Six Years A-Bloggin’—Happy Post Hoodie-Hoo Day to You


February 20 was a blink-and-you’ll-miss it holiday known as Hoodie-Hoo Day. Yeah, I didn’t know about it either until Alexa told me. (Yes, Alexa occupies my desk, telling knock-knock jokes far cornier than the ones I had heard when I was in kindergarten.) What’s that you say? You missed Hoodie-Hoo Day, but you’re wondering what it’s all about? (Well, the hokey pokey is what it’s all about. But I digress.) Here is an explanation of Hoodie-Hoo Day from

It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are [sic] sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.

O. . .kay then. Don’t let the twitching eye fool you. I’m not crazy.

While I didn’t celebrate the holiday, I love the fact that people keep inventing holidays to inject some cheer into life. (Like International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is September 19.) Injecting cheer into life is kind of the mission of this blog. Which brings me to the first of three reasons for this post.

The title revealed it. This blog is six years old. I never imagined I would last this long as a blogger.

We tend to hear about benchmark anniversaries which are 5s and 10s. But six? Well, for wedding anniversaries, the traditional gifts to give are iron and sugar. I’m not making that up. You can find that info here. But wood is the modern gift. So . . . I guess I should treat myself to a cupcake, a crowbar, and a plank of wood.


My niece made this cupcake. 😊

Before I head to the nearest Home Depot to get my anniversary gifts, here is the second reason for this post.

To announce a Twitter giveaway hosted by Laura Sibson. You remember Laura from this post about the cover for her debut young adult novel. Today is the last day to enter, so you still have time to head over to her Twitter page. Click here to do so.


⭐GIVEAWAY! ⭐Today is 4 months from pub date for #TheArtofBreakingThings Please ❤️ & Follow. RT to be entered to win one of these amazing #novel19s books that would love to be on your shelf with mine. 😍🤗#giveaway #amwriting #amrevising #writingcommunity

Last but not least, this post is to announce the winner of a preorder of Castle of Concrete by Katia Raina, which will debut in June of this year. This post has the details.


The winner of is . . .

Is . . .

Is . . .

Is . . .

Is . . .

Lori from Lori’s Lane!

Congrats, Lori! Please comment below to confirm. And thank you to all who have read my blog over the years!

Author and book photos courtesy of the authors. Wood plank from Birdgif by Sherchle. Number 1 from Number 2 from Number 3 from Number 6 from Other photos by L. Marie.

56 thoughts on “Six Years A-Bloggin’—Happy Post Hoodie-Hoo Day to You

  1. Congratulations on reaching 6 years of blogging! I bet I can speak for lots of readers when I say that your blog posts are always a bright spot in my day. And thank you for mentioning my Twitter giveaway. And I consider my day enriched now that I know about Hoodie-Hoo Day. I think I especially appreciate that they didn’t just call it “Hoodie Day.” It’s Hoodie-Hoo Day! 🙂

    • Thank you, Laura! 😄 I was glad to mention your giveaway! And I’m doubly glad to know that others know about Hoodie-Hoo Day! I hope I can honor it properly next year. 😄

    • Thank you, Mark! Feels like only yesterday that I was stumbling my way through the setup of this blog. Interesting that some aspects haven’t changed. I still feel like I’m stumbling through the setup of this blog. 😄

  2. Happy 6th Birthday! You don’t look a day over 4! Here’s hoping you stick around for many more years to come. (And I think you should forget the wood and iron and just have more cupcakes… 😀 )

    • Aww, thank you, FF! Glad to still look so young. It must be the Oil of Olay. That or the Botox injections. Either way, thank you! And good advice! I will have those cupcakes! 😄

  3. Yay, I finally won! This book sounds fascinating, too. Thanks, L & Katia.

    Congrats on 6 years, L. I started a blog reluctantly to gain an author’s profile, and I ended up loving it. I’ve been doing it since January 2012. In writing this comment, I realized I just passed my 7th anniversary. Yikes!

    Thank you again. 🙂

  4. Happy 6th! I’ll be right behind you near summer’s end…I think we both forgot about our 5ths, right? HA!
    Oh yeah, that cupcake…I’m thinking that’s cream cheese frosting???? Maybe spice and/or carrot cake underneath?
    Much better than any ole’ crow bar or plank of wood, IMHO!

  5. Six years! I know you’re anniversary posts signal my impending anniversary as we began in tandem all that time ago. Happy Anniversary to you. My time is not yet 😂

  6. Happy 6th blogiversary, Linda! Your blog has been an inspiration to me as I approach my 6th in late August (or 7th in late September, depending on whether my pre-WordPress blog with no comments function counts). Looking forward to the next 6 years!

  7. Happy blogoversary, L. Marie! (Not be be confused with our once-upon-a-time governor) It is amazing how time goes by in the blink of an eye. Hoodie-Hoo Day! I’ll try to remember that next year. 🙂 Congratulations to Lori. Yay for you.

    • Thank you, Penny. Ha, yes! 😁 I once glanced at his book when it was on sale at Books-A-Million. Didn’t buy it.

      Yes, time goes by quickly! That store is now closed.

  8. Congrats on your blogging milestone. Six years is a long time for blogging. I also have been blogging for six years and it hasn’t been easy. There were so many times I’ve thought about leaving it all behind…only to change my mind because blogging gives me a sense of purpose and talking to others and people like you, life is less boring 😀 Many more years of blogging for you to come 😀😀

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