Happy Birthday!

Here at the corporate offices of alittlestrongereveryday.com we have put up streamers and balloons, hired a band, baked a cake, rolled in several kegs of cherry Kool-Aid, and are doing a conga line because it is our first birthday!  After 365 days of operation we are celebrating 122 posts, 12,392 page views, and 176 subscribers.

(Two people also got mad at me and withdrew their subscriptions.  We have withdrawn their credentials and given their names to the FBI.)

Yes indeed, it was just about a year ago that I found an article titled, “Have Your Own Blog Up and Running in 20 Minutes!”  I had been wanting to start a blog, but was intimidated by the nuts and bolts of it.  But this article calmed my fears.  Twenty minutes?  I can do that, I said to myself.

So one year ago today I sat down at my computer at 9:00 a.m. and went to work, believing that by 9:20 I’d be in the blog business.  And I was!  By 9:20 THAT NIGHT!  Yes, it took me about 11 hours to get this thing up and running.

I know you’re thinking, “Sheesh, Atteberry must be an idiot.”  That, I wouldn’t argue with.  However, trust me when I tell you that article over-promised.  If you ever see an article that promises you can have a blog up and running in 20 minutes, don’t believe it.

At any rate, my deepest gratitude goes out to all of you who have subscribed, who read and share this blog, and who share your comments.  It’s been a lot of work, but also very rewarding.  These devotions force me to keep thinking and studying and reading, which is a good thing.  And yes, they also offer me a way to scratch my writer’s itch.  My ultimate hope is that, in some small way, they’re helping us all grow a little stronger every day.


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22 Responses to Happy Birthday!

  1. Cassie says:

    Yay! Happy Birthday to your blog, Mark! I really enjoy reading your new posts.
    Love you! :0)

  2. Rolando says:

    Thanks Mark the reflections are very helpful. Keep them coming!

  3. Kathy Wennlund says:

    Congrats!!!!! I, for one thoroughly enjoy your
    blog! You inspire and challenge me!

  4. Mark:

    On more than one occasion you have started my day off right with one of your thought provoking comments. Thanks for all your efforts.

  5. Donna Verstegen says:

    Good job, Mark. I’m always exited to see a new posting. Happy Birthday/Anniversary.

  6. Rosan says:

    Happy birthday Mark and “A little stronger everyday”. I have been personally helped by your blog everytime I read it. I am even forced at time to concentrate on scriptures you’ve posted when I would not normally read them. Thank you. May you continue with your blogging. Blessings to you.

  7. Alina Logan says:

    Congratulations on the one year birthday! Have thoroughly enjoyed the blog.

  8. Danny says:

    Mark, congrats on the 1st year. I have enjoyed the blog very much and I know Shannon has too. You’ve done a great job with it and my hope is that you stick with it as I look forward to it all the time.


  9. Bonnie McClish says:

    I so look forward to your blogs. Very thought provoking and inspirational.


  10. Peter says:

    Congratulations on your first year. In a strange way it keeps us connected with you and our PCC family. As always you have the words that make me stop and think about what I can do to be a better Christian. Keep up the great work. Peter and Elaine

  11. Bill & Peggy says:

    Happy Birthday to your blog!!! We look forward to your daily inspirations and stories. Thank you for starting this blog a year ago! Love, Bill and Peggy

  12. Holly says:

    Happy Happy Birthday:))) I can tell u I love ur blog. I soooo look forward to reading it:) So many times it has helped me, r really just made me stop and think. I just love the way u r straight forward and tell it like it is. Soo refreshing that someone stands up for the truth:) Oh, and I love all the sports talk:) Thanks Mark:))

  13. Charlie says:

    Happy Birthday to your Blog. Although I don’t respond very often, be assured that I look forward to each and every post.

  14. Sugaree says:

    Happy Birthday Blog. Hey, 11 hours to set up…a year of great posts…well worth the trade. Great job!

  15. Ruthann Ciochon says:

    Happy Birthday! You blog is very illuminating and I enjoy it very much. Thank you.

  16. Vickie Porter says:

    Congratulations on one year of blogging !!! I have really enjoyed your thoughts & comments and always look forward to each new blog. Thanks for your time & energy.

  17. Dolores says:

    I appreciate the time you take to do the blog for us. It does make me stop and think.
    Many times I have opened the Bible to scripture after reading them. One year…wow!

    Please don’t stop….It is a gift to us and I look forward to them!!! Thank you!!!!

  18. jenni says:

    Congratulations on reaching the one year anniversary. I enjoy your blog posts and share them on fb and with family members. Keep on blogging!

  19. Brad & Shirley Davis says:

    Congrats! Keep up the enlightening blogs! Brad and I so enjoy your blogs; especially the difficult topics!

    Our thanks to you is ongoing …

  20. Marg says:

    Happy birthday to your blog Mark! You may have discontinued two members but it is their loss not yours. I always enjoy getting my two cents in on your writings and look forward to reading the bible passages you reference for us. Keep up the good work for us it is appreciated.

  21. Shannon Costanzo says:

    Happy Birthday “A Little Stronger Every Day”!!! I absolutely love the blog!
    I look forward to many more years of great posts.
    CHEERS to more posts, page reviews & subscribers who aren’t afraid to leave their name!

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