Six Years

Dabble - Sketch by Trent P McDonald

On Monday evening I received a notice from Word Press that it was my blog’s anniversary, “blogaversary”. It was on November 11, 2013 that I put up my first post. My first post was awful.  I thought of a blog like an online magazine with “articles” instead of as social media with “posts”.

I had no idea what I was going to do when I started. Over the years I have had many photo posts, “compassion” posts, smile posts :), posts with my original drawing and painting, music posts, personal experience posts, coffee-shares (starting in early 2014!), etc.  Just a wide variety of random things. An eclectic blog.

One thing, though: three of my first ten posts were book reviews.  Also in my first ten was an inspirational piece that pushed towards creativity. Between posts #10 and #15 there were three other posts about writing or creativity (total of 4 of 15) and post #15 was my first short story that I posted here. Posts 20 and 21 were also short stories. Little did I know that I would eventually post hundreds of stories, several serialized novellas and three serialized novels! OK, 3 1/2 including “Frank” ;)

I also didn’t realize that I would meet so many wonderful people. That is the hidden surprise of blogging – that social media aspect I mentioned earlier.  I’ve only met one blogger face-to-to-face, but I have had email relationships with a few. Being an introvert, it is nice having friends around the world, where i don’t have to be forced into crowds to talk to ;)

Anyway, nothing much to say, except that those six years flew by and it has been fun.  Thanks all who I’ve bumped into for making it such a great experience!

(Picture below is from my second year blogaversary party ;) )

2 years

48 thoughts on “Six Years

  1. dawnkinster

    Happy blogiversary! I have met quite a few people I’d ‘met’ in blogland. They have all been as genuine and nice as they were online. Most of them are dog owners and we’ve met to walk our dogs together. That seems to be the biggest connection, for me anyway.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There are few that live close to me. Marilyn Armstrong is most likely the closest that I “see” regularly on here, and it is still over an hour and half drive. Maybe someday there will be a blog event in Boston, or I’ll hit one when visiting Cleveland. I can understand the dog connection – I have several “dog friends”.

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  2. cordeliasmom2012

    Wow, my site is “older” than yours? I published my first WP post on August 29, 2013 – hard to believe it’s been so long. Guess WP doesn’t care much about me ’cause I didn’t get any anniversary notice, or if I did I thought it was spam and ignored it. In any event, congratulations on 6 years of wonderful blogging!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Looks like we started pretty close to the same time. I use my PC and it was in the little notification thing. It wasn’t all that impressive looking and didn’t tell me it was six years. Thanks, and congratulations on your six years (and change) as well!

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  3. dprastka

    Congratulations!! I too thought blogging was something different, like articles or stories you create. I really wasn’t sure, and am surprised at the blogging community and it’s social aspect. I had no idea, it’s a great pleasure and surprise! The support is wonderful here too. I think a lot of writer’s are introverts, I am too! Enjoying your blog posts and all you share, here’s to many more years!! 🥂😉😃

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! It -is- a great place for Introverts! I’m glad I met you. I’ve also really enjoyed listening to the music on “Oannes” blog – seems we have similar taste from classical to electronic.

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  4. delphini510

    Congratulations Trent, I enjoy reading and partaking in your blog.
    Your comment now about the social side I heartily agree with. I wrote about that in he post.
    A number of people feel a bit like your ‘tribe’, you share many thoughts and ideas.

    Keep going and we will keep finding smile.

    Miriam

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Miriam. The people here do feel almost like “my tribe” – in ways the people I interact with on the blog are closer to me than people I haven’t seen since I was in high school that I see on Facebook.

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  5. Pallavi

    Congratulations and yes I agree with you there’s a social aspect of blogging which’s equally gratifying 😊 kudos to you for carrying on for so many years and good luck!

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