Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday to my Blog.....1 year old today!

On March 6th of 2007, I posted my first blog entry. You can see it here. No title, a couple pictures and only a few lines of text. I was a complete Blogger idiot! I was inspired by reading Julie's blogs (can't even remember how I discovered her blog in the first place, only know that it was during a boring day at work and I had no other real work to keep me busy). My main reason for starting my blog was to keep my family members entertained and so they could keep tabs on what I was up to (since I'm not very good at calling on the phone or other normal ways most people use to stay in touch).

Looking back to a year ago, I had no idea what challenges, opportunities, knowledge, and new friendships blogging would bring to me. But here I am one year later, still pecking away. I am now (mostly) proficient at posting, adding pictures and even downloading movies. Overcoming the initial frustration of figuring out what I can do with Blogger and getting around its "quirks" has been enough to keep me challenged and wanting to learn more.

An added benefit has been getting my mom involved in my blog too. My friends have become her friends and I'm so thankful she's enjoying this and becoming more familiar and proficient in her computer skills. One of these days, I need to go down to her house and spend a couple of intensive hours giving her some Blogger lessons and getting her a Google ID so she doesn't have to post "anonymous" comments anymore. Maybe I should find out if she would like access privileges so she can be a guest blogger for me.....

Thanks blogging friends for sharing this past year with me and I look forward to spending the next year with you!


Beth said...

Happy Birthday! I enjoy your blog and am glad to have met you in the blogosphere!

Lynne said...

Happy Blogging Birthday Ruthie!! I'm proud to say that I've gotten to meet you and can now call you a friend in person!! I really hope to meet your sweet Mom this summer too. (Hi Betty!)

Marsha said...

Happy Blogging Birthday! I really enjoy coming to see your blog each day so I hope you have many more blogging birthdays in your future.

nina said...

Happy birthday to your blog!
I started much for the same reason, to keep family up to date with me across the miles, but it's grown to mean so much more.
Isn't it wonderful to feel connected to so many around the world/
Good luck with many, many more posts!

mon@rch said...

Happy Birthday and we are now all your extended family! . . . This has been a wonderful year learning so much from all of your post! Keep up with the great work and I am so glad that we have crossed paths!

Anonymous said...

A whole year and a birthday cake too, let's have a party. It doesn't seem that long that you've been blogging, but it has been fun. I've met so many bloggers and have enjoyed all the blogs. Some are very serious and some down right funny, and many are like you and me Ruthie enjoying every day life and sharing it.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Congratualtions Ruthie, and happy blog anniversary. I am so happy I have found your blog. I will be looking forward to many more posts.

Susan Gets Native said...

You did NOT get yourself a cake, did you????

Happy Bloggiversary!

Hey, can you knit a protective cover for my NEW CAMERA?

: )

Jayne said...

Happy Bloggaversary Ruthie! It's been such fun getting to know you through your blog. I so look forward to visiting each day.

Jennifer said...

Happy Bloggiversary! Wow... a cake. I think you would fit right in at the "Any Excuse for a Party Audubon Center and Sanctuary" where I work!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Beth,
Thank you & Likewise!!

Hi Lynne,
You have the privileged distinction of being the first blogger I met in person and that's turning out to be the best part of blogging, I think.

Thanks Marsha, Likewise for you too!

Hi Nina,
Blogging has turned out to have so many more benefits than I originally thought & through you I have learned many new things and found out about some excellent books too.

Hi Mon@rch,
It's been great "meeting" you too (I'm keeping you on my grape jelly list for next summer!)

Hi Mom,
You know me....any excuse to eat cake! I'm glad you enjoying my blog too.

Thank you Lisa, I'm glad we met through blogging too. I'm looking forward to watching your garden grow this year.

Well, Susan, of course I did! (even though Mr Johnson thought I was totally nuts!) He stepped right up to the plate though when that cake was cut.
NEW Camera? Woo-Hoo! finally those BB folks got the message!

Thank you Jayne, it's been so much fun "meeting" people who share interests and love of nature.

Hi Jennifer,
You're right--any excuse for a cake. I was disappointed, they didn't have a little cake with frosting flowers (my favorite!), however, this was a very tasty consolation cake.

Beth said...

I completed my task but forgot to link you, so here it is.

Larry said...

Happt blogiversary! I know it's quite a challenge to keep a blog going and you've done a great job of it!

loribird said...

Happy Blogiversary! (I love the little cake! Too cute!)
... and many more!

Mary said...

I'm late! Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Ruthie. I remember your first comment on my blog, probably not long after you started your own. I always look forward to your adventures. You are a great friend.


KGMom said...

Happy Blog Birthday to you, etc. Repeat 3 times.
Seriously, isn't it fun?
Keep on blogging.

Mel said...

¡Feliz Blog-CumpleaƱos!
Happy Blog-Birthday!

(Little late... sorry!)

Mary C said...

And as always, I'm even later than everyone else. Happy Blog Birthday, Ruthie. I thought you've been blogging longer than a year. I'll have to go back to your link where you posted your first one.

me and my camera said...

I've missed most of your year's posts Ruth, but having recently just found your blog I'm won't be missing many more. Happy blogging!

April said...

Congratulations Ruthie! The cake looks scrumptious as well. Thanks for telling us about your year in blogging. Beautiful picture, too, of the Cedar Waxwing for your first post. I'm a big fan :)

Meggie said...

Happy Blogging Birthday, Ruthie! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and learn from you these past months. Here's to another wonderful year of friendship, learning, nature, and sharing (toast).

RuthieJ said...

Hi Larry, Loribird, Mare, Donna, Mel, Mary C, M&MC, April, & Meggie,
Thanks for joining the celebration of my blog birthday and the wonderful birthday wishes. I'm not starting my second year off very good, am I? I gotta find some time to get back in my blogging mode....

Dave said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

Robin (Bumblebee) said...

I'm late as usual.

Happy birthday blog!!!!

Robin at Bumblebee