IceyBooks Blogoversary – Three Years

Three years.

In many ways, it’s been forever since I started blogging. Other times, I’ll sit back and remember my last blogoversary as if it was yesterday. Whatever it is, I’ve been blogging for three whole years.

I have a lot of people to thank – some who have made this past year amazing, others who have been by my side since September 1st, 2010 when IceyBooks just began. Most of all, I have YOU to thank. YOU, who I may not even know, who I may never have even spoken to. YOU. For reading, commenting, taking a minute or two or five out of your busy life to just type in my URL and see what I’m up to.

Without readers, I’d be no one. Not only would IceyBooks never exist, but so many other aspects of my life would never have existed either.

This year, I’ve blogged less than I used to. I’m ashamed by it, but I’m also proud to say that I have Asma to help me with posting. For the past few months, she’s been working on this little blog more than I have.

But this blog has been a starting point for so many important parts of my life. It gave me friends, it helped me start my business, IceyDesigns, and now, it’s the platform for my book, UNBREATHABLE, which I’ve been working on since my last blogoversary. It gave me something to look forward to everyday, something to feel useful about.

So as a thank you, I’m offering one lucky reader a $50 gift card to Amazon – all thanks to the awesome people at Enter away! And thank you. All of you.

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    September 1, 2013

    Congratulations! It’s tough to maintain a book blog especially when you join tours or organize it. The difficulty to express your opinions — when it becomes too overwhelming and you render yourself speechless or run out of words what to say about a particular book because it was so beautiful or sometimes it lacked on the parts where you comment sans offending the author (truth be told, not all books are catered to a reader so sometimes). So I congratulate you for those fruitful three years and you established IceyDesigns and you’ll have your book! Kudos!

    Oh and as of my year, it had been eventful I met authors personally and I’m reaching my 1st year in reading (shamefully, I’m a late-bloomer in the readingsphere so yeah) :)

    More book blogging years for you to come! :D

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    Christina K.

    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!! You put in so much time in your blog, and now your book, and you always give us awesome reviews and character and author interviews – so thank you for everything:))

    Hope your book is loved by thousands of readers – it sounds awesome:))

    This book has been so so. But your reviews make things better:)

    Thank you:)

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy blogoversary! Congrats on your book, I’ve just read the summary and it sounds really amazing :)
    My year has been good so far, hope it continues this way.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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    JC Morrows

    September 1, 2013

    I entered!
    Just curious… Do you realize the tweet says $20 but your post above days $50?
    Just trying to help out. Wouldn’t want anyone getting mad.
    Good Luck everyone!

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    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    September 1, 2013

    Happy, Happy Blogoversary! Congrats on your upcoming book!

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary! My year has been fine so far….

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    Becca @ Nawanda Files

    September 1, 2013

    Congrats on your three year blogoversary! That’s so amazing that you’ve been doing this for that long! You’re so talented Hafsah, literally you’re like a genius and a wizard wrapped in one. I cannot wait to read Unbreathable, and I just know you’re going to be super successful in whatever you try / do :D So far my year has been crazy and scary since I literally just graduated college at the beginning of August! I’m still having to pinch myself. I’m an adult now *deep breaths*

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    September 1, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I believe that one year of blogging is like ten human years so your blog is even legal! Heh. Being a part of the blogging world definitely opened up some fabulous paths for you. Here’s to another year!

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    Kit Grindstaff

    September 1, 2013

    Hey Hafsah! Huge congrats on your 3-year blogaversary. Being the first blogger I ever connected with, you and ICEY will always have a special place in my heart!

    Yay to you using it as a platform for UNBREATHABLE, too. All the best with this fabulous story – and hats off to your hard work and determination!

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    Len D.

    September 1, 2013

    so far, fantastic! happy blogoversary! :)

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!! Congrats :) It’s really been an up and down year but for the most part good. This next year ought to be a great one!

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    Priyanka Pawar

    September 1, 2013

    O-M-G ! Heartiest Congratulations darling !! Happy Blogoversary! Really v happy for u :) Stunning !! :)

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    Priyanka Pawar

    September 1, 2013

    My year was so-so !! :P U must hav had a wonderful year !! :)
    anyways I entered , thank u for d giveaway :)

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    September 1, 2013

    It’s been a pretty good year. Happy third birthday!

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    September 1, 2013

    The year has had a little bit of everything so far, highs & lows. My favorite season is fall so let’s hope for a long one. Celebrate!

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    September 1, 2013

    Congrats Hafsah! Happy blogoversary and YAY for Unbreathable!

    This year hasn’t been really the best, emotionally I’ve been having quite a hard time, but at least my health and my job are in top form! So there’s always a silver lining!

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    September 1, 2013

    Book wise? I’ve been in a slump lately. All these good books coming out and can’t bring myself to read them. Hopefully I get over that soon, and this Cali weather is not helping.

    Congrats on three years!!!

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    KK Hendin

    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogiversary, Hafsah! I’ve been blogging for nine months, and it feels like I’ve been doing this forever… three years is a HUGE deal.
    So proud of all you’ve accomplished in three years, hon! May the next three be full of magic and wonderful books.

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    Michelle Dodd

    September 1, 2013

    So far my year has been great congrats for blogoversary Hafsah

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    Jacklin updegraft

    September 1, 2013

    So far it’s been okay… Not the best but also not the worst!

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    September 1, 2013

    So far I am having a pretty good year…job is good, family are all doung well and i have tbe perfect man in my life….cant complain!!!
    Hope all is well for everyone else!!!
    Happy blogoversary to ya…hope you have many more!!!!

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    Cali W.

    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!!! <3 Three Years is Big. :) My year has been good so far.

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    Darith L.

    September 1, 2013

    It’s been a good year so far. I’ve started college, and it’s pretty daunting but I relish the new experience. :D

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    Hillary Reyna

    September 1, 2013

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I hope I get to read you’re newest book as soon as it comes out! I bet it’ll be awesome and amazing :]

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    Lisa Cox

    September 1, 2013

    Happy 3rd Blogoversary!
    What a milestone! Hope there will be many more years
    with your wonderful blog.

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    September 1, 2013

    CONGRATS!!! And happy bloggy birthday! And a big YAY for awesome sisters who help with blogging. They. are. the. best. ;)

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy blogoversary!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :) Ummm… this year hasn’t been great but things have been going well despite it all…

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    September 1, 2013

    This year has been good so far. Started college.

    Congrats! Three years and still going. Go you!

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    Linda Henderson

    September 1, 2013

    It hasn’t been a great year for me but there’s still time for it to improve. Happy Blogoversary.

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    Michele Behlen

    September 1, 2013

    This year has been good but it is moving too fast.

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    September 1, 2013

    2013 has been pretty fun! I went to Jamaica for the first time, joined a group on Goodreads (Making Connections), started a blog, made some new friends (aka book buddies :) and read tons and tons of books!

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    September 1, 2013

    Whoot! Happy Three Years!! My three years came up too fast and I missed it lol! Congrats on your book too! That’s super exciting :D

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy blogoversary! It’s been okay

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    Jen Haile

    September 1, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary! My year has been unbelievably fast! Where did the time go?

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    Ana Death Duarte

    September 1, 2013

    It’s been a weird year… My resolutions from the beginning of the year were not met so far, so I am starting new ones instead of waiting for the year to end and change things… Ended one blog and started another… Have been on a reading slump, but been watching good movies, TV series and animes… and had my love for mangas back xD

    Happy blogversary and thanks for the giveaway =]

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    September 1, 2013

    Happy blogoversary! This year has gone really fast for me…I can’t believe it’s already September!

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    Rachel Patrick

    September 1, 2013

    So far this year has been…long. Yet quick at the same time! Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on three years (and your book!)!

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    Julia Rain

    September 2, 2013

    This year has been really good! I discovered that book blogs exist, I acquired two wonderful fluffy orange twin kitties and I’m making progress on my querying adventure.

    Happy Blogoversary!

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    September 2, 2013

    It was quite a good year so far. Congratulations to you!

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    September 2, 2013

    Absolutely hectic! Second year of uni and first year of blogging haha happy blogoversary!

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    Kara @ Great Imaginations

    September 2, 2013

    Happy blogoversary, Hafsah! It’s been a great year so far!

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    Dorothy Dreyer

    September 2, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary! The year has been frantic, hectic, cool, exciting, nerve-wracking … pretty much all of that rolled up in a crispy tortilla shell.

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    September 2, 2013

    Congrats :) Your book sounds epic, so excited.

    (And it’s been… stressful, idk).

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    Chenise J.

    September 2, 2013

    Congratulations and happy blogoversary! This year, in terms, of reading, has been fantastic! Reading more than I ever have before!

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    Mary Preston

    September 3, 2013


    I having rather a productive year.

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    Samantha D

    September 3, 2013

    Extremely taxing :( my grandma was hospitalized in the icu for a good 3 months in the beginning of the year.

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    Jen K

    September 3, 2013

    Hey, congrats on the book! All very exciting! i’m sure your year has been better than mine, but mine’s pretty good! I’m moving back to m hometown next month and I can’t wait to start a new part of my life. I’ve learned a lot this year and I’m also working on a novel! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Sherry S.

    September 3, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary! My year has been good so far.

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    Allie L

    September 4, 2013

    This year has been really good :D

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    Alex B

    September 4, 2013

    so far so good

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    Emily R. King

    September 4, 2013

    Happy blogversary! I’m having a good year. Life is good!

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    Jess @ Such A Novel Idea

    September 4, 2013

    This year didn’t start out to great, got bad, and then got much, much better. Now things are going pretty well :)


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    September 5, 2013

    Happy Blogiversary!!! im kind of having a bad year… but I don’t want to dwell on that much! I want to think everything in a happy and positive way as much as possible!!! :)

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    September 5, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!!! im kind of having a bad year… but I don’t want to dwell on that much! I want to think everything in a happy and positive way as much as possible!!! :)

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    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

    September 6, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary, Hafsah! Hope you have many more to come! xD

    My year has been good so far, it’s been relaxing with reading books at my pace and just lounging around. I can get used to this after four years of studying non-stop.

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    Jenna (Does Books)

    September 6, 2013

    This year hasn’t exactly gone as planned, but it’s been good! :)

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    Becky Richied

    September 6, 2013

    Happy Blog-oversary!!!
    This year has been good so far, I get to see my grandchildren every day now :) that is a true blessing!!!

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    September 7, 2013

    It’s been amazing so far, thank you! I’ve read lots of amazing books!
    Happy Blogoversary!!!

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    September 7, 2013

    So far its been a pretty good year, Thank you for the chance to win!

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    September 7, 2013

    Congratulations on your blogoversary! As a newbie blogger, it’s hard to imagine 3 years. My year has been great so far, especially since starting my blog in June.

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    Crystal @ Crystal in Bookland

    September 8, 2013

    My year has been REALLY fast paced so far! Full of constant things I’m doing! I’m so excited for you & your book. I can only imagine how awesome this year must be for you. Congrats on the anniversary :)

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    Denise Z

    September 8, 2013

    What a wonderful milestone! Happy Blogoversary! Thank you so much for all the sharing you have done and may the coming year bring you joy in all your efforts and lots of good books. I have have a fun year with good books,which never fail to get me through the hard times :)

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    Tiffany Drew

    September 8, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!!!

    My year has gone by crazy fast. I can’t believe it is already September, I’m not ready!

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    September 8, 2013

    Congratulations on the three year anniversary for your blog!!!!I absolutely love it!

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    Book Bunny

    September 9, 2013

    This year has been amazing.I moved to another town and new apartment and started on university :)

    Thank you for the giveaway <3

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    Mckenzie T.

    September 14, 2013

    Congratulations! And good luck with your book! I know you’ll do well :)

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    Matt Keenan

    September 15, 2013

    Congrats!!! So cool! :D

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    Natasha@ Primrose Musings

    September 16, 2013

    Hi, Hafsah! Congrats on your blogoversary! Can’t wait to read your book.

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    Natasha@ Primrose Musings

    September 16, 2013

    It has been a very challenging year so far for me. :)

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    Matt Keenan

    September 16, 2013

    Congrats!!! You’re an amazing person that needs to be recognized! Your book is phenomenal and I can’t wait for it to come out so I can spread the word and make all my friends read it!!!

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    Jaime Lester

    September 17, 2013

    Congratulations on three amazing years! My year has been up and down, backwards, forwards and sideways. It has been interesting, to say the least. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    Gina Nungay

    September 18, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!! Congratulations for the amazing years.. This year is full of fabolous things and events and I’m looking forward for more.. Hope I would win this giveaway.. Thank you..

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    Lisa Vazquezanzua

    September 20, 2013

    HAPPY 3RD BLOGOVERSARY!! And wishing you many more years to come!! I’m new to your blog and I LOVE IT!! Now your blog is one of my favorites and love, love your background theme here on the blog. Just gorgeous!! Well this year has been a very hard year for me and my whole family. My dad was battling cancer for about 2 years and he just passed away on Aug. 2nd. It’s been so hard for us all but knowing that he is with my mom now it makes it just a little easier. But not much. Thank you so much for having such an amazing and very generous giveaway!!

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    Brett (BookSquirt)

    September 20, 2013

    This year has been pretty awesome so far! We finally moved, so that makes it a lot better. And we had over 45 baby goats born, which is always fun. :)

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    Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

    September 20, 2013

    I cannot believe it has already been three years since you started Icey Books. Congratulations on three years here in the blogging world. Definitely looking forward to following your blog throughout the next year.

    Well, this year has been crazy year with my second out of state move in under a year. But now that things have finally settled down, and now that I have internet, I expect things to start going a little smoother.

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    September 20, 2013

    Happy 3rd blogoversary!! This year has been Okay….pretty normal! Nothing special happened

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    September 21, 2013

    This year hasn’t been a good blogging/reading year unfortunately. I’ve experienced lots of slumps, lost the blogging bug multiple times and read nowhere near as many as I wanted to but I feel like Im in a better head space now so hopefully the rest of the year will go smoothly! Congrats on three years!

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    Imel Cullen

    September 22, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary \^^/ , I think this year, better than previous year, because I’ve got new job ;)

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    Angela Fitzgerald

    September 22, 2013

    Happy 3 years. I’ve done nothing but read books nonstop, have all year.

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    September 22, 2013

    My year has been pretty good, so far. I met several of my favorite authors, traveled to new cities, made new friends. But it’s also kind of sucked. I’ve lost a job, had to deal with the one-year anniversary of two of my family members’ deaths. So, up and down. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

    Congrats on making it 3 years!! <3

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    Mandy R

    September 24, 2013

    My year has been pretty good so far. Got my own place, got divorced, started seeing new really nice guy, started exercising, lost 32 pounds, ran my first 5k, and surrounding myself with good people!

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    Mary Grace P.

    September 25, 2013

    Thank you for the giveaway! This is so exciting! I hope I’ll win XD

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    Jessica Ward

    September 25, 2013

    This year has been full of learning how to write better and awesome books to read to admire! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lea Krnjeta

    September 27, 2013

    Happy blogoversary!
    This year has been good so far, got a job, great new books, met new people…Cant complain.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    September 27, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!!! :D

    My year has been good so far… :)
    Thank you very much for the giveaway

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    Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    September 29, 2013

    Congrats on your anniversary AND Icey Designs AND Unbreatheable. My year has been good, but obviously not as productive as yours has been!

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    Ella Zegarra

    September 29, 2013

    Happy Blogoversary!!!

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    September 29, 2013

    Excited to start reading your blog!