I published my first post here on April 21, 2012. It is not a date that sticks in my mind. In fact, I only know to mark the occasion because I saw that Jana Last noted her Blogiversary. We launched our blogs within a couple of weeks of one another, Jana being first. When Jana says she is having a Blogiversary, I know I am too.
As happens with many of us, this blog has had times of drought as well as plenty. At one time, I was posting about three times a week. A few family and friends kindly followed along, as well as a small circle of fellow family history bloggers. I enjoyed my new community.
Then came the drought, precipitated by a diagnosis of a nasty lymphoma that necessitated chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Posts were few and far between, even for some time after my treatment was complete because I had lingering “chemo brain” and just couldn’t get my writing or research together. My little circle of followers had nothing to read and a few left blogging themselves.
When I was ready and enthusiastic about getting back to it, I didn’t know how to jump back in. Thank goodness for Sepia Saturday. The weekly photo prompts gave me a way back. And that is where I am now – usually posting once a week in response to the prompt. It has been my blogging life preserver.
Alas, cancer isn’t through with me. A new diagnosis of an unrelated cancer meant major surgery the first of February and I have just had my second of twelve chemo treatments – every other week for six months. So far, I’m having one not-so-good week followed by a week that’s pretty good. I’m hopeful that I won’t fall completely off the blogging wagon this time.
I look back at those early posts now, many about my young self in relation to my family, and I am surprised at the stories. I have lost some of those memories now. I would not be able to write them today. I hope you will take my advice to preserve even the silly little stories of your life. Write them somewhere – even if only for yourself.
By far, my most read post is for directions to make “port pillows” – little pillows to attach to your seatbelt. They offer a bit of comfort to cancer patients who have a portacath for administration of drugs. Someone “pinned” the post a few years ago and I get hundreds of hits every week from around the world.
My most recent “accomplishment” here is a series I just completed about an uncle who died due to complications of measles when he was five years old. There are eight in the series, beginning with this one:
Sepia Saturday – An Uncle I Never Knew: A Tow-Headed Boy
Here are a few of my other favorites from the past year:
Sepia Saturday – Stunt Man on a Bike
Sepia Saturday – From Sicily to New Orleans
Sepia Saturday – Farming and Fences in Kansas
Sepia Saturday – Grandpa at Lake Okoboji
Sepia Saturday – Protest at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park
Sepia Saturday – Environmental Impact?
Thanks for reading along! I look forward to #8!
Happy 7th blogiversary. I wish you many more years of fun blogging times and hope your current treatment brings you back to the best of health.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I tried to visit your blog, but was blocked. Maybe it will work for me later.
I’m so sorry to hear about your health problems and wanted to thank you for stopping by to visit my A to Z and leaving a comment. I used to love doing Sepia Saturday but as the prompts repeated or resembled, I ran out of new photos. It was wonderful for bringing up memories and getting me to write things I wouldn’t have remembered.
And happy blogaversary!!
Thanks for stopping by here, Kristin. I’ve always loved reading your blog. Took a lot of time off, needless to say.
I offer my best wishes too for your good health and more fascinating stories.
Thank you, Mike!
Happy 7th Blogiversary! I celebrated my 5th Blogiversary on April 24…so our annual “celebrations” fall in the same week. So glad you have stuck with blogging through health challenges, and I wish you all the best with your current treatment. Sepia Saturday has been great for me as well. Knowing I’ll have regular, supportive readers each week makes the writing more fun. Hats off to Alan for making the magic and to all of us for keeping it going!
Thank you and happy Blogiversary to you too! I do love the supportive community that we have at Sepia Saturday! Thanks for being one of them!