13th Anniversary of Blogging

I started blogging with WordPress 13 years ago! My stats page tells me I’ve published 365,803 words, uploaded 3168 images and posted, on average, 80 times a year.

Sometimes I run out of blogging ideas. That’s when I go to the fabric store and find new material.
– Author Unknown –

Okay, not just the fabric store… a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and I’m good to go for a few more craft posts.

If I wasn’t a blogger, I’d probably still be a craftsman because crafts are an interest. It is hard to say, though, whether I would have become interested in photography and digital image processing.

A composite of some of the full moons that I  have photographed.

I might not have become as interested in bugs and snakes and lizards either.

Seven Spot Ladybug

I certainly would not have had the incentive to research things as thoroughly as I do.

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
– Wernher von Braun

Doing research on the Web is like using a library assembled piecemeal by pack rats and vandalized nightly.
– Roger Ebert –

I might not have been following  ‘alt-middle’ thinkers like Zubin Damania, Jordan Peterson, Hans Rosling, Mike Rowe, Thomas Sowell and many others.

This is now the prime challenge. First of all, you cannot villainize or demonize each side. You have to understand there’s going to be extremes that are crazy on both sides, but that the vast majority of people are trying to be good based on their moral matrix. So we have to, first of all, open dialogue between the sides that doesn’t involve, shaming and name calling and ad hominems and logical fallacies… Then we need to have dialogue across these lines respectfully. And that’s what I call Alt-Middle.
-Dr. Zubin Damania –

Last, but not least, without this blog I would not be sharing all the quips, quotes and things I find funny.

When filled with humour the body becomes loose, relaxed, tension dissolves. Thinking becomes clearer, more optimistic, it is easier to focus. Our manner also changes and we become more expressive, more giving…
– David Granierer –

Do tell – if you are a blogger, how long have you been blogging? Why do you blog?
If you are a regular reader, what keeps you coming back for more!?

34 thoughts on “13th Anniversary of Blogging

  1. I had to look it up and found I have been blogging for about 10 years. I started blogging because I like to take photos of my garden and blogging gave me a way to find like minded people who enjoy gardening. Also, I have to eat GF and remember how hard it was to find something to eat, so I also have a collection of easy GF recipes to help people out. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I do remember the first post I read was about owls.

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    1. Are you finding it easier to eat GF? We know someone who is Celiac and another someone whose gut has improved immensely by eating GF. They are both pleased with the awareness by the food industry and restaurants in providing GF food and menus.

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      1. I started having problems in the early 90″s and saw many doctors in two states and could not get any help. I finally saw an article about GF and gave it a try. Within days my gut improved. As an added bonus my headaches ended and I stopped having upper respiratory infections. I cook most of my meals, but do appreciate that restaurants have options. I never expect them to get it totally right.

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  2. Congratulations on a great blog. I especially enjoy your photos of your visiting animal friends, your craft demonstrations and the quip cards.

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  3. Congratulations, Margy, on a big achievement. I’m a relatively new follower, attracted by your spirit of fun. I know what you mean about research. I’ve blogged for about 8 years and simply like having people to share ideas and pictures of flowers with from around the world. I had no expectation at all about the community side of things when I started. It’s helped me understand other people’s experiences that are much different to mine, including on some difficult issues.

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  4. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I started mine in 2004 when it was a web log, then it was ‘blog and now it’s a blog, lol. I went through a period where I didn’t post, though so you probably have more posts than I do. I like the variety here. There’s a little of everything.

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  5. I’ve been blogging for almost eight years, and yes, I run out of ideas sometimes. But the blogging world is so much fun that I really don’t want to leave. And I love your blog, so please keep it coming!

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  6. I blogged daily from August 2016 until February of this year because I love writing everyday and it provided more instant gratification than writing a novel. But after people began to comment on my Blog, it added time needed to respond and interact. Although that is fun (a guilty pleasure), I had to reduce blogging to once a week and will be taking another break to figure out how I am going to satisfy my itch to write going forward. Congratulations on your 13 years!

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    1. Glad to have you as a reader and looking forward to your future writing projects. I like that you respond to comments on your blog. I find that the back and forth in comments are sometimes as interesting as the blog post!

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  7. Congratulations, Margy! Thirteen years is a long time. What prompted you to start in the first place? I picked up blogging when I retired, as a more formal outlet for my writing. I realized I was sending long emails to friends and realized I could be sharing the same content with fellow bloggers. I also realized I’d never have the patience and commitment to write a novel (a short story, perhaps), so blogging seemed like just the right fit. It’s a weekly habit, it’s manageable, and brings me enormous satisfaction, together with looking forward to posts like yours.

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    1. I think bloggers are, by nature, writers, and blogging is a readily available short form of written communication.
      I started blogging when I became invisible in a youthful society – older than all of my kitchen appliances, older than the house I live in, but not as old as the dirt in the yard. Invisible in appearance didn’t mean I had to be invisible in voice – hence the blog.
      Though I am glad others enjoy reading what I write, I enjoy rereading my posts! It is like a journal or diary. Reading other blogs, like yours, make me happy too, though I have to admit my biggest incentive to read others is to scout for ideas for what I will write next!

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  8. Congratulations on your anniversary! Here’s to many more years. I started my first blog in 2004, writing a few of what I call “starter” blogs along the way, until my current one on WP. It’s 11 years old. I blog to keep my brain clicking and my heart open. Plus it’s fun.

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    1. Wow, you are an ‘old timer’ if you will pardon the expression. In 2004 I didn’t even have reliable, fast internet service!
      I agree about keeping the brain clicking, which is why I’m so into research. I lean towards being a skeptic which has become a valuable trait for countering today’s mass and social media ‘news’ offerings.

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  9. Congrats on your 13th anniversary. An average of 80 posts a year is, to me, even more impressive. Thanks for keeping me amused. I particularly like this post’s opening quote. Ha ha.

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  10. 13 years, that’s worthy of celebrating and thanks so much for your informative and inspiring posts. I’ve been tapping away for a mere 5 years, no crikey, it’s been 7, where did that time go.?. Posting my travel blog has led me to take more notice of the world around me at home and as we travel. I now find myself thinking that what seems commonplace for us might be of interest to someone somewhere else. Somewhere I’d have to look up to even figure out where they are. I find blog reading a good way to make sense of our world and hear first hand views of news events and to ‘meet’ some wonderful and interesting people. I love the research, the fact checking and the stories that come to light just because I was afraid of posting something that wasn’t correct. And if that is not enough, I find my interests have changed. I was following a site where someone posted funny little stick figures and realised that I could draw nothing but people who looked like ‘toilet signs’. Suddenly it was back to the research and YouTube and Urban Sketchers and art blogs and now I can’t look at anything without wanting to draw it. So keep telling us about life in Canada and tree trimming moose and cute owls because we folk who call ourselves bloggers are like sponges who just want to soak up the learning.

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  11. Congrats on your 13th! That’s a mighty long time to blog, and I wish you many more years to come.

    I don’t know why I keep blogging, to be honest. Writing creative nonfiction to share online is just something I’ve done since Geocities existed. Maybe it’s my way of performing, and maybe I enjoy performing.

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