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13 February 2014

170 // One Year of Tori's Tales

Though the tweet says the 14th, my very first post on Tori's Tales went live one year ago today; February 13th 2013.  

Above is the very first photo I ever posted (from a previous trip the boy and I had taken to Nottingham, before moving here). 

Chloe's was the first ever comment I received. 

This was the first post I felt entirely comfortable publishing (and yes, that is right - it took 110 posts to find that perfect fit).

This post is (one of, I can't choose!) my favourite(s) ever. It took me forever to take photographs of my camera and I genuinely love them!

And this post is your favourite ever, i.e. my most well-received! (If my outfit posts are going to be the ones most commented on, you cheeky mares, then this means I'll need an entirely new wardrobe, asap!).

I could go on. To think that a year ago today I clicked 'publish' for the very first time boggles this brain of mine quite entirely. I feel like so much has changed since then, both regarding Tori's Tales and myself. It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to finally decide to put my words 'out there' but, boy, am I glad I did. Nothing beats the feeling of sitting down, writing, and subsequently 'publishing', a post; this is my only creative outlet and is, I think (and this thought sparked in me after reading Rosie's post), the passion I've long been waiting for in my life. I'm lucky that I have this space to call my own; a space I can pour my words into and feel a sense of pride in (and let it be known I'm not one to ever use the p-word) when I release said words into the blogosphere. Who knew writing could ever bring me so much pleasure?!

Of course, there's no way I could mention such a milestone without thanking all of you. If you can't see your face above, please do not think this means I don't care about your support - I DO. Very much so. I wouldn't be a year down the line without the encouragement, kind words, happy tweets, warm and wonderful emails and smiling faces that ALL of you have shared with me over the past 365 days. Thank you. 

Here's to many more years with you by my side. 


  1. Aaaah yay happy blogiversary! This was such a nice post to read, for both the memories, and the layout/content, such a good idea!
    Plus it reminded me that i forgot to comment on the olympus trip post!! You are lovely :) i thoroughly enjoy reading everything you write X here's to another good year!!xx

  2. Congratulations on a whole year! I've only been reading for a month or so but I love everything you post and yours is one of my favourite blogs. Hope the next year brings you lots of growth and happiness too :)
    Kim x
    grace & flower

  3. Congratulations lovely! So pleased for you for reaching such a mile stone. I never had as much knowledge as you when I hit a year! Definitely do more outfit posts! I loved the last one! What a lovely way to document your first year. I'll be coming up to two years this year - scary!

    Keep going - lovely blog, written by a lovely person!

    Katie <3

  4. Happy Blogiversary, love! What a lovely post.
    I love your blog, so it's really cool to see how far it has come in just a year! Yaaay. Congrats!
    Lots of love XXX

  5. Awww happy 1 year of blogging!! Such a nice post 😊. I hope you continue for many more years because you are such a pleasure to read. Keep up the greatness!
    And thanks for adding my silly ol' cartoon face into the group (maybe i should change my picture...hehe)!! Now i feel special 👍

  6. Congratulations on a fabulous year, my lovely! So glad to have found your wonderful slice of the internet :) xxx

  7. Happy Blog Birthday, only just found your blog and had a look through and it looks like you've done a great job in your first year of blogging :) xx

  8. Ooo I see my face - *blushes* happy returns on your blogging birthday - I always think the first year is the hardest!

  9. Happy happy happyyyy blogversary! :D Where would we be without Tori's Tales now, eh?!
    <3 xxx

  10. Happy blogiversary, Tori! I can't believe it's only been a year, you have accomplished so much; more than most could achieve. It has been a complete joy reading your tales and following your journey, I hope you have many, many more happy years ahead too. Thank you for sharing so much joy with us. x

  11. OH LOOK, I CAN SEE MY FACE, you sweetheart!

    Happy blogiversary, sweetness. What an awesome year it's been!x

  12. Aww so glad you started your blog, each time I visit I'm excited to read! It's amazing his blogging can bring so much pleasure and great friends! Here's to another year!! We are so good keeping a blog up for a whole year- it's a bloody achievement! Lol x

  13. I was NOT expecting to see my own face smiling back at me from that beautiful collage! You, my dear, are one of the most kind, generous, beautiful people on this planet and I am incredibly glad to have gotten to know you through your blog. I also really l9ve the way you set out this post to showcase some of the beautiful moments on your blog. You are fantastic, Tori xxx

  14. Aww what a year you've had!! XX

  15. Happy Blog anniversary, dear :)
    I have loved every letter of this post and I am so happy that one year ago you decide to start "Tori's tales" and since then you have turned it into an amazing corner of the Internet, a place where words and beautiful images come together in a delightful way !
    And you're right, nothing compares to the thrill of clicking the button "Publish" !

    I am also very thankful to have gotten to know you because you are one of the most kind, beautiful and all around wonderful people on planet Earth :)

    Also, I teared up a bit when I saw myself in the collage, thank you so much for everything :)
    To many, many, many gorgeous years of blogging ahead of you,


  16. Hurray!!!! Congratulations my gorgeous friend, I'm incredibly proud of your achievements and really thankful your blog exists and continues to be so enjoyable to read, as it is such a massive source of inspiration for me. It's really cool, as well, to watch you progress, to share the new additions to the blog and to see you grow and develop as a writer/'blog mistress extraordinaire'.

    Keep up the good work chum, and here's to many more celebrations to come : D

    Gem x
    Faded Windmills

  17. Gah! Happy Blogday/Postday/Publishday!! :D
    Although I discovered your blog not too long ago I'm so glad I did. There is just something about it that I just really like ;). Congratulations for all the success you have achieved with it thus far. Looking forward to reading all the posts yet to come :)

    Mo xx // Within My Locket

    P.S. Eek!! My face is in your collage. And yes, I was silly (...or is it vain? :D) enough to refresh the page to see if I was seeing things haha. Wasn't expecting that at all but thank you for that and for sharing your blog with the rest of us!

  18. Happy blogiversary Tori! Your blog is as wonderful as you are and I really enjoy reading your tales. You are absolutely lovely with your words and a lovely lovely person! I hope you have many more wonderful blogging years ahead of you! :)

    Sonia. xx

  19. Happy 1st birthday Tori! your blog is a joy and you are too: you deserve all the success that you have had and will continue to have on this little spot in the blogosphere. Congratulations, missy. Daisy x

  20. Congratulations! Your blog is gorgeous and I love having a nosey through it. So cute to see my face up there with all of your other lovely readers! I'm looking forward to your next year of posts xx


  21. I know I'm a couple of days late but Happy Blog Birthday! Here's to many more happy years of blogging! :-) x

  22. Lovely post. Congratulations on your one year bloggerversary. :) xxx


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