It occurred to me this morning that this is a very important day in my blogosphere. One year ago today, I started this blog.
I didn't think this blogging thing would be anything special when I started it. I just wanted to have a web-presence and get my name out there (and at the time, get a few things off my chest). This blog - originally called Musings about Life - started out as a part musing, part ranting, and totally scattered blog. I blogged about my writing, my life, my homeschooling adventures and whatever other things grabbed my attention.
About a month after I started, I decided to spin off the homeschooling aspect into Home Ed Musings (my forgotten blog, which isn't listed in my profile because when I created it, I didn't know what I was doing, and since then have lost interest). A few months after that, I decided to recreate my blog into the incarnation you see today. I think I'll stick with this one.
In the past year, I've accumulated some impressive statistics. (A least I think they're impressive.) For instance, I've had 8719 visits from 67 different countries on every continent but Antarctica. Those visits came from 1754 unique visitors and they amounted to 22,570 pageviews.
Over the year, I've met quite a few wonderful people in the blogosphere. 3684 of my visits came from 119 referring sources. Without those wonderful referrals, this would've been just me sitting here talking to myself. The top three people who've sent visitors my way are: Liz Fenwick, Karin Tabke and Erica Ridley. Hopefully, I've returned the favor to some degree. My thanks to them and to all the people who have linked to my blog. I'm honored that you thought enough of my posts to offer your own readers a way to get here.
And now for the part you've all been waiting for...
In honor of this momentous occasion, I'm going to be running a contest for multiple prizes. Anyone who comments between now and Friday at midnight will be eligible to win - although you only get one entry per commenter per day. Since, as usual, I completely forgot I was going to do this, I haven't determined prizes yet. I do know that one lucky commenter will win the first four books in Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series (for commenters over 18 years of age only, please) - if they choose, of course.
Anyhoo, look for more prize information throughout the week.
So, tell me. What have you done over the past year that you're proud of?
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