Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fifth Blogaversary and Blogaversary Giveaway


I'm as happy as these celebrating folks. My actual fifth blogaversary is Saturday, but I just couldn't wait to begin to celebrate. Fifth blogaversary...I didn't think I would blog for five weeks, let alone for five years. I had no idea where the journey would take me. I couldn't have begun to imagine on a cold January day in 2009 that I would still be blogging and loving the writing, the friends and the experiences I've had because of blogging.

It wouldn't be a blogaversary celebration without party favors and there are two giveaways to celebrate. One is a surprise book -- I'll pick a title --  and one is Living Well One Line a Day, which is a five year journal. Please leave a comment, perhaps how you began your blog, and be a friend on Google Connect, Bloglovin or Google+. Please enter by Monday, January 20 and I'll announce the winners on Tuesday, January 22.  



And for the blogaversary icing on the cake -- a little blogaversary humor -- I had my first piece published yesterday on manilla, a terrific website, and I'm one happy writer. Here's the link to 5-tips-for-planning-life-beyond-the-office. Thanks all for the encouragement along the way. So appreciated!

The Polar Vortex has left us and now it's just winter. I'm back to wool gloves instead of my ski gloves and I'm happy to leave my down coat, which could do double duty as a sleeping bag, at home. It's a balmy 29 degrees and I'm off to enjoy a sunny day in New York City.

Hugs, love and good wishes and thanks for five amazing and incredible years. Here's to many more!

33 comments:

CatOLuck said...

Following Buttercup Counts her Blessings on bloglovin' {Cheryl F. (catoluck)}. ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ Happy blogiversary ! ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♪
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From the Kitchen said...

Happy fifth anniversary! When I started my blog, I was shocked to have people start reading it. Now they are friends that I look forward to "visiting" often--you included.

Best,
Bonnie

It's Just Dottie said...

I follow your blog on bloglovin. I started my blog a few months after my sweet husband went to live with Jesus. It helped me to heal and still blesses me every day.
Smiles, Dottie

Jacquelineand.... said...

Happy 5th Blogoversary!

I got started blogging because I wanted to post my recipes in a place it would be easy for my daughter, then living in Florida, to find and refer back to them. Funny how it's changed and grown.

So glad your weather has improved!

Jacquelineand.... said...

Happy 5th Blogoversary!

I got started blogging because I wanted to post my recipes in a place it would be easy for my daughter, then living in Florida, to find and refer back to them. Funny how it's changed and grown.

So glad your weather has improved!

Melinda said...

Congratulations!
I started blogging
ss a distraction but
now it's part of my world.

M : ),

Donna said...

Love the Manilla article .. not retired yet but in 2 years and 9 months .. that is the plan .. your words will help in that process.

Congrats on the blogiversary!

Donna said...

Love the Manilla article .. not retired yet but in 2 years and 9 months .. that is the plan .. your words will help in that process.

Congrats on the blogiversary!

It's me said...

5 Years !!! congratulations !!!....love from me...x !!

Brenda said...

I am a follower of yours. Congratulations on 5 years. I have not been a successful blogger.

Blackberry Lane said...

Congrats to you!
I began blogging late 2008, after my mother passed away. The friendships I've made are certainly a blessing!

Maggid said...

Wow!!! Happy Anniversary - AND Congratulations all rolled together.
I'm glad it's finally turning into winter as we have come to know it.

Sending you Lots of Love!

Mary said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging! :). I'm glad the Vortex has left you. That's great news!

TARYTERRE said...

Happy blogaversary. Five years is exciting for sure.

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Carol, Happy 5th Anniversary! How exciting and wonderful and may you have many more wonderful years blogging.

I started blogging a year and 2 months ago when my teenage daughter talked me into it. I am so glad that I did or I would not of met you!

Take care and stay warm.

Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

Nellie said...

Congratulations on being published! That's great!

Also, congratulations on five years!

I follow you through my Blogger Dashboard!

I just began blogging a little over two years ago. I had followed a few and just decided to get into the mix.

Simply Linda said...

Happy Anniversary! I begin blogging many years ago, but unfort. had to lay off for 3-4 yrs due to the fact we could not get internet where we lived. Blessings

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Blogaversary! The time does fly by, doesn't it? I started my blog to show some of the sewing and crafts I was doing and now I write about all kinds of things...whatever I think about! And I SO enjoy your blog about a city I've never seen. It's always so interesting and fun! Thanks for the sweet giveaway. I write in a journal every day of my life so I would love a new one, a new book is always a treat, too. Happy Blogging my friend!

Theresa said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see what the book surprise is:) Have a blessed evening dear friend, HUGS!

Lynda said...

Congratulations to you on such a major accomplishment! I read your article. It's good. I do NOT need to be in the give-away and hope someone gets it who really will appreciate it!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I started my blog because my son encouraged me to do so after reading my e-mails to friends and family telling them how I was coping with retirement. It has been three years for me and I am still surprised that others read my posts. Family and old friends do not always check out my blog, but I have a wonderful core of new friends from around the world that give me encouragement and joy.

Congratulations, Carol. Five years blogging is quite an accomplishment.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Happy anniversary! I started blogging in December 2008 mainly for keeping our family in the loop and a place to record family favorite recipes. Didn't expect the added joy of developing so many very special friends!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Congratulations on the blogaversary AND on the publication! I'm so glad that you are happy writing. It's a good feeling, yes?

I started blogging a little over 2 years ago, and I wouldn't know what to do without it. It's been so much more than I thought it would be.

Marie said...

Happy Bloggaversary Carol! I've been blogging about 10 years now! Crazy. I started out on AOL Journals and then when they folded I moved over to Blogger. I read you on BlogLoving and also on my Blogger Followers thing.

I love blogging. I have made the nicest friends through this medium of communication, and you, of course are one of them! Thank you for the lovely Christmas Card! You are so sweet! xxoo

Dee said...

Happy blogiversary! Wow, 5 years is a huge milestone indeed!

Oh, and I follow you on Bloglovin. :)

BJ PUP said...

Happy 5th Anniversary
I began my blog because of your encouragement.
Thank you.

Catherine said...

Dear Carol,

Happy Anniversary!!!
It is so nice to have met you in this lovely "blogging world".
Have a safe, warm and cozy weekend.
Blessings dear, Catherine xo

Ida said...

Congrats on the Blog Anniversary. I think I've been at mine for going on 7 years now. It's been such a blessing and I bet you feel the same about yours. - Hope you enjoy your outing to NYC and am happy it's warming up for you.

Deanna said...

Well congrats to you first on your blogaversary and 2nd on you being published...how exciting. I am coming up on 5 years for me too...if I am counting right. Wow, hard to believe. Yeah we are a balmy 36 degrees today with rain, more moisture where will it all go??

Gypsy Heart said...

Congratulations! I was hesitant to begin blogging but so far, hanging in! :)

I subscribe via email and follow on Bloglovin'. The line a day book looks interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

xo
Pat

Mevely317 said...

Uh-oh ... just realized I'm commenting in reverse!

...but really, how many times can someone tire of being told, "Congratulations!"? (I hope your answer is none!)

Tho' I doubt retirement is in my future, I really enjoyed your article ... and laughed out-loud at #5. I LOVE my pj's!

Grammy Staffy said...

Happy Blogaversary. Congrats on 5 years. I follow you on Bloglovin. Hugs, Lura

raquel perez said...

Happy Blogaversity! I follow you on Google + and friend connect :)