Hard to believe but true: today marks the second birthday of this blog. Wow.

When I started this blog two years ago, it was a place for notes and photos of my knitting projects. For a long time, that’s pretty much all I wrote about. But gradually, the scope of this blog expanded, and I found myself talking about religion, electricity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, food, and even the Hoff. And knitting, too.

It’s amazing how blogs facilitate a certain type of communication. Through the blogosphere, I’ve encountered lots of people I never would have met otherwise, and some of them have even become friends. I’ve gotten to know some real-life friends better (both through their comments here and through their own blogs), and I’ve renewed contact with people I haven’t seen in years who happened to stumble upon this blog.

In the last two years, I’ve switched from Blogger to WordPress (and never looked back!), changed the name of this blog, written lots of posts (this one is #300, in fact!), and even gotten my own domain for this blog. A celebration of sorts seems in order, both to say “Happy birthday!” to this blog and to thank everyone who’s stopped by and joined in the conversation here.

A contest!

I thought about asking people to write about why they blog or why they read blogs, but that’s already been done before in many other places. Besides, everyone generally come up with the same answers to that question.

My most recent food post, with its mention of one particular cookbook as being desert-island-worthy, inspired the question I do want to ask all of you: What three things would you take to a desert island with you, and why?

If you have a blog, post your answer there (with a link here) and let me know in the comments here that you’ve done so. (Between the comments and trackbacks, I’ll be able to find your response.) If you don’t have a blog, just post your answer in the comments here. In either case, make sure I have your e-mail address.

Participants’ names will be written on pieces of paper (if your answer especially strikes my fancy, you’ll get your name on two pieces of paper–whoo!), and on the last day of this month my two-year-old daughter will pick one piece of paper out of a hat (or a bag or a box or a bucket or whatever I can find that day).

The winner will get eternal glory (yes, that’s right, eternal–remember, everything that appears on the Internet never completely disappears!) as well as a box of goodies via good ol’ snail mail. I won’t specify the contents in advance, since they’ll depend a bit on who the winner is (e.g., a knitter will get some knitterly goodness, whereas a non-knitter, um, won’t), but they’ll definitely include stuff that would be pretty nice to have on a desert island.

Anyone can chime in on this topic–knitters, non-knitters, old friends, new friends, people who’ve stumbled across this blog for the first time. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

18 Responses to “Happy birthday, dear blog (and a contest)”

  1. Kiranon 09 Sep 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I finally have gotten a blog going! I answered your question there…

  2. Heatherlyon 13 Sep 2007 at 4:03 pm

    entered on my blog

  3. Jennuon 13 Sep 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I’ve got my desert island post up!

  4. Mary Lynnon 14 Sep 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Hi there Marsha, congratulations on your blogaversary . . . I answered your question on my blog. Tough call as to what to take, I opted for reading, food and yarn/knitting stuff.

  5. anemotison 15 Sep 2007 at 12:38 am

    I posted my 3 things!! (It’s the second post on my web page.)
    Fun Contest, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else posts!

  6. Ginaon 15 Sep 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Ok I am SO doing this tonight! :-)


  7. Kennyon 15 Sep 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Hi I found you through Lorinda. 3 things. Laptop (the island must be deserted but before it’s inhabitants all died of a seriously fatal plague, they set up a T-Mobile wireless tower).

    Lace Weight Yarn. No need needles, I can make them on my own from twigs or whatever.

    Marianne Kinzels Lace books. So, I’ll never be bored for the rest of my damn life on that island.

  8. Ginaon 16 Sep 2007 at 11:39 am

    Okies, my answers are up on my blog! Very cool idea, Marsha!


  9. Katie Jon 16 Sep 2007 at 10:33 pm

    It’s on my blog. Far too long and I think I stretched this a bit, but it’s there.

  10. Katie Jon 16 Sep 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I’m stretching it a bit, but my 3 things are up on my blog.

  11. Katie Jon 16 Sep 2007 at 10:48 pm

    My answers are there, but for some reason I’m having trouble submitting this comment, so if you wind up with three from me, just pick the one you like and delete the other two.

  12. Katie Jon 17 Sep 2007 at 6:37 pm

    My answer is up, but very lengthy!

  13. jdon 18 Sep 2007 at 6:29 am

    um, how did i miss this post?!?! oh, the things we find at insomnia-induced blogsurfing! my thinking cap is on, friend; an answer to the blog shortly!

  14. Vivon 18 Sep 2007 at 9:32 am

    I found you on Maylee Beezir. I have a knitting blog but it’s soon to be dismantled (yeah, it’s time) so here is my answer:

    -A jumbo bag of laceweight yarn and a packet of Evelyn Clark shawl patterns.

    -A laptop with wireless access (why not?)

    -All the French bread, brie and wine I would need for my time there.

    Sounds good at the moment, anyway! :-)

  15. Andres P. Nevarezon 23 Sep 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Very clever , great contest.

  16. Jen C.on 28 Sep 2007 at 1:17 am

    I don’t have a blog so here are my 3 items.

    -Multi-tool such as a Leatherman. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Survivorman on the Discovery Channel, but it would also be handy to cut yarn ends! Oh yeah, and for survival too.

    -A load of Rowan Calmer and size 8 needles. I’m addicted to the stuff.

    -Laptop with a wireless internet connection. Of course the amazing machine would come with a solar powered generator so I could recharge it.

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  18. Stephanie Davieson 30 Sep 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Happy Blogaversary!!! As you can probably tell by the trackback above, I answered your question on my blog. I think it’s a fabulous question :D