Two years of rambling

by Ginger on August 21, 2010

in Blogging & Social Media, Celebrations

(photo by D Sharon Pruitt)

Today, this little blog is two years old!

(Let’s hope we’re not entering the Terrible Twos with my blog, shall we?)

I started RambleRamble because I needed my own space to be creative, to have a voice. I needed a place to claim.

Two years later, I love this spot more than I think I can explain. I love opening up a new post. I love sharing with you all. I love thinking of fun things I could do with this space. I have a million ideas in my head at any given time, and I’ve never had a “hobby” that gave me such a rush of creative thinking and planning before. It’s been such a kick.

And honestly, you guys are the best part. I love writing for this space, and think I would do it even if no one read, but you all make it so much more fun. Your comments. Your visits. Your own blogs, which have become my favorite way to spend “non-work” time. You’re fun, you’re interesting, you’re smart, and I wish you all lived close enough that we could go out to dinner every weekend because I KNOW we’d have too much fun together (will flattery get you to comment more? I’ll totally keep doing it!). Joking aside, you guys make this place what it is–so thank you for joining me here. I hope you keep coming back!

So, to celebrate my bloggy birthday, AND celebrate you all, I’m having a giveaway.

I’m going to give away one $25 gift card to TWO of you…to any retailer you choose.

You want Home Depot? Sure. You want Banana Republic? Sure. You want that cute little Etsy store you’ve been just swooning over? Sure, if they offer gift certificates. You win, you choose.

Sound good?

Entering is SUPER SIMPLE. I’m looking to buy some new music for my birthday next week, and I think it’d be really cool to have a playlist of happy stuff from you guys–so every time I hear it I smile and think of how much fun you all are and how lucky I am that I’ve met you through this little spot.  SO, leave me a comment with your favorite “happy” song (the song that makes you smile, brings you out of a funk, makes you want to dance, whatever happy means to you), and you’re in the running.

That’s it. Super duper simple. You leave me a comment with a song, I randomly choose a winner. Two of you get gift certificates to the shopping outlet of your choice. Win-win.

And then, keep coming back, ok? This place wouldn’t be the same without you.

Contest details:

Leave a comment with the name of your favorite happy song
1 entry per person
Contest ends at 11:59 PM (PST) Thursday, August 26th (my birthday!)
Winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Friday, August 27th

ETA: International peeps, you can enter but you may not be able to have *any* retailer you want–we’ll have to work together to find one that’s easy-ish for both of us.

Disclosure: No one has paid me anything for this contest. This is coming out of my own little pocket, just because I want to. Whichever retailers end up getting my money, I guarantee you they don’t know about me. But you guys do and that’s what matters!

Lizzie August 21, 2010 at 12:57 am

Oooh, can I enter if I live in the UK? 🙂 Fab giveaway, and to do it out of your own pocket is so nice!!!

My favourite happy song has to be… I Don’t Wanna Wait by Paula Cole (makes me happy) OR I Want You Back by the Jackson 5. I have no idea if they’re happy songs but they make me all happy inside haha!

Mami2jcn August 21, 2010 at 7:29 am

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & the Waves or “Vacation” by the Go-Go’s are happy songs! 8/26 is my daughter’s 1st birthday. 😉

bekah August 21, 2010 at 7:41 am

Happy birthday Ramble Ramble!!

Hmm…thats a tough one! Probably Africa by toto. My newest favorite some though, is “Baby Im a fool” by Melody Gardot. LOVE IT!

Tracy Lynn August 21, 2010 at 10:31 am

My current two favorites are The City Is Ours by Big Time Rush and Revolution by Orange. Although I will admit that I sometimes default to James Brown and If That’s Your Boyfriend by M’shelle Ndege Ocello. And of course, Nugget by Cake.

Susan Tiner August 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Happy Birthday!

Wilson Pickett’s version of Sugar, Sugar.

If I win I want to donate the prize back to someone else.

Kate August 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Oh – it’s terribly corny but my “feel-good-gotta-be-happy” song is Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton. 🙂 It’s wonderful! Happy BIRTHDAY!!!!

Bluebelle August 22, 2010 at 5:40 am

Aww, happy two years! My favourite happy song is “Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk becuase my husband and I danced to it at our wedding. Makes me smile every time it comes on!

Perpetua August 22, 2010 at 6:59 am

Happy Birthday! The song that always makes me smile for perfectly silly reasons is Barenaked Ladies’ “Another Postcard.” Andrew Bird’s “Anonanimal” isn’t happy, I guess, but there’s this moment when the pace shifts mid-song that I just LOVE and will listen to over and over again. 🙂

Elizabeth August 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

And how your life has changed in these two years! It’s been amazing reading through it all.

This is going to seem SO RIDICULOUS, but the only song guaranteed to crack me up is Lou Bega’s Mambo Number 5. It reminds me of such fun times with my mom when I was younger!

Sarah August 23, 2010 at 11:57 am

Happy Birthday! I think I’ve been reading here almost that long…

I love the song “Had a Bad Day”… mostly because my hubby gave me a CD with it when I HAD had a bad day. Now it makes me smile every single time it comes on.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks August 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I can’t put down Trombone Shorty’s new CD, Backatown. Love the whole CD, but one of my favorite songs is Right To Complain (featuring Marc Broussard)!

Happy blogoversary, by the way … what a huge and fun milestone!

Lisa August 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Happy bloggiversary!

I know this sounds weird, but my favorite pick me up song is “I Hate Everyone” by Get Set Go. Something about those lyrics about all the little things that are so annoying, with that perky beat, I can’t help but sing along and feel much better.

Accidents August 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Happy bloggiversary! 2 years, wow. I’m realizing that my blog is probably that old, too, though it just doesn’t feel like I’ve been pregnant/had Hank for that long. This all still seems like a relatively recent life change! Anyway, my pick-me-up-song is “Just Can’t Get Enough” by Depeche Mode. Gotta love synth rock for when you need to stop taking yourself/your life so seriously.

Lorry August 25, 2010 at 6:02 am

Happy blogiversary!

So many great songs to choose from. Hmm hmm hmm! OK, my pick is “Ready or Not” by Lightning Seeds. In fact, I’m going to listen to it right now. *dance dance*

KT August 25, 2010 at 11:32 am

Michael Franti’s “Hello Bonjour” makes me happy no matter when I listen to it. 🙂

Happy blog anniversary!

The Disgruntled Academic August 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I’ve been thinking about this all day. Seriously, you have the honor of taking over my shower thinking (it’s where I generate my best ideas, seriously) and I have so many. Whole albums, in fact, and I’d be happy to share, but my one happy-go-lucky, jump on your bed, dance around song “Twiggy vs. James Bond” by Pizzicato 5. Get your dance on, birthday girl!

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