Talk to the Shoe One-Year Blogiversary ~ Celebration and Giveaway

Hello, my friends.

{tosses confetti and streamers}

Shutterstock Celebration with Champagne and Confetti

Happy Blogiversary
Talk to the Shoe!

Has it been an entire year already? So many incredible events happened over the course of these first 52 weeks, it feels like my first blog post went up only yesterday.

To commemorate a bustling year for a blog meant to chronicle my adventures in writing and publishing, I’ve decided to highlight memorable and favorite moments.

{sips champagne with you all and starts the slide show}

My First Blog Post

I was recently asked an interview question by Debra on her blog Words from Across Oceania:
“What do you think about social media as an avenue for getting independent writers out there?”
My answer: ” I think it’s unparalleled.”

On July 20, 2012, I penned my very first blog post:
The Twitter Trap – Social Media: Blessing and Curse.

It’s wonderful to look back at the thoughts and suggestions I gave after being on Twitter for a short six weeks. I’m forever grateful for learning the ropes while trusting my instincts.

Twitter is an unrivaled virtual coffee shop filled with friends just waiting to meet us and chat over a coffee and zero-calorie online danish about the latest web happenings and favorite book boyfriends
. . . or Highlanders . . . or shoes.

And let’s not forget the #StilettoSports discussions!

I’ve made wonderful friends on Twitter in the past year, lasting connections with kindhearted, generous, and supportive people who are there to interact, laugh, and share love.

The Most Popular Blog Post

On August 29, 2012,  something seismic happened . . .
I posted The Lure of the Great Alpha Male.

Wow.

That would be the post that had over 170 hits on my fledgling blog in one day. It also had 46 comments and a fun debate that spilled into Twitter over which of our alpha males was the hottest, resulting in a dead heat between Jericho Z. Barrons and one Gabriel O. Emerson, The Professor. And I still had yet to meet The Professor . . . {laughs}

It was my first post to be reblogged on a fabulous new-to-me back then blog Bookish Temptations. The Lure of the Great Alpha Male is still the most popular daily and weekly post on my blog. It has multiple daily views, and is often the first or second in views for the week. It seems the Lure of the Great Alpha Male is quite undeniable indeed.

Aftershocks from those great alpha males still occurring daily . . . 😉

My First Poem and Utterly Loved

September 12, 2012 brought to the blog and the world a most unexpected development. I created and shared my first poem Heaven… Found. Surprised to have poetry flow from my heart onto the page, I was thrilled when it was reblogged, liked, and shared on Twitter with everyone raving about the sensual poetry.

A burst of poetic creativity followed, which led to the publication of Utterly Loved, a book of romantic poetry for charity which includes a brilliant foreword written by the inspiring humanitarian and New York Times Bestselling Author Sylvain Reynard. Several other poems not included in Utterly Loved can be found in the poetry category on my blog.

A Most Uplifting Post 

On October 17, 2012, I gave a glimpse into who I am and how I live my life along with suggestions on how to increase your optimism in the post Adventures of an Optimist.

Throughout that day and the next, people contacted me on the blog and social media to let me know how my post brightened their day. To know that I helped others by sharing how I strive to be and stay positive made my day . . . and then some.

My First Guest Blog Post

By October of 2012, I’d posted just over dozen blog posts when I received my first invitation to write a guest post on another blog. The guest post, Embracing Sensuality, appeared Tamie’s blog Bookish Temptations for her one-year blogiversary celebration. I was and still am deeply honored to have been included.

A Glimpse of Heroes

In April 2013, in the wake of the devasting bombing at the Boston Marathon, I was invited by Jenn at Argyle Empire to participate in their fundraising efforts for the Red Cross in support of the bombing victims. As a part of those efforts, I shared an experience from my past with the American Red Cross. I revisited that heart-wrenching night and made a plea for donations to the American Red Cross and the Boston One Fund to support those charties in A Glimpse of Heroes. Jenn and Argyle Empire, thank you for wanting me to be a part of such a worthwhile cause.

Charity Support and Awareness Pages

In June of 2013, I became more involved in using my author platform to benefit charities, especially those that fight against human trafficking, by launching the Charity Support and Awareness pages on my blog and website. The page shares my thoughts and feelings, ways we can all help, and links to their various pages.

Highland Legends: Forged in Dreams and Magick

Throughout the entire year, hints and teasers have been posted about my upcoming release, from the series and book names, to the book description, and ultimately to the Cover Reveal on July 9th through AToMR Tours.

Take a peek at the cover described as “lush” and “stunning” and the description one said “hooked me immediately” for my debut Highlander, time-travel, paranormal romance novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.

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And . . . there’s one more post I’d like to share as we step off memory lane into the future . . .

Teaser for Forged in Dreams and Magick

I’m thrilled to announce that an exclusive teaser for Forged in Dreams and Magick will be posted on Bookish Temptations on Monday, July 22, 2013. In just two days, that teaser post will mark the two month countdown to the release of Forged in Dreams and Magick on September 23, 2013.

Blogiversary Giveaway

I’m giving away a few party favors to commemorate my Blogiversary. Four winners will be chosen by Random.org. Each of the four winners will win a $25 Amazon gift card AND a signed copy of Utterly Loved!

It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is leave a comment on this Blogiversary post OR leave a comment on the Bookish Temptations’ Forged in Dreams and Magick teaser post. That’s it!
And if you leave a comment on each post? You’ll be entered twice! (Only two entries allowed per person.)

Comments until midnight EST on Thursday July 25, 2013 will qualify for entry to win the giveaway.

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So leave those comments! I’d love to hear about your favorite moments from my blog over the year.

An enormous thank you to all my friends and followers. Your excitement, support, and love along my adventures on the road to published are deeply heartfelt and tremendously appreciated.

Your humble shoe,

~ Kat

© 2013 by Kat Bastion

34 thoughts on “Talk to the Shoe One-Year Blogiversary ~ Celebration and Giveaway

  1. cristina arpin says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY xo

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  2. Kym says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! Can’t wait for your book to come out. (-:

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  3. debradml says:

    Dearest Kat – Congratulations Hun I have loved following your Blog, Words and POV so much TY!!! Cheers! xox

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  4. livivua says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY – best wishes for future blogging!

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  5. Arely Z. says:

    Congratulations!!! It’s been fun reading your blog 🙂

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  6. Kat says:

    Hi Kat,
    I’ve only found you & the blog a short time ago, but I find you funny and interesting. Thanks to Twitter, Argyle Empire and SR for bringing us together 🙂 All the best for your future!

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  7. Kindle Gal says:

    Happy blogiversary, Kat! We started our journey in blogdom around the same time, and I still cherish all of our how-in-the-world-do-you-do-THAT chats just over a year ago. I’m so thankful for your friendship and look forward to all of the awesomeness that is to come from you…you’ve only just begun, lady! 🙂

    Congrats!! xoxo

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  8. […] Kat has a great giveaway going on as well and you can enter it here. […]

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  9. Mary Jo Toth says:

    Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing the teaser on Bookish Temptations … wow, that was incredible!

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  11. tinadrg says:

    Happy First anniversary Kat and congratulations on all your accomplishments! I can’t wait for your book to come out! It’s amazing how so many authors are using social media to raise awareness on different issues that our world is facing. Perhaps together we can make a difference. Thank you ~ Tina

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  12. Sydney D says:

    Wow thank you for such a great giveaway! Happy one year blogiversary!!! 🙂

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  13. rachel says:

    Happy one year! Here’s to many more! 🙂

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  14. Karin says:

    Congratulations for the first !wishing you many more!!

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  15. Michelle N says:

    Hi Kat,
    Congratulations on your one year blogiversary!
    My favourite moment on your blog would have to be your post, Adventures of an Optimist. That post has reminded me to continually have positive thoughts and it has inspired me to keep pushing myself for the better.
    Also, Utterly Loved was another moment that I remember. That was the first time I heard about you!
    So thank you! Wishing you many more years of writing, blogging, and doing what you enjoy!

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  16. Very happy for you Kat!! Love reading your work 🙂

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  17. […] been an exciting week with my One-Year Blogiversary post and a trip down memory lane on Saturday and Bookish Temptations’ first Exclusive Teaser: […]

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  18. omimaasghar says:

    Are UK residents allowed to enter this giveaway? Also, how will you be able to contact the winners?

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  19. Johnrandle says:

    I’m heartily congratulating you on yours 1st blogging anniversary. I’m seeing your blog first time and I have impressed a lot by reading your posts. Those were simply amazing. I wish your will achieve better things in your future by posting excellent posts. Thank you.

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