Friday, June 27, 2008


First of all, there's something wrong with that word -- as a writer, it doesn't sit right with me. It should be blogiversary, shouldn't it?

But whatever the word is, the definition of it is 'the anniversary of when you began blogging,' and my first blog entry was on July 5th, 2003. We were living in Nanaimo then, and I think all my blog entries were about two sentences long.

You may have noticed that it’s my five-year blogoversary in a week (check the sidebar…), but what you wouldn’t have known (unless you’re my sister) is that it’s also, at the end of this month (Monday, June 30th to be exact) ten years since we bought the Wind Walker and moved aboard. On June 30th, 1998, she slipped off the 'ways' (where she'd been surveyed for our purchase) into the water, and the previous owner put the keys in our hands. What a happy day that was!

So I have a few reasons to celebrate, and I thought it would be fun to have my very first contest!

So here’s the deal – the contest will run for 2 weeks, ending at midnight PST Thursday, July 10th, 2008. And here’s all the ways your name can be entered to win:

1. If you are blogless, and you leave a comment on my blog wishing me a happy anniversary (and either include your email or email me, so I'll have a way to contact you!)
2. If you tell people about it on *your* blog, and link to mine (and then let me know you've done that).
3. If someone you’ve told leaves a comment on my blog saying that you sent them.
4. If you answer these ten questions correctly, and email the answers to skipper at mvwindwalker dot com, you earn TWO entries (to do this you’ll have to read back through the archives on my blog, including back to the original blog).

Here's the questions:

- What was projected to happen at Blackberry Point when we did a kayak ‘mother-ship’ trip there?
- When were we sponsors of Nanaimo’s famous ‘Bathtub Race?’ and what did we have the privilege of doing for it?
- When did I pose the question … “if a web log is called a 'blog,' why isn't a Ship's Log called a 'slog?”
- Three years ago was the first time the Tall Ships came to Victoria …. which one did I watch arriving off Dallas Road?
- What did the Wind Walker win second prize for?
- When did I announce the start of my ‘most ambitious project ever’ – the ‘beach blanket’?
- When did we acquire a canoe – and what was my first lace project on the needles at the time? (I know, that’s really two questions…. I’m cheating on my own contest!)
- What item have I knit for two of my grandsons?
- Where do I want my ashes scattered when I die?
- What’s the name of the two sailboat races I’ve watched at Clover Point this spring?

On Friday, July 11th at 1:30 pm PST I’ll draw a name from the names I’ve entered (at my regular Friday Knit'n'Cafe, so I have witnesses)! If you win and you are a knitter, you’ll get a lovely knitterly gift basket in the mail; if you win and you are not a knitter, you’ll get a lovely snackerly/goodies gift basket in the mail.

And that’s that … enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I read you faithfully, and enjoy your posts.

Yes, I have a blog, but since no one has ever left a comment, I must assume that no one has found it yet.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, a challenge! I will have to do some reading.

Just put up my post for the day, so Monday I will link :-)


Georgi said...

Hi Marilyn,
Happy Blogoversary! (BTW I agree with you on the spelling thing). And I have posted to my blog about your contest.

smariek said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Georgi from To Knit and Write sent me.

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary (that's how I spell it, anyway!)! Kate from Rocks, Waves, Beach sent me.

Esther V. said...

Happy Blogiversary, Marilyn!!
I'm entering names right now!!

Grace said...

Happy Blogaversary, I did post about it a couple of days ago but didn't realize I didn't enter. Yes I have been sick again, nasty virus this time and making no progress at all, but getting lots of knitting done, just worried about it settling into pneumonia again, summer pneumonia is the worst.

Love the knitting you did on your little jaunt!!!

Olga said...

Happy happy blog-day!!! I came over by way of Kate. No way could I ever answer those ten questions!!!But thats a great idea for a contest. Congrats.

Kristen said...

I've always spelled it "blogiversary" I think. So have a great one!

SeattleAmy said...

Happy blogaversary, happy blogaversary, happy blogaversary, happpppy bloooogaaaaversary!


wenat said...

Happy blogiversary! Wow -- 5 years of blogging is a HUGE accomplishment. And now I have another "local" blogger to add to my subscriptions.

Emily said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!

Unknown said...

Happy anniversary of your blog!

Elaine said...

Happy 5th What an accomplishment.

I loved the fashion show photos. Wonderful!

I'm posting your contest on my blog. Perhaps a few of my faithful will show up and come on over (and remember to cite me)

Bianca said...

Happy 5th Blog-anniversary! I hope many years of blogging will follow!

Unknown said...

Happy blogiversary. I can't manage to blog at all!

(my e-mail says it all - bloglessinnj AT gmail DOT com)

I found out about your contest from Elaine at elaine-knitting.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

If you tell people about it on *your* blog, and link to mine (and then let me know you've done that).Here is the link back to my blog:
Happy Blogaversary

florapie said...

Congratulations Marilyn! And thanks so much for Fiber Fest-I had a great time meeting other knitters. If I win your prize, I could pick it up in person and save you postage!

Turtle said...

hi there, i just stumbled upon you through witknit! so sadly am not familiar with your blog answers! Happy anniversary though, i linked you and must go catch up by stalking through your blog!

ikkinlala said...

Happy blogiversary!

(I don't have a blog, but my e-mail is in my profile.)

Kitten With a Whiplash said...

Happy blog(a)(e)(i)(o)(u)versary! Five vowels, five years blogging. Next year we'll have to call it a blog(and sometimes y)versary. I've posted and linked back on my blog, which is an infant by comparison.

Unknown said...

Happy happy blogiversary (my preferred spelling)

I heard about the contest from Elaine at elaine-knitting

jerseyjessie AT gmail Dot com

knititch said...

happy blogoversary. you can email me at

sunt_lacrimae_rerum said...

Happy Anniversary to the Blogoverse--and yes, that "o" just does not seem quite tickety-boo.

Sarah said...

happy blogging-anniversary, Marilyn! And thank you so much, again, for the wonderful fibre fest.

Sarah said...

Oh... I don't think the email address will come through... at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

What an interesting lifestyle. It makes me feel so ... boring!

Happy blogiversary.

I found out about the contest from Elaine at elaine-knitting

and my email is:

tomknit at gmail dot com

Josiane said...

Happy blogiversary! Congrats on keeping at it for so long!
I've found out about your blog from the post on WiKnit.
(kimianak on Ravelry)

purple-power said...

Happy blogiversary however you spell it. 5 years of blogging, and every time I try, I just give up!

Love the photos.

I'm purple on Ravelry

Saw your contest at

OhAmyKP said...

Congrats on this blog milseton. I actually butcher the word a little too and usually spell it BlogEversary.

Thanks for the contest, I dont have a blog but you can look me up on Ravelry.
OhAmy :)