Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Novice No More

Guess What?!  I just learned to take photos of myself with my new Acer Iconia Tablet!  Also, I just figured out how to transfer them to my wounded laptop.  For you younger readers, you probably think I should've instinctively known how to do that, huh?  But I am middle-aged and for my readers who are in that category, you know exactly how proud I am of myself at this moment, don't you?  

And, as I decided this was a reasonably good hair day, I just kept taking more 

and more

photos of


OK, enough of that!  

I am celebrating!

I have been blogging for a year!  Actually, I just missed my anniversary.  I was thinking it was coming up but I just checked back to my first post and it was February 20, 2011.   It was kind of a strange post, but I just sat down and started blogging about what was going on that evening.  Truthfully, I didn't think I would keep up with it all.  

At first I didn't want my name to be attached to my blog.  I went by Orange Paisley.  Funny, huh?  Well, I like orange, I like paisley, and together they just seem like me.  It made sense to me at the time.

According to my stats, my all-time most read post was A Change of Heart.  That was my recent interview with my friend, Allen, who received a heart transplant.  I was kind of pleased with myself for the title choice but Allen was responsible for the rest of the article.  Thanks, Allen!

My second most popular post was Breath of God.  I've no real good explanation for that but it makes me happy.  Again, I had very little to do with that one as it is the lyrics to a song that I did not write.  I did not even come up with the title!  See how easy it is to be a blogger?

When I started my blog I didn't really tell anyone except Maria.  She was the one who introduced me to blogging and she was the first to leave a comment for me, followed by Momma CupKate.  Thanks, Kate!  It was quite awhile before I even told Mike I was doing this!

Looking back, I can see how Cordelia has grown and that we've made some progress with Bode.  I've told embarrassing stories and introduced you to members of my family.  I have asked you to help me name my craft room and even drug you through a terrible tutorial.  

I don't have any good explanation for why I have kept up with blogging.  I was horrible at keeping up with my children's baby books, I can't seem to put photos into albums, I still haven't done Christmas Cards from 2011 and I have projects tucked all over the house that I've not completed.  I do love working on my computer and I love to write, though, so maybe I've finally found my "thing". I no longer fall asleep at night wondering if I'll have anything to write about the next day.  I just enjoy writing this blog.  Thanks for checking in and reading it!

Thank-you for stopping by. Feel free to use my photos but please link them back to my blog. I am honored if you wish to share content of any of my posts on Facebook, Twitter, etc. as long as it is linked back to my blog.


Allen said...

The THANKS belongs to you. Great Blogg-Great Person-GREAT FRIEND!

Carrie said...

YAY! Congrats on your anniversary! I've only been doing it since like maybe September? October? I gotta check now.

And I really didn't expect to keep it up either. But I've come to love so, so many good people that I would never otherwise come in contact with. And I learn about them and their family and well, now I'm here to stay.

Love the pics...I love seeing who I'm "talking" to!

Maria Rose said...

Thanks for blogging! And yes...it was a good hair day.

Petra said...

Happy one year blogging! You look too happy. Keep it up!

Galen Pearl said...

Susan, Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Congratulations on your anniversary. And on your tech savvy advances! (And on your great hair!) I've been blogging twice as long as you and I still haven't managed to get a photo on my blog, or even connect it to Facebook or Twitter. You have inspired me to try at least one new thing. Hope you'll visit again.

Emily said...

Congratulations on your first Blog Anniversary! I always enjoy what you write.

EJN said...

Yes, Susan,
I know exactly how you feel! Voula! You did it. I enjoy your posts. Love to you--Jojo

Kate W. said...

You are a natural at this, Sue! I look forward to your posts each day. :) And your hair looks fantastic -- I can't believe how long it's getting! Keep up the good work, my sweet paisley friend! :)

Pam Brewer said...

I'm so impressed that you blog EVERY day. I look forward to reading about what you've been up to!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Well it looks like you did step your toe across the line..LOL Happy Anniversary! I haven't even tried to do pictures like you are doing...so go girl.

Thanks for stopping by my blog..I am enjoying visiting yours...I loved your header, where you are just the manager.

AKM said...

You look happy and beautiful. Thank you for your blog.

Anna said...

I finally figured out how to comment on your blog again! lol

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