Thursday, August 13, 2015

Happy 10th Bloggaversary!


STAR DATE 2015.13.08


It's the TENTH Anniversary of 
The House of LadyLee


And I thank you for hanging out with me...

Your Friendly Neighborhood Original Oldgirl LadyLee!!!

10 years. That is a long long time.

I started this blog when I was a young chicken at the age of 35 years old. I wasn't up on social media or computing for that matter. My computer was for searching the internet and workplace reasons. Then I started writing stories. I didn't have a home computer at the time. I didn't even have a house. I was renting a condo, and my sister lived with me. And for an hour each night, she would allow me to use her desktop computer to work on my story.

Then I came across my favorite author Tayari Jones' blog (yes, I've been stalking her for 10 years). I had no idea what a blog was. I would read, and I left a comment one day. It was the first comment I'd ever left on a post. She wrote something about the importance of getting someone to critique your work.

Here's my comment:

Tayari, thanks for your blog on peer critique.  I am an aspiring writer, and at first I thought that the critique process was insane, having others read my work and make positive, negative, or quirky comments, but in the end, the comments have proven to be quite vital and helpful.  And at the same time, critiques also help with development of new and interesting ideas. And she responded to my comment.  

And here's her response:

Hi!  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I just have one little comment for you.  Always remember, you already ARE a writer.  You may aspire to publication, etc.  but your heart it what determines if you are a writer or not.


Yes. I have kept that all these years. I am a true stalker. And besides, what she said inspired me.  I go back and read it, even 10 years later. 

She had a lot of readers with blogs. And I somehow found out I could have a blog for free. So I started one. 

My first post on August 13, 2005 was simple enough. 

Everyone seems to be blogging these days...
Thought I would get in on some of this action...

It's 8:00 a.m. on a dreary Saturday morning here in my beloved Atlanta Georgia. It's been raining cats and dogs all summer long. The humidity has been at what feels like 200% all summer long.

I'm about to go fix myself a bowl of pineapples, put on my O'Jays Greatest Hits CD, and sit down and work on my novel for the next few hours...

Hopefully I can eek out about five pages today...

How simple is that? Quite simple.

The blog has evolved over the years. Blogging has gone out of style, as most trendy ventures tend to do. But this is my personal space, my resting place. I'm free to be funny, mad, happy or sad. I'm free to pour my heart out in words. I love to write, and my blog allows me to wrap myself in my writing. I can write as much as I want whenever I want, with no cares of who's reading. I'm free to write like no one's reading at all. It is my personal resting place.

There are 2027 posts here. There are over 200 food-for thoughts, and over 50 fictions shorts.

And so much more. More than I care to detail.

And  there is so much more to come.

The 10th Bloggaversary Sweepstakes is still in full full effect until August 15th, I believe. That is Saturday. So let's make it over on Saturday at midnight. I would love to get up to 5 gift cards. That's 5 $100 gift cards. And those are hopefully Visa gift cards, meaning you can use them for whatever and wherever you please.

What a great seed to sow. I hope you ALL win! LOL.

Thanks so much for reading. I've made plenty good friends through this blog. We have laughed together and we have cried together.

Most importantly, we've grown together.

So let's continue to laugh, cry... and grow together! 

On Purpose!


  1. Go Shorty it’s your Blog Birthday .. Party like it’s your birthday lol. 10 years wow .. I must say I have enjoyed reading all your post. Some I have printed and have in a notebook or on my cube space that I take to every job.

    The one thing that has stuck with me over the years is when you said Chicken how do you eat an elephant. One bit at a time.

    Thank you !!

    1. Yes indeed. I've been getting some training for the past couple of days and I thought of that phrase...

      Eat it like you eat an elephant... one bite at a time.

      Otherwise it gets so overwhelming. One bite at a time!

      Thanks for reading, Moe!!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Robbie! Make sure you come back on Monday or Tuesday of next week to see if you won a prize!

    2. unityfalls5:02:00 PM


  3. Congratulations!! Looking forward to another 10 years!! The best is yet to come!!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS OLE GAL...I've been reading you as long as I've been blogging...(I think I began in 2008.)Thanks for continuing to blog..Only a few of us original bloggers left.Looking forward to more of you to come!

  5. Happy Bloggaversary!! Keep up the greatness :)

  6. Happy Bloggaversary!!!!

    It is hard to believe how long ago I started reading here. Alot has happened. I started blogging in the Winter of 2005 and stopped in the Summer 2009. I enjoyed it until I moved over to Facebook.

    Ironically, August 13 is my daughter's bday, she just turned 25. Amazing what happens in a decade. I can say your food for thoughts and sharing your struggles I have enjoyed and learned from most of all.

    Congrats on your being able to continue writing and sharing with us for 10 years.

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  8. Happy Bloggaversary! I don't remember exactly when I started reading your blog, But I do remember that the "Colli Park" reference caught my attention & I was hooked.
    Actually I was having one of those days where I was missing Atlanta pretty bad & came back to catch up & read & found that you are having the Sweepstakes.

  9. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, LADYLEE!!! I have followed your blog for a few past years and I'm a big fan of yours. You keep it real and make me smile at the same time. I can relate to you on living in Atlanta, being a cat lady and having lupus. Keep on doing your thing!!

  10. Anonymous2:35:00 PM

    HAPPY BLOGGING ANNIVERSARY ! Words can not express how thankful I am that you started blogging. You have really blessed my soul. Thank You My "Friend in my Head".


  11. 10 years!! Wow! I wish I could remember when I started reading your blog. I want to say it was around 2009 maybe. I discovered you through Val (Serenity23). It's definitely been a ride reading your posts. Many funny and many thought provoking. That's love.


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