Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Four years ago I posted my very first ever post on this blog. I had signed up to do a blog in the fall of 2007 but never did anything with it. I was a bit intimidated I think. My Daughter-in-law Amy urged me to try it and I took the "leap" on Leap day 2008. No pics because I wasn't sure how to do it..but that didn't take long to figure out. I had no followers, no comments...no real understanding of how much fun this could be once it took off. I've had a great time writing about my simple, and many would say, boring life. It's been a good journal tool for me. I've collected many family activity photos, written about the Grandkiddos and anyone else that will let me tell a story. What surprised me the most was meeting so many other bloggers all over the world. Really interesting people..really nice people..really creative and inspiring people. I've learned about other cultures and got jealous of my blog friends who have nice warm weather when we're freezing our bums off! The recipes I've tried and sometimes (when I remember) shared have helped my culinary skills. I've encouraged my other family members to start blogging so we can share pics and ideas and feel connected while we live many miles apart. Many times I hear the statement "I can't blog, I wouldn't have anything to write about". Are you kidding me? You don't need momentous experiences and life changing events to do a blog. You just need to be alive and have something to say. I've enjoyed just reading someones simple and heartfelt thoughts about the stars in the sky, the love of their lives, the work day, the vacation, the simple sounds of a creek flowing by or a decision to do a good deed every day of this year. Not everyone who blogs will turn out to be a "Pioneer Woman" and make money and a career on TV. But alot of bloggers sell their crafts or ideas on etsy sites. Many have advertisements on their blogs that bring in some money. I bet they didn't realize what was in store for them either. I'll never have a million followers, but I do have the cream of the blog world crop who surprise me by taking time to not only read "Whispering Pines"..but comment too. I love all you guys! I love being able to share with my family some of my day to day activities, but more than that I love sharing my feelings about them or about my childhood. I love giving a birthday shout out in the form of pictures and memories to my children and my siblings. So what did you do on this Leap Day? I'm loving this free day we get this year. Did I do anything super duper fabulous? Well, I worked all day and it was a good productive day. I walked out of the hospital and it was 69de. outside and sunny. It was pouring rain when I went in this morning so I was hoping I wasn't dreaming..and I wasn't! Ahhhh....I sat in the sun outside and just breathed in the fresh warm air. I know it won't last but I loved this gift today. No, I didn't discover the cure for cancer, or climb a huge mountain or win a million bucks. I just took this day and enjoyed it and continued to "leap" into this fun blogging world. Hope you do the same!