Two Milestones = Two Prizes

This is my 200th post and I have been blogging for one year.  If there is a “speed limit” in the blogsphere, I hope it isn’t less than 200 PPY’s!  I tend to have a “lead foot,” so I have to be careful about things like that. 

On the other hand, I read Pioneer Woman, who with her multiple blogs and prolific writing, I am sure posts at least 500 PPY!  Now, I’m suddenly feeling the other way — like I’m the little ol’ lady chugging along in the passing lane, with people like PW thinking, “Pleassssse move over and let me pass!”  Okay.  I’m pulling over so that I can concentrate on writing this milestone post, so you “speedster’s” can get around.  You can thank me later.

I don’t want to make this sound toooo “momentus” but you know how there are certain events in your life that you can look back on and think, “Hmmm, that didn’t seem like a big deal when I decided to do it, but it really was a life-changing decision!”?  Well, this was definitely one of those.

When DD started to blog about 1 1/2 years ago, she would ask me, “So, are you reading my blog?”  And, I’d give some lame excuse, because I just wasn’t interested.  I honestly don’t remember why, except that I didn’t understand what it was all about. (I’m sure I gave her the same glazed look I get from some of my friends who don’t understand blogging, when I mentioned my  blog.) 

Well, she mentioned it often enough, and said that it would help her readership if I left witty comments (clever girl, appealing to my vanity), so I finally started reading it.  And, I was hooked.  I’ve always known she was great with words, so I should have known that it would be fun to read, but also I found out that that was a great way to hear things that were going on in her and her family’s lives.

After I had been a regular “commenter” for her for a while, she started badgering me to start my own blog!  (Give the girl a foot; she’ll want a mile!)  I pled ignorance on how to do that — so, she did it for me!  Can you say “persistent?”  She literally set everything up for me and then told me how to get to the place where I could type in a post, and then how to publish it.  Like magic!  I was a blogger! 

So, right now I want to say, “Thank you DD, from the bottom of my heart.  I would never have done this without you.  Thank you for knowing me well enough to know I would enjoy it, if you could just get me started.  You were right.  In some ways you know me better than I know myself, daughter of my heart.  I love you.”

My year of blogging has been a year of personal growth, making many new friends and tremendously expanding my horizons by reading about other bloggers’ (and commenters — mine and other’s) thoughts, beliefs, challenges, experiences and humor.  I used to read novels — now I read real-life — blogs!  I have literally cried and prayed after blogs I have read — and also laughed out loud many, many times!

The wonderful new relationships and thoughts (and photos — oh my — the photos) that other bloggers have “given” me have piqued my interest in learning things that will improve what I put on my own blog.  In direct response to that, in the last year I have taken classes in writing and photography, I have learned much about the “mechanics” of blogging from a computer consultant (although I have a lonnnng way to go in this regard), and I have registered for classes in editing photos and blogging that I will be taking before the end of the year.  “Expanded my horizons” seems like such a “pat” phrase, but it truly applies here.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who have taken this journey with me as readers and commenters.  As much as I have enjoyed the whole process and putting my ideas down on “paper,” I know that I would have lost interest, if it weren’t for the commenters who have affirmed or debated things I have said, or added their own experiences, and for those of you who don’t comment, but I know are reading because of the stats.  Thanks to all of you for giving me an “audience” to “speak” to.

In that regard, I would like to give two of you a gift to show my appreciation to all of you for your support.

I will send a $50 gift card to two readers, and you can pick the kind of card — Wal-mart, Cracker Barrel, DeBrand Chocolates, Applebee’s, Best Buy, Macy’s.  If you win, you name it — I’ll send it.

Just leave a comment on this post within the next three days.  I will draw the winners and post them on Friday.

Thank you, friends, for making this so much fun.

17 Responses to Two Milestones = Two Prizes

  1. Maddy says:

    Well what a timely arrival for me! [see I have finally managed to make a blogroll and there you are one minute ago] I’ll pass on the draw, but congratulations to you dearie. Blogging, personal growth and new connections = congratulations.
    Cheers

  2. Sandra says:

    Wow, Maddy you ARE fast! I was still editing it, and your comment popped up! I’m glad we’ve “found” each other again. I really like the way you write about your challenging life, always interesting, almost always funny, never whiny.

  3. ElleBee says:

    Congratulations! I love adding a bit of humor and faith to my everyday reads, and you are such a faithful commenter on my side as well. I love the “free therapy” that blogging provides, as I’d never get the same results with a paper and pen journal. Here’s to 200 more posts! 🙂

  4. Julie says:

    Congrats on your 200th post! I really enjoy reading your blog. You always seem to brighten my day a little bit with your great stories and life experiences you share. Thanks to DD for encouraging you to blog. I, for one, am glad she did. : )

  5. Sandra says:

    ElleBee — Thank you. I always enjoy your posts too!

    Julie — Thank you for being a faithful reader and even commenting once in a while!

  6. Linda says:

    You make me want to blog, but then I wonder what in the world I have to say that anyone would care to read. You make it look so easy, though. Yours is one of only two blogs that I read faithfully every day. Congratulations on a year of blogging and on 200 highly interesting and entertaining posts. What do you say to 365 posts next year?

  7. Sandra says:

    365!!!! That reminds me of that quote. You know the one — “Nothing’s impossible unless you have to do it yourself!” I thought I was doing good to eek out 200! 🙂 Thanks for always being my most faithful “fan.”

  8. Cyndie says:

    Congrats on your milestone! I have enjoyed reading your posts, especially about family history. Your new banner is great! Looking forward to many more stories in the future.

  9. Amy O says:

    Congratulations! I remember when your DD told me you started a blog. Persistence is so unlike her, ;). I have enjoyed what you have shared and I love the new photographer aspect of your blog.

  10. Danielle says:

    A huge congratulations to you, your blog is a wonderful read and I feel so lucky to have found you.

    I do how ever owe this to the beautiful J, as it was from her blog that I found you. I love that blog as well….in fact as strange as it sounds J is probably someone that I would hang around in real life……especially after she went to the O show !!!!

    Keeping blogging and have a great day !

    Danielle x

  11. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Cyndie. I’m glad I’m getting some of the family stories down in writing. I’m glad you visit, and sometimes comment. Always nice to hear from you.

    Amy — Thanks for being a reader and a commenter. Obviously, you have been here from the beginning — talk about persistence! 🙂

    Danielle — You have been a good friend to DD and to me too. I really am glad DD “introduced” us.

  12. Candy says:

    I’ll pass on the cert, but definately wanted to CONGRATULATE you on hitting the 200 mark! Can’t wait to see what happens after our Photoshop classes!

  13. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Candy. I hope I can keep up with you in the class!

  14. Hilary says:

    Congrats on your milestone. You expressed the sentiments that I feel about blogging so well. And I get those same glazed looks from family (sister and cousins) but then again, I must reflect those same expressions when they try to get me to join Facebook. You have a wonderful blog voice, Louise. Here’s to the next many years. 🙂

  15. Hilary says:

    lol I’m tired.. cross out “Louise” and fill in “Sandra.” Sorry about that. 😉

  16. tz says:

    Am I too late? I’ve been studying and taking tests and have had little chance to keep up with my favorite bloggers….I’m even thinking of writing a post imploring all you guys to post to accomodate MY schedule 🙂

    You are such a wonderful writer, I’m so glad you became a blogger…I actually found you from the comments on your daughter’s blog…so another yay to her too

  17. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I really enjoy your blog too. I’m glad we’ve found each other. Here’s to many more fun, well-read posts for both of us in the future!!

    tz — You are absolutely NOT too late. You are one of my favorites too (in case you didn’t already know). I met alot of nice people through DD’s blog. I’m just sorry she doesn’t have time to post very often any more because of going back to work. I know that’s one trade-off that has been hard for her — she loves blogging.

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