Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Dear Wendy Turns Two Today!

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Today is the second anniversary of the launch of Dear Wendy! In that time I have published over 1500 columns, you all have made over 150,000 comments, and the site has been viewed over 10,250,000 times! There have also been countless emails sent and received, numerous meetups made, lots of friendships forged (both online and off), several thousand dollars raised for good causes, and more than a few heated debates.

I’m having the best time, and I hope you are too. Thank you for your continued support: for visiting the site and sharing content with your friends; for sending emails and leaving comments; for “liking” my Facebook page (and for sharing specific posts); for sending links for Friday roundups; for signing up for the newsletter; for buying mugs; for making donations; and for shopping through my affiliate links (my Amazon earnings have tripled in the last few months, so big thanks for that!!). There are millions of other sites and ways you could spend your time, and I am honored that you choose to spend some of it here. Thank you!

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    MissDre January 24, 2013, 12:02 pm

    Yaay!!!!

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    rachel January 24, 2013, 12:06 pm

    Yay! Happy birthday Dear Wendy!

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    Addie Pray January 24, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Happy birthday! Also, I turned 34 and 1/6 today. Kind of also a big deal, no? No.

    I don’t know what I would do with all my work time (and let’s face it, non-work time too) if it weren’t for Dear Wendy, so thank you!

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      sarolabelle January 24, 2013, 12:26 pm

      Happy Birthday! Also I am planning a trip to Chicago for July 4th. We should meet up! You can be our tour guide. 🙂

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        Addie Pray January 24, 2013, 12:28 pm

        Deal. We can do Bikram. I am BACK TO BIKRAM. I went twice this week. It was tough – I can’t close my japanse sandwich like I used to if you know what I mean.

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        bethany January 24, 2013, 12:40 pm

        If you guys go to Bikram together I’m going to be mad! Well, jealous, not mad.

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        Addie Pray January 24, 2013, 12:42 pm

        Hey, when is that Bikram in NYC thingy? We should go!!!!!!

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        bethany January 24, 2013, 4:47 pm

        July, maybe? I hate NYC, but I’d go if you go!

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      Dennis Hong January 24, 2013, 12:45 pm

      Do you mean you’re now 34 and 60.8 days? Or 34 and two months (which, of course, could mean 34 and 28 days, 34 and 30 days, or 34 and 31 days)?

      The way I see it, if you’re going to be specific, you might as well BE specific….

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        Addie Pray January 24, 2013, 12:47 pm

        34 and 2 months. But I was born at 4 am and it’s already a quarter til noon so I am already wayyyy older.

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    lets_be_honest January 24, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Awesome. Happy Bday DW, and thanks Wendy!

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  • katie

    katie January 24, 2013, 12:12 pm

    happy birthday DW!!

    it is now totally acceptable to eat cake today, right? it is an important birthday, after all!!

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      Addie Pray January 24, 2013, 12:15 pm

      because today I turned 34.166666666666? Yes. OHHHH Dear Wendy! Yes.

      i’m in one of those MOODS today.

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      • katie

        katie January 24, 2013, 12:18 pm

        ill have cake TWICE!!

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    • LM

      LM January 24, 2013, 12:47 pm

      I was thinking wine!

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      • katie

        katie January 24, 2013, 1:25 pm

        wine AND cake. done.

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    jottino January 24, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Congratulations & happy birthday!! 🙂

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle January 24, 2013, 12:19 pm

    Yayy, congrats! I’m so happy with the success this site has had/is having/will continue to have (& I totally want a cupcake now) 🙂 Thank you Wendy, for all the work you put into DW!!

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  • Just Max

    Just Max January 24, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday!!

    (By the way, I can only see this post if I click on the link posted on FB; it is not showing up on Firefox browser for some odd reason)

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy January 24, 2013, 12:25 pm

      Hmm, that’s weird. Anyone else having trouble? Max, did this just start? Can you see other posts?

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      • Just Max

        Just Max January 24, 2013, 12:31 pm

        I restarted my browser and still only see the post prior to this one.
        (The most recent posts I can only see on Safari (on my phone).

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        scattol January 24, 2013, 5:37 pm

        works fine here.

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  • Dear Wendy

    Wendy January 24, 2013, 12:24 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Two years ago, I had no idea whether anyone would read this site, so I’m very happy we’re all here today!

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      Sunshine Brite January 24, 2013, 12:57 pm

      Thanks for everything Wendy! I enjoy reading this site, most every day and appreciate all the hard work you’ve put it. I love that it still feels like a community although it’s grown significantly and gaining a wider reach.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow January 24, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Happy birthday, Dear Wendy! And happy birthday to another DW, Dean Winchester. 😉

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      Rangerchic January 24, 2013, 4:44 pm

      I just started watching Supernatural from the very beginning. I took my daughter and her friend to the Supernatural convention in Dallas in September and they just loved it (I didn’t go into the convention…funny enough I wasn’t interested in the show then).

      Anyway, Happy Birthday to Dear Wendy!! Love this site…I’ve been reading since the very beginning 🙂

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow January 24, 2013, 5:29 pm

        Yay! I went to the Chicago convention and had a blast. That show is addicting.

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    jlyfsh January 24, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Happy Birthday, Dear Wendy! 🙂 Hope you celebrate many more!

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    sarolabelle January 24, 2013, 12:27 pm

    I love Dear Wendy! Although the one thing that bothers me is that some letters never have updates and I wonder about those people….

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      bethany January 24, 2013, 12:41 pm

      True that.
      LWs- if your’e out there, SEND UPDATES!

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle January 24, 2013, 12:51 pm

        Second/thirded— especially authors of the more, um disturbing letters.

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        lets_be_honest January 24, 2013, 12:52 pm

        We should make a list!

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    Taylor January 24, 2013, 12:32 pm

    Happy birthday! Wendy, I hope there’s a karaoke celebration in the near future!

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    bethany January 24, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, DW!!

    We should all do a birthday toast tonight, like we did at Christmas 🙂

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    • katie

      katie January 24, 2013, 12:44 pm

      YES! i like it!

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle January 24, 2013, 1:02 pm

      Me too!!

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      Taylor January 24, 2013, 1:41 pm

      Agreed! Shall we stick to 4:20 mountain std time and 6:20 est? Or make it later? Or just raise something to DW at some point in the near future?

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      bethany January 24, 2013, 1:48 pm

      How about a toast at 9pm (Eastern)?
      If you can’t make a real toast with booze, just give a mental shout out to DW and the crew here!

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        Taylor January 24, 2013, 3:40 pm

        I’m in!

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        Wendy January 24, 2013, 5:02 pm

        9 PM EST is perfect — most people should be home from work by then. I’m in.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle January 25, 2013, 8:24 am

        Whoops, I missed this, but I was out having drinks with some people, so technically sort-of was in? haha

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        Pamplemousse Rose January 24, 2013, 5:16 pm

        Yes! Fabulous idea!!

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      • Diablo

        Diablo January 24, 2013, 5:26 pm

        Woo hoo!

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    Amanda January 24, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think that I’ll have some champagne to celebrate when I get home! I’m always looking for a reason to drink more champagne though 😉

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  • FireStar

    FireStar January 24, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Happy Birthday – and wishing you many more to come!

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  • niki

    Niki January 24, 2013, 1:07 pm

    We love you Wendy! And I am personally so happy to have this site and the forums (though I tend to mostly just lurk). Happy Birthday and thank you Wendy. 🙂

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    mf January 24, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Happy birthday! It’s been really cool to watch this site (and its community) grow and change since its inception.

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    Classic January 24, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Wow dear Wendy, Happy Birthday! You’ve worked so hard and done such a great job and built such a great site– your success is well-deserved! Here’s to another great year coming up!

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark January 24, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Wow. Crazy. Time flies!! Happy Birthday Dear Wendy — and Congrats!! 🙂

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  • Imsostartled

    Imsostartled January 24, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday DW! Congrats!!! 😀

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  • mandalee

    mandalee January 24, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Happy Birthday DW! I can’t believe two years have flown by so fast! Congrats Wendy!

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  • the_optimist

    the_optimist January 24, 2013, 2:06 pm

    YAY! I was going to make a terrible twos joke, but I barely slept last night and am all muddled now. Stay wonderful! Happy Birthday 🙂

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    ktfran January 24, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Happy, happy birthday to you! Who you? Yes you!

    I love this site. It’s the one I read most during the day. Thanks for creating such a great on-line community Wendy!

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  • Bon Vivant

    Bon Vivant January 24, 2013, 2:17 pm

    Congratulations! Thank You Wendy, for your insight and creating this awesome community!

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  • Lianne

    Lianne January 24, 2013, 2:19 pm

    happy birthday, dear wendy! And congrats to you, Wendy…your hard work is awesome and I love coming to this site every day. 🙂

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  • Polka Dots and Bows

    Polka Dots and Bows January 24, 2013, 2:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear Wendy! And Wendy – thanks for putting your heart and soul into Dear Wendy!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny January 24, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Happy birthday DW! Here’s to many many more!

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  • Diablo

    Diablo January 24, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Here’s to Wendy, Drew and Jackson, but also to all the other interesting and engaging people that make this site great!

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    Mr. Cellophane January 24, 2013, 10:54 pm

    Congratulations to you Wendy and all of the DW community. I have been lurking about since the beginning, and I rarely comment (and often come off sounding like a complete arse when I do). I have come to really enjoy the give and take of the relationships here and listening in as we all grow together.
    It has really given me some insight into the mind of the “post-modern woman”

    Cheers to you all!

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  • landygirl

    landygirl January 25, 2013, 11:08 am

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations! Here’s to many more years to come.

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