Article by Wendy McCance
I don’t know how I overlooked something so important, but I missed my 2 year blogging anniversary by a few days. I am amazed at how fast time has flown by. Honestly, back when I began this blog, I would never have anticipated that I would still be blogging two years later.
So many great moments have fallen into my lap because of this blog. The most important thing that stands out is having had the opportunity to meet and get to know so many terrific bloggers and writers. The amount of support, advice, and camaraderie I have shared with all of you has been incredible. Thank you so much for your interest in this blog and in getting to know me as well.
There have been a few stand out people that I have gotten to know fairly well and who have made a big impression on me. I have been privileged to watch their journey’s and see some remarkable results as they etched out a career for themselves.
Blogging, in my opinion is one of the best ways to develop your writing, personal style and get your name out into the world. It’s one of the greatest platforms I can think of for developing a career.
When I began, I had no intention of writing for a living, it just evolved. I have heard several stories like this. Some bloggers have gone on to write books, make money full-time doing product reviews or have just used this platform as a type of diary to pass down through their family.
I would like to celebrate this second anniversary by putting the spotlight on a few bloggers who have impressed me with what they have achieved. These are also people who are just terrific, supportive and close to my heart. I am thrilled to be connected to them and would love to share why they are so incredible to me.
Pat Ruppel: Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom
Pat has been a wonderful friend and so supportive. We met through this blog and have come to realize we have a lot in common in the way we view things. Pat has passed many awards my way and rooted me on as I developed my career. There is just no better friend, and I am honored to know her. Pat’s blog is in one word, comfort. The posts are like sitting down with a close friend and catching up. There is an immediate sense of having known Pat for years when you read her articles. I adore the way she writes!
Susan Cooper: Finding Our Way Now
Susan is one of the first people who started visiting this blog. She started a blog right about the same time as me. It’s been so much fun to watch how she has grown. We have consulted back and forth a few times and rooted each other on as our ideas expanded. Susan went on to write a couple of books and is a phenomenal illustrator. I am envious of her skill set and wish I could draw like her. The way she incorporates her drawings into her stories feels good in the same way you find comfort with a good book, a cup of tea and the fireplace all lit up in front of you. She just brings out the cozy vibe.
Pam Houghton: Soul Searching at Starbucks
Pam is a Michigan native like me. I have felt privileged to get to know her. One of the few people whose path I crossed on the internet who I have gotten to meet in person. Pam is a writer who has had articles in numerous publications. She has been a great mentor and has given me some great advice as I have put my own writing career together. She is such a kindhearted individual and I feel lucky to call her a friend.
Lynne Cobb: Lynne Cobb
Lynne is another writer from Michigan. As I have grown my writing business I got to know Lynne through this blog. It’s been terrific to know yet another writer, especially one close to home. I love Lynne’s blog. She expresses her feelings through her blog posts like she is sharing her inner most thoughts with the reader. There is an instant connection that makes you adore her and want to know more. Her sincerity and care for those around her has really made me so proud to say she is a friend of mine.
Linda Anger:The Write Concept, Inc.
Linda holds a very special place in my heart. She is the very first writer I ever met in person. I originally got to know Linda by way of LinkedIn. I had written her an email about doing some work for the company she was working for at the time. I was really green when we first connected. Linda encouraged me to go to a networking event and that’s where I met her in person. She is one of those individuals who is down to earth, and makes you feel like you have known her forever right from the beginning. She has been a great source of encouragement and has had some terrific advice. I feel very fortunate to know her. She has been more instrumental than she knows in helping me down the right path.
Gina Quarles: GinaQuarles.com
Gina has followed my blog for longer than I can remember. She has been wonderful to get to know. I have watched her grow her own blog and do what I truly envy, she has taken a very personal life experience and made it into a book. I am so excited for her. Her book should be out any day now and it’s thrilling to know an author personally. Especially when I got to see the creation of her first book take shape and become a reality. Her blog is truly worth a look. She writes personally and candidly about her experiences. She has been a true inspiration to me.
Codie Higer: Adventure Is Out There
I couldn’t finish this post without a shout out to my cousin. I am beyond impressed with her. She is in college and has gotten the opportunity to study abroad for a semester. Codie has taken her experiences in several other countries and chronicled it on a blog. I have been able to read where she is at and what she is doing as she has the experience herself. It has been a lot of fun to keep up with her. I must admit I am fairly jealous as well. She has been to numerous countries while in Europe. The best part is that she has taken tons of photos. I have seriously been able to live through her time in Europe. I have seen amazing scenes as well as delicious looking food. The best part is, this girl can write! Honestly, she is talented beyond her years.
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