Blog Birthday - 1 Year!

It's hard to believe that I've been officially blogging for one year today! Happy Birthday to Lovely and Cozy! I've really been enjoying blogging this past year and I wanna thank everyone who's visited the page, commented or even just silently browsed through it. It really keeps me going and I've loved "meeting" other bloggers through this amazing community, so thank you all so much! :D

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Wordpress even 'thanked' me by posting this in my notifications today:

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I actually first started a blog on Wordpress last May called Lor Peach after my nickname. It lasted about a month and a half before I chickened out and deleted it.

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But I missed it and continued to read others that kept further encouraging me. Brian told me he missed my blog, too and so with that, I plucked up the courage and created a second blog last July 15th, not knowing if I was going to continue with it or not.

Fun Facts About Lovely and Cozy  

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♥ Originally the blog was called Cozy Lauren for confidentially. My name, but with different spelling.

♥ I created a separate Twitter and Instagram account for the blog - also called Cozy Lauren. I was so scared of what others might think (still am a bit, to be honest!) and told virtually nobody about it.

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♥ Sometime in the winter, I got tired of "hiding" behind the "Lauren" spelling and updating the different accounts. I eventually changed it to Cozy Lor and used my regular Twitter and Instagram profiles.

♥ A few months later, I wanted to create a website name that still had the same feel but attracted more readers. I bounced around ideas like: Cozy Blog, A Lovely and Cozy Blog, Cozy and Simple Living, Thoughts From a Canadian Girl, Twenties Girl, etc. I tested all their availabilities at the site Bust A Name (Thank you, Abby!) and purchased my own domain to get rid of the 'wordpress' in the URL.

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♥ I settled on Lovely and Cozy because: I love all things lovely (like, floral designs, scented candles, and just loved using the word for writing purposes!) and - obviously - being cozy ;) My favourite things are curling up with a coffee, soft music and a good book and I knew it was something I could probably write about frequently. Plus, I thought the two words went together well!

Once I figured it out, I changed the layout and header a bunch of times (for free!)...

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... before finally settling on the current one and using this Sundance Theme. (Who knows, it could change again!)

♥ And I've added, deleted, added it - and then deleted again - my blog link from my Instagram bio.

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I hope one day soon I have the courage to add it back! In the meantime, I'm always posting updates on my Twitter account.

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So what does the future hold for Lovely and Cozy?

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I hope to continue on this fun little journey I've started and watch the blog continue to grow. Over some more time, I may upgrade it and purchase a template I like from a designer (I'm really leaning towards Angie Makes!) I'm looking forward to all the future advancements!

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Thank you all so much again for being on this journey with me! :)