I almost didn't realize it but there was something going on that made me think to look back at the first post I ever made, and it was a year ago today that I started my blog.
In the beginning it was a way for my friends and family to keep in touch with us when things got too busy. I had always kept a journal/diary and I knew I would be adding to it every day, which was a habit I had gotten into years before, to sit down last thing at night and jot down what had been going on during the day, sometimes a line here and there, sometimes an epilog depending on how tired or how much energy I had.
I had never heard of 'blogging' but a friend suggested to me to check it out, this after my computer had crashed. Fortunately my knight in shining armor at the time was the lovely man at the computer store who retrieved 99 percent of what I had lost but it was just enough of a scare to start my own blog, another safety net for favorite photos and 'ramblings' to go along with that portable hard-drive which was not nearly as rewarding or as much fun, though certainly and I most definitely would not be without.
Little did I know that it would be opening up a whole new world for me. I didn't realize that people would actually enjoy what I had to share, and didn't realize I would be sharing with anyone other than those in my own close circle of family and friends. Little did I know I would be meeting so many great people on-line from everywhere imaginable. I have always loved meeting people, not only in my own kneck of the woods but also from everywhere else. And both Gregg and I have always encouraged our son to look beyond his own garden, to see that there was a world out there other than his own. We love the fact that he now has friends from many different cultures, the diversity can only broaden his mind and that was our intention, for him to walk through that gate and out of his own back yard.
Little did I know I would be opening up my own gate even further. It has been an incredible experience this blogging world and I want to thank you all for making it such a fun ride, to also thank you for dropping in with your wonderful comments that not only I like to read but my family does too. Even to the people who don't leave any comments because of language, time or energy, believe me when I say all are welcome here. It's one of the reasons I put so many photos on my blog, and as I love taking all those photographs it seemed the natural thing to do. Hopefully they are enjoyable just to look at and there are no comments needed. Like they say about laughter, I think photos are the same thing, everyone speaks the same language. Quite often you just don't need to say anything. Then of course there are many 'cups of tea' and people enjoy different varieties. One blog might not be as interesting as another depending on our tastes and so we move on to another. Such is life.
That being said, I have discovered many, many great blogs which I visit frequently, not as often as I would like because the list grows daily. What a shame there isn't 40 hours in a day, but I suspect that even 100 hours wouldn't be enough time.
It has been a perfect joy to meet you all. Thank you my friends out there, you put a pep in my step at the beginning of each day and some days - like everyone else - I need that.