1,000 and still counting!

1000PostsWordPress tells me this is my 1,000th post. There are times when I wonder what you expect to find here when you visit, and whether you leave satisfied or disappointed. The truth is, when I write, I rarely worry about what readers want. Words spill out of my brain and spatter onto the page. If something is produced that appeals, that’s a good thing. If it falls flat, like a stone into a mud puddle, that’s okay, too. At least the words are out of my head and I’m free to move on to explore other ideas. You aren’t obliged to stick around either. But after Monday’s post, I’ve continued to think about my online identity and my purpose here. I never promised to produce brilliant treaties on meaningful topics. My mental meanderings on life and writing really do wander all over the place, and quite honestly, I’m not sure why you’d want to read any of them. Yet, since the summer of 2008 and after nearly eighty-two months in this space, you’re still turning up here, and so am I! It’s a comfortable place for me — a little like my family room, where I can curl up on the couch in front of the fireplace with the afghan and journal on my lap, and share anything that pops into my mind. The trouble is, some days not a lot of popping happens. On those occasions I clip my pen to the edge of the page, reach for my mug of coffee (sometimes it’s chai tea or a Diet Coke), lean back into the cushions and let the flames mesmerize me. IMGP6757_2 There isn’t always a story to be told … at least, not a specific one. Not one of significance or with an analogy and application. Sometimes there is, but not always. Today is one of those days. Today I’m simply celebrating one thousand posts and you. Thank you for being here and sharing this milestone with me.  You make it all worthwhile.

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To mark the occasion and also help express my thanks, I’m giving away a $20 Amazon or Starbucks gift certificate (your choice). I’ll draw a name at random from among those of you who leave a comment here between now and midnight Sunday (11:59 p.m. April 19th). I know not all of you who stop by here like to leave comments, but it’s the only fair way I can think of to choose someone. Check Monday’s post for announcement of the winner.

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“… I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you.” [Romans 1:8]

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NaNoWriMo’s Halfway Point and a Blogging Milestone

Today is Day #15 for NaNoWriMo – the mid point of this month of writing myself bleary-eyed. I’m not one of those fast writers who jots off thousands of words in a single dash. I’m more the plodding type so I’m very content to have trudged my way to 25,018 words today – half way to the official goal. It feels good to be on track. Maybe this year… don’t say it, Carol! Don’t jinx it!

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ChickadeeThe other milestone I discovered only as I began this blog entry. It is my 200th post. It seems longer than seventeen months since I wrote “Becoming Visible” as my first tentative step into the public spotlight of cyberspace.  Thank you to each one of you who has persevered with me since then or joined me along the way. I’m enjoying your company in my journey.

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Now I think I’ll reward myself by heading off to bed before midnight for a change!

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Nighty-nite!

[Chickadee: Cornell Lab of Ornithology]