10 Years A Blogger

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of my first published blog post. When I began thinking about writing a blog, I knew I wanted the first post to be about Bacon’s Castle. Click here if you’d like to read that post.

If you’re a numbers person:

Today’s post is number 2,197.
These Days Of Mine currently has 1,294 followers.
My posts have had 413,703 views.
There have been 35,550 comments left on my posts. (LOTS of folks read, but few comment!)

With my blogging anniversary approaching, I began thinking of my favorite post.  Would it even be possible to choose one?  And I believe that the one I’m going to share today just may be my favorite. This was first published on September 22, 2011.

Where I’m From

I am from silos and linoleum floors and rural free delivery; from a tiny Zenith black and white tv, Barbie dolls and Beatles records.

I am from a white house beside a pond, where the frogs sang me to sleep on summer nights; where the scent from a nearby dairy farm was simply bovine.

I am from the jonquils and irises along the fence row, snaps, butterbeans and corn from Mama’s garden, and Sweet Williams and peach-colored gladioli from Grandma’s yard.

I am from family reunions the first Saturday every August, and aunts and uncles sharing stories of their childhood at Bacon’s Castle; from a Mom named Donnie (after her grandmother) and a Dad named Willie, and grandparents, Mae and Ben.

I am from dinner at mid-day and supper in the evening, summer days in a big front yard and summer nights in the porch swing.

I am from ‘don’t slam the screen door’ and ‘it’s just the wind, go back to sleep’.

I am from Baptist revivals on hot summer nights, Christmas pageants and Junior Choir practice.

I am from a small town in Virginia, rich in history, but forgotten by time; from fried chicken and creamed potatoes topped with a spoonful of garden peas.

I am from the nearby country store owned by my Grandma, where we ate ginger snaps and cheese,  where customers bought bologna by the pound, and Grandma wrapped it in butcher paper and tied it with twine.

I am from a treasured old blue binder full of pages of our family history, traced back to Jamestown; the dates of more recent births, marriages and deaths penciled in the margins.

These are but a few of the people, places and things that shaped the person that I am today. And I’m grateful for each one of them.

Mom and me in our front yard, dairy barn across the highway

I’m thankful for all my readers and still enjoying writing, so here’s to 10 more years!

~These Days Of Mine~




15 responses to “10 Years A Blogger

  1. Wow congratulations! Very lovely and warm post 😊 keep up the blogging! 🌸

  2. Congratulations on your blogaversary. I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to grow up in a small town where I knew everyone and grew UP with everyone instead of the nomadic life of an Air Force family. There was no chance to develop those kinds of bonds but I did see the world and learned to love the diversity and kindness in it. Still, hometown memories are coming late to me – we’ve lived in this house for 24 years and I finally have grown roots. Just later than you did!! Keep on blogging my friend. You have a unique perspective on life and your followers enjoy that just like I do!!

    Hugs, Pam

  3. Congrats on 10 years and here’s to at least 10 more! I love your blog because it’s always upbeat and entertaining. 😊. And cats and horses win hands down any day! Thanks for the great writing and for sharing your favorite post today, I loved it!

  4. Congratulations on all 10 years. Your posts have brought smiles to my days and a few tears of remembrance along the way. Today brought both of those. That post is one of my favorite too, and I remembered right along with you. I’d like to add “playing music together for Worship service in church”. Thanks for the blogs and friendship.

  5. Congrats on the 10-year milestone! I’m so glad our paths crossed out here in cyberspace and in person. Your posts always make me smile and this one is no exception. I have so many things in common with you because I identify with much of what you wrote in this post — just change a few of the facts and it could be me. Here’s to many more years of blogging and friendship! ❤

  6. We are so fortunate to have grown up in small towns “where everyone knows your name” , but I also envy those that grew up in a nomadic life and saw the world as we will never see it. Let’s just say we are all blessed.

  7. I love, love this post! 🙂 I have so many of the same memories….EVERY Sunday for “dinner” after church we had fried chicken, mashed potatoes with garden peas on top too. My mother called it making a nest, like a bird’s nest:) We also had chocolate cake with chocolate frosting! Buying bologna by the pound and cheese and ginger snaps. “Don’t slam the screen door and it’s just the wind go back to sleep”…heard that a lot too! Thanks for the walk down memory lane♥ You truly have a gift for writing!

  8. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    You know my friend I love your blog. So happy to hear you are looking forward to 10 more years!! You have a talent for writing and so many of us enjoy reading anything you write. Love what you shared today. The picture of you and your Mom is such a treasure. <3.

  9. I do remember that post … love it – it’s a sensory and memory ‘overload’ – it sort of reminds me of the things Bradbury would write about – so much nuance .. congrats on the 10 years .. hard to believe !!

  10. This is SO beautiful. Thank you for sharing wonderful posts with us, full of love and nostalgia, fun and frolicking. Grateful to be able to read and view so much from afar… and can’t wait for many more years of joy.

  11. Congratulations on your Blogoversary – and many more !

  12. Congratulations on ten years of blogging. I loved the piece.

  13. Congratulations on your blogaversary!

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