Happy 15th Anniversary, Smart Bitches!

January 31, 2020

Fifteen years ago, the site began. The site launched on 31 January 2005 with a review for Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn and for The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann, and here we are, fifteen years later. The site is now old enough to get its learner’s permit in several states. This is alarming to me, as my older son Freebird was born the same year as the site, so he’ll soon be permit-eligible, too. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING.

Fifteen years is, I have learned the Crystal Anniversary. Cool! I love anniversaries with a name (the fifth, by the way, is “wood” so insert jokes here). 15 is also Quinceañera time, should we wish to have truly epic parties in truly epic fashion.

This means I get to spend a somewhat alarming amount of time looking at incredibly fun and also vaguely inappropriate gifs. Crystal gif is strange searching, y’all.

These crystals are very excited for us, I think!

A gif of white and grey crystal orbs vibrating and shimmying somewhat suggestively

First, as always: Thank you. Thank you for being part of Smart Bitches. 

The internet has changed a LOT in 15 years, and our community is still here, still growing, still discussing romance and adjacent topics, and still hilariously welcoming and wonderful. I’ve said before that each year, the site anniversary feels a little bittersweet. So many websites have shuttered, and the fact that we are still here, and still growing, is a wonderful and deeply affirming thing. That wouldn’t be true without you.

So thank you for hanging out with us, for emailing us covers for snarking, for telling us about books you loved, and for being part of our community.

This somewhat erect collection of crystals is for you.

A spinning collection of wobbly blue erect crystals

Are they made of Jello? I think they are.

As is our annual tradition (FOR FIFTEEN YEARS HOLY CRAP) we have a giveaway! The traditional gifts for the 15th are Crystal, as I mentioned, and Timepieces.

Crystal and Timepieces! So many possibilities.

No, not this one, but wow I wish my hair could do that

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For the crystal, I had an idea, and the lovely folks at Designs by Dake made it real:

Reading Glasses! 

A stemless wineglass with THESE ARE MY READING GLASSES etched in the side above an image of retro glasses a top an open book

 

These are Smart Bitches exclusives, too! I created the design (and the pun) and ordered two sets of Reading Glasses. They are stemless wine glasses, suitable for holding all your beverages, while you read. With your Reading Glasses (snrk – no I’m not going to get tired of this pun. It gives me utter delight).

Which means I have two pair of Reading Glasses to give away!

But hold on to your beverages because that’s not all! 

Mesmerizing crystal action!

a field of purple crystals falling toward the viewer

The lovely and wonderful folks at Withings are helping us celebrate with the Timepiece part of our anniversary celebration – and the crystal, part, too:

We also have one Withings Steel HR to give away, too!

Withings Steel HR Activity Tracker

The Withings Steel HR retail price starts at $179.99, and here are some additional specs about what this tracker can do:

  • Smartphone compatibility with Android and iOS.
  • Receives smartphone notifications.
  • Water resistant up to 50m.
  • 25 days of battery life.
  • Heart rate and other fitness monitoring.
  • Compatible app for fitness tracking.

Our coupon is still valid, too, if you’d like to do a little timepiece shopping. The Withings hybrid smartwatch range starts at $69 and goes up to $299.95

Use Coupon Code SBTB to receive 20% off orders greater than $100 on withings.com. Coupon applies to all products except Move ECG and BPM Core. This code cannot be used in combination with existing offers. Coupon valid in the US and in Europe and is valid until February 29th, 2019.

Want to enter this giveaway? A pair of Reading Glasses (2 available) or a Withings Steel HR? OH, Yay! Let’s do this!

To enter:

Leave a comment and tell us your favorite thing about Smart Bitches. A book you read? A cover that still makes you laugh? A story you’d thought you’d imagined but no, it was real? The hilarious commenting community? We want to know! Tell us your favorite thing about SBTB in the comments and you’re entered to win. 

Standard disclaimers apply: We are not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by applicable law. Must be over 18 and ready to help us learn to drive in a big, ruffly, sparkly dress. Reading Glasses shall contain only nonalcoholic beverages while driving of course. You’ll also need to celebrate with us in style by (of course) reading something great. Comments will close at noon ET on Thursday 6 February 2020 and winners will be announced shortly afterward.

Thank you for being part of Smart Bitches, and thank you for celebrating with us. Happy Anniversary!! 

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