An Anniversary, An Award, a Reminder, and a Thank-You!

One year ago yesterday, I published my first post on The Eye-Dancers site.



At the time, I really had no clue what I was doing or if anyone would even read the post.

I had visions of it floating in a dark, forgotten corner of cyberspace, existing but not existing.  My mind concocted variations on the old tree-falling-in-the-forest riddle:  “If a post is published on the Web but no one ever sees it, is it really published?”  I was so new to blogging, I didn’t even think to use keywords or categories (I have since added them to my initial post!).  I just wrote a brief synopsis of The Eye-Dancers, held my breath, and hit the “Publish” button.

I didn’t have much of a plan at the time.



I wanted to introduce the four main characters of The Eye-Dancers, too–each in their own post.  Within a span of a few weeks, character profiles for Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, and Marc Kuslanski were created.  After publishing Mitchell’s post, I received an email.  A blogger, somewhere, Liked the post!  (Yes, even now, I still remember that first Like!)  A couple of weeks later, I discovered that, indeed, it might be a good idea to tag posts with keywords and organize posts into categories.  I was, literally, learning as I went.



For the first few months of The Eye-Dancers site, up until the book was released in mid-November 2012, I was utilizing the blog strictly as a promotional tool for The Eye-Dancers.  A character profile here, an update on the release there–that sort of thing.  But then I got to thinking.  This website could be so much more fun than that.  Why not write about the things I’m interested in, create posts that can talk about the book, yes, but that also explore other topics–writing, quantum physics, comic books, movies, Twilight Zone episodes . . .  The possibilities seemed endless.  My main concern was–would anyone want to read my musings?  I thought it over, then decided to take the plunge into full-scale blogging.  The results have been, to put it mildly, much more rewarding than I ever dared to imagine–and that is because of all of you.  I know I’ve said it before on previous posts, but it merits repeating.  You are the reason why I blog, and you are the reason it’s fun and enjoyable.  You made a blogging neophyte feel welcome and at home here in the blogosphere, and I can’t thank you all enough.




I have been fortunate enough over the past several months to be nominated for several blogging awards.  And even though I’ve neglected to do an awards post lately, please know that all nominations are very much appreciated.  It’s really a great feeling knowing one of your blogger friends chooses to nominate you for an award.  And I wanted to take this moment to thank those who have nominated The Eye-Dancers in recent weeks . . .

Thanks to Briana from When I Became An Author for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  Briana is a fellow author, and she maintains an exceptional blog.  Please check out her site!

Thanks to the Ambitious Poet and to Sherri at A View from My Summerhouse for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the WordPress Family Award.  I truly appreciate it, and highly recommend that everyone check out their fantastic websites!

Thank you to  Violet Wave and Mary at Author Mary J. McCoy-Dressel for a Supersweet Blogging Award nomination!  Two very talented and creative individuals who author wonderful blogs!  I hope you’ll visit their sites.

Many thanks to Josey from Joseyphina’s World for her nomination of the Dragon’s Loyalty Award!  I can’t recommend Josey’s site highly enough.  Please take a look!  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Thank you very much to Lucia at Luminous Blue for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Lucia has a captivating blog!  You will be glad you stopped by.

And thanks so much to Mary at Oil Pastels by Mary for nominating The Eye-Dancers for the Sunshine Award.  Mary’s site is a treasure trove of creative energy and talent.  It’s a privilege receiving this nomination from her.

I was lucky enough to have already been nominated for each of these awards previously, but I wanted to thank all of the great bloggers above for their nominations!  I really appreciate it.


The Eye-Dancers has also been nominated for The Inner Peace Award!  I want to thank Jane at Jane Dougherty Writes, Joanna Fay, Samina at Samina’s Forum for Police Support, and Sherri at A View from My Summerhouse for their nominations!  If you’re not already acquainted with these wonderful bloggers’ websites, please take some time to do so.  I am happy to wait . . . !

The Inner Peace Award is an award that comes with no rules, no questions . . . no conditions.  As such, I will do what I’ve done a few other times in Awards posts, and pass the award on to all followers of The Eye-Dancers site.  (Even when there are Awards rules, in other words, I tend to break them!)  I hope you will accept this award and, even if you do not post on it, I hope you’ll put the image onto your blog . . .




I would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that The Eye-Dancers gift card promotion is still running–the last day is August 22, so there is still time to take part, if you haven’t already!



But mostly, I would like to say one big, hearty thank-you to all of you.  Thanks for reading these off-the-wall posts of mine, for continuing to stop by The Eye-Dancers site, for your great and thoughtful comments, for your ongoing support.  I created The Eye-Dancers site one year ago, on a late-summer day not unlike this one, with the intention of marketing my book of the same name.  And I did.  (And as the previous paragraph attests, I still am!)  But I’ve discovered along the way that the blogging experience is richly rewarding in and of itself.  I genuinely enjoy coming up with posts that I hope will contain some small kernel of truth, interest, or intrigue.  And I enjoy the WordPress community more than this post is able to express.



It’s been a great first year for The Eye-Dancers.   Here’s hoping the second year will be even better.

Thank you as always so much for reading.  You are the best.


93 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Fashion and love by Mihaela
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:10:05

    Congratulations for you and your blog and many lovely years ahead!!!


  2. barbaramonier
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:11:18

    Happy Anniversary! You have done a truly fantastic job with your blog, and I am grateful for the work you do.


  3. joseyphina
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:11:56

    congratulations! 🙂


  4. Mary
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:11:57

    Congratulations and all well-deserved! Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog ~


  5. renxkyoko
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:36:30

    Congratulations on your first year annversary ! ! !

    Here’s to you….. CHEERS ! !


  6. theworldviastandby
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 18:39:08

    Congratulations! 🙂


  7. Jane Dougherty
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:12:35

    You’ve achieved a lot in a year. Here’s to the decade ahead!


  8. mjdresselbooks
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:16:07

    Thank you so much, Michael. I don’t know how I stumbled by your website those months ago, but I’m glad I did. I enjoy reading your posts. HAPPY Anniversary to you and your Blog!


  9. myfavesjournal
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:34:18



  10. Lucia Maya
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:46:56

    Congratulations on these well deserved awards and your one year anniversary! Looking forward to more…


  11. martaperegrina
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 19:47:10

    Felicitaciones Mike por este aniversario y la cantidad de menciones recibidas.
    Que disfrutes de un lindo fin de semana.


  12. Christy Birmingham
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 22:42:45

    Wonderful! You are doing well for a year (happy anniversary)!!


  13. dannadesigns
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 22:55:03

    A Big Congratulations to you! 🙂


  14. Lyn
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 23:17:18

    Well done! Not just for the blog, but for Eye-Dancers the book 😀


  15. Dimitris Manousakis
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 23:39:16

    Congratulations to you Mike! Happy Anniversary for your blog. Many many lovely returns for future years!


  16. insearchofitall
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 03:57:36

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary! Blogging is fun. Keep it up. I love quantum physics too and am learning a lot about writing from you.


  17. racoltapetru6
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 05:42:32

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!


  18. Fashion Mayann
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 08:32:27

    What a generous way to celebrate your tremendous blog’s 1st anniversary ! I can definitely relate to your beginnings at blogging (I still can’t believe that incredibly talented people like you enjoy my blog !) and wish you all the best for the future : you have no idea how receiving one or several “Likes” from you brightens my day !


  19. mummyshymz
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 08:43:22

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary! 🙂


  20. laurie27wsmith
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 08:48:27

    Congratulations, time flies, that’s when it isn’t bending and strange stuff like that. 🙂


  21. Violet Wave
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 09:39:29

    ☆*:.。. Congratz to you o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆
    you really deserve you have a unique way in your blogging (*^ワ^*)
    i wish you a happy Anniversary keep your great work will support you always (´∇ノ`*)ノ
    thanx for sharing this moment with us o (◡‿◡✿)


  22. sakuraandme
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 11:01:11

    Yay!! 1 year.. WooHoo!!!
    🙂 It goes so quickly, right? 🙂

    Congrats on the award and I so have got to finish that book, right? Lol
    I was like you and didn’t think anyone would read my blog either. I have a post in my drafts mentioning just that! Lol I think we all start out feeling like that. It’s crazy how many people come to a site and yet there’s still a minority that comment.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs, Mike. Paula xx


  23. mcwoman
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 13:32:58

    Mike — Congratulations on all the awards and sticking it out for a year. Just remember, if the writing and thoughts weren’t worthy, the readers wouldn’t be following. Keep up the good work!


  24. sknicholls
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 15:44:27

    Happy Birthday!


  25. Charlene Woodley
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 16:27:39

    Happy Anniversary! All of your nominations are well deserved and I absolutely love your style. Your posts about how you started out have inspired me to venture out and do more that write poetry, so THANK YOU for inspiring me. 🙂


  26. stockdalewolfe
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 18:42:10

    Congratulations on your anniversary and all your awards. They are well-deserved and may you have continued success. And thanks so much for your visits to my blog. All the best, Ellen


  27. sarahremy
    Aug 17, 2013 @ 21:28:41



  28. Sam Han
    Aug 18, 2013 @ 03:49:12

    Happy anniversary Michael!


  29. kelihasablog
    Aug 18, 2013 @ 14:50:37

    Oh Congratulations!!! I’ve been gone for a while due to family/Life stuff, but am so glad I was able to catch the anniversary post! Your book was a lot of fun to read as far as I am concerned! Sorry I haven’t had time to get by more often! will try to correct that as hopefully…. Life settles down. 😀 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


  30. honeydidyouseethat?
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 01:58:25

    Wow! In one year, look how much you’ve accomplished. Congrats. If I last a year on WordPress I will steal your title. Is that plagiarism?? 🙂


  31. Sherri
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 13:44:51

    Many congratulations Mike on your first year of blogging Anniversary and also on all your very well deserved awards! 🙂


  32. Teagan (@teagangeneviene)
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 14:48:37

    Happy blog anniversary!


  33. Charron's Chatter
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 17:32:29

    I can relate to ALL of this. I, too, felt like I was faking it the whole way, and now am super pleased with the weirdnesses that have evolved over at my site.

    You write as if speaking to me, and as a fellow author, I know this takes great skill, so it’s not surprising to me that you have done so well, here. You are personable, too, and very supportive of your fellow artists.

    I am on Chapter 5!!


  34. SerachShiro
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 21:12:15

    Congratulations, your blog is worth it 🙂


  35. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 21:13:36

    Happy Anniversary Mike, and thanks for a year of good reads.


  36. Karen's Nature Art
    Aug 19, 2013 @ 22:51:43

    Congratulations! It’s been an enjoyable read… 🙂


  37. Kavita Joshi
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 07:09:26

    Congratulations have done some amazing work here 🙂 Wish you all the best for your awesome future journey as well 🙂


  38. kingdom777
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 10:56:37

    Hi Mike, Congratulations on your blog turning 1. Keep on posting! And thanks for your support 🙂 All the best, Jo


  39. readingwithrhythm
    Aug 21, 2013 @ 02:28:07

    Happy Waggy Tails to you! Hoorah!


  40. saminaiqbal27
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 03:03:32

    Congratulations for the first blogging anniversary. It has been a year of great achievements for you. My best wishes and prayers for the coming years. Thanks for such kind words about my blog. Take care and have a lovely day Mike.


  41. BeWithUs
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 08:07:23

    ヽ(´▽`)/ YAY ヽ(´▽`)/ Congratulations, my friend!

    All the best and cheers!! 😀


  42. likeitiz
    Aug 29, 2013 @ 20:29:56

    This is awesome, Mike. So happy for you! Keep it coming!


  43. Joanna Fay
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 12:08:34

    Congratulations, Mike! Such an uplifting post, and thanks for the shout out 🙂


  44. ampbreia4EverMore
    Sep 11, 2013 @ 20:31:12

    Well I’m glad you’re here! Oh, and I finally got a copy of your book yesterday and am excited to begin reading it as soon as I finish the one I’m on right now: A Discovery of Witches. I know it will be a fun read from the little bit I’ve already seen. Can hardly wait!


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