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12 January 2010

100th POST!!


Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs, cats, and narwhals!
I welcome you all to my 100th post!


***the crowd goes wild! fireworks light up the sky, a Chinese dragon whisks by and a national holiday is declared by all world leaders***
Can I tell you I'm shocked and rather excited by this! I noticed the other day that my post counter was getting rather close to the old 100 mark. And here it is! I could have put it off, but why? Why not party on a Tuesday?
What does this mean? Well, actually, it just means I've reached a personal milestone. I've committed to something and followed through. Do you know how hard that is???? I have battled this long standing fear of failure, of stepping out into the unknown because "what if I fail?" "what if I don't follow through?". But this time, I had some help. YOU! Yes, that's right. YOU. I have been pushed to post as often as possible because of you. You keep me writing, keep me reading, keep challenging me to move forward, to reach for that elusive star of publishing. No matter what, I know I can persevere because if I don't, I have quite a few wonderful people here in blogtopia that I'll be letting down.
This calls for some long over due changes to the landscaping. As some of you know, I have decided to retire my blog Lessons in the Art of Slow. It was a blog I started in conjunction with this one last January in order to keep my ponderings about life in order and in tact. However, I've noticed something in past few weeks: my articles that I'm posting there, are the types of articles I'm wanting to pursue to publication. Since this little gathering is all about writing, why not post those articles here? Hmmmm, said I. Sounds like a plan. What about my other weekly post over there? Well, those fit wonderfully with my new venture, Sagewood Manor. I'll be posting a new post schedule up over there today as well.
With that being said, I have decided to take a NEW leap. New year, new challenge, new goals. If you look to your right, you'll see I now have a post schedule. Scary, I know. Why? Because I need goals. I need something to stare me in the face and scream at me "you'd better do THIS!". Where this terrifies me, I know I have an advantage this time. Yep, you guessed it. YOU. Just by reading these words, you're holding me accountable to my new goals for writing. I have others for this year, but for now, I'll leave it to the sidebar. I'm adding two posting days to this blog, as you will see. This should get interesting! These posting changes will begin next week.
I'm convinced this combining and streamlining of my blogs is a positive change, one that will allow me more focus on the two passions of my life: writing and the creation of a lifestyle business. And I want you all along for however long this journey may be!
Oh, why not. How about a give away!!! Woohoo!!!! Hmmm, let's see. Something totally random. Um...leave me a comment. Yeah, that's it. Leave me a comment between now and Thursday. I'll add them all up, assign a number to each commenter and pull a name from a hat. A literal hat. I'll even take a picture :) What will you win? How about a nice stack of handmade paper? I've been itching to make some more and this will be the perfect excuse to do so :) So how 'bout it? You guys game?
Happy Tuesday!
Jen
(the multi-colored text? it's to help make this easier to read. for some reason, if I post a picture, my layout will not show spaces where I need them. grrrr.....I'm off to slay some computer gremlins!)

35 comments:

Terresa said...

A huge hug & congrats on your 100th post!

Consolidation is a good thing, too, even in the blog world.

Write on, girl!!

Tamika: said...

Congratulations Jen! Us otters have to stick together!

Elana Johnson said...

Congrats on the 100th post!

Eric said...

Congrats! Isn't it just awesome when you hit this milestone? And you're right, it is an accomplishment. Here's to 100 more posts :)

Betsy said...

Blogging is great, isn't it? Congrats on 100 posts! OK...you put my name in the hat, and I'm off to Google 'narwhals'....haha...

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Congratulations on the 100 mark! It's an awesome accomplishment. Good for you.

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

CONGRATS!!! My big 100 is coming up soon too. So fun!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

It's a significant milestone, and you deserve to be proud. Woo-hoo! :-)

Karen Walker said...

Congratulations, Jen. And I love the idea of consolidating your blogs, and the posting schedule, and the giveaway. You go girl!
Karen

Weronika Janczuk said...

Heck, yes! I've read so many of those posts, and they're all wonderful.

(I read everything, Jen, but rarely choose to comment.)

Kittie Howard said...

Congrats, Jen! You're organized, efficient, and getting it all done...a winner in anyone's book! And, why not party on Tuesday??? Mardi Gras's on Tuesday...Cheers! and lots to blogs to come!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats!!

Love your new blogging goals!

Brian Miller said...

congrats on your 100th post. many do not make it this far.

The Blonde Duck said...

Congrats! Computer gremlins are nasty critters!

Ratty said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I hope your new goals work well for you. And I like the multi-colored text. It really does help make reading easier.

Sandi Delia said...

Jen -
Congratulations! The enthusiasm just oozes all over from this post...how delicious! And I really related to how it is the reader who keeps me writing. Amazing, isn't it?!

Looking forward to 2010 with you,
Sandi

Tabitha Bird said...

Congrats! 100th is worth celebrating. :)

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

congrats, jen! 100 is a milestone!

jeannie
The Character Therapist

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Jody Hedlund said...

High five! I'm proud of you for sticking with blogging! And your plan to consolidate sounds very wise. If we spread ourselves to thin, then we often set ourselves up for failure.

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Jen Chandler said...

Woohoo! Look at all those comments :) Looks like I have to make good on my give away ;) (J/K)

Thank you, everyone for the congrats and well wishes. I'm so excited to have made it to my 100th and I'm looking forward to at least 100 more (or a million?!?)

Keep those comments coming! And I'll be pulling the names on Thursday and drawing that evening. Expect the grand announcement on Friday!!!

Cheers!
Jen

Lin said...

Bummer, I liked the Art of Slow blog. Promise you'll put all of that here, okay??

100??! GREAT! Isn't that a great feeling?? I'm looking forward to the next 100, Jen.

And, uh, I would have commented anyway--you don't need a giveaway to get me here, pally. :)

Rowe said...

Woohoo, happy 100! Well done. It is a milestone indeed and a great feeling ... i hope to make it there soon too.

Jen Chandler said...

Lin,
I fully intend on posting the same articles, etc. on this blog and Sagewood Manor as was posted on Lessons. Fear not!

Chaotic Beauty said...

Oooo how lovely, pick me, pick me :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Am I the only one that said out loud in a room by myself, "Ooo, hand-made paper."? I'm weird that way. I love "real" paper. I love the texture. I do book making when I have journaling classes, and I get all excited about picking out the paper and sharing it with the journalers.

Actually, I'm alone in my kitchen, but the furnace guy is here, and he just came up to show me that he found a dead bat in my air exchanger. Eww! He said, "No big deal, that's normal." Easy for him to say!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Try this for adding returns into your persnickity post. Go to the html format and add them there. It might be an option where it says compose. My blogger friend Roxane showed me that.

Glynis said...

Congratulations on your 100th Jen!

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Well done on your 100th post!

Elspeth

Jen Chandler said...

Mary: Thanks for the tip on adding the spaces. I've also found that if I add the photos before I type stuff up, the spaces will appear in the final post. Crazy computers. Sometimes I feel they are entities out to get me!

Jen

Mary Aalgaard said...

We need to join forces to fight the computer gremlins. Whenever I run into a complication, I think, there must be a backdoor approach to this somewhere. Since I'm not a Techie, I usually have to ask for help.

Mmm said...

whoa, you are more famous that I realises! :) Congrats on your 100th post! :)