Celebrating Nine Blogging Years!

This weekend, WordPress informed me that my blog is now nine years old.

I look back over the years, and realize that I owe so much to this blog, this space, this WordPress, and to you readers. I remember the day I decided to start a blog. A friend I’d met on one of the first social media groups, Yuwie, had suddenly died. Yuwie was buzzing with people discussing my friend’s death. It was like my Facebook newsfeed today, when a celebrity dies, only, it mattered more. I’d corresponded with this guy. Spent time laughing about life with him. I went inline skating, trying to shake off my grief.

I’d been posting lots of poems to Yuwie, and had gained a loyal following, but I’d heard about “blogs” and wanted to try one. I wanted to be at the forefront of social media (and now I’m scared to try SnapChat – but that’s another story ;D ) Something kept nagging at me as I skated – my own voice? a ghost? – to this day, I don’t know. The voice said, “Start a blog.”

When I hear voices, and trust me, it’s not a rare occurrence, I listen. I skated home and started a blog. I titled it Where the Butterflies Go, after one of my early poems. I wrote many more poems over many months, and in the spring of 2008, my first poetry collection was born, mostly out of poems first published on this blog.

355 blog posts, four more poetry collections, a children’s book of poems illustrated by our daughter Kayla, then 5, a screenplay written because Aaron Sorkin visited and signed this blog, and I joined his online discussion group with the most remarkable people, who inspired me to write it; a name change to HeatherGraceStewart.com, three romantic comedy novels, and a fifth poetry collection later…that’s nine years enjoying the sheer joy and excitement that is Bloggyland.

But what means more than realizing all of those posts and publications is YOU taking the time to sign in and comment, to let me know that you’re reading and enjoying. YOU encouraging me. YOU telling me you wanted a sequel to my first novel, and asking me to go back to my poetry for at least one more collection. YOU sharing my poetry and telling others about this blog and my books. YOU reminding me what my roots are, why I started writing in the first place, and how grateful I am to still be here, with you.

Thanks for being here.

Love, Heather

10 responses to “Celebrating Nine Blogging Years!”

  1. It’s nice to meet you, Heather.

    1. You too, Chandra, and thanks so much for the follow on Facebook 🙂

  2. I absolutely love Heather Grace Stewarts books, so well written and great fun to read. I laughed and cried through all of her books. They are true good feel reads. I re-read them frequently and can’t wait to see what more is in store for the near future.

    1. Hi Jasmin,
      It’s Heather, and that just made me smile. I’m plotting my next novel as we speak, up to my ears in research in front of me, and it’s so nice to hear from someone who
      can’t wait for ‘what’s in store.’
      It’s going to be different that’s for sure!
      Best always

  3. Loved this post. It’s amazing how quickly time goes by. Despite your success with other genres (poetry books, novels), I ‘hear’ you in this realm – reaching out to your friends and followers. Congrats!

    1. Oh Ceci you have been here since the beginning! Thank you so much for the love and support.

  4. Travelling with you, together! And u owe a lot to ur hubby & kayla.

    1. Love that you’ve been here on the journey. Yes, I tell them so every day. Really. If I didn’t I’m sure they wouldn’t put up with my artist moods!

  5. Love your writing – Love your blog. Thank YOU!

    1. Aww! 🙂 Thanks for the sweet comment. xox

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