The Chicago Files – One Year Anniversary!

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A year ago today I sat in this very seat, laptop balanced carefully on my, well lap of course (*grin).  Quite frankly I wasn’t sure what would transpire with my newly acquainted blog.  Little did I know what absolutely phenomenal people I would encounter along the way.

I am in awe of the talent that has found its way to WordPress blogs.  From intriguing photos to poems that have literally shifted my thinking, I cannot begin to tell you all how much I appreciate you and your gifts.  What a collegial community we have here in the, ‘blogosphere’ (I certainly didn’t make this word up, but I wish I had)!

I started my blog due to the prompting from others on Facebook whenever I’d mention something rather strange or bewildering that occurred that day here in the, “Windy City”.  It was the take-off point from which I now find myself one year later writing this wee anniversary post.

Thank you to everyone who stops by The Chicago Files.  Without sounding too much like a canned speech from someone standing on the rickety steps of a well-worn community hall, I appreciate your comments and kudos immensely.  Truly writing is my passion, and to have it acknowledged by you is what makes my heart sing.

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Please stop by The Chicago Files anytime; it is because of you I am filled with the joy of writing.

Cher Blog

 

 

  71 comments for “The Chicago Files – One Year Anniversary!

  1. January 4, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations on the year Cher! I am so happy that I found your blog and that you are still blogging so beautifully, bringing so much positivity and joy into our lives! Here’s to many more years of your blog! Love and light.x

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    • January 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Well blessings to you my dear Laura! Thank you soooo much for your support, your kind words, and YOUR awesome blog! Muchly appreciated!! Love and light to you, Cher xo

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  2. January 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary Cher!!! 🙂
    I can’t wait for another year and another, keep those posts coming! 🙂
    Thank you for blogging and being part of our online life. 🙂
    Big hugs!!! Congrats! xo 🙂

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    • January 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much, Donna! You are the most amazing supporter and I am so hugely grateful!! YEAY and yes, the posts shall keep on coming as long as you don’t mind stopping by!!! With hugs, Cher xo

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  3. January 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Congratulations Cher.. Happy Anniversary… xx ❤ Hugs Sue

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    • January 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Sue!!! Hugs, Cher xo

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  4. January 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Congrats on the blogaversary!

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  5. January 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Congratulations. The blogosphere is better off because of you.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Awh, Bruce! Thank YOU so much for that! Wow, I sure am a lucky person!! Cher xo

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  6. Mjollnir
    January 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Congratulations ,-) xx

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  7. January 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Have a great 2015, Cher! 🙂

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  8. January 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    …and I’m looking forward to saying Happy Second Anniversary!!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      I’m literally grinning right now! Thank YOU so much!!! I look forward to it!! Cher xo

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  9. January 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Congrats on the year, Cher, may you have many more! Hugs from Vegas. 😊

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    • January 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, John!! Hugs from Chicago back to Vegas!!! Cher xo

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  10. January 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    congrats & well done!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Cindy!! I really appreciate it!! Cher xo

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  11. January 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats!!! WOW a year goes by quickly!

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    • January 4, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Awh, thank you so much, darlin! You gave me some superb advice right from the start and I took it to heart (and yes, I rhymed this intentionally)! Love, Comack & Brickey!! ;-P Cher xo

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  12. January 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Has it really been a year? The time has flown. To repeat a well-worn phrase: “Time flies by when your having fun.” And fun, indeed. I, and your many followers, have reaped the benefits of your enjoyable stories and critiques of touristy attractions in the Windy City. xo

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    • January 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      My dear Carol, you are the most inspiring, thoughtful, and wonderful individual ever! I am so grateful for you, your blog, and for following The Chicago Files. I appreciate all of your comments and wonderful words. Thank YOU, Carol!!! Cher xo

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  13. January 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Well done hen.

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  14. January 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations for your first anniversary and many, many thanks for your support too. I agree that there are so many wonderful people in the blog world and the diversity is astounding. Very best wishes for your Year No2.

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    • January 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Well thank you so much! I really appreciate that! Oh yes, it is an amazing ‘place’ and I too agree the diversity is truly astounding. Thank you and I look forward to your posts equally!!! Cher xo

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  15. January 4, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations!!!! Yay!!! (see confetti falling)

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    • January 4, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      Yay! Thank you, neighbor!!! Cher xo

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  16. January 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Woop! Woop! And Timmies for everyone 🙂

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  17. Amber Danette
    January 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Happy BlogAversary 🙂

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  18. January 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Congratulations on 1 year here! I hope this next year is even better.
    -David

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    • January 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      David, thank you so much!! I really appreciate it immensely!! Cher xo

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  19. January 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Congrats Cher. Here’s to many more

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    • January 4, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much, David! And let me just note there will be at least one donut reference (or two) this year. I’ve been rather quiet on the subject, don’t you think? *biggest grin* Cher xo

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  20. January 5, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Happy Anniversary 🙂 Yours is a blog I always look forward to reading. I’m glad to have found it. Thanks for sharing all that you share on your blog.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Well how sweet of you to say! Thank you so much! You have just made my day!! Cher xo

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  21. January 5, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Keep on writing, Cher! Congratulations and thank you for sharing … 🙂 Love, Iris.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      Ah, my dear Iris! Thank you so much!!! Love, Cher xo

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  22. January 5, 2015 at 10:28 am

    You’ve only been going one year? Wow! I love your blog – shows me aspects of Chicago I never would have known otherwise, taught me geography (still can’t get over that Chicago has a river and it runs green on St Patrick’s Day) and just generally enjoy your comments. Congratulations, Cher – born to blog, Darl! xxx

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    • January 5, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      *LOL* Ah, Mo! Thank you so much for your words! What a crazy little town, this Chicago is, what with water of green and all that! Hahaha!! Blessings to you, my dear! Indeed, you and I ARE born to blog!! Big hugs, Cher xo

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  23. January 5, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations for the one year anniversary, and many more years to come.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Blessings to you, my dear! Thank you so much for your words!!! Cher xo

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  24. January 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Congratulations of your one year anniversary of your blog…..

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  25. January 7, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Time has flown by and here it is one year already! Congratulations on so very many wonderful posts.
    enjoy another fine year ahead, Eddie

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    • January 8, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Bless you, dear Eddie! I am so grateful for your kind and thoughtful words. I utterly love your blog, and I am looking forward to lots more from you, too!! Cher xo

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  26. January 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations! Great accomplishment 🙂

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  27. greyzoned/angelsbark
    January 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Hey, congratulations on your One Year Blogging Anniversary! How fun is that?! It is indeed a milestone and one to be celebrated! And what a great way to start a new year. I enjoy reading the Chicago Files. Wishing you many more years of successful blogging!

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    • January 24, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear! I am extremely grateful for your kind words! 🙂 Cher xo

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  28. January 24, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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    • January 24, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Thank you, Natalie, and blessings to you as well!! Cher xo

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  29. January 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I started July 2010. I too am so enriched because of the people I have met and a few of us communicate email about our challenges, joys and disappointments. Thanks visit my blog and wish you continued success.

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    • January 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, dear Carl! I send you the best for continued success as well! Cher xo

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  30. January 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Please allow me to congratulate your on your elegant and wonderful post – I am deeply touched when you post and share about Chicago, this was of the schools I was trained for my blues and Jazz – Bravo!!

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    • January 31, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I am so incredibly grateful for your generous words. Thank you so much!! I am thrilled to know you have a musical connection to this incredibly vibrant and energetic city! Truly, blues and jazz are part of the fabric of Chicago! Thank YOU!!! Cher xo

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      • January 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

        Thank you Cher – We perform many concerts in Chicago – This is a multi cultural city brings culture, languages and respect together:) Bravo!!

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      • January 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm

        Wonderful! As a Canadian, I am thrilled to live in such a multicultural environment. That is a Canadian distinction that I am proud of, and it’s fantastic to have a similar situation here in the Windy City!! Ah, you perform concerts here! Brilliant!!! Cher xo

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