Sunday, August 16, 2009

One-Year Celebration, So Hang On!!!!

It’s been a year since I created my blog, and I never turned back or thought twice about it after I began this journey.

I read my first blog post The Beginning of Blogging and smiled at my uncertainty of where my blog would go and if I would find a few readers. Below are things I noted in my first post, Saturday, August 16, 2008, of what I wanted out of my blog.

1) To be a part of my history

2) To connect with the world

3) Improve my writing skills

4) Find and keep an audience

After I read these items, I smiled knowing I achieved all of the above. My blog has become a part of my history, skipping stone memories of what I’ve done, where I’ve been and what is happening in the world. Within a year, I started writing and posting my poetry; promoted some friends’ books; remembered important days in our history; wrote book recommendations; traveled from Michigan, Connecticut to Germany; celebrated birthdays; posted some of my writings; entered a few contests; created a Twitter account and voted for our first African-American President (not all in that order). WHOAH! It’s pretty good for an aspiring writer to accomplish the first two points.

Then I looked at my writing, on my blog, the writing forum and Helium to see how my writing has progressed, and in my opinion, it isn’t bad. *checks off third item* I also found an audience. It might be a small one, and some might have come and gone. For those who continue reading my words, I just want to say, “Thank you for sticking with me. I’m indebted to you.”

Here’s the exciting part. To celebrate my 1-year of blog life, I’m going to give out Amazon Gift Cards through email for the first ten people who follow the below instructions. You DO NOT, I repeat, YOU DO NOT need to provide your name. I respect anonymity. If I do not get ten people to participate, then the gift card total amount will be divided up for those who do participate.

Send me an email through my profile answering the below:

1) What things (good or bad) have changed for you this year (List and explain)?

2) What things have you achieved this year (List and explain)?

3) Did you go on any vacations (List and explain)?

4) ***Most Important One* Has my blog entertained you, uplifted you, or inspired you to do something you have always wanted to do (Explain)?

5) Post a comment on this post or any past post you haven’t posted on stating it inspired you, made you laugh, cry, or feel good and explain why.

Please email me with any questions!

The deadline to respond is on Friday, August 21 at 5:00 PM. I can’t wait to hear from you!!!!


  1. Much congrats to you Bea on your first year!! I’ve read most of your pieces (still have some early ones to read). As I’ve said in the past I really enjoy the diversity and content of the pieces on you blog and don’t know how much longer it will be free of charge. LOL! I’ll be hanging on!!

  2. Thanks, Veejay. My blog journey has been fun and I'm glad you enjoy its contents.

    Take care. :)

  3. Bea, for one year your blog has now been my steady companion. Almost daily I check to see if that young aspiring and talented writer from Chicago has posted a new poem or story, or if she has decided to share her thoughts again. Your blog makes me smile and sometimes you even make me think ;). Please, keep writing!!

    Congratulations, Bea!!!


  4. Jakie,

    Your comment made me smile and proud knowing my blog is part of your daily routine. *sighs* I can't thank you enough for your words. They're very touching and I shall continue on.


  5. Congragulations on your blog, turning a year old. That is a very special accomplishment, especially for you as the writer. Sorry to not have been around earlier, and missed this opportunity of yours. I am sure all those who participating, were grateful for such opportunity, because of knowing you. Kind Wishes. :)