May 7, 2013

How It All Began

  Let me set the scene for you: February 2009. Sitting in the oldest, ugliest academic building on the Luther College campus. Surrounded by fellow Sophomore education majors. A full-of-jokes college professor says we will each be starting a blog and write each week about what our thoughts are about the topics in class. Eye-rolls and groans commence. Myself included.

I begrudgingly do the assignment. What other choice did I have? I believe my blog name was Luther College Education Psychology Spring 2009 or something catchy like that.

You can still read those posts from February - May of 2009 here.

Somewhere along the line, however, I started to really enjoy the time I spent writing out my thoughts. Granted, the only people that read my blog back then was my professor and some of my classmates. When class ended, I didn't want to stop blogging. So I kept up, not really knowing all about this blogging community that was actually there. I renamed my blog Sweet Silver Lining because I liked the sentiment of every cloud having a silver lining, no matter how dark. I also really liked the song of the same name by Kate Voegele.

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I kept up blogging &, randomly, people I didn't know started to follow me. Very slowly. I started to discover a plethora of blogs I enjoyed reading. My blogging would ebb & flow. You can probably tell that if you go to the archives. Sometimes I would go stretches of 3 months without writing. One time I even went almost 6 months without saying anything. I rediscovered my passion a year ago, in May 2012. Ever since then, I have blogged every month. And, more recently, I blog almost every day.

I guess I've kept it up because of all the wonderful ladies I've met. I had no idea there was such a great group of people that I had so much in common with and could relate to and I had never even met them! I would always be skeptical of my sister, who had friends online that she had never met, but I guess I understand now. I feel like I know some of y'all so well or we've hung out before! It's the strangest thing, but I'm really so glad I discovered this little part of the world.


Meet Joanna from ModaMama!

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Joanna is just the cutest! I love her style. My favorite recent look was her camo leggings; the country girl in me loved it! And her sarcasm speaks to me :)

Every Friday, Joanna posts a Coffee Talk Vlog. In these vlogs, she talks about everything from personal topics like keeping her daughter off her blog & managing her time to Men's fashion, Vegan eating, skincare, and diet & exercise.

Joanna says:
My blog is filled with daily outfits as well as the awkward and often sarcastic musings on life and the grand scheme of the universe. Don't I sound profound? Trust me, the reality is far from it, but it might make you laugh.

Be on the lookout for a guest post from Joanna in the future and, in the mean time, go show her some love!


  1. Stopping by from the link-up! I love that it started as a school assignment...sometimes school assignments can be fun! Haha. And I love the name. Me and my friend wrote a song once about Finding the Silver Lining...granted we were in 6th grade, hahaha. But I LOVE Kate Voegele! Did/do you watch One Tree Hill?

  2. I started a blog (not the one I have now) just like that for a public relations class. And it was about that time that as long as I could write whatever I wanted, I really enjoyed writing.

  3. Hi there, sopping by from the link up. Ooo, I like your blog's beginning story! How funny that it started as a school assignment, lol.

  4. Hey my blog started as a school assignment too! That's about the only good thing I've taken from school too'

  5. This is such an awesome post!! its fun to get to know why bloggers started blogging!! I love that it was a class assignment. We had to do a similar thing in school but this was way back when (i'm saying this like I'm old lol). Last year I realized that I love to write. Its something I never really realized I ha a passion for and then remembered how fun I had with what we did in school. Ummm Kate Voegele, yes please!! Seriously a favorite. One Tree Hill has been my best friend from the start too!!

    Thank you for stopping by and following! I cant wait to read more :)