Shannon Stacey

It's been five years

Not quite eight hours into the new year, and I just realized today’s my blog’s fifth birthday. On New Year’s Eve of 2004, my husband had an emergency call at a Chinese restaurant and I was left to my own devices. I read a few of the blogs I enjoyed, Alison Kent’s in particular, and decided to give that blogging thing a try. I spent the time until my husband got home setting up a blogspot blog and on New Year’s Day of 2005, posted my first blog entry.

It’s hard not to get too analytical at times like these—ohmigod, should I be blogging more about the industry or about books I’m reading or about blah blah blah—but I’m not giving in to it this time.

This blog is what it is.

The one thing I might be changing in 2010: the look. I love this theme and have since June of 2005 when DreamForge Media dreamed it up for me. I think it might be time for some color, though, and I’m outgrowing the way I initially set up the pages.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep blogging away. Thank you for coming along!

10 comments to “It's been five years”

  1. Charlene Teglia
      · January 1st, 2010 at 9:37 am · Link

    Happy blogaversary. Looking forward to a new look for you! (Updated blue rug, white walls? Chicken feet?)

  2. limecello
      · January 1st, 2010 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Happy Blogi/aversry, Shannon!

    As for content… meh. :D I’ve always thought random is win!

    And Happy New Year!

  3. HelenKay Dimon
      · January 1st, 2010 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Happy New Year and blogging anniversary!!

    I started blogging because of Alison’s blog, too. I wonder how many of us took the leap after following her.

  4. Annmarie
      · January 1st, 2010 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Happy Blogaversary!

    Don’t change the content. Please.

  5. Shannon
      · January 1st, 2010 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Thank you, guys! I’m glad the random content works. If I “try too hard”, so to speak, I think it shows.

    HelenKay, her blog’s always been one of my favorites! It’s not surprising she inspired others to blog, as well.

    And I may be outgrowing the white walls & blue carpet stage of my life. I think it’s color time. And this site kind of revolves around the blog, instead of the blog serving to enrich the site, if that makes any sense.

    Trying not to think about a site redesign TOO much right this second, or I’ll get sidetracked and my word count will suffer. It’s perking in the back of the mind, though.

  6. Alison Kent
      · January 1st, 2010 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Wow, I am honored to have caused so much trouble for everyone, heh.

    For fun I sussed out my first live post (as I’ve deleted some):

    (link removed, no longer working)

    Yes, 2002!

  7. Bev Stephans
      · January 2nd, 2010 at 2:01 am · Link

    I love your blog just the way it is! I had a real belly laugh when I read the “favorite utensils” list. It’s a good thing I didn’t have coffee in my mouth at the tune, Major SPEW!!!

    I love seeing your kids and the back of your husband. I love seeing Mini.

    Now that I have that off my chest, I’ll just close with HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

  8. Shannon
      · January 2nd, 2010 at 2:46 pm · Link

    It’s so much fun to go back and look through those old posts sometimes! One thing I’ve noticed is that I was a LOT more opinionated back in the old days. I don’t think being published made the difference. I think it’s more that I’ve seen every kerfluffle come around so many times I don’t have the energy to bring it to my blog anymore.

    I’m thrilled the “it is what it is” philosophy works for you guys. It’s pretty awesome to be able to just be me, without worrying about meeting some expectation of “an author’s blog”.

    Oh, and for 2010, I really should fix the smilies that broke during the update. These little generic guys just don’t cut it.

  9. Natalie J. Damschroder
      · January 3rd, 2010 at 1:25 am · Link

    Add me to the list—”it is what it is” is why I come here! I got a taste of it at eHarlequin, found out you were a Pats fan, checked you out over here, and fell in love.

    So to speak. :)

  10. Sasha White
      · January 4th, 2010 at 4:30 am · Link

    5 years. Wow.

    I started blogging a couple month before you I think. I’ll have to check my archives to be sure, but I do know I’ll always remember the ‘original blog circle’ of friends I had then. It’s heartwarming to see so many of us still around.

    Happy New Year, and Happy Anniversary, Shannon!

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