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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Turning One Year Old

Photo by stuart~

Today is my blog's first birthday! It's been a wonderful year full of meeting some really great people, exchanging ideas, encouraging one another in the writing process, sharing thoughts and opinions, and in general, just having a great time.

195 of you crazy goobers follow the shenanigans that go on regularly here at Gumbo Writer. That makes me smile. And this is amazing, but my sidebar counter thingy says, "Nice folks who've dropped in since 9/10/08 = 47,131." I set a goal of blogging every single day for a year and I made it! Aaayeeeiiiiii! Don't know if I'll keep up the pace, but I definitely won't be disappearing.

When I first started this blogging journey, I had no idea of the good things in store. You have enriched my life, made me smile and LOL, been there a few times when I had a problem or was down...in other words, you've become friends. I feel blessed and grateful. Words are pitifully inadequate, so please accept my sincerest THANK YOU!

Before I get all emotional and teary, please help me blow out the candle and make a wish for yourself. Leave it in a comment if you wanna, and the rest of us will be pulling for your dream to come true.
Love y'all!  Angie Ledbetter

55 comments:

Vodka Mom said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday my friend! Now, where's the gumbo????

Lori said...

Happy anniversary. It's been a year full of beautiful things that you've done. You must be very proud.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Congrats and cheers for this awesome year! And much thanks for sending giggles and encouragement my way every day! Can't wait to see what you're going to do this next year!

Diane said...

So happy for you and so glad you've surpassed your expectations. Glad to keep reading about your exciting life and all your fun. :O)

jdcoughlin said...

Wow! Glad I joined you just in time to celebrate. Your site is such a great place to hang out and see not only what's cooking but what's going down on the page.
My best!!

Jessica said...

Woohoo! Happy Birthday! :-)

Dorraine said...

A happy, bloggin' birthday, Angie!

Debbie said...

I'm just wishing for us to all have another great year together! Happy birthday.

Janna Qualman said...

Happy Anny, Angie! What a special day!

Love and hugs, and may your wishes come true.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

VM - I sent ya some on dry ice! :)

Thanks Lori. What a sweet "birthday" message.

You're welcome Donna. Hugs back to ya.

Thanks much, jd! Glad you're dropping by!

Jessica, Dorraine & Debbie - Thank y'all. :D

Thanks Janna. And right backatcha!

Jennifer - 'Preciate it.

Scott said...

Happy Blogging Birthday!!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thank you Scott!

VODKA MOM..........I was scared when I got to your blog to read today's awesome installment on your "sewing" techniques, and there was my ugly mug in your sidebar! eeeeeek! :D

The Peach Tart said...

Happy Anniversary. I love to hang out at your blog.

Friko said...

Hi Angie,

Congratulations on achieving a full year.
I have lately been thinking for how long the average blogger keeps going; I suppose, the successful blogger is encouraged to go on but people without much feedback will give up again soon.
Cheers!

Michelle H. said...

Happy Birthday, Angie! Hold on, let me get my wish right before I take my breath to blow out the candle... okay.

*puff* I wish that Angie's blog brings her as much happiness for a second year as she has brought happiness to those who visit her...

Major Hugs!

jinksy said...

Many Happy Returns, blogpal!

Angie Ledbetter said...

TPT - Thanks, and I enjoy your tartish blog too. hehe

Friko - thank you for the well wishes. :)

Michelle - awwwww, suh-weet! But I wanted you to wish something for yourself. Here, I'll do it: May Michelle's writing work soar, and may every kindness she's shown others IRL and in Cyberland be doubled and sent back to her. HUGS!

Thanks Jinksy, friend across-da-pond.

Kora Bruce said...

OHH How Fun! So exciting... I know this won't translate well over text but when I worked at a summer camp we used to sing this little diddy...

H to the A to the P-P-Y B to the I to the R-T-H... D to the A and the Final YYYYYYYY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY... Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy

Congrats Madam!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks so much Kora! Loved the camp song. Hope to see ya in Twitterville soon.

Strange Fiction said...

Congratulations! And all the best for the year to come!

Amy Sue Nathan said...

Happy Blirthday to your Blog! Thank you for sharing yourself with all of us, Angie.

(((HUGS)))

Marguerite said...

Happy Blogiversary Angie! You have accomplished great things in only one year. Here's to year 2!
Cheers!

Red Bird said...

Congratulations, Angie! I've had such a wonderful time visiting you! Here's to many more years of Gumbo Writer!
xo

Laura Eno said...

Happy birthday, Angie! It's a great accomplishment. Here's to many more posts and many more friends...

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Congratulations to both of you!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations Angie! Does it seem like it has been only one year? :) Thanks for keeping your blog going...I enjoy it immensely!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Strange Fiction. Best to you also.

Amy Sue - Thanks and same to ya. :D

I'll toast to that, Marguerite!

Red Bird - Feel the same way about your poetic blog. Thank you.

Laura & Carre, thank you both, good friends.

Missy, sometimes it seems like forever, and sometimes like just a few years. (Kinda like thinking about my kids...where'd the time go?) Thanks for the kind thoughts!

Melissa Marsh said...

Congrats on your blogging anniversary!!!

Analisa said...

Congrats!!!! I do enjoy your blog.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Happy 1 Year! Woo hoo!

Terri Tiffany said...

Happy Day! I'm glad I can be counted as one of those numbers!
My wish is the same--work for my hubbie!!

JKS said...

Wow, Angie, you are truly an inspiration! Congratulations, and we must get together again soon... you're good people!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

A post every day for an entire year--that's something. I enjoy your blog and I wish you many more birthdays.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Angie. :) What an accomplishment, you should be proud! Love your blog, reminds me of home and all the wonderful flavors.

May this year be full of wonderful surprises.

Robyn Campbell said...

I so LOOOVE your blog. Happy Birthday. May you never, ever smell a skunk on the road!! :)

Amie said...

Your blog is wise beyond its years!!!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Melissa & Analisa, thank y'all!

Cheffie - You're the cooking expert...being on TV and all with your show, so how's about whipping me up a Bloggy Birfday Cake?! :D Thanks for the wishes.

Praying your wish comes true, Terri. And you KNOW you're one of my peeps. One of my first blog friend connections.

JKS - Thanks and yes, we will see each other again soon. The art/poetry nigh was fun, wasn't it?

Thanks Elizabeth.

Aww, Karen, so glad you get a taste of home when you visit here, sha. :)

LOL Robyn! Thank you...I think. *grin*

Amie - What a sweet sentiment. Thanks.

Deb Shucka said...

Wishing for more great blog buddies like you. Isn't tomorrow an even more important "anniversary" for you?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Deb - What a great wish! Thank you, wonderful lyrical writer lady.

No special day tomorrow...but Saturday's the big UNMENTIONABLE MILESTONE day. :P~~~~

Nannette Croce said...

Happy Birthday to you. My blog's older than your blog––but I forgot my birthday.

Anonymous said...

This is a blast. Happy day. Hello to the people that have listened to my ramblings. Angie, Michelle H, Colby and PW. Coaching has taken over my life and the season really gets rolling this weekend. Two more banners on the wall. See ya soon,
Oren

A Mom on Spin said...

Isn't it great? I'm approaching my own anni-blog-a-versary and I'm amazed and how much I love it!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Nannette - Happy belated blogday!

Thanks Oren! So glad one of my real life local pals has gotten to know some of the good eggs here. Hope the team runs like the wind and brings home even more trophies for Coach Oren!

Me too AMoS. It really is a labor of love. :)

Vodka Mom said...

Angie- Your mug is GORGEOUS!

Hope have many, many more years!!!!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Vodka Mom - Thanks & I really appreciate you posting my mug and link today at your BOMB of a blog. I don't doubt your 1000+ follower numbers will continue to grow and grow. :D

Dan Holloway said...

A very happy birthday. I've only known this blog for a few weeks, but I look forward to the whole of the next year

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Congrats Angie! I'm just so glad I found you! Keep writing and sharing with us. I so look forward to it.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Congrats Cuz! I'll follow you to the ends of the earth! :)

Suldog said...

Wow! You've only been here for ONE year? Amazing the great following you've accumulated and the many words you've given us. Thank you, and congratulations!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Dan, and again, I'm so glad you did the guest post on those wonderful literary/cultural enterprises.

Mandy - Glad we connected too! :)

Awww, Carol "cuz," I'll follow you through all your books, personally canned goodies from your garden and fresh "picked" eggs...and beyond. LOL Thanks.

Sully - I count myself lucky and blessed to have met people like you who are true originals with voice and interesting posts. You're a keeper! :D

Kathryn Magendie said...

HAPPY BLOGGING BIRTHDAY and!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY!!

I haven't hit my year anniversary on my TG/Vk blog yet - I think that comes in April!

You are such a wonderful friend, my wish is for you to have a day all to yourself - no one asking a thing of you, where you can soak in a tub, read a book, take a nap....the entire day and night just for you.

Hilary said...

Happy one year! You sure do make the blogging world more fun.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks Kat. You the best kind of friend anyone could ask, hope or pray for! *smooch*

Hilary - Thank you, and same to ya.

Dorothy said...

Happy 1st Blogging Birthday! Meeting lots of friends in this way is worth while. For a long time I've slacked way off on my bloging over at Windsongs of the Heart, but trying now to blog more often, and rekindle friendships.
Contratulations...

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