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You guys! 2 years. TWO YEARS!

Can I walk you down memory lane for a bit? Here we go.

We started with 4…


then moved to 3…


Here’s how the 3 of us began.

And then – just the two of us.

Here’s how it went from 3 to 2.  


Here we are today. (PS. My business partner, Jen? Yeah. She rocks. We respect each-other. It works, well.)

If you followed us since the beginning, April 12, 2012 – you will recognize some changes in the site.

We’ve had our fair share of controversy…

but then quickly decided that’s not who we are. Life is too short for controversy, you know? Everyone has that. Jen and I left controversy behind when we left the TV world. We didn’t want that on Her View From Home. We wanted something different. We wanted a place where you can log on and feel like you’re talking to a friend. We wanted a place that highlights your community and the great people that live there.

We wanted to truly highlight your view from home.

I think it’s safe to say, we are there. Finally – after two years, I think Jen and I and the rest of our fantastic gang can see it too. We have two gals that keep us on track and ready to roll, we have a huge group of incredible writers, 6 community editors that are rockin’ awesome, advertisers that keep the site running and you. 

You! Thank You! You’ve helped us reach our highest views yet! (If you’re curious, come on – I would be, that’s over 90,000 views in the last 30 days.)

You guys. We are pumped!

The continued growth keeps our spirits high! You hit record numbers during infant loss day. You helped a mother and her family feel comfort after a tragic accident. You helped spread awareness to parents near and far about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.

You’ve laughed with us, cried with us and heck – even cooked with us!

Now you’re helping us spread the word about HVFH and the great towns all throughout the state, with community sites in Lincoln, the Sandhills and Central Nebraska. Did you know we’re growing? We’re looking for YOU! We want to expand to all areas of Nebraska. Someday – maybe, even across state lines.

Can you help us? Will you continue to spread the word? Tell people who we are?

Do you want to join our team? Help highlight your community?

Gosh – we’ve love to have you.

2 years is big. According to the “big wigs” the year between 2 and 3 is a big deal. This is do or die time. This is when we find out if the business will continue to grow.

We think it will happen. Scratch that.  We know it will happen. We have you guys.

Thank you for two years! Here’s to many, many more! (Yes. I lit two candles, stuck it in a really bad for you but oh so good store bought cookie, and made a birthday wish for HVFH.)


(PS. We couldn’t have done this without my husband (who creates all the graphics and is a huge supporter), our fantastic web guy + team David Lano, and of course – The University of Nebraska for choosing HVFH as the 2012 business plan competition winner!)

OK. I feel like this is an Oscar speech again. Almost done.


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Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.

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