November 2, 2008

Stopping to Celebrate! 100+ Party Links that Mark Our History

published this at 11:57 am

Thank You for Coming!

They act as if time is marching all over them, with each year ticking off their lives with a resounding effect. People stomp through their lives, never stopping to celebrate milestones, small victories, and everyday achievements. —Alicia

Celebrations. Birthday parties. Anniversaries. Graduations. Marriages. New Houses. New Babies. Openings and Closings. And the dates that remember them. In the timeline of a lifetime, it’s not hard to start seeing them as interruptions and burdens.

Wouldn’t our calendars be so much freer without all of those ritual obligations?

Last Tuesday and today, I was reminded why we stop what we’re doing to take part in those “interruptions.”

It’s the stopping and the gathering that holds together a community. We see each other. We see who’s here and who’s gone missing. We tell stories of our history. We remember what we used to be and notice how we’ve grown.

In an event tied to last year, we notice this point compared to that one. We see what we’ve given and what we’ve managed. We reunite with people we didn’t know we’d thought we had lost, and in some ways they bring back parts of our personal history.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to celebrate and mark this day for next year’s celebration. Meanwhile, here’s some of what happened at this one!

At This Year’s Party

We had a refreshments.
emdoozie | Michael Anderson said, “Cocktail anyone?” and Bean brought the party hats.
Katie Baird was kind enough to provide the Atomic Cake. and Martin Neumann won a copy of DivaJess’s ebook The Indispensable Guide To Living & Working From Anywhere You Want

REVIEWS were good. I particularly liked this one that came in while the party was still in progress.

isabella mori said

well, HELLO everyone! look at all these people! and the balloons and the party hats and the BAND! where did you get that band, liz? and i LOVE your dress. you look even better than last time i saw you, how do you do that?

and Giovanna Garcia left, but returned with a video birthday I-Action wish . . .

Joe of course, wrote his traditional road side poem.

Everyone brought a present tonight
Links, successful to everyones delight

The good will and best wishes did flow
You could see Liz’s face was all aglow

New friends and old gathered tonight
To thank Liz for a friendship so tight

We all hope that there are many more years
Of Blogs Successful, Liz leading, smiling, no tears.

Burma Shave

Nite Liz
Nite All

Everyone contributed photos, articles, and stories for us to celebrate and to mark this place in our mutual history.

Here are the links you brought:

Thank you, everyone, for being part of Successful-Blog history.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!

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38 Comments to “Stopping to Celebrate! 100+ Party Links that Mark Our History”

  1. November 2nd, 2008 at 12:19 pm
    Geoffrey Philp said

    This is a remarkable list of posts. It feels good to be a part of this.


  2. November 2nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm
    Mother Earth said

    Collective Bloggy History captured and held on the arms of our favorite bloggy mentor. You’re the best Liz!

  3. November 2nd, 2008 at 12:24 pm
    Robert Hruzek said

    Oh, how fun! Lot’s o’ stuff here to check out and share. A hat tip to ya, y’all!

  4. November 2nd, 2008 at 12:31 pm
    Jenny Mannion said

    Thanks Liz! For your wonderful blog and inspiration, for the example you set with your community and for the link! I wish you all the best for your next 3 blogging years and way beyond! Love, Jenny

  5. November 2nd, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    Drew McLellan said

    You throw a great party!


  6. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    Bean said

    It was a great party indeed. I am still savoring some of the posts that were shared.
    Thank you for the party and the great summary list. It is kind of like a goodie bag to take home!

  7. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Geoffrey,
    Yeah, it does feel good to be part of something that connects this way. I see you smiling. Love back to you.

  8. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:11 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Mother Earth,
    You’ll notice we didn’t server McDonald’s. :)
    Thank you for being part of our history. :)

  9. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:12 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Yeah, Robert,
    I think I just filled up today’s extra hour. Well, we all did. :)

  10. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Jenny,
    Congratulations on the relaunch the new space looks fabulous! :)

  11. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    It means a lot to have you at anything that I’m doing. You’re a super connection to everything I believe in. :)

  12. November 2nd, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Bean,
    I’ll never forget all you brought to this party. I guarantee we’ll be talking about it next year. :)

  13. November 2nd, 2008 at 2:14 pm
    Katie Baird said

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Now these will keep me busy THIS week as I sip my morning caffeine. Perfect. Weather is changing to fall here finally, so tomorrow I can sit in bed and read all of these.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Liz. I have started a Liz-style conversation for pioneers in the VA industry and we’re having a nice (though not nearly so crowded as over here at your place!).

    Looking forward to visiting each and every one of your links and making new friends.

  14. November 2nd, 2008 at 2:37 pm
    --Deb said

    That is some LIST! It must have taken you ages to put it together, too. I’m very appreciative.

    Now, I’d stay longer to chat, but I have to go READ all of them now….

  15. November 2nd, 2008 at 2:42 pm
    Shirley Buxton said

    Thanks, Liz for the great party, for all your hard work, and for the link.

    Blessings on your life always–


  16. November 2nd, 2008 at 3:11 pm
    Joe said

    Hey Liz,
    You know I would NEVER miss Successful Blogs B-day. Thanks for being you. 😉
    And Many Mooooorrrrrre!!! :-)

  17. November 2nd, 2008 at 3:27 pm
    Donna Jackson said

    Hi Liz, happy Sunday, Thanks for including me in your blog party links. What an inspiration to see all these fine writers on blogs that I can enjoy.
    Blogging is taking over the world! My Somesso conference post on social media is here
    Thanks for sharing your gift.

  18. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:03 pm
    Carol said

    I’m really looking forward to visiting many of the sites listed!
    Thank you,

  19. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:32 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Katie,
    I saw that. You must have quite a community. Most folks who try it don’t nearly as much traction as you have. Congratulations. :)

  20. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi –Deb!
    Thanks for noticing!

  21. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:34 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thanks for sharing that most special story. I was thinking of you, in particular, when I wrote this post today.

  22. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:34 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Joe,
    It wouldn’t be the same without you. :)

  23. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:37 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Donna!
    Congratulation! You’ve taken hold with that conference post. Can’t wait to see where you go with it!

  24. November 2nd, 2008 at 4:48 pm
    Giovanna Garcia said

    Hey Liz

    Thank You so much for having me at your party. It was really cool, I have never been to a real blog community before. SO that was awesome for me to see.

    And Thanks a million for including me in your blog party links.

    Love, Giovanna

  25. November 2nd, 2008 at 5:10 pm
    Aruni said

    Thanks for the link back. Sorry I wasn’t able to stay long at the party, but I enjoyed stopping by. :-)

  26. November 2nd, 2008 at 7:22 pm
    SpaceAgeSage -- Lori said

    There you go again — giving back more and more to your readers and fans. I bet that took some time to compile! You sure know how to throw a party when the party continues with door prizes show up a few days later like this.
    Thanks for all those links to read, and for including mine. Looks like some great reading.

  27. November 2nd, 2008 at 7:46 pm
    Robert A. Henru said

    Thanks Liz, this is indeed a great and warm community. Congratz and wish you upcoming successful years =)

  28. November 2nd, 2008 at 9:11 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hey Lori!
    Delighted to give everyone a chance to see the great stuff that everyone brought to the party!

  29. November 2nd, 2008 at 9:11 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Robert!
    Yeah, some really incredible people hang out here!

  30. November 2nd, 2008 at 9:12 pm
    emdoozie | Michael Anderson said

    Thanks Liz! I am glad I was able to participate in such a great event. Hopefully what I contributed was worthwhile and lifted at least one person’s spirit and outlook.



  31. November 2nd, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    You sure did, Michael!

  32. November 3rd, 2008 at 4:14 am
    Lea Woodward said

    Thanks for the party, Liz – it was a lot of fun!

    And for the compilation of links too – wow, that must have taken a while. Will take even longer to read them all now :)

  33. November 3rd, 2008 at 5:41 am
    Karin H. said

    Wow Liz

    That’s what I call a mega-party! What a list of “pressies” to unwrap one at the time.

    Karin H.

  34. November 3rd, 2008 at 5:49 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Lea!
    Thanks for noticing. The great part about making this post was remembering every minute of knowing the people who contributed to bringing the links over. It was worth it. :)

  35. November 3rd, 2008 at 5:50 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Karin!
    Yeah, some really great one in this year’s list. Don’t miss the photo Benjamin took of St. Paul’s Bridge. It’s outstanding. :)

  36. November 3rd, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    Rose said

    Thank you for the party and for creating the list. I’m going to start working through the ones I missed on the day.

  37. November 6th, 2008 at 8:58 pm
    Christine said

    This is wonderful, thank you Liz for doing this! What a great list–it will be cool to check out so many new blogs.

  38. December 31st, 2008 at 12:34 pm
    JD said

    Lizzie, happy newyear, what a great time to remember the best of the past, while understanding our current situation in preperation for a change in the future. Thank you so much for thinking of me!

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