Chardonnay,  Play,  Work

Happy 1/2 Birthday, Blog!

I’ve been a fan of half birthdays for as long as I can remember (age 3 if I could venture an educated guess).  I would proudly state that I was “9 1/2” when I was a little rugrat.  Now I can say with tremendous pride that Work Play and Chardonnay has officially reached it’s very first half birthday…or you could say it is 6 months old.

I’m going to call it a six-month anniversary.  Due in part to my inability to find a “1/2” candle in the store.

It’s weird to think that I hemmed and hawed about launching this blog.  The fear was real, Y’all.  The Work Play and Chardonnay domain had remained dormant for nearly 3 1/2 years (those halves!!!) before I published my first post on March 17th of this year.   Fast forward (like in 64x speed) and over 30 posts have been written, scrutinized, and posted over the past 6 months.


Cupcake 3
I should have gotten half a cake for the occasion, but this cupcake was ready for “primetime.”

I thought I would honor WPC’s 6 months in the blog-o-sphere with a quick round-up of things I’ve grown to love and things that need a wee bit of work.  Or in some cases…a lot of blog elbow grease.  File folders…I am giving you serious side eye.

Favorite Bloggy Things

Grammarly  – Grammarly makes my writing so much smarter than it actually is.  It lets me know when I suck at using the English language and corrects me without being pompous.  I do use the premium version to milk the services of Sir/Madam Grammarly for all it is worth.  However, I do ignore Sir/Madam Grammarly whenever I make up my own words.  It’s called creativity, Grammarly, but don’t worry.  I still love you.

PicMonkey – Photos are a crucial component to WPC – places I’ve gone, the food I’ve eaten, the wine I’ve guzzled.  My photos are okay, but they get a little more punched up thanks to the editing prowess of PicMonkey.  Also…I like to say PicMonkey.  It’s a fun name for a brand.  No monkey around.

Scallops Art Studio 2
Mmm…scallops seared just right.

Twitter – One of my learnings as a new blogger is the importance of social media to promote content.  Twitter, hands down, is my absolute favorite platform to interact with other bloggers.  There are a few a$$hats out there, but overall I have met (online) so many fun and supportive people.  Especially Ashley at Big Flavors From a Tiny Kitchen, Mallory May at The Chic Gourmay, Lee at Bella Inspired Grace, and, of course, my best friend in real life, Nicole at American Introvert in London.

What’s Next?

Photography Class – PicMonkey has done wonder for my photos, but there is so much left for me to learn.  As much as I’d love a professional photographer to reach out and say, “Please, please, pleeeeeaaaasseee…let me take your photos.  You can pay me in verbal praise and home-baked cookies!!!”  that’s just not practical or even remotely realistic.  This girl needs to get herself into a photography class soon.

Partner Posts…Occasionally – Slowly I am starting to work with brands which excites me so very, very much.  Partner posts have been a goal of mine from the very beginning, so to start having the opportunities to do so makes me sing and dance.

Side note – Hey, Brands, hey!  Call me!!  My number is on my “About” page.

Second side note – Did that sound desperate or proactive?  Or desperately proactive?

Getting My Blog Sh#t Together – There’s so much stuff behind-the-scenes that I need to do to get organized.  I’m talking spreadsheets, filing systems, and other things that require a trip to Office Max.  For some reason, I haven’t been all over getting this kind of stuff done.  Maybe because I find it mundane?  Hmm…

Desk 2
My office has a wine fridge.  It doesn’t have a filing cabinet.  I need to get my sh#t together.

 What type of posts do you enjoy via Work Play and Chardonnay?  Is there anything you would like to see more or less on the blog?  How do you feel about guest posts?  Any and all feedback is much appreciated!

Thank you so much for reading whether this is your first post or you have been checking in on the regular!  I would share all the cupcakes with everyone if I could (please read “all the cupcakes” in Oprah’s giving goodies away voice).

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard.  (I can in 4 days!!)



  • Momica

    First of all, if I had known cupcakes were involved, I would have been celebrating every half and quarter event I could dig up. Second, I love your “Laurie going somewhere” blogs with all the (non-pro) but still wonderful pics, but most especially the food photos which inevitably cause me to fall off the healthy food wagon. So big thanks for that. And thirdly, what I love most are the personal and quirky blogs where you just share random stuff about your life. Even the sad doggie posts.

    • lauriegannon1

      Momica, I can give you all of those blog posts and more! And let’s celebrate with cupcakes when you come to Florida AND when we make the trek up to Carolina. 🙂

  • Tay

    Happy 6 months anniversary!
    Also, i use Grammarly as well, though the free version. What do you think are the most beneficial with paying for it?
    Photography class sounds like a good idea. I had some lessons when I was in high school and it was so much fun and it really opened my eyes! And playing in Photoshop is also fun :p

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi!!!! Thank you for the kind annivesary words!

      I chose to go with the premium version of Grammarly. It has been so long since I took any type of composition, so I wanted to have a built-in “editor” for my blog. It’s been great!

      I can’t wait to take a photography class…even it is for an iPhone. Have you played around with PicMonkey or Lightroom?

    • lauriegannon1

      I wish I could get a tub of that maple frosting from that particular cupcake. It was SOOOO good! I need to figure out if I can take a photography class online. If you find one, please let me know! 🙂

  • kumamonjeng

    Congrats on your journey on your blogging life. Glad to learn that you realised those daily effort and make an improvement in you life. Keep going and never give up and thanks for sharing this experience with us. It has also inspired me to make some celebration like so, probably making a tee-shirt after I hit certain page view.

  • Talya

    Happy 6 months!! I am close to that milestone myself and it is amazing how it seems like such a short time and such a long time all at once. I love blogging and have learned so much in the last few months, but for each thing i learn, i discover there are about 100 more things i did not even know about that i need to learn! Congrats on all you have done so far!!

    • lauriegannon1

      Happy almost six months anniversary to you! Isn’t it crazy how much there is to learn about blogging? I had no idea that was the case when I first started. But it definitely keeps me on my toes!

  • Dalene Ekirapa

    Happy six months anniversary. At least, your six months have been fruitful unlike how mine were! But anyway, I also love Twitter since the connection between bloggers there is just wild!

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi, Ola! Thank you for the kind words! The cupcake was very good, but I don’t think it holds a candle to the treats from The Dessert Kitchen you shared. 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      Thank you, London Mumma! The time has gone so quickly. I can’t wait to learn and write more (and make your gazpacho!!)

  • The Teaching Aunt

    I love your round up posts. I honestly enjoy reading them. I like that I’m given a glimpse of what you’ve been busy with in a quick and straight forward way. 😀
    Oh! And of course, CONGRATULATIONS, Laurie! I think we’re almost the same with how we started with blogging. I opened a WordPress account in 2015 (but in a different name), and thankfully, I was able to post 1 article. One sad, super lonely post. 😛 It was only last July (2018) that I really concentrated on my blog. And really spent money, sweat and tears (okay, maybe not sweat), but I definitely exerted effort on this one. 🙂
    I think I’m gonna celebrate on my 6th month, too. Because why not, right? It’s absolutely worth celebrating! Woohoo!!!

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi!!! This absolutely made my day! Thank you so much for all of the kind words! And, of course, congratulations to you! I bet sweat has been involved! There is so much time and effort that goes into blogging. I can’t wait to read and learn more about you!! 😀❤️

  • faithhopelove627

    I love celebrating 1/2 birthdays too. Happy 1/2 birthday to your blog! 6 months is a great accomplishment and I wish you a lot of luck as you continue on your blogging journey! Here are to many more birthdays and 1/2 birthdays.

  • toastycritic

    I have done Grammarly which is an essential. And definitely I love Twitter. I do feel like its a running conversation out there. So much more fun that way. But I haven’t done Pic Monkey. I will have to check that out.

    • lauriegannon1

      Twitter is by far my favorite social media “dialogue”. Instagram is pretty but I actually feel like I am getting to know people better on The Twitter. 🙂

  • tania

    Haha im totally a fan of half birthdays as well so… congrats and your cupcake is looking de-lish! grammarly is also an essential for me as a blogger! Havent ever heard of monkey though sot hanks for sharing, will be now checking it out!

  • GlamKaren

    Love the tools that you shared, it’s really important, as a blogger to utilize what we can to make our life easier. Happy anniversary! All the hard work is worth it! I like that you’re planning to improve your skills and take different lessons!

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