Happy 1st Birthday to Dani Dearest the blog! Click here to enter to win our anniversary giveaway for some great prizes! #College

Wow. That’s all I can say, wow.

One year ago today I sat in my Freshman dorm room scrolling through Pinterest and made a joke to my roommates about how I should totally start a blog. They jumped on board and encouraged me to get it started and that is when I started Dani Dearest!

Today it is the 1 year blog-anniversary (blogiversary?) of Dani Dearest and I am in awe. In just one year I have found a great support group of amazing bloggers from all over the world, gotten this little blog up to 100,000 pageviews per month, somehow convinced 1,170 people to like me enough to want to receive every new post straight to their e-mail inboxes, and I’ve even begun to get paid for some of the things I post here. Crazy, right?

In celebration of this momentous occasion (ok I sound like I’m my English professor..) I have a surprise in store!

I have teamed up with an amazing brand as well as an Etsy shop recently created by one of my blogging friends to bring to you a giveaway to celebrate my blog’s birthday! Stay tuned for that at the end of the most.

Right now, let’s take a cheesy trip down memory lane and take a look at some big milestones in the year behind us:


September 3rd, I started this blog! Posted some super cheesy things such as a Freshman dorm room tour, a how to on making a t-shirt into a tank top, and a guide on how to make a paint sample covered wall! They were mainly focused on my Freshman year adventures with my roommates.

I also began my “15 Goals for 15 Weeks of a Semester” post which I have continued every semester since then.


I believe this was the month in which I was accepted into the Her Campus Blogger Network. Becoming a part of this community was a big step in making me become more serious about my blogging!

In this month I also wrote multiple posts about college and organization, one of which was my How I Use My Planner post, which is still my 2nd most popular post to date!


In November I hosted a little Blogging Secret Santa event with another blogger that was actually a lot of fun. I got a cute mug in the mail and loved it. I began my “Pits & Peaks” posts which highlighted the good and bad parts of each week every Friday.


This month was a big one for me. I took the big step and bought my own hosting! Then I moved from danidearest.wordpress.com to danidearest.com! At the time I was getting 6,000 pageviews per month and I was incredibly proud of myself.

In this month I posted quite a bit of holiday dorm decor ideas that became pretty popular on Pinterest.


In January I got my first chance to work with a brand, even though it wasn’t paid, it left me super excited! I also received a jar of Reeses’ Spreads from Influenster and I am still in love with it..

I also paired up with my roommate Tori and we took a video of our roommates and us all answering cheesy questions about eachother in a roommate questionnaire game.

In January I posted my single most popular post so far: Preparing for New Classes. I still get thousands of views on this post each day!


In February I slowly began to lose my blogging train and slowed down my posting a bit. I wrote about decorating your dorm with washi tape and creating your own notebook dividers to save money. I also realized that my photography really needed a step up…


In March I only posted 4 times, which was a huge lapse from what I had previously done. There isn’t really much to be said about March…


In April I was crazy busy in my school and social and work lives. So busy, in fact, that I only posted once on Dani Dearest! I know, I’m in shock too. I like to pretend that April never happened on this blog.

I was way too overwhelmed working a ton of jobs, preparing for finals and projects, just having launched my own Her Campus chapter and trying to figure it all out on my own, and working a professional theatre production of Mary Poppins.


In May, I posted twice. I was dealing with finals, school ending, moving out, and starting back on the grind of working everyday. I was also stocking up on posts to make sure this summer I posted more frequently!


In June I fought to post nearly every other day, and I was successful! I put a lot of time and effort into my blog, and it paid off. I continued to get views that grew into subscribers and grew into comments and returning readers.

I am still so in shock that people actually read what I put on here!


On July 4th I turned 19 and wrote a post to my younger self. I also received one of my favorite guest posts so far, from my best friend about how to get healthy in college.

And, biggest news so far, I got my first sponsored post in July! I was able to write a post true to myself, true to my audience, and ironically something that I had on my “to write about” list for a while.. and got paid for it!

This sponsored post quickly snowballed into others and now I am happy to say that this blog has successfully paid off my cell phone, my Disneyland annual pass, and my textbooks for this semester! When I started Dani Dearest I never thought that I would get to this point so I am crazy proud!


In the beginning August I began to pay more attention to my statistics and realized that I was reaching nearly 80,000 pageviews each month! By the end of August that had upped to 100,000!

I hosted my first giveaway which was for a Lenovo speaker, continued to receive some sponsored posts and requests from brands, and collaborated with a couple bloggers on some posts.

I also continued to keep up my pace of posting every other day.

September.. Again!

Well, here we are again. It’s strange to think that all that has happened in one year, isn’t it? Wow.

Ok, enough reminiscing.. I know what you’re really here for:

The Giveaway!

To celebrate my blog anniversary I have paired up with Haute Collegienne and Sip of Sass Designs to bring you this great prize pack.

Here’s what this Giveaway pack includes:

Custom Bracelet

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Haute Collegienne is a great company here to provide a ton of cute accessories and apparel to college students all over the world. These stylish bracelets are completely customizable and are here for you to show off your school or sorority colors with pride!

If you win this prize pack you will receive your bracelet style of choice in your custom colors made just for you! A portion of each sale is set aside for the Haute Collegienne scholarship fund to help girls struggling to pay for school.

College Themed Shirt

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In addition to bracelets, Haute Collegienne provides some great apparel geared toward college students. There are tshirts and tank tops in a large variety of styles!

If you win this prize pack you will receive a shirt or tank top of your choice. View all the options here! 


Handmade “I Donut Care” Mug

Adriana Nudo, the blogger behind Daily Dose of Design recently began a super cute Etsy shop selling her hand designed mugs!

If you win this prize pack you will receive your own super cute “I Donut Care” mug, perfect to throw your coffee in before heading out to class!

Check out all her designs in her Etsy shop: A Sip of Sass!


Important Info:

This giveaway is open to those living within the United States only, for shipping purposes. Entries are being accepted until September 10th!

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Happy Birthday! + Giveaway

15 thoughts on “Happy Birthday! + Giveaway

  • September 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Dani, it sounds like it has been an awesome year! Congrats on your stats – your hard work definitely shows 🙂 Happy blogiversary!

  • September 3, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Wow Congrats Girl!! Happy Blog Birthday! I hope you continue to meet many more years! but I have a question, if I can not compete because it says if an international giveaway or just your country, kisses 🙂

    • September 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Hey Paulina! The giveaway is only open to those within the United States, sorry! Thanks for asking, I have now added that in the post 🙂

  • September 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Hi Dani! I love your blog and congrats on your first year! You should be so proud. #blogitforward

    • September 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I am very proud!

  • September 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Hey Dani,

    So awesome on reaching the first year. I have almost been here throughout the entire time. I have enjoyed your blog so much and am actually thinking about starting my very own.

    • September 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      Aww Katie, that is so sweet of you! So glad you’ve been here for so long, if you do decide to start a blog send me a link and I’ll definitely give it a read!

  • September 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats on one year! Those are some amazing stats!

  • September 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Congrats on your first full year of blogging! Mine is still a month or two off. Anyhow, I just wanted to say that this was such an inspiration to see how far you came in just a few months. I love seeing stuff like this.

  • September 3, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Way to go Dani! Congrats on your accomplishments with your blog, so awesome.

  • September 3, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    honestly loved reading this post so much! congratulations on getting so far along with your blog! I hope I can achieve this much by the time my blog hits one year! xx, kenz

  • September 3, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I love how you did a year in review. It’s very cute and original. Keep up the blogging.

  • September 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Congratulations on One Year!! Your blog site looks so amazing, I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year! Cheers to Year Two!


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