Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Bloggaversary! Ten Years of Mimi Writes

Welcome to Bloggingham Palace! 
This month marks the 10th anniversary of my blog, Mimi Writes.  

My first blog post on this blog was written May 25, 2006.  Life flew by with the stroke of a pen it seems.  I am one of those quirky individuals who chooses to stop and write it all down. Of course I didn't write it all down for the world to see. But if you know my blog and have read me all these years, most of you manage to read between the lines.

Message In A Bottle blog
Dating Profile Of The Day blog
As I shuffled through thousands of blog posts and several other blogs (yes, there are others!) it struck me how many names I've had: Mimi Lenox, Mimi Queen of Memes, Mimi Pencil Skirt, Mimi Lenox Founder of Blog4Peace, Mimi Queen of Bloggingham, Your Majesty..... There's the zany dating profiles site and Message In a Bottle. Fitting....because in that parallel universe called my real life, I also wear a lot of hats and crowns. And since my chosen profession is in the performing arts/teaching arena, playing a part on a blog isn't much of a stretch.

The Queen's Meme
http://mimiwrites.blogspot.comIt didn't prove difficult until the blog marched on year after year and I found myself trying to compartmentalize and synchronize Mimi at the same time; a challenging task when you're a serious writer one minute and a fictitious "Queen" with an imaginary castle, dog and cat, the next. Somehow, it all works.
 When I wanted to be humorous I'd write Dating Profiles of the Day (which also began in 2006). When blog memes became all the rage,  I started The Queen's Meme as Mimi Queen of Memes. We had seventy players the first week alone. I created the dreaded castle Dungeon for bloggers who didn't complete their memes. It was all in lighthearted fun. Later when life and time management kicked my prissy behind, I had to stop writing weekly memes; but to this day, The Queen's Meme is available to anyone who would like to borrow a meme or two. Just return it (aka link me, please) as you would a cup of sugar from a friendly neighbor.
Homer The Palace Dog

Homer The Palace Dog arrived on the scene and began to have conversations with the Queen. Yet another character to converse with. He has been my faithful companion for ten years.

Don't ever stop blogging, my friends. If you want your writing published, you never know who is watching. Good things happening on the blog and in my life!  Off-blog my grandsons were born. They are the light of my life. My poetry was discovered here by Blue Mountain Arts Press and published in 2013.

 The Peace Globe Movement (aka beautifully spiraled out of control and takes up most of my online commitment with a Facebook page of 36,000 fans as we

The Peace Globe Movement (aka beautifully spiraled out of control and takes up most of my online commitment with a Facebook page of 36,000 fans as we speak. I stopped trying to find and count them in 2014 when we hit the 10,000th participant.  As of 2016, all continents and 214 countries/territories in the world have flown a peace globe on their websites and social media pages. We speak for peace every day on the blog and each November 4th, which is the official day of BlogBlast4Peace in the Twitterverse, Facebook universe, and Blogosphere. I am incredibly proud of this movement and honored to carry that title.  Peace bloggers are near and dear to my heart.

Baby Boy

Why do I write? I've splashed my life on paper since I was seven years old. I wrote a poem and took it to school. I hid diaries under my pillow in the 70s under lock and key. When I became a grown-up writer, I realized that my words sang best when I embraced that frightening word - vulnerability.  It is the only path to an authentic voice. And you really do have to live what you preach.

Persian Patticakes
The courage to be vulnerable when you might end up with pain sounds crazy, doesn't it? But I think that when openness becomes a liability in your life you can do one of two things - as long as you do them with the good common sense God left on your doorstep: You can run away at the first sign of trouble and never learn the lesson in front of you or you can plunge headlong into it and risk a few black and blue dreams.
What have I done? Both.
That's life. On and off the blog.
And I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Here's to another ten years of writing and blogging. And friendships!
Baby Beans 2011
You've lived with me through broken bones, broken relationships, adventures gone awry, resurrected relationships,  calamity (!) dating disasters, cooking disasters, Bloggingham Palace floods and fires, car wrecks, much silliness, the creation of a peace movement, the death of my father, the birth of my grandsons, and the rebirth of me time and again. I wouldn't have opened myself up if I hadn't known you were out there listening and nodding.
 On occasion I struggle with the idea of censoring myself, holding back, covering up and paraphrasing...then I realize that is not who I am. And not what people want to read. 

Thank you for reminding me of that when something awful and beautiful shows up all in the same day. It's all good.

This blog is my home. And you are my readers and friends. I appreciate all of you so very much and the encouragement and love you've always given me.

Leave a link and comment below if you are still blogging. And please, have some cake.

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Shannon W. said...

Happy Blogoversary Mimi!! :)

Mimi Lenox said...

Thank you, dear Shannon! I don't know how to spell blogoversary? bloggaversary? bloggiversary? LOL!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh cake is exactly what I want today. Thank you! Ten glorious years, is wonderful you have written it all down....Baby Beans' little newborn face is so adorable....and now he is off to school. Time flies. What I love most about your voice - it is authentic. Your stories are from the heart and it is such a privilege to read them. I hope to continue doing so for many more years. God willing, and the creek dont rise. Smiles.

meowmeowmans said...

Happy blogoversary, Mimi! Here's to 10 more years (and beyond) of writing, blogging, and friendships!

The Gal Herself said...

My first blogging buddy is royalty! Do I know how to pick 'em or what?

I don't stop by here as much as I used to because of Facebook. But you know I adore you and care about your life.

Thanks just for being you, Mimi. Long may you write!

Mimi Lenox said...

You are so kind, Sherry. Your words of encouragement mean more than I can say.

I'm honored you like my stories. I will continue to write them long as you promise to do the same.

Mimi Lenox said...

Hi Meow!
I love my cat blogosphere friends.
Thank you. And may peace cats continue to rule the blogosphere.

Mimi Lenox said...

The feeling is mutual m'dear.
We've blogged some life on our blogs, haven't we?

No worries on the visiting. You always seem to pop in just when I need it the most.
Thank you for being my faithful friend all these years. I would say that I am blessed with "blog friends" but that wouldn't be accurate in your case. You are a real friend and I truly appreciate your caring support in so many ways.
I like you so much as a human being. You have such a good soul.

Please keep musing on the blog, Gal. Your insights are genuine and well spoken. Long live blogging!

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