Happy Blogoversary + Nest “Blue Garden” Giveaway

     Today is Avad Fan‘s one-year Blogoversary.  I will bet that you did not know that was a word.  A year ago I gave birth to Avad Fan on a rainy Saturday afternoon out of a need to express myself creatively.  Why not try something in this new internet paradigm?  After all, I had been a blog junkie for a couple of years, but I was only an observer.  The moment had finally arrived to become a participant.

     The timing was also right because I could see that the nest that I have been tending and feathering for years was going to get lighter soon. With a daughter heading off to college and a son soon to become more independent with a driver’s license, my world of day-to-day responsibilities would be changing, and so my alter ego, Avad Fan, came to life.

     Do you remember how it felt when you brought home your first-born and for weeks it seemed like only you and the baby existed in your own little universe?  I had a sense of that as I privately started writing Avad Fan posts and sending them out into the internet.  Then as my friends got wind of my undertaking, I was floored and thrilled by their overwhelmingly positive support.  It turns out that a lot of people have a secret desire to share themselves in this blogging world.  Of course, some people had not a clue as to what a blog was, but it is nice to think that Avad Fan has helped to educate them about the blogosphere.

     To celebrate this Blogoversary, Avad Fan is having its first giveaway.  The prize is a new favorite, which my friend, Becky, a soon-to-be-official Master Gardener, recently gave me for being elected to membership in the Three Chopt Garden Club.  The Nest “Blue Garden” candle is clean-smelling and really takes fish and onion odors out of the air.

      The “Blue Garden” candle seems so appropriate for this Blogoversary giveaway for a few reasons.  First, Avad Fan was born out of the changes going on in my Nest.  Second, Nest is donating 100% of all proceeds of the “Blue Garden” candle sales to Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest Autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.  Many of my daughter’s classmates over the years have had autism, and her disabilities fall within the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).  Fittingly, too, April is National Autism Awareness Month.  Finally, my loyal readers know how much I love all things flower and garden-related, and according to Nest, this candle blends together blue hydrangea, hyacinth, and forget-me-nots with fresh green notes and a dewdrop accord to evoke the aroma of a lush floral garden.

     I will have a drawing for a brand-new “Blue Garden” candle after Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 12 noon EDT.  To enter the drawing you can

  1. Leave a comment below;
  2. Subscribe to Avad Fan using the box in the upper right hand corner; or
  3. If you are already a subscriber, tell me that when you leave your comment.

These rules give each entrant up to two chances to win this candle.  One limitation:  this prize can only be shipped to addresses in the United States and Canada.  I will be using for the drawing, and after announcing the winner, I will ask that person to provide me with the mailing address.  Please be patient with the results as this is my first time doing an on-line drawing.

     One of the best things about having blogged now for a year is talking to others about the process.  I have had the chance to encourage several friends to start their own blogs in conjunction with their careers or hobbies.  While not a mega-blogger like a lot of the folks whose blogs are listed in my Blogroll to the right, I think that my advice for would-be bloggers would be similar to theirs:  Go to wordpress.com, find a layout design that you like and Just Get Blogging.


38 Comments on “Happy Blogoversary + Nest “Blue Garden” Giveaway”

  1. jennifer ball says:

    Congratulations on your first blogoversary! I have so enjoyed your posts over the last year, and am always inspired!

  2. Avad Fan says:

    Got you down for 2 entries. Thanks!

  3. Inge Labuschagne says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog and trying out your recipes. Inge

  4. Cameron says:

    Happy Anniversary! I am already a subscriber and love your posts!

  5. SK says:

    Great job A! You’ve inspired me to reinvigorate my own personal journal which was dusty and maybe I’ll follow your lead and go public this year. I love your posts!

  6. Anne says:

    I LOVE your blog! I love that you share local treasures, I love that everything you share is bright and cheerful, and I love that you are inspiring all of us to live beautifully!

    As you know, I am already a subscriber. I think a give away is a fun idea to celebrate your blogoversary! 🙂

  7. Ellegram says:

    Thank you, Avad Fan for your fabulous finds from the West End of Richmonf and beyond! You have inspired and encouraged me to blog, and your bar for excellence is very high. I hope to measure up one day. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary!

  8. amyorvin says:

    I am a new follower. Congratulations on your one-year anniversary!
    Thanks for the giveaway.


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  10. Lisa S. says:

    I’m happy I found your blog 🙂 Happy Blogoversary! I would love to win this candle so I experience their candle scents.

  11. Lisa S. says:

    I am a new email subscriber 🙂

  12. Tamra says:

    Happy Blogoversary! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Julie B. says:

    Congratulations on your first Blogoversary! I just discovered your blog, so I’m a new email subscriber as well. Thanks so much for offering this candle giveaway!

  14. christine weideman says:

    I love your blog and cant wait to read more of it. I subscribe


  15. mermont84 says:

    happy blogoversary! what an awesome giveaway

  16. mermont84 says:

    I Subscribed to Avad Fan!

  17. mermont84 says:

    Happy blogoversary!

  18. beewbedard says:

    following you and would love to win
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  19. eleanor q says:

    Happy Blogoversary and congrats!

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