Thursday, October 11, 2012

One Year Blogiversary and Invitation to Party!


Today is my one year blogging anniversary. It's hard to remember what life was like before jumping into this blogging, tweeting, publishing party. Being able to share my stories with the world has been a dream come true for me. I am so grateful for every reader who picked up a copy of The Selkie Spell and The Selkie Enchantress this year. Thank you.

But for all the amazing things that have happened this year, this journey would not have been the same without the incredible blogging and twitter friends I've met. Your support, encouragement, kindness and friendship has meant so much to me. And I can't imagine a better way to celebrate than by throwing a virtual party for all of you!

Here's how it's going to work... I want you to go through your own blogs (or websites) and find a post that you wrote before you had the following you have today. Dig out a favorite post that didn't get as much love as you thought it deserved, dust it off, and paste the link in the comments section below. Feel free to give us a little teaser line so we know what it's about. :)

Have fun with it! Then mingle through the comments section, say 'hi' to the other bloggers, click on a few links and maybe leave a comment or two. Who knows... you might make a new friend or find some new blogs to follow. Maybe a few of them will even follow you back!

All I ask in return is that you consider following my dear friend, Susie Lindau's wildly popular blog ~ Susie Lindau's Wild Ride. Susie was one of the first bloggers I met last year. Her blog is funny and clever and you never know quite what to expect. The virtual Promote and Party Day was her idea and she's hosted several now on her blog. I always have so much fun at her parties, I asked her if I could borrow her idea just this once, and she has kindly granted me permission. :)

So to kick off the festivities, here is my first ever blog post from October 11th, 2011: Sunflower Dust. Now grab a drink, join the party, and share something fun in the comments section below!

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your blogiversary!! I love The Selkie Spell! Wonderful writing and story!

    This is a fabulous party, Sophie!! I followed Susie, dug out an old link and am off to read Sunflower Dust!! xo

    What emergency rations does a weather-bound writer consider essential? Find out here: http://www.bullishink.com/2011/10/24/emergency-rations/

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    1. Thx so much for dropping by, Ruth! Your post is hilarious. Especially now that I know what an insane plotter you are. :) By the way, I'm pretty sure Nora Roberts wrote her first story when she was housebound with two little kids during a snow storm. And look where that got her... :)

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  2. Hi Sophie
    It was nice to make your acquaintance recently :) And congratulations on your one year!
    Got Ireland's one year anniversary is coming up soon too. One of my favorite posts from the past few months was actually not written by me at all. It was by a guest blogger, who gave a lovely account of what she saw in Ireland on her very first visit.
    You can read all about it here

    http://gotireland.com/2012/07/17/the-happy-accident-stumbling-upon-history-in-southwest-ireland/

    Best wishes
    Liam

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Liam. I LOVE your site and am following you now! I really enjoyed the Irish travel piece you shared. I would love to know more about the "Castle on the Rock of the Fairy." Sounds like a wonderful beginning to a magical story. :)

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  3. Happy blog anniversary! I'm surprised it's only been a year, since you're such a pro. It's so great that you and Juliette went to France to brainstorm.

    I just started my blog a little more than a year ago, then I got caught up in Twitter World. Thanks so much for throwing this party!

    My post gives a glimpse into my journey to writing. http://wp.me/p1Nylx-2V

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    1. Thank you so much for popping by! This is a wonderful story. Many writers hear the siren call of the pen their entire lives. The ones who succeed are the ones who listen to it. I’m glad you kept coming back to it. And we all know that the more you write the better you get! Thx for stopping by my blog and sharing your post. :)

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  4. Hey Sophie, congratulations on your blogging birthday! Thank you for the invite to party and thank you also for all your support and kind words since we've been Twitter friends, it's much appreciated!

    Here's my post, a musing upon hiking and how our own lives are a series of wanderings

    http://bloodstonebay.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/not-all-who-those-wander-are-lost.html

    All the best for your continued success,
    Suzy x

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your post, Suzy! It has been years since I went for a hike like this and I miss the mountains so much. Your beautiful pictures and wanderings brought that back. I almost felt like I was there. :) Thank you.

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  5. Happy birthday from an oldie blogger who only started blogging in May

    here's one I wrote earlier: How to Annoy an Oyster
    http://carolhedges.blogspot.com

    Please feed the fish!

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Carol. I think you meant to link up this post, but no worries, it was easy to find:

      http://carolhedges.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-annoy-oyster.html

      I love the line: "Relieved to get back to rural homeland and stick straws back in hair." LOL. We've all been there, confused and floundering as we navigate through a city. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Congratulations, Miss Sophie! As you know you're one of my favorite writers and virtual friends, so I'm so happy for you!

    My favorite post that I have personally written is here: http://laurahoward78.blogspot.com/2012/06/5-ways-to-get-readers-to-beg-for-more.html

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    1. I LOVE this post, Laura. I agree completely with everything you say in it. Honestly, isn't engagement a LOT more fun than hitting people over the head with what you have to sell? There are so many wonderful people out there to meet and get to know. Make friends and have fun with it! Thank you for writing this and sharing your knowledge with the world. I feel truly blessed to have met you this year. And I can't wait for the release of your first story. I'll be one of your biggest supporters! :)

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  7. Congratulations! A year goes by so fast, doesn't it? I panicked when I realized school was starting and I hadn't completed any of my writing goals yet except for one.

    Because my online presence is still pretty new (relatively), here's a link to a brief look at the attributes of a hero:

    http://www.amykeeley.com/2012/10/10/13-essential-traits-of-the-hero/

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Amy! I enjoyed your thirteen attributes of a hero post. A lot to think about on that subject... I particularly like this one: "Loyalty – Do not ever lose the souls who truly love you." I poked around your website a bit and your stories look great! I am a big fan of magic and romance. :)

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  8. Oh my gosh Sophie! Thanks for the shout out. Feel free to whoop it up and by all means have a Use Me and Abuse Me day anytime you want to.. :)
    I am so glad that we met too!
    Here's one from the archives...It's a funny post about secrets and how to really get to really get the word out!
    http://susielindau.com/2012/03/21/shhh-dont-tell-anyone/

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    1. Thanks, Susie. :) And, ha! I love this post. Who can resist a secret? Even if we're good at keeping them, we love to hear them and be "in the know." :) Thanks for dropping by the party!

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  9. Hi Sophie,

    Congratulations on your First Birthday! It's amazing how much can change in a year, isn't it?

    My author's blog is a whopping one month old-I started two days before I got the publishing call. In fact the first pot is a vow to be published or bitter within a year.;) This means I don't have a ton of posts to chose from, but I'll share one about about my biggest writer problem.

    http://anablaze.blogspot.com/2012/10/wip.html

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    1. Nice post, Ana! I love how you gave us a taste of all your stories. What a fun idea. I have at least two stories in my files that I never finished. One of which will remain unfinished forever, the other I hope to complete one day. I also have one completed manuscript that still needs a lot of work before I publish it. :) But what a great idea to put them all together in one post and bring them back to life! Also, I have to say "A Stand Up Guy" really caught my attention. I would love to read that story! Let me know when it's out. :) Thanks for coming to the party today!

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  10. I really enjoyed clicking on a few posts! You have some great writer friends Sophie!
    Congratulations on your blogiversary!

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I always find so many fun new bloggers through your parties. I'm so glad you stopped by. :)

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  11. Happy blogging anniversary! I'm so glad to have "met" you and am looking forward to many more years of reading your posts.

    Come to think of it, last month was my blog's 1st anniversary, as well. Makes me wish I'd had a party!

    I found and dusted off this little jewel (since, at the time, I felt so bad that I didn't get any comments for it): http://jessicamarcarelli.blogspot.com/2012/02/just-write-where-to-begin.html. It's about the desire to write and just doing it.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the party, Jessica! Love the post you shared. I'm so happy I didn't know any writing rules before I completed my first manuscript. I might never have finished it if I had! There is nothing like those first years of writing when no imaginary editors are haunting you. You have to write to get better. No amount of workshops or writing books will make you a great writer. Only writing will do that. Thanks again for popping by!

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  12. Happy Happy Bloggiversary!!! Thankful to have met you, and I'm so excited to get in to your books :) This is a wonderful way to celebrate your blog turning one. It was fun to go back and check out old posts, to see how things have changed.

    I chose a post that I'm still trying to learn from :) http://lilliemcferrin.com/embracing-chaos/?preview=true&preview_id=49&preview_nonce=c26feb374b

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    1. I can sooooo relate to this post, Lillie! I'm an obsessive neat freak and my writing space has to be pristine, too. Your line about the dictionary and thesaurus made me laugh so hard. But I agree that the chaos of life is what builds our strength and fuels our stories. Might as well learn how to roll with it or at least use it as fodder for a new book. :) Thanks for dropping by the party and sharing this post!

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  13. Happy Blog-Anniversary, Sophie! It is amazing what can happen when we take a chance on ourselves and it is astounding how much a life can change in a year. Congratulations on all your success - but even moreso, congratulations on making those dreams a reality.

    I changed my blog over from Blogger to WP a few months ago and in doing so lost some of my earlier posts.I do have one posted in the "About" section of my blog that I'm still fond of and which echoes what I've said to you above! (How is that for a tie-in?!). It starts below the photo: http://goingforcoffee.net/about/

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    1. Jo-Anne, I am absolutely FLOORED that you only started writing a year ago? How...? How is this possible? Of all the writers I've met on Twitter you are by far one of THE most talented. I can't believe you haven't been writing for at least ten years. Cleary you see and feel very deeply to have been able to translate your observations into prose in such a beautiful way so soon. I'm so glad we met and feel like I am blessed to have discovered your talent so early! One day I'll be able to say, "I knew her when!"

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    2. Sophie, what a kind and lovely comment. I am blessed to have met you and been inspired by your talent. YOU are amazing! Many hugs!

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  14. Hello Sophie, congratulations on the milestone and all the best for your future. There's a positive energy about your site that's quite inspiring.

    My favourite post is here: http://writenowhow.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/death-in-morning.html

    If you like it, feel free to share. Cheers J.C.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, J.C.! I really appreciate you stopping by the party. :) I read your post and was very touched by it. I think we've all been in that situation before. And it just makes it that much harder since it was a butterfly, which represents such a fleeting moment of magic and beauty.

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  15. Congratulations on your blog birthday, Sophie! I love the cake... of course, it's going right to my hips... but it is very good cake!

    I'm familiar with Susie Lindau's blog... we've been following each other for a while. I love her flash pieces!

    I have had my Blogger and Wordpress blogs (can't seem to say good-bye to Blogger, though it often frustrates me) for almost two years. I don't blog every day... most of my blogs are flash fiction I've written as part of weekly challenges. I also do the odd book review and personal post.

    The link below is to the very first story I wrote that I shared with anyone.

    http://veronicathepajamathief.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/penance/

    Congratulations again and I wish you continued success in your writing and all you endeavour.

    Veronica Marie

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by the party, Veronica! So happy you already know Susie! Small world... :) Looking forward to checking out your blog in more depth. This is an intense and emotional piece of writing for your first story! Thank you for sharing it. :)

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