This past year was amazing here at Moogly! And I owe so much of it to each and every one of you. Once again, it's been a fantastic journey, and watching the site grow and expand has come with a few challenges as well as rewards. But it's all been worth it!
In 2012 I was excited to have reached 1.5 million total page views. Now we're looking at nearly that many per month! And one of the wonderful things about all these views is that it's allowed me to be able to bring you some wonderful giveaways and great guest posts - and I hope to continue with these in 2014!
And as those who've been around for a little while may recall, all these visits had an even more direct impact on the site - it went down a few times! All this fantastic traffic meant overloaded servers. So we had to take some decisive action and change our hosting company, right in the middle of a giveaway weekend. It was a risk, and it was a little hairy, but the site came through in one piece, and in fact looks better than ever. Faster, cleaner, ready for even more visitors - and still improving!
There were also some very official awards and honors given to Moogly this year! It was thanks to you lovely fans that we received the Craftsy Blogger Award for Best Video Tutorials - and that one's definitely a "we"! I couldn't have made the quality HD video crochet tutorials without the help of my husband/tech guy/videographer. And I couldn't have won the award without all of your nominations and votes! Thank you thank you thank you!
And I was also honored with the 2013 Awesome Crochet Blog Awards: Best Video Tutorials from Crochet Concupiscence! Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence is one of my blogging idols - it's her example that first got me thinking about crochet blogging, and she's been a wonderful encouragement and inspiration. Thank you so much Kathryn!
As for my patterns and designs, it's been another exciting year there too! Several of my crochet patterns have been featured in AllFreeCrochet's 100 Favorites List for Most Popular Patterns of 2013! A couple of them have even been included in their How to Crochet the Best Free Crochet Patterns of 2013 eBook!
And nearly every week, your Favorites and Queues on Ravelry have pushed the latest pattern into the Top 10 for Hot Right Now Crochet on that site - always so exciting! It's through all your clicks, likes, hearts, comments, and love, that Moogly has gotten to where it is today!
So where are we today? After 2013, there are so many more roundups, so many more video tutorials, and so many more good things to explore. And my mission is to keep the good stuff coming! 2013 brought 55 more free patterns here on Moogly - and with your support, I hope to repeat that again this year!
Thank you all so much for making 2013 as wonderful as it was - and I hope you'll all join me for the exciting things that 2014 has in store! I can't wait to share more crochet (and maybe a bit of knit) fun with you all! The goals for 2014 include more patterns, more videos - and a little more work life balance for me too. I love what I do, and I love my family - and this year my goal is to be able to enjoy them both!
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You have had a tremendous year Tamara 🙂 Congratulations and thank you for everything you do for the Crochet Community!! Hugs, Rhondda
😀 Thank you Rhondda! Right back at you!
I just love your site and thank-you for sharing.. Ruby
Thank you so much Ruby!
I need to add that your work is always special and i am thinking that your work must appeal to many. The patterns are always lovely, tutorials so beneficial. Thank you for all your wonderful contributions. I am in admiration of your work. Susiee
<3 Thank you so much Susiee!
You do such a wonderful job, Tamara. Your patterns are always so fresh and fun, and you do such an excellent job explaining exactly how to make them. Your tutorials are the absolute best! I am fairly new to crocheting, and this past year I have learned so much from you that I am now tackling projects that seemed way too challenging for me to even attempt a year ago. I thank you for sharing your wonderful creations, and teaching us - step by step - how to make these awesome beauties! Happy New Year to you! I wish you much happiness, and much more success!
<3 Thank you so much Penny! Happy New Year to you as well!
Thank you Moogly for your dedication this year! I learned several new stitches and techniques from your tutorials. I love your pattern roundups!! so well researched and a variety of topics covered. I created some of your free patterns this year too! They were lovely gifts and well received! Can't wait to see what happens in 2014!
😀 Thank you so much Erica!
2013 was the year I discovered your blog - thanks for the free patterns and the tutorials.
Thanks so much for the kind mention. I adore all that you do here and am so happy that you were inspired to start blogging about crochet!
😀 It's all true! Thank you so much Kathryn!
You did great last year. Congratulations on all your achievements !
I love you site, it has a lot of great information and your patterns are lovely. Especially the Eloise Baby Sweater, it's my favourite.
Can't wait to see what's coming this year, Keep up the good work 🙂
😀 Thank you so much Henriette!!!