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“Reading and writing are acts of empathy and faith. Guard that trust carefully — in this rapidly changing business, it’s the only sure thing.” ~Erin Keane
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown

"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it."
~Jesse Stuart

"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf

Monday, June 18, 2012

Three Years and Counting

Some days I wonder why I do it. Other days I swear to give it up. 

The time suck. 

The same old topics day after day, week after week, month after month . . .

The guilt: I really should be__________ (fill in the blank with anything but blogging.) 

The self-probing questions: Am I a blogger or a novelist?  

The reality check: Remind me again how this is helping my career as a writer?

In June, 2009 I published my first post on Coming Down the Mountain. Three years, 385 posts, a bunch of awards, over 71,000 page views, more blogfests than I care to count, and 1048 followers later I'm still here.

Why?

 Because I can't help it, I just love blogging!


Happy Birthday to me and my blog-- Cupcakes on the house!



62 comments:

  1. Happy Blog Birthday, Karen! Not only do I look forward to your posts, but you're so good about visiting your bloggy buddies. Here's to many more years of writing and blogging!

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  2. Congratulations on three years! I'm trying to be both because I can't give it up now.

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  3. Congrats! It is addictive isn't it? Glad you're still here.

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  4. Happy Anniversary!! Three years is a long time in this BlogoRama.

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  5. So glad you love blogging!! Keep at it. Many congrats on your Anniversary!

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  6. Absolutely!! Happy Birthday and those stats sound awfully impressive. Well done!

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  7. Totally awesome, Karen. Yup, keep on going, you are great at this!
    Karen

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  8. Happy Birthday to the both of you Karen!
    That's a lot of blogging...

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  9. Whoo hoo, happy blogoversary! You've done incredible things with your blog. Thanks for the cupcakes, they look awesome! :)

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  10. Happy anniversary. We're glad you're still around!

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  11. Happy blog birthday! My mouth is watering...

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday! May it continue to suck you in. :)

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  13. Happy blogoversary, Karen! I celebrated my first year this month. I can't believe how quickly it went by!

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  14. Happy blogiversary and thanks for the cupcakes! :)

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  15. Yum, yum!! Thank you for the yummy cupcakes, KarenG!! Happy happy happy blog birthday!!! Take care
    x

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  16. It's hard to stop blogging,isn't it? LOL I take breaks and still I think about it. Congrats on your anniversary!!

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  17. Congrats on 3 years. I totally missed my 7th this past spring.

    I backed off blogging for a while due to burnout, but it's impossible to walk away.

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  18. Congratulations, Karen, and Happy Blog Birthday:)!

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  19. Happy anniversary! I don't even know how long I've been blogging, but I enjoy it too much to give it up completely.

    Here's to the next three years. :)

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  20. Happy blog birthday~ glad you're here! And those cupcakes look yummy :)

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  21. Happy Blog Birthday! Thanks for the cupcakes, perfect calorie count for my new diet :D

    I really should be working on my W.I.P so it really can be a WORK In Progress.

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  22. Happy Birthday to your blog! I think there's one thing you forgot to mention in honor of your blog. It helps and encourages so many writers and writers-to-be. I'm not a writer, but I still have enjoyed learning so much about writing, publishing, etc. Your blog is, YOU ARE, providing a great service to others and that's a very good thing. Happy Birthday!

    I just finished The Sholes Key and will do a review for amazon soon. I'll let you know. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  23. I ask myself those same questions every day. I love blogging, love the people I have met, love reading about them, but also have those thoughts that I may have said it all and the well is running dry. I can't imagine walking away, but maybe a break for me would be good to recharge the engines.

    Congrats on your anniversary. You are always interesting.

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  24. I think we all wonder what we're doing at times, lol! The things we could be doing instead. But I enjoy blogging most of the time or I wouldn't do it and yes, it is a time suck.

    Ooooh, I'll take that chocolate cupcake with pink frosting.

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Isn't it amazing when you look back?

    Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

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  25. Happy Birthday Karen!
    Raising my cupcake to toast you, and all your posts.

    Blogging does take up a lot of time (I can only do it sometimes for just this reason) , but boy is it enjoyable meeting lovely folk like you.

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  26. I struggle too. I should be finishing my book, and yet, I spend time here! Crazy! If you find a solution, let me know~

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  27. Woot! Happy birthday! The cupcakes are devine!!
    And yes, 3 years is a long time, but I also agree it's been well worth it.

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  28. Congratulations! My three year is coming up and I haven't even come close to your achievements. But I love blogging, too, and since you're offering, I WILL have a cupcake! Thanks :)

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  29. That is wonderful! You may wonder why you do it; we're glad you do!!! Congratulations.

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  30. Well, happy b'day to you and your blog. And I'm with you on loving blogging.

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  31. I couldn't reach the cupcakes, but I'll bet they are very tasty.

    Blogger or novelist? Yes. Those are just two ways of writing. The important thing is to keep on writing. Whatever. Wherever.

    Happy Anniversary.

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  32. Woohoo! Happy blog-birthday Karen!

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  33. You wear your blogging years well! :)
    I've been at it three years, too. Mostly, I enjoy it, so that's why I keep going. Neil Gaiman's been blogging for a decade.
    Cheers and cupcakes to you!

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  34. Yummy looking cupcakes. I do hope both kinds of writing continue!
    http://poetrose24.blogspot.com/

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  35. Hi Karen .. congratulations - and what a great job you're doing .. love the thought of cupcakes, though I'll wait to tea time! You're opening so many doors for yourself and for others .. you are a great sharer in life ..

    Long may you continue to blog and connect .. cheers Hilary

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  36. I love cupcakes! Happy Bogbirthday!

    Riya

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  37. Happy birthday! The old internet wouldn't be the same without you. Thanks for the cupcake!

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    1. Simon, I remember when you followed my blog that first year, I was so excited because it was the first follower who showed up that I didn't know beforehand. Cheers to you and have another cupcake!

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  38. And Happy Anniversary to you! I too started in 2009 in October. I'm hooked even though weekly (maybe daily) I say I'm giving up blogging.

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  39. Happy blogoversary to you. Karen! i wonder the same thing, but I'm always glad I do it when I think of all the wonderful peeps I've met. The networking and real friendships is what makes it worth it.

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  40. Happy birthday to your blog, Karen. Hope you had a lovely vacation in the Dominican. It looks a lot like some of the resorts in Jamaica we've visited. I love the Caribbean!!!

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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  41. Happy Blog Birthday!

    And I think every blogger has had those thoughts :)

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  42. Congrats on making this far, Karen! I'm two months away from my own 3-year anniversary, and I can say pretty definitively I've become more blogger than novelist.

    May you continue on, but with better balance than I...

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  43. Wow, congrats! I'm happy you continued blogging or else I wouldn't be able to enjoy your wonderful posts.

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  44. Happy blogiversary! I cut down to two days a week, but didn't want to give it up - blogging is fun!

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  45. Congratulations! Happy Blogaversary! Glad you are here!

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  46. Happy blogiversary. I love your fill in the blanks post. We have all pondered the exact same questions and yet , we are still here. I admire you for your dedication. Pass me a cupcake, please.

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  47. glad i can be here to know you! happy blogaversary!! blogging is communication! i love it too!

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  48. Yay!!! And happy birthday indeed. We blog because we're historians, I think. It's our web log of this long, isolating journey.

    All the best to you & yours! :o)

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  49. Wow!! Congratulations on three years of blogification!

    I definitely hear you about the whole love-hate thing with the blogging vs 'real' writing. I have those same thoughts. ;^)

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  50. CONGRATS! What a fabulous accomplishment. *gobbles cupcakes*

    When bloggers ask how to start a blog my first question is always this... "Why are you blogging?" If they say for marketing their book I tell them to go back to the drawing board and make it for themselves. The successful one's are for those who are in love with the art of blogging.

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  51. Hey! Thanks for those cupcakes. They came at a perfect time. Here's to sweet success at whatever you do.

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  52. Happy blog anniversary/birthday! How wonderful that you have grown so much with your blog and your writing!!

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  53. Wow! Congrats! I for one am glad you're blogging! Blogs are one of the best ways I learn new things about writing.

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  54. I am a little late but wanted to wish you a happy 3rd anniversary of your blog Karen! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting, it is very much appreciated.
    Lindsay

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  55. Hi Karen and congratulations on your three year anniversary! While I do not boast your number of followers, I came across my pageview stats and I have reached 63,000 pageviews since December 2011 when I started blogging, so I guess I am headed in the right direction...lol...

    Thank you for all your do for the writing community and here is to many more successful blogging years!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  56. Happy anniversary! Here's to many more years of blogging.

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