4 Year Blogiversary + A Reader Survey

Normally Monday’s don’t excite me. But there’s an exception for everything and today, I’m excited because today marks my 4-year blogiversary! It’s hard to believe that four years ago I started Small Towns & City Lights (and had recently finished college)! This little hobby of mine has truly turned into a passion and something I’m so proud of.

4-Year blogiversary

When I first started blogging, I just wanted to write. Obviously I wanted people to read, but I was just content writing my little heart away. After I had started working full-time, the time I spent on the blog dwindled, but then I got a wave of inspiration and a desire for new direction for STCL at the end of the second year. I wanted to collaborate more with brands, and I was able to do so quite a bit! My views grew as well, which is a nice feeling, so you’re assured you’re not just rambling to yourself (I know my fellow bloggers feel me on this).

So this space has transformed quite a bit over the last four years, but I’m most proud of the growth and changes on STCL this past year. I was able to increase my collaborations with brands, secured more sponsored posts, grew my following quite a bit, and most importantly, started to connect more with readers and other bloggers.

I’ve never done a reader survey in my four years of blogging, so today, I’m opening one up! It’s 10 questions so shouldn’t take too much fun. Are there things you love? Hate? Would like to see? I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you have! The survey should load below, but if you have any issues, you can also access it here.

Whether you’re new around here or have been with me since the beginning, THANK YOU!!

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  1. January 11, 2016 / 9:51 AM

    Happy blogiversary! How exciting! I love that you continue to make efforts to find your sweet spot :)

    • January 16, 2016 / 9:53 PM

      Thanks, Branson! It’s an always evolving space :)

  2. January 11, 2016 / 10:07 AM

    Wow, 4 years! That’s amazing! Congratulations!

    • January 16, 2016 / 9:54 PM

      Thank you, Christine! The time has gone SO fast! Feels like just yesterday I was trying to figure out how to get everything set up!

  3. January 11, 2016 / 10:19 AM

    Happy blogiversary!!! 4 years is such a huge milestone! I remember when you were just starting out and it’s amazing how far you’ve come since then!

    • January 16, 2016 / 9:54 PM

      Thanks, Kristin! It seems like just yesterday I was starting out. Where has the time gone?!

  4. January 11, 2016 / 2:53 PM

    Wooohooo! Happy day my dear!

    • January 16, 2016 / 9:54 PM

      It is indeed :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. January 11, 2016 / 4:09 PM

    Wow, 4 years? That’s awesome! Congrats Rachel! XOXO

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:06 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years! Makes me feel so old lol

  6. January 11, 2016 / 5:50 PM

    That’s so exciting that you’ve been writing for four years! Congrats! It’s always so exciting to see how your blog grows and transforms with you!

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:07 PM

      Thank you! It’s amazing how much it’s transformed over the years. I’m so proud of this little space of mine!

  7. January 11, 2016 / 8:35 PM

    Congrats on your four year anniversary! That is absolutely huge! You go girl.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:09 PM

      Thanks, Katie! Time has seriously flown by. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this space of mine!

  8. January 11, 2016 / 9:53 PM

    So exciting!! I love that we put our surveys out on the same day ;) So glad we have connected in this crazy blogging world!

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:07 PM

      Me too!! Great minds think alike :)

  9. January 11, 2016 / 9:56 PM

    Happy four years! That’s AMAZING! Can’t wait to see how this space continues to change and grow!

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:11 PM

      Thanks, girl! I’m so excited about the milestone. Weird to think that next year it’ll be half a decade! Ah!

  10. January 11, 2016 / 10:10 PM

    Happy blogiversary! Four years is such an incredible thing to celebrate. Isn’t it amazing to see how far you’ve come from the beginning? Here’s to many, many more years of blogging!

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:09 PM

      It really is! While there are definitely some stressful times, I’m so proud of this space I’ve built and really love it! Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  11. January 11, 2016 / 11:02 PM

    Happy blog-a-versary! I’m still in my first year so I hope I can continue to grow my blog. How do you usually go about “sponsored posts”? Do you reach out to them or do they reach out to you? Do bloggers charge each other for sponsored posts?

    • January 17, 2016 / 5:49 PM

      Thanks, girl! I’ve done a bit of both – reaching out directly to companies and sometimes receiving emails from them. There are also some great networks you can join to get sponsored posts (check out my sidebar for some of them). Some bloggers charge for guest posts and others don’t. It’s different for everyone, but usually there’s a sponsor/advertise page that will detail that on blogs or you can reach out directly via email if there’s a blog you’d be interested in collaborating with or guest posting on!

  12. CDG
    January 12, 2016 / 6:30 PM

    That’s a humdinger amount of time! Luv your blog! CDG

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:10 PM

      Thanks, CDG! Before I know it it’ll be half a decade that STCL has been around!

  13. January 21, 2016 / 9:17 PM

    I just came across your blog! woohoo – glad I did :) I’m excited to be following along now!