Celebrating 8 Years of Blogging

Will I have a good next year as a writer? Eight Ball says “Yes.”

I don’t celebrate my own birthday with much fanfare, but when my blog turns another year older I’m always stoked. I started this blog on June 23, 2010 and have posted almost daily since. Why do I blog so obsessively?

  1. It keeps me writing. Even when I’m tired, if I just post a lackluster piece I dislike I have accomplished my purpose—to write.
  2. It keeps me current. If authors don’t stay active on social media between books, we can be forgotten. Then, when we publish again, we find we have to build back up the interest from the bottom. Keeping an active blog is one way I keep myself visible.
  3. It can do good things. Having my own platform allows me to share information I believe will benefit my readers. From supporting social causes, sharing publishing info to discussing the creative process, I hope my blog contributes something of value everyday.

As this blog celebrates eight years, I am in the finishing stages of releasing Bitter Suites. It’s been a long road from my first baby steps into indie authorship, and I know I am still just now developing maturity as a writer. There is still quite a lot of road ahead. I look forward to it.

To celebrate eight years, I asked a virtual Magic Eight Ball if I would have a good next year as a writer. Eight Ball says “Yes.” Ask this neo-classic oracle your own questions here.

What was my first blog post eight years ago? I was saying goodbye to my motorcycle and moving to Australia. Originally I named the blog Dandilyon Fluff, then DandiFluff and then finally changed it to just my name. Dandilyon was my online gaming tag.

Here are some of the past posts I’ve done to celebrate this day…

2010 Year Zero: Bye Bye Burnsie

2011 Year One: One Year Blogiversary

2012 Year Two: Dandilyon Fluff is Two

2013 Year Three: Dandilyon Fluff is Three!

2014 Year Four: Celebrating Four Years

2015 Year Five: Dandilyon Fluff is Five

2016 Year Six: Dandifluff is Six

2017 Year Seven: Blog-iversary Number Seven

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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