Austenprose Celebrates a Five Year Blogoversary

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Yes, Dear Reader. Today is Austenprose’s five year anniversary. Huzzah!

I can’t believe I have been blogging about Jane Austen and her world for five years, but there it is. Time has truly flown by while we have been having a lot of fun dishing about Jane Austen and the many books, movies and the pop culture she has inspired.

I can’t take all the credit and have much to be grateful for. My current group of book reviewers can all step forward and take a bow too: Christina Boyd, Kimberly Denny Ryder, Shelley DeWees, Br. Paul Byrd, OP, Jeffrey Ward, Aia H. Y., Laura Wallace and Lisa Galek. What an incredibly gifted team you are. Together we have reviewed 320 Jane Austen or Regency-inspired novels and nonfiction books. That is an amazing accomplishment and I thank you.

If you are curious about numbers, here are a few facts:

  • Total posts: 1,233
  • Total comments: 17,859
  • Total followers:  986
  • Total unique visitors: 1,883,171

When I started Austenprose on a whim on Oct 29, 2007, I never really expected much more than the personal gratification of writing about a topic that I love. The rewards of my efforts have been amazing. Not only have I learned more and have a greater respect for my favorite author, but I have made incredible friends online, some of whom I have also met in person, and published a short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, all because I took the plunge and began a blog.

Many thanks to all of my review team, my Janeite friends, my publisher Random House and to you gentle reader, who have been so generous with your time and loyalty.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012, Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

62 thoughts on “Austenprose Celebrates a Five Year Blogoversary

  1. Dear LaurelAnn, happy Five Year Blogoversary! You are really making my day whenever I receive your post. You are doing an amazing job.

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  2. Laurel Ann, Congrats on 5 years. I am new to your blog and am happy you are still around. May you have an amazing next 5 years as well. Thanks for sharing your love of all things Jane with the rest of us!!! <3

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  3. Congratulations!5 years is an achievement, and you’ve worked so hard on this blog and also helped many authors on the process…keep up the good work Laurel Ann! Looking forward to many more posts.

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  4. Congratulations, Laurel Ann! When so many blogs seem to be losing readers, your post has a very loyal following. Your personality comes through as well as your love for what you share!

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  5. Congratulations and Happy Blogoversary! Austenprose was one of the first blogs I discovered when I went searching for more of Jane Austen! It is still one of my favorites! You do a FANTASTIC job, Laurel Ann!!:)

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  6. Congratulations Laurel Ann! – a feat of amazing proportions and we, your gentle readers everywhere, are most grateful for all your efforts, expertise, humor, and infectious ‘Love of Jane’! – and not to mention the development of a friendship between two people on opposite ends of the country! – I am fortunate indeed!

    Thank you!
    Deb

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  7. Congratulations! I hope to read your blog for many years to come. I have discovered many new authors that I have fallen in love with. And on behalf of Amazon I would also like to thank you, they have appreciated the increase in my business. :-)

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  8. Congrats, and a quote from willprose (If there’s no such site, there oughta be): O brave new world, that has such bloggers in’t!

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  9. Congratulations on your accomplishment–but we are the ones who benefit! You are one of my first stops every day and a welcome diversion many afternoons. The reviews, updates, trips, recommendations and programs are fantastic. Keep up the great work and thank you!

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  10. Congratulations and thank you for maintaining this enjoyable blog! I think I started reading it about 4 years ago, and I had the pleasure of winning one of the books offered as a prize.

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  11. Congratulations, Laurel Ann! Without the JAMMDI contest, my writing would be languishing…I was about to put my pen away forever when I saw the post to enter. I enjoy every post and thank you for your efforts. All the best…

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  12. Congratulations Laurel Ann! I wish I had known sooner!!! Why aren’t we having a party? Thank you so much for looking me up in 2007 and giving me such a great opportunity. It has been a fun, invigorating, learning experience — so honored to know you and contribute to your great blog. Happy anniversary! Wishing you many more successes! As ever, a friend– CB

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  13. Congratulations on 5 years! I believe I’ve been following just as long! This is one of my favorite blogs, ever. Best wishes for many more years!

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  14. I’m grateful you took a chance on me since I can be a ‘loose cannon’ at times. My heart-felt thanks for your patience in teaching me the finer points on how to turn out a book review worthy of this superlative website. Scarcely a day goes by that I don’t check in to see ‘what’s up.’ The some 1,000 fans that frequent this haven are all about class. The Jane Austen bandwagon is a literary phenomenon and you’re right up there showing the way. I can scarcely think of an activity that produces more edcation, enlightenment, entertainment and just plain JOY. Congratulations and keep it going, Laurel Ann!

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  15. WOW! Just checking in after a long day. I am overwhelmed and truly touched by all of your lovely comments. My heartfelt thanks.

    It has been a great ride from the very start mostly because of reader response. I am so pleased to know that so many appreciate our efforts and continue to enjoy our contributions. Hope to keep going for a good long run.

    Cheers, LA

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  16. Congratulations, Laurel Ann! It is always a treat to find “Austenprose” in my inbox, much like the excitement of a special, new gift to unwrap and savor.

    On behalf of your many happy readers, thank you for your efforts and hard work.

    Here’s to five more!

    Lilyane

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  17. Laurel Ann I am so happy you’ve made it to five years! That’s an accomplishment to be proud of. When you asked me to join your staff 2 years ago I never dreamed I’d find such a great community of fans, authors, and friends. You are truly the best editor a girl could ask for and I’m honored to be part of this all. <3

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  18. Laurel Ann and Company,

    Congratulations on 5 years. That’s wonderful! I enjoy visiting your site all the time and I look forward to what the future holds. You are a wonderul Janeite and contributor to the Austenesque community. Thank you for all that you do. :)

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  19. and here I bring up the rear again! LOL I did just want to say how much I enjoy Austenprose and the various posts and comments! Thank you all for your hard work and williness to share your knowledge. Happy Blogoversary with many, many more to come!

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