Today is Serendipity’s fifth birthday. Very few blogs survive this long. I’m amazed to find myself in such rarefied company!

Since February 2012 when I decided to give this blogging thing a shot, to an eclectic site featuring five intelligent, creative, smart — and often funny — writers creating relevant, unique content, it’s been quite a trip. We’ve got friends around the world in places I’ve only dreamed about and probably will never be able to visit in person, but I go there regularly in spirit.


Through Serendipity, I’ve traveled to every continent and I hope the journey never ends. There’s so much world out there.

It’s really hopping on the Internet these days and we are closing rapidly on half a million views. I’m personally astounded at this turn of events and all I can say, is wow, thanks everyone! And it’s not because of one or two viral posts but rather a compendium of many posts, by me, but  now by Rich, Garry, Ellin, and Tom, too.

Online friends are real. I feel like I know you and share your lives and I hope you feel the same about me. I miss you when I don’t hear from you, worry when you are sick. Always wish you were my real-life neighbor so we could sit and schmooze and eat too many cookies.

A blog is a living thing. It thrives because of you. You read. You comment — and you inspire me. We engage each other. Exchange ideas, news. We teach each other all kinds of stuff. We enrich each others’ lives. We make each other laugh and cry. In time of trouble, you make me feel better. Because out there, in that great big world, we are friends.

I didn’t think I’d still be here — writing or even breathing — in 2017. I certainly didn’t expect this bizarre world in which we are currently living. But, if there’s a bright side to this mess. Life may be horrifying, frightening, weird, and surreal, but it’s not boring. There’s always something to write about. Maybe you shouldn’t think about that too hard. Maybe I shouldn’t, either. In fact, forget I even said it.

From all of us, to all of you, I’m very glad we inhabit the same planet and are connected to each other. I love you guys.


  1. Happy 5th! You’ve touched a lot of lives and we’ve made friends all over the world.

    Sometimes it’s like a virtual party, sharing good and bad times with folks. We know we’re not alone. That’s so damn important in these days of 45 and his gang of marauders.

    Here’s to the next 5 and beyond!!

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  2. Wonderful post! Congratulations Marilyn and team! I love reading you all and getting to know you.
    You inspire me, regularly, to write or photograph. Now, I want to do a post about my one year anniversary, but it’s past (November 2016) and I’m still learning basic things, like where the heck is my “about” page? And how do I organize my media library?
    Anyway, thanks so much for your talent and efforts and inspiration!

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    1. Write anyway. No one will care that you are late!

      My media library is a total mess and I can’t find anything. I am the wrong person to ask. What I try to do is include some key word in either the title or the caption so I may, with luck, be able to find it again. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. WordPress’s search engines aren’t awful, but when you have a LOT of stuff (I have a LOT of stuff), they aren’t quite good enough.


  3. Welcome to the Five Year Club! It’s weird how many people in my WP circle started blogging in 2011-12 and are still around. That must have been a good time to take up the habit! Here’s to many more years of Serendipity….

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    1. It was a great time. Like now, the Internet was hopping. EVERYONE was online, pro or con and the roll lasted seven or eight months. If you started blogging, you got a huge bump in views just because there was so much traffic, you were bound to get a little of the spillover. I’m betting everyone is seeing pretty good stats right now. I don’t know how long it will last, but it’s the only bright spot in an otherwise rather grim horizon. I’m glad you’ve stayed around. There are four or five of you who either preceded me or started around the same time. We’ve been following each other for a long time. We have a real relationships, which for me, is the payoff of blogging. That and all the money I don’t make. I wonder who started the rumor that blogging pays? Someone who doesn’t blog would be my guess.


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