Developmental Milestones: An Anniversary Post

Wonhng Mahkwa: relatives of the boss (lit. yellow jacket)

In the Ching dynasty, Manchurians wore mahkwa jackets when horse riding. Typically, these clothes were blue or black, but the emperors would bestow a yellow jacket on imperial relatives or respected officials.

I’m part of a group of imperial relatives (read: worthy writers), a tight-knit band led by the illustrious Robert Lee Brewer. Last April, I participated in his platform challenge. It’s been a year of much growth, not unlike that of a baby changing into a toddler.

Yep, that’s me!

Here’s my journey in developmental milestones:

Rolling Over: A mere infant of social media, I learned to flip over and have fun on:
  -Twitter: I found like minds. My followers probably doubled or tripled with the platform challenge.
  -Google+: Instead of restricting this medium to family, I started posting to the public.
  -Goodreads: I spruced up my old account and connected myself with fellow readers, giving and receiving book critiques.

Sitting Up: I sat up and started seeing the world around me by creating this blog. In turn, I:
  -Received recognition: Very Inspiring Blogger Award, Sunshine Award, The Versatile Blogger, Liebster Blog
  -Found my voice by making a themed blog (see Chinese expression above)
  -Explored my interests (I recently added Foodie Friday postings for a splash of culinary culture) 

Crawling: I moved beyond my own space to reach shiny new objects, like:
 –Wordsmith Studio, a group of my fellow scribes
 -Twitter chats (follow us on Tuesdays for general talks and Thursdays for fiction subjects with #WSChat)
 -Google communities and Facebook groups

Cruising: Using many handholds, I made my first steps and participated in the challenges of:
 -Submit-O-Rama (Khara House‘s challenge to regularly submit your material over the course of one month)
 -Writer’s Digest Conference (and I even participated in the Pitch Slam!)

Walking: I got to toddle and move on my own with these acceptances:
 -Short stories in IdeaGems Magazine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and Mouse Tales Press

Next up: running.

Help me to run by liking my Facebook fan page! In celebration of this special anniversary, I’m also giving away a free $10 Barnes and Noble gift card (I’ll provide you with the online code). Just post a comment below and enter your email address, so I can contact you! **I’ll announce the winner this Friday.**

Foodie Friday: Egg Tart
Foodie Friday: Tea Egg


  1. Congrats on all your successes in the past year! Also, I wanted to tell you that I really love the angle you use on your blog with the Chinese sayings. It’s such a cool idea and something I haven’t seen any other blogger do. Good luck with your next year of milestones.

  2. It is so much fun being one of your imperial relatives! Congratulations on how much you have grown as a writer this past year and Happy Anniversary!

  3. Jennifer, You’re right. It’s like learning to walk. I think you’ve been trotting, though. Wow, congratulations on your publishing credits! Adorable baby picture, too!

  4. Jennifer Chow – wow! You’ve hag a good year :) Way to also “shout out” to other group members and the tweetchats – that’s exactly how we build a community! ::hugs::

  5. Happy anniversary:) I’m a fan! I love your blog. I get the updates delivered to my inbox.

  6. That’s such a great summary Jennifer! May I recommend Geist literary magazine to you? I think your personal stories and fiction could work there.

  7. What a great analogy to use for your first anniversary. I admire your persistence in going towards the walking phase. Congratulations of your submissions and acceptances.

  8. wow! you’ve accomplished tons! and great niche!. would love to hear about your participation in the pitch slam!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing and in such a thoughtful way. I like they way you compared your year to an infant growing. Perfect!

    • This blog ended up being like a little baby to me. I had to constantly nurture it, and it grew in leaps and bounds. (Happily, I did not have to wake up in the middle of the night to take care of it.)

  10. I love this piece, Jennifer. Wishing you continued success.

  11. Wow. You’ve taken great strides. You’ve been published! Congrats on all of your accomplishments.

  12. Happy anniversary! It’s so wonderful to watch you grow as a socialite in this cyberspace and to witness your first walk. You have a bright future ahead of you Jennifer!

  13. I just read about the Emperor getting mad because his cousin had yellow trim in his sleeves. Congratulations on your growth this year, submissions, publication, and getting to meet Robert!

  14. Love your take on your journey, Jennifer. Great post! Congratulations :)

  15. Congratulations on all your success this past year. You will be running in the upcoming year. Thanks for sharing your story. Great job!

  16. What an awesome journey, Jennifer. So glad to have had the chance to grow with you. Let’s keep it up and we’ll be running in no time. ;)

  17. Oh I can relate to the whole baby growing comparison! Beautiful post Jennifer! I’m so happy I was able to be a part of the last year as you grew into the wonderful “Platform Toddler” that you have become! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! :)

  18. Congratulations Jennifer! I can’t believe how much we have all grown in the last year. I remember being sooooo resistant to twitter. Why? I have no idea beyond being chicken. Now I just go for everything!

  19. Hi Jennifer!
    What a joy to read about your developmental growth as a writer, a participant in social media, your other steps to make WSS your homebase, & stretching your wings as you get your writing out to the public. I so enjoyed your metaphor. As always, you share your creative eye/perspectice with your readers. You have a true writing gift that has devloped greatly between when I read your first post to this one.
    Congratulations on all your accomplishments!


    • Thank you so much! I’m really honored that you’ve identified growth in my blog over the past year. It’s hard to keep an objective perspective with my own writing, so thank you for the compliment!

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