When author Lynn Dove began her regular "Journey Thoughts" blog it was largely to draw attention to her writing.
That was in 2010 and recently she has surpassed 10 million hits and has a worldwide following.
"That's definitely surprising for me," says Dove."I never saw that coming in this short of time."
In 2011, Dove's blog won her a Canadian Christian Writing Award and she has been recently shortlisted for the award (since renamed the Word Awards) for a second time. Dove will be attending the gala being held in Mississauga, ON on June 23, then carry on to Ottawa to spend Canada Day on Parliament Hill.
"I wasn't able to go the last time and whether I win or not it's just fun to be nominated. I'm looking forward to it."
Dove attempts to blog once or twice a week and has no set schedule.
"I'm one of those people that If I think of something I'll sit down and blog about it. Sometimes I take breaks and sometimes I do more than two or three blogs in a week.
"I try to keep it as real as I possibly can. It's based on experiences and family life in general and I come from a Christian world view so I talked about my journey with God through the process as well. It's sort of a very family friendly and family-oriented blog."
Dove has lived in the Cochrane area for 25 years. Her writings have been met with acclaimed and have garnered a loyal following. Her most recent short story "The Great Goal" is among the 101 being included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's latest book "The Spirit of Canada." It will be the eighth story she has had published in popular series.
"This one I'm really quite excited about because the book was specifically written for Canada's 150th birthday and the authors included are writing about about historical themes and what they love about Canada."
Dove recounts her memories of Paul Henderson's famous goal in the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series. She was in class at the time in small town Sooke, B.C. and had been feverishly following the series with her friends.
"We had to hide our transistor radios under our hair and tried to listen to Foster Hewitt call the game. Of course we didn't get away with it, but that's part of the fun of this particular story."
Dove earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary here in Cochrane and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary.
"Love the Wounded", the dramatic conclusion of Dove's "Wounded Trilogy" received the International Literary Classics Seal of Approval and received the silver medal in the Literary Classics Books Awards for faith-based fiction.