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Let the Birthday Bash Begin!

By Jul 11, 2011January 26th, 2015142 Comments

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We are over-the-moon excited about our 3rd Birthday Party Bash this week.  It seems like just yesterday that the first post appeared on The SITS Girls and set the wheels in motion for the site.  Since 2008, we’ve changed platforms, we’ve changed blog designs, and we’ve grown and expanded in ways that we never dreamed of.

BUT, one thing has remained solidly the same since the very beginning: our focus.

The SITS Girls are here today because of you!

Our community has always been our focus…and always will.

That’s why we’ve planned a Birthday Bash with incredible giveaways, fun feature stories, and the unveiling of all the fantastic things we have been working on for the past few months.

To kick off our celebration, we thought we’d go back to the beginning and contact some of our original Featured Bloggers to see where they are now (tune in this week for some fun “where are they now” features) and how being featured on SITS impacted their blogs.

One of our most famous original SITStahs, Jill of Scary Mommy, had this to say about her feature day:

My SITS day, way back when we both were babies, was one of the best bloggy days ever. I could barely pull myself away from the computer and all of the wonderful comments. I made some of my closest blogging friends to this day through SITS.

You might also recall Amanda of Parenting By Dummies from her blog, as a regular roll caller on SITS, or on What Not to Wear.  She said:

Happy B-Day SITS!  You deserve a special day for all of the awesomeness you spread around the blogosphere for chicks like myself to enjoy.  Your tribe-building-blog-educating-social-media-connecting-pretty little selves are pretty fan-freakin-tastic and I’m so glad I stumbled upon you before I could even say search engine optimization!

And Jen from Buried with Children.  She contributes to our Women on the Move channel as our resident health expert and has been around since day one too.  I love her thoughts on SITS:

What can I say about SITS? I just love it.

I found SITS shortly after the site began. They showed me what blogging is truly all about… making connections with people. Through those connections and blogging I have made some of the greatest friends in my life. SITS has shown me so many great blogs.  And by reading blogs, I have learned how to fine tune my writing craft.

Now it’s your turn!

Leave a comment and let us know how The SITS Girls Community has affected you and your blog.  During this wild, wild ride, what have you enjoyed?  How have you changed?  What would you like to see more of in the future?

We’ll be compiling your responses into a post for Friday.  In addition, we’ll be tweeting out and adding your feedback to Facebook all week, so definitely let us know what you have to say!

About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.

142 Comments

  • Danielle says:

    SITS gave me the confidence I needed when I wanted to get back to basics on my blog. To get back to me. To figure out what my blog was about. To remember why I blog.

    One of the most important things SITS has given me is Bloggy Bootcamp. Tiffany gave me my first speaking opportunity. That turned into a total of six engagements for the year 2011. It turned into a regular guest posting spot as a legal blogger. It also turned into a business opportunity that I cannot begin to describe. I’ve also made friends at BBC that I’ll have for years to come.

    SITS has truly changed my life. Thank you so much for the opportunities. I’m going to stop typing because I’m getting a little weepy.

  • Jen-MamaZen says:

    I have only been with SITS for a few months but I am exceedingly grateful for the knowledge I have gained by being part of such a fantastic community. I have been connected with ladies who are like-minded and are on similar life paths. I have also encountered lots of different view points and new inspirations for creativity! I am finishing up the June 2011 SITS31DBBB and I have seen my blog grow in leaps and bounds! I thank all the ladies at SITS for the kick in the butt that I needed to sort my priorities and write what needed to be written 🙂

  • Jamie G says:

    How cool. I had my first child (but randomly, my youngest) the same time SITs launched! Third birthdays are taking over my life right now 😉

  • You all have totally inspired me to amp up my blog, be real in my writing, and make connections all along the way. THANK YOU.

  • Sarah Ruth says:

    Happy Birthday SITS! I’ve been coming here since the first year and it has been amazing to watch this site grow into such a wonderful community. Even though I’ve been out of the loop lately, I’ll still be coming back to this site as long as it is here! I love getting to read about and “meet” new bloggers and get to know the older ones. I love all the staff here at SITS. It just feels like home here.

  • Cheryl D. says:

    I love SITS! It’s such a great, supportive environment for bloggers! I’ve met many of my great bloggy friends through SITS.

    I love you guys!

  • JessRaquel says:

    Happy Birthday SITS! SITS has really affected the way I blog because I probably wouldn’t have half the followers I do if it wasn’t for SITS! It has connected me with a bunch of like minded people that I might have never discovered if it wasn’t for this community, as well as meeting and learning about new women that I might have never followed or read about on my own. Thanks SITS!

  • Kirsten says:

    Happy Birthday! I am so happy to have found you all! Have a great day!

  • Anne Galivan says:

    Last year when we had the special tribes I definitely made some cool connections.

    I know I’ve also gotten some traffic from when I’ve commented because of the “commentluv” feature.

    I actually am more active these days over on the SITS BlogFrog community. I find that the interactions there are more in-depth and I like the learning and sharing that takes place over there.

    Thank you SITS for helping all of us connect in ways that would not otherwise be possible.

  • Angela says:

    Not only have I gained a tremendous amount of education on how blogging works and what I should do as a blogger, but I met a lot of great readers and wonderful friends through SITS. And I cannot wait to continue the spirit when I attend my first blog conference at Bloggy Boot Camp in Atlanta!

  • Sheri says:

    Happy Birthday SITS! My love your website and the comment of the Mrs. regarding Mondays. (funny) I really enjoyed Scary Mommy’s website too. 🙂

  • Sheri says:

    Happy Birthday SITS! My love your website and the comment of the Mrs. regarding Mondays. (funny) I really enjoyed Scary Mommy’s website too. Look forward to reading more. 🙂

  • Sonia Barton says:

    Happy Birthday SITS. I found you while doing a search for blogging tips, trying to decide if talking to myself in cyberspace via my blog was something I was going to continue.

    I’m so glad that I found you gals! I have come a long way and met some wonderful blogging friends. Learned so much, still lots more to learn (or implement).

  • Kimberly says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve met some fabulous ladies through SITS, and I can’t wait to see what the future brings 🙂

  • c.c. says:

    happy birthday!

    what i’ve gained? exposure for my blog, exposure to other blogs, insight and encouragement. thanks, ladies!

  • Happy birthday!! I can’t really say a lot about what SITS has done for me because I just stumbled across it yesterday. What I can say is this…I am very careful about where I make connections. It has to feeeeeeel good….feel right to me. I immediately felt like I was home and have enjoyed looking around the site and visiting a few of my fellow bloggers’ sites as well! Thank you for creating such an awesome community!

  • Young Mother says:

    Happy Birthday SITS!

  • Tonya says:

    Happy Birthday, SITS ladies. Here’s to many more.

    I am still reeling in joy and wonder from all the knowledge I gained from Bloggy Bootcamp SD held earlier this year. It was my first blogging event and it was just perfect! Thanks for a great event and a wealth of info. 🙂

    Keep up the awesome work.

  • Two years and 1 1/2 months ago, I wondered into the blogahood with Blue Cotton Memory – and happened upon The Secret is in the Sauce – SITS to those who hang around long enough to develop relationships. Like a sturdy pair of training wheels, SITS provided support as I wobbled along, learning what blogging, at least for me, was all about. SITS, like a coffee shop hive, is a great place to kick-start my day, build relationships – and grow.

    BTW – Thanks for my Lovely SITS Day Friday! It was awesome!

  • SITS and BBC has been a great resource for me, as I started my own wild ride in blogging a little over a year ago. Definitely reaffirmed what I already in knew in how to build a better blog and make friends in the blogging world, vs competition in rising to the top.

    What I would like to see more of is…Blogging 101 basics like, “how to read and understand your analytics,” “how to pitch a company with your amazing media kit” :how to create an amazing media kit” “how to rework your resume to highlight all the experience you’ve gained from starting, running and maintaining your own blog” “how to get the attention of the social media department of your dream company to land your dream job of their social media guru”…just to name a few!!

  • Happy Birthday SITS! I found SITS when I started blogging in March of 2010 and immediately latched onto the Saturday Sharefest as a way to navigate my way through the blogosphere.

    The Summer of 2010 found me contemplating joining the 30 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge. The day before it started I decided to jump on it even though I had no idea if I would be able to keep up. Not only was I able to keep up I found such an amazing network of supportive bloggers that my bloggy world was forever changed.

    Thanks SITS for all you do!

  • Trianna says:

    I have met some of the most wonderful and supportive ladies in the WORLD!!!! It’s amazing how you’ve connected us all. Happy Birthday SITS!

  • PatriciaD says:

    Happy, happy birthday!! There’s something fun about a birthday that you can celebrate in but that doesn’t mean your a year older yourself…how cool is that!! I love that the gifts are coming our way, too. Wow, that’s just super. Have a great week and thanks for all the fun, sharing, education and community. You rock!!

  • OMG! Yummy says:

    Happy 3rd birthday ladies! What a great community you have created. Your San Francisco Bloggy Boot Camp really gave me a huge boost in ideas and self-confidence. Especially the advice to get myself on Twitter. Wow – I’ve met so many food contacts – even roommates at conferences, driving buddies, and coordinated group blog posts – all on Twitter.

    Keep up the fantastic work of strengthening, connecting, and educating the world of bloggers!

  • toi says:

    Happ, happy birthday to Sits! I am happy to party of this party :). Hope you have a fab day.

    from TOI.

  • You have given me a fantastic excuse to meet up with two of my girlfriends who live on opposite coasts, and who are fellow bloggers, are Bloggy Boot Camp in Atlanta in October. I am beyond thrilled to get to see them again, and to get the chance to learn more about blogging, and to network with other bloggers, and to meetup with sponsors.

    Plus, you’ve challenged me in concrete ways to make positive changes on my blog, and allowed me to come into contact with fabulous bloggers who blog from literally all over the world.

    I am thrilled to be a member of this very supportive community!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Happy Birthday SITS! Through SITS I have learned a lot, but the best part is the connections that I have been able to make with other bloggers. Most recently at the Bloggy Boot Camp, which I highly recommend for anyone! This is a great resource for all types of bloggers to grow, network, have fun, and support each other. Love it all!

  • Happy Birthday SITS!! I am so excited for you- what a wonderful accomplishment! I have made friends through this website and through Bloggy Boot Camps. REAL FRIENDS.
    What you ladies do here is awesome!!!

  • Jayme says:

    I’ve learned so much thanks to SITS and Bloggy Bootcamp! I’m pretty sure I’d still be on blogspot spinning my wheels if not for the encouragement of this awesome community.

  • the MRS. says:

    I LOVE SITS!!! I guess there hasn’t been anything life changing or anything. But I have met some of my best blog friends through SITS!

    ITs been fun to follow them over the last few years and comment back and forth. Adam always laughs when I say my friend katie blah blah blah.

    Then he says: oh I have never met her, is she from work?

    Me: oh now, from the blog.

    its been a great journey!

    Happy Birthday!

    ♥ theMRS.

  • the MRS. says:

    OH monday….I hate you!

    ♥ theMRS.

  • …she SITS her 3 boys in front of Nick junior. SITS down at her computer. SITS her cup of joe in its usual sweat ring on the end table. SITS in her personal couch groove. SITS her ruby red laptop down in her lap. And SITS down with the best friends she’s never really met!

    Thanks gals!

  • ty says:

    Happy, happy birthday!! I’ve loved the insight and help y’all have provided!

  • Ashley says:

    Just starting up with SITS. Hope I have a great story to tell for your 4th birthday!!

  • Emily says:

    Happy third birthday SITs!

    I joined SITs when I first started blogging, and you guys helped me start right! While you provide a wealth of information, ideas, and tips, you keep us focused on what really matters in blogging: a great community!

  • Deidre says:

    I’ve found some amazing blogs to read from SITS and I also love the anticipation of when it is going to be my day! It’s so exciting and thrilling and I love the inclusive atmosphere.

  • Broot says:

    I’ve met lots of good friends and learned a lot of new things! Happy Birthday, SITS!

  • I love how sits connects me with the best women bloggers out there!

  • Happiest Day to you SITS!!!
    I gave you a little shout out on my post today! I am so excited to be a part of this community! I found you when I first began this blog and though I am still struggling with my time and posting regularly, I have 28 amazing followers and I follow so many more! I am so excited to have found the talents, thoughts and tips of the bloggers that I have come in contact with, they are all truly amazing! I cannot even begin to tell you how many great craft ideas I have found and as many mama tips!
    I hope you have the most amazing week enjoying your time in the spotlight this week! Thank you for all you do!

  • Happy Birthday SITS! I can’t thank you enough for the service you provide to us bloggers. I don’t think I would have stuck with it without the encouragement I receive from all my SITS friends.