Monday, May 9, 2011

This Blog Is One Today

Hard to believe it's been a year.  I remember a year ago - I woke up bright and early to join my parents in the annual 5K Breast Cancer Walk their neighborhood runs on Mother's Day.  It was too cold for May.  It was also the year mom took a wrong turn, so the members in our group ended up walking off a few extra calories that morning.

I got home around noon.  I showered, threw on something comfortable, and sat down at my computer.  And, on a whim, I created this blog - for no reason other than the fact I needed something to occupy my afternoon.  True story.

This year, I cranked out 111 posts and participated in two blogfests.  I conned 184 people into joining this site accumulated 184 followers and received 14,615 hits.  I've had repeated visitors from England, Norway, Malaysia, and Australia. Among the 839 comments received, some were from published or soon-to-be published authors.  I've also made great new friends.

In honor of my blogoversary, as many like to call it, I am reposting links to my most popular posts.  I'm also posting links to my personal favorite posts that, for one reason or another, don't fall into the popular category.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Here's to the start of a productive week for everyone!

My Top 5 Posts:

1.  Interview with J.M. Tohline

2.  Don't Want To Work Today

3.  I'm Ten Months Pregnant

4.  For Entertainment Purposes Only

5.  Dear Parents, You Can't Do That.  No, Really, You Can't.

My 'Less Popular' Favorites:

1.  Bullies Thrive As Casualties Rise

2.  My Name Is Paul, And I Am A Writer

3.  Are Celebrity "Novels" Compromising The Publishing Industry?

4.  Every Book You Hate Is Loved By An Agent Somewhere

5.  Young Adult Literature: Why I Choose To Write It

Thanks to everyone who joined me this past year.  Your comments, visits, and support is greatly appreciated.

All the best,


  1. I'm glad you started to blog, because if you hadn't it would've been much harder for us to become friends in the Blogosphere! Here's to many more happy years of blogging!

  2. It's great that your blog started out in humble circumstances and is now an accomplished site. Love visiting, and I particularly enjoyed #5 on Top 5 posts!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. Congrats Paul! This blog has come a long way, and it's awesome.

  4. Congrats on the anniversary! Here's hoping for another good year.

  5. You've done a great job, Paul. Always enjoy your blog and glad we connected as writer friends!

  6. Congratulations on one full here! Happy to be along for the journey.

  7. Huge kudos to you, Paul, for this milestone achievement. Some people don't fully realize what having a blog of this caliber for an entire year really means. Some of us do...and we're here congratulating (and thanking) you now!

  8. Happy blog birthday! It's been great following you. You always have something interesting to say. I can't wait for the next year.

  9. Thank you all for the kind words. I am honored to have you all as readers and friends. Thanks for keeping me on my toes; I'm constantly seeking to improve. I thank you for stopping in today and look forward to seeing how this site develops next.

    Jamie: Amen! Well said, my friend!

  10. Happy Blogaversary, Paul Joseph!! I don't remember how I found your blog or you found mine, but I'm glad our paths crossed. I started my blog 2 and 1/2 years ago and just now reached 200 followers, so look how well you've done! (or how crappy I'VE done!)

  11. Happy Anniversary! See you in a couple days!

  12. Congrats on your year Paul, that's quite an accomplishment!

  13. Happy belated blog birthday! I am impressed with your unwavering commitment. Keep the rants coming, I need em.

  14. Becky - I concur. I'm glad our paths crossed. And I enjoy your blog; you have NOT done a crappy job!

    Jeff - Thanks! Looking forward to having you here.

    Matt - What can I say? I have a good mentor over at The QQQE.

    Michelle - Do not forget: my best rants take place in person ;)

  15. You've been doing a great job, Paul. Glad to see you are still posting. I haven't heard from you in a while. Michele just did a guest post. When is yours? How goes the book? I'll be checking in.


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