"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

6/29/09

(Giveaway too!)One Year Ago Today...

I posted my fifth blog post at An Open Book. (Monumental, eh?) Rolling Eyes

So - I missed my 1st blogoversary--which just happened to be a week ago Sunday, on Jun 21. I could make the excuse that my internet was down (which would be true), but even if it had been up, there wouldn't have been a post about it. Because, well, I forgot until just a couple days ago.

But that certainly doesn't mean I can't still celebrate! (at least I hope not. Don't call the blogoversary police if it is...please!) And I wanna, cuz blogging, and my readers, have become a huge part of my life over the past one year, one week, and one day.

When I put up my first blog post, I had no idea if I would ever post another, and even said so. But now, 200+ posts later, I can honestly say I'm pretty certain this blog will be around for a while (God willing, of course!). Cuz I'm ministered to by you guys, my readers, as much as, if not more than, I may be ministering to you.

AND because of that, I want to celebrate my giving something back to YOU. So, in honor of your support for me over the past one year, one day, and one month (or even over the last one minute, if you've just found me!), I'm having a GIVEAWAY.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post (one entry per person), and you qualify. You've got until next Monday evening, July 6, to enter. I'll post the winner on Tuesday, July 7.

And what am I giving away, you ask? A copy (signed, if you'd like) of a wonderful book called Women of Passions: Ordinary Women Serving an Extraordinary God. Yes, I DO have a story in there--but it's nowhere near the best one in there. Trust me. This book is full of inspiration from some wonderful women and their passions: for God, for family, for ministry. You will NOT be disappointed.

So, thanks for making my year plus as a blogger an enjoyable one. And enter!

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jo! One year! Your blog has been a blessing to me this past year. Such a blessing!

    I gave away two of these, Jo, but don't have one for myself, so of course, I'm throwing my name in the hat!

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  2. Congratulations! I wanted to let you know that your blog has been a blessing to me. I have enjoyed getting to know you through the posts that you have written. Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing with us.

    Please enter me in your contest! :)

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  3. WooHoo, Joanne! One whole year? WOW! That's awesome, and look at the growth that has come of it!

    And of course I'd like book...

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  4. Always a blessing, Joanne, and I hope you blog forever (well, at least until Jesus comes again!).

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  5. AnonymousJune 29, 2009

    YAY Jo! Happy 1st Year Blog Anniversary! Your blog is a real blessing! Sunny

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  6. Congradulations and GOD BLESS~
    andrea

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  7. Great job, Joanne. We all started out this way - not knowing if we would ever write more than one post! But God has kept us together encouraging one another with His TRUTH!

    Happy 1st Blogaversary!

    Please enter me for the book - I love giveaways!

    Choosing JOY,
    Stephanie
    [JESUS - the One I Worship]

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  8. YAY, JO!!!
    (our blogs are almost twins...mine was June 20th...missed it too)

    I'll have to think of something fun for my 400th post.

    Love you, sweet JO! I can't believe we've only known each other for a little more than a year! (((hugs)))

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  9. Woo hoo! One year! Your blogoversary is the same date as my blog launch. Cool. :-)

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  10. Awww!!! JJ!!! So glad you dinna miss your bloggaversary. Even if it's a week whatever, it still counts. WOW...has it really been a whole year?

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  11. Congratulations, friend! A year well-spent in my opinion. Here's to another 200 posts in the year to come. I'm so glad that our paths have crossed. You and your story are dear to me.

    peace~elaine

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  12. ROFL--How well I remember that first post!! But the blogging bug bit you and boy, did it get you good!! heehee. I'm sooooo glad, too! (misery loves company!! *grin*)

    Honestly, I'm so glad you're blogging!!
    Huggles!

    oh yeah, Happy Blogaversary! =)

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  13. Oh I would LOVE a signed book from you! That would be such a blessing!!!

    Happy blogoversary! Isn't it wonderful having this tool to connect with others?

    I am going to scoot back and see your first post. hee hee

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  14. Great giveaway and congrats on one year!

    -Ashley

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  15. I just found your blog through WFW. Happy blogaversary! Would love to win the book!

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  16. Congratulations on one year. It really is a special feeling.

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  17. Happy Blogaversary, Joanne!

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