I've just noticed that my first Gatherversary occurred on Sunday. I guess I've been so busy Gathering, I didn't notice the date.
Gather and its members have enriched my life so much. I've read about things that I didn't know existed. I've viewed incredible photos and visited dozen of foreign countries. I have heard marvelous music and laughed out loud at videos and jokes. I have re-examined some beliefs and learned all manner of new and helpful information. You made this possible.
Gather has such a vast diversity of talent. I came to Gather one year ago and discovered a gold mine. Best of all, I've met some very nice people. When I see something intriguing or funny, I want to share it with Gather friends. With you.
The comments you have posted on my work have given me more than gratification. I finally had the courage to submit an essay to a national publication. I anticipated a rejection slip, but on June 3rd, I signed a contract, accepting payment for my essay. The magazine has publication rights to my essay for ninety days.
I am now a paid freelance writer. If you've ever wondered whether you make a difference in someone's life, the answer is yes. Thank you and Happy Gatherversary!