Over the last six years, we have had a lot of fun on Mt Oly and The Goddess Blogs has become an amazing place for friendships and conversations about books, life and everything else under the sun so we thought we’d take a moment to look back on how it all began.
In 2007, blogging was becoming an increasingly popular way for authors to interact with their readers and Karen Hawkins approached Sabrina Jeffries about the possibility of starting a group blog with other romance authors. Sabrina had already been thinking about it, so it was kismet! They picked some friends, some people who’d expressed an interest in doing it and some that were not already in another blog and formed an initial group of eight people – Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Karen Rose, Claudia Dain, Nicole Jordan, Rachel Gibson, Suzanne Enoch and Julia London.
The eight worked out what they wanted to talk about and what kind of place they would like to hang out. They bantered about various names including Readers Circus (Sabrina like this one and was looking forward to being Sabrina “The Saber” Jeffries), Goddess to Goddess, Goddess’s Guide to Life and Love, Goddess Talk (are you seeing how the Goddess theme took hold early?), Dishing with the Divas and Hot Divas. Nicole Jordan was the one who hit on the winner – The Goddess Blogs.
They got the site up and running and immediately had a ball talking with readers and fellow book lovers who visited the site. It was not too long after that the original eight asked Madeline Hunter and Lori Handeland to join the group, which was another brilliant move in the evolution of Mt Oly. Over the years, Karen Rose and Nicole Jordan left Mt Oly and were replaced by Susan Mallery and Barbara Samuel. When Susan decided to move on, Christie Ridgway took her place on Mt Oly, completing the current lineup you see above.
Each year, The Goddess Blogs holds some fabulous events inviting some of their author friends to visit and giving away some fabulous goodies as a thank you to everyone who is a part of Mt Oly. They also put on a spectacular reception at the annual RWA conference where they get to meet readers face to face. (This year’s shindig will be in Atlanta – mark your calendars!) All in all, it has been a wonderful experience for all the goddesses and they are thrilled to be celebrating six years of such a wonderful adventure – and look forward to many more!
So what is your favorite thing about The Goddess Blogs? How did you find the site and what flavor of virtual cake should we serve at the birthday party?