Six Ways To Say Thanks

Recently my friend Alison wrote a post about getting back to writing because when she wasn’t writing, something was just…off.

I left a comment about how I have to write too. How it’s like breathing to me.

My friend Trisha calls it “writing it out.”  Whenever my brain is getting clogged with too many FEELINGS she tells me, “write it out, Kate. You know you need to.”

And she is right.

Six years ago (yesterday, July 7, 2007), I started Sluiter Nation.

My intent wasn’t for it to be a place for me to “write it out,” but after being diagnosed with postpartum depression, that is what it became. I didn’t limit my writing to depression and my mental health–although I have made a point to be transparent about those issues.

Having children reshaped my view of this space. This was now my place to tell stories. I tell the stories about raising Eddie and Charlie. I have been telling Cortney and my love story. I have some stories on here (and in draft) of things I remember about growing up.  This space is not just for me…it’s for the future of my family.

This space is my legacy.

I have been here for six years.

My first post was an experiment in how Blogger worked. It was a completely too brief post about our recent trip to Montana. I had placed pictures all wonky in an attempt to learn the program.

I like to think maybe I’ve learned a thing or two in six years’ time.

In six years I have contributed to many, many other blogs. I have started a few other ones of my own…all that I eventually closed down.  But not this space.

Sluiter Nation lives on.

To celebrate, I have six giveaways. One for every year that I have been blogging.

The entries are easy because I’m not being reimbursed for doing these.  People who are awesome just put up awesome prizes just for the funsies of it.  Just to say “hey, we believe in this writing thing you do.  Yay for six years of it.”

Normally on birthdays, the person with the birthday or anniversary gets the gifts. But that is not how I work it here in Sluiter Nation.  No way.

Maybe I would still be here if it wasn’t for all your lovely people reading, but I sure as heck wouldn’t have developed my writing muscles like I have.

So…to say thank you…here are some things you can win if you want to enter:

1. My Joy Design: I met Megan through a mutual friend…um…I have no idea when.  She is local to me and makes unbelievably wonderful products. She makes bags (which I am in the process of ordering/buying from her for my “little” trip to BlogHer), headbands, and so much more. She makes these incredibly cute monsters that are so cuddly.  Both of my boys have one.

You can win one of her essential zip pouch bags and a reversible headband!


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2. Musashi Design: Matt is one of my college friends. He has been a HUGE supporter of my writing from the time he started reading it. He is also local to me (see a trend here)? Musashi is a Michigan-based sports/skating brand. You can visit the shop here. You can win an XL Rhino T-Shirt (valued at $27.50) 1057285_10201423433887189_1963710612_n a Rafflecopter giveaway 3. Little Love Media: Alison is the dear friend I linked to in the beginning of this post. Little Love Media is a social media consultancy specializing in helping bloggers and small businesses take their blogs ad brands further, by applying sensible branding and social media solutions. Little Love Media is founded by Alison Lee, who has 10 years experience in marketing, spanning public relations, advertising, both traditional and digital, event planning and execution. She has worked for small and large public relations agencies, and the world’s biggest sports brand, Nike. As a personal blogger and freelance writer, Alison has a unique insight into what works for blogs who want to grow. How I got so blessed to have a friend on the complete opposite side of the world (Alison is in Malaysia), I do not know. But the fact that she and I are so “close” is a testament to the power of the past six years of blogging.

You can win a Blog Evaluation Report (valued at $35). This comprehensive report will include an evaluation of your blog design, navigation, layout, pages, and your social media profiles. We will let you know what is working for you, what is not, by looking at your current blog and social media accounts and activity, along with suggestions on changes you will need to take your blog to the next level. These strategies can be applied immediately, as well as over the long-term. The report will be sent to you via email, and you will have a complimentary two-week follow up period, where you are free to ask any questions you have about the report. LLMNew250x250   a Rafflecopter giveaway

4. Lilla Rose: I think Liz has been reading my blog forever.  Seriously. I was so honored when she said she would love to be a part of this celebration today.  That is exactly what today is about…celebrating my readers. Those who have been faithful throughout the years and months…and those who are new. Maybe even new today!

Liz is an Independent Consultant for Lilla Rose. I was excited when she told me this because I was actually gifted a Flexi Clip a year or two ago from another bloggy friend. I LOVE it. It’s so cute and it’s so easy…even for someone like me who has two styles: pony tail or down.

You can win a Flexi Clip of your choice (up to $16 value). Visit her site and look around.  And check out the sizing tips while you’re there too!

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5. R&L Design: Rebekah is another local biz owner. I met her through one of my best friends (Missy, the photographer whose work you see all over this blog). We hit it off because I am a jewelry fiend and she makes some of the most lovely jewelry EVER.  Some of my favorite pieces are ones I bought from her etsy shop. (by the way, she has free shipping right now in the USA. If you go shopping enter SUMMERTIME to get the free shipping. Seriously. Go do that. Her prices are already way reasonable, and then with free shipping? You can’t lose!) You can win her turquoise verdigris infinity necklace (a $15.50 value).


a Rafflecopter giveaway 6. Starbucks: Ok, I don’t really know anyone who has the power to give you stuff from Starbucks. However, I do have a relationship with their coffee. I would say that Starbucks is definitely a share-holder in the power behind this blog. I have taken many a trip to Starbucks for two reasons: A) I needed to step away from the writing for a bit and B) I needed fuel in the form of a big fat, sugary, caffeinated beverage. You can win a $10 Gift Card to Starbucks from me.

have a cup or two on me. but hands off the oreos, yo.

have a cup or two on me. but hands off the oreos, yo.

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There you go.

Six ways that I can say THANK YOU for the past six years.

How long have you been around these parts? From the beginning? Is today your first day?

I do hope you’ll stick around to find out what the future holds for Sluiter Nation.

I was not compensated for any of these giveaways, in case Big Brother is watching my blog and needs to know that.