Happy 1st Blogiversary to me! (and my blog)

Well, it's my blogiversary here at Three Dead Moths ... My blog and I have had our ups and downs, at one point my blog broke up with me, but we made it through year one.

To celebrate I've updated my template (blogosphere reno) and am launching a contest, but first a walk down bloggory lane. Over the year, I've had nearly 10,000 visits from all over the world. Thanks bloggowers who visit regularly. You rock!

It's interesting to see the search words people plug in that lands them on my blog. You'd be surprised how many times people have found me by searching on this phrase: 'I ate a dead moth, am I going to die?' First of all people - stop doing that! - seriously, don't eat dead moths! Leave them in their natural habitat of the mail box. There have been lots of searches on Sasquatch, Batfink, character development, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and sour ju jubes.

We've meet Jocosa of the Earrings, the Tiny Canadian and Barbie Kong. We know that Jade hears voices and Candy Gourlay has notes from the slush pile. I've nominated the Sasquatch as the super hero for writers (and made the word into a verb - to sasquatch oneself). Over the year we've explored the writing process, community, and life. I've illustrated how life can teach us about writing and how the life of a writer is better when filled with awesome characters and writing buddies. We now know why cliches are to be avoided like the plague and why we all need to work on craft (Hi, I'm Jan and I splice commas).

It's been great and I hope you will continue to join me here on Three Dead Moths ...

Here's the contest - there are two copies of my debut novel Dead Frog on the Porch to win.

If you already follow this blog (thanks) you get 1 point.

If you become a follower: 1 point.

If you leave a comment: 1 point.

If you cross post this contest to your blog: 3 points.

If you cross post this to your Face Book:  3 points.

If you cross post the book trailer video to your blog or Face Book: 3 points.

If you feel you have earrings that rival the coolness of the earrings worn by Jocossa of the Earrings and you send me a pic of your earrings: that's like 5 points because that probably entails rummaging around in your jewelry box, finding the camera, charging the battery, and then finding various bits of cable to download and send the photo (send through the email on the website).

When you leave your comment please tell me what you did and add up your points - bloggowers, I'm a writer, not a mathematician or an accountant or someone who ever got pleasure in counting the number of jelly beans in a jar.

If you can stand on your head and divide by zero you get my undying admiration.

Contest closes next Friday (June 18th), winner to be announced shortly after.


Angie said…
Congrats on your blogiversary! It has been fun. I love the new look. You don't have to enter me in the contest because I already have your book. :)
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Angie! You were one of my first bloggowers back in the early days!
Jade said…
Don't enter me either because I already have a copy but I just wanted to congratulate you on your milestone. I still recall randomly stumbling onto your blog (I can't remember what lead me there) and reading your 'How You Got Published' posts.

Here's to another year of awesomeness!
Diane Girard said…
Happy blogiversary! Long may you write! Do I get a point for being pointless?
Anonymous said…
Happy blogiversary Jan-o
Thrilled to follow your journey into SuperWriterdom--Fortunate to have you as a writing buddy.
Reading your blog is an inspiration for every writer on the path of publication, and always a bright spot in my day. Blog on--Jocosa of the Earrings
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Jade, Jocosa, and Diane!

Yes, Diane, you get a point for the comment (which definitely had a point)!
Deb said…
Happy Blogiversary! I added up to 8 points---yikes, math. Also twittered so hopefully that gets some more people heading this way.

And phew...on the no eat moth advice. Seriously. I was getting hungry and well-

Enjoy your next year!
Congratulations on your Blogiversary. I hope you celebrated with some champagne. :-)


Cheryl Kaye Tardif
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Deb, you rock! Maybe if the moth was cooked ...?!

Thanks Cheryl!
Angela said…
Happy anniversary!

Lots of people eat dead moths, who knew?
Candy Gourlay said…
happy blogiversary! i've got loads of points but can't seem to fulfil the one about the earrings. dying to get your book though!
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Angela. I know insects are a source of protein for many people around the world, but have you ever seen the inside of a moth? It's mainly dust. It's a great snack for my cat!

Thanks Candy, you rock as usual! I'll try to add them up for you ... ugh, math!
Angela Ackerman said…
Happy Blogiversary! I used to have a turantula and guess what his favorite meal was? MOTHS!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse
Jan Markley said…
Thanks Angela!

I'll keep that in mind if I every get a pet tarantula ... not!

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