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.