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!"
HERE ARE A FEW STATS AND FUN FACTS OF INTEREST IN THE EVOLVING YEARS:
- 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.
HERE ARE A FEW FUN FACTS ABOUT THE WOMAN BEHIND THE BLOG:
- 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...