My sister Lib and I went to Ireland in 2009. I was sending excruciatingly detailed emails of our trip to my family, and someone suggested I start a blog. I think those NOT interested in the travelogue thought this way they could keep their inboxes unsullied. I started out over at Blogspot. For several months I reconstituted notes from our trip. As one familial pundit so eloquently put it, reading about it took 4 times longer than the trip itself. (Some might say cruel as opposed to eloquent, but I digress.) After I typed the last paragraph detailing our fond farewells to the Emerald Isle, I stopped blogging.
Fast forward nearly one year. Once again my long, involved emails on the rant-of-the-week resulted in the suggestions (dare I say desperate pleas?) that I resurrect the blog, and kill the lengthy emails. So I did, this time hoping for a wider audience.
I cast my pearls before swine over at Blogspot for 2 months, and became increasingly frustrated by how hard it was for readers to leave comments. Just in case I got some. Readers, I mean. My cousin Ann said WordPress was more user-friendly. I took a leap of faith, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My first blog was a pithy, 2-line announcement that I had just moved into the WordPress neighborhood. Nobody came over with cookies. For the first month here, I was greatly hampered by the fact that I didn’t know about tags, and couldn’t figure out how to post pictures.
The world was not impressed.
I finally figured out pictures and tags and two months after coming onboard I was Freshly Pressed with the post My Sister-In-Law Is Ruining The U. S. Economy. This extraordinary event finally brought that most elusive of all creatures to my blog, the reader-not-related-by-blood-or-marriage. It also marked the beginning of some very special friendships.
One year in and my stats are all about the fours. I’m not setting the world on fire, but I’m pleased that I’ve just passed:
- 40,000 hits
- 4,000 comments (some not even made by me)
- 4 Freshly Pressed posts
I’m shooting for a new 4 – 400 subscribers. Tell your friends.
The sheer talent of many of the bloggers I have met on WordPress has me in awe. I am privileged to call some of you blogging buddies. These relationships have come to mean a great deal to me.
Here’s to us exchanging ideas, both great and goofy, for years to come! (Raises crystal cyber glass of uber-expensive champagne in salute.)
By the way, if any of you are looking for gift ideas, the usual suggestion for the first anniversary is paper. I prefer mine to be green, contain pictures of dead presidents, and be negotiable.