Monday, January 16, 2012

~Two Years and Still Going & A Giveaway~

Two years ago today, I sat at this computer looking at a blank screen trying to think of something important to say for my very first blog post. I had been wanting to start a blog for a long time, but never had the courage to do it. Finally, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 I decided to go for it. My first post was very short and I really didn't say much, but I was amazed at the response I got. I never thought anyone would want to hear what I had to say, but I was wrong. Everybody welcomed me into blogland with open arms and made me feel like I did have something important to share.

I really never thought that two years down the road, I would still be doing this and I never dreamed of the places a blog would take me. I have met so many wonderful people because of this blog. I have been given so many fantastic opportunities because of this blog. Opportunities that I never dreamed would come true. I have read each of your comments and emails and they have all made me feel very good. It has been a great joy to get to know all of you and to welcome you into my life.

At first, I was fearful that people would not accept me, but it has been the opposite. You have not only accepted me, you have accepted my family. You have shared in my joys and you have comforted me in times of sadness and illness (who could forget the kidney stone chronicles).

I decided to take a few minutes today and share with you my top three most popular posts during the last two years. The most popular post with 1,252 views was the blog post entitled
~Where's Dan~. The second most popular post with 788 views was the blog post entitled ~Country Sampler Photos~. The third most popular post with 483 views was the blog post entitled ~Colleen's Salt Dough Bowl Fillers~. I welcome you to click on the title of each of these post and view them again.

I truly can never repay all of you for your kindness and generosity. You have given me far more joy than I could possibly have given you. However, to celebrate two years of blogging, I am hosting a giveaway. Here is what the lucky winner will receive.

You will receive a free year subscription to the best primitive magazine on the market. In case you do not know which magazine I am talking about it is A Primitive Place & Country Journal magazine. If you already have a subscription, you can still enter. Your subscription will be extended for another year for free. I wish I could give all of you a free subscription, but I cannot do that, so here are the rules for entering the giveaway.

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

2. You must leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be entered. (1 entry)

3. If you share about the giveaway on your blog, you will receive a second chance to win. (2 entries)

If you do share the giveaway on your blog, please let me know so that I will be sure to enter you twice.

The deadline to enter is Monday, January 23, 2012. I will announce the winner sometime on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will continue to come back as often as you can. Don't forget to look for Yesterday Once More on facebook. I would love to see you there too!

"Yesterday is experience. Tomorrow is hope. Today is getting from one to the other as best we can."
~John M. Henry~

Here's to many more years of blogging!


janet said...

I have enjoyed your blog since the first day I found you..Congrats to you for all you have achieved..I would love to be entered in your giveaway..

Debby said...

I Have been a follower of your blog for some time now. I'd ove to win the subscription.

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Happy Anniversary! It's my blog anniversary too...year one! I love your blog and would love a subscription to the magazine. I have a current one...two more issues! Great mag! I love reading your articles and knowing I follow your blog!!

Jan said...

Hi Dan,I am a new follower to your blog. Please enter me in your giveaway. I have just started MY blog--come visit me! I am going to go to my blog and post about your giveaway now. blessings, Jan-Life on Buttermilk Hill

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Dan, I am relatively new at following your blog. Please enter me in your giveaway, I love APP magazine.
I have recently started my own blog and would love to have you check it out.

Jan said...

Dan, I have just posted about your giveaway on my new blog-Life on Buttermilk Hill. Love the 3 cutie P's!!!--Jan

annie said...

Congratulations Dan! I have enjoyed your blog from almost your very first post! I love your house pictures, and am thankful a great dream came true, and yours was featured in Country Sampler. Then later you got to write, photo and "do the tour" for A Primitive
Place. I remember you and Jeff & the 3 P's, when I see a post from you, I remember to pray for you. I hope you have a great 2012. I hope more of your dreams come true.

Please toss my name in the draw!
Have a great week!

Orange Sink said...

Hi Dan,
Congrats on the two years of wonderful blog posts! I am glad you didn't chicken out and not push that publish button! We bloggers can all remember that moment vividly!
What a nice give-away! I would sure like to be entered!
I always enjoy your photos and posts! Especially ones with the 3 P's!
Best wishes for many more years of happy blogging!
Cathy G

flutterbygone's said...

I signed up to follow you right after Christmas!!! You've given much inspiration the last few weeks!!! Thank you for sharing your cozy home!!! <3

I sure would love to be entered!!!

Ellie's Country Accents said...

I can't believe I'mm the first to comment. I am a follower of your blog and would like to enter your giveaway. I love the magazine. I will put the giveaway on my sidebar.
Thanks, Ellie

Carol Stuck said...

Oh my goodness....I am a follower and would love to be entered for a chance to have a subscription for 1 full year. What a dream come true. Congratulations on your two year anniversary. We love you AND your blog!!!

hugs and smiles!

denise said...


Ronda Tedder said...

Congrats Dan! I truly enjoy visiting and reading your blog, I may not always comment, but I've always visited. Many more happy years ahead. Congratulations not only on your blog anniversary but where this blog has taken you as well.

JenR65 said...

Congrats on two years of blogging! I would love to be entered in your contest, love APP magazine!

The Hoskins' Family said...

Wow Dan 2 years!!! That's awesome! I was inspired by you to start my blog and actually referred to you in my first blog post for the great colonial christmas centre piece you had created last year!!!
I would love to be entered into your giveaway!

Thanks! And to many more wonderful blogging years!


Ann said...

Dan, Blogland is a great place to connect isn't it? Congratulations on 2 years of blogging. I would love to be entered into your giveaway because I love the magazine! Thanks for hosting. ~Ann

Ellie's Country Accents said...

Dan, I couldn't get photo on sidebar, so I did a post.

Lee Hill Primitives said...

I have been a follower of your blog since I found you almost two years ago. I always enjoy your posts and your pictures. Congratulations on your anniversary. Please, enter me in your awesome giveaway.

~Sara said...

Congrats on two years! I have only been blogging less than a year and I have met the most wonderful people! They are all so kind and giving, and willing to help. You are so right about the blogging community.

I would love to win a subscription of my favorite magazine.You must really enjoy being part of the "team".Wishing yo many more years ~Sara

quilting1954 said...

I love following your blog,enter me for a chance to win your give away ..thanks Sue

Carla said...

Dan, congrats on your 2 year blog anniversary! I've enjoyed your posts for those 2 years. Love your new hallway! Please enter my name in the drawing. I don't have my own blog or I would post it.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hi Dan-Congratulations on your Blogaversary! I enjoyed your post today and plan to check out those links to your previous posts...sounds like fun.
I'd LOVE to be entered in your giveaway - WOW...I'm all excited just thinking about getting the magazine! Please include me in the drawing.
I will place a link to your giveaway on my sidebar in the giveaway section too.
Thank you so much for your generosity.
Blessings :-)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Dan ~
Congrats on two years! Time flies when you're having fun. I'm a subscriber to the magazine, but I'd love to be entered to have my subscription extended!
Pug hugs :)

Angela said...

Dan, You are a nautral. You make us all feel right at home when we visit. I would have thought you had been blogging so much longer. Just celebrated my one year and it is a wonderful group of folks in blogland. Please enter me into your giveaway. I am a follower . Oh, and I love the way you end your post with a quote. I always look forward to reading them as well. Have a great week.

Judy C said...

Dan, two years! I have been a follower for a while and never miss a post. You have a wonderfull family and a beautifull home, I thank you for sharing with all of us. I already subscribe but would love to have my subscription extended. Happiness & Joy to you and Jeff and your three P's.

Brenda said...

Congratulations Dan! The blogosphere is such a great place, and you are a wonderful part of it (of course that includes Jeff and the 3 P's, too!). I would love to be entered into your giveaway and will post about it on the sidebar of my blog. :)

P.S. Love the addition of the Christmas Photo on your sidebar!

Never So Simple said...

Congratulations! It has been great getting to know you and the family. I am always inspired by your decorating and collections. I'd love to be entered in your give away.


Angela said...

Thanks for sharing...Not only am I follower, but I've also shared on my post that I just did about you and your give away..which means...yes, I want to be entered..LOL.....Your post got me thinking again of something I've wanted to do for some time..and I did..thanks for the nudge...((hugs))

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Long time follower and would love a chance to win the giveaway. Thanks Dan!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Congratulations, Dan, on two years of blogging. You are one of the reasons this community is the amazing place that it is - and I hope you continue blogging for many years to come. I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway...I have subscribed to APP I think since it started and still consider it my all-time favorite....Thanks so much for the opportunity. I've also posted on my sidebar. Merci beaucoup! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Kitty said...

Happy anniversary and what a wonderfully cool give-a-way! I am reading the holiday edition and just read an article you wrote in there, fantastic! Can't believe it's 2 years, I remember reading some of your early posts.

jojo said...

I'm so glad you took the plunge and that I found you...a little late but nevertheless. Your blog is beautiful and your loving, caring heart show through in your words and your home. Best wishes on many, many more bloggy years.

Delena said...

I am a follower and have been for over a year. I read every new post. You inspire me with your beautiful home and positive attitude. I would love to be entered in your giveaway

woollylottrugs said...

Would love to be entered in your giveaway. Love your schnauzers, I used to have 3 of them, lost them and then changed breeds to golden retrievers. I love goldens!! Thanks for the opportunity!


Angie Berry said...

Well Happy 2 years to you Dan!! I guess I should say to us... I started my primitive blog in January of '10 also. I believe I started following you about a year ago. I get so behind on blog reading with 3 kids running around here but thankfully, I was able to do lots of catching up over Christmas break. So now I can stay on top of things. It's been nice to stay with your blog posts. I always love to see what you are doing. Your pictures are always so great and your posts are always positive! It's been an amazing year for you and it's been fun for me to follow along your journey, so happy for you!

I would love to be entered in your giveaway, love your magazine! It's my favorite! I also posted about it on my blog... got a little carried away with it, but the post is there, hehe.

Thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate your kind and giving heart~

Lida said...

Hello Dan,
Sorry I am following you for just a few months now, but I really enjoy the things you show me and give me inspiration for my house to make it a good looking and warm home! Since I follow you I have seen so many beautiful things that I now know that I can do lots more with it than I did before! I hope you will pull my name out of one of your beautiful baskets! Greetings from Holland,

primitive ole frugal mumma said...

Congratulations Dan on 2 years your blog is such a warm place to visit,id love to be entered in to your give away!!

Blessings Heidi..

Farmhouse prims said...

Congratulations Dan on two years! You have had more people read one of your posts than I probably have all of mine put together. He He But I rem. when I started my blog how afraid I was, I didn't do any crafts, I just loved prims and wanted some friendships and wow, I can say blogger friends are the best! Your articles are just awesome and your decor is an inspiration to me. I would love to be entered in your awesome giveaway! Hugs, Lecia

BumbleBeeLane said...

Congrats on 2 years.Soo much inspiration here.Glad you kept at it.I'll post to my sidebar as well so count me in for 2 tries.Warm Blessings!~Amy

DianeM said...

Good Morning - It's only been within the last year that I've gotten back to my prim & country roots & the blogs that go along with I missed the kidney stone chronicles - sounds painful though :(
I have enjoyed all your more recent posts & the pics of your beautiful home & craft projects.
Congrats on your 2yr milestone :)
Please enter me for a chance to win a subscription extension.
Smiles, DianeM

Gina said...

Congratulations Dan! I love your blog and am a follower. I get APP magazine and would love to win a free subscription.

PrimHearted said...

Happy Anniversary Dan! I faithfully read all your blog posts and enjoy them thoroughly. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I don't have a subscription to APP but do buy it at a local prim shop when I visit.

Farm Field Primitives said...

Congrats on your big milestone!! It's crazy how fast time can go when you are having so much fun! I enjoy the magazine and would love the chance to have my subscription extended. Thanks so much.

Theresa N. said...

Love your house, I'm a follower.
Please sign me up.
Theresa N

Raggedy Creations said...

Hi Dan. I'm a follower of your blog please enter me in your giveaway. I will post on my blog sidebar.


Julia said...

Congratulations Dan, on your 2 years of blogging.
I'm a follower and would like a chance at winning your give away, A Primitive Place magazine subscription.

I've posted your magazine give away on my blog Of Petals and Wool.

Wishing you much joy in your beautiful home. JB

Jessica @Blessings in the Country said...

Isn't that what we all want? To just be accepted. :)

I have enjoyed your blog and photos this past year when I found you and started following. Congrats on two great years (so far!) and all of the great opportunities that have come your way.

Prim blessings,

Patrick Blake said...

Thanks Dan for helping me figure this out, LOL. PLEASE enter me in the give away:)

Sandy said...

I follow your blog and enjoy it so much--you are a talent--and Congrats on your milestone. I subscribe to APP and would love to win and have my subscription extended...

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Congratulations Dan!
I have been a follower for awhile now. Love your home and the 3 P's.
I follow on Facebook also.
I would Love to be entered in your Giveaway.
I will post on my sidebar.

oldepearprimitives said...

Hi Dan! Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary! I wish you many more. I have been a long time reader of your blog and I enjoy your well written posts. I would love for you to sign me up in your giveaway. :)


Gen @ Olde Pear Primitives

Becki said...

Hello Dan - Gee, has it been 2 years already! I already subscribe to the magazine and I enjoy reading it very much and savor the pictures.

Please, enroll me in the 2nd Anniversary giveaway.

Have a Happy Day!

Dirty Martini Queen said...

Dan, happy anniversary and how could anyone not know about The Primitive Place? It's just the best magazine ever and trust me when I say, I get them al. But it's one of the few that I keep and won't share with anyone. And how could we not all love you and your family? You've inspired me with every post and I look forward to reading your blog for many years to come.

alltheseboys said...

What a generous giveaway Dan. I most certainly did share on my blog! katie

A Primitive Homestead said...

I have received this magazine from the first issue. It is the best magazine I have ever ordered. Packed with loads of prim ideas & beautiful pictures. Yes please enter me in your wonderful giveaway. I had some of the same thoughts as you when I started my blog. It has been fun & so many sweet bloggers I have enjoyed. Blessings!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I've been a follower for quite awhile and really enjoy my visits here with you. Congratulations on your anniversary! Enjoy your day!

ddogood said...

Hi Dan. Wow two years already! Keep up the good work. Love your blog and I have been with you since your very first post! I'm so proud to say that.
I would love to be entered in your giveaway. What a great one it is, too!

Love ya!
aka "Candlelady"

Tammy said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now. I've finally delurked :) I would love to receive the subscription!

Julie said...

I've been a "follower" without really following. I've saved your blog in my favorites tab and visit quite freqently! I am a lover of prim decor and your blog always inspires me! I'm glad that you share so many great ideas! Happy blogging anniversary!

Beckyjean said...

Congrats on 2 years of blogging Dan!! I love checking in to see what's new in your home. Really enjoy seeing & hearing about the 3 P's. I am a subscriber to APP, but would love to be entered for a chance to extend my subscription. Thanks for the chance.

Have a wonderful day~Becky

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

love, love, love you are an awesome decorator!!! Blessings to you, Jeff & the P's!!!

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Happy Two Years Dan.
I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I love the magazine and would love to have my subscription extended.

Deb said...

I love following your blog and now also follow you on Pinterest! Love reading your articles also. I also love reading about the little projects you and you Mom do! Never stop bringing us more, you inspire by what you do!!! Thanks!!! I would also like to be entered in the give away. Love the magazine! Prim and Proud!!!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Congratulations on 2 years of blogging, Dan! I remember well when you started and all of us on the Country Sampler forum urging you to do so! You've created a wonderful blog!

Need to find you on Pinterest too!

I would love to be entered. I haven't subscribed yet to A Primitive Place, but would love to get it! Of course, I am a follower. If I get it posted on my sidebar, I will come back and let you know!


Y1M said...

HERE HERE!!!! (Raisin' my mug of hot chocolate). :DDD
CONGRATS DAN! I'm happy you are here and is able to bring so much fun to us here in blogland. Thanks for all that you've shared with us. Not just here on your Blog, but with the magazine as well. Looking foward to many many more years with you.

Yes, I'm a follower and would Love it if you would enter me in your Anniversary Giveaway for a chance in winning a 1 year subscription of the APP&CJ magazine. :DDD Just wish I had 50 blogs of my own to share it on.

Blessing to you, in ALL that you do.

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Dear Dan - I enjoy your blog and the articles you write for APP. I eagerly await my copy each quarter.
Please enter me for the subscription giveaway. I've posted this on my blog sidebar. Thank you so much.

Kathy said...

Congratulations 2 Years that is fabulous. Thanks for hosting the Giveaway, the magazine looks wonderful. Count me in I will be your newest follower. Kathy

Pattie said...

I follow your blog and love it so count me in I have my fingers crossed

wishing you a happy weekend


Susannah said...

Over 650 followers as of tonight. That is just wonderful! Two years....does not seem possible...but you have posted so many interesting and special posts. Keep up the good work. Your home is beautiful! Please enter me in your give away. I would post it on my blog but I do not have one. Thank you.


lindeelou said...

Congrats to you and to all of us for such a great blog and also a chance to get a great magazine also......Blessings to us all...God is good.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Good morning Dan and CONGRATULATIONS....Two years. I remember your first post! We met on the Country Sampler forum - look where you are now kiddo.

I'd love to be entered in this fantastic giveaway, although looking at the number of entries - chances are slim but I'm going for it!
1. I have been a follower
2. I'm commenting here
3. I posted this at the very top of my blog sidebar!
4. I am a subscriber of the magazine from the start...but would love to get another year!


Diane said...

Hi, I'm a follower-please enter me in your awesome giveaway and congratulations on 2 years of blogging.

Kristen said...

I love your blog and all your decoration talent!! I also put a link on my blog. Congrats on Two years!!

Gayle said...

I'm a follower and would like to be entered in your giveaway.

Simple Pleasure said...

I just became a follower...found you through Karen at My Colonial Home...really like what I've seen so far...I'll be visiting some of your older post tonight.
Please enter my name in your giveaway.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

Shelley said...

Dan...Just love your blog and your beautiful home. Please put me you drawing.
Thanks a bunch

Shelley said...

Dan...Just love your blog and wonderful home. Please put me in your drawing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm a new follower! Congrats on 2 years of fun blogging! This is a fabulous giveaway! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and A Primitive Place magazine.I would like to be entered in your drawing. Thanks Tracy C

Nancy said...

Oh please enter me? I came here fom Robins. Thank you!

deb-bee said...

Hi Dan, I'm a new follower, but your blog has been on my favorite list for about a year. Please enter me in yor giveaway. Do you watch This Old House on PBS? Next week they will be finishing up a very old home, in Phily, I think. It is beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Debby, (Wisconsin)

Teresa said...

Dan: I'd love an opportunity to win another year of A Primitive Place! I absolutely love the magazine and your blog!


Constance said...

Hi Dan,

I love visiting your blog and I am do follow. I look forward to every post and I've also posted about your giveaway on my blog, Mystic Wood Primitives. I'd love to be entered in your contest and I just want to say thank you for opening your home and your heart to all of your blogging friends.