12 Years And Counting

Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of my first blog post.

At the beginning, I published a post seven days a week. Wow. Then I began taking the weekends off. And now I’m down to three posts per week. Mondays are “freestyle” days for me, Wednesdays are usually Windowpane (or Wildlife) Wednesday, and I share poetry on Thursdays.

Most of the bloggers I followed back in the day are no longer blogging, and I miss being in touch with them. One blogger, my dear friend, Pam, author of Two Spoiled Cats, started blogging around the same time I did. And she’s amazing; she still publishes a post every day. She and her kitty Teddy (and former kitty, Angel Sammy) have quite a following.

So here are the latest statistics on my blog:

As of today, I have published 2,501 posts.

My blog has had 477,209 views.

There have been 37,404 comments. Top commenter is my son, Marshall.→

The post with the most views (2,159) is this one. It was published on June 9, 2011. I had no idea it had received that much attention until I checked my stats yesterday as I was writing this post.

I’m so grateful to all of you for following, liking, commenting or simply reading the things I share.  And to my Motor Man for being understanding of all the hours I’ve spent on this blog through the years.

There are many posts that I’m especially fond of, but I think this one will always be my favorite. It was originally posted, ironically, 11 years ago tomorrow:

Where I’m From

For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop today, I chose a prompt that was both challenging and fun. It’s apparently a rather popular writing prompt. You begin with a “template” and fill in the blanks to best describe your beginnings. This is mine:

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.

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.

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.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

12 responses to “12 Years And Counting

  1. Happy 12 and here’s to many more!

  2. Dianna! I had never seen this!

    So moving and so true, creating a perfect picture of our time!
    Always proud of you!

  3. We both started out blogging journey just about the same time and just look at what’s changed in all these years……we both still want to share life and fun with our friends. That post of yours that’s your favorite – is also my favorite one because it was not only from your heart but ABOUT your heart and who you are. So happy we’re friends!

    Pam

  4. Love it!!! I always used to use the “Where I’m From” prompt in my writing classes, typically as the first assignment. We got some stellar stuff, just as you did here. Congratulations on your accomplishment! Always look forward to reading your blog!

  5. I do remember we started blogging the same year – I began in July 2010. Like you, I wrote posts almost every day, then pared it down to three times a week, and alas now I’m down to two a week. Life for me got busier after grandchildren came along and other tasks required more of my time. But I’m still here and I’m SO glad you are too! It’s been a true delight to follow your blog for all of these years, to develop a friendship, and to have met you in person! Here’s to many more years of writing for you, Dianna! Congrats on your blog-a-versary!! ❤

  6. I can understand why that one is your favorite – even with all the good ones, that one does stand out – the imagery puts you right in the middle of Bacon’s Castle .. here’s to ( at least ) 12 more !!

  7. Simply loved it your favorite blog. Thanks for sharing it again.

  8. “Where I’m From…” is one of my favorites too. I LOVE reading your insights, meanderings, pictures, and poems. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Very, Very Special.

  9. Wow 12 years! Hard to believe so much time has passed. It’s been a joy blogging along with you. I look forward to many years ahead of continuing to read your fun/interesting blog post.

  10. We really enjoy your posts. We don’t often comment but we read every one. We are from “Don’t slam the screen door” too.

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Congratulations my dear friend!!! You have done a fantastic job with your blog. I have enjoyed reading it.

  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate your blogaversary! Congratulations for keeping us all entertained. I absolutely love that post!

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