Dirty Dozen :: Celebrating One Year

by derek on March 8, 2008 · 28 comments

Dirty Dozen

Derek Semmler dot com has officially reached the one year milestone!
Break out the birthday hats and ice cream cake – my favorite – and join me in celebrating this special day.
On March 8th, 2007 this blog began with a welcome message as I branched off from my personal finance blog. After 289 posts and 3,695 comments I am still having just as much fun as that very first day!
In these past twelve months I have had quite a bit of fun and have become acquainted with quite a few outstanding people. As a token of my appreciation to how much all of you have helped make this blog what it is today, I wanted to try and make this one year celebration more about you than about me and this blog.

Make Your Dreams Come True

Many people dream about starting their own website or blog and turning it into a new career. Unfortunately, quite a few of those people never make the effort to actually get started on their own site – even though the process is rather easy and very affordable.
The day that I launched my personal finance blog I took that first step towards my dream. At the time, I could not have told you that this blog would be created or that it would turn into an opportunity to join forces with Wendy Piersall at eMoms at Home as the author of the Dad Balance blog.
The point that I am trying to make is that you never know what may happen once you get started – but you have to get started or I can guarantee that nothing will happen!

BlueFur.com Offers To Help

As this one year blogiversary was approaching, I wanted to do something to help encourage you to take that first step and begin working towards your Interweb dreams.
That was when I thought of contacting Gary Jones at BlueFur.com to see if they would be willing to sponsor a contest for my readers. I’ve previously mentioned how happy I have been with their hosting plan and have even offered you a discount on hosting.
BlueFur is a top-notch hosting provider and they have stepped up to the plate by offering a 1-year free Mini Unix package to one of my lucky readers!
Now you will have no excuse as to why you cannot start that blog or website you have been dreaming about. You can start on the right foot with your own hosting account as well and not have to worry about transferring once you become successful.

Contest Rules

So how do you win this free year of hosting courtesy of the fine people over at BlueFur.com?
As you know from my previous contests, I like to keep the rules pretty simple so all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and you are entered for your chance to win!

  • Comments will be accepted until 11:59pm Central, March 22nd, 2008.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Winner will be selected at random using the Random Integer Generator on Sunday, March 23rd, 2008.
  • Winner will have seven days to respond with their contact information. In the event the winner does not respond, an alternate winner will be selected.

Bonus Entry: Write a new blog post about how you would take advantage of one year of free hosting courtesy of BlueFur.com to receive a bonus entry.
There is no need to link back here, although a link to BlueFur.com using the anchor text “hosting Canada” would be much appreciated. When you finish your blog entry, send me an email with the URL to your post.

Thank You

In the twelve months that this blog has been active, I have had a great time sharing and learning with all of you. There have been many great dialogs in the comments and the community has created a quality voice that I truly respect.
Thank you to each and every one of you for being an active part of this first year and helping this blog continue to reach new heights. Your help and support is very much appreciated!
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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Living Infinitely March 8, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Livin’ the Dream! I like you blog a lot, this is my first time here, but not my last!


Kelvin March 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

This reminds me to check the birthday of my blog. I thought I missed it, good thing I was wrong. Haha, I should have done a good job keeping track of it.


Wendy Piersall March 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Congrats and big hugs to you my friend! I’m so glad we’ve gotten the chance to work together and to get to know each other better! -W


Damien Riley March 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm

The one year mark! Congratulations. I’ve learned a lot of cool stuff from you and of course you’ve been a real support to my blog. Thanks Derek, enjoy this milestone.


Leo March 9, 2008 at 12:25 am

Congrats on the one year mark, Derek. This year has flown by!


Chris Stormer March 9, 2008 at 7:08 am

Congratulations for completing the first successful year of business. The viewers expect the same kind of service from you in the coming years.


nath March 9, 2008 at 7:49 am

Congratulations Derek!
A great first year, I’ve learned a lot from you. Here’s to many more.


Nick March 9, 2008 at 8:02 am

Congrats on a year of blogging. It’s amazing how time flies. You’re right that you have no idea how your project will grow until you give it a try.
That’s pretty cool that BlueFur has agreed to help you celebrate. I thought they only did stuff like that for people like John Chow.


Futon-Matt March 9, 2008 at 8:33 am

Great contest Derek, I’m in! Congrats on your blog, its great.


Isaac March 9, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Congrats and count me in for the contest! I just happen to be looking for a hosting plan for a new site. I look forward to your email on the 28th…haha!


Brewster March 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Congratulations on your one year milestone. Count me in for the competition.


Chris Gray March 9, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Crazy year you had…from croc commentary, to exploding CDs, to free t-shirt give aways, you got it all bro…congrats man! Keep em coming…


Ian March 9, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Happy birthday to your blog. Nice contest also!!!


Ling March 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

Nice work, Derek. Personally speaking, yours is one of the blogs which I love to visit. Don’t want the hosting, so pls find somebody else if I do win (which isn’t likely since I have never won anything since kindergarten). Wish you and the blog continued success and many more birthdays.


Home Recording Studio March 10, 2008 at 5:18 am

Congratulations Derek. I am very happy for you and am taking your advise seriously too. All the very best.


Nieruchomosci March 10, 2008 at 7:43 am

Grats! Too many people give up if they don’t see astonishing results early on, and your blog proves them wrong! Kudos to you!


Brewster March 10, 2008 at 8:09 am

Well done, I’m hoping I manage to make a year but I dunno if I can keep it up to be honest.


Nicole Price March 11, 2008 at 3:11 am

Congratulations. A year of blogging and still going strong. You will surely make it to the big league of blogs.


ms danielle March 11, 2008 at 3:45 am

happy birthday blog twin! 🙂 can you believe it’s been a year already? i’m really happy to see what you’ve been able to accomplish in this past year. cheers to another great year…and more!


CarFan March 11, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Congrats! I have been a part of this blog community much yet, but hope to contribute more in this new year. Thanks for all the valuable info and keep up the good work.


pauletet March 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Congratulations to you Derek! More power and God Bless!


Johnnie@Auto Insurance June 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Congrats Derek, i can tell by reading your posts just how much you enjoy blogging. I may start my own automotive blog one day, but for now i’m happy with just reading other peoples blogs…lol.


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