Two Years & Thank You Giveaway

Happy birthday, Hello Rigby!

Okay, well technically your actual birthday was back in September, but your real birthday in my eyes is in January. Every year on your birthday, I tell a little tale of how I always wanted to blog, but nothing ever stuck. Finally, I named you Hello Rigby, you were born, had no idea what I was doing for about six months. I then abandoned you. I’m sorry for that, but I did resurrect you back in 2014. That year, I challenged myself to blog every day in January to figure out what I wanted to write about. It took me until the end of the month to get up the courage to post an outfit, and I definitely did not blog every day. I’m pretty sure I had only enough ideas to make it through the first week.

Jenn Haskins: Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion, Beauty, & Lifestyle Blogger
Honestly, 2015 was a big year for us. (Me? You? Is a blog able to be personified? I have no idea at this point. It’s 3am and I’m tired but I found some bugs and my developer fell asleep on me.)

In 2015, I broke 10,000 page views in one month. Then 20,000. And now in 2016, I’ve already nearly broken 30,000. I know, I know, it’s chump change for some, but for me it’s exciting. I feel like 2015 was the year I discovered what I love to write about, and then did it. 2016 is the year I hopefully will figure out my future. Or not. For now, I’m just rolling with the punches.

Jenn Haskins of Hello Rigby, Seattle Fashion & Beauty Blog
Today, I’m also excited to unveil a new blog design. Dave and I have been working on this behind the scenes, and if you happened to visit on Saturday or Sunday, you might have run into a few kinks. Sorry about that, but it should be all better now. (And if not, will you please let me know? I really would appreciate it. We’re only human and sometimes make mistakes. ;)) For the last couple of years I’ve had a template, and while it was fine, it’s nice to have my own design. I liked a lot of things about it (like the sidebar placement and the round profile photo, which I’ve kept similar) but as things grow and change, it was time for something fresh.

I also spent some time working on what the future of my YouTube channel is, and while I’m still dedicated to blogging, I do want to make more time for videos in 2016. Here is my new channel and blog trailer that I think sums up what I’ll be covering:


Photography by Michelle Moore
Most of all, what I want to say is thank YOU. Thank you to everyone and anyone that has ever left me a comment, well wish, tweet, message, email, or even just stopped by and said nothing… I really appreciate it. It’s fun to share your passions, your words, and your heart with the world and have someone actually listen. I feel beyond grateful to belong to such a wonderful community.

And to thank you, I know nothing better than giving you gifts so I’d love for you to win some of my absolute favorite things. The first prize winner will take home a Burberry Fresh Glow Primer so you can be radiant all winter long, plus $50 cash or gift card to your choice of place, as long as it can be sent via email. The runner-up will receive an Urban Decay Naked Basics 2, one of my all time favorite palettes for everyday makeup, plus a few extra goodies. I wish I could give everyone a gift, but unfortunately, that would be prohibitively expensive. Maybe one day… ;)

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Thank you again for your support over the last 2+ years, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Lots of love, always,


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104 thoughts on “Two Years & Thank You Giveaway

  1. Jackie

    Happy blog anniversary -isn’t it amazing how time flies? Love your space and you’ve grown it so well! As for a fun fact about me, I’m apparently a packrat because I just noticed I’m wearing a shirt with a hole in the sleeve. Oops. Time for an upgrade!

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  2. Abby

    Congrats on 2 years! My goal this year is similar to yours 2 years ago, trying to officially launch my blog and define my purpose. Love the new layout. Happy 2016!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Thank you so much Abby! Best wishes on launching your blog and defining your purpose! It took me awhile to fully “get there” but it’s been a joy to grow and change over the years! :)

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  3. Brittany

    BRB subscribing to your YouTube channel!!

    I originally found your blog while looking for Seattle bloggers as I’m hoping to move there one day! I have absolutely loved watching your site grow and I love your posts.

    I also look to your blog as inspiration for my own. I recently started a book and beauty blog (www.bookishbeauty.com) and can use all the help I can get :)

    Thanks for being awesome, I look forward to what 2016 brings you!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw, thank you Brittany!

      If you ever do move (or visit!) here you’ll have to hit me up! Would love to chat books & beauty over coffee. :)

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  4. Sasha

    First off, congratulations on your blog’s birthday! I’m a fan of your blog and have been reading it for the last couple of months now while taking inspiration from each post. While I may not have subscribed until today for your blog, I am a consistent viewer and am looking forward to see what comes in 2016 from hellorigby! Thank you so much for posting great content and hope that both you (and rigby) are having a wonderful start to the new year!

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  5. Meegan

    Happy blogiversary! Such an exciting time. You have really done a lot for a 2 year old blog. I would have never guessed! Fun fact about me is that I still haven’t signed up for snapchat or periscope–way behind :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw thanks Meegan! It’s okay, I still haven’t actually used Periscope (other than to watch) so you’re not behind at all! ;)

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  6. Kristin 2z

    Happy Blog Birthday!! <3

    Love following and the new look is AMAZING!

    Fun Fact: I love wine but I have an awesome Rum drink recipe but one knocks you on your tush but in the hot summer they're so yummy!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw, thank you so much Chelsie! I’m so inspired by you too – you’re rocking your blog and I can’t wait to see where it takes you in 2016! :)

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  7. Grace

    Happy blogiversary!! :) I love the new look – so good!
    Hmm, a random fact about me is that I’m afraid of being underwater and even seeing videos of underwater scenes. No idea how this fear developed – but let’s just say snorkeling over winter break was very difficult and I basically laid on the shore for most of it. Oops.
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    1. Jenn Post author

      Thank you, Grace! Oh no, so sorry! Dave doesn’t like the being in the water either and I think he would have been the same way if we went snorkeling!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Yay, thank you so much Annessa! I’m happy you’ve stuck around this long. ;) It’s been so fun to see your blog grow and change too!

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  8. Christy Peeples DuBois

    Congratulations on your Twi year blogiversary. Blogging for two years takes dedication and persistence.
    I am from Louise, Mississippi. I started playing the piano for our church when I was 12 years old.

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  9. Tara

    Hi Jenn, I’m from Southern California, but when I was vacationing in Seattle last August I kept looking for you and Rigby :)

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  10. Cindy A.

    Congratulations on your two year blogiversary! I am from Tennessee and getting ready to start a new job in event planning. I can hardly wait! :)

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  11. Rita

    Happy New Year and Happy 2 Year Blogging Anniversary Jenn! Your blog is where it is today because of all of the tender love and care you’ve put into it! You are so transparent and real and readers can sense that! That’s why we all keep coming back for more! Keep up the great work girl! I hope 2016 is everything you dreamed of and more! :)

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw, thank you so much Rita! You’re too sweet and so glad we got to “meet” through DailyLook! Same to you for 2016, I can’t wait to see where your blog goes this year!

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  12. Natalie Brown

    Congratulations on your Bloganniversary! I’m loving the new design too. So simple and pretty too. I live in St. Petersburg, Florida and, wow, it’s been cold here. It’s a nice change though. Thank-you for this awesome chance. :)

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