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!


  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

  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.

  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. :-)

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

  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.

  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!

  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!

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

  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?