Two years ago today, I started Literary Rambles like this. I didn't think the blog would last. I had nothing to say. I kept wondering, "What kind of writer am I? I don't even know what to write on my blog!" (still true, most of the time). I never dreamed I would be celebrating the blog's two-year anniversary with so many friends and encouragers. Who knew I'd meet so many awesome people, feel such a sense of community, or have such a great opportunity to give back? Not me. But here we are.
Last month was Agent Spotlight's one-year anniversary, too. That means there are over 50 agent profiles on the blog now. Over 50! Holy Moly. I wasn't sure the feature would last past a few months. I was terrified to put it out there and put my name on it (would it really be useful?!? What would the agents think?!?), but I felt it was something writers could use, knew deep down it was a good idea, so I went with it. And you encouraged me. It has its issues but it's become a pretty amazing resource. I have a lot of fun putting the profiles together, learning about the agents, and helping all of you on your journeys toward publication.
I think writing goes much the same way. If you keep at it even when you don't know what you're doing, surround yourself with friends and encouragement, and stay open to change and improvement, success in some measure will eventually come of it. Maybe it's not what you were expecting (better or worse) and maybe some have put you down along the way... but you got there. You took a chance, you worked for it, and other people believe in it. I don't think success should be held any higher than that.
Anyway, I feel like this is as much your anniversary as it is mine and the blog's. I wouldn't still be blogging and putting profiles and posts together every week if it weren't for you and your encouragement, enthusiasm, and contributions.
So, Happy Anniversary to Literary Rambles and its Friends, and Happy Easter to all who celebrate! I'd like to do a contest/giveaway sometime soon in celebration, so feel free to offer up some ideas and tell me what your favorite kinds of contests are.