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Happy May Day one and all. Did you gather flowers and make baskets to put at doors in your neighborhood?

We used to make woven baskets at school and fill them with dandelions on the way home for our mothers. The trick was to place the basket at the front door, ring the doorbell and then run and hide in a place where you could peak at her finding the treasure of blooms. My mom was fairly subdued but Mrs. Sharp and Mrs. Knox were excited and happy to find them.

One year ago on May Day, I started my blog. It was as exciting as finding a basket of flowers on my porch. I was writing to my heart’s content and taking baby steps in learning how. I read all the blogs that explained how to do it and was pleased to find Blogging Without a Blog early on – what a school of learning. From there I learned how to connect and read / comment on other blogs.

carrot cake

I baked a Gluten Free Carrot cake to celebrate and because it was May Day – we partied on down and got our toe nails painted to match the season.

toe nails

Cath Lawson led me to a tutorial on StumbleUpon which has been so helpful.

I am truly indebted to my IT person, because no matter how much I learn, I still feel way far behind. I truly could not do this blog work without her and I am grateful she wishes to help me. My help desk extraordinaire.

About July, I began to feel like I needed a better plan not to mention putting my hopes and wishes down on paper, at least as a point of reference. When I look at my plan today, I can only laugh out loud about what I thought I could accomplish.

I was very proud when I reached 100 posts in August of 2008 and then figured out I could cut back to posting just three times a week and work on getting ahead on my writing; attempting to learn more IT items too.

I have no idea how many subscribers I have! It is true. I cannot find the part of the dashboard that lets me know. My last analytics report said that 496 people had read my posts that week and most looked at 1.6 pages. My bounce rate was 54% which is way down from my first 77% discovery.

Most of my readers come from other sources such as referrals from other blogs, StumbleUpon and Twitter. Isn’t that amazing that so many people dropped by to read what I have written. This makes my heart pitter patter at a lively pace. I love to write, but what is writing if there are not the wonderful readers? Thank you to each one.

I was amazed to discover that my biggest group of readers is from Australia, UK, and Alaska, followed by the west coast of Canada and the US. There is another big spot from Eastern Canada. Then there are lots of “dots” from all over in many countries all around the world – awesome!

I usually read about 200 books a year. With blogging I have only read 81 this past year, but then I traded in reading all those magnificent blog posts written by other bloggers. I have been amazed by the depth, clarity and skill with which so many write.

I want to thank again so many wonderful readers and to give a big virtual HUG to these special and very helpful bloggers,

Vered
J.D. Meier
Cath Lawson
David Wright
Dot
Friar
Sean Platt
Jannie Funster
Mark
Davina
Mike
Tom Volkar
Robin
Lance
Liara Covert

I know I have not written down everyone, but these are the folks that were there to lift me up and help me fly.

Thank you to each and everyone readers, bloggers and commenters you have truly made it a good year.

I would love it if you would share a link of a blogger who brought you a basket of hope and encouragement – or maybe even flowers!

Let’s get a truly great May Day Celebration going on here!

flower house

18 Responses to “anniversary”

  1. Mike Says:

    Happy first blog anniversary!

    And thanks for including me on the list. I recognize most of the names there and am pleased to be listed with them Thanks!

    I’ve fumbled and flailed around at blogging for almost five years. When I got my first comment, it was a thrill, even though I didn’t have a clue how she found my post. The commenter was from Alaska and was on an article I had written not long after a friend had committed suicide in June 2004.

    I hope that you can continue blogging for quite a long time — if that is what you want to be doing. 😉

    Mikes last blog post..The Sun has found some spots

  2. Dot Says:

    Happy First Blog Birthday! I remember when I first found your blog and the comments were few. Now, your progress in a year is just amazing! Thank you for including me in your list.

    My first three readers, Vered, Chris and Sean Platt, were very encouraging and supportive through the early days when I thought I’d never get more visitors.

  3. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    Re number of subscribers, you need to start an account with
    http://feedburner.google.com/

    Looking forward to many more posts. I love your writing.

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..If You Want To Sell Something To Women, You’d Better Make It Pink

  4. Lance Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Happy one year anniversary!! Very exciting, and I’m glad to have been a part of it here! Your voice is very much appreciated.

    And I have to agree at what a wonderful and supportive community the blogosphere is – is such a great place to be!

    Thanks so much for including me on this list of other amazing bloggers – I’m humbled and honored to be amongst these other awesome people!

    Again, congratulations Patricia – you’ve created a very special place here on the web, and one I enjoy very much…

    Lances last blog post..The Destination

  5. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    Happy Blogoversary! It’s fun to review our “old” plans isn’t it? We change right before our own eyes. If we never stopped to think about where we “were” we’d never appreciate who we are and how much we have done for ourselves. It’s because of bloggers like you that I too have been reading less books over this past year. Thanks for including me in your list Patricia. Congrats on your first year.

    Davinas last blog post..Positively Breathing — A Series Intro

  6. Mark Says:

    Happy May Day and congratulations on hitting the one year milestone. You are doing great. I am enjoying my visits to your blog. Thank-you for the mention and the link. Looking forward to another great year! Keep writing!

    Marks last blog post..Releashing Attachement to Your Experiences and Holding On To The Lessons

  7. Patricia Says:

    Mike,
    you always have such good words and share your expertise with generosity – oh and how wonderful is that first comment! Awesome, truly awesome.
    Lance,
    Thank you for your well wishes and kind words. It is a special community is it not?

    Davina,
    Thank you for all your good comments and support behind the scenes- ebook editing coming up!…It is just amazing how much I have learned this past year and how FUN this is…the Doctor says I need to learn to re-breath after the pulled muscle thingy…I am coming over to learn how

    Mark,
    I shall keep writing and thank you for your nice comments. You are welcome for the link and I hope you keep writing as well – lovely thinking, words and writing are found at your space.

  8. patricia Says:

    Dot,
    I did not mean to skip over you…I had a hard time getting you out of moderation zone – so sorry…Vered is there too and I am having no luck with her comment at all – IT challenged for sure!
    You are the “bestest” supporter and you just tell it like it is thank you – and you were one of my first commentors – one of the first I did not have to bribe. You give me so much help…I could not do this with out you – for sure.
    My IT person picked a nice bouquet today for pictures…

  9. patricia Says:

    Vered
    so sorry for some reason everyone is getting stuck in moderation zone today?

    Thank you for the piece of advice – I will head that way immediately

    And you are the basket of flowers on my porch for sure – Thank you
    Love your generous words and “smart” writing so much.

  10. Friar Says:

    @Patricia

    Thanks for the link love, and happy anniversary!

    – Friar

  11. Patricia Says:

    Friar,
    You are welcome and thank you. I think you are the Eastern Canada points of reference on my map?

  12. Robin Says:

    Hi Patricia – CONGRATULATIONS – on your first year!

    I love your daffodil plate – and your toenails. I have to laugh at your references to spring, when it is so cold here – we had our coldest April morning here in 50 years, the other day – it was zero C at our place when I got up. We don’t have a “May Day” – “November Day” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!

    It has been lovely getting to know you over the past year – and thanks for including me in your list – I am very honoured. – R

    Robins last blog post..Life And Teaching Of The Masters Of The Far East

  13. Meggin Says:

    I am singing Happy Birthday to you!
    Your blogs are fun and inspirational.
    Keep up the great work!
    :) Hugs xx MT

  14. Patricia Says:

    Robin,
    You are welcome and I am thankful for all your inspirational posts and comments. It is still very cold here some days…I have been talking to Mike at Exit 78 about global cooling as we did not really have a summer last year …I did just pick rhubarb as it stopped raining!

    Meggin,
    You are a dear as always. How will be do the Girl’s night out event in downtown? Thank you for the good words

  15. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I’m so happy for you. Reaching one year of blogging is a HUGE accomplishment, considering the fact so many start and stop. Your words continue to be a inspiration to many and you love of writing shines through in each and every post.

    Thank you so much for your kind words and link love. It warms my heart knowing what I write has helped you.

    Happy Anniversary, my friend. Here’s to the beginning of another fun filled year in blogosphere.

    Let’s party! :)

    Barbara Swaffords last blog post..Who Said “Blogging Is Easy”

  16. Patricia Says:

    Barbara welcome to the party

    Thank you for your good words and all your good posts about how to…I am sure I read one of your how to s every week to learn something new – I am roaming around in your archives a good deal!

    I am so appreciative of you and Vered taking notice…and extending the hand of support and friendship. I am in your debt.

    we all get by with a some help from our friends! Thank you

    Patricias last blog post..Examining the Role and the Rules

  17. Jannie Funster Says:

    Happy Happy belatedly.

    You lift me up and make me fly too!

    It’s funny, so many people here have never heard of the May May traditions. In 1999 I was lucky enough to actually be in Gremany for that day and they sure do it up in style.

    You’re a real treat to the blogospere.

    And I love your toenails!
    xo

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..The CDs Have Landed!

  18. Patricia Says:

    May Day is also International Laborers (Workers) Day out food coop. is closed as are many businesses here so that folks can celebrate and enjoy…isn’t life interesting
    Jannie, I wish I could say those are my toes nails but those delights belong to daughter #2 as a birthday treat – I did not get polish so mine would not have been so fun and expression!

    Keep flying