Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWAGGER!

by Kathy Cannon Wiechman


Three years ago, a group of 8 friends at a Highlights Foundation Writers’ Workshop started this blog. It was the brain child of Kim Van Sickler, and Kim has been the main member to keep it afloat.

Since its inception, one member has left to deal with enormous health issues (We love you, Grace!) and two members left to begin their own inspirational blog at City Muse/Country Muse. A few others only occasionally put in rare, but welcome, appearances when their busy schedules and inspiration allow. But Kim has gone out into the blogosphere and developed a following, and always manages to come up with a post when needed, no matter what.

When Swagger began, I couldn’t envision being able to write new posts on a regular basis. After all, I was busy with ideas for novels and short stories. So were all the other Swaggers. But over the past 3 years, I have written more than 100 blog posts, some of them on topics delegated by blog hops. Others were inspired by events in my own life, like getting a publishing contract for my debut novel LIKE A RIVER (due out April 7, 2015 from Calkins Creek). I have also told stories from my childhood, that had been tucked safely in a file drawer inside my mind.

Life has thrown many things at all of us, those kinds of things that Life throws, things that could end a blog’s existence. But Swagger survives—and thrives.
                
                                Happy birthday, Swagger!

8 comments:

  1. Happy Blog Birthday! Awesome you've stayed together even with the changes in your group.

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  2. Congratulations on three years!
    That second photo is a riot.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. That was when "planking" was big.

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  3. Thanks, Natalie. I guess we managed to evolve as things changed.

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  4. Great day to celebrate! SO cool that you met at Highlights!

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    1. Highlights Foundation workshops offer a great setting to write and learn, but they also draw the kind of people who share similar hopes and dreams. And that often sparks friendships.

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  5. Happy blog birthday! So wonderful that you made such lasting friendships at Highlights.

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