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My 200th Blog Post Celebration

http://www.donnamerrilltribe.comWhat can I say about reaching this milestone of my 200th blog post?  

Well, let me start here.  A few months ago, I was alerted that our images, even paid ones could lead to copyright problems unless you are extremely careful. 

Some people were faced with law suits, because they were grabbing free images and others, who had paid for images were also finding problems due to licensing restrictions that they were not aware of.  The “terms and conditions” have changed.  Woweee…..That made me go through my blog and start changing many of my images.

A funny thing happened along the way. I stopped to read my first blog post.   What a laugh I had!  So, I just had to read a few of them and found I just wanted to toss them.  But, I decided not to because it is a great learning experience for my blogging clients.  “Read my first blog post,”   Now…. “read this one”.

It is all about progression. 

 

When we first start, we usually have some kind of mentor that we follow.  It can be a bunch of videos we learn from, or a company that tells us how to blog.   Or maybe you are a daring blogger that reads lots of blogs and tries to emulate those you respect and admire in your niche.

Whatever the case may be, you will always learn as you go along. 

When I started blogging I was taught to learn something and write about it.  It still holds true to this day, but I like to think I became more skilled and savvy over time.  Also, when you are a blogger, you read so many other blogs.  You get ideas, you research, you are constantly scaling a learning curve.  

Blogging has become part of my life now.  So, I decided to share my celebration with some of those who have been following me for a long time. So pull the cork on the champagne bottle and let’s raise our glasses to the great people who have been my loyal readers.

 

Adrienne Smith   http://www.adriennesmith.net/

Sylviane Nuccio  http://sylvianenuccio.com/

Bill Butler  http://www.williambutler.ca/

Kumar Gauraw   www.gauraw.com

Lisa Buben    inspiretothrive.com/

Sherman Smith    www.shermansmithblog.com

Barbara Charles  http://barbaracharles.org/

Harleena Singh   http://www.aha-now.com/

Marquita Hearald  http://www.emotionallyresilientliving.com/

Dr. Erica Goodstone   http://www.drericagoodstone.com/

Chery Schmidt   http://successcoach.chery-schmidt.ws/

Leslie Denning  http://lesliedenning.com/

Sarah Arrow   http://www.sarkemedia.com/

Yorinda Wanner    http://yorindawanner.com/

Rebekah Radice   http://rebekahradice.com/

Mayura DeSilva   www.mayura4ever.com

Monna Ellithorpe    http://monnaellithorpe.com/

Michael Robinson   www.foodontheblog.co.uk/

Sue Price   http://suejprice.com/

Angela McCall   http://angelamccall.com/

Nick Catricala   http://kaizen01.com/

Rachel Lavern    http://workfromyourhome101.com/blog

 

I only wish I could list more, but these are certainly some of the folks that have followed me for a very long time.  I love each and every one of them, and I know that if you check them out, you will find each of them to be very interesting.

So, for my 200th Blog Post Celebration, I tip my glass to all of you that have been commenting, syndicating and being by my side for so long, whether or not you are actually on this short list!

Many blessings to all,

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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68 Responses to My 200th Blog Post Celebration

  1. Susan Cooper
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    April 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I know what you mean about reading our very first posts. I cringed when I read mine and like you almost deleted them, but decided not to. It’s history, and it also show a pattern of growth. As time moved forward so did my knowledge of what to do and NOT do. I meet some awesome people, you included. I loved your list and find it a pretty lofty group to aspire to. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      Hi Susan,

      I totally agree that is part of our history to keep our first blog post. It does show our pattern of growth and needs to be there, even though we cringe lol.

      I’m happy to know that you have met some great people at this celebration.

      -Donna
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  2. Mary Stephenson
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    April 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Hi Donna

    Congratulations on your 200th post. You inspired me to go also go back and read my first post. It wasn’t bad although I think I could probably write it much better now. It 1030 words which is longer than most I write, but it was “in the heat” of what I was going through and why I started the blog.

    But I do believe we improve the more we have the keys under our fingertips and tap out something that is readable.

    I try to use a service that I had paid for and downloaded the images prior to letting the subscription expire. You could use them in whatever way you wanted, but since it is graphics and not photos I think there is less of a backlash on copyrights. Being able to change and adjust them in photoshop makes it a little more unique twist to them. I am using photos we have taken in the past or where I am an affiliate to.

    You have a nice list of supporters and I know many of them. “Here’s to your 201”. The next step to a 300 celebration!

    Mary
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Hi Mary,

      It is a hoot to read our first post! As for images…I like what you are doing by adjusting them in photoshop. It does give a unique twist to it. Also, when we put our name to it, it shows up in Google Images.

      I’ve been sharing them all over the place when people ask me if they can use them. Therefore, more readership. Go figure? Who knew that my make-shift images would receive so much attention.

      Thanks so much for stopping by,

      -Donna
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  3. Jennifer Kennedy April 21, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Congratulations, Donna!! That’s such a major accomplishment. Love how you spotlighted the readers who have been with you along the way! I’ve been thinking about doing the same as I approach my one year blog anniversary! Hope you did grab a drink to celebrate!

  4. Angela McCall
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    April 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Yeah. I tell ya the photos and images with its copyrights that people pulled off of the Internet are just something else. You can never be too careful on these coz people really means business! I had to do the same thing. I had to change and/or give other people credit if I used their photos. Now, I’m not sure about places like Freepik.com…I often used their photos but I don’t put any credit back to their site. I just pulled it from their site and put it on my blog. Wondering…do I have to put the credit to them or just use their link thingy? I don’t know. I am still confuse on how they do this.

    Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 200TH POST!!!!!!!!!!! What a real accomplishment. You are a real daring blogger. You can stick to your gun and go all the way to the end.

    GOOOOOOOOO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *toast a champagne* with you.

    Angela
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Angela,

      I was giving credits to photos I have purchased. Then in my email box I was told that the terms and conditions on some of them were changed. So it became a big job to figure out what the heck to do.

      Last year Kimberly Castleberry wrote a post about images so I started doing my own. But in my older posts, I had to tear them down. I think I got it all under control now because I just don’t want to get stuck in some kind of law suit.

      I’m enjoying my own images and it does give me an edge, even though they may not be so great and flashy!

      And thank you my dear…clink goes the toast!

      -Donna
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  5. Sylviane Nuccio
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    April 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    HI Donna,

    Very happy anniversary to your blog!

    Wow, 200 posts is a true celebration, and I want to congratulate you my friend 🙂 Plus I’m so honored to be mentioned here 🙂

    I have a pretty good memory, so I still remember the first time I met your blog and you on the video you used to have on your side bar until recently. I had the impression that you were a well seasoned professional lady. First impression really counts 🙂

    What I couldn’t tell from a simple few minutes video is how nice of a person you were. That I discovered as I got to know you more personally.

    Happy Anniversary and long life to your new looking blog!!! 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Thank you Sylviane!

      Your kind words brought a tear to my eye! First impressions do count! That’s why videos are so important. Either you like me or you don’t….that’s my motto lol.

      I am so glad we are connected, not only as bloggers but as friends.

      -Donna
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  6. Mark
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    April 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    Big congrats coach!

    Boy it must really be a journey to look back and see just “how’ far and fast you’ll traveled!

    And you can definitely feel good knowing without you taking and learning from your journey, people such as myself, would still be struggling!

    So thanks coach! And I look forward to studying your next 200!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      I appreciate your kind words! I do try my best to give out information that I’ve done myself, tested and works on my blog posts.

      I didn’t realize this was my 200th one as I started writing another post and then said to myself…”Wait…Hey it is time to celebrate a milestone” he he he

      I appreciate all you do,

      -Donna
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  7. Monisha Kapur
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    April 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Congratulations on your 200th Blog Post Donna!!! Wow, what an amazing accomplishment!!!

    Thanks for the heads up on the images. I’m definitely going to double check my licensing agreements…

    While I have not been blogging for a very long time, I will say, when I do look back at my first few blog posts I realize I’ve come a long way…

    Cheers to you for being an amazing blogger, friend and coach. Looking forward to reading many many more of your fabulous blog posts!

    • Donna Merrill
      Twitter:
      April 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Monisha,

      I know you are quite the newbie! But you are doing just fine on your blog. Yes, you do have to double check your licensing agreements.

      But on your blog, you give such fantastic information and when you do refer others to those certain styles of clothing, you do always mention where to get them, so I think you are OK with that.

      I know how busy you are, but the first thing in order is to get your gravatar done!!!! I’m sorry I keep on telling you that, but if you visit some of my friends, you just may end up in their spam box because of that. So get hubby to get on it! Love you my dear friend,

      -Donna
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  8. Barbara Charles
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    April 21, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thank you and I am so honored to be included in your list. I know what you mean in that we come such a long way and have improved so much along the way. Congratulations on your 200th post! Awesome! Funny, cause I’ve been counting and looking back as well and I know some of my old post were well….boring.. LOL! You’ve been a support system for us as well and I, for one, really appreciate it.

    I’ll drink to you and your 200th post! Mocasto’s on me! 🙂

    Barbara
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi Barbara,

      I’ll be right over for some Moscato! I do remember when we first met and you were saying how you felt your old blog posts were boring.

      Well girl…you came a long way baby! You have been doing such a great job, even through all those bumps in the road you have encountered. You didn’t give up…you kept on and that is the nature of a true leader.

      -Donna
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  9. Kumar Gauraw
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    April 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Congratulations on crossing this milestone! 200 blog posts!!!! Wow!!!

    And thank you for the mention. I certainly have enjoyed reading your blog posts because every time you add tremendous amount of value with your posts.

    Speaking of the first post, it’s like our first tweet. I laughed when I saw my first blog post as well and then deleted it 🙂

    Anyways, now I look forward to the day when you finish your 500th post and get halfway through a thousand mark!

    Cheers!
    Kumar
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Kumar,

      Oh boy my 500th post? Hey you never know…I may ramp up my blogging speed lol.

      I chose not to delete my first post so that I can share with newbies where I first started, how I didn’t get any comments, but by persistence and a never ending learning curve…I’m here now!

      Cheers!

      -Donna
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  10. Harleena Singh
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    April 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Congratulations & celebrations 🙂

    Awesome feeling, isn’t it? That is surely a milestone and you have done SO well I must say, not the mention the progress made and of course your new product and the new blog theme – great going indeed.

    Thank you so much for the kind mention along with other lovely blogging friends – it’s been a pleasure knowing you and learning so much from your posts too.

    Yes, the problem of images is an age old one, though now with time we learn how to deal with them. Lol….don’t ask me about my first post! I didn’t want to re-do it up nor delete it as it should always remain, if not for anyone else, just ourselves to know how we started and where we have reached 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us, and wishing you many more years to success. Cheers! (love the apt picture to go with this post!) 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Harleena,

      Thank you for always coming to my blog. It means so much to me.

      Yes, I came a long way with my new theme, product, etc. When I look back to that first post it makes me realize there were no comments, I was lost in a sea of bloggers. But never giving up, is the key!

      Also I do like to tell my clients to go to that blog and read it. So when they are new and can see the growth I have done myself, they won’t be discouraged.

      So Cheers my friend!

      -Donna
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  11. Sarah Arrow
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    April 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    200 blog posts! It goes so fast! Seems like only yesterday! Congrats and here’s to another 200! (PS thanks for the mention)
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  12. Chery Schmidt
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    April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Wooo Hooo Donna!! Congratulations on your 200th post!! I am so honored to be on your list, You my friend are Awesome! I have learned so much from you this past year and looking forward to your next 200 posts…

    Keep up the Great Work.. Chery :))

  13. Monna Ellithorpe
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    April 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    Congratulations, well done, way to go and awesome for your 200th post. That is a great achievement and one to be very proud of.

    I always enjoy reading your posts and watching your videos. Thanks so much for the mention in your list. As some said above, I consider it an honor to be listed on your blog and among the other great people you have mentioned.

    On to bigger and better things, my friend. Have a wonderful day. Monna
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  14. Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    April 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Donna,

    What a wonderful post. First, congratulations for reaching your 200th blog. For others who may be just starting, the key is to write. One blog every week adds up quickly. Some people even write 2 or 3 blogs every week and some write every day. (That is a bit much for me). Second, thank you for including me in your list. I have always enjoyed reading your open, authentic and heartfelt blog posts. I always leave feeling uplifted and happier for having stopped by.

    I can’t wait to look at your first blog to see how far you have come.

    Warmly,

    Your blogging friend, Erica
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  15. Shalu Sharma
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    April 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Congratulations to you on your 200th blog post. A great milestone and something to be proud off. Your blog is full of great ideas and I can see that you like sharing them with other bloggers and therefore no wonder you have a good following. Well done and best of wishes for the future too. Next stop 300 posts.
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  16. sherman smith April 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Congratulations! Thanks for mentioning me on your 200th blog post celebration. We all came a long way as far as blogging. I look at some of my old blog posts and all I can say is that I made it through the hurricanes, typhoons, tornados, blizzards and earthquakes LOL But you know what? It’s great to see how far we all came and we are definitely great examples to those that are just getting start!

    Have a great rest of the week Donna!

    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      You are quite welcome and yes, we did come a long way! I like the analogy you have given because that’s what it felt like during the blogging journey.

      It sure is great to see how far we have come throughout time. And yes, I left my first post there although I cringed, to show those starting out that it takes time to develop.

      -Donna
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  17. Marquita Herald
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    April 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Congratulations Donna and thanks for including me in your list – what an honor! I always enjoy your articles so much because it’s so obvious how much you care about your readers. And, oh wow can I remember when I first started blogging! I would have wasted so much (more) time had I not discovered Chris Farrell and I’m still a fan today. One thing you might want to think about since you write such great content is coming up with a plan to capture some of the best of the best for repurposing later. I just completed an archiving project for the nearly 400 posts on my blog IGG which is scheduled to be permanently retired this summer and while it was well worth the effort I really wish I had done something like this sooner. Something to think about anyway.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Marty.

      Thank you and you are quite welcome. We do go back a long way! I like your idea of creating a plan to use some of my best blogs and put them together. I think you have done that in the past?

      It is good to know that IGG will be retiring. I love the new blog you have created.

      So now you have me thinking …hmmmm

      Thanks so much for always being there,

      -Donna
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  18. Lisa
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    April 23, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    Hi Donna, congratulations! Isn’t it funny to look back at our first posts? I really cringe each time I go back to the posts of the first 6 months or so. I did delete a few and updated many but they are still not anything like how I write today. Thanks for including me in your list too – I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts and getting to know you here and on the social networks. One of the big benefits I find from blogging.
    Enjoy the rest of your week and here’s to another 200 posts Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      It sure is one of the benefits of blogging. We get to know and learn from eachother from our blogs and social media.

      Yes it is funny how we have written in the past isn’t it? I decided to keep it up to show other new bloggers that it’s OK! Gotta start somewhere!

      -Donna
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  19. Tim Bonner
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    April 23, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Congratulations on 200 posts Donna and what a way to celebrate!

    I’ve set myself a goal to check on my older posts and get them updated but there’s always the need for new content as well.

    Still, it’s worth checking these things over, particularly images as you say.

    I was doing some internal linking this morning and noticed a couple of images had gone astray on my posts – just disappeared!

    At least I could put that right.

    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Tim,

      Yes, some images can disappear because of where they came from. I’ve been on an “image crusade” for the past year. It started when Kimberly Castelberry had written a post about using safe images.

      I decided to go to a company and paid for images I was using, then they changed their “terms and conditions” So that did it for me.

      I may not be the best image person out there, but they are all mine. I take my own pictures and I’m kind of having some fun with it.

      When I cannot get creative, I use “Pixelmator” to create an image with words. Hey it gets the job done!

      -Donna
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  20. Jeevan Jacob John
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    April 23, 2014 at 9:08 am #

    200 posts?

    Now, that’s an awesome achievement worth celebrating 😀

    Haha…I have felt the same way; it happened when I was moving from Blogger to WordPress (The spacing of paragraphs didn’t work well, so I had to go and edit all the posts).

    Reading my first few posts was definitely funny; I was thinking, how I ever wrote posts like that (But, like you mentioned, they are indicators of our progression, of how much we have learned and applied).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Donna 🙂 Congratulations on your achievement!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Hi Jeevan!

      Yes, it is one of those “milestones” for me!

      It is funny when we read our first posts. Yes, I too had the same reaction “how the heck did I ever write something like that?” Plus there was no comments at all.

      But, the point is there has to be a beginning and our first posts teach us how we progressed.

      -Donna
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  21. Rebekah Radice
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    April 23, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Hi Donna! Congratulations on such an exciting milestone! From the moment i first visited your blog, I was hooked. You have an amazing way about you that is completely genuine.

    I think every blogger should do what you did. Every time I read through my old posts I learn something new. I just celebrated the 10th year of my current blog this year and it’s fun to go back and look at all I’ve written over the years. Funny too!
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  22. Adrienne
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    April 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Wow, 200 already! Doesn’t it just seem like yesterday that you were starting or it might seem like the other way around. You’ve been blogging like forever! LOL!!! Either way, congratulations on hitting 200, that’s saying a lot.

    Ah, thanks for that mention and I so appreciate you. I’m so glad we met through blogging and I’ve learned so much from you and honored to be able to call you my friend. You and David are both just amazing people and you have so much to give to the blogging world.

    I actually deleted 42 of my posts a little over a year ago only because I was doing affiliate marketing back then and promoting products that weren’t even around anymore. So the posts were geared about promoting that particular product so I thought no one is reading these anymore and who has the time to go and find other products to link to these posts that no one is reading so I just deleted them all. I still kept the ones after that only to show myself how far I’ve come if for no other reason.

    Here’s to 200 more my friend and I hope I’m along for the journey.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 23, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Thank you! I am so happy that we met through blogging. Our relationship took a step further and now we are friends. Who would ever think that a gal from Texas and a gal from Brooklyn would have so much in common?

      I just love reading your blog and learn so much from you. Not only from your amazing content, but also from the hangouts we have done.

      You taught me so much and I am grateful to you.

      -Donna
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  23. Arleen
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    April 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Congratulations! As they say you have come a long way baby. What year did you start blogging? I have seen a change in your site since I have hopped on board. There are many ways to look at your blogging experience with how much you have improved and your journey along the way. You have touched so many people with your wonderful positive upbeat attitude.

    You have worked hard and it is paying off with all the relationships you have built along the way. Good luck to your next 200 blogs.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 24, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Arleen,

      I started about 4 years ago….a lost and lonely place with no plan. My first year was network marketing, which I had no idea how to do on the internet.

      But I found my “niche” and now that I have built my own product and learned a lot about marketing, I did come a long way baby!

      -Donna
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  24. Sue Price
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    April 24, 2014 at 3:47 am #

    Hi Donna

    Congratulations and I am not too far behind you. I think I have about 12 to go. Oh yes reading our first posts is hilarious but I like you have left mine there.

    Thanks for the mention I love your blog and am happy we met online.

    You just made me think about images. I am sure what I do is good now but when I started I was told just to grab images off Google images so maybe it is time for me to clean up too.

    I also read what Adrienne said about deleting posts for affiliate marketing she was doing. I need to eliminate some too. I did delete a few already. Maybe if I had not I would be at 200 too 🙂

    Well done Donna.

    Sue
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      Good point taken about taking down some affiliate products that Adrienne had mentioned. I didn’t do much on my blog, but have taken down a few.

      Other than that, it is so funny to see where we have begun.

      Images…I went through my entire blog and tore them down. As I did, I found that some were eliminated. I replaced them with my own make-shift ones.

      I do have to check again because there are one or two that I just noticed were in the middle of my post and I didn’t catch. What a job!

      I am so glad that we met and formed a wonderful relationship.

      -Donna
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  25. Rachel Lavern
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    April 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Yikes…you actually went through all of your posts to replace images? My hat is off to you! I know that I should do the same thing and have only failed to do so because I have purchased tons of images. Since I purchased them via a Virtual Assistant whom I lost contact with, I have been dreading the task of sorting things out. Better to sacrifice the time than to get slammed with a lawsuit, eh?

    I have a list of WordPress plugins that suggest images for posts to check out. They apparently pull relevant images AND pull the credit information also!

    Congratulations on your 200th post and hope you enjoyed the bubbly. And thanks for the mention…I always look forward to reading your informative posts 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      April 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      Yes, I took the time to do that and it wasn’t easy. In the beginning, I just downloaded free images. But then I started paying for most of them. When I read Kimberly’s post a year ago, I started making my own images.

      When I changed my blog over I decided to rip down the images before I had it done. That’s one thing I don’t like about virtual assistants…we can loose contact with them 🙁

      It is difficult, so after interviewing some that are wonderful here in the states, the price is too high. I decided to hire someone to come in…yes a real life person lol. To assist me. So far So good and it is the same price as a good VA. Just a thought.

      Oh yes..I had to include you my dear. We go back a long way!

      -Donna
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  26. Karen Peltier
    Twitter:
    April 27, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    This is quite an achievement, Donna. Congratulations to you! I recently discovered your blog, so I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your first 200 posts, but I look forward to the next 200! Keep up the good work!
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  27. Marty Diamond
    Twitter:
    April 28, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    WooHoo – Congratulations – what a big milestone for you

    I don’t even want to think about images – is there something I could read on it? We’ve either purchased them or used flicker creative commons & attributed – so pretty careful – but you can think you’re doing it right only to discover that you didn’t – Thanks for the heads up
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  28. Nanda Rahmanius
    Twitter:
    April 28, 2014 at 6:20 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wooaah..
    Congratulations on your 200th post, Donna 🙂
    It was a long long trip, I guess.

    It’s nice list.
    I hope I can be involved in that list on your 300th post as well 😉

    Nanda
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  29. Leslie Denning
    Twitter:
    April 28, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Hi Donna. Congratulations on your 200th blog post. That’s a lot of writing. I also appreciate your mentioning me as a loyal reader. I very much enjoy coming here to partake of your bubbly spirit and good advice.

    That is quite an undertaking, changing all of your images. Bravo! and have a great day.

    All the best,
    Leslie
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  30. Nile April 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Woohoo! 200 posts… congrats! It’s really something to get that far. A lot of people give up blogging before that… so I guess that means you in for the long haul, huh? 🙂

  31. Monika Sharma
    Twitter:
    April 29, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Wow congratulations for 200th Post Dear, I never seen any one those is celebrating 200 post celebration 🙂 It would be great journey till 200 post 🙂

  32. Shelley Alexander May 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Congratulations on your 200th post Donna! I have enjoyed reading your blog and seeing what you have accomplished. You are truly an inspiration and I look forward to reading your next 200 posts!
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  33. Willena Flewelling
    Twitter:
    May 7, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    200 posts is something to be proud of! Especially when your posts contain so much value. I feel as if I’ve hit a gold mine, with your list of loyal readers. I know many of them, of course, but there are quite a few there I don’t know. I’m looking forward to meeting some new blogging friends!
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  34. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    May 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Willena,

    Yes, I think it is sort of a milestone! I’m glad you found this interesting and the list of readers are awesome. Check out the one’s you don’t know and I’m sure you will make great connections with them.

    -Donna
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  35. Dawn Golden
    Twitter:
    June 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Awesome milestone Donna… congrats! It seems like a long way off, but I will be there one day. It is a tremendous commitment and personal accomplishment. Celebrate!!
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  36. Donna Merrill
    Twitter:
    June 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Dawn,

    It sure is a milestone. What the great thing about it is I learned so much along the way. Also have made so many real friendships.

    It does happen quickly!

    -Donna
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