In the past, I've kept mum about my blogging milestones, but 500 of anything is big deal in my book. I mean, imagine if you had 500 pairs of shoes. Or 500 jars of jam. Or 500 balls of yarn. Heck, I wouldn't turn down $500 either. And just imagine the thousands of unpaid hours that have gone into bringing you these 500 posts. ;) When I sat down in a dark corner of the Shack, hunched over my laptop under the slopping roof, one day in early October 2009, I had no idea that this little corner of cyberspace would still be going strong nearly 3 years later.
A better blogger would have had some sort of celebration planned for this achievement, or at the very least a good ol' giveaway lined up. But honestly, in these early summer days, the milestone kind of sneaked up on me. (Is "snuck" really not a word?) So in lieu of any "500th post hoopla!" let's just take a trip down memory lane, shall we:
Of Woods and Words was born with a rather cerebral (by which, I mean, boring) post about the rural writer. I mentioned Thoreau. Because that makes me awesome . . .erm . . .
Since that first post:
- I've traveled the world (okay, I've only gotten as far as NYC, the Pacific Northwest, and Chicago, but there are most definitely plans for overseas journeys in the works!
- We've moved to new digs.
- I got a new job.
- Celebrated the marriages of good friends.
- Gained some writerly acclaim
- Pick up a new hobby.
- Let other hobbies get a wee bit out of hand: here and here.
- Shared my rambling (sometimes incoherent) thoughts on just about everything: writing life, politics, last names, leprechauns . . .
- Had my first bite of venison
- Learned to drive a manual transmission
- Experienced some wildfire action
- And so much more . . .
Back in the day, a good day for an Of Woods and Words post would be 3 views. Now, well, I get a few more than that. We're not exactly tearing up the internet here, but this blog's momentum has only increased since day one and for that, I have to say:
Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for caring. I've stumbled into the lives of so many amazing people during this blogging adventure. I'm grateful for every single one of you and I hope you'll stick around for Of Woods and Words' 1000th post.