whatever it’s called). I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you and call you as one of my blog friends. I think everyone starts out that way – I didn’t instantly start out with a bunch of blog friends either. But now, I feel such a connection and feel really happy every time I get a comment from one of my blog buddies. I totally flaked and didn’t recognize my blog anniversary in January (my baby blog is just a little over 2 years old now). Can’t wait to actually meet you in person at Blogfest!!

  5. Thanks for sharing this. It is always so interesting to read about a bloggers “organic” way of how her blog grew.

  6. The first paragraph in this post describes me. Thanks for writing this it definitely encourages me. I hope to write a similar post one day. xo

  7. congrats. I always love coming over here and seeing your original eye and projects…donna

  8. It’s such a pleasure to check in on your blog and celebrate your successes. You deserve all of the accolades you’ve received lately and I know this is just the beginning for you!

  9. Well happy Birthday! Oh and I am dying over the fab rug and paint and runner…..blah blah blah EVERYTHING!

  10. I am thrilled for you and you should be oh so proud! Your fabulous design inspires us to be better and live more beautifully! Which brings me to that amazing rug with the pink, yummy and I love the chair:)

  11. joanna

    Congratulations! Ive been reading for about a year now and yours is one of the first blogs I read when I open my reader! Also–just had to say that rug in the last picture is truly amazing!

  12. Congrats!! I’m so happy that an online publication led me your way, I adore your decor style!
    Cheers for many more years of blogging and great designing and decorating successes!

  13. Cheers to you on celebrating three years of blogging!! I am a new reader of you and love your posts (your home tour was the best!). Having just joined the blogging world myself, I enjoy hearing your early experiences and relate to your words. There are so many talented designers and creative bloggers, what can I possibly contribute? But…I obsess over interior design–my own, friends, others (I thought about your pink tile, grey grout, and rugs for hours after I read your post in your office remodel). I LOVE design, and hopefully that counts for something. You send an uplifting message!

  14. Wow 3 years!! That’s amazing! No wonder you’re such a pro. You do an incredible job but I suppose that’s easy considering you have such great style. I am so excited we found each other and now get to work together!! And I’m back from the dead (mostly)! Woo hoo!

  15. Naomi seriously, you are not just a talented designer, you really are a great blogger..funny, down to earth and inspiring, glad you stuck to it!

    I don’t get as much blog time like before but I always want to check in here sooner or later 🙂

  16. J and V

    Happy, Happy- Design Manifest! Your blog has always been such a source of inspiration for both of us as we entered this big blog world! Congrats!

  17. The Now

    Happy blog birthday!! Your blog has always been so inspirational. You are so creative and talented and I love following your work! xoxo Elizabeth

  18. Happy blogday my friend! I would like to be added to your list of people you need to meet in person. Kthanx!

  19. Congrats Naomi!! I could have read another 20 paragraphs 🙂 I love hearing bloggers’ thoughts on how far they’ve come, how they started and everything in between. You deserve all of your success!

  20. Ashley

    Happy birthday, Design Manifest! Way to go, lady. It has been fantastic to know you and be constantly inspired by your design perspective and talent.
    I’m so happy to know you both in blogland and in reality! To many, many more years of creative endeavors!

  21. Happy blog bday!! This place is easily one of my favorites on the web- I’m only sorry I didn’t find it sooner than I did. So glad you stuck through the valleys! You have impeccable style, girl, and I’m so excited to meet you next month. Thanks for the daily inspiration – you’re a rock star! ox

  22. nkp

    Congrats, Naomi! You’re awesome and I’ve loved watching your star shine brighter and brighter. You are well on your way to superstardom.


  23. so encouraging to read this and excited that you are truly living your dream and sharing your passions.

  24. Erin

    I’m so glad I met you through blogging… now see what you did? I’m getting all sentimental and stuff.

    Anyway, happy bloggiversary!!!

    ps: showroom ideas are looking gooood!

  25. Oh I think you’re awesome!! And it’s nice to know there is someone else out there a bit like me (but with talent in spades, whereas I’m clearly a hobbyist do-nothing). I blogged for a year and wondered why the heck I hadn’t formed any of these blogger relationships everyone speaks of…umm, because I kept to myself and never reached out to anyone? Yeah, that’s probably it. 🙂

    You deserve all the recognition you have been receiving, you’re a generous blogger and have that it factor that stands out. So cheesy, but ‘if you build it, they will come.’ And you’re so doing it well. Did I lay that on thick enough?

  26. Happy blog B-day!! Its cool to see your first post and to hear that even you struggle with all these things too. I can’t wait to see where you go from here! xoxo

  27. You know I adore you and have loved watching your blog and success grow- so very deserved…you are a HUGE talent my friend! xoxo

  28. Congratulations Naomi! Your success is so well deserved and I have loved following along. I completely understand the feeling of putting so much pressure on your blog, its an expression of who we are right? I also LOVE your plans for the showroom. Gorgeous!

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