WordPress recently reminded me that I created my blog site eight years ago. My first post was on August 1, 2012 and was an account, illustrated with photos, of why I live in the woods.
Today I have 1130 WordPress followers and several hundred more followers by email and on social media, and I have had almost 100,000 views. I know many bloggers whose stats are much, much higher, but I am thrilled with what I have.
During the past eight years, I have been visited by readers from 168 countries and territories. My top post of all time is Predicting Weather by the Signs: The Singing of the Katydids, which was a surprise to me.
In April 2014, a second blog was added, Believing for Ben, chronicling my grandson’s journey through pediatric neurosurgery. Ben was only three years old at the time and now is ten and getting ready to begin grade five. Believing for Ben posts also have appeared on this blog, and members of my blogging community have followed Ben’s progress from diagnosis to the announcement that he is cured. Much encouragement and many prayers and healing thoughts have been sent our way from my blogging community.
A third blog, Captured for a Moment, was added in October, 2015. I refer to it as my “photos only” blog with no commentary, just photos. Unfortunately, it has been very neglected of late.
Additionally, I follow 324 other WordPress bloggers from around the world and have developed lovely blogging friendships with many of them. Some of those bloggers now post very infrequently, and others who I once followed now no longer post at all. I miss them.
I am so grateful to everyone who has read my posts and/or followed this blog and my other blogs. Some of you have been with me since I began this journey. Even though we never have met, you comment on my posts and continually send me words of encouragement. Blogging has been a much more rewarding experience than I imagined it could be!