There are many, many things I am thankful for and one of the things I am truly thankful for is the opportunity to express my thanks. Being able to express gratitude is very big with me and I would venture to say that a large number of my 501 blog posts mention things I am grateful for. I was grateful when I came across a sign with my maiden name on it and had to have a picture of it. I decided to keep my maiden name and hyphenate it to add my husband's surname when we married because I identify with my name. I always tease him and tell him I was a Sheldon before I was Walker.
Writing is in the blood!
I love (always have and probably always will) writing and cannot get enough of it. I love it so much that the 500th post just passed right by without me realizing until after I hit publish. I had every intention of making a big deal out of it and maybe even holding a give away.Any suggestions on a way to celebrate 501 posts and counting?
My stats are:
- jsheldonwalker started on 02/05/2008 and has 122 posts.
- HardworkinJudy started on 02/25/2008 and has 130 posts.
- Seeds4thoughts started on 02/18/2008 and has 247 posts.
I can be clueless about computers...
When I first started blogging I was absolutely clueless and many times I still am. There is so much to learn about computers and networking. When I attended school there were no computers and the typewriters were manuals (you know, without plugs!). When I published my first poem I was in fifth grade and submitted it handwritten! Could you imagine an editors reaction to a handwritten submission this day in age?
Things have changed dramatically.
If not for Anne Lyken-Garner and Icy BC I would have never made it this far. They have been tremendously patient and helpful. I look back at some of my first posts and there is not one comment. Follower? I did not know what they were. I did not even know what my url was for the longest. I would have to log in and copy it from the browser. Icy, Anne and I wrote at triond together. We were searching for ways to promote our articles. Articles make more money if they receive more traffic, so sometimes a writer spends more time marketing their work than writing it.We had already joined many network and bookmarking sites and were spending considerable time submitting our work and reading and commenting on others. Blogging seemed to be a logical next step.
Blogging takes on a life of its own.
But something happens when you begin to blog. Soon you will find yourself spending more time blogging than anything else (outside of work, that is). Fortunately for me, I received my first Google adsense check in May and am closing in on the second. So blogging is not only rewarding in that it allows us to express ourselves, but it pays us to do that! What could be sweeter?
Thank you for allowing me to ramble, for your many posts and pictures, and for your encouragement! Take care and God bless.