Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fifth Blog-i-versary (Giveaway)

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away...

...just kidding.

But today marks five years since I started this blog in a small student government office at UCLA.

This is what I looked like five years ago....

My blog pre-dates many things, including:
I'm sure there is a lot more I can say about how things have changed over these past five years, for better or worse.  I have come out a much more knowledgable person, surrounded by those who did not judge me into oblivion.  Your true friends, folks, are those who are still with you after the journey.

Not to say that this journey is over.  I have contemplated axe-ing this blog a few times, but I'm glad I didn't.  A few months ago, I announced that I was taking the blog in a new direction, basically because I was going through a rough time personally.  Even so, I still like blogging and intend to continue, for now.

I'm not very fast, coherent, or popular, but to those who have been reading, thank you.

As thanks, I'm hosting a "blog-i-versary" giveaway!


The prize: (based on a bunch of reviews that have appeared on this blog over the years -- let's just call it "Raising the Bar")

***U.S. residents only.***  Winner will be chosen by on October 28, 2011 at 12 noon PST.

Ways to enter (leave one comment for each; I will verify if you win):

1) Answer: What were you up to five years ago?

2) Follow me on Twitter: @nobel4lit 

3) Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect

4) Add this blog to your blog roll

5) Tweet this giveaway: 
Win a 'Raising the Bar' goodie box from @nobel4lit for her 5th blog-i-versary! 
OR link this giveaway on your blog

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Wow. five years ago I was beginning my journey with Anorexia. It's amazing how far I've come in recovery!

  2. following you on twitter, of course

  3. five years ago... I was in my junior year of high school! wahoo!

  4. Just Tweeted your giveaway, already had you on my blogroll, followed you weeks ago and now leaving a comment. I have to figure out the Google Friend thingy though.

    5 Years ago I was finishing up a Master's degree and was trying to decide where I would live. I was also living "the fast life" and hanging out with friends pretty much every night. My, how I miss those days!

  5. Five years ago this week, I was getting engaged :)

  6. five years ago....I was in college, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life.

  7. 5 years ago I was in my last year at university, wondering what the hell I was going to do next!

  8. I followed you on twitter: mingermany. I got rid of twitter and just got it again for all the giveaways I want to enter :)

  9. You are on my blogroll at the top where you click blogs I love.

  10. I tweeted it but I have no followers :(

  11. i follow you on twitter @erica_h

  12. i follow on google friend connect

  13. So, um, five years ago I was dating a guy named Ralph, starting my second year of grad school and being a student leader as the external VP of the grad students association. I traveled a lot.

    Happy 5th blogiversary!

  14. Ha ha! 5 years ago I had the strongest remote control thumb in the world! Congrats on 5 years of blogging.

  15. Just found you through FitBottomedGirls and I'm glad I did! Consider yourself "Followed", I also Tweeted about your giveaway (I'm still getting used to that term...haha) and added you to my blogroll, I'm excited to read more from you :)

    Five years ago I was working at a dog kennel and preparing for a year abroad as an Au Pair in Holland. I just saw pictures of the children I took care of and they look completely different...they also added a new sister to the family! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  16. five years ago i was doing the same thing i do now - but not blogging about it!

  17. Five years ago, I was living in Berkeley, CA, was pretty miserable and lonely.

    Wow, a lot has changed in that much time. I'm living back in my home state of Wisconsin, am married and so much happier!

    Happy blogiversary!

  18. I'm following you on twitter now!

  19. I tweeted about the fantastic giveaway!