Seven Years

DaGoddess @ 00:01

Seven years ago I started this blog. Well, not THIS exact blog, but the one that morphed into what you see here today. I started out on Blogger, was moved to Movable Type by Hoopty Mike (remember him? Anyone? Anyone?), moved to my own MT blog, tried another platform (briefly!), and eventually realized that WordPress was the place for me (thank you, Temple).

Over the years, I’ve met some really wonderful people. Some are still around, some have made grand reappearances (DEB! DAWN! JONI! PAM!), some have left the world of blogs for other things (Smash, for one), and sadly, some are no longer with us except in memory (Rob). There were a few missteps, but we all have those. Frenemies, blog wars, whatever. Funny how those fade quickly when you have good people around you and you stop caring about where you rank in the blogosphere, focusing instead, on the good and the things that matter most to you.

I remember the days before blogosphere rankings. I remember the days before SiteMeter. I remember…and I’m so grateful that anyone still bothers to read what I have to say.

I guess I should confess something to you. I’m writing this a little over two months in advance. Why? Because I’ll forget. Yeah. I totally will! I will be so caught up in a million wonderful little details in my life that I will actually forget my blogiversary and it’ll pass in the blink of an eye while I’m off playing with a kid or two and my camera. Or perhaps I’ll be off photographing bands and sweating like a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Whatever. That’s a good thing!

It just wouldn’t be right to miss out on taking a moment to thank all of you for keeping me going, encouraging me when things got dark. Thank you! Thank you for your friendship, your kindness, your love, and for just being you! You know who you are. Yes, you do. And I love you all so dearly. That’s the truth.

Now, as my gift to you, I ask that you click that little x up in the right hand corner, shut down the computer, grab the hand of the nearest person, and go soak up some life! Drink it in and really enjoy your day. I’ll be here tomorrow, the next day, the day after that, and so will you. And we can exchange stories about May 16th then.

Here’s to the first seven years! Woo hoo!


  1. Well done. My own blog started a little over four years ago. It seems I have a way to go yet.

    Comment by The Gray Monk — 2009/05/16 @ 00:56

  2. Happy Blogiversary!!! Woohoo! SEVEN!
    :nana: :clap: :yay: :may:

    Comment by Pam — 2009/05/16 @ 05:25

  3. What is this “X” of which you speak?


    It is a little red dot, in the left hand corner, on a Mac. I’m not clicking it, neither.

    Happy Blogoversary!!!


    Comment by Cheri @ Blog This Mom! — 2009/05/16 @ 06:26

  4. no clicky here! waiting to hear from kidlet in china. then it is mow the grass. but hope your weekend in bluesville is fun. :nana:

    Comment by patti — 2009/05/16 @ 06:28

  5. Seven? Wow!

    Comment by Jan — 2009/05/16 @ 07:18

  6. And you’re still here and still kicking and what you are today isn’t what you were seven years ago and it’s still good…

    And I still drop by every day, even though the checks have stopped…

    Happy bloggy-whatever.


    Comment by mostly cajun — 2009/05/16 @ 07:22

  7. :yay:

    Seven years? Amazing! I’m so glad I stumbled across your corner of the blogosphere. You’re always a joy to read…or at least thought-provoking. Congratulations for making it longer than many marriages! (Oh, is that why I need to go click that button?)

    Comment by Mrs. Who — 2009/05/16 @ 07:49

  8. Wow, seven years! Congratulations!!

    Comment by Leanne — 2009/05/16 @ 07:55

  9. Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered, and you have been an ongoing inspiration — in writing, in photography, in music… and in posting a cleavage shot of my own.

    Congrats on seven great years! (More, please.)

    Comment by Omnibus Driver — 2009/05/16 @ 08:45

  10. Congratulations! You’re the real deal. Cool!

    Thanks for encouraging people to “step away from the computer”. We all need a reminder that living life with real people is a priority.

    Comment by Chris — 2009/05/16 @ 10:02

  11. OMG…Hoopty?!! What the heck ever happened to him?

    Back in the day, I somehow stumbled upon him and ended up starting my own blog, and then going to BlogCon in Las Vegas. I hooked up with him and Gnome Girl a number of times…all over the place. But I haven’t seen or heard from them in years now.

    Awww…nostalgia for the old days of blogging!

    Amazingly, through all this time, I’ve met sooo many bloggers in real life and had some of them come and stay at my home. It’s always been funny trying to explain to my parents that someone I met on the internet is coming to stay with me. I’m always like: Well I met this person at such and so event, and that person is the sister of the guy who met this gal who has this blog and stayed at such and so’s house….

    You get the idea.

    It has been a fabulous social experience. And I’m so glad that you’re still around. You were one of the first blogs I read, and even though I dropped out a time or two, you’re one of the longest running blogs I still read.

    Girl….we totally have to get together sometime! *Cheers!*

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — 2009/05/16 @ 13:24

  12. Happy BLogiversary my friend.

    oxoxox :toast:

    Comment by vodkamom — 2009/05/16 @ 16:51

  13. I’m still around too…..in between medical emergencies.

    Settling into the new house in RB – and I still hate moving with a supreme passion!!

    Comment by Mad Mikey — 2009/05/16 @ 20:36

  14. Happy blogiversary! Happy birthday! Was remembering sadly of late that you were the first to know about Deb, and that it was her specifically. Some of those kinds of connections make the ordeal seem especially wrong.

    Comment by Jay — 2009/05/17 @ 00:18

  15. Thanks everyone!

    This would all be a big ball of nothing without you.


    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/17 @ 13:12

  16. Happy 7 Joan. I don’t comment much ,but I check on you every day.Can’t believe it’s been that long since the “Croc Hunter”gang.I feel very lucky to have met you!

    Comment by karen — 2009/05/17 @ 18:45

  17. Congratulations Joan!!!! You are very talented and a beautiful person. :thumbs:

    Comment by Lauren — 2009/05/17 @ 18:55

  18. Happy Blogoversary! And may you have many more!!! :nana: :yay:

    Comment by Teresa — 2009/05/17 @ 19:13

  19. Oh Karen, the Croc Hunter gang has been even longer than that! I started that, what? Ten years ago? Holy Moly, I’m OLD.

    Many, many thanks to all. Blogging wouldn’t be half the fun without any of you.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/17 @ 19:49

  20. I remember Hoopty Mike – got here to this blog entry doing a search for that name! TODAY is MY blog’s 10th anniversary. I started on 4/24/2000. I wonder what happened to a LOT of those early bloggers! Glad to know you’re still at it!

    Comment by Laura aka LaLaGirl — 2010/04/24 @ 14:59

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