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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Let's Celebrate, Pen & Prosper Turns Eight!

Greetings, Readers!
It's a pleasure to have you join me for another session here at Pen and Prosper, as I celebrate my birthday month, and eight years in the blogosphere! Yay!

Back in June 2009, upon the recommendation of a New York book agent, I launched this blog to build my platform and share my love for the written word.

And it has in many ways surpassed my expectations.
Any "serious" blogger knows all the blood, sweat and tears that contribute to a successful blog.
But, without faithful readers and supporters, it really wouldn't mean a hill of beans.

As a popular commercial states: "We've come a long way, baby!"


  • There have been approx 700 posts published @  Pen and Prosper.
  • It has garnered a half million page views (528, 700) according to Google analytics. 
  • Pen & Prosper has been recognized with "Top Writing Blog" honors for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • It has been "remodeled" about 4 times.
  • It averages about 2 posts per week; sometimes less, sometimes more.
  • It is read in seven different countries.
  • Famous author and movie writer (War of the Roses) Warren Adler, made a "cameo" appearance here by way of a guest post. 
  • I have authored four blogging books based upon my experience @ Pen & Prosper.


  • Black is my favorite color.
  • Beethoven's 5th symphony brings me to tears.
  • My celebrity crushes? Keanu Reeves, Dean Cole, John Cusack, Michael Ealy, 50 Cent
  • If I were not a writer, my dream career would be to become a chef; I love to cook and entertain friends.
  • I collect cookbooks.
  • I have a fear of flying.
  • I start and end each day with prayer. 
  • I hate okra.
  • Though my passion is writing, my degrees are in business.
  • I dig karaoke.
  • My mom "guilted" me in to becoming a writer.
  • I'm a neat freak.
  • Before becoming a blogger, I was a relationship columnist for a national magazine for many years.
  • I rarely miss the game show Jeopardy and I'm an excellent player.
  • I love and listen to all types of music.
  • I'm a big fan of the TV show Law & Order.
  • Watching movies (and tea) relaxes me.

How about you? If you've been reading my blog for awhile (or just came on board), I'd love to know about you and what brings you here by way of the comments section.
What do you like most or least about Pen & Prosper?


To Wrap things up here..

 I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your readership, friendship, moral support, guest posts, social media shares and comments over the years. Words can not adequately express my gratitude. I'm so glad to have you join me on this journey.

A special "shout out" and thanks to my most loyal supporters and fan club:

Karen L., Linda O., Susan S., Noelle S.

Have a wonderful weekend, wonderful readers!

Until next time...



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  1. Hi Jen - congratulations on 8 years and all the achievements - wonderful and long may you continue ... I come to read and learn. Love cooking too .. don't do so much now - but am always interested and I too am not that happy with okra ... cheers and enjoy the times ahead - Hilary

    1. Thanks so kindly, Hilary. Please send me your email address, I have an anniversary surprise for you! :-)

  2. Jen, congratulations on your success and longevity in the blogosphere! It is indeed a wonderful accomplishment. You supply us with rich, varied, and valuable info - what would we do without you? :) Thank you for investing in us.

    Thank you for the shout out! It is a blessing and honor to be part of your journey. May you be blessed with many more years of success. Happy Birthday as well, my friend! May your birthday month be full of joy and lovely surprises.

    1. Karen,

      I truly treasure you. Besides being a sweet blogging buddy, you are like having my own professional publicist. :-). Thanks so much for all the sharing of my work, your loyalty and online luv. :-)

  3. Congratulations on eight years of dispensing valuable information to writers at all levels. I felt I knew you when I first read your published article Breaking the Rules in a magazine. When I found your blog, I was delighted, and I have learned so much from your posts and guest posts. I also like the professional, yet informal tone you often take, such as revealing your personal details: guilted to become a writer. I imagine your mom recognized your gift and talent early on. Eight years and recognized as a top writing blog, IMPRESSIVE!

    1. Lin,
      I really value your support over the years. I could not have continued without readers like you. Cheers to you! Much appreciation. :-)

  4. Happy Birthday and congratulations on eight years of blogging!

  5. Without you, Jen, I would not be a blogger. You. Are. Awesome. Your "about the women" list is so similar to mine - I think, I think - we might have been separated at birth. =0) Love your blog and you. God Bless and big congratulations on eight years!

  6. Sue,

    I am so proud to have played a role in your blogging career. You. Are. A. Natural.
    Love back at ya' sis. :-)

  7. I'm coming over just to look at that cake and drool in person. Congratulations on your milestone. Here's to many more successful blogging years. And now back to that cake. . .

  8. Thanks very much. Cake and tea it is, Clee!

  9. Jennifer,
    I'm so proud of all which you've achieved over the years. There's so much more NOT listed. The listed things are wonderful. Keep reaching the stars. Write on. Write on.

    Henry Jones

  10. Henry,

    You're right: there is a lot unlisted. That'll be our little secret. :-) LOL
    Thanks for your readership, friendship, and the example of artistic excellence that you have provided over the years.