It’s my 1000th post on the blog today!!
What started out as a neat little blog with tidbits of my writing (and a lot of writing promotion) has turned into a blog that encompasses most of my life. I talk about almost everything on here from kids to dogs to husbands to family and health and everything and anything else that is on my mind on a given day when I post. Sometimes I plan them, and sometimes I write off the cuff. In five years of writing this blog, I have only ever pulled three posts off it. Two were for personal reasons and one was a reactionary post I put up about Jian Ghomeshi after his facebook post about his firing and before the assault charges came to life.
I’d like to take a little walk back with you all now, over my most popular postings and just how much this blog has meant to me.
This first one is from 2012 and concerned a recent, well publicized in the news, teen suicide due to bullying, and the subsequent conversation it spawned between myself and my daughter. It’s one of my top 20 viewed posts of all time and it strikes a chord with me today as much as it did three years ago. Women are still our own worst enemies and we’re still far harder on one another than we should be.
This next one is actually the first article I ever wrote for The Cambridge Times. It was published in 2004 and later on my blog under published work. It spawned years of my contributions to the paper, and eventually, for my one year working on freelancing for The Toronto Sun.
Over the years I’ve shared some pretty cool things. Our trip to Ireland
Why I don’t like cats
The first time I was ever pulled over by police
And of course, all of Shawn’s recent health problems
With all that goodness to read on my site, what’s the one random post that *still* comes up on my weekly stats as the one that is searched out and read most often?? It’s the one I wrote about the underwear I bought Shawn with a hidden clip, or “pushup“. It’s silly and yet, it gets read and re-read all the time.
Of course there is the anniversary post where we recently remarried and the sad ones, like when twin brothers I went to high school with passed away, three months apart. But that is life, right? A mixture of the extraordinary, the devastating and the everyday. We all have our wonderful highs and our terrible lows. What it comes down to is how we get through them.
Me? I share it all online, in my little corner of the internet. I write books and I chat with my girls in my online groups. I do impressions of animals for my family and a lot of times, I cry, because I am a big crier. And I invite you to be part of it all.
Thank you for staying with me through 1000 memories, events, deaths, births, losses and loves. Let’s stay together a little while longer.