I can hardly believe it, but it’s been a whole friggin’ year! Sorry for the cheesiness, but apparently time really does fly when you’re having fun ;~) This time last October, the thought of starting a blog seemed daunting. I had been toying around with the idea for a while, but I felt that; (1) it would be nearly impossible to keep up, and (2) no one cared about what I had to say. At the prompting of many Naturallycurly.com members, friends, family, and the hubs, I pushed away my fears and negative thoughts, and took the plunge. I sat up for 48 hours learning about blogs (yes, I had NO idea how websites worked), conceptualizing the site, writing the first 15 articles, and tweaking the page layout. True story–I didn’t sleep for 2 days. On October 9th, I launched, and the rest is history!
So, in honor of CurlyNikki.com’s very first birthday, I thought we’d have some fun. Each day next week we will celebrate in a unique, and mutually beneficial way! Here’s what I’m thinking:
- Monday: Show your support for CurlyNikki.com by spreading the word! Tweet it, facebook it, myspace it, blog about it, phone a friend, hell, approach a stranger on the subway! Leave a comment detailing how you spread the word…the most creative curly will receive a jar of Oyin Shine and Define out of my personal stash!
- Tuesday: Order that new hair product you’ve been eyeing, and tell your mom/partner/boyfriend/husband that CurlyNikki told you to do it. Then, come back here and dish about your new hair candy!
- Wednesday: Share the one thing you’ve taken away from CurlyNikki.com. The piece of advice, article, or story that influenced you the most.
- Thursday: Show us how you rock my signature style, the Twist-n-Curl. Send in one pic of your TnC, complete with how you modified it to fit your hair texture and personal style. I’ll post the pics throughout the day.
- Friday: Submit a pic of yourself–head to toe, in all your natural flyness**. It can be your Sunday’s best, work attire, club clothes…whatever, as long as you look as fab as you feel on the inside. I’ll post the first ten I receive, and the readers will vote on the flyest image…the winner will receive 100g of…….Mehandi Cassia or Indigo. Your choice 🙂
So there you have it. I’m giving you the heads up so you have ample time to participate!
Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. For the interviews, the thought provoking comments, the questions, the ideas, the donations, and the love. YOU are the reason I do this, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Beginning today, feel free to submit pictures for Thursday and Friday’s challenge. Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and use “CurlyNikki Bday” as the subject line.
Obviously, you can start brainstorming for Monday-Wednesday’s challenges, but you can’t submit your comments until I put up the post that morning. Good luck and thanks in advance!
**I’m compiling pics for a new feature called ‘Living Curly’. This is why I want diversity–work attire, on the town, formal dress.
Congrats, Lil' Sis! As you know, I am so proud of you. And as I read the words of your followers here and how you have seemingly touched their lives I can't help but smile. Again, congrats to you AND to all the beautiful women who have found themselves through your words & actions. They could not have picked a better role model! But then, I am kinda biased! 😉
Curlynikki.com! Happy 1st Bday! Sorry so late (havent been near the computer as often) I wish you many blessings for the future. Muah!
Congrats!!!! I visit everyday I get to work =) and I have it bookmarked at home, so I'm good! LoL I've learned SO much and tons of my inspiration to go natural and finally do the BC came from this very site. Much continued success!
congrats nik! i can't believe it's only been a year! your blog has so much info, it's hard to imagine you doing so much in this short amount of time. we can tell how much you care and we appreciate all the time and effort you've put into this. i'm glad to see this has become so successful. congrats again sweetie!! =)
congrats to u!I'm a curlynikki addict :).I found it a few months ago n i've learned so much.the women in here have very beautiful hair. i wish curlynikki many more anniversaries
Your site has helped me tremendously, you just dont know. Well, I went ahead and started spreading the word about your blog on facebook today. Here is what I wrote: Ladies, if you are natural or interested in going natural and would like to learn more about caring for your hair, please visit www.curlynikki.com for tips on transitioning, natural hair styling from other naturals (and Nikki), product reviews, and free prizes. CN is one of my favorite natural hair blogs and is a wonderful site to learn about the beauty of our hair. Thanks! ♥ Jess
Way to go, Nikki! I've seen a number of blogs for curlies, and some of them I've started following; but yours is currently my favorite. You keep the stories fresh, you share a bit of yourself with us, and you incite us to want to show up and show out in positive ways. Happy blog-a-versary, and I wish you Best Success.
Congrats ur blogs success… keep it up
Its does not seem like a year ! Nikki you have done a beautiful job.! I love this blog ! I read it everyday. My husband says i dont give you a chance to put up anything new lol. My whole family knows about your blog if they see someone with iffy looking hair they will say "she needs curly nikki ! lol thanks again for sharing with us!
Congrats Girl! I am addicted to your blog! lol I appreciate all the help you have given me(& others) during this natural journey, I really really do! Can I give away 100gm of Cassia to you for Friday (or anyday) to give to the girls? If so, email me at email@example.com. Thanks again CN for all your info & support! 🙂
Happy Blog-day!!!!! We love curlynikki.com!!
You guys are soooo sweet 🙂 Thanks ladies!
Congrats Curly Nikki! I loooove your blog, it has been at the top of my favorites for a while i cant remember when but it was b4 the sites new look lol. I check it daily, right after my morning prayer i open my laptop and click right to ur blog lol. I always tell my friends and random people, but monday i will make it a point to spread it more! thanks for always being here for us!
Congratulations on your one year anniversary and the also for having 1170+ followers!
I remember when you presented the idea of the blog over at NC and to me it was a no brainer! I love your ideas and appreciate all the help over the years. Cheers to more years of blogging *raises invisible wine glass in the air*
Congrats, Nikki! I cannot believe it has only been one year, feel like I've been reading this site forever! I hope you continue to have as much success and more in the years to come!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! There have been so many articles that have helped me along the way even though I've been natural for 6 years…I've made a lot of mistakes along the way. But I have learned a lot from this site alone! Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!!!
Congratulations on such success. I absolutely luv your blog. I has been such a blessing to me and I wish you many more blessings in the years to come.
Congratulations! You're doing an excellent job with the site and cannot possibly imagine how many legions of women you have inspired out there!
Wow! I found this site just before my BC, which was the 8th of November, 2008! So you were up just in time to help me along with my journey! I didn't realize you'd only just started but your site has been a Godsend! Thanks for being there! Happy Anniversary! 🙂
Happy Birthday!!!!!! Congrats on completing your first year. It's been 3 weeks since I found your site and since that day I have not pressed my hair out. For the past 2 1/2 yrs it was a biweekly wash and press for me- until I found CurlyNikki. Now I am one henna treatment and 3 TnCs in and I'm really starting to love my 4a curls. Thanks for all you do.
Big Congrats to you! You do a great job and your articles are extremely informative. I know I have learned alot from this site…particularly the benefits of henna and conditioners for co-washing. Thank you for all your hard work and sharing!
Happy birthday to the wonderful site that catipulted my decision to never put another relaxer in my head! CurlyNikki.com was the first natural hair site I came across in my search for information. I read this everyday as if one reads a newspaper. It's been 7 months since my last relaxer and I'm loving it! Thanks Nikki for for the dedication you give to the blog and your readers!!
Wow, Congrats on your 1st year!!! I see many years to follow. I absolutely LOVE your blog and have referred so many friends – natural and those just "thinking about it" – to your site. Everyone loves it and feels it is so inspiring and very informational, just like I do 🙂 I look forward to participating next week!!!
Congratulations Nikki on 1yr!!!!! OMG I cant believe it, seems like 6mos max. I am so happy for you and I truly enjoy being a member of your site. Thank you so much for your tips,tricks,advice and inspiration:-) Its been a joy and I look forward to many more years to come! btw-also very happy to be the first to post.hee hee
im a newfound follower thanx to your loyal reader, chevy!! hopefully i can motivate her to come on to the natural side! i LOVE it!