Thursday, March 01, 2012

I (Finally!) Get to Celebrate!

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It's finally happened!  Thanks to all you lovely people out there that decided to hang around for a while, I have reached the big 100 Followers Milestone.

Wow.

When I started blogging, and my first followers came on board (my friends and family - Stacy, Carolyn, Lola and the first non-related follower known only as wolfe.mailbin) I was overjoyed.  I wasn't just shouting out to empty cyberspace anymore.  There were people out there that might actually want to read what I posted.

The feeling has not changed.  I am still so surprised and super-happy when I get new followers.  I know how many blogs are out there.  The fact that something about my blog made you all want to click into membership thrills my heart.

I have been so in awe of all you bloggers out there who have been blogging for, let's say... two months, and have a zillion followers!  I haven't been jealous, but just amazed.  I've wondered how the heck you did it!

It has taken me a year and a half to get to this blogging milestone.  I began thinking about how to celebrate the occasion since I reached about 80 followers. (I'm an optimist, remember?)

However, I am going to let you all onto a little secret.  I have terrible luck with throwing parties.

No one comes.

Really.

The last party I threw (Mary Kay), of the people I invited, guess who came.  My mom and my sister.  And they lived in the same house as me.  That's how bad it is.  You can't see it, but I'm hanging my head in shame. I was so surprised when people actually showed up to my wedding.  And no, I'm not joking.

But this is a big writerly moment for me!  I want to celebrate, so I'm going to throw us a party and you are all invited!

No party (or household) is complete without some kind of sweet-something...  Don't those look yummy?!

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We have to have some sort of beverage...

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And for those of you who don't drink alcohol...

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And the big surprise...

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Because who wouldn't love to have an elephant at their party!

Last but not least, I have two party favors.  I am not able to offer helpful services to anyone (like critiques) because I am so busy right now.  I have had a person's manuscript since January (hi! You know who you are - and I'm still sorry this is taking me so long.  I love what I've read so far!) and so I don't want to set anyone up for frustration.  But, what I can offer is a random drawing for anyone who comments on this post for two $15.00 Gift Cards to the place of your choice.  That way, if you live in another country, you can still play.  I'm going to open the drawing up to those of you who commented on the last post, as well, for being a Freak and proud with me!

Before I forget, I was tagged again, but I can't find the comment that tagged me, so I can't answer the questions.  I do appreciate being tagged!  It's so fun.  If I do locate the comment, I'll get over to your blog (whoever you are - you nice, friendly person) and get the questions.

I need to especially thank all the blog-fest hosts out there, and Leigh Covington for interviewing me.  Finally, thank you to each and every one of you of the 100 for coming over here and talking with me, and supporting me.  You are all great blogger-buddies!





38 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your milestone!

    I think I would've put money on a pony being at the party, but an elephant is a pleasant surprise. I'm informed they can use their nose to eat peanuts. How cool is that?

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    1. Hi, Mike! Thanks for commenting! You know, I didn't even think pony...

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    2. Ponies are a bit overdone, though. Elephant is much more creative :)

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  2. Ah! Congratulations!!! I remember hitting the 100 person milestone. So exciting!

    And I will take one of everything up there please :)

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    1. Thanks, Kelley! I remember your 100 celebration, because I won one of your books! I really like those chocolates up there. They look so good!

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  3. Congrats on reaching 100!! And I'm helping myself to one of those chocolates. :))

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    1. Thanks, L.G. I'll be a good hostess and let you go first!

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  4. Mmm... chocolate, whipped cream, and elephants! You really know how to party. Great to see you reaching your goals :-)

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  5. Congrats!!! What a party!! Ooh, I'll have one of everything, those little chocolate smoothies look good. Mm...

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    1. Hi, Nicole! Thanks for stopping by! Yep, they look all ice creamy and delicious. :)

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  6. Whoo-hoo!!! Congrats girl! I love the milestones. It really is so amazing when people start following you, huh?! I love it! And you'll be ahead of all of us before long. Your blog is fun and amazing! I'm having a little bit of everything, plus a ride on the elephant! PAR-TAY!

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    1. Yay, Leigh! The party can start, now that you're here! And thanks for the cograts. :O)

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  7. I have to say, if this were a real party, I would definitely come! I've been wanting to ride an elephant for years.

    I, too, have terrible luck when it comes to parties. I think I am not as good at socializing as I think I am, so things never really play out the way I planned.

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    1. Hey there! Thanks for being willing to come party with me in the real-world. I got to ride an elephant once when the circus came to town. That sounds so 1940's book, doesn't it! It's true, though. I totally know how bad I am at socializing, which is why I gave up inviting people to things after the Mary Kay incident!

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  8. We Life List-ers love a good party! Who says you don't throw a good party? Wait til they see your LLC Milestone Party. But THIS milestone party is awesome, too! Congrats on hitting 100! Wishing you 100 more in half the time, Lara!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marcia! I'm looking forward to the LLC party later this month! I contemplated waiting until then to celebrate the 100, but decided to just have two parties. I do like celebrations.:)

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  9. Greetings Lara, stopping in to say hi from the platform building campaign. Congratulations on reaching your 100 follower milestone! I suppose I'm only something like 90 followers behind you at this point *mumble grumble*. In any case, I'm now following your blog via RSS, and also followed you on Twitter. Great to meet you!

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    1. Thanks and welcome, CJ! You would be follower 101! I honestly wondered at many times over the last year and a half if I'd ever make it to 100, and I had to tell myself (over and over) to just be patient, but it is so hard! I'll be following you back, so now you only have about 89 followers until we celebrate your 100! And I think the campaign is one of the ways many of the people who achieved 100 followers in a short time did it. You're on the right path!

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  10. Congrats on 100 followers.

    Also Lara, I am tagging you because you are one of my fellow campaigners. I have questions for you to answer on my blog and look forward to your responses to them and who you tag in return.

    http://randylindsay.blogspot.com/2012/03/its-going-around.html

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    1. Thanks, Randy, on both counts! I will stop by soon and pick those up!

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  11. Congrats, Lara! I think your blog is amazing. And the elephant, what a surprise! Again, YAY LARA!

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  12. Congratulations. I don't comment as much as I should, but enjoy your posts. That's why you have so many followers. I like the Link Within gadget that shows older posts at the bottom of your current. I think maybe people will see the older posts I wrote when no one followed the blog :)

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! I have seen those, and I've wondered where to get one. I like that it shows the picture associated with the post, and pictures always get my interest. I'll do some research...

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    2. I found it! Thanks for the idea!

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  13. This is a great milestone, Lara! Good for you. :-)

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  14. YAY and congrats! I enjoy your blog and love all your comments :) I'd love an elephant at a party, it'd be the best party ever!!!

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    1. Oops - I missed these comments. I'm sorry, Hope! I thought an elephant would be cool... It looks like a lot of fun in the picture. As long as the elephant is treated well. I'd feel bad if an abused elephant was at my party. In my cyber party, it's an elephant that's treated like a king...

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  15. Congratulations Lara! Hope you have enjoyed your party!

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  16. Nice party food (zero calories)! Congrats.

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    1. Best food ever! Although, not very filling ;)

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  17. Woot! Thanks for the drinks! LOL And that elephant topped the cake! I love your blog and am glad and proud to be a follower! and that food...yummy! Thank you. I understand about the tags. It's hard to keep up with them sometimes. I think FB tags used to be the worst, or was it Myspace back in the day. LOL YES! Those Myspace quizes and things. Those were constant! Anyway, congrats! You've earned every last one of those followers, and I wish you many, many more!

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  18. Thanks so much, April, and welcome to the "gang"! I wasn't on FB when the tags were going around, I guess, because I've never been tagged there. Sounds like that's a good thing. :)

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