Happy birthday, blog!

Birthday candle

December marks one year of blogging for me here at Misprinted Pages, and I’ve had a great time!

This isn’t my first anniversary as a blogger, though. I’ve been doing this going on five years now, and my portfolio has expanded into other avenues of web writing. But this is the first time in a long time that I’ve felt part of a community — not only a group of readers but of bloggers as well, and in a way, WordPress’s design has helped make that possible. But much more of that is you.

I want to extend an opportunity to you now. Please, ask me anything! Or give me some feedback on how I’m doing and what I can do to improve. I want to learn to connect better with those of you who have given so much to this blog through your comments, likes, shares, and tweets, and meet new people in the process. Go ahead and be as honest as you want, but try to be constructive, too. :)

Thanks for a great year. If I get a nice response from this, I’ll address all your questions/feedback in a roundup post. I’m also interested in swapping blog links — an “I list yours, you list mine” kind of deal, so let me know if you’d like to coordinate.

Thanks for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Quick thanks to Kasia—and Cassie, whose post I missed yesterday!—for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award! How nice!

The rules:

Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post(Here’s the link to Cassie’s post, too.)
Share seven things about yourself (see below).
Pass this award along to 15 or 20.
Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Here we go!

  1. I’m a cat lover! I have three babies right now: Mittens, Buffy, and Milo.
  2. I have a scar on my forehead from cracking my head open as a kid. Major ouch!
  3. My favorite book ever is A Wizard of Earthsea.
  4. One of my all-time favorite movies is Castaway. (I love Tom Hanks.)
  5. I contributed to a magazine recently. More on that later!
  6. If you’ve read my post on The Secret World of Arrietty then you know how much I love Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli films. The best one in my opinion? Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro.
  7. I’m writing a science fiction/fantasy novel and my first book rolled into one. I’m a very, very busy bee!

Also: I’m super crazy about Batman.

Below are fifteen great blogs. I’ll work on sending out comments later today! Thanks again to the wonderful Kasia and Cassie! :)

Annie Cardi
Sarah’s Place
No Other Appetite
Supahcute
The Literary Mom
The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh”
Sometimes Bailey
Books and Bowel Movements
Mitten Mouth Music
alexandranatalierose
ermiliablog
Martha Mihalick
Mastering the Art of Life
little black sweats
easyreadinganddamnhardwriting

By the way, no obligation to do this if I recommended you! Fifteen to twenty blogs is a LOT.

My first blog award!

Thank you so much to Amy Marie, who runs a wonderful and very helpful writing blog called The Literary Mom, for giving me the Liebster Blog Award! As someone who greatly enjoys writing and building relationships with readers and fellow bloggers, this is an honor, and one that I deeply value. So thank you again, Amy! :D

The Liebster Award (as stated on Amy’s page):

The guidelines for the Liebster Blog Award are:

  • Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  • Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving them a comment on their blog.
  • Post the award on your blog.
  • Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogsphere – other bloggers.
  • Most of all – have fun and spread the karma.

I’m extremely excited about the chance to point out some of my favorite blogs! If Amy hadn’t just received the award, I would definitely nominate her. (PS: She’s also critiquing the first twenty or so pages of my novel, so she’s twice as awesome.) Anyway, be sure to follow her and these other amazing bloggers:

1. Sarah’s Place: Embracing life in the northern lattitudes – No other blogger has welcomed me to the WordPress.com blogosphere quite like Sarah, and for that I owe her a great deal of thanks and appreciation. Not only that, but her blog is fantastic! She has (in my humble opinion) one of the best cooking sites on the net. I’m pretty picky about recipes—they can’t involve an excess of rare, needless ingredients or be too difficult to make—but Sarah consistently provides ones (complete with personality and great step-by-step pictures) that are easy to understand and make and look absolutely delicious. Keep up the great work, Sarah. No pressure or anything. Just keep being you! :)

2. Yo Mama: ‘Cause there ain’t no yo daddy jokes – My favorite women’s advocate and gender blogger who—brownie points for her—also has me listed on her blogroll (she’s also listed in mine, see the sidebar). She’s one of the smartest and most talented bloggers around.

(FYI, I’m totally open to blogroll exchanges, if anyone’s ever interested. Just send an email to wita [dot] blog [at] gmail [dot] com.)

3. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh” – Oh my goodness, I could say oodles about how wonderful Miss Anderson is. She has one of the most fun book blogs out there, and she adds layers (I’m talking Shrek layers, like an onion, only more awesome) of personality and charm to everything she writes. Plus, she doles out letter grades to the books she reads. Nice!

4. Sometimes Bailey: A non-fiction writer’s blog about making a literary life while balancing work and family – I haven’t pinned down Veronica yet—her blog entries are always refreshingly varied in my feed. Her posts about literature, life, and writing are always a pleasure to read.

5. Kristen Lamb’s Blog – Kristen is an author and a social media and publishing whiz, and her posts constantly brim with wise and insightful advice. Check it out!