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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.



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  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!

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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!

  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 :)

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


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

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


    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.

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


    ...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. :-)

  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.

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


    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. :-)

  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.

  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

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


    Thank you so much! I appreciate your thoughts.

    Happy pre-birthday 2 U!

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


    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...

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

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


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

  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.

  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'!

  21. Congrats and happy early birthday.

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

    Much thanks, Marcie.

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

    Hi chrisd!

    Glad U stopped by. Thanks.

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

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

    Thanks, Wendy. And I love readers like you!