Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Anniversary

A year ago, I started this blog with an invitation to come together to celebrate midlife and beyond.

I had no idea what blogging would be like.

Oh, I had certain goals. My literary agent wanted me to blog to increase my online presence.

I wanted to find my own voice again as a writer after more than forty years of writing to assignment and to varying formulas.

In preparation for writing a memoir, I wanted to practice (and increase my comfort level) with writing in the first person after many years of keeping my own stories inside -- first as a journalist, then as a psychotherapist.

In preparation for writing a book about my therapy cats, I wanted to try writing occasionally about cats -- my own and others -- in a way that was heartfelt but not cloying.

To varying degrees, I've realized those objectives.

But there has been so much more.

I had no idea that my readership would be world-wide.

I had no idea how many wonderful writers, thinkers, humorists and new friends were in the blogosphere.

I had no idea how much I would come to treasure each one and the warmth of the blogging community.

I had no idea how much fun it would be!

I had no idea that blogging would come to be a pleasant and worthwhile experience on its own instead of merely a stepping stone to another goal.

I had no idea how much I would look forward to another year of blogging.

Thank you all for making this past year such a pleasure! I look forward to many more shared thoughts, stories and adventures in the next year!

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You are realizing your goals and more through your wonderful blog. I have only been blogging about four months and I have much to learn, which is why I enjoy reading well rounded blogs like yours.

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  3. I'm so glad you found blogging, so I could find you again. LOL

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  4. Kinda gets in your blood, doesn't it!?! Well, speaking for myself (and I'm sure a lot of others), we're glad you started and hope you continue for another year, and another year after that, and another year after that, etc., etc.

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  5. Happy anniversary, Kathy. Like Sightings I am very glad you started your blog and that I found it when you commented on mine. I've read a lot of wisdom and insight here over the past few months. Keep blogging and we'll keep reading. :-)

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  6. Happy Blogiverary Kathy! I agree with you on your thoughts. I never thought I would gain so many friends, through blogging.

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  7. Happy Anniversary. I agree with you. I had no idea what to expect in the blogosphere and have found it welcoming, educational, and worthwhile. Thank you for the insights you have provided over the past year. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say.
    Jann

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  8. I had no idea that you had started blogging a year ago. I do remember when you "came on the scene," but it certainly does not seem like it has been a year.

    You are a very important part of my blogging experience. I love reading what you have to say. Keep at it!

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  9. Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comments, Shelly, Tom, Barbara, Perpetua, Betty, Jann and Sally! I so enjoy your blogs, too, and have learned so much from you. Here's to another year of blogging and friendship!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Your blog and comments have enriched my life. On to year two!

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  11. First of all, belated Blogaversary wishes! (I've been off-blog for a few weeks, more or less!) I'm so very glad I discovered your space -- I always learn something, am inspired, or have wonderful food for thought when I read your posts.

    My personal pet therapist is sitting beside me, and reminds me we'd love to hear more about yours sometime soon!

    Congratulations! Isn't blogging the best?

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