I missed my own blog birthday

January 22, 2013 @ 6:22 pm | Filed under:


Luckily, my pal Melanie reminded me—her blog shares an opening day with mine: January 21, 2005. EIGHT YEARS, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

I have two children younger than this blog!

Eight years I’ve been havering* here!

Here’s why that makes me very happy. You. Many of you, over the years, have become real true friends, and I can’t imagine the world without you. Thanks for your visits, your comments, your many contributions to the joy that fills my days. Thanks for clicking, when there is so very, very much out there to read.

Feels like we should celebrate! I was already feeling quite celebratory after a VERY GOOD PHONE CALL with my Knopf editor. The kind that moves a book forward and makes you feel a thousand pounds lighter. And a morning in the sun, wrestling bermuda grass into submission, and deciding where the sunflowers will go this year. And Scott made my favorite ginger salad dressing for dinner. A very good day.

Knowing you’re out there reading makes it even better. Thank you, friends, for stopping by. I had no idea how much fun I was letting myself in for when I hit send on that first post, eight years ago.

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  1. Melanie B says:

    I love your havering. Please don’t ever stop.

    We read Fox and Crow and Inch and Roly Today and my kids were all exclaiming: “You know her!”

  2. tanita says:

    From someone who routinely misses her own wedding anniversary (“Wait, was that yesterday? A week ago? Whoops…!”) my blogiversary is IMMENSELY hard for me to recall – I always think I’ve only been doing this for four years, and then I think, “No, that was 2004, dear.” Haver on, m’dear.

  3. Sarah says:

    I love having your blog to read! It does some serious damage to my budget, though, since I must buy nearly every book you recommend (James at the House of Aunt Prudence? yes, please!). In the end it is such a wonderful place to come and read about someone who loves children and books as much as I do.

  4. sarah says:

    You are such a joy, your words always seem to smile. I know you make the deliberate choice to be upbeat here, and that your life is no doubt just as real as everyone else’s – I thank you for that choice. This world needs as much positivity as it can get. And you give the best book recommendations of anyone. I’m always so glad I found your weblog, eight years is really not long enough. Here’s to the next eight!

    Congratulations also on the Very Good Phone Call. I hope it means another Melissa Wiley book soon …

  5. Penny says:

    So, you were starting a blog on the day I turned forty. Nice 🙂

    And congratulations. And thanks a billion. xo

  6. Lisa says:

    Enjoy your blog most days even if I don’t always comment. (It’s sad how little people comment any more–used to be such a nice start to the day to find comments on something…..)

  7. Ellie says:

    {{hugs}} dear. I think you know how I feel about having blog-met you!! 🙂

    And Happy Birthday Penny!

  8. Lori B says:

    Your blog has always been one of my favourites! Wow, have I been reading here for *eight years*??

    Congratulations, and please don’t stop blogging! 🙂

  9. Edith Hope Fine says:

    Melissa, I hunted all over for a Belated Blog Birthday card, but no luck, so this will have to do! Congrats on eight years rich with writing, reading, and love.

  10. Melissa Wiley says:

    Thank you, darlings!

  11. Sandra says:

    Just wanted to wish you a belated blog birthday and to thank you for sharing both the warm insights into your family life plus the wonderful book recommendations. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my favourites and I’m off to check out Muriel Sparks.

  12. lesley austin says:

    It sounds like it was a Banner day, Lissa…in large ways and small…for us and for you.

    Please don’t ever stop.


  13. MotherReader says:

    And I missed congratulating you on your blog birthday! Yay for eight years!