Happy birthday Miss Snark's First Victim!
In a way, it's hard to believe that so much has developed here in one year. And of course, each of you is a part of that "so much." It would be a lonely place here without you.
Let's take a few minutes to look back.
The blog went live on April 4, 2008, with this exciting post.
Our very first ARE YOU HOOKED? critique round kicked off on April 10, with 16 submissions and no Secret Agent.
Thanks to early participation of some fine members of Critique Circle, the quality of our critiques and loyalty of readership got off to a strong start.
Our first Drop the Needle boasted only 9 submissions, and our first Talkin' Heads only 8.
Still, readership continued to grow.
Things got really exciting, of course, when we had our first Secret Agent Contest with Holly Root in July. I didn't have any idea of what kind of turn-out to expect, so I didn't set any parameters on submissions. When 115 of you bombarded my inbox with your first pages, Holly graciously and tenaciously waded through all of them, leaving kind and helpful feedback.
The Secret Agent contests have continued to grow in popularity and the quality of the critiques has remained strong. And, as I say on a regular basis, the sense of community that you all have helped create is astounding.
Each of you is a birthday gift to this blog.
For those of you who may have missed it the first time, I wrote this Ode To My Readers in February. The sentiment stands.
So celebrate with me! Pop into the comment box and tell us how you discovered the blog and why you've stuck around. Share the stories of how your writing has been impacted by what goes on here.
And though the list has not yet been published online, I am honored to announce that Miss Snark's First Victim has been included on the 2009 Writer's Digest 101 Best Web Sites list. I would like to thank my fans, my agent, my--wait, I don't have an agent. Um, my mom?
Seriously -- the inclusion on the Writer's Digest list is kudos to all of you. I am humbled and delighted that this blog would achieve such recognition in less than a year.
Happy birthday! Eat chocolate cake, cashews, and key lime pie for me. Well, not all at once.