A One-Year Anniversary – of Sorts


Let me start by saying thank you to all of you for making this past year so absolutely incredible!  The last 12 months on this blog have far surpassed anything I could have ever imagined and none of it would have happened without all of you!

Early in 2014, I put together a blog with the intention of writing a journal of my experiences as a writer covering everything from submissions and rejections (that could have taken a lot of typing) to poetry magazines and journals to writers from whom I drew inspiration.  It just laid there for months.

In July of 2014, I decided it was time to just revamp the whole thing and start posting my poetry.  I put up the first post on July 30th, 2014 to very limited fanfare.

To my surprise, I started seeing some activity:

Now, here I am one year, 180 posts, 9209 followers, 6221 comments, 21,843 likes, and countless wonderful interactions with readers later.

Without question, the best and most rewarding part has been interacting with all of you in the comments.  Getting your feedback, discussing interesting topics, learning that we all have things in common – all of it – has been an absolute pleasure!

Again, thank you all for making this first year so enjoyable and such a treat!  I’m already looking forward to Year Two!!

About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on July 30, 2015, in John White, Poetry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 108 Comments.

  1. This is so inspiring! Here’s to another year 🍀

  2. Congratulation this is beautiful and amazing! Has been very nice read your posts from the time I follow your Blog! 🙂

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Blogging is such a good thing…you get another date down in your calendar when you can celebrate, feel proud and of course share your feelings via blogging!
    By the way, I love your posts! I hope your contribution continues!!!😀

  4. Congratulations 😀
    You’re a great writer! ❤

  5. Congrats!! I love your blog!

  6. It’s been a eye opener John you always bring thought to the table and I always leave full
    May we blog another year together
    Mine in August 5
    As always Sheldon

    • Thank you, Sheldon! I gotta say you’ve opened my eyes pretty wide on far more than one occasion yourself! Here’s an early congratulations on your one-year anniversary. I’ll see your one more year blogging together and raise you one!

  7. I truly found the wordpress community intelligent, embracing, and the perfect audience. Thank you John for being part of that! I love reading your poetry. It always makes me think, even if quietly to myself.

    • Thank you, Ramsey! I agree that they’re a great group to mingle with and talk with. The comments sections can spawn some fantastic conversations. I’m glad that you’re a part of it too. Your stuff is excellent!! Here’s a toast to many, many more years!

  8. Congrats! How exciting.

  9. congrats on your year!!!

  10. Congrats on your first year and here’s to many more! 🙂

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  12. Congratulations on a successful first year, now on to the next one 🙂

  13. Congrats, John! I really enjoy reading what you write.

  14. Congratulations John! I am indeed an admirer of your poetry. Blessings and peace. 🙂

  15. That’s fantastic! How did you accumulate so many followers within a year? I just reached my 1 year anniversary and have 200 very important people that follow me. I guess you’re just that good. I enjoy your blog and look forward to your new posts. If you have any advice or constructive criticism I’d be happy to hear it. 😊

    • I’ve actually been pretty active in finding writers and poets that I like and following them, if for no other reason than to just say hello and introduce myself. It’s been a great way to meet people and connect. I would think the best advice I could give any blogger would be: post as often as you can on a schedule (or at least close to it), interact as often as you can with readers by liking their posts and especially answering their comments and just being as involved as you can be. In some respects, and this may sound a little strange, you have to be aggressively friendly in any social medium to get your name out there.

  16. Pleasure is all mine, for your inspiration to share with all of us is a gift, one that inspires others; like myself.

    Congratulations, it’s such a delight and I am looking forward to continuing to read along with your journey and endeavors. Conversing with you is always a sprightly experience.

  17. Congratulations. Your blog is one of the finest blogs I am following.
    Cheers to another year!

  18. Congratulations for the anniversary… 🙂

  19. A @ moylomenterprises

    Congrats and best wishes!

  20. John, you are one of the most inspirational Blogs that I follow. I await your post’s notification in my mailbox every morning.

    “180 posts, 9209 followers, 6221 comments, 21,843 likes” These are not just numbers. These represent the genius and the deserving love that you possess and enjoy. Congratulations on this and much more that is to come in times to follow.

    *raises a toast* Cheers! 🙂

  21. Congrats!!! This is very inspiring. Here’s to many more happy blogging years to come!!

  22. I read all your posts & really look forward to them. I like and relate to them all. Keep writing. Happy anniversary, may you have many more enjoyable encounters here 🙂

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    John White posted: ”

    Let me start by saying thank you to all of you for making this past year so absolutely incredible!  The last 12 months on this blog have far surpassed anything I could have ever imagined and none of it would have happened without all of you!

    Early “

  24. Your poetry is most inspiring to me!

  25. Congratulations! Keep writing.

  26. Writing shit about life and all that

    Congratulations to you! Your posts are always very inspiring, you deserve so much more 🙂

  27. Happy Wordiversary JW! Great to read, I am very encouraged. After my first week I am now looking forward to my second. 😛

  28. Congratulations John! You sure have been successful in only a year’s time. I always enjoy everything you post! Cheers to year 2! 🙂

  29. Enjoyed reading this…
    Its encouraging for new poetry bloggers.

  30. Gung Ho Johnny O, hope all continues to go better than you could ever imagine.

  31. Congrats! You inspire me! Thank you for liking my post on my blog. I am enjoying reading through your posts and about you.

  32. Congrats! I’ve been blogging about the same amount of time and have also found it to be an awesome experience, though with much less fanfare than you at this point. But I’m still building!

  33. Nycke the Poet

    Congrats!!! That’s a wonderful accomplishment but you make it all the best. I can only hope to have as much success as you do. Hugz!!!

    • Thank you, Nycke! 🙂 Keep at it. Blogging is rewarding and a great way to meet and interact with a lot of wonderful people. The rest will come in time I’m sure.

  34. Amazing journey you had encountered! 🙂 Keep it up!

  35. 1211ninetyseven

    Congrats that is amazing! This post is an inspiration for a beginner blogger like me so thanks for writing and also, for following me! (=

    • Thank you! 🙂 This was my first foray into blogging but I felt it was a good way to do something with my writing which is another thing I haven’t been doing for very long. Best of luck to you and stick with it. Blogging can be very rewarding. It’s great to meet you!

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