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Happy 5 Year Anniversary, Friday Blog Roundup

I have more thoughts piggybacking off the social media post, but they’ll have to wait until I can write them.  On my mind now is something else.  This is the fifth anniversary of the Friday Blog Roundup.  It started five years ago on July 21st.

Five years ago I wrote:

Every time I read something I love, I want to send it out to everyone I know. Which is how I came to the idea to do the Friday Blog Roundup and comment publicly on a few things I read this week. There is plenty that I read that also moved me, but since space is limited, I must pick-and-choose.

On a side note, I am still trying to figure out how one posts links to other blogs on the side column. Once I get that figured out, I’d love to start a list–a clearinghouse of IF blogs–so if you’d like to be included, let me know.

I both love the fact that I had no idea how to construct a blog roll (which now has close to 3000 blogs on it) as well as the fact that this idea that I started five years ago still continues to this day.  My impulse then was to send out links to great stuff I read, and my impulse still is to eagerly ask each week — did you read this?

Thank you for reading it.  Thank you for supporting it.  Thank you, now, for adding in your own posts each week.  Tomorrow will be the 350th Friday Blog Roundup.  Doesn’t that blow your mind?


1 JDragonfly { 07.21.11 at 8:09 am }

Congratulations on another milestone, Mel! The Roundup has been invaluable to me, and has introduced me to many blogs where I’ve since found support and comfort. Thanks very much for it!

On an unrelated note, “Navigating the Land of IF” arrived from Amazon yesterday and even though I have a law school exam on Saturday it’s calling out to me! Looks like it is full of information I’ve been needing – I’m sure it won’t take long for me to read once this pesky school stuff is out of the way!

2 HereWeGoAJen { 07.21.11 at 8:32 am }

Wow, five years! Let’s have some cake for the Roundup!

3 Gail { 07.21.11 at 8:40 am }

Congratulations!! Should I get you the traditional gift of wood or the modern gift of silverware? Or, maybe combine them into wooden silverware! 🙂

4 Elizabeth { 07.21.11 at 9:03 am }

Wooden silverware! Great idea! Let’s carve little tiny owls on the ends.
I love your the open thread you’ve added too. I’ve bee sitting on a food one all week just hankering to share it here. Let’s see if I can do
This on the iTouch…
Slowmamma meditates on the anniversary of a loss. A gorgeous, heart-wrenching post.

5 Elizabeth { 07.21.11 at 9:05 am }

Oops, I thought TODAY was Friday! was wondering why you didn’t actually round up any links… Ok, I’ll re-post my
Link tomorrow. Sorry! xo

6 a { 07.21.11 at 9:40 am }

Happy Anniversary! I love the Round-up!

7 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.21.11 at 9:49 am }

Happy 5 years and 350 posts! Thank you for bringing these to us each week, Mel.

Now, what about the celebratory videos we made last summer for the 300th?

8 Esperanza { 07.21.11 at 10:39 am }

I saw that last weeks was 349 and I wondered if you’d do something for the big 350! Congrats on 5 years and 350 opportunities to share posts that you love. That is really something special.

9 Searching for Serenity { 07.21.11 at 12:47 pm }

Happy Anniversary! I love that all the blogs that you featured that first week are all still writing. It’s inspiring.

10 Bean { 07.21.11 at 12:56 pm }

Wow! That does blow my mind. Has it really been 5 years already?
Congratulations and thanks for the blogs!

11 Chickenpig { 07.21.11 at 1:08 pm }

Five years? Damn…my twins were still kicking each other INSIDE of my body 🙂 I can’t believe it’s been around that long. Wild!

12 Erica { 07.21.11 at 1:41 pm }

Wow! Five years! That’s like 40 in internet years! Congratulations! And also many (many!) thanks.

13 Queenie { 07.21.11 at 2:42 pm }

Congrat’s-what a huge milestone!

14 Christina { 07.21.11 at 9:20 pm }

Congratulations on such a huge milestone! Acting on impulses seems to bode well for you in the bloggy world! I’m so very happy to say Happy 5th anniversary Friday round up and Hot diggity to 350 posts!

15 luna { 07.22.11 at 1:32 am }

YOU blow my mind. week after week, year after year.
thanks for being you.

16 Missy { 07.22.11 at 4:22 am }

You truly have done an amazing thing here. Well done!

17 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 07.22.11 at 11:32 am }

Happy anniversary! And nice job getting two round numbers to coincide.

18 loribeth { 07.22.11 at 11:53 am }

Happy anniversary! I so look forward to reading the weekly roundup over my Friday morning tea. : )

19 Lut C. { 07.24.11 at 3:50 pm }

Happy anniversary!

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