I didn't make time for blogging much this past year. Along with neglecting my own blog, I never visited anyone else's. But I never forgot about you. In fact, I hold fond memories.
I started this blog in the summer of 2010. My first posts were as bad as my first queries and my first pages. Okay, okay, my first entire manuscripts. Even my first critiques were lousy--I had NO idea what I was doing.
Thankfully I met Erica a few months later and she agreed to partner up with me. I thank God for her regularly.
Back then, and for three years, she and I were inseparable, virtually speaking. We emailed each other bi-hourly. We blogged daily. We met all of you and kept up to date with your writing and your lives by visiting you at least weekly.
Now, we go a week without so much as a "hi, hope you're well" email. And, well, this blog has gotten more than a little dusty. Ooh, pardon that spider web. Let me get that out of your way. There, that's better. Can you read the rest of this post now? Good. Onward.
For a couple of years we blog hopped and passed around awards, got involved with campaigns and challenges and contests. We interviewed you and posted weekly recipes. We hosted contests and gave out free books. I changed the look of this blog monthly. What better way to procrastinate from revisions and grading?
Ah, the ol' days. It's funny how many of you have been reminiscing about those days lately too. (Check out this post byLTM at That's Write.) It must be that time, the time when we look back and see where we've been and how far we've come.
Not much has changed for me, writing wise. (Except that I never stopped writing. I've written four complete manuscripts (*in four years). And, per feedback and critiques from others, I've improved some. Phew.) So what got me thinking about all of this? Last night, a non-writing friend stopped over and asked how writers get the word out about their books. I started explaining about this blog and the blogosphere and how authors help one another out. I started talking about that first year blogging and the nostalgia set in. Hence, this post.
This past week, I visited a few of you and I'm so excited about where you're all at. I think I'll spend some posts over the next couple of weeks strolling down memory lane and highlighting a few success stories and "Where are they now?" posts.
Cheers to you all!
*added to clarify that I didn't write them all this past year!