Adrienne Smith Celebrating 5 YearsOn this day five years ago I transferred my static website over to a WordPress blog.  I guess that means that I’m officially celebrating my anniversary instead of an actual birthday.

AdrienneSmith.net was given birth on August 3, 2003 by someone with this same name.  I was still in corporate America plugging away at my 8 to 5 job unaware of where my life would eventually lead.

While still at my day job the only thing I did online was some searches on Google for our company and I did eventually maintain our company website.  That was only because my brother took it over and he made it easy for me to update.  I was in commercial real estate at that time so we posted our properties for sale on our site and I was the one that created all our flyers.

June 27, 2006 was the last activity that AdrienneSmith.net saw and it went back to domain heaven.  I left corporate America in January of 2007 and came online that March.  I purchased this domain on September 1, 2008.

As instructed of course I tried to get the dot com extension but someone already had it.  It was given birth on October 12, 2003 and was a free blog at that time up until January 26, 2005 where it has remained dormant ever since.

They were asking $350 for it at the time but there was no way I was paying that.  I guess they were to hang on to it because someone would eventually pay that much.  There is an actress, a doctor and a lawyer with my same name so obviously they might have assumed one of them would want it bad enough.

They were horribly mistaken because it’s yet to change hands.  While researching all of this information though I noticed that they finally dropped the price to $188.  I’ll keep my eyes on it to see if they’ll go any lower.  I’m really not even sure I want it now after all these years.

Last year at this time I shared more of my story and how I ended up here if you’d like to read that post. Most of you probably have heard my story numerous times but if you haven’t feel free to check that out.

I thought I would have a little fun and show you what my site looked like over the years.  You can tell how green I was coming into this.

In case you weren’t aware, you can go to the WayBack Machine to browse your site’s history but it won’t show every single activity and at times won’t pull your site up well.  I experienced this because I wanted to show you what my static website had looked like but oh well.

My blog also isn’t showing up until early 2010 for some reason although I was blogging three times a week on it.  That’s just strange but that’s technology for ya.

Here is a screenshot of my blog on March 17, 2010

Adrienne Smith 2010

Here is a screenshot of my blog on December 28, 2011

Adrienne Smith 2011

Here is a screenshot of my blog on November 11, 2012

Adrienne Smith 2012

Here is a screenshot of my blog on June 20, 2013

Adrienne Smith 2013

As you can tell I changed my header last year to what it is today so no need in sharing that one right!

I decided to have some fun so I headed over to PowToon and created this short video.  This is the first time I used this program but it was a lot easier than I had thought.  How did I do?

The Next Step

As you all know, I will be releasing my product this year and I’m currently shooting for probably late September or early October mainly due to so many people off having fun this summer.

It’s not going to be over the top mainly because I stressed myself out so much last year about this that I decided to go back to the basics.

My readers and subscribers have been after me to create a product that will walk them through how they too can build this type of community with their blogs.  I’ve shared many times over the years what I’ve done to get here but it’s hard to share it all.

What I’ve decided to do is basically tell my story and that includes everything.

I love helping people and I’m hoping that this product can help even more.  I’m leaving nothing out and will be going into much detail of the behind the scenes stuff.

I firmly believe that I’ve gotten to this place because of the relationships I’ve been able to build.  I didn’t understand it myself in the beginning but I actually fell into a lot of what I’m doing today so I’m eager to share that with you too.

I’m hoping that if it is something you chose to purchase that you’ll fully understand why relationships are the most important thing for helping take your business in the right direction.

The Next 5 Years

So what happens after that?

I’ve never been a big planner so I like to see where life it going to take me.  Hopefully I’ll still be blogging here though because I sure do enjoy it.

I’m a firm believer that we all bring into our lives what we desire.

At this very moment I’m focusing on getting this product finished and launched.  Once that’s over with I believe it will bring me more consulting clients and then I’ll see which direction I want to go after that.

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Let’s Celebrate Shall We

So I’ll be celebrating all day long because it’s not every day we make 5 years blogging on the same domain and have the kind of results I’ve kept on having.

I’ve had my ups and downs but you guys have been awesome and I can’t thank you enough.  I would like to say a special thanks to everyone who has been with me for the last three years and for those I’m now able to call my friend.  I appreciate you all.

Hope you’ll help me celebrate by leaving me your comment and sharing my post with your friends.  Maybe they are questioning whether or not they want to continue blogging and my story can inspire them to keep on going.

All I know is that it’s definitely time to do some partying!

 

 

 

 


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