Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Heartfelt Thanks to Karen Henry and OUTLANDISH OBSERVATIONS

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By Janis Hines
Our OUTLANDER blog inspiration has just celebrated its 7th Anniversary. 

As fellow bloggers (now), we have often wondered what it was like to be blogging about all things OUTLANDER before the show was even a concept and before the recent books were published -
no Sam Heughan face to stick on Jamie Fraser as we wrote our daily posts, no MOBY material to tell us what Claire was up to this time (no spoilers!).

One of  the top things on our OUTLANDER bucket list was, at some point, to ask for an interview with Karen Henry.  Fortunately for all of us, she answered the very same questions that we wanted to ask in the announcement she posted on of the 7th anniversary of Outlandish Observations (see below).

If it were not for the early original blogs like hers, we may not have known all the details of Diana Gabaldon's insights, ideas, and appearances, or about the show's much-anticipated cast and production information. It makes us wonder if, without people like Karen, the popularity of OUTLANDER would be what it is today, and if others like us would have been inspired to create our own blogs about OUTLANDER.

And what about the next 7 years? If we're lucky, we'll be in our 7th season of the Starz original series, book 9 will have been read at least 3 times by all of us crazy fans and we'll all be discussing what's to come in book 10. A lot.

Congratulations Karen. You are an inspiration to us all. Truly!


The Three Wee Lasses

Outlandish Observations is 7 years old!

Seven years ago today, I started Outlandish Observations!

I had two goals in mind when I started this blog. The first was simply to learn about blogging. The second was to create a central repository for news and information for OUTLANDER fans, a place where people could go to find answers to commonly asked questions, links to other OUTLANDER-related sites, and the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's new and upcoming releases.

To say that this blog has succeeded far beyond my wildest imaginings is a severe understatement! In the beginning, I never expected anyone to visit my site except a few dozen of my friends from the Compuserve Books and Writers Community and LOL. I didn't talk about it on Compuserve for the first couple of years, because I was very reluctant to draw attention to it where Diana Gabaldon could see -- which seems silly in retrospect, but it's true. Suffice it to say that I did get over that shyness, eventually. <g>

Since the premiere of the OUTLANDER TV series, daily traffic on my site has gone way, way up! The average number of daily visitors over the past year was 1,405, compared to 848 the previous year (an increase of 65.7%!)

Special thanks to all of my followers on the Outlandish Observations Facebook page! Last year at this time I had 5,455 followers on Facebook. Today that number is 7,063, an increase of 29.5%! I'm amazed and delighted that so many new people have found my site in recent months. Welcome, and I hope you take some time to look around and see what else is available here.

Outlandish Observations was one of the first successful OUTLANDER-related blogs. These days there are dozens and dozens of fan-sites, Facebook groups, and so on. The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned! <g> I'm proud to be a part of such a thriving, creative, and enthusiastic worldwide community of fans, united in our passion for these books and characters and this amazing story Diana Gabaldon has created.

I'm delighted to see so many new people discovering OUTLANDER as a result of the TV series! Here are the links to my Season 1 episode recaps, for those of you who may have missed them:

Episode 101: "Sassenach"
Episode 102: "Castle Leoch"
Episode 103: "The Way Out"
Episode 104: "The Gathering"
Episode 105: "Rent"
Episode 106: "The Garrison Commander"
Episode 107: "The Wedding"
Episode 108: "Both Sides Now"
Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
Episode 113: "The Watch"
Episode 114: "The Search"
Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison"
Episode 116: "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

No question about it, this is a very exciting time for OUTLANDER fans everywhere! It's quite a challenge to keep up with everything that's going on these days, and I hope you're finding this site helpful.

Many, many thanks to all of you who've visited Outlandish Observationsover the past seven years. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you've come along for the ride.


Check out the entire blog here.

Karen Henry's Outlandish observations

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