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One Year Old Today

I hit the Publish button on my first ever blog post a year ago today.  Well, a year and about two hours ago.  Immediately afterwards, I wrote my second ever blog post, which was much more to the point (and even now, it more accurately describes my blog than anything else).  I was going to say that I still don’t have a theme, but I guess the theme is me, just what I think or feel, what’s going on in my life, a few triumphs and many, many foibles.  I’ve written about God, snakes, friends and family, cutting the grass, my hometown, and depression.  I’ve shared my journals, my poetry, and my photos, a little bit of comedy and a lot of truth.  I’ve asked some questions.  I’ve contemplated art and infinity, thankfulness and being nice.  You know what?  I feel like a lot has happened in a year.

But I still distinctly remember what it felt like, sitting there and looking at this newly created space.  The three things I remember most are that I wanted to publish more, that I had no idea what that more  would be, and that no one was seeing this but me.   I knew that my posts had been sent out into the cyber world, but I didn’t really know how – how to connect, how people would find me, if  anyone would ever find me.  But before I even got the hang of things, I had a comment from the great atomsofthought.  It came as quite a shock, to be honest.  I had no idea how he found my blog (not understanding about tags, WordPress topics pages, or any of the numerous ways you can find posts that interest you).  It was a mystery to me at the time, but a great surprise.

Then as I began reading other blogs and making comments, a neighborhood started growing around me.  It’s just like the real thing, too: there are people I know of, who don’t know me; neighbors I spend lots of time talking to over the fence; some people I just get a glimpse of as we head off to work in the mornings, and we wave to each other as our cars pass on the street.  There are block parties, and holiday decorations, and chicken soup brought to your door when you’re not feeling well.  In short, it’s a pretty good place to live.

As for the rest of it, I’ve gone through all the stages that other people have written about, from spending all of my spare time on blogging, to getting burned out and spending no time on blogging, from hounding my stats page to see if I’ve gotten one more view, to barely remembering to look at my stats once a week.  But the one consistent thing has been the community and how important you all are to me.  

I couldn’t have asked for a better first year.  Thanks everyone, for being here with me.  And especially for being here for  me.  You are, quite simply, the greatest.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  I certainly wouldn’t have, anyway.  And that is something I am  sure about.

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  1. Awww, what a nice post. I remember getting my first comment from you on my blog, and you were so nice! I’ve so enjoyed reading your posts, photos, quotes, musings, comments, insights, etc this past year. Here’s to our little blogging family and many more years of writing.

    April 19, 2012
    • Hi Angela! I am behind on your blog, but I like to make sure I have time to really read and digest what you write about – I’ve enjoyed your’s so much too! I was just telling my sister about your garden blog today – she is growing lettuce (which immediately made me think of your lettuce post) and tomatoes and peppers and all kinds of things. I’m also looking forward to the future with my blogging friends!

      April 19, 2012
      • There are some blogs I skim and others I read to savor, and yours is definitely the latter. I’m behind on the garden blog, mainly because there’s not much going on at the moment other than a bunch of weeds and bugs taking over. Even my lettuce finally had to be pulled up. Hopefully I can update this weekend.

        April 19, 2012
        • Me too – I hate when I give in and read one of yours and I want to comment, but have run out of time. Sometimes I need time to mull things over, but not so much time that I forget what I wanted to say! (The older I get, the worse my memory is.) I figured the heat was starting up for real down in Texas, so the gardening blog would start to be less active. My mom was talking about starting to compost the other day, though, and I thought of your compost…post…haha. And I was telling her about the eagle cam.

          April 19, 2012
          • I feel the same way about not always having time to thoroughly comment on your posts. I have to mull things over, too, but sometimes I forget to come back to one of your posts and properly flesh out my thoughts. We also had two weekends when we were out of town, so that took time away from the garden as well. And some weeks I just don’t feel I have much to write about, or I question why I feel the need to manage three blogs!

            April 19, 2012
          • Haha – and I didn’t manage to keep up with two blogs! I figure we’ll be here, whenever the other person writes next.

            April 19, 2012
    • I’m jumping in here, Angela, to say I’ve also enjoyed your blogs but just haven’t commented. Your running blog inspired me to take my running off the treadmill and outside. 🙂

      April 20, 2012
      • Averageinsuburbia, you’ve just paid me the highest compliment! I love that I inspired you to get off the treadmill, which I am almost phobic about (yes, I really hate it that much). Hopefully you don’t live in Texas and will have a great summer of running. And I enjoy reading your blog as well. Love the book reviews.

        April 20, 2012
        • Well, neither one of you gals will ever get me to run. What I mean to say is, my bad back won’t let me run. Bad back and lousy knees…yeah, that’s it.

          April 20, 2012
          • Mom #

            hey, you took my excuse,ah, ah,reason.

            April 23, 2012
  2. Happy Anniversary! Loved the post and how you referenced a blogger neighborhood. Besides I definitely know the whole, ‘what to blog more’ phase. Heck I’m still in that phase.
    ~Best

    April 19, 2012
    • Hi Kurtis and welcome! Thanks for commenting. I added a couple of regular small features to my blog, so if I don’t come up with a post (or don’t have time), then at least there’s something on here. After all this time, though, I have tons of old ideas piled up, but not as much time to write them.

      April 19, 2012
  3. Happy Anniversary! I don’t know when I found you or how or when but I am glad i did! It’s been fun…

    April 19, 2012
    • I remember! I had written about Thankfulness, and one of your Thursday Thankful posts was in the “related articles” that they offer. I was hooked right away! I wanted to mention all of my special friends individually, but I was running out of time tonight. I forget that many of us are night owls :).

      April 19, 2012
  4. This might be the best post about blogging I have read. It really sums up the experience well/ I’ve enjoyed talking over the fence with you!

    April 20, 2012
    • Me too – about jawing over the fence! You’ve been a great neighbor and I truly enjoy your company!

      April 20, 2012
  5. I found you early on when I moved into this blogging community. I always love your posts; they make me think, laugh, reflect. Happy Anniversary!

    April 20, 2012
    • Thanks, Patti! I’m so glad we met! I hope your legal distractions (those pesky old things!) will be over soon – I miss your posts.

      April 20, 2012
  6. Happy 1-year blogiversary!

    April 20, 2012
  7. Happy Birthday! You’re one of the first blogs I found and started to read… I remember one post, early on in my blogging career, when you wrote about how you had so many blogs you liked reading it was hard to keep up with… I am now in the same position. Blogging is addictive and opens you up to a whole new world. It’s cool that there are still places on “earth” to discover. Be well…happy blogging. =)

    April 20, 2012
    • Haha – I kind of remember that! In any case, it’s still true. I went through a period when it seemed like a lot of people weren’t posting, so I took on some more blogs – now I’ve constantly got something like 30 emails in my box every day. And you hate to miss anything, but sometimes I just have to skip a daily poster. And then you find one more blog you just have to follow…

      April 20, 2012
  8. I love this reflection on your first year of blogging. Happy anniversary!

    I met you soon after I started blogging and was drawn to your thoughtful postings, as well as the sense of community you created through dialoging with the people who commented on your blog. You modeled for me what blogging is about.

    April 21, 2012
    • Yes, I can talk…and talk and talk and talk. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words, they really mean a lot. There are some bloggers who I feel a real kinship to, and you are one of those. It has been amazing to meet people who understand just what I mean and feel, who I seem to understand and have a lot in common with. And as soon as I read your blog, I knew you would draw many people to you, which you have already done!

      April 21, 2012
  9. Happy Anniverary! Horns are tooting, people are all cheering, fireworks exploding in this neck of the world…all for you! Very fitting post for such an auspicious occasion 🙂 Well done!

    April 21, 2012
    • Thank you! I love a good party 🙂

      Okay, I mostly avoid parties – another reason why cyber parties are so awesome.

      April 22, 2012
      • I LOVE a good cyber party…seems like we have one everyday!

        April 22, 2012
  10. I love the neighbours analogy and the bit after that. 🙂

    Congrats, skippingstones. 🙂

    April 25, 2012
  11. I think we must have started at about the same time~ you were one of my first blog friends! Hooray!

    May 5, 2012
    • Hey, that’s cool! And that means congratulations to you on your one year anniversary, too!

      May 8, 2012

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