I remember my first post and the mix of trepidation and embarrassment that attended the press of the ‘Publish’ button. I suspect my main concern was that somebody might see it!
That to-press-or-not-to-press moment floated back to me when a notification came from WordPress featuring a tiny silver cup surrounded by even tinier sparkles as my blog has had over 500,000 views: news that prompted a woo hoo! even from this Lancastrian.
I’m celebrating with bluebells, one of my favourite spring flowers, sent out with a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit me here, especially regular readers. Blogging would be much less fun without you.
While I have come to think of many of the blogging buddies who interact here as friends, I am often surprised to meet people who tell me how much they enjoy my blog but leave no trace of their visit. That’s not just fine, it’s wonderful. Everyone is welcome.
When I started blogging, I hoped to have readers from around the world, but the actuality has exceeded my imagination. Over the life of this site I’ve had visitors from 205 countries, including one person today, to my amazement, from Ukraine. It’s humbling to think of someone in war time reaching out and finding my blog.
At times I have wondered whether it’s appropriate to post during an era that will go down in history but not for the right reasons, and have found myself being quieter than usual, but a number of posts are planned, so prepare to see more activity. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering how to tell English and Spanish bluebells apart, check out my post.
Before I saw the silver cup, I’d planned a simpler post linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day, which reminds me to thank the hosts of various challenges (past and present) who help us build community here. WordPress is lucky to have you.
If you fancy taking part in a challenge, check out Cee’s lists of photographic and writing challenges and if you’re hosting a challenge not yet listed, please send her the details.