Tuesday, September 25, 2012

5 Years Ago Today

Update: Giveaway is closed. Winner announced here.

Hello folks,

It's the 25th September and do you know what day this is? Yes, exactly 5 years ago, also on a Tuesday, I started this blog. Can you believe it? I've been blogging for 5 years.

5 very long years.

You know what that means? I've aged 5 years since that fateful day. I've also put on weight and accumulated a host of health conditions. Other than that, I've pretty much stayed the same. It's as if I ran and ran and still stayed at the same position.

Which is sad. Almost like the 5 years didn't happen. Somewhere at the back (way back) of my head, I had the idea I would become very successful. That money would pour in from advertisers. (make money while I sleep) It didn't.

Which brings us to why not.


Blog traffic.

Not enough.

According to Blogger, since May 2008 when Blogger stated collected stats, my blog has received a total of 376,901 pageviews.

Impressive? Not really. Not over 5 years.

One million pageviews. Now, that's impressive. When will I achieve it?

There are ways to increase traffic.

Like blog every day.
Which I did for 1 month in April.
My stats doubled.

Like write stuff people are interested in reading.
hahahahahaha - I'm too self indulgent.

Like submit my blog posts for syndication.
hahahahahaha - I'm too lazy.

Like write more tutorials.
hahahahahaha - I'm still too lazy.

Like write controversial stuff.
hahahahahaha - seriously, I'm still too lazy. Besides, it's not me.

Anyhoo, what's the point of this post? Other than whining about "boo-hoo, I'm still not successful," here's the deal.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my regular readers (there are probably 50 of you plus, minus) by having a little giveaway.

Yes, people.


Here's the prize which ONE of you will win, to be selected randomly by random org. 

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Like it? Love it? It's 1 yard of a very interesting dress patterning print and 1 yard of a green print. So you get a TOTAL of 2 yards of fabric.

How to enter

Answer this question: What was the last song you listened to?

You have a maximum of 4 entries per person. For each entry, you must leave a comment leaving your email. (you can write your email like this: e.g. username AT gmail DOT com)

Additional entries
- Blog about this giveaway. Leave your blog post url.
- Tweet about this giveaway.
- Facebook about this giveaway.

☻ You must leave your email address if your blogger profile is not tied to your email.
☻ Open worldwide.
☻ Ends on last day of September 2012, Singapore time.

♠ Winner will be announced in the first week of October 2012. Winner must respond to my email of her/his win within 48hours. Otherwise Mr Random.Org will find another winner then.

Good luck. Oh, the last song I listened to? Fiction by Beast.

p.s. just in case you don't know what to make with the fabric if you won, go look at my bags patterns here. (self-promotion)


Mandy Pan said...

I listened to Move Like Jagger by Maroon 5 but it's Adam Levine's chest and tattoo I am ogling in the video.

♥ Miss Tea said...

Happy Blogaversary! found ur blog while blog hopping and i gotta say I feel the same way about blogging and become successful coz of it or at least abit richer hahaha...but anyways...i kind of get used to it :p

anyhow..would love a chance on the giveaway :)

susan ( missr4in AT gmail DOT com )

♥ Miss Tea said...

just tweeted it and u can see it here:


anna said...

The last song I listened to was 'Making Gravy' by Paul Kelly. It's one of my favourites. Thank you for the chance to win that lovely fabric.

Gill said...

Congratulations on 5 years!
I've just listened to 'Ramble On' by Led Zeppelin! I just got home and this is on the CD in my car!

Linda said...

What beautiful fabric! I want to win! I think you are successful, but maybe not in the way you expected. I understand completely though. I just can't blog every day and still maintain my little business and a home. (My parents live nearby and I go every day to coffee at their house and catch up on their day. It takes a big hunk of time, but is worthwhile.)I just can't function as a person and as a business and do the things some people can. Its just not me no matter how much I wish it were.
Your posts are always funny and/or informative. I feel like you're a friend, although we've never met face to face. That is success. Congratulations on 5 years!

Linda said...

I gave you a plug in my blog!
Also, I forgot to tell you what the last song I listened to was. It was not actually a song, but music from the movie "Chocolat". I have had it playing in my car for a month now. I'm ready to put in the Christmas music!!! Before that I had Elton John's album "Yellow Brick Road" playing. (Santana and Mobey before that!) (I'm all over the place with music!)

Alice B. said...

The last song I listened to was " All I want is you " bu U2
I love that song. I would also love to win this fabric selection. Thank you for the chance.

Bethany said...

"Blame it on the Bossa Nova." I had the 50's station playing on the way in to work this morning :)

Congrats on your giveaway! I remember when I found your blog--it was for the boxy pouch tutorial. I came for the sewing. I stayed for your dry wit (which I love :)

Kandi said...

Flippin love that dressmaking fabric I love that lots! Please add me into the mix. I have been working from home today and had the tunes on all day the last song on my playlist was: Natalie Merchant Bleezers Ice Cream http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7b0UqwuF84

Gingini said...

Aretha Franklin with Soul Serenade was on Soul Radio on my laptop. :)
Of course I would like to win that beautiful fabric!
I love to read your blog, it's like I know you for years. Hmm, maybe because I read your blog for so many years. ;)
Gina (gingini@livedotnl)

Anita said...

Congrats on 5 years! I just heard Cold Play's Living La Vida Loca...love that song :) Here's to 5 more!

Laura said...

I know what you mean, I write along with practically no followers :-). The last song I listened to was Kanye West 'Clique'. Which was rubbish.

Karen said...

Congrats on five years! :)

The last song I listened to was We Built This City by Starship.


tamdoll said...

The last song I listened to in the car, on the way home this morning was Halo by Evan's Blue. It's been on over and over again this past week.

5 years - congrats!
I keep thinking about this blogging business - it seems there's a glut - everyone has a blog these days. Ebooks I thought were on the rise, then podcasts. Then vlogs. But nothing seems to be really popular & how many social media sites can you participate in to keep readers engaged?

I don't know. I hope your readership goes up. I know I can't complain about not having any readers - I haven't blogged in a while....

Mrs P Chong said...

Damn it, my last song was "Gangnam Style" by that dear old South Korean bloke - i seriously don't want to but he's been playing on the radio here in the UK cos we "as in the top shot business people" want to get Psy over here to demonstrate his horse straddle dancing!

Congratulations on the 5 years...I too had that idea a long time back - i must emphasise the "long time back" - still too lazy to get off my butt to do it!

Does look rather pretty, i've never really made anything sucessfully, maybe Mr.Random.Org might land on me???

I live in hope.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 5 years! I love your blog. You keep it real.
Someday I want to blog too, but not today... I'm too lazy!
The last song I listened to was "Here comes a regular" by the Replacements, circa 1986? Not sure why, it's just what the shuffle gave me.
I love your tutorial on the recessed zipper. I've used it on three purses so far.

Suzee said...

congrats to 5 years!I love your blog Jane! and your patterns! =) I can count me as one of your regulars to the blog !!
I love that fabric too!
The last song I listened to in my car earlier was on the radio.. its a catchy tune .. Want U Back by Cher Lloyd I sing it outloud when I'm by myself hehe..

Suzee said...

I posted on my Facebook page!

Fran said...

Congratulations on your 5 year blogging anniversary. The last song I listened to was Radiohead's Codex. Thanks for the giveaway & the always entertaining blog posts.

Dee said...

I forgot to say what song I last heard. It was on the stereo a short while ago - "She's so mean" by Matchbox 20. It is hubby's current fav and he plays it a lot. Oh there it goes agin .... I swear i will get sick of it soon.

Dee said...

I just shared on facebook too.
I was thinking further about success. I know it is important to you. Also how do you measure success? If you measure it in $ then most of us are never gonna get there. Find a way to measure that delights your soul. If doing the best you can and being the best you can is your measure then hold tight to it.
We tend to count what we consider our failures are... but that just means we haven't given up trying yet. Thankfully we get lots of new opportunities. You seem to have been very flat lately. Look after yourself and your family and keep on trying. You are great Jane.

Dee said...

I just shared your give away on my blog too.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on reaching 5 years :-)
Last listened to Keep your eyes open by Taylor Swift.
Nars (narci32@yahoo.com.sg)

hueisei said...

Congrats on an amazing 5 years!
Hmm.. It's a children song - Bla Bla Black Sheep. I listen together with my son today :)

hueisei said...

Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/250843600022298625

Fiona Lee said...

Gangnam Style! The kids like watching it on YouTube and I'm watching right alongside them.

fionalsy at hotmail dot com

DeWithBoys said...

I think the last song I really listened to (instead of zoning out in the car to music) was the Gagnam Style techno-stuff from the You tube video you posted a few days ago. Yikes...can't get out of brain.
teamfostermom AT gmail DOT com

Stacey said...

Way to go Jane, 5 years is indeed long. I am into my second year of blogging.

I listened to Gangnam style, it is just everywhere now!

Wendy said...

I think it was She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze, it came on the radio!

Laurie-Jane said...

Saturday Boy by Billy Bragg

Like the green Love the the sewing print.

Well done you on five blogging years.

From one of your 50.

佩仪pueyyee said...

"thousand miles away"(千里之外)by Jay Chou.

thanks for the chance, Jane!

waipueyyee at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 5 years of blogging. Love reading your blog.

The last song I listened was " The Way we were " by Barbara Streisand. Oldie but lovely.

Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.


lynaeve said...

The last song I listened to was call me maybe I think. Thanks for the chance!

punkychewster said...

Congratulations on FIVE YEARS!!! i don't know if can keep up for that long, i'm already losing steam. because like you said I'm also very LAZY!!! LOL

I was just gonna post a comment, but since it's a giveaway, i might as well join in!

Last song playing in my car is Spiderwebs by No Doubt. I recently brought home a bunch of my old CDs from Singapore and have been rocking out in my car! I love No Doubt!

Here's to many more blogging years to come!


granolabar AT gmail DOT com

Little Blue Mouse said...

Oh I hope I'm not too late entering, I don't know if you're ahead of us or behind!

The last song I listened to was I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.

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