Essential Keystrokes is…

where I share my favorite tips, tools, reviews and commentary on web design, marketing, blogging, new media and related topics. For more about this site and the voice behind it, check out my About page.


SubscribeFollow me on TwitterLinked In Stumble Upon What I Digg Email me

Happy Blogging Birthday to Me!

By Char

One year ago today I made my very first post on this blog, Essential Keystrokes. Wow! What a year it has been.

Happy Blogging Birthday Essential Keystrokes

I am truly amazed at the people I have met and the things I have learned in this past year. What started out as research for some clients, has turned into a tool to really take my business to the next level. All I can say is THANK YOU to all of my readers, commenters and friends for joining me on this journey.

Anyone who really knows me will tell you, that when it comes to my own birthday, I always manage to stretch out the celebration for a full week! I plan on doing that here, too. And I won’t be the one getting all the presents – it will be you. I have a full week of spectacular posts planned and as of right now I have three giveaways planned, too.

Be sure you are subscribed to my feed or make a point to stop in all week – you won’t want to miss the fun.  Looking for some cake? We are dishing up the virtual party treats at my other blog, Casual Keystrokes – afterall, it’s Friday. Come join us.

PS – If you have a giveaway you would like to donate to the party, let me know! In return, you will be showered in link love and gratitude.

Categories : Blogging, Fun Fridays



Happy birthday Essential Keystrokes!!

It’s been a pleasure reading your articles and following your design updates, so thanks for being there.

Char, keep it up!


Thanks David! Getting to know you and your work has definitely been one of the benefits of this year! Thanks for all your help, insight and friendship.


Happy blog birthday Char, though I must say, your blog feels like it’s been around forever! That’s a very good thing!

Here’s to many more years of success and great tips. You are one of my favorite resources, and I look forward to your feed coming across my Bloglines every day!


Phil – I guess in “blog years” Essential Keystrokes is now all grown up. Thanks for the kind words and support this year.


Congratulations, and Happy blogging Birthday to you Char :) What a fantastic achievement.

I am only a new reader, but really enjoy all your articles and I look forward to reading many more.


Congratulations Char. Happy blogiversary. :)


Leigh – Thanks for stopping in this morning. One of the best things about blogging is the amazing reach it has – meeting you from Australia – David is in Europe and Phil is here in the states. So cool, indeed.

Yvonne – good morning! You are from Australia, too, aren’t you?


Happy birthday! I have enjoyed reading your blog! Here’s to Year 2!


Webomatica – thanks – Year 2 is going to be even better – now that I have a bit more of an idea on how blogging really works.



Herzlichen Glückwunsch und alles Gute zum Geburtstag aus Deutschland, Essential Keystrokes.


Happy Blog Birthday! To many more successful years!


Ingo – Thanks for sending your wishes all the way from Germany!

Kymberlyn – Thanks for your comment – I hope it was the first of many. I will be visiting you shortly.


Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement! I’m new to blogging and have a long way to go! Your blog is an inspiration.


Congratulations on a great first year and best wishes for many more years of successful blogging.


Jo and Lillie – thanks for the well wishes!


Woo-hoo! Have fun looking back and even more fun laying out what’s next for Essential K. Great job, I’m looking forward to a week of great stuff, as always.


Congrats…if blogs hit the “terrible twos” like kids do, don’t tell me, okay?


Aaron – thanks – I just got another giveaway secured so that makes four now. Have a great weekend.

April – thanks for the giggle! I’m sure my blog will have a few terrible two moments in the upcoming year – I think they have to happen in order for my blog to keep growing.


Congratulations, Happy blogging Birthday, good luck and success


happy blogging b-day!! :)


Congratulations! You can’t keep a good blog down.


Fantastic that you made it one year. I also subscribed to your feed.


Well happy birthday! We are almost the same age :-) I have enjoyed some of your posts.


Happy BLogging Birthday!
As a gift, I have add you to my feed-list, fave your technorati! :)
Btw, due to the high mortality score of blog and post, I celebrate my blog’s birthday on a monthly basis. Beside Celebrating, I also give away free link to people who have supporting me along the way. Many of my friend also do the same. It’s kind of fun. I wonder if you want to follow us? :D


Well done Char! Looking forward to being here to help you celebrate 10 years of publishing yours thoughts and wisdom (whether by blog or something else)


Char -

It’s great to get to be a part of your celebration! Thanks for including Q!

And… well done on a fantastic year!

Keep up the great work!



Congrats! You’ve created a great blog and a great community, well done! ;)


Happy birthday, Char! I just discovered this blog today, so it’s almost like a present for me! I’ve spent a bit looking it over, and I’ve added it to my bloglines account.


Happy, Happy Birthday! and Many More!!!

Leave a Comment


Team Training NE Celiac Family