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Happy 1st Birthday To My Blog…

Thursday, April 13, 2006
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A year ago today, I put up my very first blog post.

I’d been a member of quite a few author loops, and I was getting pig sick of having to watch what I said, or even worse, totally being ignored. I remember often posting at a certain loop that I was pretty active in, and finding that nobody wanted to speak to me. All the readers on this particular loop seemed to know each other pretty well, and I felt kind of shut out. I made a huge effort to participate, but time and time again, I was continually ignored, so I decided to just leave the group.

Not only did I leave the group, I stopped buying the author’s books. The whole experience left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, so I certainly wasn’t going to make matters worse, by actually spending my hard earned pennies on her books. Fuck that.

Anyway, I decided to leave most of the author loops that I was part of, mostly because they were just too cliquey. I hate cliques. The funny thing is, most of the authors would probably deny that their groups were cliquey, but I assure you, they were.

I did keep to a couple though, and although I’m not as active as I used to be, I still really appreciate Sarah McCarty and Eve Vaughn’s listserves. The ladies in both of these groups were pretty nice, and very welcoming to a newbie with a big mouth.

I remember reading JW Mckenna’s Darkest Hour and feeling so mad, that I needed an outlet. I needed somewhere where I could say that his book was crap without stepping on toes, so that’s when I decided to start the blog.

This was my first ever blog entry:

I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I’ve had a pretty good time actually, cuz I know without the blog, I wouldn’t have ‘met’ gals like the fab Maili, who I believe was the first person to link to me.

Like most things in life, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, so I aimed to please myself, and nobody else. I’ve tried to stay true to who I am, and I write about whatever happens to be on my mind, regardless of who I offend.

There will be people out there who think I’m the devil incarnate, but equally, there will be people who think I’m ok, either way, the most important thing about my blog, is that it’s mine and I can say what the hell I want to. Which is what I always wanted, so I think I’ve done ok.

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  • Anne
    April 13
    9:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Karen’s Blog! You’ve done a wonderful job, Karen. Your blog is the blog to visit darling! I just love it here!

    I’m so glad you stayed at Sarah McCarty’s group and visit sometimes because you know as the Reverend’s Lady of Ingenuity you need to show possession of that masculine hunk of sexiness or else the ladies will lead him astray… hussies that they are *G*

    I think I might know the group your referring to… it’s one of two that I can think of, and if it is the one that I’m thinking of, I don’t go there anymore either. I’m still a member but to even post anything there is a waste of energy because it goes ignored. If you’re not part of the clique, you’re not heard. Ridiculous? Yes. Reality? Yes. Remind me of high school? Absofreakinglutely. I’ll stick to Sarah’s group.. the one place where I feel at home and where everyone is a friend.

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  • Rosario
    April 13
    10:05 pm

    Congratulations, Karen! Happy 1st blog birthday to you! 🙂

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  • Rosie
    April 13
    10:20 pm

    Karen, I always feel a little disingenuous when I comment only to agree with you on something, but honestly I sometimes think you take the words right out of my mouth! *g*

    It doesn’t matter what author group you had those experiences in…I bet just about everyone here can say the same. Some groups form a tight bond and just don’t have room for anyone else. Even worse god forbid you post an opposing opinion.

    One of the things I like best is that if someone gives an honest opinion here, whether you agree or not, you give them a fair shake and usually a pat on the back for their honesty.

    I just don’t see that many other places.

    Happy birthday to you and your blog…and here’s to many more.

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  • Eve Vaughn
    April 13
    10:59 pm

    Wow!! Congratulations and Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary to your blog. I can’t believe it’s been a whole year. I have this blog book marked and read it religiously. It’s one of the most fresh and entertaining blogs on the net.
    I think one of the reasons I appreciate you so much K-rock is because a person will always know where they stand with you and that’s refreshing.
    I wish you many more years of blogging!! Yay!!

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  • Beverly Havlir
    April 13
    11:19 pm

    Happy B-day to your blog! Time flies, doesn’t it? *g* You know I’m a lurker, but I do read your blog. It’s funny and real and I love it. Great job, Karen!

    Hugs!

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  • sybil
    April 13
    11:27 pm

    who think I’m the devil incarnate

    You say that like it is a bad thing…

    Happy Birthday! I for one am glad you started the blog, since I am not really on any author groups. Here is to another year, bigger, longer and still uncut ;).

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  • Jaye
    April 14
    12:23 am

    Happy Blog B-day. I think you’re one cool chica. Keep up the good work.

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  • Shelby
    April 14
    12:53 am

    Yay! Happy Blog Birthday to you! This is one of my most favorite places on the WWW. Thanks for your honesty, humor, devil-incarnateness, and best of all, for reading my books. 🙂 As for your blog, you’ve got me hooked, so I’ll be here every day to get my jollies. Love it and love YOU!

    Shelby

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  • Kristie (J)
    April 14
    1:12 am

    Happy Blogday Karen! I must say it’s been great getting to *know* you!!!

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  • Ann Wesley Hardin
    April 14
    1:18 am

    Happy Blog birthday, Karen! I didn’t realize I found you so soon after your birth *gg*. So glad I did!

    Rock on you luscious hunk-o-woman!

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  • Avid Reader
    April 14
    3:45 am

    Yeah, I think your alright 😉

    Keishon

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  • Dakota Cassidy
    April 14
    8:53 am

    OMG–my year is coming up too. I think it began with RT last year when Jaynie hassled me to get one–then I did and lost it. LMAO

    Happy blog B’Day 🙂

    DC 🙂

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  • Scott
    April 14
    11:52 am

    Happy Blog Birthday Karen!

    (I think I am about the only guy that is an avid reader of it.) 🙂

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  • HelenKay
    April 14
    12:21 pm

    Yeah! Happy Blog Birthday to you!

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  • Dramedy Girl
    April 14
    2:45 pm

    Happy bloggy birthday! I for one am glad you started your own blog. I love your posts! And I’m especially glad you had GemmaK design for you, bcause that’s how I found your site. :o)

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  • Karen Scott
    April 14
    3:36 pm

    Thanks for the b/day wishes Guys!!!

    Scott, you are indeed the only male who reads my blog, I guess that means you’re in touch with your feminine side *g*

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  • azteclady
    April 14
    4:39 pm

    Happy Blogversary, Karen!

    Thank you for much common sense, snark and hilarity. Here’s to many more years of you! *cheers*

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  • Sam
    April 14
    5:52 pm

    HAPPY BLOG BIRTHDAY!!!

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  • Jennifer B.
    April 14
    6:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Bloggin Babe!

    One of my daily pleasures–a cup of coffee and your blog.

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  • Maili
    April 14
    7:17 pm

    Awwww! I do remember how you made your first appearance. Opinionated, extremely funny, and British to boot! Yay. You have definitely blew me and other Brits off the lake with your wicked sense of humour. :>

    Happy birthday, you daft bat, and may we see many more blog posts from you from here onwards. 😀

    And, btw, you KNOW you are a secret fan of JW Mckenna’s books because you just can’t resist mention his books every other week. Why deny the truth any more?

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  • A Lurker
    April 14
    8:07 pm

    Happy Blog birthday Karen, your witty musings always make my day, so may it long continue!

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  • Karen Scott
    April 14
    10:28 pm

    Thanks Aztec Lady, Sam and Jen!

    Maili, wash your mouth out with soap and water! Mentioning JW Mckenna every week is my thing, that’s how much his book pissed me off. I’ll send it to you if you like, then you can judge for yourself exactly how bad it is (And if you like it don’t tell me) *g*

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  • Karen Scott
    April 14
    10:30 pm

    Thanks Lurker!

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  • Maili
    April 14
    11:17 pm

    Er, no thanks, KarenS. Bless you. 😀 [I can’t stand his books either.]

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  • Jaynie R
    April 15
    6:47 am

    Happy Blog Birthday gorgeous.

    May you have many many more *g*

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  • Scott
    April 16
    10:25 pm

    That’s right Karen. I try to touch my feminine side every day. 😉

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  • Dawn
    April 18
    9:24 am

    A belated Blog Birthday to you, K.

    I’m sitting here at work stuffing a bacon sarnie down my gob, catching up on your crazy ass blogging.

    I love the way you put things across. You don’t pull any punches and don’t care if you piss anyone off. I live vicariously through your blog, ‘cos I don’t have the guts to say half the things you do.

    Keep up the great blogging.

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  • Mike Barer
    April 22
    11:54 pm

    Happy first blogging year!! I came over from Tod Goldberg’s site.

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  • Karen Scott
    April 23
    9:33 am

    Thanks Jaynie and Dawn!!

    Scott, I love that about you *g*

    Welcome to my blog Mike, and thanks!

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