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Thank You for this Happy Blog-iversary

blogiversaryAnd the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot

Yes, I know that there’s a big, bodacious Full Sagittarius Moon today, and there is magic overflowing as a result. To read more about its astrological influence, I recommend the always glorious Elisabeth Grace, Lynn Hayes, Lorna Bevan, and those fabulous astrologers at Mooncircles, including their 3-Minute Moon Ritual.

And for lots of juicy folklore about this Moon, don’t miss my friend Cate’s beautiful photography and musings at Beyond the Fields We Know.

But what I really want to talk about with you, my dear friends is YOU!

And how YOU have kept me going now for … drum roll.. TWELVE YEARS!

Yesterday was my 12th Blogiversary, and it’s thanks to you.

Some of you have been along for this ride since year one (I won’t say “Day One” because really, it was just me and the crickets at first!).

Owl’s Wings on the Well

You might remember my first blog, designed by my friend Vicky (who is also the genius behind my beautiful owl logo!). It ran on my account, and was all hand-coded via Adobe GoLive.

I had to tinker with HTML stuff every step of the way, but luckily, Vicky’s templates were as user-friendly as anything like that could be, so I was able to make updates and post my articles every day.

Old services page

You heard that right. From 2003 until 2011 or so, I posted every. Single. Day. Without fail. (It was pretty crazy!).

Problem was, there was no archive. Each post overwrote what was there the day before. I kept some text file copies of those early days, but the posts themselves are long, long gone from cyberspace.

Then, only two years later, GoLive got replaced by another very expensive and even more complicated software package. I was forced to bail to the more generic online service — Blogger (also known as Blogspot).

screenshot of Blogspot

I stayed there from September, 2005 until Samhain, 2009, thanks to Joanna Powell Colbert designing the wonderful WordPress site you see today.

The New Blog-iverse

It was actually on Blogger that I had the most fun with our conversations together. During that time (pre-Facebook), it was not unusual to get five to 15 or more comments on my posts every day.

I also started blogging about longer themes, like our year with the Graces, and the year that we worked our way through The Artist’s Way, for instance. Anybody remember those days?

The world of blogging now is very different than when I launched this endeavor in 2003. It seems to me that social media has taken a toll on our attention spans and our conversations. And there are so many new voices now on the tweeting, posting, blogging bandwagon. The Blog-iverse can be a bit noisy, even bordering on shrill.

But still — what a wonderful thing!

I love showing up here several times a week (much more sustainable for me). It’s mind-blowing to me that this is a platform where people from all over the world can converse, ask questions, and make friends.

And even though y’all don’t chat with me in the comments as much as we used to, the emails you send — even hand-written cards and thank you notes! — are what keep me inspired. I am so glad to know you’re still here.

Thank you for all these years of listening, sharing, and supporting my labor of love. With luck and grace, I look forward to the next twelve and even more!

Blessings and gratitude,

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  • June 2, 2015, 9:11 pm MJ

    Happy Blog-iversary Beth!!! XOXOXO

  • June 3, 2015, 8:36 am Christina Small

    It is also great joy to receive and the blogs. Thank you for sharing your insight and wisdom, even if I just came on board.

  • June 3, 2015, 8:41 am Beth

    Thank you, you two! It is lovely to see you stopping by! {{Smooch!}}

  • June 3, 2015, 9:42 am Sharon

    Dear Beth, Congratulations on 12 wonderful years! May you continue to inspire and bring hope and joy to many with your words for years to come!!!

  • June 3, 2015, 9:43 am Duncan Saunders

    Many blessings and thanks to you for the wonderful art, quotes, wisdom, humor and just sheer delight I have been given by your creativity, love and hard work.

    Blessed Be!

  • June 3, 2015, 9:56 am Otter

    Congratulations on 12 wonderful and exciting years! And I am here to tell you all that Beth works very hard at this every single day, even when she is not posting. I am so proud of you, Sweetie!

  • June 3, 2015, 10:27 am judy

    Congratulations! How dedicated you are!
    I think you get less comments here because you notify us of these posts on Facebook… and so get more comments there, instead.
    Either way.. we’re reading you and loving you.

  • June 3, 2015, 1:32 pm Beth

    Oh, gosh, y’all!!! ♡ ♡ ♡ Thank YOU!

  • June 3, 2015, 2:11 pm Otter

    Thank you for doing this blog all these years. I get so much from you, Beth – insight, wisdom, joy and beauty. I can’t tell you how many I have saved in a folder on my email account! So grateful for you! And I’m so hoping to meet you in person one day in the not so distant future! <3