My Fifth Blogiversary (Yes, I'm Still Here)

(Copyright (c) 2015 Cynthia Shenette) Wow.  Five years.  Where has the time gone?  My, how blogging has changed.  How I've changed. How my blogging has changed.  The blogosphere is a different place than it was five years ago. I started blogging a couple of years after my mom died as a way of keeping the flame alive, remembering those I've lost.  Five years ago I had time.  Now I have everything but.

Last July I went back to work full-time as an academic librarian.  I LOVE my new job, buts sometimes it's very demanding and some days downright exhausting.  I volunteer at my church, and I'm a docent for a local historic preservation society.  I'm an obsessive gardener in the summer and crochet and read in the winter.  I have too many animals to care for, and I've started taking piano lessons.  I help with homework and tote my son back and forth from soccer.  One of my co-workers said there is a rumor at the library that I don't sleep.  And I do genealogy in my spare time. Spare time?  What's that?

But I blog on.  Why?  Because the rewards are too great.  I make connections with other people all the time.  People read a blog post I've written where I mention the name of someone in my family, an ancestor, or someone they knew.  And they contact me.  It's amazing really.  Blogging forces me to delve into one small piece of my research.  I have so much.  It keeps me focused.

Last year my goal was to blog once a month, or write 12 blog posts a year. I almost made it.  But not quite.  Ten, not 12.  C'est la vie.  I need to let it go and move on.  But it still bugs me none the less.  I managed to write ten. Why couldn't I manage 12?  My goal is the same this year.  Twelve posts. That shouldn't be so hard.  Should it?

Thank you, friends, for reading.  For sticking with me.  I know my blog is pretty narrow in focus and not everyone's cup of tea, but if you've taken the time to read my posts, leave a comment, or contact me sometime over the last five years I appreciate it.

So here we are.  Blog on, my friends.  Blog on.



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8 comments:

Barbara Poole said...

Happy Blogiversary, Cindy. Five years old already, pretty hard to believe, but I'm glad you are still doing it. Enjoy your cake today, and I look forward to seeing you around. My best.

Greta Koehl said...

Happy Blogoversary - I always love reading your posts (and I feel your pain about finding time to write posts!).

Elizabeth Handler said...

Happy Blogiversary - I look forward to meeting you at NERGC!

Cynthia Shenette said...

Barbara, Greta, and Elizabeth - Thank you all for sticking with me. I appreciate it more than I can say.

Elizabeth - I'm looking forward to meeting you at NERGC, too!

Brenda L. said...

Congratulations on Five years, I understand about finding time to blog. It is great that you are still at it. Happy Blogiversary.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Thank you, Brenda!

Kristin said...

Congrats on your 5 years! That it has taken me a month to get here speaks to how things have changed during that time. I'm glad you're still blogging and maybe one day you will have more time for it.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Lol. Thanks, Kristin, and thanks for sticking with me. I hope I find more time, too. I think the thing is to keep at it and not get frustrated with myself. A little is better than not at all...

Cynthia