Sunday, May 11, 2008

We're 1 year old!

This blog is 1 year old! Imagine that. No, I can't imagine that.

When I posted my first blog entry last May, I had no idea what I was going to be writing about or what direction I'd be heading in. I knew I wanted to write about health issues, maybe a few writing posts, but other than that, I was just winging it.

It's really interesting to see what are the most popular posts. The two that get the most hits are the one on the elderly and broken hips and spelling tricks. Two very different posts but very, very popular.

Most of my readers find my blog through Google and I get a kick out of seeing some of the search strings they use. At least once a week, I get something along the lines of "hot nurse picture." uh, no... that wouldn't be me. :-)

I almost gave up the blog a few times over the past year. Once it was because I felt I had nothing really to offer and a few times because I felt like no-one was getting any value out of it, despite the number of visits I get. (I'm averaging about 250 per week)

On the other hand, regular reader Terrie points out that she likes my news story lists and I know I have other regular readers like Old Wife and Crabby, among others. So, I must be doing something right.

So, what's coming up for year 2? More of what I'm doing now, I guess. My regular writing and clients are keeping me busy and I'm enjoying my life so much. I adore my work now and the freedom that my freelancing gives me - even if the stress does get to me sometimes because of deadlines and my fears that I may have taken on a bit too much.

My Help My Hurt blog is proving to be immensely popular and I'm very proud of that one. So proud of it that I'm taking on a new challenge, a new blog on pregnancy that is set to go live in about two weeks, also for the b5Media network. It will be called the Womb Within. I'm really excited about that one because there is so much I can write about pregnancy, from the serious to the inane.

So, on this day, I would like to wish the mothers who are reading, Happy Mothers Day. I'll be going up to the cemetery with my husband because it is also the fifth anniversary of his father's passing. While there, I will visit my brother's grave. I buried him in a plot not far from my FIL so he would never be alone - that was a hard, hard time for me, and still is sometimes.

After that, we're meeting my oldest son for lunch. He moved out in January and is experiencing life on his own. He and his room-mate have a great little first apartment. At 21, he's enjoying being out on his own, working and going to school. I'm very proud of him. My middle one, my 19-yr-old daughter has just begun a great summer job with the federal government and she's studying in the co-op program (finance) at a local university. She's going to go far, that one. And, my "baby", my 16-year-old is getting ready for his high school graduation next month. He's excited about the next stage of his life too. I am for him; there is so much opportunity and he has so many chances to do what he wants.

Thank you for visiting my blog and reading what I have to write.


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I don't often comment, but I do read it every single day.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Happy birthday and thank you for all the wonderful information you make available to us on both blogs.