An Anniversary

Some anniversaries are milestones while others are not. Some are known and anticipated while others just creep up on you without your being aware they are coming. Such a one hit me today.

When I logged on this morning and clicked on TWT to read some posts I noticed that I had a notification waiting for me. Since I hadn’t posted yet I was curious to see what It was. This is what I saw:

  • 9 Year Anniversary Achievement
  • Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
  • You registered on WordPress.com 9 years ago.
  • Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.

I didn’t realize that I started this blog 9 years ago. Compared to other bloggers I know this is not a long time, but for me, who never considered himself a writer, it is an accomplishment.

Although I didn’t remember the anniversary, I do clearly remember how this blogging got started. I was running a Young Writers Academy at Penn State Harrisburg. One of my friends and a fellow teacher at Upper Dauphin was teaching a session.

We were talking during some down time and she told me about blogging and TWT. She suggested I might enjoy reading the posts, just kind of lurking in the background. She also told me about WordPress and helped me set up an account.

I admit that at first I was a bit skeptical about writing anything. After all, who would e interested in what I would write? So, For about a month I stayed in the shadows reading post that sounded interesting to me.

It didn’t take long for me to become addicted to Slice of Life Tuesdays. I still wasn’t brave enough to join in and put something out there.

When I finally did, I admit I screwed up the link for my first post. Thankfully, Stacey caught it and explained to me how I should have gone about posting the link.

I was amazed at the welcoming responses I received from that first post and the blogger friends I have made who come back week after week to read the things I post, even the nonsensical ones.

So, I guess on this anniversary I just want to send a “Thank You” out to those of you who read my posts. I appreciate your comments. Thanks to Stacey for fixing the link in that first post and setting me straight on how to add the link. And a special thanks to Cindy Minnich, who got me started on all of this 9 years ago.

Happy continued blogging to us all!

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18 responses to “An Anniversary

  1. Blogging is fun and I am glad I am a part of WordPress. I started in October 2013. It is nice to be contact with you and so many others from different parts of the world. Congratulations 🙂

    • Blogging does make the world a smaller place. Although we are all different, we are all the same. I appreciate your reading my posts and your comments.

  2. Trish

    BRAVO and congratulations! I am one of the stalwart readers and haven’t been disappointed. (I love those milestone notifications—like Fitbit for the mind.) Here’s to at least nine more years! 🎉🎉🎉

  3. Nine years! Congrats! So glad you started writing and have kept going through the years. I’ve “met” many friends here- and many have been with me as long as or even longer than some of my “in person” friends. I appreciate your humor, your cats, and the quilts. And the ordinary moments shared as a Slice of Life!

    • I admit that when I started writing I was afraid no one would read my posts or else read one and never come back. Like you, I have “met” many friends here. Thanks for being one of them.

  4. I’m so glad you discovered the writer in you. Somewhere along the way, we stumble into writerhood identity. I’m so glad to be here to read your writing and celebrate the day with you. Cheers for the writer’s journey!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I think I stumbled into my writerhood in 2000 when I took a National Writing Project Summer Writing Institute at Penn State Harrisburg. It change me as well as my way of teaching.

  5. I am looking forward to having one of those notifications! I dabbled in March 2021 and then stopped until this March. I reworked my site and am trying to blog every Tuesday. Congrats on your milestone!

  6. Nine years is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations!

  7. !! Happy Blog-versary Bob !!
    Sincere thanks to Cindy Minnich for steering you to this path and all the wonderful posts we’ve had the pleasure of reading all these years because of it!

  8. Happy anniversary! Has your style changed much over time?

    • I think my style of writing has changed over the years. I definitely write more poetry than I did. However, I think I still try to keep my posts on the light side.

  9. Congratulations, Bob. I always enjoy your blog posts. For the past two weeks, I have been on the go and have not had time to post although this week I planned on writing. Once again, I fell asleep while writing and when I woke up it was past the deadline time. But this does not stop me from reading your writing. I am glad that you are writing more poetry now.

    • Carol, somehow time does manage to slip away on us. I totally understand about nodding off. For me, it is usually around 2 in the afternoon. I appreciate your kind words snd encouragement.

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