Happy 4th Blog Birthday

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Four years and 1124 posts later, I’m still here. And I’m published, with three books already out and two more releasing in a few months.

Color me surprised.

My first post was about my decision to jump into the deep end of the publishing pool, to put my writing out there and hope that maybe, just maybe, someone might like it. Little did I know that I would receive my first contract a year later in 2008.

Over the past four years I’ve talked about my husband Gizmo Guy, and my sons, Guitar Hero and Curly. I’ve shared my struggles with my parents and their health. My father’s massive stroke that meant he’d never come home again. His death last April. My mother’s stroke last November. My own health issues, and Gizmo Guy’s too.

I’ve burnt out a laptop, discarded a desktop. Changed out a monitor. Kicked Gizmo Guy out of his desk and taken over his office. (Until the boys move out so I can remake one of their bedrooms into an office that has a window with light instead of this cave. Though it doesn’t look like that’ll be happening any time soon.)

I’ve rejoiced here on my blog when I received my first contract. And my second. The third, fourth and fifth.

I love being able to share my covers. I worried about the excerpts I put up, wondering “does that show the book in its best light? Will readers find it interesting enough to buy, or will it turn them away?” I rarely offer writing advice because, heck, I’m still figuring it all out too. When I turned 50, I indulged myself and invited some of my favorite authors to help me celebrate. When it ended, I continued inviting authors to come be my guest every Wednesday.

I’ve made friends via my blog. Some whom I’ve managed to meet in person, and others whom I’ve never met outside the cyber realm but hope to one day, both readers and authors.

In the past four years, this blog has gone through a few changes too. Originally I had a gargoyle as my main image–I was writing a paranormal about a gargoyle that came to life at night. Once I finished it, I blogged about a manuscript I was writing about a merman banished to a landlocked lake in Alberta, so the paranormal elements stayed. Then I got my website and it changed looks again. And now it’s morphing yet once more as it changes to reflect that I write,  not only contemporary romances, but westerns, including a historical.

All genres I never could have predicted myself writing, or selling, when I wrote that first blog post back on January 26, 2007.

Which makes me wonder where I’ll be four years from now. Ever think about that? Ask that question I used to hate in interviews…where do you see yourself in four years? What do you hope to have accomplished by 2015?

Here’s hoping we’ll all find that “bluebird of happiness.”

7 thoughts on “Happy 4th Blog Birthday

  1. Happy Blogiversary!

    Four years from now I hope I have a better job or somehow I'm attending law school. If I'm still where I'm at four years from now, shame on me.

  2. I remember those first posts, Leah. I forgot to even mark my third year in November. You should feel very accomplished when you look back on the last four years. Here's to bigger and better in the next four! and meeting somewhere in the physical realm.

  3. Happy Blogaversary to you!!! Wonderful.

    In four years, I hope to be painting much more and earning money from it too….sigh!!

    Valerie
    in Germany

  4. Happy anniversary! and congrats on all the sales, Leah :)

    I've been reading your blog at Google Reader, so I've only just seen it's new look. Totally gorgeous. I've turned a pale shade of green!

  5. Happy blogiversary! So happy for all your success.

    And I agree – I don't click through often cuz I read my GReader at work, and 18+ only sites are a no-no. But the new look is beautiful.

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