Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Five years ago today, I started Outlandish Observations!
I had two goals in mind when I started this blog. The first was simply to learn about blogging. The second was to create a central repository for news and information geared toward OUTLANDER fans, a place where people could go to find answers to commonly asked questions, links to other OUTLANDER-related sites, and the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's new and upcoming releases.
To say that this blog has succeeded far beyond my wildest imaginings is a severe understatement! In the beginning, I never expected anyone to visit my site except a few dozen of my friends from Compuserve and LOL. I didn't talk about it on Compuserve for the first couple of years, because I was very reluctant to draw attention to it where Diana could see -- which seems silly in retrospect, but it's true. Suffice it to say that I did get over that shyness, eventually. <g> Diana regularly visits my blog to check out the latest collection of Friday Fun Facts. (She's called them "consistently entertaining", which is extremely gratifying to me, as you can imagine!)
Special thanks to all of my followers on the Outlandish Observations Facebook page! Last year at this time I had 773 followers on Facebook. Today that number is 4,195 (!) I'm amazed and delighted that so many new people have found my site in recent months. Welcome, and I hope you take some time to look around and see what else is available here.
The 2nd Annual OUTLANDER Photo Contest that I'm currently running is intended as a celebration of this 5th anniversary. I hope you'll consider sending in a photo if you haven't already! The deadline for entries is midnight Eastern time on Saturday, September 7.
Many, many thanks to all of you who've visited the site over the past five years. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you've come along for the ride.
THANK YOU ALL!!
Posted by Karen Henry at 6:01 AM