500 Blog Posts!

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I wrote my first post for PuzzleNation Blog in August of 2012, over three and a half years ago. And I recently posted my five-hundredth blog post on this site.

You might think after three posts a week for years, I’d be burned out. But it’s quite the opposite. I enjoy exploring the world of puzzles, delving into history, cracking the memes and riddles that go viral, interviewing all sorts of puzzle creators and fans, trying out new games and puzzles…and sharing all of that with the PuzzleNation audience.

It’s a privilege, it really is. In many ways, I’ve become the voice of PuzzleNation, and I take that responsibility seriously. I try to both inform and entertain, and I’m constantly hunting for something new and unexpected to offer you.

And speaking of you, the PuzzleNation readership, it kind of blows my mind how many different ways I get to interact with you.

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I mean, first and foremost, there’s PuzzleNation Blog. Three times a week (and sometimes more), I meander up and down the seemingly endless avenues of the puzzle world and discuss them with you. What a treat.

And then there’s Facebook and Twitter, where I not only discuss all of our projects, but I can play games like the Crossword Clue Challenge every weekday and try to outwit you. (Spoiler alert: I rarely rarely do.) I also have opportunities to answer questions, share posts and information from fellow puzzlers, and really engage people one-on-one, something that feels increasingly elusive these days.

We’ve got the PuzzleNation newsletter! We recently sent out our second edition of the newsletter to subscribers, so keep your eyes peeled. (And if you haven’t signed up yet, you can click this link to get started.)

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We also have our monthly hashtag games with our compatriots over at Penny Dell Puzzles, like #PennyDellPresidentPuzzles and our newest one this week, #PennyDellPuzzleDisney. Reading the hilarious and clever puns and bits of wordplay conjured up by friends and fellow PuzzleNationers alike is one of the highlights of the month for me.

And honestly, I want more of that. We have platforms on Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram, and I’d love to have some sort of weekly interactive game on each one. (In fact, next week, I’ll be trying out a puzzle game twice a week on Instagram. You heard it here first!)

Plus, I’m hoping to organize some kind of giveaway in the next month or so. I’m not sure of the specifics just yet, so stay tuned for that. (I do have some terrific prizes lined up already, though.)

It’s a little daunting to be celebrating five hundred blog posts with you. I know some of you have been with us since the very beginning, and I’m grateful. I know some of you have only recently started following us, and I’m happy to welcome you. Some of you I know by name, and many of you, I don’t know at all, but I’m hoping to change that in the future.

In any case, thank you for your support, your enthusiasm, your ideas, your comments, your feedback, your shares and likes and clicks and hearts and thumbs up and everything else we’ve shared. I look forward to many many more.

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