My 8th blogging anniversary

WordPress recently reminded me that I created my blog site eight years ago. My first post was on August 1, 2012 and was an account, illustrated with photos, of why I live in the woods.

Today I have 1130 WordPress followers and several hundred more followers by email and on social media, and I have had almost 100,000 views.  I know many bloggers whose stats are much, much higher, but I am thrilled with what I have.

During the past eight years, I have been visited by readers from 168 countries and territories.   My top post of all time is Predicting Weather by the Signs: The Singing of the Katydids, which was a surprise to me.

In April 2014, a second blog was added, Believing for Ben, chronicling my grandson’s journey through pediatric neurosurgery.  Ben was only three years old at the time and now is ten and getting ready to begin grade five.  Believing for Ben posts also have appeared on this blog, and members of my blogging community have followed Ben’s progress from diagnosis to the announcement that he is cured.  Much encouragement and many prayers and healing thoughts have been sent our way from my blogging community.

A third blog, Captured for a Moment, was added in October, 2015.  I refer to it as my “photos only” blog with no commentary, just photos. Unfortunately, it has been very neglected of late.

Additionally, I follow 324 other WordPress bloggers from around the world and have developed lovely blogging friendships with many of them.  Some of those bloggers now post very infrequently, and others who I once followed now no longer post at all.  I miss them.

I am so grateful to everyone who has read my posts and/or followed this blog and my other blogs. Some of you have been with me since I began this journey.  Even though we never have met, you comment on my posts and continually send me words of encouragement.  Blogging has been a much more rewarding experience than I imagined it could be!  

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations! What a history you have. I especially enjoyed reading about the posts that received the most feedback. And I celebrate with you and the community over your grandsons healed state! Many Blessings!


    1. Thank you so much, Jacquie. I apologize for taking so long to respond to your comment. It somehow got lost in the need-to-be-approved list. But I do appreciate your comment, and I enjoy your blog as well.

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      1. I understand. Lately it’s been a bit of a challenge for me in responding, but I love this community and look forward to what others share. Blessings!

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  2. de Wets Wild says:

    Hearty congratulations, Deb, with warm wishes for many more anniversaries!

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    1. Thank you so much, Dries!

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  3. Congratulations! Forward ever!

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    1. Thank you! And additional congratulations on your blogging anniversary, as well!


  4. Mama Duck says:

    Congratulations on all of your blogs and dedication to writing!🎉

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    1. Thank you! I feel blessed to call you friend as well! I hope you are doing okay, and I think of you often.

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  6. jjaywmac says:

    Excellent! I am so proud of you!! Sending love and congratulations! You bring the most beautiful part of my home state to life for me! Thinks I have seen explained. Thank you.!

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I think I’ll just stop blogging, but I keep on. It’s an outlet for me.


  7. Nilesh Kumar says:

    Congratulations !! Love your blog

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    1. Thank you! I really appreciate that.


  8. Many congratulations!! 🌟😊🌟


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