Has It Really Been Three Years?

It occurred to me last week that I’ve been writing this blog for three years. Three years! It’s hard to believe that what started as a little personal journalĀ  (basically, me talking to no one) has turned into a real blog that people read and subscribe to, then evolved into a real business.

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(can’t remember what this photo was from but this is what I find when I search my photos with ‘blog’ – looks about right!)

I talk a lot on the blog, so I will try not go on too much about it here. Just wanted to mark the occasion and say “wow, three years later and I haven’t run out of things to say about sewing.” And give you some interesting numbers about sewing blogging. I love numbers, so here you go!

In the past three years:

  • I have written 640 blog posts
  • You’ve posted (and I’ve read) over 18,000 comments!
  • That 18,000 does not include over 95,000 spam comments
  • Nearly 1.5 million people have visited the blog, with half of that coming from just last year (Feb 2012 to Feb 2013)
  • I have designed and published 10 sewing patterns
  • These patterns are sold in over 70 retail stores
  • I figured out what to do if the blog disappears
  • I have ‘met’ hundreds of very cool people who also love to sew!

Before this turns into something too long that you won’t read, let me say thank you for visiting my little online journal all about sewing. You’re the reason I wake up in the middle of the night to see if there are any new comments. (Just kidding – kind of!) You guys make every post better and more interesting with your smart and thoughtful commentary.

Also, you inspire me to try new things, because it’s more fun when you have a bit of an audience that cares!

That’s all! Thank you for being the greatest blog readers in the world. Back to regularly scheduled blog posts soon. Have a wonderful week!

67 Responses to Has It Really Been Three Years?

  1. Miriam February 11, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Congratulations! I hope to read your blog the next three years and longer!

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 10:39 am #

      Well thank you! Thanks for reading!

  2. Diane @ Vintage Zest February 11, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    That is amazing! I can’t believe the amount you have gotten accomplished (and had to deal with: hacking & spam) in 3 years! My blog is a month old, and it’s felt like a year already. :)

    I am definitely combing through your archives for sewing (and now blog) inspiration, which is coming for practically every post! Although my blog is definitely a mish-mosh of items in my life, hopefully it eventually turns out even a tenth as awesome as yours. Congrats!

    http://vintagezest.blogspot.com/

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 10:38 am #

      Oh yeah, the hacking part was a real pain! So scary to see the blog disappear and all of these posts gone. Luckily it was possible to get it all back, so if it ever happens to you, it can usually be fixed!

      Thanks! It’s pretty cool to see the blog grow and see people keep coming back to read more. Thanks for reading!

  3. Adrienne February 11, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    You should be proud of what you’ve achieved, Tasia! It’s important to pause now and again to appreciate how far we’ve come.

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Totally! I’m really bad at pressing pause, so I am trying to make myself do it through monthly ‘behind the scenes’ posts and things like that. It’s so easy to get caught up in my to-do list and forget that I’ve already done quite a lot!
      Thanks for reading!

  4. Sabs February 11, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Happy 3 year blogiversary! Here’s to multiples of 3 years and loads more patterns! Btw 95000 spam comments? Wow, you must be the most popular spamee (have I just made that word up?) I’ve ever seen!!

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 10:46 am #

      Spamee! Funny. I wonder if everyone gets quite as many spam comments? No one talks about it but I’m sure we all get a chunk of spam. My favourite are the complimentary spammers – “You are a genius! Truly you are well versed in this subject. Please post more!”

  5. Jane February 11, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Congratulations on your third anniversary and on setting up your business. Your pattern sewalongs have been brilliant, I’ve learnt a few new techniques I put to good use, so thank you very much for being so generous and inspirational. I look forward to the next three years of “popping in” to see what you’re up to.

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 10:48 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the sewalongs, I’ve enjoying sharing a few extra techniques and ideas and of course seeing all of the great ideas you guys come up with!

  6. didyoumakethat February 11, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Oh, I love your blog, patterns and attitude. It’s great having you in my life and Google Reader!

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      Thank you! What a nice thing to say! ;)

  7. Anthea February 11, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    Congrats!

  8. Sam February 11, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    Congratulations on your 3rd birthday! Hope you’re celebrating with something yummy.

    • Tasia February 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

      I hadn’t thought of that but perhaps a treat is in order! Why not celebrate the little things, right?

  9. Jali February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Congratulations and thank you!

  10. Jenny February 11, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Congratulations! You’ve accomplished a lot in such a short time! I sincerely adore your patterns – I can’t wait to see what else comes out. I may start my muslin for my Cordova tonight :)

  11. PepperReed February 11, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Congratulations!! Folks like you are inspirational to us ‘newbie’ bloggers and sewists in the crafty community. I learn so much! Here’s to 3 more years of fabulous fashion!!

  12. Jessica February 11, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Yay! I’ve been following for a while now and I’ve enjoyed every minute. Congrats!

  13. meganleiann February 11, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Yay! Thank you so much! You are so inspiring!

  14. Samina February 11, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Congratulations! You’d accomplished an awful lot in 3 years! I’m glad to say that I’ve been following your blog since just after you started it & have enjoyed reading about all you’ve done. I’ve learned a lot & it’s been fun watching you learn some stuff I know (knitting).

  15. Ashley February 11, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    Congrats on your 3 year Anniversary!! Your blogs are amazing, inspiring and well written.

    For me, I recently stumbled across your blog one night searching for sewing patterns in bed! I was trying to fall asleep but had rain coats dancing in my head… so I picked up my iphone from my bedside table and google rain coat patterns, coat patterns etc. And found your pattern store and blog! I have to say, I’ve been addicted ever since! I love your Minoru Jacket :) You are very talented! Keep it up!
    Ashley

  16. Ashley February 11, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    Oh and I thought it was super cool we have the same home town :)
    Sometime I sit in my sewing room all day and have no contact with the outside world and I wonder ,”Am I the only one?” Reading your blog makes me see there is a whole new world out there! I am new to reading blogs and building a network of people doing the same thing and this is very inspiring!

  17. Marie F. February 11, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Congratulations!! I have started to visit your blog last year, when I decided to start sewing. I just want to thank you, you are so generous. You have been a great source of inspiration, your blog is a great source of help, and I really like your nice patterns. I even restarted to knit when I read your post showing all the hats you did on holiday. I wish you all the best for the future and I am looking forward to see your next patterns and posts. :)

  18. Christine February 11, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    Congratulations Tasia! I’m so happy we “met” because of your blog! Hope to one day actually “meet” :)

  19. Louisa February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Happy Blogiversary, Tasia! It’s been great watching Sewaholic grow. All the best for the future!

  20. Vicki Kate February 11, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Congratulations on three years! And thank you for the patterns and sharing so much knowledge. Is amazing how much has happened in such a short time!

  21. Heide February 11, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Congratulations!!

  22. Linda Steaples February 11, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    CONGRATS ON 3 YEARS MAY YOU HAVR MANY MANY MORE BLESSED YEARS!!!!!!! I AM SO GLAD I FOUND YOUR BLOG I LOVE IT ……. LINDA

  23. Maggie February 11, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Congratulations! I have been reading for a while, I think around the Twin Spruce dress (which is one of my favorites) but just started commenting this year. One of my personal new year’s resolutions was to comment more on sewing blogs that I love reading. Everyone works so hard and it is nice to let people know that you are out there and appreciate their work :)

  24. PDX Gretchen February 11, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Congratulations! And thank you so much for all of your blog posts over those three years. Your positive nature carries through in your posts, making them such fun to read. Thank you and I wish you many more years of success to come.

  25. Cathy Bone February 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Dear Tasia,
    I follow your blog, and today discerned it catches my attention because of how well you write about your life as a sewer, and how wisely you integrate visuals into your writing. I am a mender and alter-er, not a pattern-sewer. I am also a writer and after months of following your blog, I realize it is the breezy manner in which you write about fabric, techniques, critique of your own results, and revealing how your mind is always working that appeals to me in your blog.
    Sew-long for now, Cathy

  26. Katy February 11, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Yay! Yours was the first blog I followed when I started sewing towards the end of 2010. I took part in the Pendrell sew along and I’ve been following ever since. Yours is one of the core blogs that I always read!

  27. Truly Myrtle February 11, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Congratulations! I for one am very happy that you have a blog – you’re one of my fave reads and I’m so glad I found you :)

  28. Jan A February 11, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging about what you love to do. I love your patterns, although I wish they were available in plus sizes. I have been reading your blog since last September. Your ideas, fabric sources and suggestions are so helpful in expanding my knowledge.

    I have been sewing since I was 8 years old and I am now 61. I taught myself to sewing on my mother’s treddle machine, I made all my clothes for high school including my graduation/prom dress which I still have.

    I was SO inspired about your statement, if you could play all day at work, what would you do and after all these years of sewing for myself, my family, my friends, I finally decided to start a part time business from my home. I do sew in my “real” job, but mainly in a mending capacity of work coveralls.

    Thank you Tasia for giving me the confidence to keep on sewing. So keep on blogging!

  29. megs February 11, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Thanks so much for your daily inspirations. Although I’ve been sewing and knitting for many years, you’ve renewed my excitement to try projects out of my comfort zone.

  30. Helen Campbell February 11, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I just discovered your blog and I already feel like you’re my BSF (best sewing friend!).

    Wow, I’ve got a lot of reading to do to catch up but it’s so much fun. Love your posts and the pictures of all you have created. It was really cool to find out about the Vancouver area resources since I live on Vancouver Island and will have to go over and explore.

    Keep up the great work!

  31. Chris Butler February 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Congratulations on a commendable job, VERY well done. I, like Tasia, have only just joined (I’m very new to blogging) but your work and ideas have a wonderful way of keeping me from work. I’ve sewn since I was young, but having so many like minded people at my finger tips is wonderful.

    Here’s to another 3 years.

    • Chris Butler February 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      oops, Helen – was too busy concentrating and realised that I put your name in Tasia – this commenting is not going well so far ;)

  32. Amy February 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I’ve been following your blog almost since you started! You’ve inspired me to sew a lot more than I used to, and my hubby got me a new machine (which has also helped me want to sew more). I look forward to seeing where your business takes you!

  33. Turina February 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Yes, congratulations, I love reading your blog posts and love your patterns. Happy 3 year anniversary!

  34. Linda February 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I have been sewing for 50yrs ….you, Tasia, and your blog are one of my favorite blogs for inspiration and patterns..You have a gift of talent and thank you for sharing all that you do!

  35. Nicole February 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Congratulations Tasia, I have been a follower since your early days ( vogue 1174, still love that dress!). All your hard work and time spent has paid off it is exciting and inspiring for me to watch your brand grow and I look forward to continuing to read your blog and sew up your gorgeous patterns!

  36. Heartofstone February 11, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Congratulations Tasia!! You are truly an inspiration :)

  37. Susan Davis aka Knitters-Delight February 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Happy Blogiversary! Here’s to three successful years and MANY, MANY year.

  38. Marisa G. February 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I absolutely love your blog. Congratulations on your mamy sucesses these past three years.

  39. Debbie February 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Congratulations on three great years. I love reading your blog. I have most of your patterns and have taken part in your Sew Alongs. You have also got me back into reading. So a big thank you from Ontario!!!!

  40. Laura February 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone and your success! I’m new to your blog, but find it really inspiring and helpful. Thank you!

  41. Angela February 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Happy blog birthday! I really enjoy your posts and patterns, thanks so much for sharing them with us. Cheers for many more happy years of sewing!

  42. Ana February 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I have to say that those are some impressive numbers, but after reading your blog for just a couple of months and looking through your archives too, it’s become clear to me why – and how! – you’ve been so successful, and I think you absolutely deserve it. Your passion really shows through your writing and everything you do. Stopping by here now always gives me an extra dose of drive and inspiration!

    Happy 3-year blog anniversary! I hope your week is off to a great start!

  43. Maaike February 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Usually I’m just a lurker, but a three year anniversary is a milestone worth noting, especially on a blog I enjoy as much as yours! It always perks me up when I see ‘Sewaholic’ in my inbox. Thanks Tasia for all the great blog posts, terrific patterns, and just all around good times!

  44. Kay February 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Congratulations Tasia…. Here’s to many many many more years of sewing fun!

  45. Carol February 11, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Congratulations on 3 years! I am so inspired by your post. I have recentlty started a line of childrens patterns. I am still in the very beginniing process of starting my business, but I am so encouraged by your success. Than you for posting.

  46. arlene February 12, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    Congratulations……3 years.. WOW!! that is great!
    I really like your blog and your patterns!
    Keep up the good work!
    hugs

  47. Deb February 12, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    You’ve inspired me to make my daughter a dress for her 25th birthday. I used to sew everything, and then work and family and daily busyness got in the way, and I have now rediscovered my inner-seamstress! Do you realise how many new sewing inventions I have to catch up on over the past 20 years? And the technology improvements! I’m blown away. THANK YOU!

  48. Rosemary February 12, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Congratulations, three years is a long time. And you have one of the best sewing blogs out there. I look forward to reading about sewing and your business for another three years.

  49. Salma February 12, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Congrats Tasia! My sewing life has been so enriched after discovering your blog and patterns, keep up the great work!

  50. O! Jolly! February 12, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished!

  51. Tasha February 12, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    Congrats Tasia! I’ve learned a lot from reading your blog, especially the tips and tutorials you weave into your posts. You’ve very inspiring! :)

  52. Lora February 12, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Tasia:

    The numbers are so great because you are so engaged in your blog and business. You come across as a sweetie, and your ideas are excellent. Your blog is well written and covers things pertinent to those who like to sew. You have done an excellent job of targeting your audience. The patterns you design are lovely. The way your blog and business intertwine is a good marketing strategy. I read a comment just last week about the excellent customer service they received. For one so young, you are doing a lot of things very, very right.

    Lora

  53. sophie o. (monbouton) February 12, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    happy blogiversary! I’m really glad I discovered your blog and then your business – I love the atmosphere of the blog, keep going!

  54. zilredloh February 12, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Those stats are amazing! Congrats on three years, always looking forward to more from you-blog wise and pattern wise. :)

  55. Seraphinalina February 12, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Happy anniversary! It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in really a short amount of time. I look forward to every post.

  56. velosewer February 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Happy 3rd birthday. You’ve come a long way. And I understand why you would check your emails in the middle of this night because sewing goes on 24 hours a day all over the world. Just made my second Minoru jacket and i love both versions.

  57. Tiffany February 15, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks for putting your voice out here!

  58. Aida February 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Congratulations! This is such a good blog, I’m learning so much! :)

  59. Griselle February 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I have a question regarding some dresses I’m hemming. I’m new to this site. What is the proper way to ask for advice?

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