Thursday, August 28, 2008

My First Blogiversary and My First Giveaway!

Today, August 28 is my first Blogiversary! And it's also my first giveaway. I copied and pasted my first post right here below, so you can have the pleasure of reading it, since only two people read it when it first appeared. LOL.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I'm So Confused!

Today is Tuesday, August 28, and I'm trying to set up a blog. But I'm so confused. I seemed to have created three different blogs, but I only want one. Maybe the extreme heat in our area for weeks on end now, fried my brains.

I'm hoping that blogging will get my creative juices flowing better. I did have good news in the mail. A contract came from Bordon Books for a story to be published in, The Best Dad in the World. That was a nice surprise. And Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters, contacted me about a "media blitz" they are now having for the book. That's neat. My story in the book is "You're Too Cute To Be A Boy." My sons and daughter will get a kick out of the story, once they read it. I think. I hope! And I received my copy of the September issue of Catholic Digest, a few days ago, with my story in it. I'm on page 74, in case anyone reading this subscribes to it.

Well that's enough good news for today. I am going outside to do a rain dance. Hoping it will help end this long, dry period we've been in. And a little prayer can't hurt either: Dear God, please bless these beautiful but dry woods with some rain, soon. Amen!"

My very first commenter's were my daughter, and my lovely young and talented writer friend, Michele, from Writing the Cyber Without her help and encouragement, I never would have begun. Michele is not only a good blogger friend, she is a real life friend as well, as she lives in my neck of the woods. Thank you, Michele!

So, to celebrate my first Blogiversary, I decided to have my first give away. Everyone who comments on this Blogiversary post between today and September 6, will be entered in a drawing for a special book, which I think is the perfect book to give away to someone in blog land, because bloggers are the kind of people who often make a difference in people's lives! (Oh, and I do have a story in this book, entitled, The Compassionate Enemy.)

My best friend Eileen will draw the name of the winner, and I will post the name here on September 9. At that time I will ask the winner to email me her postal address, so I can mail her/him the book.

I have met so many kind and supportive friends and wonderful bloggers in my first year of blogging, and I thank each and every one of you for that support. I do hope you hang around for another year. :-)

Have a wonderful day, everyone. Blessings from the woods!


Nonna said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! I just love your blog and always look forward to reading each post! The book is a wonderful prize! I love the Chicken Soup books! Have fun with your girlfriends Monday at the cabin!!

Linda said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary!! I'm so glad I met you here in blogland because your posts are always so uplifting to me. By all means, count me in for your giveaway!

Michele said...

What sweet things you said about me, Renie! Thank you so much! And that book looks just awesome. I'm sure tons of your readers would appreciate it! Hope you're planning on sharing your famous autograph before you mail it to the winner! ;-)

Happy Blogiversary!!!


Old Lady Lincoln said...

Happy Blogiversary Renie. Love your stories and the post you make.

You know, I can't remember how I first met you, perhaps through Merle, not sure. But love to come and read your stories. Perhaps it's because we are pretty much from the same era age wise.

Here's to another year of blogging.

Mary said...


Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations are certainly in order. Imagine that the two of us have our Blogiversaries so close together and we are both having a giveaway. I remember it was you who invited me to start a blog here and for that I'm very thankful. I've met a lot of good friends here. Thank you so much for encouraging me.

This book looks awesome. Please enter my name. I would love to win the book. I always enjoy reading your stories.

Blessings and hugs,

Brenda said...

Good Morning Renie and Happy Blogiversary! I wish you had time to blog more often because I always love to read your writing. I have been wanting to go out and find the books with your writings in them, and I am glad that you put up your first post and told which books have your work. Someday I wish you would list all of the books with your work, so I could try to find them. I will be on a search for the ones you listed in the first blog! Hugs to you especially on your Blog Anniversary!!

Jmkdreak said...

Oh darn, wanted to be first again!
Oh well, Happy BOGIVERSARY!!!
neat on the giveaway!
I remember your first post as if it were yesterday, haha!


China Pattern said...

Hello Rennie!

Congratulations! You seem to have found your way into the blogisphere just fine. LOL. I consider it a daily adventure and a real treasure to come here and read blogs by people like you. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us an including us in your world.


hippochick said...

Happy blogiversary. I thought you were a much more seasoned blogger than that. You are so delightful and I love reading your blog. Although I hope I win, if I don't I'm going to buy the book anyway.

~Huge Hippo Hugs~


Mike Golch said...

Happy Bolgiversary!!!!!!!!

Oh by the way I have several awards that I'm giving away. With that being said you are entitled to come over and get them! Mike G. said that!(It's an A.A.thing of mine)
Hugs and God's Blessings.

One Woman's Journey said...

Thank you for responding to my 5 month old journal. Looking forward to your entries. I am enjoying them.
Congratulations on your anniversary. I know I am thoroughly enjoying my writing and reading.

One Woman's Journey said...

Thank you for another comment.
I am hanging in there. Take care
I would like to be as adventurous as you. Wish I had a special travel companion like your special friend. Have a great evening.

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Renie,

Congratulations on your one year "Blogiversary"

I think I probably skipped over from "Old Lady Lincolns" blog and never quit visiting you. I do enjoy your visits to my blog as well. It seems like we are old friends. I was at the bookstore today and read one of your stories in the Chicken Soup books for Grandparents. What a thoughtful Grandmother you give you that special birthday present...

Of course I want in the drawing as well;))


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a Year, Blogging has been so good for me I get to speak my heart. I will be around for the next year, you keep posting I keep reading.

Janice Thomson said...

Well congratulations Renie! I love your first post - it's exactly the way I felt when I started 2 years ago. I enjoy your writing and wish you many more blogging years :)

2 LMZ FARMS said...

Boy are we glad that you did blog. Your post are so uplifting and inspiring. Hope you and yours have a blessed day.

Karen said...

hi Renie!

thanks for stopping by my blog, so nice to meet you :)

You have a great blog and wow! you're a published author. I will have to look for your stories!

Happy blogiversary!

Rosy said...

What a great way to celebrate your Blogiversary by posting it today and with this said I also CONGRATULATE YOU TOO! :)

If it weren't for Wanda's blog I would of never known your blog even existed, and I am so thankful to of found your blog too. :)

So many of your posts I have found to be very inspiring to me the things you say and at how you write them really gets me to thinking and more often than once I leave with a smile after visiting your blog...Thank you.

This is very thoughtful & kind of you for offering your Chicken Soup Book as the prize giveaway.

I also like to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comments there many a times, and as far as the wood stove is of concern by any chance do you still cook on it during those icy cold winter days? In away I kind of miss at having a wood stove, however it would most look rather silly sitting in my small apartment in the heart of San Diego City. lol

Rosy said...

Or maybe it was from Old Lady Linclon blog.."oh I am so confuse"


Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Congratulations on your
First Blogiversary. I thought you had been doing it longer than that. It has been lovely getting to know you and read about your life and writing
successes. Thank you for your comments on the Biker story and we must respect others who do things differently Glad you enjoyed the jokes. Happy Labor Day,my friend.
Take care and enjoy your cookout and
have a great weekend. Love, Merle.

JennyLu said...

Happy Blogiversary! A year online goes by so quickly, don't it?

A contest, what a clever idea!

Sandy said...

Wow happy happy blogversary and what a wonderful give away. I hope I win!!

You are such a good writer, from what I've seen on the blog.

Hope you have a great time.

Midlife Mom said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary Renie! I know when I started blogging I didn't think I would have enough to say to put in 10 posts but the nonsense keeps on coming! lol! I'm glad I got to know you and your writing, I have enjoyed every bit of it. Keep 'em coming!! xoxox

Sammy said...

Well, Happy Blogiversary, Renie!! And how nice of you to do a giveaway! Count me in! Sounds like a wonderful book!

It was fun reading your first post! Great idea to post it again.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Rachel said...

Congratulations on your Blogiversary! It goes by pretty fast doesn't it?

I love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The stories are so touching.

Mountain Mama said...

A very happy Blog anniversary to you Renie. I am so happy that you decided to be a blogger. I enjoy your posts very much! Especially reading about your experiences during war time. You are such an inspiration.
So did you end up with three blogs? LOL
God bless you and yours.

deborah wilson said...


Has it been a year already??? Guess it has - and a good one too. Your blog is a breath of fresh air and always a joy to visit. It represents the spirit of life.

We love you, Renie..:)

Tina Coruth said...


I'm sorry I missed your first blogiversary. Although belated, I want to say "Happy Blogiversary! :-)" Congratulations! Blogland is all the better because you are blogging here. I love your blog and look forward to each visit.
Have a great second year, my friend!

Love & Hugs,

Beverly said...

Found you thru Ernestine. You sure have a lot of blogger friends...
Congrats on blogging...

Loretta said...

Congratulations!! You all ways have such interesting things to write about. I enjoy reading you so much. Have a good time at the cabin, I loved your pictures of it.


ancient one said...

Congratulations... I sure would like to be entered in this giveaway.. I love Chicken Soup books.. will be so special because one of your own stories is in there.

Mary said...

Happy Blogiversary!!
Your very first blog started with, "I'm So Confused!" Well, you have come a long way, haven't you!
You are such an interesting writer and, of course, I want to be in the drawing.
I went to Amazon books and typed in your name. It brought several pages of books that you have articles in. I was impressed!
How rewarding is must be to have stories in so many books. And probably a lot of work, too.
Well, anyway, keep writing and we will keep reading!


One Woman's Journey said...

Sunday morning reading.
Renie, thank you for the compliment. By all means add me to your roll. Have a great day.
The cabin sounds wonderful.

Merle said...

Dear Renie ~~ Thank you so much for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed the Letter from God, The simple facts are a wake up to how many suffer in this world. The Tech
Support guy deserved a medal, not to be fired. I hope you get some rain this week. It does the garden more good than any water we put on. Glad your tomatoes and cucumbers are still going well. I hope you are having a great Sunday. It is 11 pm here and I am off to bed.
Take care, dear friend,Love, Merle.

Tammy said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! I loved your first have come a long way huh...Sign me up for the giveaway...I love Chicken Soup for the Soul Books...this is one that I don't have...I cry like a baby with most all of them...Great giveaway.


2 LMZ FARMS said...

The last I heard from JB was that they were retreating back and was going to ride the storm out then go out and asset the damage. They are staying in an old warehouse with no air or anything. He said that he didn't know when they would have a shower. We aren't close to it but we are going to get a lot of rain and wind probably. As far as mules, yes they are a cross between a horse and a jackass or donkey. Ever heard the phrase,'stubborn as a mule'? Well, sometimes you can be ridden along and all of a sudden you are left in the If they take a notion to dump you they are going to. Then again, I have had a few mules that was some of the best riding animals around. You never can tell with them. Thank you for the comments you left about Jb and for the prayers. Hope you and yours have a blessed day.

Eve said...

Renie, I had at least ten posts before anyone commented. I didn't tell my family because to tell you the truth, I didn't know how it looked or sounded compared to others. It has picked up somewhat now. : )

audrey` said...

Dearest Renie

Happy First Blogiversary!

I'm very happy to meet you and read your posts.
You're always so encouraging, my dear friend.

Renie Burghardt said...


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful comments. I am so touched and am most appreciative.

I am heading out this morning. Going to the cabin on the river for the day, for a cookout! I will be back tovisiting with you tomorrow.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day!



Tricia said...

Congratulations for your first blogiversary. I love what you wrote in your first post about creating three blogs, but only wanting one. I remember it taking an inordinate amount of time trying to get things set up, and I'm still constantly tweaking.

Jon Cox said...


Nonna said...

Hope your enjoying Labor Day!!

Beverly said...

thanks for visiting my blog, please do come back. Congratulations on you Blogiversary!!!
I will visit you too....

The W.O.W. factor said...

Wow Renie! I love our first Blog as much as all the ones I've read since I found you a few months ago! I'm so glad Micheletalked you into Blogging! You bring a freshness to 'this world', so don't ever quit!

Susie said...

Hi Renie,
Happy 1st Blogiversary! Although I don't comment every single time, I always enjoy your posts!
I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

BClark said...

Well I am a few days late, but the wishes are still heartfelt. Happy Blogiversary!! You and your comments are always such a joy. I am so glad I met you and look forward to another year.

Dawn said...

Thank you for checking in on me! I really appreciate it! And happy Blogiversary!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy (belated) Blogiversay, Renie!

Patti said...

Just dropping in again to see how you are. How was your Labor Day with your friends? I hope your week is going great!!

Sandy said...

congratulations....Love these Chicken Soup a chance to meet the authors in Tenn, They were great.

Anonymous said...

Hey Renie I reread your last post and wondered if you would teach me the rain dance. LOL It seemed to have worked. (too well) We sure need it in California.
Love Sue

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Everyone,

This giveaway is now closed. I will announce the winner of the Chicken Soup book on Tuesday, Septmeber 9.

Thank you all for the wonderful comments and good wishes. Have a wonderful weekend and God Bless!