Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thinking back...

In a few days I will be celebrating 4 years of blogging. Not as long as some, longer than others. Not a record by any means. Since that time I've changed jobs and gotten a new position (I'm now Lead Clerk at Denver Public Library-- the organizer, essentially),
could I have posed this any better?
 started seeing a neurologist for my ongoing struggle with migraines (still a long and frustrating journey), I've moved into a new house, my son has had his first day in middle school and now this year, high school.
Just before middle school- 12 yrs old
 Maurice was let go of his job at the schools (long and frustrating story) and is now working at the library. Maurice's son (to whom I am pretty close) has moved with the love of his life to Oregon...
 And my oldest daughter (25 years old!) has moved into a nice little home she and the love of her life chose to buy (if you're curious about my kids, you can see a bit more here) on the opposite side of town. My middle daughter turned 21 and...
To Life!
Well, let's just say, life has changed dramatically (as it does for all of us) although not as dramatically as the previous four years (but THAT is truly another long story).

I began blogging because I was asked by the founder? originator? person who thought up 'National Blog Writer's Month' ( a.k.a. NaBloWriMo) suggested I start one because I am a writer and because she hoped I would join NaBlo. I began writing on my blog as a sort of catharsis, ranting on politics, religion, and anything else that came to mind. I wasn't really aware of what blogging really was, that the goal was to get readers, follow others, etc... And perhaps even if someone has told me, I wouldn't have cared. I needed my blog to be what it was at that time. Eventually I figured out there were other bloggers out there- some with great pictures, others with interesting ideas and others who were writing (just like I was -and am). I had more time for blogging when I first began this little trek of mine and though now my schedule is much more demanding, I still plug on, posting mostly pictures that I take as Mo and I find beautiful vistas and hidden wild gardens because, essentially, I have no energy to write a lot for my blog and write on my WIP.  
(I really love this cover design but doubt the artist will let me use it.)
I'm usually completely satisfied with my blog- I love sharing the pics I take with you and I love looking back at them. Sometimes I feel a little guilty that I don't share a bit more of my life (I mean how many of you knew that my oldest was 25???)
On the other hand, I am firmly of the thought that my blog is for beauty and horizons, not for airing dirty laundry, family secrets or telling work stories (although I have told a few humorous ones). 

Next month, I will strive to post every day although I can already tell you it is going to be difficult to etch out the time in my schedule. What will most definitely not be difficult is that I am going to use that time to tell you a little about the blogging friends I have found along the way because let's face it, what would our blogs be without readers? Well, I guess they'd be diaries- which aren't bad! But as writers we do hope to find people who will respond to what we wrote, who will find a bit of truth or make a connection in some way. All the bloggers I share will be friends, oldish and newish (all relative to my blogging years) not all writers, just fellow travelers out there in the blogging world. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I will! 

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations on reaching another milestone...4 years... and I love that sign!! Gosh, a lot happens in four years.

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    1. Thanks. Life has a way of twisting and turning, in spite of our protestations.

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  2. Your life is so full! :)

    One of the many things I enjoy about your blog is the variety of the posts. I like that. Here's to (at least) 4 more years!

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    1. My life is so hectic- nutty sometimes. But I guess I've adjusted and it is a good life. To more blogging and more life! Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Michael! I'll be in touch soon!

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  4. WoW!! Four years that is awesome. Congratulations!!

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  5. Happy Blogiversary!

    One thing I love about blogging is that it's so flexible as a medium, evolving effortlessly as we grow and change. I'm so glad you created this space and I can't wait to see what's to come!

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    1. Thanks Emily, I have also enjoyed how it shifts and changes- and how many buddies I have found along the way- like you!

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  6. You have certainly been one of my longest-standing readers/commenters and bloggy friends :) I'm very glad I found your blog, or you found mine...whatever came first! :)

    Congrats on 4 years!!

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    1. I think you found me! You commented on something I posted on a bloghop, I think. I mentioned I was an atheist and you said you were too. I popped on by and I'm glad I stuck around- and really glad you stuck around!

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  7. How lovely to meet your kids and find out a bit more about you. Love that last shot!

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  8. Forgot to add: Congratulations on your four years!

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  9. Hooray!!! Happy bloggerversary, darlink!!! I'm pulling out a magnum for that you, bubbly all around! A lot can happen over one year, let alone, four! Your family look lovely too. Good luck with the daily blogging, it's an enormous challenge, take each day as it comes, you will get there! *clink clink* xox

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    1. I am beginning to regret even thinking about doing it-- we'll see how it goes. But I will happily accept the bubbly and you know I always enjoy having something (anything) to toast!

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