Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blogoversary!




Four years ago I embarked on this Great Blog Experience and what an experience it has been!

What can I say?

A lot has happened in my life since I made the decision to start blogging.  To be sure, my life has certainly taken a different route than I had anticipated and I have appreciated each and every one of you who has been on the ride with me.

It's been a rough road at times. There have been ups and downs, lots of bumps, some the hairpin curves and more than once, I have gotten more than a little lost.

When that happened though, I always found there were some bright lights out there to guide me home.

This blog has been my journal. my solace, my thinking place, my pride and joy, my burden, my way of connecting to the world.  There are posts that I am proud of and posts that I cringe at now. It recorded one way of life and then the abrupt end of that life, and now my new life.

I have made many, many friends through this blog.  Unfortunately, I have been told there are people who no longer talk to me because they feel I was too frank about certain details of my recent life here.  I think those people probably would have pulled away from me anyway--the inevitable fallout from any divorce.

To be honest, I was going through a lot about a month ago and I seriously thought about giving up this blog.  Then I wrote a post about what I was grappling with and the outpouring of kindness in the comments to that post reminded me of why I am proud to be a blogger.

You see, for the most part, we look out for each other in Blogland.  We may not visit each other's blogs on a regular basis and we may not always say just the right thing, but I have found other bloggers to be incredibly generous, encouraging and forgiving.

So I thank you all for joining me on this road.  Whether you are a blogger I see on a regular basis, a friend who drops in from time to time, or one of my nearly silent supporters, please know that you have touched my life and I am grateful for all of you.

So now I take a deep breath and head into year five.

I hope you'll join me.

Life is magnificent.


43 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

Oh sweetie. Life is, indeed, magnificent. I join you gladly. Life is unfolding perfectly...

Happy Blogoversary!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's been an amazing journey with you, watching you grow and change. Would never abandon you!

Mamma has spoken said...

AND if anything else, I'm sure, like me, you find the writing process a catalyst for your thoughts and feelings.
Looking forward to another 4 years of reading your posts!

Błażej Pala said...

mmmmmmm wery nice :)

Madi and Mom said...

Morning BB....OMCs it has been our extreme pleasure to by the cyber buddy. I, Madi, thank you for all the things you taught my mom. I had not idea an old dog could learn new tricks
Hugs madi and nose taps to the Mabel and Zelda

Olga said...

Cheers on your blogoversary and many more.

Lin said...

Hooray! Congrats on the years of blogging and I look forward to reading a LOT more of Betty Adventures. :)

Bloggers are a great group and extremely supportive. I have found that meeting bloggers in person is just as incredible--it's like we've been friends forever. So, we lose a few real-life readers? Look what we have gained!!

Leah J. Utas said...

It takes guts to put your life out on public display. We are all richer for your shared experiences.
Here's to Year Five!

Shelly said...

Very well said. Congratulations, and here's to many more~

Ami said...

Happy Bloggyness!! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!

You reminded me that I just passed an anniversary on mine, too... tomorrow's post, thanks!!

YrHmblHst said...

Happy Anniversary!
And the fact that you DO 'put yourself out there' is part of your wonderfulness. Well, that and your tremendously skillful use of the English language...
Anyway, congratulations on the milestone and here's to many more!

Old Kitty said...

Happy blogoversary you adorable woman!! Blogland is a richer happier place with you in it!! Yay!!!

Take care
x

Linda said...

Congratulations on your four-year blogoversary! You have a talent with the written word, and it's been a joy to make your virtual acquaintance. :)

Alison said...

Hooray for year five! I was recently reflecting that several of the blogs I used to follow have gone pretty much dormant in the last year or two. I'm glad you're still alive and kicking. (I can only imagine how hilarious you'll be in your nineties...)

Noelle said...

You look beautiful! I'm glad you are sticking around!!

Cheeseboy said...

I must say, the time I spent blogging was made much more fun by you Betty. Congratulations. Hope you make it 4 more years.

ladydazy said...

Congratulations, to you about 4 years. You and I are the same in which we use our blog as an outpour as to what we are going through anf feeling at that time. I too know that I'm risking it. So many don't write their feelings. I do and so do you. For that, I am thankful for you. I have empathy for you.

You look fabulous!! So beautiful!!

Brian said...

Happy Blogoversary Betty! We are proud to be your friend!

Barbara said...

Don't worry about those that turn their backs...they're the ones missing out. Keep on blogging. You do a wonderful job and we all love reading about and sharing your life. Just look how you've grown this past year!

Daisy said...

Happy Blogaversary, Betty! If someone stopped talking to you because you were frank and honest, it's their loss, not yours. I'm looking forward to reading your posts yet to come! Hope you have a great day today. You look lovely in that picture, by the way. :)

Nat said...

Happy blogoversary, Betty! Please can we tow along for the ride for the next 5 years....

annie said...

Happy Blogaversary Betty and many more to come.
Have a glass of champagne and a huge slice of cake.
I will fill the balloons and throw the confetti around.
Woo Hoo!

Ms. A said...

Congratulation on four years and here's to many, many more. You know BB, you were my 35th follower (and the first few didn't count) and I have laughed and cried through ALL your posts. I considered you part of my original tribe... even if you no longer visit, and so many of the original blogs have gone silent. So much has changed, bloggers come and go, their life-changes morph them into new people, like butterflies. You are a butterfly!

Gigi said...

Betty, as long as you are writing in your true, authentic voice - baring your soul - I will be here.

I, too, have found that for the most part bloggers are caring, compassionate people and will do whatever they can to support their "cyber-friends." You are loved in the blogosphere, Betty. And if some people can't be supportive because you are too "honest" well, that's their loss.

Ann said...

congratulations on five years of blogging. I would be honored to follow you through the next five years.
Bloggers are wonderful people. They bring you up when you are down, support you, encourage you and just in general make you happy

Joanna Jenkins said...

We started blogging around the same time. Hard to imagine four years has past already.

So glad you 're sticking with blogging. I too, find it a lovely and supportive community.

Happy anniversary. Wishing you many more.

xo jj

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I was just telling my husband, a totally never online kind of guy, what an incredible person you are. Glad to know and glad you're staying right here.

Baby Sister said...

Love that picture. :) Congratulations!! I'm glad you're gonna still be around. :)

Jimmy said...

Congrats Betty, I'm proud you decided to hang on and keep your blog going.

People come and go, some hang on for the ride as long as you say the right thing and stroke their ego so to say, but a friend is one who may not be there everyday but at the same time you know you can tell them how you feel without fear of being judged.

Nice Picture I like it :)

jenny_o said...

Congratulations on both the blog anniversary and on your decision to keep going. I believe that your candid writing helps other people who may not have someone to talk to and may not know what to do in similar situations. So I say, good for you for putting yourself out there! And your writing is marvellously witty and readable. Thank you!!

Shan said...

Happy Anniversary! Trying to think back to when we "met"... I'm pretty sure it was before I was pregnant with Fynnie. Still laughing at your attempts to name her. :+)

SueAnn Lommler said...

It has been an amazing and rich journey and I am proud and glad to have gone along with you.
Hugging you
SueAmm

leah siroy said...

Happy Blog anniversary Betty. This is quite an achievement. It was a exciting and fun journey with you. Hope you have more years to come.
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Annmarie Pipa said...

congrats to you!!!
I agree too I have come to appreciate the bloggers of the world!

Leanne said...

Ditto. ;)

Love you, B. You've enriched my life more than you will ever know. Happy Blogoversary to you, friend.

Mrs.C said...

I've always loved your style, your way of sharing, and so yes ma'am I'll continue on with you. Congrats on your Blogoversary!!! I still think there is a book somewhere inside you!

Hilary said...

Probably one of the best Blogiversary posts I've ever read. Happy 4 years of wonderful post. Wishing you many, many more.

Domestic Bella said...

Happy belated blogoversary!I am so glad we have gotten to know each other through our blogs. You are one incredible woman and one of my favorite bloggers!

Cricket said...

Hey there.... you can count me among the nearly silent supporters. I still make the rounds and read, very occasionally comment, and almost never post these days. I get my best ideas for posts while at work, y'see, but being a total morning person, I find all my mornings gone.

Anyways, still out there, still reading, and thought I'd say hello and congratulations on your blogaversary.

Wishing you all the best.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty .. I find the blogging world so supportive - and I'm sure you found blogging cathartic in the past year or so ... and now can look forward with that sunny disposition that you have and your blog colour has ... have always loved your yellow!

Happy days ahead for you .. Hilary

Nicolasa @ {My}Perspective said...

Such a wonderful thing to celebrate! Congratulations. Blog land is a wonderful place. So glad to have met you!

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The Empress said...

You look younger than you did 4 years ago!!

How is that???