My One Year Blogaversary

Now that I’m back from my spring break cruise to the Bahamas, I no longer have a an excuse to not blog. So here we are, with this hopefully being the first of many steady posts to come. As you can tell, its been a while since I blogged consecutively, so there’s definitely a lot of ground for us to cover so I can catch you up on everything. On January 20th, I celebrated my one year blogaversary. I received a notification saying it was my one year anniversary of my Hurdles to Happiness blog, but since I had taken a break from blogging, I smiled and left it at that. I didn’t arrange for any festivities, I didn’t post anything about it, nor did I invite my fellow bloggers to celebrate with me. But everyone loves a good celebration, and with you all by my side, there’s no one else I would rather celebrate with.

I’ll get to the celebration part of this post soon, but first, I’d like to go back one year and a month and a half (right before I started this blog and joined the blogging community). As most of you know, I wrote a Self-Help book for teenagers a while back and attended the Writer’s Digest Conference last January to pitch my book to notable literary agents. Something that each agent mentioned to me was the fact that I can’t become an author and publish a book if I don’t have a platform of followers. Their suggestion was join the world of social networking and become an avid blogger and tweeter. “Wow,” I thought to myself. “What could I possibly have to blog or tweet about that would hopefully be of interest to others?” This question stayed in my mind for quite some time, but I figured I’d have to give it a shot if I wanted to build up a platform with hopes of one day becoming an author. So I began posting about my writing process that involved everything pertaining to my book. Then I figured I’d throw some poetry into my blog and put in some poems that I had written a while back, and hopefully come up with ideas for new poems. And then it hit me. I also want to work on helping others as well as myself down the path towards achieving happiness. If that’s what my book is about, that’s what the majority of my blog should be about to.

A little inspiration goes a long way and I was truly hoping to help inspire any and all followers that would be joining me on the blogging path to Happiness. Little did I realize though, that within a year I would receive more followers than I could ever imagine and that my fellow bloggers would be the ones inspiring me. You have all inspired me through your blog posts, comments on my posts, pushes to continue writing, and especially through your encouragement and motivation to not only make me a better person and writer, but a better blogger as well. And to be quite honest, that is more than anything I could have ever imagined or asked for, and for that, on this one year (and almost two month) blogaversary I’d like to invite all of my fellow bloggers to comment on this post with links to your blogs. I would like for all of my followers to connect with one another and have a door opened to new blogs for you all to enjoy. So please, I ask that you help me celebrate my blogaversary by posting the link to your blogs for others to follow. I can’t think of a better way for me to celebrate my one year blogaversary than with all of you on this one year anniversary post. And with that, I’d like to make a toast to my fellow bloggers for helping me make it this far and for welcoming me with open arms into the world of blogging, and I hope together, we all have many years of blogging to come!

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16 comments on “My One Year Blogaversary

  1. quirkybooks says:

    Hi Dan. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary. That’s amazing. Thanks for this opportunity. My blogs are: http://www.quirkybooks.wordpress.com – About writing and http://www.beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com That is about redundancy and I try to help people to get back into work. You seem to have enjoyed your holiday, that’s great. Thanks for stopping by my quirkybooks blog and liking my posts.

  2. JennyO says:

    Happy Blogaversary & welcome back. I’m looking forward to seeing more posts from you as well to see some of the links of those who follow you! :)

    http://ostranderblog.wordpress.com/ “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, It empties today of its strength” ~ Corrie ten Boom

  3. Best wishes for continued success

  4. Nice job on your one year anniversary of blogging. I will celebrate my first year in May. Here’s the link. http://writewhatyouknowdotorg.wordpress.com/ It’s about writing, reading, and my life in general. Would love for you to come and take a look.

  5. Congratulations on your year anniversary. Glad we have connected and I wish you many more years of successful blogging.

  6. Happy blogaversary and I trust you had a wonderful time in the Bahamas

  7. Da Absentee says:

    Nice to know all is well. When i started my blog it was for a completely different path. But here i am. Happy Blogaversary! Check me out. As i know you Dan already have.
    http://Www.Daabsentee.wordpress.com

  8. peterhobbs1 says:

    Wow Im late for the party, but hey, Happy Anniversary anyway. Look forward to reading more now that you are back.

  9. HAPPY BELATED BLOGAVERSARY, Dan!

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