{Happy 1 Year Blogiversary Today's Letters!}

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I can't believe it's already been 1 YEAR since our first post! I remember the first day we had 237 page views. I thought we were famous. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that less than a year later we'd be averaging 8,000 page views per day with our highest day being 17, 892 after we posted our ReEngage talk.

Often people email me asking for advice on how to increase page views, traffic, or get advertising on their blog. My response is always the same: write because you love it, not because people notice. The truth is, writing each other letters has always been a positive outlet for Tim and I, and even if no one read our blog we'd continue to communicate this way simply because of how it's transformed our marriage. If anything, blogging has been a sweet reminder that simple letters can in fact change a life similarly to the way sentences do in books. The expression of our love for others and the day to day doesn't have to be complicated, or pretty, or perfect. It just needs to be real.

That said, it's been an unbelievable 12 months and we're so grateful to have shared parts of our lives with you. We're thankful for the new and wonderful friends blogging has allowed us to make, both on and offline. So THANK YOU to those who have stuck around since the beginning, as well as those who are new and continue to Google phrases such as "Woobie Cape" and "Holy Freakin Batman." We're beyond grateful for your kind words, inspiration, and support.

Also, this post would be incomplete if I didn't mention my buddy, David Penuel, who helps me with the design, layout, and coding portion of my blog. Without him this blog would look like sheet and I guarantee you wouldn't stick around very long to read it. I truly believe a blog's success is only 50% content. Without a good layout you'll find yourself stuck in the mud; tires spinning, but going nowhere. So thanks, DP, you've given our little blog so much life, love, and time. You are the wind beneath my wings!

Much love,
Em & Tim

And just for fun here's our ...

Top 5 Most Read Posts to Date:

1. {10 Things} That Have Made All the Difference In Our Marriage
2. Weekly Questions
3. Our ReEngage Talk
4. Our Story
5. Campfire Orange Cakes

Top 5 Favorite Blog Memories:
1. Meeting Lara and Chad, the couple who found our hidden letter in the Seattle Public Library
2. Addition of Husband's Letters to the blog
3. Seeing The Pioneer Woman throw fist pumps
4. Featuring Guest Letter Writers
5. Winning Top Blog 2010

Top 5 States Who Read Our Blog:
1. Texas
2. California
3. Alabama
4. Oklahoma
5. Georgia

Top 5 Countries Who Read Our Blog:
1. United States
2. Canada
3. UK
4. Australia
5. Austria

Do you have a favorite post or letter on our blog? If so, we'd love to know about it!
Be sure and check back later to see pics from this weekend's Warrior Dash adventure. You won't wanna miss these!


Han said...

Good Morning Em and Tim!!

Happy Blog Birthday lovelies!!! Hope you have a great day :) Go out and be awesome!

Chels said...

I loved what you said about blogging: write because you love, not so people notice. Very encouraging. :)

Hope you two have a great Tuesday!

Sarah said...

Happy blog birthday! I have loved reading your blog for a few months now, and love that your blog's birthday is on my wedding anniversary - I knew there was a good reason I liked you so much! Thanks for all you do with this blog - it always brightens my day to read a new post from you!

Tracy said...

Happy birthday, Today's Letters!It has been such a pleasure reading your posts each day. My husband and I are both teachers and will e-mail letters to each other at work. Thanks for reminding us how powerful a simple note can be!

Andrew said...

Congrats on the milestone! That's pretty fantastic - you guys have been a blessing to many.

Ingrid @ thesunnyside.me said...

Good Morning! Happy Day to you two!!!

Jennifer K said...

Happy Birthday, Today's Letters! I love your blog and can't wait to see what the next year brings. :)

amber fischer said...

Congratulations!!! Your blog is one of my all-time favorites ever in the history of the world. ( :

Shandell said...

happy bloggy birthday!

Kristi said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog, it's something I look forward to every morning! I came upon it from Darby's blog, can't wait for her letters on Friday!

Lori said...

Happy birthday! I, too, came over from darby's and am sooo super excited for Friday! I love your blog. You guys are inspirational, creative, and, best of all, hilarious!

Katharina said...

Congratulations! I really enjoy your blog...sometimes funny, sometimes inspiring! Honest and real. Wish you all the best...and I hope I help to get a list up there next year that is called: "Top 5 Countries who read our blog"! ;)

meghan said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Blog Birthday!! I am so thankful to have something so inspirational to read everyday! You guys really are treasures!! xoxo.

LaralovesChad said...

happy birthday! (i have tears in my eyes as i write this....) your letters have changed our lives. you're the best. really. the best. xo

Erynn said...

Proud.of.you! I know the Lord will continue to use this little web address to work in the lives of others, myself and you!


The Coons Family said...

Happy Birthday blog! You'll be potty trained and walking in no time. :) Thanks for the daily inspiration! :)

Megan said...

Happy Birthday Bloggy! So proud to say I've been a reader since May '10!! You have influenced my marriage and my life in so many ways! You guys are truly an inspiration!

A few of my favorite TL moments are: Living room forts, rockin' vocab (like woobie, biscuit, and my fav, "holy seizures of cutiness batman!") Texas snowpocolypse (fir the second year in a row!!), Tim referring to your sweat catchin' clothes as "running costumes", Goonies watching parties, ReEngage talk, and Tim & Em's love story, and of course our coffee date(highlight of my trip home, no doubt. you are the shiz, em!)!

cara. said...

can't believe it's been a year, little emo! so proud of you guys for sharing your authentic love for each other and seeing it encourage the shit out of so many people. you are a bunch of effing rock stars.

Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride said...

happy blog birthday/anniversary! :D i've truly enjoyed reading through your posts, and seeing another couple that isn't afraid to work on marriage!!

super bummed that arkansas was not a top state as far as readers go...i'll have to recruit some folks in my area to start checking your blog out! :)

Melanie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG LOVE FROM COLORADO! i love that my blog and this blog started at the same time. they're kind of like blog twinners, eh? :) while i would faint with those kinds of page views, i agre that you gotta write what you love and what is real for YOU. i've found that my more brave and vulnerable and even silly confessional types of blog posts really resonate with people (which is why yours touches my heart and my funny bone, yay!).

xo mel

Mary Beth said...

Happy BlogDay, Y'all! Reading your blog every day is a like a happy little breath of fresh air- so real and so sweet. Thanks for sharing your story and letting us be a part of it all. May the Lord richly bless this next year of your lives- both in the blog and in your journey of lovin' and livin'!

Lima said...

*tear* growing up so fast...

Favorite post: RE|Engage talk. Loved it more than shimmies and #58 sundaes at The Hoe's.

Keep writing and keep loving. Abrazos.

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy birthday! thanks for being you! :)

Melissa said...

Happy Blog Birthday!! And I'm SO HAPPY that the PW fist pump made the TOP 5!! Awesome.
Thanks for writing and encouraging us all to love and be brave everyday!

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