Four years ago today, I wrote my first blog post. Actually I was so excited about blogging that I wrote half a dozen short posts that day.
Although I started out with the intention of blogging about writing, I soon discovered that I wanted my blog to be fun, so I write about whatever interests me at the moment. Writing, editing, and publishing advice are still major topics, and I’ve added book reviews and author interviews.
The most popular posts are listed in the sidebar, and you can check out posts by category in my category archives. I also like to write series of posts, which you can find on the series and related posts page. You can see the evolution of the blog through the years by reviewing the archives by month.
As I looked forward to the blog’s fourth birthday, I noticed that another milestone was also approaching. I was very close to 800 posts. So for the last three weeks, I’ve posted four times a week instead of three, and voila: post #800 appears four years after post #1.
I could quote other statistics, such as 14,000+ real comments and 285,000 spam comments. However, the most important highlights of four years of blogging can’t be measured. The friends I’ve made, the things I’ve learned, the fun I’ve had have made the past four years a delight. I look forward to the next four years and the next 800 posts.
To celebrate, I’ll draw four names from comments left on this post within the next week. The four winners will each win the e-book of their choice:
- romantic suspense novel Dream or Destiny
- contemporary romance novel Stroke of Luck
- contemporary romance novel Fern’s Fancies
- any one of my how-to guides: Finding Information, Preserving Memories: How to Write a Family History, or The Secrets of Fantastic Houseplants
Thanks to everyone who has visited—whether you’re a silent reader or a commenter, I appreciate you!
Leave a comment by the end of next week to be entered in the drawing for an e-book.
Added 6/19/10: At the end of one week after this was posted, there were comments from 26 commenters. Each commenter was entered only once in the drawing. The winners selected by generating random numbers at Random.org were commenters #2 (Deb), 26 (Rae), 4 (Matt), and 10 (Maggie May). The winners have been notified by e-mail. Thanks to everyone who commented!