Today marks the 13th Blogging Anniversary (or Blogiversary!) of April J Harris and The 21st Century Housewife! Whoa, where did the time go? My very first blog posts – uplifted with FTP software on dial up internet- seem a long way away now. Back in 2002, blogging was in its infancy and so was The 21st Century Housewife. This was my logo.
Designed by my son – he drew a picture as a surprise for me when I launched my website – and realised with the limited technology available at the time by my husband, it was truly a family affair. That’s a tiny me sitting on the ‘y’ in Century! This was us back then.
My first blog posts were formed from a collection of essays I had written with the aim of encouraging other housewives and stay at home moms like myself. As the years went on, I found myself sharing more food and travel. Becoming a co-host of The Hearth and Soul Hop was an exciting step in my blogging journey.
It was time to move forward so I asked Neil and Jessica at Kohler Created to redesign my logo and website, more modern but still with a nod to the original design.
My family was growing up and evolving too.
Last year I decided to write more under my own name but I didn’t want to forget The 21st Century Housewife. With the help of Kohler Created I rebranded and redesigned once again, incorporating everything under one roof (sorry, I couldn’t resist!).
I have a new mission- to help you achieve your highest potential and really enjoy family life, whatever form your family takes. It has been exciting working with Peppercorn Creative on this and on the new newsletter which will be launching soon. (You can sign up in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post – hint, hint! I’ll be happy to reciprocate if you also have a newsletter – just let me know!)
Over the last thirteen years I’ve been privileged to watch a supportive, nurturing community develop here at April J Harris and The 21st Century Housewife. I’m working with brands more and more plus I’m writing my first cookbook. It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities. Thank you so much, all of you. Whether we’ve only met virtually or I’ve had the pleasure of meeting you in real life, I’m so grateful that you are part of this journey! I’m excited for the future and I can’t wait to share it with you all!
As a thank you, I’m giving away an Amazon gift certificate for $50 (US or Canada), £40 (UK) or the equivalent local currency (where possible on Amazon). THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS CHRISTINE OF CHERISHING A SWEET LIFE. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
It’s easy to enter – Subscribe to my newsletter and/or like us on Facebook. Each subscription / like counts as one entry. Once you have done either or both of these, let me know in the comments. (If you already subscribe and/or like us on Facebook, please remind me in the comments and I will ensure you have an entry for each.)
Entries will be numbered in order of receipt. A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator on Thursday November 12th and announced on my Facebook page and here on the blog.
Once again, thank you! Watch this space, there’s more to come!