Drawing of a cake with pink icing and a single lit candle. Caption reads: "One year old."

Blogiversary by Iris Carden

This coming Wednesday, this blog will turn one year old.

On the first of February last year, I closed down the three previous blogs, I’d worked on for a decade. One was about lupus awareness, one about pets, and one about creative writing.

My vision was for a single blog, in which I could pull together all of those things. I started just throwing everything at it in any order but over time I found a kind of predictable rhythm.

My main focus is on my creative writing, with short stories Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a poem on Wednesday, and major work in progress (or sometimes a chapter of an already-published book) on Saturday. The four-legged writing buddies have their place on Friday with the animal story for the week.

That leaves Sundays, where I still sometimes write about chronic illness and lupus awareness. I also use Sunday to write about the craft of writing, or other arts and crafts, or whatever else I think of. It’s a glurge day. There’s no knowing what you’ll get.

So far, I think this new site is working. At least it’s working for me, letting me have a creative outlet and something that allows me to have a purpose. I’ve created a “job” for myself, in the sense of having something purposeful for myself to do each day I’m well enough to work. I have goals and know what it takes to achieve them. It doesn’t pay the bills, but it provides many of the other functions of work.

If you’re an “old” reader, who followed me across from one of the previous blogs, thanks for sticking with me. If you’re a “new” reader who has discovered my work in the past year, I’m glad you’ve joined me. Hopefully, it all continues to get better from here.

For my anniversary, I’d like to ask something from my readers: please leave a comment either here on the blog, or on social media. Tell me:

  • What brings you to this site?
  • What do you like or dislike about it?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • What would you like to see less of?

I can’t guarantee it, but hopefully your feedback will help make this blog better for its second year.

While you’re here…

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. I’m not sure how I found your site, but glad I did, I really enjoy your style. Through your blog I’ve found, read, and enjoyed some of your books. My favorites (right now) are the HDU stories (please keep them coming and still think they could/should be a novel πŸ˜‰ ) and when the animals take over your blog for their side of the story. Can’t think of anything I would suggest less of πŸ™‚ Happy Blogversary, Iris! πŸ’ž

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