I try to keep my focus at Romance Writers on the Journey on YOU, my awesome guests and visitors.
However, my blog reached two milestones this week. In honor of its first birthday and passing the 20,000 page views mark, I’m throwing a cyber celebration.
You’re invited. So, grab a party blower and join in the fun.
As usual, there are prizes for those who stop by and leave a comment. I have some special ones just for this post. One item I’m giving away is a beautiful “Believe” necklace from Premier Designs. Check it out in the Drawing section at the end of the post.
A Big Week!
On May 26, 2008 my blog went live with my first post, Joy on the Journey. The site debuted with a different URL using my name as opposed to the blog’s name. On August 16, 2008, this location became its home. Yesterday, between the two sites, Romance Writers on the Journey welcomed its 20,000th visitor. A big week indeed.
Here’s a quick recap of some blog stats:
This is the 95th post.
You wonderful guests and visitors have left 2,700 comments.
I’ve interviewed 37 debut authors.
I’ve interviewed 26 writers on the path to publication.
Three of my writer guests subsequently sold (each just three weeks after her interview here at RWotJ), and I spotlighted their BIG news in my Saturday Special: She Sold! stories.
I’ve run 26 articles.
Of those articles, 10 were written by knowledgeable guest bloggers.
The most viewed post is Shelley Adina’s article, Writing a Pitch-Perfect Query Letter. It’s awesome and continues to draw visitors every week.
The busiest day on the blog was July 21, 2008, when 2007 Golden Heart® inspirational winner, Carla Capshaw, was my guest.
Back in February 2009, I ran a post, Blog Awards, in which I noted the two RWotJ had received. More recently it has received two more. Because I’m grateful to the generous bloggers who bestowed these honors and want to recognize them, I’ll mention the awards.
Lynn Raye Harris gave RWotJ the Lemonade Stand award, which is for sites that show great attitude and/or gratitude!
By accepting these awards, I’m also agreeing to pass on the awards. The number of specified recipients seems to vary from 5-15, so I’ll go with 7 since it’s one of my favorite numbers . . .
I pass on the Lemonade Stand Award and the One Lovely Blog Award to the following 7 sites (in no particular order) because all of you ladies have lovely blogs that show great attitude and gratitude.
A Christian Romance Writer’s Journey: Eileen Astels
On the Path: Jody Hedlund
Dreaming on the Job: Emily Becher
BookingIt: Jessica Nelson
The Writing Road: Beth K. Vogt, Scoti Domeij and Roxanne Sherwood
And now, let’s continue with the celebration.
Grab a calorie-free cyber cupcake and check out the party favors (aka drawing prizes.) To have a chance at winning one of them, just leave a comment.
I’d love to hear what you’d like to see in the way of articles here at RWotJ. Please share your suggestions in your comment. This site is for YOU. I value your input.
I’d also love to have you tell us what’s been the high point of the past twelve months for you. Finaled in a contest? Sold a book? Had a baby? Sent a “baby” off to college? Welcomed a grandbaby to your family?
Celebration Drawing Prizes
To enter the drawing for one of the following six prizes, just leave a comment and include your email address when prompted. (I don’t share it, and I don’t add it to any mailing lists.)
At the end of the day June 6, I’ll chose the six winners. I’ll contact the winners and post there names here on June 7. Prizes will awarded at random.
I purchased this from Premier Designs. The front reads “Believe.” The reverse side reads “Like there’s endless possiblities.” I got one of these for myself, too, and wear it all the time. It’s a nice piece of jewelry.
Two Gift Cards
There is one $5 gift card for Borders and one for my favorite fast food hangout, Taco Bell.
Three Inspirationals Novels
The books are: Longings of the Heart by Bonnie Leon, Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar and The Edge of Light by Anne Shorey.
These are my once-read copies. I’m a careful reader and don’t even break the spines. 🙂 You can read my reviews of these titles on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders and Christian Book.
And the winners are . . .
Beth Vogt won the Believe necklace.
Julie Robinson won the Taco Bell gift certificate.
Gail won the Borders gift card.
Pat Jeanne Davis won the copy of Longings of the Heart by Bonnie Leon.
Jessica won the copy of Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar.
Edna Tollison won the copy of The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey.
Note: Your comment also enters you in my regular drawings for a tote bag and a First Sale Scrapbook. You can see photos and descriptions at the end of the previous post.