Tuesday, November 11, 2008

PC's Coolest Thing

Ooh, I love our Birthday week. So much has happened in the last three years, yet it doesn’t seem like all that long ago we were doing our first photo shoot and trying to figure out the workings of Blogger. (Personally, I’m still trying to figure out the workings of Blogger – since it hates me and all.)

What a ride it’s been! Sometimes I’ll randomly click on a month in the archives and see what we were blogging about and it’s like living it all over again. I’m just so glad I had the Playfriends and all of y’all to share it with.

So while there are many, many things that are vying for the coolest thing to happen in the last three years – the first time a stranger came up to me and said, “I read your blog,” is definitely close to the top! – my “Coolest Thing” comes from y’all every single day.

The fact that you even take the time to drop by – and whether or not you comment, we know you were here – makes me happier than you can imagine. You share this journey with us, and you’re an important part of it. You celebrate and commiserate with us. You ask about the kids and the goats and listen to us complain about just about anything (including kids and goats). When I got rejected, you sympathized. You sent emails and cyber hugs; you told me your rejection story in order to make me feel better. You encouraged me to go on. When I sold, you celebrated with me. You told me that my Call encouraged and inspired you to keep writing and dreaming.

We wonder about you. Where you're from. Where you are on your personal journey. If a regular commenter disappears, we worry about you. We're tickled when you come back. We want to celebrate and commiserate with you, too, and we love to hear your news.

We didn’t set out to be role-models or inspirations or even to claim we knew a damn thing about anything. We just wanted to connect, to make some friends out there in cyberspace, and it’s turned out to be more than we ever hoped for.

So the Coolest Thing from the last three years is y’all. No contest.

Thank you for making this so freakin’ cool.

PC

Hmmm, I’m all misty-eyed, but I can see lots of books on my bookshelf that need good homes. Comment to win!

Winners will be selected each day, but we'll do one winners post for the week on Saturday.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

cool happy biday ladies
love the authors and guuests

kh

Jane said...

What a lovely post, PC. It's good to know that you care or appreciate our comments.

Maureen said...

It's a pleasure to visit your site and thank you for sharing your lives on this blog.

Minna said...

Great post!

M.V.Freeman said...

I love seeing what you and the rest of the play friends have to say, and there are days I need a laugh and get it. :)

Here's wishing you great joy and lots more good times!

CrystalGB said...

Lovely post, PC. :)

Anonymous said...

I love stopping by. I get a good laugh more often than not. And lots of days I need that. I find out about new authors that I would never think to read - Heidi Rice is one, loved her books. And for me, you are just a stone's throw away, being here in AL. I thank you ladies for sharing your family, friends, thoughts and emotions. I know it can't be easy somedays but you do it just the same. Here's to many more years blogging.
Thanks!!!!!
robertsonreads
word verification - dentrial
robertsonreads

Crystal Lee said...

Happy Birthday! I enjoy connecting with everyone in this little corner of the world. Thank you for making this special place possible.

Liza said...

Great post PC! I love reading about everyone's writing journey. I'm not a writer, but love to hear/read about the process. I'm in Nashville, so it seems like all of y'all are just around to corner from me.

Terry S said...

Happy birthday to all of you. I love to visit the playground each morning. Thanks for doing what you do!

Instigator said...

I love y'all! You have no idea how amazing and nice it is to realize that there are people out there reading about my day/journey/family/fight with animals and that care (or get a kick out of my trial and errors).

My life just isn't interesting... until I get the chance to share it with y'all.

Instigator

word verification - reeride. Does that mean we get 3 more years?

Rebekah E. said...

Happy B-Day all. Love visiting this blog.

Playground Monitor said...

It IS hard to believe it's been three years. Where has the time gone? Which reminds me... I need to work more on my post for tomorrow.

verification word = turbidod, which sounds like an island in the Caribbean

Smarty Pants said...

I'm glad you guys enjoy us enough to come back day after day. I mean, I like to think I'm entertaining, but who really knows... :)

Sherry Werth said...

I love reading the blog every morning. It's my way of staying connected and motivated. Where else could you find such a world of information on shoes, farm animals, party planning, new authors, undergarments, how to bake a cake in a cup, etc. The list goes on and on and I for one greatly appreciate all of it. :D
Happy Birthday!

Angel said...

I'm sitting here laughing over Sherry's list. We do offer a WIDE variety of topics, don't we? :)

I have to second everything PC said. When we first started blogging, we were obsessive about checking it every couple of minutes and being wowed when someone commented. I have to admit, I still get that same WOW feeling when I open the blog and see that someone besides us has shown up.

Then there's that connected feeling she talked about. It certainly feels that way... that we aren't alone in this crazy journey to publication. Whether you are a fellow writer or a fellow reader, your encouragement means the world to us. Thank you for celebrating our trials and triumphs with us!

Angel

Word Verification: suramist
Sounds like a cold and cough medicine. What's with the 'almost words' verifications lately? :)

Virginia said...

Happy Third Birthdays ladies. That was such a sweet thing for you to say about us. I am glad you enjoy out comments. I do try to come by about every day but sometimes I don't get around to it. Can you forgive me? I do enjoy this blog, its one of the best.

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Happy Birthday, this is such a great site and all the Playground posts wonderful!

Cheri2628 said...

Happy Birthday! I enjoy your blog. I don't always comment, but I visit and read every day.

cas2ajs said...

It always makes my day to stop in at your blog . . . it's familiar, it's comfortable and it always makes me smile. Happy Birthday to one of my favorite blogs and thanks to all the Playfriends for all the hard work that goes into it.

Cheryl S.

Susan said...

Happy Birthday! I love to come here every day. All of you are so interesting!

traveler said...

What a deightful post. I always look forward to your unique approach on life, books and all topics.

ruth said...

Enjoyed this post and have a wonderful birthday celebration.

Jennifer LaBrecque said...

I know I've been mia lately on the comment tail but it doesn't mean I haven't been lurking. It means I'm up to my ass in alligator deadlines. :) You know I love y'all!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday. We love it that you love to hear what we have to say and it is fun staying in touch.

Pat L.

Michele L. said...

PC you are such a sweetheart! You and all the other ladies are what make this site so special! I enjoy reading your posts. I have laughed, cried, and sympathisized with you all on your topics over the years.

Your blog is very homey and it is what keeps me coming back for more!

Happy Birthday Ladies!
Hugs,
Michele L.

Kammie said...

awe....what a nice post. I'm here with you most days even though I often don't post. Something I'm just so tired I just want to read and enjoy the posts.

squiresj said...

What a lovely post. I am not an Author. But I do write reviews of the books I read. I am passing books on to others and finding a lot of people are looking for good authors. Just this week I gave an 68 year old lady a book and she wondered where I got such wonderful books. I find new Authors and like to encourage and uplift because that is what books do for me.
I live in rural Missouri and I'm 58 years old and married to my one and only 29 years. I have two grown daughters. God Bless.
jrs362 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Cherie J said...

Lovely post PC! I stop by when I can because I love how comfortable I feel when I am here. Thanks for that.

bamabelle said...

Happy Birthday ladies! That was such a lovely post PC! Thanks for a great place to hang out. I hope yall have many more birthdays!

amy*skf said...

I always love reading the posts PC and Happy Birthday to all the playfriends. I Love "hearing" the southern accents.

I am a writer and have learned so much from you (all) the circle of 5, never give up, Courier font size 12...just to name a few.

You always make me laugh and I am proud to be an honorary playfriend.

Problem Child said...

Hey Everybody!!

(I took AC to see High School Musical 3 today and it took me hours to get over the sugar shock... I'm not sure when my higher functions will kick back in.)

So many nice things said... I'm all misty now. World Peace for everyone!

Ellen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and congratulations on your third year.

Sue A. said...

Happy Birthday ladies! You have the coolest playground around!