Ten Years in Blogland

My, how time flies—seems we only say those words once we’ve reached a certain age of maturity.

I’ll soon be coming up to my tenth year of blogging. Yay me! I may not be posting often these days but

I’m still here in blogland. A lot of the bloggers I met over time have abandoned their blogs and I’ve lost touch. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to come up with content, especially content that others might want to read. It also takes persistence to set aside time to write posts. There was a time when I put more time into my posts than I did actually writing—or at least it felt that way—and that didn’t make sense. So these days, I blog less and write more.  And while I’d like to be blogging a bit more than I am now, at the moment I’m okay with it. Perhaps when the time is right I’ll get back into it a little more.

My daughter set up this blog in the beginning because I hadn’t a clue about any of it. It all seemed so foreign to me. Slowly but surely I started to figure it all out.

In ten years I’ve written 614 blog posts, counting this one. I wonder how many words that would be? enough for a few novel no doubt. 614 feels like a lot, although I know there are many more bloggers out there that would put this number to shame.

This photo was the original header for my blog back in 2009. It was taken at Lake Torment in East Dalhousie.

I believe when many of us start out blogging we think that people will sit at their computers in anticipation of our next published post, that they long to devour our words, our wisdom because what we have to say is just THAT profound. But then reality sets in and we begin to realize that there are a few kind souls out there who regularly read –some out of interest and others perhaps out of pity. I think many of my readers might fall into the pity category—family who feel obligated to read Mum’s blog posts for fear that they may be quizzed at a later date as to what’s new on lauraabest.wordpress.com/. But hey, I’ll take those “pity hits” and say thank you because I know that it’s not always easy to find time to read and I’m always very appreciative of anyone who does.

So, here’s to the first ten years (Well, not quite yet, but hey, I wanted something to blog about.)

Thank you to all those faithful readers who stop by from time to time and especially to those who take the time to leave a comment. I’m really grateful for your support. 

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  1. Duke1959

     /  May 3, 2019

    I know what you mean. I closed my old one a few weeks back and now have a new one. It was just time to close the old one.

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    • Hi Duke, I noticed that you had started blogging again. I actually popped over to visit your blog the other day. Glad to see you’re back at it!

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      • Duke1959

         /  May 4, 2019

        The older we get the more time we have to reflect and if some of my battle scars of life can help someone else then that’s fine.

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  2. Ten years, wow! Congratulations!! It will be 9 for me in June. Yours was one of the first blogs I followed and that was because we were in the same anthology. I also made many of my first new blogging friends here on your blog. I love blogging and have no plans to stop, even though it does take up valuable writing time! Thanks!!

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  3. Congrats on the ten years! I was blogging back then, too; I started in June of 2008. I can remember back to our early correspondence as you were getting ready to launch Bitter, Sweet. Was it really that long ago??? I spend time browsing Facebook, but blogging is still my favourite social media. I think it’s easier to get to know people there rather than in hasty FB comments. I admit my original two-to-three blog posts a week has settled into a whenever-I-feel-like-it routine in the past few years. I don’t even try to read all the blogs I used to follow, but I do like to make the rounds periodically to catch up on my favourites (yours included). Happy blog birthday, Laura. Here’s to the next decade!

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    • Thanks, Carol. I think I discovered you blog on your 50th wedding anniversary. I’ve been finding the increasing slow Internet service here in rural Nova Scotia to be such a challenge when it comes to blogging. We keep getting promises of broadband Internet and I’m trying to remain hopeful. One of the highlights for me was meeting your daughter, Shari at the Festival last year. She is doing SO wonderful. Here’s hoping “Missing Mike” wins the Silver Birch this year! I love her writing. You must be a very proud momma.

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      • I am indeed! She’s worked hard and consistently at her writing and I’m so glad to see her stories being well received. Fingers crossed for Missing Mike next week. 🙂

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  4. Wow – that’s a lot of posts for 10 years! Five a month. At least a novel’s worth of words. I aim for once/month, so I may have written 100, give or take; I must be close to ten years, too. And I’m sure your kids read your blog because it’s endlessly fascinating:) I know that’s why I’m a faithful follower:)

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    • Well, five a month would be an average since I’ve dropped down to like one every month or two these days. Way back when I’d sometimes blog two or three times a week.

      Hmmm, endlessly fascinating? That made me giggle just a little. Thanks, Jan. I actually discovered you through WordPress. One of the best things that came about from my starting this blog.

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  5. Ten years. Wow. Your blog was the first I ever followed. I thought it was cool to follow and read the posts of a real author. I started my blog in January 2011 because I was inspired by your blog. I am probably not the only writer you inspired. Thank you.

    I agree: we need to spend more time writing stories than writing blog posts. While I’m try to write more posts this year, I’ve had to dedicate more time to writing and editing to reach my writing goals. I might catch up later this year, but if I don’t, I’ll be able to look back and see what I’ve accomplished in the novel area.

    I doubt you have many pity followers. We’re here because we want to be. Cheers to your first ten years. We all can wonder what the next decade will bring.

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    • Thanks SO much, Diane. So nice to hear that I inspired you to start your blog. I’m so glad we had the chance to meet in 2013. Too bad we don’t live closer, I feel as though we’d have a lot in common–both country girls!

      Thanks for being so supportive. I appreciate it!

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  6. Judith M Hiltz

     /  May 4, 2019

    I don’t pity you and you know how much I like to read. So I don’t know what my reason is for readying you blog, I guess it’s just because I like to read them so I can catch up on what you are doing. You know we live so far apart we never get to talk to each other…xoxo

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    • I know you love me and that’s why you read even though you don’t like reading. Beware next spring’s “big” novel. I may have to come read it to you. at least I’d get to see you then. ❤

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      • Judith M Hiltz

         /  May 5, 2019

        LOL I would like that, I can make cards while you read me your new novel. What could be better than that…xoxo

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  7. You were one of the first visitors to my blog, and one of my earliest cheerleaders. I don’t blog much nowadays, as you know, but that’s because I’m busy writing my stories. And I promise I will send them out… someday. 😊

    I remember being so excited when you started your own blog, and I remember being even more excited when you launched Bitter, Sweet into the world. I’ve said it before, it makes my heart happy when good things happen for good people.

    Here’s to another 10 years ❣️

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    • I’m so glad to know that you’re busy blogging, Leah. I so think about you often and wondering how you’re making out. I don’t like to be a pest and keep asking if you’re writing but I’m glad to know you’re doing the hard work involved. Sending out stories takes courage and at some point you just have to let go. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions ( not that I know everything there is to know about writing/publishing) or if you just need a little encouraging during those bumps we all hit along the way. You will get there. I’m sure. And thatnks for always being in my corner. It’s so appreciated. 🙂

      Yeah, ten years seems like a whole decade actually. lol! You’re daughter must be all grown up by now. I’m even afraid to ask how old she is.

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