~ 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 Well.com 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.
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).
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,