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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An Open Letter to My "Followers" & Readers...


It's June. And I'm filled with Joy! Not only will I be blessed to celebrate my birthday in the next few weeks, this officially marks Pen and Prosper's two year anniversary in the Blogosphere. Yay!

Although I was a professional writer long before I jumped on the Blogging bandwagon, I admit that I find myself now, somewhat at a loss for words.

I can not begin to tell you how humbled, honored, grateful, and sometimes (even surprised) I have been at your collective support, inspiration and friendship.

I have been inspired by your words, we have laughed together, learned together, Emailed between posts, prayed during tough times and losses, followed each other's career moves, and even shed a tear or two. :-)
I feel blessed by our association.

I am particularly grateful for my first 12 people, (and you know who you are)who clicked the "Google Friend Connect" when I was just starting out and trying to feel my way through things.

For quite a while, I wrote without any validation or comments. I didn't know whether I was on the "write track" or the road to ruin. :-)
Seeing your faces on my Blog is what kept me going. Truthfully.

Although I may not have received any Blogging awards by noted organizations, I still feel very "accomplished" and successful for the community we have created here. Different faces. Different places. From across the globe.

You guys rock! I couldn't do this without you.
Of course, I don't know if I'll be up to the challenge of doing this for 2 more years; only time will tell.

But it's been a blast so far! And I look forward to our future journey.

XOXO

Jen

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26 comments:

  1. Congratulations on two years! It's a great milestone and testimony to good content and perseverance.

    If I had a big award to bestow upon you, I most certainly would! If you send me your address, I will send you some chocolate. Oh wait, with these temps, perhaps it would be best to wait until fall. :)

    Thanks for maintaining a great resource for us writers. You are a blessing!

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  2. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    You have given me an award already--it's called the gift of Karen. :-) And I'm so pleased to be the recipient of such an honor.

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  3. Ahh, we are Geminis. I am June 6th. So glad to have made you acquaintance through your blog, but, I feel as though I have known you for ages, because of the article you wrote that inspired me to take the leap and break some rules.

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  4. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Hi there, Linda,

    Actually, I'm close to a Gemini, but not quite. I'm the latter part of the month. :-) Thanks so much for stopping by and being one of my biggest cheerleaders. U. R. appreciated! Glad I could be an inspiration.

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  5. That's awesome! Happy Blogaversary! :) I enjoy coming here to read what you have to say. And though I may now alwyas comment, I really do read and count on what you have to say! You are very inspirational and motivational to me.

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  6. I am so happy that I have found you my dear. Happy blog-a-versary! :)
    I know exactly what you are talking about when you say you blogged without any feedback for awhile. I did too, and when I first received a comment I was so excited to think others were reading my stuff...I still feel like that, that what I write people actually comment!? I would still write regardless though, because I started this blog as a creative outlet...but, heck it is awesome to receive the bloggie love!

    I just posted an award on my blog that I received. I would LOVE to pass it on to you. It is called, 'good bloggers pay it forward'. Please accept this, I would love to pay it forward to you!!

    it is on my blog; melody-mae.blogspot.com. yesterday's post. :)

    hugs and if I don't get back before you special day...Happy Birthday Sweetie!

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  7. Jen: Happy 2 year anniversary and happy birthday. I don't think I am one of your original 12, but I am glad I cam across your blog :) It has been great hearing your thoughts and perspectives and learning from you. It's time to celebrate :)

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  8. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 2, 2011 at 3:58 AM

    Yvonne,

    You're a sweetheart. Thanks so much for letting me know. Hope all is well. :-)

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  9. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 2, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    Melody-mae,

    What an unexpected pleasure! Thanks so much. I'm glad we found each other. :-) I enjoy your blog as well. In fact, I think it's such a great thing that you and your hubby have been married for over 30 years!

    What a blessing. Take care.

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  10. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 2, 2011 at 4:09 AM

    Sibyl,

    ...Appreciate your kind words and your ongoing support. Indeed, we have learned from each other. Celebration? Oh yeah, it's high time!:-)

    Thanks for taking the time to make a difference. :-)

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  11. Hi Jennifer,

    Congratulations on your two-year anniversary. I feel sort of deprived for having only recently found your blog, but how I love it! Thanks for being such an inspiration to us all, and for having perhaps the most resource-rich blog for writers that I have seen so far. I give you the Yasmin award for being such giving person, a motivator and an interesting blogger. Happy birthday too, when it comes.

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  12. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 2, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Yasmin,

    It's very obvious you're a poet; your words were like music to my ears. Your comment made me blush, and say "awwwww"! Thanks for making my day. :-)

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  13. Hey Jennifer congratulations on your two year anniversary in the Blogosphere! I too am celebrating my birthday two weeks from now on the 17th! Look forward to reading your posts always.

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  14. hello jen
    how are you?
    congratulations on your two year blogging anniversary and happy birthday in advance.
    you do a wonderful job here and i've learnt and implemented things from reading your articles.
    take care and enjoy the rest of the day

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  15. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 3, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    gargimehra,

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your thoughts.

    Happy pre-birthday 2 U!

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  16. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 3, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    ayo,

    Welcome back, dear. :-)

    How have you been? I'm glad to know I've been of help. You have a wonderful site.

    It was really groovy hearing from you today.

    Continued blessings...

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  17. Congratulations on two great years, Jennifer! And an early "Happy birthday!"

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  18. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Barry,

    How very, very sweet! We only just met, and yet you've been kinda' "regular." :-) Thanks much.

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  19. Congrats on the two year anniversary and the upcoming birthday! I hope you do something fun and fabulous on your special day.

    And I hope you do decide to keep this blog going. I enjoy your voice, soak up your advice and admire your give-it-to-'em-straightness. Keep it coming, Miss Jennifer!

    Be well.

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  20. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Hey there, Janette,

    Thanks for always making me smile. :-) I appreciate you more than I can tell ya'!

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  21. Congrats and happy early birthday.

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  22. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Much thanks, Marcie.

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  23. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    Hi chrisd!

    Glad U stopped by. Thanks.

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  24. I love reading your posts! Way to go! Keep em' coming!

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  25. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks, Wendy. And I love readers like you!

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