Saturday, October 27, 2012

Celebrating One Year!! :D

Happy Saturday to all of my wonderful readers out there. :)  As you most likely figured out from the title of this post and from my new header, today marks one year since I started Belle's Bulletins.  Of course, I was blogging long before that on Tess and Maggie's blog, but it's been a year since I struck out on my own, and that's something to celebrate. :)


When I started this blog, I had no idea what to expect.  I wasn't sure how many people and dolls in the blogosphere would be interested in reading about the hum-drum day to day details of my little plastic life.  While my numbers are nowhere near as impressive as Tess and Maggie's or Beast'sbelle's, I'm still so grateful for each and every reader and follower.  To date, I have 33 followers, 14,476 pageviews, and 62 published posts.  I've also been blessed with lovely comments on almost every post.  I can't tell you how much your interest and support means to me.  With your help, I've started adjusting to the fact that I don't have to live up to everyone's assumed expectations.  I don't have to be "the" Belle...and I shouldn't feel intimidated in a room full of Belle dolls (still working on that one!). :}

To help with the festivities, I've planned a little giveaway.  Nothing super impressive, but maybe it will spark some interest anyway. ;)  Details will follow in a later post, so check back soon! :)

So to all of you who have read, posted, or commented, thank you so much for making this blog what it is today.  I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my plastic heart. :)


P.S.  Since I switched to the new header, I thought I'd put the old one in the post, as I've done before. :)


15 comments:

Kath said...

Congrats on your 1 yr anni!!!

Spicemuffin said...

Congratulations! How exciting!!

Ella said...

Hello Belle,

I just wanted to congratulate you on your wonderful blog reaching a year old ! What a wonderful milestone, I certainly hope that mine is continuing just as strongly when it reaches its first anniversary, although I am quite a way off that yet.

It's so funny to think how much things can change in a year isn't it. It makes me wonder what I might be up to in my life a year from now ?

I cant wait to follow your continued adventures.

Luv from your Cinderella doll friend acroos the pond,

Ella x

beastsbelle said...

Thanks, everyone!

Ella, I wish you could enter, but like I said, International shipping is a bit intimidating at this point. Thanks for your well wishes. :) I hope a year from now you find yourself happier than you ever expected. :)

Belle

Ella said...

Oh don't worry Belle, I wasn't trying to enter the giveaway. I actuallly thought it was the other post that had to be commented in to enter that anyway.

I was just wanting to congratulate you on the success of your wonderful blog ;o).

Luv,

Ella x

beastsbelle said...

Hi again, Ella. :) I knew you weren't trying to enter...I just wanted you to know that I wished I could include you. :)

I do appreciate the congratulations, and the fact that you took the time to stop by and comment. Thanks so much. :)

Belle

Ella said...

Hey again Belle,

I just had a daft thought, and feel free to say no if you want to, I really wont mind. But would it be ok to enter me into the givaway for one of the signed photos, and if I win one of the pictures, you could just email it over to me. Saving on international postage and hassle.

Like I said before though, feel free to say no, it really isn't a problem either way.

I am a huge fan or yours though ! I have hopes that one day, my little doll life will be as settled as your own. I also hope that I might eventually grow to become more sensible and level headed like you. I am honestly far to emotional and flightly, but I am trying hard to engage brain before my mouth ... with any luck, one day it will work hehehe !

Luv, Ella x

beastsbelle said...

This was silly of me. Why don't you enter the contest for just the mini posters, and I'll send them to you via mail if you win. They're human wallet-sized prints, so it shouldn't be too expensive to send them. I think I'll go ahead and offer all of my International readers this option (hope you don't mind).

Besides, having a picture of myself on your side of the world is probably the closest I'll ever get to actually being there. ;)

You can leave me your email address on a comment (that I won't publish), or I can send you a PM on Holly's account Disney Doll Lovers (sometimes Beast'sbelle lets me use her account there).

Hope you have a great day! :)

Belle

Ella said...

Hello again Belle,

Sorry I had not replied sooner, things have been so hectic the last few days or so, but more on that in a moment !

Thats very kind of you to let those of us outside the US enter for the pictures. Oooh I'll have to keep my little plastic fingers crossed, to see if I get lucky ;o)

I dont actually have my own email address I'm afraid. But if I do manage to win then you can contact Holly through the Disney Doll Lovers forum, and hopefully she will pass the message along to me. Although sometimes she really doesn't pay attention properly, I mean, she bought me a Prince Charming doll, thinking he would be a love interest for me, when I already had a boyfriend !! ... Urgh, I really think she doesn't follow my blog or notice what I get up to sometimes, as surely at the time she should have known I was with Rocky ! ... Oh well she meant well, although the new arrival has caused a few hiccups to say the least.

Anyway, speaking of my beloved, I'm not sure if you have heard, and I am just soooo excited that I wanted to tell you myself .... Rocky and I are now engaged !!! ... he proposed to me during the Halloween party we had on wednesday. I am soooo over the moon about the whole thing.

So, seeing as you have planned a wedding, and gone through this whole wedding, bride experience earlier this year. I was just wondering if you have any advice for a naive little doll like me, who really hasn't a clue how to go about sorting all this wedding and marriage stuff ?

Anyway, I just wanted to say once more. I simply love your blog, congrats again on your first year, and heres to many many more !

Luv from,
Y
our Cinderella doll friend across the pond, and the future Mrs Rocky,

Ella x

p.s. here is a link to mine & Rocky's official engagement photo, in case you wanted to see ;o) ...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=432741756785335&set=a.431980633528114.102388.287638184629027&type=1&theater

beastsbelle said...

Congratulations, Ella! :D How exciting! I have to confess, I haven't had a chance to check your blog in a while (Beast'sbelle and I don't have Facebook accounts, so we don't always remember to look there), but as soon as I heard the news I went over to see all of the cute photos. :) I'm so happy for you and Rocky.

Oh, and I just had to respond to your frustration with Holly. I think it's a human thing. Beast'sbelle is so determined to put all of us in little couples without checking to see how we feel about things first. :} She means well, but she's not always very observant. ;) Just wanted you to know you're not alone.

As far as wedding plans, my biggest advice would be to think about what would make the day special for you, and then keep it as simple as possible. Of course, that may not be your personality, and there's nothing wrong with having a huge, frilly wedding if that's what is important to you. But at the end of the day, what really matters is that you're getting married to the "man" you love and sharing that special day with your dearest friends. Sometimes adding too many extra details just stresses everyone out! :}

I hope the planning goes well for you. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact me again! ;) Tell Rocky that Robby and I (and all the rest of us) send our congratulations! :)

Belle

beastsbelle said...

Hi again, Ella. I followed the link, but it went to the next picture instead, so I thought I'd add the link to your official photo: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=432368880155956&set=a.431980633528114.102388.287638184629027&type=1&permPage=1

:) Belle

Ella said...

Thank you so much for your best wishes and advice Belle, I really appreaciate it. As even though a couple of my doll friends are married, as they are some of Holly's childhood dolls, their weddings were literally decades ago. It's so nice to have some one to talk to about these things who has gone through it all more recently.

Rocky & I have been starting to discuss a few things recently and hopefully we will come up with a few concrete ideas soon. So I'm bound to be back at some point to pick your brains about it all again.

We both send our luv to you, Robby, and all your doll family of friends. Thanks again, its lovely to have a doll pen friend as such ;o).

Luv,

Ella x

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Ella...keep me posted! :)

Belle

Agangel said...

Congratulations for your 1 year anniversary!

beastsbelle said...

Thank you, Agangel. :)

Belle