Outlandish Observations is 13 years old!
Outlandish Observations turns 13 years old today!!
I'm delighted, as always, to see that people are still enjoying it. I haven't been blogging as often as usual over the past year, due to the fact that there just hasn't been much new to talk about lately. But I wanted to assure you all that I'm not going anywhere, and I plan to keep this blog going for the foreseeable future.
I started Outlandish Observations on August 28, 2008, with two goals in mind. The first was simply to learn about blogging. The second was to create a central repository for news and information for 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 the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (now TheLitForum.com) and the Ladies of Lallybroch fan-site. 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 Gabaldon could see -- which seems silly in retrospect, but it's true. Suffice it to say that I did get over that shyness, eventually. <g>
Special thanks to all of my followers on the Outlandish Observations Facebook page! I now have more than 12,000 followers, and I'm delighted that so many new people have found my site over the past year. Welcome! I hope you take some time to look around and see what else is available here.
Outlandish Observations was one of the first successful OUTLANDER-related blogs. These days there are innumerable fan-sites, Facebook groups, and so on. The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned! <g> I'm proud to be a part of such a thriving, creative, and enthusiastic worldwide community of fans, united in our passion for these books and characters and this amazing story Diana Gabaldon has created, that is now being brought to life on TV.
Speaking of which...I'm delighted to see so many new people discovering OUTLANDER as a result of the TV series! Thanks to all of you who've enjoyed my episode recaps for Seasons 1-5. It takes a lot of time and effort to put those recaps together, and I'm so glad you're finding them useful! I plan to continue the episode recaps with Season 6.
It goes without saying that I can't wait for GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, Book 9 of the OUTLANDER series!! For those of you who don't know, BEES will be published on November 23, 2021. See my Book 9 FAQ page for more information about BEES, including pre-order links.
Between BEES and Season 6 of the TV series (which should be airing early in 2022), we will have a tremendous amount to devour, discuss, and speculate about in the coming months, and I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation, as I'm sure you are!
Many, many thanks to all of you who've visited Outlandish Observations over the past thirteen years. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you've come along for the ride.
THANK YOU ALL!!