My apologies. I meant to post this yesterday!
Can you believe we are 9 years old today? Yep, we started blogging June 26, 2006. Back then we were known as "Favorite PASTimes." Here is a link to our very first post.
A lot has changed since then. We started with a schedule of having a different blogger post each week. A few years ago we changed to the schedule we have now, and it seems to be working fine. But we're open to change so who knows what the future might bring. We have different people working on the blog now, but some of the names haven't changed, and our dedication to promoting historical fiction has not waned. We are still fanatical about the genre, and we're happy you are too!
Here's a list of some interesting things we did in our early days:
Our first interview was Ann Tatlock. She is still writing great books!
Our second week blogger was author Tricia Goyer.
Author Beth Goddard did some posts on the Middle Ages.
Jill Eileen Smith wrote about why adults need Bible stories, and then she went on to publish quite a few!
Amber Stockton wrote about taking a concept and developing it into a book, and of course she too has gone on to write many novels. And she's still one of Novel PASTimes's team members. :)
Here is one of Michelle Sutton's first reviews for us, posted by Joan (J. M. Hochstetler.) I'm happy to say these two are often still teaming up to bring you reviews. Since the early days Becky Laney and
Rebecca Palmer have contributed reviews, and I add one every now and then as well.
Joan wrote some posts for us back then as well. Here is one on understanding historical English writings.
Did you know agent/author Terry Burns used to write for our blog? Here is one of his posts from our first year.
Author Linda Wichman was another early guest blogger. She wrote about the Crusades.
I wrote about cultural festivals. Don't all lovers of history enjoy them?
These are only a few highlights. I hope you've enjoyed the last few years as much as we have!