Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Meanderings and Muses Milestone

Meanderings and Muses tipped the counter with 10,000 visitors this morning. (o.k. - yes, I did have to click a couple times to get it there. I'm not really a very patient person) .

Since I'm one of those people who thinks a little bit of celebration to mark an occasion (any occasion, really) is important and fun, it's only fitting I throw a little mini virtual celebration for this. Don't you think?!

Join me!

10,000 visitors.

Who would have ever guessed?!

Not me.

For real.

You'll remember that it was attending my first Bouchercon, and feeling the need to write about it, that kicked off the Meanderings and Muses blog. You'll remember, I'm sure - since I'm STILL squealing about it - I was over the moon goofy about what a great time I had in Baltimore.

The on-going experience since then of finally meeting people face to face who I've gotten to know over the internet, meeting writers I've admired for a long time, being welcomed into a community that is so special and so full of heart, has been one of the most gratifying experiences ever. The whole experience has extended into this blog. Many mystery/crime fiction writers and fans have already been guests here, with many more lined up for the rest of the year. I thank you all for taking the time to participate.

Meanderings and Muses has 59 posts to date. Some by me, and some by others. The two earliest posts were written by me, but were published originally at other places before M&M was "born." The first at The Stiletto Gang Blogspot at the invitation of my friends Marian & Rhonda of Evelyn David about my smoking. The second at Murderati at the invitation of the lovely JT Ellison about the virtual watercooler of the internet. I am extraordinarily proud of those pieces and will always feel quite honored to have been asked by those women to write them.

The other Meanderings and Muses participants have been writers - published and yet-to-be published, quite well-known writers and soon-to-be well known writers, readers, fans, and friends. We've chatted about hats. We've seen a new president step in. We've talked about Cambridge, and Boone, and girlfriends, and tears, and smoking and quitting, and Donald and Harley Doodle Barley. We've talked about creativity and the importance of red in our lives. We've been to see Willie Nelson in concert, and we've been on vacation at Topsail Island. I've had a revised version of one of my pieces here accepted for a regional anthology, and we've collected a few lovely little peer awards of which I'm quite proud. It's been a journey full of fun and it's been a learning experience. And I've made some mistakes. But you know - I've always been of the mind that if you don't make mistakes then you're probably just not doing anything. So, hopefully, those particular mistakes won't be repeated, which means I can just make new ones, but maybe not too many. And (again, hopefully), you'll understand that they're unintentional and accept my apologies and we can all move on and enjoy the good things.

Meanderings and Muses has become a huge part of my life. A part I'm quite proud of. And to those of you who have encouraged me in my efforts, thank you.

This was all going to be experimental, with concerns about who might actually want to participate and contribute and little niggling worries that no one would want to play. And that no one would drop by to chat. All those things are now things, I guess, I can quit fretting about. 'Course, I'll just find something else to fret about 'cause that's just me. But. The frettin' won't be about Meanderings and Muses. I'm feeling quite safely and happily positive about it. With the help of all of you, I feel it's been accepted and validated. Thank you.

My original goal was to have a guest a month. The response when I started asking people if they would join me was overwhelming, and I ended up with a guest a week. Then it grew to where we've been lucky enough to sometimes have two guests a week. You could just knock me over with a feather when I open my email and it's a note from someone telling me they would enjoy contributing. I love that and welcome each of you.

So. Join me please in this "Virtual Celebration" of who we are today, and the adventure it's been getting here in a few short months.

You folks who are DorothyL members are very much aware of "Virtual Parties." Honeys! I have been to some of the virtual parties thrown at DorothyL and they are amazing. A hoot, a holler, tons of fun, and lots and lots of good food. So, let the party begin. Come on in, have a glass of champage, tell me what this is that you've brought to share - it looks lovely!! Chocolate, you say - you've brought chocolate . . .


Vicki Lane said...

Congratulations, Kaye! Here's my grandmother's pound cake, still warm from the oven. Yep, that's cayenne you taste -- along with the nutmeg.

And here's to many more posts and many more visitors!

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't mind deep-dish pizza this early in the day. We find it is delightful with bubbly ...Great job, Kaye! I've never been here before but heard there was a party and, well, you know ...
Terry in Ketchikan

Anonymous said...

p.s. it's so exciting to be anonymous.

The Stiletto Gang said...

Hi Kaye,

The food looks great. Those are virtual calories, right? Congrats on your wonderful blog!

Now where would you like me to put the blackberry cobbler I brought. I don't see an empty spot on your buffet table.

aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I'll bring the deviled eggs, what's a buffet without deviled eggs. And of course, congratulations!


Toni McGee Causey said...

Congratulations, Kaye! Terrific milestone and I'm very glad to have been a part of this wonderful group.

Lonnie Cruse said...

You shameful woman, posting pictures of all that wonderful food! All 10,000 of us who have visited this site should visit your house on the same day and expect to be fed. Now, where is it that you live in Boone.

Muwhahahah! Many hugs and congrats!

Auntie Knickers said...

I'll come and help eat the leftovers, I have a bad cold today and can only appreciate how the goodies look! Congratulations on 10,000 visitors (of course, lots of them were me....)

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, yes, indeedy. Chocolate, and champagne, and proseco with elderflower liqueur.

Chocolate chip cookies and milk. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Just toasted and still-gooey marshmallows.

Sherry and biscuits. Cabernet,
blue cheese, walnuts and apples.

Tiny little crab cakes. Slices of beef tenderloin with horseradish creme fraiche.

Gorgeous shrimp with zesty red sauce. Little tidbits of lobster with lemony butter.

Mini Snickers bars.

And big big big cake with ten thousand candles. ANd "Kaye Barley" written on it in spun sugar.

And tens of thousands more guests.
Thank you thank you...

Liz Zelvin said...

Congratulations, Kaye! Ten thousand visitors in what, seven months? is quite an achievement! And I have never seen such gorgeous virtual desserts in my life!

Shirley Wetzel said...

We told you so, you sweet thing! Thank you for the joy and fun you've brought into our lives.

Lesa said...

Balloons! What's a party without balloons? Congratulations, Kaye, on 10,000 visitors to this always charming blog. Oh, and here in Glendale, we have Cerreta's Candies. They make French mints to die for. I'm bringing balloons and French mints.

Jen Wendel said...

Thanks for all the fun, Kaye, which I know involved work. Keep it up and have a ice cream cookie sandwich (with a chew bone for Harley from Frodo).

The Stiletto Gang said...

Congratulations Kaye. Your blog is interesting, funny, thoughtful - and beautifully designed with gorgeous photos.

You put out quite a spread for the celebration!! Yum!!

I raise a glass of the bubbly to Kaye and Meanderings and Muses!! To the next 10,000 visitors -- and more!

Marian aka the Northern half of Evelyn David

Msmstry said...

WHAT an overachiever! Way to go!!!

I think I'll have a double helping of punch, please and thank you.

Gail Hueting said...

Wow, the food looks wonderful. Good thing it's virtual. You need something that's not sweet, and today I bought some delicious salsa at the farmers' market (an Urbana Saturday morning tradition). Tnen I found another place to buy my favorite Mission tortilla chips. We need to have our virtual conferences at Meanderings and Muses.

A great milestone to celebrate, Kaye.

Bo Parker said...

Kaye, since you asked for something with chocolate, scooch things down a bit at one end of the table, and I’ll slip in a virtual batch of that sinfully delicious dish that came up in discussions a few months ago. Kahlua cake--the mixture of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and crumbled dark chocolate bars, soaked in Kahula liqueur and topped with whipped cream

Bo Parker
The Old Cobbler

Anonymous said...

Hank Phillippi Ryan makes me so hungry I don't know what to eat first. I'll just take some blue cheese, walnuts and apples and watch "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" while I calm down my appetite.

What a milestone, Kaye! Here's to 10,000 more!

Pat Browning

cathy carper said...

Congratulations, Kaye! You've reached quite a milestone. :) Wow, what a party this is... so much food, so little time. LOL. I'll bring along my "famous" lasagna.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley - Meanderings and Muses said...

You guys are the best.

Thank you!

Oh Wow - we need another table to hold all this food, don't we?!

Too Fun!

I'm going to be trying a new receipt today. Janet Rudolph's Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins. I'll bring some of them.

Jenny Milchman said...

Way to go, Kaye! As you know, I have really enjoyed, been tickled by, and sometimes gone goggle eyed over the things I see at M & M. I'm contributing a cake, and also some ice cream punch that doesn't even need to be spiked to make us all woopy. (And yes, I know it's seven-thirty in the morning!) Here's to more and more years of posts--and parties!

Earl Staggs said...

Who could stay away from YOUR party? Certainly not me. I remember when you were only thinking about setting up a blog of your own and wondering if anyone would stop by. Now look, what you've done. M&M has to be one of the most popular places on the planet, and it's all you, dear one. I didn't come empty handed either. Clear a table and cover it with paper. Here's a bushel of steamed crabs, straight out of the Bay this morning. Of course, we'll have to teach some of these people how to crack 'em, pick 'em and eat 'em. First, tho, let's all raise a glass and toast the Belle of Boone and Darlin' of DL.

Anonymous said...

Kaye, the pictures are so delectable. What a yummy treat. Hoping you have many more visitors.