July 1, 2018: Little Merry Sunshine's 11th anniversary

July 1, 2018: Little Merry Sunshine's 11th anniversary
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Today is the 11th anniversary of the day I began writing Little Merry Sunshine. Eleven years ago, I thought blogging was going to be a fun, new hobby, but didn’t think I’d really have any fans or regular readers. I also didn’t think I’d still be blogging 11 years later, but I am.  Go figure.

I began writing Little Merry Sunshine over at Blogger, where you can still find my first seven years of posts.  Through the magic of social media – Facebook and Twitter – I built a nice following of real life friends, family, and complete strangers, many of whom have become friends. I loved my blog, but it was just me and I wanted to be part of a blogging community. I joined ChicagoNow in November 2013 and found the community and support I sought.

For a short time, I also wrote a blog called Remembering Frances that contained a collection of memories about my Nana. That blog went live on July 12, 2009, the day she died.

Since July 1, 2007, I’ve written 1,425 posts across the original Little Merry Sunshine blog (1,216), the ChicagoNow version of Little Merry Sunshine (175), and Remembering Frances (34). That’s 129 posts annually.

I’ve written about politics, Watervale, my family, new experiences and adventures, kindness, my cats, joy and sorrow, and gratitude. Little Merry Sunshine is my memoir.

I’ve never shied away from sharing (or oversharing as a few people have suggested) topics including my overwhelming grief when Nana, my cats, or Uncle Ray died; my journey from my first mammogram to lumpectomy; or my most embarrassing moments because I always believed my words could help someone. The numerous notes of gratitude I’ve received from readers who found comfort and answers in my journeys proved me right. Those notes inspire me.

I’ve been interviewed by HuffPost Live and WGN Radio about posts I’ve written.

Whether this is the first Little Merry Sunshine post you’ve read or you’ve been reading since the beginning, I’m grateful for you.

Here’s to another 11 years.

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    A native of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs and resident of the North Shore, Little Merry Sunshine comes by her name honestly. The story goes that as a child, she was always so happy that she even slept with a smile on her face. Her mom nicknamed her Little Merry Sunshine. It stuck, along with her insatiable desire to focus on the good in the world and to leave it a little better than she found it. She does this by sharing her passions and dreams, what inspires her, and maybe you too, and furthering the discussion about how we can listen to our better angels. You can reach her at LittleMerrySunshineCN[at]WowWay[dot]com.

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