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Where it all began

Glowing socks
Glowing socks (2006)

Start telling the stories that only you can tell.  Because there will always be better writers than you, and there will always be smarter writers than you, and there will always be, you know, people who are much better at doing this or doing that, but you are the only you.

~ Neil Gaiman

Yosemite (April 2006)
Yosemite (April 2006)

Once upon a time, in the year 2006, I began blogging publicly under my own name.  I’d been blogging in some format or another since 1999, but always under a pseudonym or in a group where there was limited access to just those in the group.  Writing my first public blog post was easy.  Hitting “publish” was not.  There was something scary about putting my very own self out there where anyone could see me in the form of my words and images.  It’s hard to describe the nervousness I felt when I published my first blog post.  It seems silly now, thousands of blog posts later.  What did I think would happen?  Well, I don’t know.  I didn’t think it through that far.   Besides, nobody was reading my blog so I had no reason to worry or feel apprehensive.

My first blog post was titled September’s Full Moon, and looking over it, I can see that I’m still doing pretty much the same thing.  I go out for a walk.  I blog about it.  Once in a while I travel.  I blog about it.  Nothing much happens.  I blog about it.  A lot about me has changed, but my blogging habits remain the same.  Oh wait, one thing has changed.  I use fewer prompts and memes, although if one grabs my attention or tickles my fancy, I go for it.

Yosemite (April 2006)
Yosemite (April 2006)

I had very few followers (none, I suspect) during the first month or two.  In November of 2006, I decided to take the plunge and really put myself out there by signing up for NaBloPoMo.  It was a crazy move since I was still working outside the home, and getting ready for our temporary relocation to Sabbaticalville (West Chester, Pennsylvania) which was going to take place in December.  My first NaBloPoMo post was titled NaBloPoMo.  Very original, don’t you think?

Cheese!  (Philadelphia, PA 2006)
Cheese! (Philadelphia, PA 2006)

It was through NaBloPoMo that I met other bloggers and became part of the blogging community, for it is a community.  Some of the people I met through the first NaBloPoMo are still blogging occasionally.  Some have moved to other forms of social media.  And others have disappeared.  Some I’ve met in person, and others I’m still longing to meet someday.  I’ve made acquaintances, friends, good friends, and maybe an enemy or two (for reasons I can’t fathom).  Blogging and NaBloPoMo opened up the world to me at a time when I could barely leave the house due to pain and injury.  It also helped me work my way through to the other side (healing).

Scattered colors
Scattered colors (November 2006)

When I got the email announcing NaBloPoMo 2013 I thought, “Eh.  I’m not going to do it this year.”

Fall Foliage (2006)
Fall Foliage (2006)

And then I thought, “Eh.  Why not?”  So here I am, giving this insanity another go ’round.  It might be easy to do this year because of the kitchen renovation.  I won’t have to spend too much time (if any) prepping and cooking dinner while the work is going on.  It’s not about time for me, anyhow.  Not at this point.  It’s about tradition.  NaBloPoMo has become a tradition for me, and I couldn’t bring myself to take a pass on it this year.

Reflections on the surface of the pond.  November 2006.
Reflections on the surface of the pond. November 2006.

Want to join me in this craziness?  You can sign up over at BlogHer right here.  I think.  I’m finding their instructions a little on the confusing side, but I find the website a little on the confusing side because there is so much going on that I have trouble focusing on one thing or another.  I blame that on me, not them.  I don’t multitask well, and when there are too many shiny and/or flashing objects to look at, I can’t seem to pick just one and that’s when confusion sets in.

My oldest granddaughter at Thanksgiving in 2006.
My oldest granddaughter at Thanksgiving in 2006.

Well, that’s enough history from me for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  It is a dark, warm, windy, and occasionally rainy day here on the Eastern Shore.   The trees are still somehow holding on to most of their leaves in spite of the gusty winds.  We’re having pizza for dinner tonight.  Would you believe they have good pizza on the Eastern Shore?  I know.  I was surprised, too.  It’s not as good as the New York-style pizza I grew up with, but it’s darn close.

I hope your Friday was a good one.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the tale of a turtle and why he crossed the road.

Manokin River at Raccoon Point.  Taken yesterday.
Manokin River at Raccoon Point. Taken yesterday.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂  And have a great weekend!

NaBloPoMo November 2013

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Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

39 thoughts on “Where it all began

    1. lol! I know. I was the same way. Then I sat there for a while, waiting to see what would happen. As if the world would blow up or something. lol!! Funny how such a little thing can seem so big at the time. Thanks, Nickie. I enjoyed the trip and I’m glad you joined me since you’re a big part of my blogging world (and one of those good friends that I’ve been lucky enough to meet!).

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  1. I started blogging just to communicate with friends and family while husband and I were on a road trip. Then I quit, until daughter started nagging about it and we took another road trip. Now it has become a part of my life. I’m pleasantly amazed at the sense of community, the friendships that develop, the camaraderie in this blogging world. It is a joy.

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    1. It is amazing, itsn’t it, Carol? I never would have thought that blogging could lead to such great friendships. I originally started blogging to quit smoking. When I started Life in the Bogs, it was to stay in touch with family and friends. The irony of that is very few friends or family read my blog. That’s okay. It gives us something to talk about when we get together (whereas, if they read my blog, they’d know pretty much everything happening in my life).

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    1. It’s fun, Colline, but it can be difficult (especially if you lack the time). I’ve gotten used to posting almost daily, and I did post daily for an entire year during my outdoor challenge, so 30 days isn’t so bad for me. 🙂

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  2. Turtles. Turtles. They keep steadily going – and so will you. Go NaBloPoMo!(Best encouraging poem I can do right now..it’s the thought…_
    the 2006 reflections pix is perfect for today ( it looks like long hair floating – and then there’s the pix of fluffy hair granddaughter…coincidence…hmmmm)
    Always enjoy the wandering here.

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  3. Your blog story reminded me the story of Julie Powell (author of Julie and Julia)… He said that her mother was her only blogger and they blogged for a long while. That was when there were only 20,000 blog sites 🙂 Now, WP has close to half million posts a month!
    Love the quote. Beautiful photo of your granddaughter. Happy weekend 🙂

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  4. Huh. I started blogging in 2006 too. I think it was 2006. I had quit my job and gone back to grad school, in Information Science, and a fellow student was messing with hosting blogs and looking for volunteers to blog. He set me up. I didn’t even know what a blog was. I fell in love immediately. I saw the mention of NaBloPoMo and got my blog on their list. Haven’t taken the time to figure out how to move the little thingy over yet…I’m bad at that but I can do it if I concentrate. I think. It’s a crazy month for me so this will be a challenge…but we are traveling some and family might be visiting..so should have something to blog about each day. Heck I have no problem blogging about nothing. Still..every day…..hmmmm…..

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  5. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading of your start in blogging. I’m new to NaBloPoMo, I joined in on October 20th, and I’ll now attempt a full month in November. I found it a tad confusing too, I still don’t get the “linky” thing, but I look forward to this journey.

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen. And thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it. 🙂 I’m still trying to figure it all out at BlogHer. There’s a lot to take in there.

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    1. Thank you, Tamekia. And thank you for visiting. 🙂 The best advice I can give you regarding NaBloPoMo is to have fun. It does get a little challenging in the middle, but if you push through, you’ll have no trouble coasting to the end.

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  6. I’m so glad you started blogging, and that I found my way to your blog years later 🙂
    You chose some beautiful photos to go with your story, I especially like the one of the fall leaves in the grass.

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blogging history, Robin. To think you’ve been around the blogosphere for so very long and still feel so enthused about it. I read somewhere that the average blogger blogs for three years before quitting. (Who knows if that’s true?) Good luck with NaBloPoMo! Have a blast…

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. 🙂 I think some bloggers don’t last that long. Maybe it’s the stats. It can be discouraging to some people to post regularly and not have visitors.

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  8. I love that you are doing NaBloPoMo again – gives me something to look forward to reading each day. I’ve considered it several times, even come close to daily blogging for a month a couple times, but have never actually done it. It is now the 3rd and I’ve already missed blogging one day of November, so it is already too late once again! Oh well! I agree with you about the community that blogging brings. My readership is small, but seem to be quite loyal, and I appreciate them all! 🙂

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  9. NaBloPoMo is what gets me back to my blog each year. I met you here and am grateful you’re still around and reading my nonsense. One question, though: did you move from the Midwest to the Eastern Shore?

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    1. I did, Alto2. We were living in northeast Ohio during that first NaBloPoMo which is when I met you through blogging (and I’m grateful you’re still hanging in there at least once a year for NaBloPoMo). We moved to Maryland this past spring. It’s been quite an adjustment, in many ways.

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  10. Thanks for the link to this post. You are a skilled blogger Robin 🙂 I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing your great photos – and oh my that Gaiman quote is so brilliant I felt the kick in my butt to get started…

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    1. You’re welcome, Rosie. And thank you. Maybe blogging is what I was meant to do when I grow up. Or else I spend far too much time at it. Probably the latter, but it is something I enjoy. I agree with you about the Gaiman quote. It hit home with me, too. 🙂

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  11. ma sai che sei proprio simpatico? sei passato da me con due scarpe rosse e io ho detto…da dove arriva questo? e ti sono venuta a cercare, poi capita che leggo di come hai cominciato e la cosa mi diverte, così penso che verrò ancora a fare un giro da queste parti
    auguro per te qualcosa di speciale in questo week
    Ventis

    but you know that you’re just cute? you’re gone from me with two red shoes and I said … from where comes this? and you are coming to search, then it happens that I read of how you started and what I enjoy, so I think I’ll come again for a ride around here
    hope for you something special this week

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