Thanks For A Wonderful Welcome Back

What can I say? Bloggers are the best.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to post a welcome and haul some golden oldies out of the Confident Writing archive. It was greatly appreciated, more than I’ve the words to say.

Thank you to: Brad Shorr, Robert Hruzek, Karen Swim, Liz Strauss, Dawud Miracle, Drew McLellan, Ulla Hennig, Robyn McMaster, Jeanne Dininni, Lillie Ammann, Lori (SpaceAgeSage), Claire Raikes, Nadine Touzet, Amy Palko, Rick Mahn, Debbie Yost, Karen Putz, Meryl, Terry Starbucker, Steve Sherlock and Barbara Rozgonyi for taking part

An extra thanks to Daniel Smith - who I don’t even know! - for organising a graphic to go with the project, and a huge thanks to Karen Swim, Robert Hruzek and Brad Shorr for doing all the behind the scenes planning to make this surprise welcome-back-blogging project work so beautifully. Even it was at times, as Karen put it, harder than wrangling an ostrich :-)

I’ll treasure all the posts your wrote, things you said, memories you shared, notes you penned, and graphics you designed. This Wordle version from Nadine was a particular treasure, and seems to capture the mood of the day

Thanks everyone.

Now back to the serious work of blogging!

Photo Credit: Giving Thanks by the Alieness GiselaGiardino on Flickr

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19 Responses to “Thanks For A Wonderful Welcome Back”

  1. On August 25, 2008 at 9:41 pm Brad Shorr responded with... #

    Joanna, we were all happy to make your return one to remember!

    Brad Shorrs last blog post..500 Posts for Word Sell - Win a FREE Book

  2. On August 25, 2008 at 9:55 pm Nadine Touzet responded with... #

    Thank you for highlighting my modest contribution, Joanna, I’m so happy to have you back!

    Nadine Touzets last blog post..Beyond Translation… Inspiration

  3. On August 25, 2008 at 10:48 pm Steve Sherlock responded with... #

    Joanna, there is something else to add to the list

    Steve Sherlocks last blog post..I’m a Confident Writer - Are you?

  4. On August 25, 2008 at 11:38 pm Robyn McMaster responded with... #

    Joanne, you bring a special niche to the community we all share. It’s warming to know you’re here again. We know you took risks for both moves - to Word Press and to your new home. These will pay off richly for you. All the best.

    Robyn McMasters last blog post..Writing and Doing Like a Fire-Breathing Dragon

  5. On August 26, 2008 at 12:02 am Robert Hruzek responded with... #

    You’re welcome, Joanna! Now back to the serious - hey, wait a minute! Blogging is serious? Who told you that? :-D

    Robert Hruzeks last blog post..Looking for the WILF Announcement?

  6. On August 26, 2008 at 12:51 am Jeanne Dininni responded with... #


    What a sweet expression of thanks! I know I share the sentiments of all the other bloggers who participated when I say that it was indeed a pleasure and a privilege to take part!

    And now, back to the serious — for everyone except Robert, that is — business of blogging… ;-)

    Best to you always!

  7. On August 26, 2008 at 2:26 am Liz Strauss responded with... #

    You’ve touched us all where it counts. Thank you for being worth waiting for. Deep love and respect is always yours.

  8. On August 26, 2008 at 2:50 am Lillie Ammann responded with... #

    You’re such a generous and talented blogger that it’s always a delight to read your blog and participate in your community. And it was an honor to be among the friends welcoming you back.

  9. On August 26, 2008 at 3:14 am --Deb responded with... #

    Welcome back, Joanna-you’ve been missed! Here’s hoping your new real-world home is as attractive as your new online-one!

    -Debs last blog post..MM: Misspellings

  10. On August 26, 2008 at 3:26 am Terry Starbucker responded with... #

    Great to have you back Joanna - I love the new place! I wanted to get a post up today for you but was traveling (I did add a blurb on my most recent post). Keep generating those goose bumps, and thank you so much for all of the advice and help you have given me.

    All the best,

    Terry Starbuckers last blog post..Danger Will Robinson! The Downside of Our Digital World

  11. On August 26, 2008 at 3:37 am Debbie Yost responded with... #

    Ahh, shucks. Your welcome.

    Debbie Yosts last blog post..Project Confident Friendship

  12. On August 26, 2008 at 5:04 am Michele responded with... #

    Wow, I didn’t even know all this was going on with you, Joanna! Glad you’re back, though! (I’m WAY behind on blog reading - even more than I thought!)

    Love your new home!


    Micheles last blog post..Freelance Writing: Writers on the Cyber Highway

  13. On August 26, 2008 at 6:34 am Ulla Hennig responded with... #

    You’re welcome, Joanna! “Back to the serious work of blogging” - well, with blogging you and others have built close-knit communities, so for me, welcoming back a dear person belongs to the business of blogging!
    Just my 2 cents,


    Ulla Hennigs last blog post..Welcome Back, Joanna!

  14. On August 26, 2008 at 7:09 am Scott McIntyre responded with... #

    Indeed, Joanna… let me also welcome you back on your own pages.

    I’m looking forward to your post-holiday writing :-)

  15. On August 26, 2008 at 12:14 pm Karen Swim responded with... #

    Joanna, you’re welcome! Far too often we wait until things have ended to celebrate the person and their impact on our lives. This was a wonderful chance to celebrate your new beginnings and reflect on how you have touched our lives. It is a lesson I will carry forward. You are wonderful and I echo Liz’s words deep love and respect, always yours.

    Karen xx

    Karen Swims last blog post..The Poop in the Road

  16. On August 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm wilson responded with... #

    Welcome back, Joanna and hope you will continue to post the best articles to all the readers…


    wilsons last blog post..Do Mind About The Temperature of Your Cooking Oil!

  17. On August 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm SpaceAgeSage responded with... #

    I forgot to mention — I like the new look of your site! The pens and pencils in the top picture call to me to start the day’s writings.

    SpaceAgeSages last blog post..Is ingratitude like anti-matter?

  18. On August 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm funny news responded with... #

    I just discovered your blog through the dozens of happy “welcome home” entries written by your peers. I’m loving it so far!

  19. On August 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Thanks everyone for your encouragement, support and good wishes. You’re too much for me!

    Ulla - you’re right - friendship and support *is* the business of blogging. The very best and most important bit of it. Thanks for reminding me.

    Wilson, thanks and welcome to you!

    SpaceAgeSage - I’m glad you like it. Those pens and pencils are such a simple image but they make me feel cheerful and creative too.

    Funny news - I’m still recovering from all those great posts! I’m glad you like what you found here



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