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Sunday, April 1, 2012

A: Anniversary

Blogging from A to Z : A

Even though I've thought of, and discarded, several themes for the A to Z challenge, the one post that I never had any doubts about was the first one.


It's one year ago today that I started blogging. I spent weeks following other blogs before finally jumping in so I'll never know why I picked April Fool's day to start, but I did so today is my anniversary :-)

In the past year I've finished another three first drafts, experimented with flash fiction, let other people read my work and written 118 posts.

More important than all that though, I've made friends. People I care about . People who I visit and who visit me. I've continued discussions over email, received support when I've needed it – sometimes from the most unexpected sources – and hopefully, offered support of my own.

What I'm trying to say is thank you. Thank you for making this blogging lark so much fun :-)



211 comments:

  1. Sarah, what a great post to start the challenge. First of all happy anniversary, secondly happy you are joining the challenge, and thirdly I just want to thank you for being such a supportive follower and good blogging friend! Happy Sunday!

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    1. Thank you so much Claudia. Friends like you make it easy.

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  2. What a great way to kick off the challenge! Sounds like it's been a good year - and congratulations!

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  3. Happy anniversary! Thank you for contributing your thoughts and ideas to the writing community!

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  4. Oh my gosh I'm so jealous! Happy blogoversary!!!!!!

    And dude, I'm super happy to call you one of my peeps. (you totally are btw.) Love the bloggy love!

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    1. Thank you, and I'm honoured to be one of your peeps :-)

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  5. Congrats and happy blogiversary!!! What a great start to the challenge. I waffled back and forth too and finally decided to do it. I'm really looking forward to failing miserably. I mean, succeeding tremendously.

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    1. I'm so glad you joined in - I'm going to laugh for 30 days straight, aren't I? :-)

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  6. Happy Anniversary. I don't know if this is part of a theme or not, but it is the perfect topic for the letter A for you. I am so glad that I have had the chance to get to know you and read your awesome post.

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    1. No theme Melissa, just whatever comes out of my head every morning :-)

      And ditto, honey, I mean that.

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  7. Happy Anniversary to you and your blog. What a wonderful journey it sounds like you've had. Here's to the next year, full of many more exciting adventures, for you and your writing.

    Great topic for "A" as well!

    Cheers, Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny. If next year is like last year, it'll be awesome :-)

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  8. Happy Anniversary, Sarah! Great start to the A to Z Challenge. I'd like to hear more about the crime fiction you write.
    http://gail-baugniet.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Gail. I'm revising a crime thriller (along with another story), it's the first I've written in this genre. Unfortunately, I've just finished reading a book that has exactly the same ending as mine. Not sure of my next move, but I'm trying to learn all about the crime genre because I enjoyed writing the last one so much.

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  9. Happy blogging Anniversary and a wonderful way to start the challenge.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne, it was a nice easy one today :-)

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  10. Happy anniversary! And thank you for blogging and for visiting and commenting :)

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    1. You're very welcome. You're an interesting person :-)

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  11. Happy Blogoversary, Sarah!
    Without a doubt, this is THE PERFECT topic for your A-post!
    And thanks for being so supportive and such a great blogger buddy! *hugs*

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    1. Oh it's no problem, you all make it easy :-)

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  12. It is a wonderful place to meet wonderful people, isn't it! Happy anniversary! Nice to meet you. New follower!

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  13. Actually no, I'm not new. LOL I just clicked follow and realised I already do! That's the trouble with following over 1000 blogs. You kinda lose track. Sorry about that! :)

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    1. Heh, not a problem at all. I do the same thing myself :-)

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  14. Well, you've certainly achieved a lot in one year! Happy anniversary!

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  15. And I say thank you to you Sarah. You're a wonderfully supportive member of the blogging community. I can't believe it's only a year ago you burst on the scene, singing loudly!

    Denise

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    1. More like caterwauling cheerfully, but thank you. And thank you for being there for me too. I appreciate it.

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  16. interesting A

    here is mine
    http://pa-ul.blogspot.com/search/label/GAC%20A-Z%20Artists

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    1. Thank you. I'm sorry I can't visit you as you have no email and your blog has disappeared.

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  17. I'm glad we found each other! Happy Blogoversary!

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    1. Oh me too, definitely! Thanks Sarah :-)

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  18. A year today? Wow, happy blog anniversary. Look how well you have done in a year! I hope the coming year is as positive for you Sarah.

    Have a great A to Z month!

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  19. Whoo! Happy bloggiversary, Sarah! Here's to many more (and you picked a damn good date to celebrate with the A-Z too!)

    Jamie Gibbs
    Mithril Wisdom

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  20. Sarah, it's been so nice getting to know you this past year. Your posts are always so informative and upbeat. I love visiting. :) Happy Blogversary!

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  21. Happy Anniversary!! Here's to more years filled with fun, new friends and huge successes.

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  22. Happy anniversary. It feels like you've been around for longer... hmmm, is that good or bad? Just joking. It's good. Here's to the next year *clinks glasses*

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    1. Heh :-)
      I know what you mean though, it feels like I've always been here! *Cheers* :-)

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  23. Happy anniversary! And welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. So many new people to meet and cool blogs to check out. Here's to a great year!

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  24. Happy Anniversary! And happy A-Zing, too.

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  25. YEAH! Happy Anniversary. It's been nice getting to know you over this past year.

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    1. Thanks Bish, the feeling's mutual :-)

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  26. Ah, no, Sarah. Thank you :-) :-). I truly enjoy your blog and the way you blend music and writing is just marvellous. Keep blogging. Please?

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    1. Margot, you're so lovely. You're one of those supportive people I was talking about :-)

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    1. Thank you kindly :-)
      BTW, you got a link to Sketcher girl?

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  28. Good to read you again. Happy Anniversary

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  29. Happy bloggingversary! You need to get some of those drafts PUBLISHED :-) That's the next thing.

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    1. Thank you. That's this year's goal :-)

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  30. Aww...that's so nice. Happy Blogiversary!

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  31. Every time I come to your blog, I leave with a smile. I may not have been here long, but I can tell it's a great place to be. So thank you. And happy Anniversary, Sarah--here's to another awesome year for you.

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    1. Awww, J, that's so nice. Thank you :-)

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  32. Ooh happy bloggerversary! Here's to the next year. It's been an honor to get to know you. :-)

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  33. Hi Sarah,
    Nice beginning with a nice day :-)
    Hey i didn't get this intimation via mail
    How come? one need to get the intimation via mail if one upload a post like this, how can one physically check all the posts for the day
    we are supposed to get intimation about the upload of others
    Any idea Sarah
    Best Wishes for a Happy blogging challenge
    Phil

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    1. Philip, I have a 'subscribe by email' widget on the right hand side where you can sign up and my posts will be delivered to your in box. Some sites have them, but if not, people use a reader like feedly or google reader to see when new posts are up.

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    2. Thanks Sarah,
      I do that now
      Best Regards
      Hey did you check
      my post.
      Best
      Phil

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  34. Happy blogiversary!!! Isn't it just amazing?!?

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  35. Well, congratulations!
    I hope you have a great 2nd year!

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    1. Thanks Andrew, or do we call you Moses now? :-)

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  36. Happy anniversary, Sarah! Look how far you've come in just one year.

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  37. It truly helps to be around other writers.

    Teresa

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  38. It is amazing what you have accomplished in one year!

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    1. Thanks Angela. Now this year to actually finish something :-)

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  39. Happy blogoversary!!!What a great way to kick it off! And yup, blogging friends are some of the best peeps around! :)

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  40. The blogging community is so great! Everyone is amazingly supportive about writing.

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  41. Wonderful choice for A! Happy Anniversary, Sarah!

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  42. Happy anniversary to both of us today! Happy A day too :)

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    1. Thank you, hope you had a fantastic anniversary :-)

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  43. No WAY! That is awesome that today is your blogiversary! I love it. What a perfect way to start the month and start this challenge! Fun!

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  44. Isn't it amazing how much support you can get from people that you don't even know. Every time I get a comment or encouragement from a reader, it reinvigorates me. Sometimes you get more support from people you don't know than from ones you do. I am stopping by from A-Z. Looking forward to more of your posts:)

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    1. I totally agree. The people online just seem to get it don't they? I'm so glad I found this community :-)

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  45. Yay!!! happy bloggaversary, lovely lady! And yes - you're one of the ones that makes it so much fun. That's quite a list of achievements there my friend!

    Lxxx

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    1. Thank you. I'm so glad we found each other :-)

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  46. Woo! Happy Blogoversary! Nice to meet you. :D

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  47. You're so awesome, Sarah! :HUGS:

    Happy blog-aversary and happy A-Zing!

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    1. Aww thanks Jaycee, and hugs right back :-)

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  48. Happy Anniversary. I love your blog, especially because I get to see what the people across the pond are doing and thinking about.

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    1. Thank you Michael, although I'm not sure I'm a good example of my country :-)

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  49. Happy Anniversary! And Happy A to Z! See you along the way x

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    1. Thank you, and you definitely will :-)

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  50. Congrats! It's been a pleasure knowing you and following your posts. And yes, it's the blogging lark why I can't seem to get any work done. :)

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    1. Joy, the feeling is definitely mutual :-)

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  51. Only a year! You're just a baby lol. Happy anniverary!

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  52. Only a year? You're just a baby! Happy anniversary :-)

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    1. Heh, it's a long time since I've been called young :-) Thanks Annalisa.

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  53. Happy Anniversary! Time flies in the Blogsphere.

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    1. Oh, it definitely does - surf blogs for five minutes and it turns out to be two hours :-)

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  54. Happy One Year, Sarah! It's amazing what all you can accomplish in 365 days, huh?
    Here's to adding 30 more posts for the month of April!

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    1. Thanks Erin, and only 29 more to go now :-)

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  55. Happy blog anniversary! Works perfectly with the A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Yep, today was definitely an easy choice :-)

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  56. Happy anniversary of blogging and of blog friendship. It is so much fun to listen to the videos, a lot of times new ones for me.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoy the music Munir, it's been a pleasure getting to know you.

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  57. Congrats on your blogiversary!!! Very cool. =D

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  58. Seems like you've had a very successful and lovely blogging year. Here's to many more along with many more blogging friends.

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    1. Well, I've got the support - I've just got to finish the work now :-)

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  59. Congratulations on one year! Great start to the A-Z challenge

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  60. And look how many comments you've already gotten today, and all your followers. What a fun anniversary!
    Play off the Page

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  61. Happy Blogaversary, Sarah. Can't wait to see what else you blog about.

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    1. Thanks Hunter, it'll be a surprise to both of us :-)

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  62. Happy Blogaversary, and have a great A-Z challenge!

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  63. Happy blogiversary!!
    Good luck with your A-Z challenge :)

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  64. Happy Anniversary! Good word to start with.

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    1. Thanks. Now, if only the 2nd was my birthday :-)

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  65. Congratulations on a year of blogging :)

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  66. Happy Anniversary! I guess that's an easy day to remember!

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  67. Happy Anniversary!!! I can't wait to read the rest of your posts for the challenge. This is my first time doing it, I'm super excited.

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    1. Thank you :-)
      I'm a challenge newbie too, it's great isn't it?

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  68. Happy anniversary! Today is my dad's birthday. Great day, it is. The friendships are the best, aren't they? I'm there with ya. *waving*

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    1. Yay! Hope your dad had a fantastic day :-)

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  69. Sounds like an excellent year! Happy Anniversary!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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    1. Thanks Shannon, it's been a blast :-)

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  70. What a lovely post! New follower! : )

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  71. Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck on the A to Z! :)

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  72. Congratulations on your blogging milestone! :) Happy Blogoversary!

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  73. Happy Anniversary! Wow! Isn't that awesome! This is huge. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you. Hey, does a kitten somewhere get 500 points for your comment? - Or does Andrew Leon just somehow lose them? ;-)

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  75. Happy Anniversary!

    Goodness you've accomplished a lot in a year, here to another good one! *cheers*

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    1. Thanks Gwen, although if we're talking about people achieving things this year I think you have that sewn up :-)

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  76. Awe, Happy anniversary Sarah! That's fantastic. The blogoshere is luck to have to around. :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica, that's a very nice thing to say :-)

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  77. Happy blogiversary! It's been fantastic following your blog and reading your posts.

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    1. Thank you Medeia, this year has been brilliant :-)

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  78. Happy anniversary Sarah. You've done well.

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  79. What a great start to the A-Z challenge with your anniversary... works perfectly. Congrats.

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    1. Thanks, it worked out pretty well for me :-)

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  80. Happy bloggy anniversary, Sarah! What a great way to start the A-Z :)

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  81. Happy anniversary! And three new drafts? WOWSER! How'd you do it?

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    1. They are all too short and none of them are revised :-)
      Writing them is easy, I just have to learn to fix them!

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  82. Happy anniversary. You seem to have this down pat now...and still enjoying it.
    Rhia #873 in A to Z list

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    1. Well, I wouldn't go that far, but you're right about me still enjoying it :-)

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  83. Happy anniversary! Glad you continued blogging. Here's to more years ahead. :)

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  84. What a lovely post! No wonder you got so many responses. Sounds like you've made serious progress this year.
    Wagging Tales

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    1. Thank you. I just need to push myself to finish at least one revision now :-)

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  85. Happy anniversary. I hope you have a great A-to-Z month! :)

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  86. Congratulations on your anniversary! :)

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  87. Happy blogoversary! Hope next year is as successful as your first!

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  88. Yay! We started blogging at the same time! Hooray for blogging friends, and HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY (or however it's spelled. I always see different versions!) :)

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  89. Happy Blogoversary! I am so glad you started blogging, it always makes me smile when I see a new post in my feed.

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  90. Congratulations on your blogoversary! What a great way to celebrate it!!

    Cheers and happy Challenge :D
    Jen

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