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happy anniversary to us

January 12, 2012

A year ago yesterday, Jude, her son Nathan and I sat at this very computer,

and Nathan pressed the “Publish” command on my first post to launch this

blog.  I posted daily (except when I had my hand surgery) until April 30th,

then cut back to twice a week.


Spring projects were looming large and I had presented much of my back story,

so I thought it best not to burn out.  In my research on blogging, I discovered

that most bloggers quit within a year.  I decided to commit to a year and then



Yesterday as I bustled around Campbell River on the mainland, I did, in fact,

think it over.  But I already knew my decision.  Now that I’m starting to find

my “voice”, I very much want to keep blogging. 


As a long-time writer with patchy success, I welcome the discipline of on-

going production.  It keeps my writing muscle toned, which has helped me

with some other projects.  It has also proven a great way to stay in contact

with family, old friends and neighbours, a satisfying alternative to the mixed

blessings of Facebook.  And it’s  reconnected me with other folks from my

past, like ex-classmate Charlotte.


The experience has linked me to skilled bloggers like Kate, Brainie/Blondi,

Tiffany and my mentor Kathy.  Thanks for a free year of advice, Coach.  The

most serendipitous reward, though, has been making so many new friends,

like Beth, Rosie, Beanie, kris, Joan and others my calcifying brain is not



I don’t have an image of my “average” reader.  I’ve never met an average

person.  But when I sit down to post, I imagine that I’m sitting down with

a friend, being careful not to mention your rectangular face, because I know

how sensitive you are about it. 


As we share a digital cup of coffee or a cyber beer, I try to amuse you with a

story about the farm — or some arcane, generally useless trivia — or just some

silly shit.  Because I know without consulting CNN that it sucks a little bit

more out there today.


So dawdle here a bit.  I hope I can help you head out the door with a smile.                     

  1. January 12, 2012 11:36 am

    Congratulations! Before you know it you’ll be a 12-year veteran like myself!!!

  2. Rosie permalink
    January 12, 2012 1:27 pm

    Hooray for manking it to one year. I really enjoy your stories, and I am so glad that you are planning to stick around!

  3. beth reed permalink
    January 12, 2012 2:54 pm

    A year already. Happy Anniversary to us! I wish I had internet acess to blog every day because I would. I enjoy the stories and bits and peices of what people are doing in their lives.
    here is a bit of what I did today. It has come time for me to apply for my diability. I spent 2 hours in the interview and I have ny fingers crossed that I get it.
    I will ask my kids the names of those books. They were neat.

  4. January 12, 2012 4:46 pm

    I’m so glad that you started blogging. It’s so nice to see how my old friend, Jude, is doing – and that she ended up with someone like you! xox

  5. January 13, 2012 8:48 am

    Congratulations! Blogging is a nice diversion…it keeps me out of trouble and off the streets:)

  6. Lori permalink
    January 13, 2012 10:28 am

    Congratulations! Glad to hear you are going to continue. I enjoy reading and learning about your world. Hope the next year is just as fun.

  7. January 14, 2012 10:41 am

    Thank you all very much, ladies. I have every reason to believe Year Two will be even more fun.

  8. Diane permalink
    January 14, 2012 1:27 pm

    Allen, I’ve read every word over the past year and I would miss you greatly if you stopped writing. I wrote religiously for a long time but my path took me onto other projects temporarily. So if this has been a one way street I sincerely apologize but I have sincerely enjoyed the company!

    • January 15, 2012 11:37 am

      I really appreciate the support, Diane. No apologies necessary. I hope that your path takes you to fascinating places and that you’ll find the time to write again.

  9. Anonymous permalink
    January 20, 2012 10:15 pm

    Hey, Allen,

    Thanks for giving Blondi and me a mention. I love your writing and am glad you will be continuing. We also reached the one-year anniversary and I decided not to write online for a while, as you may have seen on the site. I’m not finished with the online community, but I want to start a new website. For the moment, I’m just letting my ideas mellow, “sitting on the egg” waiting to see what will hatch.

    I hope you like my chicken analogy, you being a chicken-grower and all that.

    Julie (formerly known as Brainie)

    • January 21, 2012 9:10 am

      Julie, I know your new venture will be worth reading. Please let me know when it launches. Stay with the chicken analogy. They are some tough ladies. They just survived an 11-day stretch of sub-zero nights (including a -12) and gave us eggs every day.

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