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Turns out that yesterday wasn't just Mother's Day; it was also the 9th anniversary of the creation of this here blog. NINE YEARS! Imagine that!

I took a quick look back to get some idea where my writing career was at that point. I was definitely already writing and submitting poetry and stories for children (I have now been at it since 2003, so it's been about 11 years), was in an in-person critique group at the time, and hadn't sold anything yet. I was working on getting a website together, but it wasn't operational yet.

I've made some excellent friends through this here blog over the years, including quite a few who started out as blog friends and became friends in real life as well. I've found that the folks I really click with online turn out to be people I really click with in real life, too. Who'd have thunk it?

To celebrate my blogiversary, I believe I'm going to think about hosting a new event. Perhaps a summer read of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is in order, both because I haven't done that novel yet and because it's the 200th anniversary of its publication this year. Or perhaps a return to Brush Up Your Shakespeare month? Or maybe both, but obviously not at the same time?

All thoughts welcome, so please leave some!





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robinellen
May. 12th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! (Mine will be 9 years in September) :)
kellyrfineman
May. 12th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Time flew!
slatts
May. 12th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY!!!
Nine years?

Well, there's the chronological of when we became online friends.

I just posted a picture today of when that friendship took on its first in-person part (at the SCWBI conference).

Happy 9! And to at least some more!
kellyrfineman
May. 12th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY!!!
I saw your post before I wrote mine, and barely recognized myself in that photo! (Too funny!)
slatts
May. 12th, 2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
Long haired Kelly...
...like the slatts portrait.

But I must say I like the NEW look!
annastan
May. 12th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
Nine years! That's amazing. I think my five year might be coming up soon... :-)
kellyrfineman
May. 12th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time, although it felt quick. And, of course, things have changed a lot, as some people got out of blogging or reading blogs. But still, it's some sort of accomplishment!
reginaclarejane
May. 12th, 2014 07:20 pm (UTC)
congratulations, kelly! way to go!
i'm back every now and then here on lj but if i may put in my 2 cents, i'd love a summer read of mansfield park. i've not read that one yet!
:)
kellyrfineman
May. 12th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know - I like having input!! Will certainly keep it in mind (and it's currently the only vote, and therefore the forerunner!)
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kellyrfineman
May. 13th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
I am interested in either one equally, without a real burning desire in either direction. Hmm . . .

And thanks!
jamarattigan
May. 14th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Belated Blog Birthday! I think I pretty much started reading your blog when I first came online in 2007. Thanks to you, I much smarter, know a bit more about garden gnomes, and have renewed my interest in Shakespeare and Austen. :)
kellyrfineman
May. 14th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jama!
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