Saturday, December 13, 2014

Celebrating Our One-Year Blog Anniversary

  



 It is my one-year blog anniversary, or as we call it in Blogville my first “Blogiversary.”  I want to thank each one of you for your visits, comments, and support.  When I began to blog, it was to be a platform for my book series.  I did not know there were such things as pet blogs.  I actually didn’t know anything about blogs or blogging.  After becoming a perpetual student of YTU (YouTube University), I learned the basics of how to publish a post.  I piddled around with it for a few months before discovering The Pet Blog Lady a.k.a. Lisa Taron on Twitter.  I visited her site and learned about the BlogPaws Community.  
   After joining the community, I was blown away with the help, friendships, and knowledge I gained about the wide world of blogging.  There was no question too silly or off limits with my new blog buddies.  That is how on December 13, 2013, I became Barking from the Bayou. 
   I would love to mention everyone that has helped me achieve the success I have appreciated over the past year.  Unfortunately, it would take all day and I would still leave a special person off the list.  I will just say that all of my blogger friends at BlogPaws, as well as the residence of Blogville have been incredible this year.  I can’t imagine ever finding a nicer group of people or cuter pets.
   I really had no idea the decision to become a dog blogger would change my life.  Over the past year, I have attended the BlogPaws Conference in Las Vegas, become co-hosts of two blog hops, Thoughtless Thursday, and the Pet Parade along with a number of awards.  I was recently honored to become a BlogPaws 2015 Conference Ambassador.  It will be my chance to pay it forward, because I am working with the “newbies.”
Let me share some fun from the last year~
Some of Our Most Popular Posts
Fractured Fryday Hairy Tales & Much More (Bentley’s HD Rocket Pack)
   I must say one very HUGE thank you.  I am extremely lucky to be married to a wonderfully supportive and talented man.  He is responsible for ALL of my photography.  I am always amazed at his work and although he prefers to stay in the background, Barking from the Bayou wouldn’t be as successful without his hard work. 
  Oh, Bentley and Pierre get a big thank you and a belly rub for their hard work.
Special Thank You Gift
To celebrate my first blog anniversary, I’m offering each of you a FREE EBook of
 The Returns 
 ♥Click Here
*It will be free Saturday, December 13, 2014 ONLY
from 12:00 ~ 12:00 (Pacific Time) 
Make sure the price reflects Free before downloading.

Cheers ~ Here's to another fabulous year!

Now drumroll please…
The Winner of
Bentley’s Favorite Things
giveaway is


Whitley the Westie
Congratulations!
Thanks to all of our entrants. 

Be sure to get your paws on a copy of The Returns today.



53 comments :

  1. Congrats on yer Blog-o-versary!! We's happy to count ya amongst our furiends!

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    1. Thanks Finley! Pierre loves having Westie friends too!

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  2. Happy Blogerversary!Pawsome news...now lets party!xx Speedy

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    1. Let's get this party started! Where is Ruby? She is always good for some 'Ritas! Thanks for stopping by to see us!

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  3. Congrats on da blogaversary!

    And woo hoo, I won! A major award, I won I won I won!

    P.S. Yes, my momma did watch A Christmas Story today.

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    1. Yay! I am so happy for you! I know you will love all of your goodies. ☺ It will be from the Bayou, so if it says "Fragile" don't think it's Italian! BOL!! Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks Laika! I'm glad y'all are our friends. ☺

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  5. Congratulations and happy blogversary to you. May you have many, many more. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. I appreciate it Molly. Thanks for visiting us and being our friend. ♥

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  6. Congratulations! Wow, what a wonderful year it's been for you too! Thanks so much for the book, I know we're going to love reading it!

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    1. Thanks Prudence! It has been one of my best years ever! I hope we get to enjoy some laughs together while you read.

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  7. Congratulations! I hasn't made one year yet but I'm working on it!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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    1. Your first year will fly by too. I love your blog. ♥

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  8. Congratulations on a very successful year! I bet you will be a great ambassador at this years BlogPaws conference. You have always been very helpful and supportive of us, and it is greatly appreciated. Thanks and I hope you have an even more successful 2nd year.

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    1. Thanks Mark! That help and support has been a two-way street. You've been awesome and I'm excited to send Whitley the Ava Tug Toy that you included in our giveaway. I really appreciate everything.

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  9. Oh man, I'm jealous of Whitley! Oh well... More importantly, congratulations on your first year! You all have done a real pawsome job! We had no clue when we started either and it was just going to be as short term fun project that snowballed. One never knows where a new endevour will take you. We are so glad to know you and can't wait to meet up again in May!

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    1. Thanks Emma! I am so excited to meet you in the fur! This year has flown by for us so I'm sure the conference will be here in no time at all! XXOO, Bentley

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  10. Wooo hooo - Whitely is going to be over the moon happy - congrats to her and congrats to you too - you have done a lot in a year

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    1. Y'all have been such good friends to us! It is much appreciated. ☺

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  11. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! As I said yesterday, I am very impressed with all that you have accomplished in a year.
    Thank you so much for the free copy of your book! It has been on my reading list, but I don't have a lot of time to read so I still hadn't gotten it.
    Congrats to Whitley....what a lucky dog! He's sure going to enjoy all of that stuff.
    Since I hope to make my first trip to BlogPaws this coming year, you'll probably be getting lots of questions from me!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! I hope that you enjoy The Returns. It will be awesome if we get to meet in person. Join my conference newbies group on Blogpaws. ☺

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS 12-13-14 IS YOUR ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY... YOU WILL NEVER FURGET THIS DATE... 12+13+14= one year HEHEHHEE

    And Congratulations to Whitley...
    AND Thanks fur the E-Book... that is so nice of you.

    Now about this Blogville thingy... WE of Blogville try our bestest to KEEP any Peeps from finding out about us... beclaws we KNOW they would just want to Move in and take over and totally WRECK stuffs... Blogville is fur US and that is just how it is... OUR Place and NO Crazy PEEPS allowed. BLOGVILLE is the mostest WONDERFUL PLACE in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE. AND WE ARE GLAD THAT YOU ARE HERE WITH US.

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    1. Isn't the date so cool? I will be able to remember that date always. It's been easy to remember that I started on Friday the 13th! BOL! The real world would be so much nicer if it was like Blogville. Enjoy some laughs with The Returns.

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  13. Happy Happy one year, I am so bless to have connected with you and your blog. I just love reading everything you have to post and you know I just LOVE all the photos and what is done with them. I didn't realize your husband did all the photography. He is a talented man and you are blessed to have him in your life supporting your adventures. Thank you for the ebook, I'm heading to get it now. Hope you have a very successful year to come. Hugs to you and the gang!

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    1. Thank you so much JoAnn. It has been an amazing year for us. I am very blessed to have my hubby for 32+ years. Barking from the Bayou is definitely a team effort with him doing all the photos and I do writing. Of course, the boys are always posing or talking about something silly. I am excited for you to read my book. ☺

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  14. Happy Blogiversary! So glad you found your way to Blogville! Thanks for the book!

    Your Pals,

    MURPHY AND STANLEY

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  15. Congrats on one year! that is how we were too - who knew about this world of pet blogs - and we love it
    We are excited to read the book - thank you! and congrats to Whitley!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

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    1. Thanks! It was shocking to realize other people were as obsessed with their pets as I am! Best people EVER! I hope you enjoy The Returns. We are excited for Whitley.

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  16. Congrats on your one year blogiversary, we thoroughly enjoy reading about you AND we just love your weekly news show!!!!
    What a great thing giving your book to Blogville (Mama already has it, read it to us and we LOVED it...something about "supporting new authors or some such nonsense!)!!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Dory. I am so glad that you loved our book. We think it is funny and Bentley loves being portrayed as a hero! We are glad to have y'all as our friends. ♥

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  17. OMG so exited for you , I hope it's been a great experience for you as it has been for me . Lots of love

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    1. Thank you! It has been such fun and the time has flown by. It was wonderful that you featured Bentley on your blog too. We definitely consider it an honor. ♥

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  18. Happy Blogoversary! Here's to many more years of blogging.

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    1. I hope it is just the beginning. There is so much to learn and share, I love it. Thanks for your support and friendship. ☺

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  19. Congratulations! The first is so special. We'll have our fourth in March!

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    1. Wow! Four years is great! Will the next three years go by as quickly? Thanks for stopping by. ☺

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  20. Mom and I are new to the community as well. Congratulations on your first year!

    Abby the Lab

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    1. Welcome! I visited your site and it is wonderful. Congratulations and good luck. Thank you for coming to see us. Come back. ☺

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  21. MOWZERS! Concats to YOU on your blogoversary! And concats to Whitley for winning! WOOT!!!

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    1. Thanks! That means so much coming from you cool cats! Yes, we are thrilled for Whitley!

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    1. I appreciate all of your help this year! Thanks for your sweet wishes. ♥

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  23. CONGRATS!!!! OMD, that is FABulous!!! Oh, and CONGRATS TO WHITLEY!!!! OMD, that is one FABulous prize!!! Hey Whitley...remember your furiend Ruby over heres!!!! BOL!!!!
    I am so very glads that you started Bloggin' cause if you didn't, I wouldn't have met such a pawsome pack of furiends!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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    1. Thanks so much Ruby! It wouldn't have been a celebration if you weren't here! You are awesome and we love you right back!

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  24. Happy Happy Blogversary. Golden congrats and Golden Glad to be blog friends. So Sweet you are giving aways free copies of your book. We love the Returns, its part of our Holiday Gift Guide: Dog Lovers. Golden Woofs

    :-) might see multiple comments ... we are having hard time commenting on blogger blogs

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  25. Happy one year Blogiversary!! I've so enjoyed being a part of life with you, Bentley & Pierre! I love your blog and have learned a lot from your posts. So happy we've become friends in the Blogosphere!! I'm also thoroughly enjoying The Returns, it's a great book!!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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  26. Happy Happy Happy Blogiversary!!!!! Wooo woooooo! 1 year is so huge, and you have came SO far!!! I am always entertained here on your blog and look forward to your posts every day!
    Congrats to the winner too!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  27. Happy blogoversary, dear friends! We love your blog, and wish you many, many more blogoversaries yet to come. :)

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  28. Happy Blogiversary!! We love reading along with you every day!

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