Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

Monday. In case you missed it, over the weekend there was a huge snowstorm in the Northeast. We were buried under about two feet in my neighborhood on Friday night, and spend much of the rest of the weekend digging out. I love a good snowstorm, and this one was particularly epic. But more about that - with pictures - later in the week.

Because today, I have some rather important business to attend to. Yesterday, was a pretty important day. One I feel compelled to mention, and to write about. On February 10, 2012 - one year and one day ago - I started this blog on a whim. It was a dreary Friday afternoon, and I wasn't busy. I had been toying with the idea of writing seriously for some time, and that rainy Friday seemed as good a time as any. So in the space of an hour, I went from regular person, to blogger.

At first, I didn't have too many readers. My family, of course, but that was about it. But still, I wrote. And the more I wrote, the more I needed to write. The words just poured out of my head, and there always seemed to be more. And I read. I discovered other blogs I liked, and bloggers I respected, and I haunted their sites daily. And reading made me a better writer.

And then, about six months into this blogging gig something happened. This past August I linked up a piece I had written with the Yeah Write weekly challenge, and it was there that I discovered my community. And through them, I truly found my voice. I met other smart and talented writers, and, although we have never met in person, they became my friends. All online, we have learned about each others families, offered a hand and a shoulder in times of challenge, supported each other through Hurricane Sandy (because, amazingly, many of these lovely ladies live mere minutes from me), shared funny blizzard stories, and became a kind of family. And for them, I am incredibly grateful.

So, one year later, here I am. Writing, growing, learning, and changing. Just the way it should be. Over the weekend, I was going through my old posts trying to find a way to sum up the past 365 - now 366 - days. And rather than write more words about what this space means to me, I thought I would do a quick run down of my favorite post or two from each of the past twelve months.

Thanks for sticking with me for a whole year. Looking forward to year two.

February 2012

During my first month, I wrote about coming from a family of women who love books, and I wrote about how I can live anywhere as long as I have my romance novels in tow.


I was training for my first half-marathon when I started this blog, and one morning in March I had a completely transcendental run, followed almost immediately by an absolutely disastrous run.


In April, I took a trip to Israel, and discovered that Israeli women like romance novels too, and I explained my number one rule when I choose the books I read.


recapped my first half-marathon in May, and I read the book Quiet, by Susan Cane, and wrote about how it completely changed my life.


In June, I finally read Fifty Shades of Grey, and to my utter astonishment, I really didn't like it.


This month I celebrated David's birthday, and the triumphant return of the Summer Olympics.


I wrote my very first post for Yeah Write about some very special shoes, and got a little political on the eve of the Republican National Convention.


In September, I wrote my very first fiction, and started thinking about our move away from Manhattan that would take place in a few short months.


In October, an article CNN published about how women vote based on their monthly cycles infuriated me, and I said goodbye to my favorite place on earth with a post that still makes me tear up every time I read it.


I embarked on a 30 day blogging challenge in November, and wrote about my first date with Davidin two parts.


My mind was on Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, and I wrote about gun control, and the comfort of Jewish tradition.


And this past month, I celebrated my thirtieth birthday, and remembered a trip I took to crazy-town just a few years ago.

February 2013

Just last week, I wrote about my new morning routine that I love, and tried my hand at a little more fiction.


  1. Congratulations on a year of blogging. May you have many more! I'm glad to have connected w/ you. I'm intrigued by your links. . . will have to go read some of your old stuff. . . it sounds like we have a lot of the same interests - writing and reading, specifically. . . it's kind of cool, as you said, to make virtual connections w/ people you likely will never meet in person. . .

  2. Congratulations!! A whole year, that's awesome! I am so glad to have found your blog, and look forward to continuing to read for a long time to come :)

  3. Congratulations!! Love the new blog header and background - you just did that right? (I tend to be out of the loop sometimes.)

    So glad you joined yeah write and I've gotten to know you through your blog! We are definitely going to make that local meet up happen since you really aren't that far.

    Looking forward to reading more of your writing!!

  4. Happy blogoversary! Love the new design, by the way.