Friday, January 15, 2010

First Anniversary of My Blog



It’s been a year since I started putting my thoughts and photos on the internet.

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Not all of the significant people in my life read my blog, but some do. My husband reads it because it helps him keep track of my thoughts and activities. (He might even claim that he only knows what’s happening around here because of my blog.) I think my adult children read it just to protect their own interests. Some of my friends read it, including friends from my youth. A few of my relatives follow my blog, and it has opened up more communication between us. One cousin tells me that her friends read it. Two of my favorite (famous) writers dropped by and made comments, which thrilled me. Some of my most faithful readers started out as strangers; now they are friends.

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The posts that got the most attention were probably the two about the raccoons in the house. (See here and here.) People also liked my birthday list, where I mentioned 62 things I’ve done in 62 years. Cat lovers particularly like my cat stories. My SCBWI writer friends love it when I write about our conferences. My church friends like my descriptions and photos of church activities.

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I’m particularly proud of the writing in certain posts . . . the “Where I’m From” post . . . the thoughts about each of my family members that I’ve written on their birthdays (Husband, Daughter, Son #1, and Son #2) . . . the story about the death of our friend Ed Pugh . . . this year’s Christmas post . . . my review of 2009 . . .

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Often, I feel like the topic chooses me instead of the other way around. Whatever is claiming my attention that week seems to insist upon being recorded.

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Even as a retired person, I’m a busy person, so I don’t write as often as I’d like. I try to let no more than a week go by without making a post.

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Although I spend a lot of my time writing, I mostly write novels. While plodding through draft after draft of a novel, I get discouraged. But blog writing provides validation. In the past, I often told the non-writing people in my life that I am a writer, but I’m not sure they believed me. Now I regularly hear “You are such a good writer!” That encouragement keeps me going. I love knowing that people are actually reading and appreciating the words I write.

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Because of the counter I have on my blog, I know I have lots of readers, but few people comment. Please don’t be shy. I’d love to hear what you think, even if you sign in as “Anonymous.”

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I hope to entertain and touch you with my writing for years to come. Thank you so much for reading my blog!



10 comments:

Marla said...

Happy anniversary! I am so happy I found your blog and can't wait for what's ahead.

Anonymous said...

OK, tell me again why you thought we didn't need a PC or a hook up to the internet? OK, tell me once more why the dial up would be fast enough so we didn't need to hook the computer up to cable. Why was it, once more, that it was a waste of money to upgrade from the old IBM PS-2?


Now, tell me why you hibernate in your damn office on the computer you didn't need hooked up to the network that was unessesary and complain that is isn't fast enough and doesn't do all you want it to do?

Happy Aniverary wifey.

Drlobojo

Joan said...

Happy Anniversary!

I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did! I do know it was the Raccoon posts that pulled me in. I loved them!

Janean said...

i saw "okey" and just had to read a blog from a gal who ain't afraid of her roots - pronounced like 'ruts.'

my honey and i adored Tulsa when a family member lived there. We liked nearly everyone we met in the great state of OK.

oh yeah, you're a great writer. (hug)

Oklahoma Granny said...

Happy anniversary to you! Although I can't remember just how it happened, I am so glad our blog paths have crossed.

Susan York Meyers said...

It's a great blog, Ms Okie Woman! Lol, love hubby's sweet "I told you so!"

God Bless,
Susan

Melinda said...

Happy Anny!!

I nominated you for an award today on my blog. I hope that is ok!

Come over and look!

Okie Book Woman said...

Thanks, Melinda! Of course it's okay. I'm flattered!

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