Sunday, March 23, 2008

One Year Old

One year ago today, I debuted as a blogger. I had no idea how the whole blog world would work out, nor did I have any clue as to how much I would love writing each post (well, maybe not every single one, but 99% of them).

I worried that no one would comment. I worried that I'd run out of things to blog about (yeah, right).

Let me just say, I'm having a blast. I've chatted about my kids, my worries, my dad, my WIPs, revisions. I've been able to recommend books and writers. I've been able to mention causes that matter to me. I've found support in the face of tragedy. I've found friends.

One year ago, I was blathering about my upcoming trip to New Orleans (which totally rocked!); I'm now getting ready to head out for the Virginia Festival of the Book where I'll finally meet--face to face-- my blog pals Carleen and Therese and Jenny. It doesn't seem possible that I haven't "officially" met them, and lots of others, before now because, through this whole cyberworld of e-mails and blogs, and through good old-fashioned phone calls, I already feel as though I've had coffee with them. As though we've commiserated over a carton of good ice cream, celebrated with some good Chardonnay.

In looking over all 75 of my posts in the past year, I think the one I wrote in July about my dog who howls expresses it best.

I want to thank all of you for stopping by, for joining the conversation, for leaving your comments, for letting me know you're out there. The world might be vast and sometimes crowded, other times isolating, but, because of all of you, it rarely feels cold.

So, one year down, many more to come!


Anonymous said...

Wow!! Happy one-year anniversary, Judy! I am so glad you started blogging and so happy to count you among my friends.

Here's to many more wonderful years...

Daisy said...

Happy one year blogoversary! May you have many more. :) I'm not sure how it works for a true writer, but I've found blogging to be addicting. Er, very satisfying.

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary and I'm so glad you were here on the blogosphere to greet me when I came along (my one year is next month).

I think your dog who howls was my very favorite post of the year as well. It really hit home with me and I still think about it all the time.

Many happy returns and we must have mucho photos from Virginia por favor!

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Kristen--Isn't this whole blog world great? So glad we discovered one another!

Daisy--Thanks. It is addicting. And pretty fun, too.

Lisa--Happy almost birthday to you. You're a darn fine "howler" yourself. All the scoop from VA, plus more Novel 101 next week. I promise!

Ghost Girl said...

Keep on bloggin' Judy! It's amazing how much smaller the world becomes online. I've lost track of when I started blogging, but I think it's been about the same for me (I should really check that out!).

Happy Blogiversary!

debra said...

Keep on howling, Judy. And happy day, too.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Ghost Girl--You're so right--it sometimes feels downright cozy! Happy anniversary to you, too.

Debra--Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Larramie said...

I remembered the date on my own, Judy, because a year ago -- having just read and written a post on ALL THE NUMBERS -- we were wishing each other luck in March Madness! Ah well, not this year for OSU, but I have a strong bond to Davidson... :)

The Writers' Group said...

Happy birth-of-blog day, Judy. I remember well when you asked our thoughts on blogging and then debut Not Afraid. Good for you -- and for us. Any regrets?


Judy Merrill Larsen said...

Larramie--You were such a cheerleader for both my book and my blog--thanks, again! And well, um, Davidson? Hate to say it but I've gotta root for the Badgers. May the best team win!

Amy--Thanks! You all were motivation for me to leap into the blogosphere. No regrets . . . other than wishing I'd jumped in sooner!