Friday, February 10, 2012

Anniversary Giveaway!

Blogger has been having its way with me over the past few days by not saving any of my drafts. So I'm hitting the "publish" button without saving this post and hoping for the best. Is anyone else having the same problem-- disappearing post drafts???

Three years ago today, on a whim, I started this blog. Mind you, at the time I'd never read a blog and wasn't exactly sure what the purpose was, but here I am happily celebrating what has grown into a meaningful and important part of my life.

To say I've come to love this medium and the people I've connected with in cyberspace is an understatement. Through this blog I've met people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

You've read and stuck with me as I droned on (and on and on) about life's mid-life lessons. You've shared in some of the saddest losses of my life and the grieving process that followed. You've laughed with me at my mishaps and cheered me on when I was sick or blue.

And for all of those things and more, I thank you.

I never expected to make such meaningful and close connections with people I've never met in person. But like so many have written in your anniversary posts, that's exactly what's happened and for that I am grateful. You know who you are and I thank you with all my heart.

Over the years I have read some amazing, funny, inspiring, mind-blowing and just plain outstanding stories and poetry not to mention seeing some incredible photography as well. I didn't expect posts like these when I started blogging either. The depth of talent in the blog community is beyond my wildest expectations and I'm confident that one day, when I see your names on the NY Times Bestsellers List, I'll be able to say "I followed him/her when they were blogging!"

The time you have taken to leave me comments and to share your opinions humbles me. Again, thank you for your generosity and kindness.

To mark this occasion, the wonderful Izzy from Under The Copper Sky has graciously offered a gorgeous handmade necklace for an Anniversary Giveaway. I'm a huge fan of Izzy's work and wear a pair of her earrings on almost a daily basis. Her work is beautiful and I'm sure who ever the lucky winner of this Giveaway is will be a fan as well.

Hand stamped copper with jasper.

Accented with chocolate recycled silk sari and copper chain.

18" in length.

To enter-- Just leave a comment below!

If you'd like a second entry, please visit Izzy's Etsy Shop and have a look around.

I'll bet you love her jewelry too! We're doing this on the honor system so leave a second comment if you pay her a visit.

Easy Peasy! (You must have a blog to enter. Giveaway ends at midnight, PT February 17th.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your world. It's a pleasure knowing you. xoxo jj

Welcome to - Joanna Jenkins

How nice of Blogger to suddenly make the spacing and font size go crazy too! Sorry folks.

Photo Credit: Cupcakes © 14ktgold - Photo Credit: Necklace


  1. Joanna, I haven't followed you for the whole time, but I want to wish you a happy anniversary.

    I hope this proves to be a good year for you..

  2. Happy Blogiversary Joanna! We started our blogs 1 day apart! I feel exactly the way you do. If I had known what a wonderful community there was here in blogland, I would have started before then.

    That necklace is lovely and is my namesake (my last name is Jasper)so I would love to win. I am going to go peek at her etsy shop right now...

  3. Woohoo...Congrats on your anniversary!

    You have been a blessin' to me over the years, a true treasure.

    Now, speakin' of treasures...I'm lustin' over that beautiful bauble! Let me tell would shine 'round this old neck!


    God bless ya and have a fantabulous weekend sweetie!!! :o)

    Off to check out Izzy's place.

  4. Woohoo...I'm back. Wow...the girl's got talent.

    Not only are her necklaces beautiful, she has earrings, bracelets and wonderful rings!

    Have a great evenin' sweetie! :o)

  5. Izzy has some great stuff! I have an earring fetish so I was drawn to those and especially the style "Unchartered" - just stunning and I like how she has multiple views of each item AND explains how many inches from the earlobe they hang.

  6. I'm a 3rdyear blogger too!~!! Congrats! so happy you are around!!! I love hearing about all the stuff you do and I learn from you too. I think that is a magic necklace and will erase wrinkles.. and sorry for the blogger problems, seems to be going around!!!

  7. I did go to her site. Wow, love her rustic, earthly jewelry!. Love the necklace you are giving away as well... Her bracelets are very unique.

  8. This touched me and brought one silent tear. Three years, three months later I joined your world. I think I met you at Lisleman's or I met Lisleman's at yours and I remember how honored I was to welcome your comment at almost my every post. It is now almost a stream, of tears :) I do this easily, so don't worry.

    Happy Anniversary. I am not the blogger I am without you. Blogger font is celebrating too!

  9. Happy Anniversary!!

    Her necklaces are SO pretty!

  10. Time flies when we take the journey with friends some we haven't met but connected. Wishing you many more years- Happy, happy blog anniversary!!!! xo
    Btw beautiful necklace.

  11. Happy Anniversary!! Blogger hasn't been acting up for me...knock on wood. Ha
    And that necklace is fabulous

  12. I've been following you for most of the time you've been blogging, I think. My 3rd anniversary is coming up June 1, and it wasn't long after that when I started following your blog. It's been a pleasure!

    I love that necklace and would wear it proudly!

  13. Oh Happy 3 Years of blogging, Joanna. I am so glad you decided to join the blogosphere. Time flies, doesn't it?

    That necklace is lovely.. what a fine artist she is. I also love the men's copper ring displayed in her Etsy shop. What a great giveaway. Please count me in.

  14. you expressed this SO well. I feel the same way. Blogger - what'r you gonna do? LOL.

    Usually works out eventually. What browser are you using? firefox? Chrome? IE? Try installing and using another . . Chrome is Google so there you go.

    Good luck. don't want to lose you, J

    Aloha from Waikiki
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  15. woohoo i want in for sure...and you have def kept me in the game at times jj...congrats on 3 years...and i hope for many more...

  16. Happy Blogiversary Joanna, I can't believe it's been 3 years already!

  17. Three whole years?! Wow...I'm so happy to have you here and I look forward to more, more, more! HUGS!

  18. Happy Blogiversary, JJ! Couldn't agree with you more on the value and wonderfulness that is blogging.

    I've been having blogger problems, in that when I post comments, the SAME EXACT word verification pops up on different blogs, and W.V. will not accept what I type in. Happened all day yesterday. Grrrr.

    Rock on, woman!

  19. My problems with blogger are many, including the removal of it and needing to restore it, but I haven't had any draft (or font) problems like this! So funny!

    Happy blogaversary, three years! I love the time and energy I spend learning about all my friends and their worlds, I agree with you that it's been wonderful! Glad to know YOU, Joanna.

  20. Oh, how Blogger can be frustrating! I've had moments when I've wanted to scream and pull my hair out...but we keep on keeping on because we love it!! :-) Congratulations, Joanna, for reaching the 3 year milestone...may there be many more!

  21. Congratulations on three years of blogging. I've been having trouble with the font on my blog too. Sigh...

  22. Congratulations on your three year blogoversary, Joanna! I'm sorry you're having these issues with your posts. I was, too, until I changed to "new" post editor, but maybe you've already done that???

  23. Crazy font size!

    Love love that necklace!

    And a huge congratulations to three wonderful years of blogging.

  24. I remember when you were new and not far into the blogging game you had learned enough to post blog info and lessons. That is the way you are. You share info and ideas generously.
    I am happy to be one of your readers and celebrate with you the three years your blog has enriched my life. Hugs to you, friend.

  25. I bought a bracelet on Izzy's Etsy Shop. Her work is wonderful. My daughter would like it. I am going to send the link to her.

  26. I remember finding your blog via a guest post you did on Lilly's Life who doesn't seem to enjoy blogging at much lately. The one story of yours that "sticks" in my mind is the one about a taco stuck in your throat.
    Happy taco eating!

  27. Happy Anniversary! I also started following you after reading your post on Lilly's Life! Good luck to everyone!

  28. Three glorious years JJ! Your blog is a brilliant read and always entertaining. More power to your keyboard.

  29. I don't need to be entered into this Joanna, I'm just commenting to let you know how much I like your blog. Actually, I like a non-creepy, non-stalker kind of way. You have left some of the most thoughtful & sweet comments on my blog, not to mention that your blog is always something I can relate to. Congratulations to you for sticking with this for as long as you have. xo diane

  30. Ha, bloggger is doing it's own admin tap-dance in honour of the occassion, it seems! Happy, happy anniversary dearest JJ, I am so glad you decided way back then to check out what this blogging thingie is all about, because you have gone on to become such a valued and beloved member of our little community.

    I would DIE if blogger swallowed up all my drafts - ugh, how horrible - I sure hope it gets sorted out and settles down soon, hon.

  31. Oh, the last part of this post made me laugh, hihi.;) I have some issues with the blogger too.;))
    Congratulations on your blogoversary!;) I share the same sentiments about blogging as you do. When I started writing this online dairy almost 4 years ago, I had absolutely no idea what a blog was.;)
    That necklace is gorgeous as well.;)
    Have a lovely week,

  32. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and would love the necklace....absolutely gorgeous.
    I had to laugh at the large font...must be gremlins in the system!

  33. Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing so many wonderful stories with us and also being a great blog visitor.

  34. Like you, I love how blogging has enabled me to make masses of friends all over the world!
    That necklace is very pretty, I am sure who ever wins it will be very happy.

  35. I started blogging just a few months before you, but you have kept going and I haven't! Well done you. It's lovely being your blogging friend. :-)

  36. Had a chuckle as the font became larger...blogger can do your head in sometimes! Congrats on the're a treasure and deserve all the followers and comments that you're always so positive in your comments...they never fail to lift me...
    Now the comp, please count me that tactile...

  37. Back again! Izzy is a talented lady...the 'waiting' ring is lovely and the pieces with silk are works of the woven 'consciousness' one...

  38. Happy Anniversary! I just "found" you and have enjoyed going through your blogs---love your writing style. Look forward to following you!!!

  39. Joanna, Happy Blogiversary! Always a treat to see you've visited over at my place, and I hope my visits are as pleasant for you. In answer to the question, no, none of my drafts have been vanishing, Thank God.

  40. Wow, Joanna, I lay low for a couple of months and you get busy! Congratulations on your anniversary. I have always enjoyed our exchanges and look forward to many more. And really sorry about your B&N closing. That really bites. So far we still have ours, knock on wood or some reasonable likeness.



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  42. Been gone awhile from checking my blogger friends but I have thought of you all often. Congrats today.

  43. i'm as always, behind, but happy, happy blogiversary to you!! :-)

    don't know what's up with blogger, my issues of late have been with comments. they're always doing things behind the scenes.



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