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4 Year Blogiversary, 100th Virtual Poetry Circle & Giveaway

It has been four years since I started blogging here at Savvy Verse & Wit, and over that time, there have been many changes from different headers and backgrounds to a move from Blogger to WordPress self-hosting.  I’ve struggled a lot with what to cover from day-to-day, mainly keeping Sundays as my day off from the blog, and at times, blogging was more sporadic than consistent.

I thank all of my readers for sticking with me.  I also want to thank you for listening to me brag about poetry books and poets, for joining with me in the celebration of poetry each April, and for discussing poems with me in the Virtual Poetry Circle.  Speaking of, I can’t believe I’ve had 100 meetings of the circle and they continue to receive comments.  Thanks again for that!

This year, I’m hosting my first poetry challenge, The Fearless Poetry Reading Challenge, to encourage people who don’t read poetry to at least give it a try this year.  I hope that you’ve all thought about joining or have joined and tried a book of poetry.

Poetry is the one element of the blog that has been consistent.  I love it.  I write it.  I read it.  I recommend it.  Do I want you to love it? Yes.  Will I not like you if you don’t? No.  Will I like you better if you give it a try?  Probably.

I’m also the director of the Indie Lit Awards Voting Panel for Poetry this year.  We’re soliciting readers for this year’s awards, so please head over and sign up, unless you’re on the voting panel.  Voting members already have their contact information on the site for publishers to use.  Beginning in September and running through the end of December 2011, we’ll be soliciting nominations for the best 2011 published poetry book, so please check back here or the Indie Lit Awards site for information.  In the meantime, I’m hosting a list of 2011 published poetry books for consideration by readers and voting members, please keep adding to the list.

Ok, enough of my babbling . . . what I really want to say is that I appreciate you, whether you are lurking or commenting.  So I’ve got a giveaway for all of my readers in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.

To enter and win 1 $35 gift certificate to either Amazon.com or Better World Books:

1.  Leave a comment about what changes you’ve seen on the blog and enjoyed or what you miss from the old blog.

2.  Gain a second entry for reviewing the past 100 Virtual Poetry Circles and letting me know which poem you liked best from those posted.

3.  For 3 more entries, buy one of my recommendations in poetry and email me a receipt of that purchase to savvyverseandwit AT gmail

4.  For an additional entry, please spread the word about the giveaway via Twitter, Facebook, or your own blog.

Deadline to enter is July 12, 2011, at 11:59 PM EST.

  • Changes no changes please you rock and happy 4 years. I love the reading challenges you participate in though. This is my first year in taking part in 1 or um 3 lol

  • Margie

    You seem to be incorporating more reading challenges. And, of course, you have more poetry-oriented posts. I love the overall look of the blog.
    Congrats on your Blogoversary. Thank for the giveaway.

  • wow your really amazing being able to review poetry i could never do it but i really just love the layout its simple and not to crowded plus my fav color is blue so love the color. I might be a little biased lol.

    Ohh and congrats on getting old lol

    Tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/Holt9102/status/84038248837562368

  • 4 years? Wow, congrats on the milestone! I’ve been following for a little under two years and I’ve been happy with the way you do things. Love the poetry, even though I’ve been a terrible lurker in the past. I’ve been working on it and I hope you’ve noticed a change. 🙂

    I love The Soldier by David Livingstone Clink. I really loved the visual quality of it.

    tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/truebookaddict/status/84007357809561600

    Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

    • Michelle, I have noticed that you’ve gotten better. 🙂

  • karenk

    happy anniversary…i always enjoy visiting your blog 😉

  • Happy belated blogiversary! Here’s to many more years!

  • Happy blogiversary! Sorry I’m late; this post didn’t make it to my inbox, unfortunately.

    I like how you made a commitment to focus more on poetry and have stuck with it. I’ve added this very generous giveaway to my sidebar! Thanks for throwing my name into the hat.

  • Happy blogoversary! I haven’t been a follower for very long, but I enjoy your blog.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • Congrats on 4 years!! I’m so esp glad you’ve been around so long — I like poetry and so appreciate your passion for it. Here’s to another four years! No need to enter me in the giveaway but I will be promoting this on my FB and Twitter feed!

  • shadow

    Happy blogoversary! I love all of the peotry! Its beautiful! Thank you!
    [email protected]

  • Amanda W

    Happy blogoversary! I enjoy reading your posts about poetry, because you’re one of the few blogs I have found that reviews it.

  • jeanette8042

    Happy Blogoversary! I definitely enjoying seeing more poetry and from seeing other comments I also give you props for reviewing poetry since it’s so hard to actually review and talk about. Keep the poetry coming and I can’t wait to see more posts!

  • Happy blogiversary! What a great milestone to reach!

  • Happy Blogiversary!! So glad to have been a part of your wonderful journey (and I hope to continue to be too!)

  • Happy Blogiversary! I still have the intimidation factor when it comes to reading poetry, and it has to be really special for me to invest time in it. It’s not that I’m not willing to give it a try, but more that I get busy with other reading and don’t even think about poetry. So your blog is an excellent reminder for me. The most recent poetry I’ve been reading is Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic to my boys at bedtime. 🙂 Not exactly challenging reading for me, but certainly fun!

  • Jess (The Cozy Reader) 12020 /2010/11/joint-review-matched-by-ally-condie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed+TheBookSmugglers+The+Book+Smugglers

    Congrats on 4 years! I’m not sure what specifically I’ve noticed except everytime I’m actually here I love the new look. 🙂

  • Happy blogiversary! I think my favourite thing that you are involved in is the War through the Generations challenge, although I am failing terribly at it so far!

  • Happy Blogiversary, Serena!

  • Jeannie

    Happy 4th Blogiversary Serena!! I’m very proud of you and all you have accomplished.

  • Happy Blogaversary!!!

    Changes, well more poetry oriented of course. I am so impressed because I could never review poetry, it seems to hard. You are so good 🙂

  • Happy Blogoversary!

    I love your enthusiasm for poetry and it has made me more aware of it!

  • Happy blogoversary 🙂

  • Happy Blogiversary! Changes: hmmm, I think that would have to be seeing even more poetry. For me, I love poetry but only when I’m in the mood. (And I have no idea how to define what that mood is!)

    • LOL, next time you are in the mood for poetry, you should think about that that mood is composed of…then maybe you can duplicate it.

  • I hope blogiversary, Serena! It’s 3 years for me today. I love that you have a passion for poetry that you want to share with everyone. I actually got a couple books of poems at BEA that I plan to give a try this year.

    • Which poetry books did you get?