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Blogiversary/Birthday Comment Contest

lynnbirthday48small1.jpgSome of you have asked… Today (Wednesday, November 28) is my birthday. I’m 49 today… I’m not quite sure how I got here but I’m delighted to be.

For the record, I do have a nice healthy stripe of gray/silver hair. And I love every strand… I earned them the hard way and am glad to have learned those lessons, glad to be where I am today.

Today is also the 5th anniversary of this ColorJoy blog. On my birthday in 2002 (it was Thanksgiving Day)yarns.jpg, I gave myself the gift of a blog. I was committed to posting often. Later I got specific (my goal is 28 posts a month, most months I do better than that). I know that I am grateful for the blogs that are reliably ready with a new post every time I visit. I wanted to be reliable myself.

My Grandma Ruthie wrote every word of the tiny local paper every week, Grandpa Oscar printed it. Also my Grandma Illa wrote a column for a four-state magazine aimed at farmers and their families, and became quite popular from that. My uncle OT owned a newspaper, and my father had a PhD in Journalism and was a professor of Communications.

Therefore, It is in my blood to be interested in this sort of thing. I do consider my blog to be “my column” and I write with that as a guiding principle. I try to write in at least some way like a journalist, though I have little training in that field (middle school newspaper was a long time ago). I have always wanted a column, and now I have one.

OK… so here’s the plan. I am celebrating my blogiversary with a contest. I will have prizes. The prizes will be yarn, for the most part, but you can choose a Fabulous Heftones “In the Garden” music CD instead. I know I have a few readers from my music/dance worlds, and a few family members pop by who do not knit. I will not leave you out!

In the next week, until 1:00 am Eastern Time (like New York City) next Wednesday, December 5, I will count comments. Each person can comment once per post. This means if I post twice in a day you can comment twice in a day, though I don’t know that I’ll do that.

At that point I will randomly choose winners from a hat, one piece of paper per comment you left. I’m not looking for cleverness… just a hello. If you have never posted before, this is your chance to break the ice.

seasidewhateversize.jpgI will give away at least three prizes. They may be yarn I dyed, or yarn I purchased (it will be nice in either case), probably with a pattern that will work with the yarn. Perhaps I will choose some other fibery gift I have not thought of yet.

I honestly do not know what it will be as I type this, though I am thinking about it carefully. The goal is to have you love it.

Do please say hello. There is no need to leave a long, carefully-written response, a short hello will do. Do not feel you need to apologize for not leaving one sooner if you have not. If you have any trouble leaving a comment, write to me in an email… to Lynn AT colorjoy DOT com (replacing AT and DOT with the proper symbols, and removing spaces). Tell me what the problems were like, I want to know.

Ready, set… go!

(Photos? My birthday last year, complete with Birthday Pie and interesting clown candle, thanks to creative Mom Liz. And photos of possible prizes or something on the order of the prizes.)

30 Responses to “Blogiversary/Birthday Comment Contest”

  1. Presbytera Says:

    Good morning and Happy Birthday!!
    Hope to see you in person sometime very soon…I’ll save the hug.

  2. JoDee Fortino Says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Let’s get together soon — maybe over some Altu’s yummy cooking!!

    Love ya,
    Jo

  3. Teresa Says:

    Happy Birthday, enjoy this year because it goes fast. ( I know, I’m one year older).

  4. Ewe-niss Says:

    Hello!!! :-) And Happy Birthday!

  5. Rachel Says:

    I predict you have a lot of lurkers commenting with the contest. Started a pair of sleeping socks yesterday based off the idea of your oversocks. Using leftovers from another project so I predict they will go fast due to
    chance of running short = faster knitting.

    ps I am using my alt email since the comments don’t like spelled out @ and dot.

  6. Riin Says:

    Happy Birthday Lynn! I hope you enjoy your day!

  7. Priscilla Says:

    Happy birthday, Lynn! And happy blog anniversary, too.

  8. Diana Troldahl Says:

    Happy Birthday!
    The world got a great present 49 years ago!!!

  9. Jane Says:

    Happy Birthday, Lynn! No need to enter me for a prize, I just wanted to wish you well.
    Hugs, Jane

  10. jennifer Says:

    just stopped by to say hello and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! i read your blog almost everyday except when i’m visiting the grandkids. love all the bright colors of your bags and yarn. keep up the good work, and enjoy the upcoming holidays.

  11. Ann Says:

    Happy Birthday, Lynn! I LOVED your presentation at the guild meeting and look forward to the longer one at the retreat.
    Ann

  12. Candy Says:

    Haappy Birrrthdaay tooo Yooooooooo! *singing*
    (and wishes for many more)
    Candy.

  13. Luann Says:

    Have a great day dear friend.

  14. Ahrisha Says:

    Hi Lynn, Read your posts often but don’t comment.
    You look Great girl, Happy Birthday!

  15. Suzanne Says:

    Happy, happy day for so very, very many reasons. I wish you the very best for today, tomorrow and for always. You are such a joy to know and I always learn something each time we meet. Thanks for the positive attitude and all the smiles.

  16. Mom Says:

    Lynnie, Lynn, Lynn, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Oh what a joy you have been in my life. You have always been creative and loving colors. How nice to know you continue to do just that. May your day be a great one and the year that follows be great, too. I will pass on the prize and be glad to have others receive them.

  17. Charlotte Says:

    Happy birthday! I like to write, too but I don’t have a blog. Instead, I write a quarterly Opinion Shaper column for my local weekly newspaper. They select 13 people in a competition and we each get to write four columns per year on any subject we want that is not libelous.

  18. Kris Elliott Says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I am fortunate that I benefit from all of your posts being that I am a knitter an musician!

    Peace to you in the coming year.

    Kris

  19. Shela Says:

    Happy Birthday and Blog Anniversary to you!!! Best wishes to you as you continue to enjoy life.

  20. kristi and otis Says:

    Happy Birthday Lynnie from all of us!

  21. Deborah Robson Says:

    Happy birthday, Lynn. I am, apparently, one decade and 22 days older than you are.

  22. Firefairy Says:

    Great way to flush the lurkers, and a nice way to get people to cross-reference!

    Happy Birthday!

  23. Firefairy Says:

    Forgot to say, I really like the picture of you with your Birthday Pie! :-)

  24. Chelle Says:

    Lynnie girl, happy birthday to one of my favorite bloggers and knitting friends. So happy to have ColorJoy coloring my world!

  25. Sharon Says:

    Happy BIrthday, lovely Lynnie! (I don’t need a prize. Your friendship is my prize.)

  26. mac+ Says:

    Wow – I didn’t realize that you HAD a blog…now I’m going to have a ball going back through your archives.

    Happy birthday, Lynnie!!! Come to Chicago and we’ll have a real Chicago-style hotdog (guaranteed to clog your arteries) and a knitfest!!

  27. Catherine H Says:

    Hi Lynne,
    We met this summer at he MI Fiber Festival. You bought some Merino Supersock from me, it was fushia of course. Anyway, Happy 49th! I hope to meet you again on the road. I will be in MI again and also Stitches MW and East, possibly Rhinebeck if I”m fortunate enough to get a booth.

  28. Leeann Says:

    Hi! I’m actually new – I got here through a link from some other friend’s blog. I feel a little bad just hopping in when a contest is starting, but what can I say? Just from looking around I think I’m going to enjoy your entries a lot, so I’m happy I found this. :)

  29. Nicole Says:

    Happy (belated) birthday!

  30. Sarah Says:

    Happy very belated Birthday, Lynn!

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