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Monday, June 4, 2012

YIPPEE! Pen & Prosper Makes Three!

The joy of June brings many pleasures.
Among them is the three-year anniversary of this blog. Yay!
I'd like to take this opportunity to express my heart felt appreciation for your support and readership along this journey.
Truth be told, I was a reluctant blogger. But since being on board, I have connected with some truly awesome folks, established a more solid "platform" for my writing career, and have learned and laughed a lot along the way.
Words can not adequately convey my appreciation.

In the famous words of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways."

...I love that you have allowed me to share my thoughts, challenged my way of looking at things, and have inspired me to always give my best.

...I love that many of you have supported me with other online projects---from making comments on guest posts, to registering for my online classes, to sharing helpful links.

...I love that you "get me".

...I love that you accept my constructive criticism and "tough love" with the right spirit.

...I love that you CHOOSE to read and follow Pen and Prosper out of the countless online options available, and with limited time. :-)

A special thanks to my first followers; you know who you are!

A special thanks to my regular commenters: Karen Lange, Linda O., Susan Sundwall, H.P. and Yasmin. To Art Plotnik, who was one of the first to connect with a comment. A blog without comments is like a meal without dessert.

Janette D., thanks for being one of my biggest cheerleaders!

A special thanks to those of you who share my posts via your social media forums.

A special thanks to my advertisers.

A special thanks to those who have submitted guest posts, enabling me to take
"mini-breaks," and also allowing me to provide a bit of variety for my reading audience.

...And last but not least, many thanks to the editors that have recognized this blog (and the hard work that goes into it), in their "top blogs" listings. It is the ultimate compliment.

I look forward to more blogging, more joy, and more avenues to know more and grow more!

If you haven't already, please consider "following" through the Google Connect option that reads "join this site". Seeing your smiling faces keeps me motivated!

Thanks again. "You are the wind beneath my wings."




  1. Jennifer,
    If it weren't for you, I would still be dithering about whether to blog or not. But you encouraged me like no one else did. It's one of the best decisions I ever made. I hope some day I am read and loved with the same trust and genuine feeling you garner from your readership. Bless you and Happy Blog Birthday!

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM


      So glad I could give you that needed nudge. :-) You are a bodacious blogger, girlfriend!

      Had you not commented here some time ago, we might never have connected, (although we were fans of each other's work). To God be the glory. Thanks much!

  2. Congratulations, Jen, and thanks for showing the love. You are one turbocharged trouper, with a big heart.

    And of course bloggers are writers. When you craft thoughts, feelings, and observations into words and lay them out for the universe, what else is it but writing? PS---The marketers of every book on writing are always sure to include bloggers in the target audience.

    Here's to another three years of your success and of helping other writers.


    Art Plotnik

    1. Art,

      Fancy meeting you here! :-) Thanks so much for your support, then and now. You are greatly appreciated. :-)

  3. Ah, Jen, you made me smile! Thanks so much for your kind words. It's been a pleasure to read and comment on your blog. I've learned a great deal, and am grateful you joined the blogging world. You are among my "must reads", that's for sure.

    Congratulations on three years! That is indeed a wonderful milestone!

    1. Karen,

      ...Can't tell you how much your loyal support has meant to the success of this blog. Keep those comments and questions coming. :-) You're a doll! :-)

  4. Jen:

    Thank you so much for the shout-out. You were one of the first blogs I followed when I started reading blogs. I don't know if you remember, but you nudged me to start my own blog and, for that, I am eternally grateful. It has been a worthwhile journey of learning and growing in my craft, and I've met some wonderful new friends in the blogosphere, to boot.

    You deserve some recognition yourself for being loyal to your readers. You give shout-outs to your readers, as well as comment on your readers' guest posts, so let me put that out there. :-)

    Cheers to your blogging anniversary! Here's to many more years of success and inspiration.

    1. Janette,

      I can always count on you to keep me laughing and keep me on my toes! As long as we never meet Keanu Reeves in person, I'd say we'll always be homies. :-) Thanks much!

    2. Or Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Yowza. Or Joel Osteen. (Now I just feel dirty. Lol...)

    3. You are too funny, Janette! Joel will pray for you. :-)

  5. Jennifer,

    Congratulations on your third anniversary. We your readers love you right back! I know there are greater things in store for you and Pen and Prosper. Best wishes and even more successes.

    1. Yasmin,

      I always appreciate your thoughtful, intelligent feedback and your loyalty. Here's lookin' at ya', kiddo. ;-)

  6. Congratulations! I remember when you were just testing the blogging waters; now you're in deep. Keep your flow going!

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM


      I appreciate your time and input!

  7. Jen--

    You have accomplished a monumental achievement of three quality-filled years! Your dedication and persistence in demanding excellence shine through. You've helped me pierce through a blog-fog and recognize the great value of a great blog. Long may your blog roll!

    1. Noelle,

      How lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I greatly appreciate your time and valuable feedback. Glad to help you pierce that "blog fog" and navigate new paths. :-)

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  9. Oops! Sorry for the hiccup.

    Congrats Jen! You are one heck of a writer, an inspirational mentor and a phenomenal blogging friend.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Andrea, hi sweetie!
      Long time no hear from. :-) How have you been? Hope all is well in your corner of the blog world.
      My anniversary has just been made a bit sweeter by reconnecting with you here today. :-) Thanks for stopping by.
      Be well.

  10. Thanks for all the nice words Jennifer,

    Congratulations on your third anniversary, alway's interesting posts to read, and I admire your Productivity.

  11. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 5, 2012 at 3:40 AM


    You're quite welcome. I always enjoy reading your (detailed) comments. :-) Here's wishing you much success with your own blogging efforts in 2012! Thanks again.

  12. If blog comments are desserts, then your blog is a main meal for me, wholesome, filling, always something delectable to devour, feed my mind and or spirit. I do appreciate your hard work and effort.

  13. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 5, 2012 at 5:15 AM


    Your words always help to make my day! Much thanks. B/T/W/ Don't forget about guest posting here. :-)

  14. What a personalized post! Congratulations, may you have many more moments like these :-)

  15. Jennifer Brown BanksJune 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM


    I'm so happy and grateful that you have joined this community. Thanks so much for your thoughtful feedback and your time. :-)