This month marks the 12th Blogging Anniversary (or Blogiversary!) of April J Harris and The 21st Century Housewife! It’s been an amazing journey and I’ve had some wonderful experiences and opportunities. I’m so grateful to the folks I’ve met along the way especially to my lovely blogging friends.
My very first blog posts on a Word based website (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 me sitting on the ‘y’ in Century! This was us then –
At the beginning, the site consisted mainly of a collection of essays I had written in the previous three or four years. These were my first blog posts, designed to support other housewives and stay at home moms like myself.
The site has evolved over the years and three redesigns and a rebrand later it’s a very different place than it was all those years ago. I now cover family, travel, food and style – although I will never lose my passion for encouraging other women to follow their dreams – whether it’s as a housewife, mother, stay at home mom, in the working world outside the home – or all of these!
Over the last 12 years, I’ve been privileged to watch a community develop at The 21st Century Housewife and I was excited to take things to the next level earlier this year when I re-launched under my own name at AprilJHarris.com. There’s a new feel to the site as I cover things I hadn’t really ventured into before. There is and will be more home and family, more style and travel and of course, more delicious recipes.
My life, like AprilJHarris.com, is constantly evolving. My husband, son and I have all grown up a bit!
Here we are late last year in Niagara Falls. My readers have been with our family through so many things, including when my son went to Canada to attend college and while I learned how to feather an empty nest. I hope that the years to come will also see AprilJHarris.com develop and grow even further, strengthening the community we’ve created and encouraging everyone to follow their dreams – whatever they may be!
We’ve already been celebrating here on the blog with some lovely guest posts from some of my blogging friends and now I’d like to offer a personal thank you with a celebration giveaway!
The prize is an Amazon gift certificate for $50 (or £40). Entering is easy! All you have to do is: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Nancy Wolff!
Subscribe to my email updates (in the box above the comments) and/or become a fan of April J Harris on Facebook.
Each subscription / like counts as one entry. Please let me know in the comments when you have done either or both of these.
If you already subscribe and/or like April J Harris on Facebook, please remind me in the comments and I will ensure you have an entry for each of these.
A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator on Monday November 3rd and announced on my Facebook page and in next week’s Hearth and Soul hop post.
Whether you have been reading The 21st Century Housewife for years or are a new reader of AprilJHarris.com, I’m grateful to you all for the part you have played in my blogging evolution and to so many of you for your friendship. I’m excited for the future and I can’t wait to share it with you!