The Viral Garden is Two Years Old!


Last year to mark my blog's first birthday, I changed the banner for one day to put the focus on you wonderful people who had helped make my blogging journey so memorable. After changing the banner back the next day, I talked to CK who wanted to know WHY I had changed the banner back! I explained that I only changed the banner for one day because it was a special occasion and a reason to celebrate.

Well as you can guess from the new banner, the time to celebrate has come again! As of last Thurs, The Viral Garden is two years old. As was true a year ago, this couldn't have happened without so many of you that are kind enough to read my thoughts here, and that continue to amaze and inspire me every day. That's why I have always viewed this blog as a community project, and I thank all of you for giving me some of your time to read what I write here. Creating content that's worthy of your time is my highest goal.

But since this IS a birthday party, we need presents, right? A few weeks ago, my friend Andy Sernovitz was kind enough to send me an autographed copy of his book Word of Mouth Marketing, which I reviewed back in late 2006. Andy had already sent me an advance copy which I based that review on, so I now have two copies of the book. And since that won't do, I'm going to give away the autographed copy to you guys! If you want this book, just leave a comment to THIS post saying so, and I'll randomly pick someone on Wednesday, and announce the winner here.

Thanks again to everyone! Can you name everyone in the banner?

PS: Congrats to Cheryl on winning the autographed copy of Word of Mouth Marketing! Cheryl send me your mailing address to mack.collier@gmail.com and I'll get it right out to you! And thanks again to everyone!

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posted by Mack Collier @ 9:06 AM,

38 Comments:

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Connie Reece said...

Happy Bloggiversary! I was tickled to see my mug shot on your blog banner. Nice way to celebrate the day by featuring your community.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Steve Woodruff said...

Two years - that's like a light year in social media time. Wait...never mind the physics. Congrats, and we can all celebrate together at the Social!

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Ryan Karpeles said...

Happy Birthday!

Btw, are there blog years like there are dog years? Would 1 blog year equal, say... 4 human years?

Just a thought ;-)

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Spike said...

Happy blog-day! And hey, you got my best side up there. Nice!

 
At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Chris Wilson said...

Happy Bloggiversary! Here's to another two years.

Wish I was going to be at Blogger Social so that I could meet you and everyone else in person.

 
At 1:36 PM, Blogger Mario Vellandi said...

Congrats on two years; I bet they flew by fast! I like the temporary banner - it reflects your brand in the 'we community' kind of way.
(btw, I'd be happy to be in the book drawing)

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your 2nd blogaversary. I found your blog a few weeks ago and am enjoying the information you provide!

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Connie, Steve Ryan and Mario thanks and looking forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Mario currently you're the only person that wants the book! BTW if anyone that's attending the Blogger Social wins the book, I'll just bring it with me.

Spike, you have a best side? ;)

Chris wish you could be there, but thanks so much for the GREAT work on the AoC Bum Rush!

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Stephanie thanks so much! I just checked out your Rescue Bug Blog, what a great example of the blogging Long Tail in action!

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Jackie Huba said...

Congrats Mack! Have loved reading your blog. And so glad we could meet in person at SXSW. Keep up the great work!

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger Nedra Weinreich said...

Hey Mack,

Your blog's birthday is the same as my birthday! No wonder I like it so much. I've enjoyed watching you grow as a blogger and always learn a lot from you. Happy blogiversary!

(I'd love to be put into the book drawing - thanks!)

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Geoff_Livingston said...

Mazltov, Mack! Way to be, and still going strong.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Jackie loved meeting you and Ben at SXSW and can't wait to see you both again soon!

Happy Birthday Nedra, you're in the running for the book with Mario!

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger Words For Hire said...

Mack, Happy Blogerversary! You are a great and generous talent and I'm very happy to celebrate your success! I know that so much more is in store for you and I'll be here, reading and cheering you on!

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Cam Beck said...

Awesome! Congrats!

 
At 6:06 PM, Anonymous Ben McConnell said...

Two years is about double the average amount of time many bloggers hang in there, so you're cookin' with gas now.

I'm not so sure about the dude with the gold turban, though.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Geoff and Cam thanks for the kind words, can't wait to meet you both on Fri.

Karen thank you very much! Long as I can convince you guys to stick around, I agree, good things are in store ;)

Ben the guy with the gold turban is cool, but you should see his WOM shoes! 'Cookin with gas' LOL

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger GeekMommy said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Two years is a huge milestone - but it looks like you've built a strong community, and it'll just keep getting better!

Here's to another year!

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Thanks GM! Also cool how the community here is expanding and overlapping with my Twitter community ;)

 
At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Todd And said...

Happy Blog Birth Anniversary! Looking forward to meeting you in NYC. -Todd

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Drew McLellan said...

Mack,

Thank you for two years of excellent insights, great examples, thought-provoking questions and giving to your community every day.

We're fortunate to have you among us!

Drew

 
At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Kris Hoet said...

Yet another reason to buy you a (Belgian) beer in NYC this week :) Congrats for the last 2 years, enjoyed it!

 
At 6:05 AM, Blogger Valeria Maltoni said...

Andy rocks. I have an autographed copy of his book, too : ) Happy blogiversary, Mack. Honored to be taking up room in your custom header. The colors and variety suit your style.

 
At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Andy Sernovitz said...

I want one! I want one! Oh...wait...

Congrats, Mack on 2 years of great writing and superb ideas. (I'll be sure to send you presents more often!)

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger Jamey said...

congratulations on two years of great content and conversation.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger cheryl said...

Thanks for the blog - and here's to another two years! (I'm toasting you with a cup of joe).

I'd love to be in your book drawing (and if I don't win, maybe Andy could pop me one in the mail . . .;)

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Roger von Oech said...

Will it be your "Terrible Twos" (as in "I'm really gonna do it my own way now")?

Good luck!

 
At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Holy crap! Has it just been two years? Thinking back to the BMA days you've been putting out great stuff for a long time now, my friend. Congrats and here's to two more at least.

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Ann Handley said...

Hey Old Man! Happy birthday to one of my most favorite people and oldest, dearest friends. (I mean, in internet time!) HUGS.

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Bill Gammell said...

Congrats! I have enjoyed your musings and thoughts on blogging. Keep it up.

Oh, and put me in for the drawing of Andy's book.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Csalomonlee said...

If I could only be so lucky to be writing for 2 years! Happy B-day.

Look forward to meeting you on Friday!

 
At 11:19 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Roger, terrible twos, heh it might be!

Thanks Chris, you've got a year on me though, 3 blogging years IS a long time!

@ann Sis thanks SO much for the HB wishes, glad my blogging BD is about the same as DF's, just seems fitting ;)

Bill thanks and you are in!

Cece see you Friday!

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Lewis said...

Happy Blogirthday! Good work!

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Thanks Lewis!

And Cheryl send me your mailing address to mack.collier@gmail.com, you've won the book!

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Mack Collier said...

Valeria I am jealous, I no longer have an autographed copy ;( Thanks for the well wishes!

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Becky Carroll said...

Mack, congratulations on your two-year blogiversary, and here's to many more! You have influenced my blog in so many ways and have been an inspiration for me. Thank you for taking the time to blog and do all that you do for this community.

You totally rock! :)

 
At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Chris Brown said...

Mack:
Happy 2 years! Bet you had a good time at the blogger social!

What a great idea to change the header for a day. As I look throught the photos, I was surprised that I knew slightly more than 1/2 of the folks pictured. Blogging really does make it feel like a small world.

Thanks for the encouragement!
Chris Brown

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger darryl ohrt said...

Happy blog day Mack!!

So great to meet you in person at BS08. Really, really fun conversation.

 

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