One year ago today, I sat down at my computer and began an odyssey into a strange and wondrous place that I knew virtually nothing about: the blogosphere. Armed with a desire to get back to writing regularly after a three-year hiatus, I sent my thoughts hurtling into cyberspace. What a positive and enlightening journey it’s been!
If people didn’t read my blog, it wouldn’t have a reason to exist…I am so thankful that each of you takes the time from your busy day to come for tea in Hammond River! I would like to make special mention of my first blogging buddy, Jane at PlaneJaner’s Journey. Jane’s been with me since the very first day, encouraging me and telling others about me! I will always be grateful that we found each other, Jane, and am proud to call you my friend! When I first started, hits on my blog averaged about 35 or 40 hits a day…now I’m getting 125 to 150 a day! I’m closing in on 25,600 hits, and 4100 comments for the year! If you’re a “lurker”, don’t be shy…please leave me a comment…I promise to answer it!
I really had no idea that there were so many crazy talented writers out there when I started this project…smart, thoughtful, funny people who have taught me so much about good writing! I have blogging buddies on five continents! I’m sending all you guys a virtual brownie (I hope nobody’s allergic to cyber-sweetness!)…thanks for “getting me”! In honour of my “blogiversary”, I have added several new people to my blogroll today (see “He Said”, “She Said”, and “They Said”). Please take the time to check out their blogs: there’s nothing that makes me happier than hooking people up with great writers! Many of these folks have been Freshly Pressed, and most are the recipients of multiple awards…Mama don’t allow no junk on her blogroll!
If someone were being really nice, they would probably classify my blog as a “cornucopia” of topics. Truthfully, I write what I feel like writing…several of my readers have commented that they never know what I’m going to write about next! I like not being “predictable”…that equals “boring” for me! Some days, I’m a “mommy blogger”, others I’m a “foodie”. I write about gardening sometimes, and tell stories about the wild animals that share our land. Other times, I’m an amateur historian, or relate stories of my own childhood. I rant…a lot! I talk about music, and books, and our bookstore. I’ve dabbled in fiction. I even took an action figure on a tour of our city! Changing things up is how I like to roll!
Herding Cats in Hammond River has been Freshly Pressed twice by the powers that be at WordPress. Thanks to the folks there for maintaining a quality blog site…there were a few technical issues last night, but they seem to have been resolved! My fellow bloggers have been very generous about awards: They think my blog is “Bloody Brilliant”, “Versatile”, “Stylish” and “Memetastic”! Thanks for the love, you guys!
I couldn’t do my blog without the love and support of my family…thanks for waiting patiently for dinner while I finish a post (or photograph what I cooked), and letting me make fun of you in public! With you guys around, I’m sure I’ll never run out of things to write about!
Here’s to another year of Herding Cats in Hammond River! Thank you, everybody!