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Monday, June 6, 2016

Pen & Prosper Celebrates 7 Years in the Blogosphere!

Dear Readers,

I hope you'll join me in celebrating the 7th year anniversary of the initial launching of Pen and Prosper!  YAY! Who would have thought...?

It's been a beautiful, difficult, enriching, interesting, ever-evolving journey.
Though I have had a few "detours" and roadblocks along the way, I continue to press forward.
And I am humbled and honored to have you accompany me here.

Truth be told, I was a reluctant blogger. I wasn't sure I wanted to take the plunge. Wasn't really certain that anyone would really be interested in hearing this writer's "voice," particularly amid all the online chatter and big personalities.

And for many of the beginning years, that belief was substantiated by the small number of "followers" that subscribed to this Blog. Ha!
But, with the help of a faithful few, I stuck it out.
And I am so glad I did.

As the name implies, I have truly "prospered."
And I hope you have too.
I have made many blogging friends; have grown as a writer; have laughed and learned; met and made clients; and I am continually excited to connect with you each and every month. Year after year.

And that can't often be said about a seven year relationship. True? :-)

 For nostalgia sake, here are a few stats and some interesting trivia:
  • Since 2009, I have published over 600 blog posts on an array of topics and themes.
  • The current collective page views for Pen & Prosper is over 320,000.
  • Pen & Prosper has garnered "Top Blog for Writers" honors for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 consecutively. 
  • I originally considered calling this blog, "Jen's Joint."
  • According to Google Analytics, Pen & Prosper is read in several different countries: U.S.A, France, Russia, Germany, U.K., China and Poland.
  • The original colors were beige and brown.
  • The original motto was: "Helping you to hone your craft and increase your cash!"
Hopefully that gets you up to speed here.

In closing, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you, for your support, faithful readership, ideas, comments, and online love.

Whether you're an old friend or a new fan, I appreciate your role in this blog's success and continuation.

I'm looking forward to the possibility of seven more fun-filled years..
A girl can hope, right? " :-)

Warm Regards,


P.S. Stay tuned for an array of contests, guest posts,
and/or discounts to celebrate this anniversary month.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments.


  1. Hi Jen - well done on 7 years and interesting stats. You selected a blog that suited you and have been able to adapt into it - providing us with a source of references that help many ... so congratulations and here's to many more - cheers Hilary

    1. Hilary,

      You are a special joy. Thanks so much for your kind words here. :-)

  2. Congratulations Jen! This is a wonderful milestone. Your blog is one of my favorite stops in the blogosphere. Good info, helpful insight, and all around encouragement - how can you beat that? :) Wishing you many more years of wonderful success, blogging and otherwise.

  3. Congratulations on your many accomplishments. Your blog is a gem. When I discovered your article about breaking the rules in the writer's magazine so many years ago, I knew we were cut from the same cloth. I am proud to say I know you!

    1. Lin,

      It's no surprise that you are widely published; you do have a way with words. I truly value U. :-)

  4. Seven years of work and work. You've accomplished so much and help many people. Your blog is a essential part of the literary community. You've inspired me with the articles lots of times. Great insight. Write on. Write ON.

    1. Hi Henry,

      How cool to hear from you today. It adds to my joy! :-)

  5. Blessings on persevering and prospering over the years. Continue to bless others with your gifts.

  6. Congrtulations, Jen! I always wonder what I will learn from your blog posts. Thank you for all you do.

    1. What a lovely thing to say, Quietspirit.
      Always a pleasure to connect with you. :-)

  7. Big congratulations, Jennifer. If it were not for you, I would not be a blogger myself. It was big scary fun in the beginning and I'm so glad you nudged me forward. You are a true friend and mentor. Bravo!

    1. Sue,

      I'm so glad I did. You're a natural, girlfriend. :-) Whether I'm reading your comments on my blog, or posts you write on your own, you always make me smile and reflect.
      No need to tell you, I'm sure, that I'm a big fan of yours too. Hugs from here...

  8. Dear Jennifer,

    Many congratulations and continued success. This is a proud milestone indeed.

    Best wishes,
    Devyani Borade

    1. Welcome, Devyani!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Much appreciated. :-)

  9. Congratulations Jennifer,

    Indeed something to be proud about, and talking about proud, did you know that one of the first graphic designs that we did sell through our online store was a luxurious peacock feathers - Pen -.

    So from our (copy) writing and designs we actually do - Pen - & Prosper :)

  10. Thanks, H.P.
    It's great to have you here to help me celebrate!

  11. Total congrats Jennifer. You have truly been a GEM shining bright through the 365's! Keep glowing!!!

    1. ..."This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine." :-)
      Thanks so much for connecting, Sporty. Hope all is well in your corner of the world.