happy first birthday, frog on a dime!


Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday to you!

Starting a blog–the technical part–isn’t too difficult (especially when you have patient, tech savvy friends to help you), but actually launching the thing is scary. You’re putting yourself “out there.” What if everyone yawns and says, “What else ya got?”

As I shared right from post one, my intent for “Frog on a Dime” was never [cue dramatic music] total blogosphere domination. I just wanted to offer encouragement, inspiration and maybe some amusement to my fellow children’s writers. What a delight to see your response, and to go from zero to well over 1,000 followers this year. And so, it is with joy and humility (and yes, a bit of relief–phew! you showed up!) that I am celebrating the first full year of “Frog on a Dime.”

To be sure, the growing number of followers was a pleasant surprise. But the other thing I did not expect about my first blog experience was the way you all would become such a source of encouragement to me. What a bonus!

To thank you for reading and responding, I want to offer a special 1st birthday thank you gift–a FREE manuscript critique. Typically, I need to charge $45 for a critique, but I want to make it my gift to you. All you need to do is comment on this blog by midnight (EST) on Sunday, December 15 (Frog on a Dime’s actual birthday). I will draw a name and the winner will receive a ten-page critique of the picture book, middle grade or YA manuscript of your choice during the month of January. I can’t wait to read your work and do what I can to help you to become an even stronger writer!

Now . . . time to blow out the candles and make a wish! (Bet you can’t guess what that will be. And while I’m at it, I’ll make a wish for YOU too!)

It takes a long time to become young. ~ Pablo Picasso

20 responses »

  1. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Just wanted you to know I’m still reading Frog On A Dime. Don’t enter me in your drawing, though, since I was lucky enough to win the last one!


  2. Hop-hop-hurray! It’s Frog On a Dime’s Blog Birthday!

    In honor of the occasion, a frog joke.
    Q: What kind of shoes does a frog wear in summer?
    A. Open-toad sandals!


    Congratulations, and here’s to many more fun posts!


  3. Congrats on your one year anniversary. That’s a huge accomplishment. So many people don’t stick with it. Wish I had a manuscript to be critiqued, but I don’t, so let someone else win your fantastic gift.


  4. Wow! Today is my birthday too! I really enjoy your humor, Vicky. And so many posts have inspired me. I enjoy reading each one. Thank you and congrats!


  5. Hi Vicky with a Y:
    Congrats on your blog birthday! You do have a way with words and I appreciate them! For writers and wannabe writers, encouragement is everything! I would love to receive a critique – put me in the mix! Just a p.s. – I know I signed up as a blog follower but I have not received email notifications of your new posts. So I’ll put my email back in. Thanks again for your engaging muse!

    🙂 Vicki


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