Sunday, August 30, 2015

1000 posts

Early February of 2007 I started this blog. It was called Crazy Jane after a poem by Yeats. The first year I did a total of two posts. I then started in earnest (or as earnest as I get, you all who know me) the following year. I kept up a pretty steady pace (again, considering). Seven years ago I was living with my Sweet Patootie and two step-children, a lovely beast named Hoagy, and a bunch of chickens, in a house SP had designed and built. The dog was a runaway (a good source of post angst), the chickens were delightful, the kids were teens (nuff said) and the man was, as he is now, a constant of love and joy. Over those 7 or 8 years my life has been in flux. We sold the house and moved the chickens, the kids grew up and out, the dog died, and we eventually left Nova Scotia for what has been two years now in Labrador. In that time I made this my primarily writing site while I started one called The Complicated Simple Life, that was to be more about the chickens, the knitting, and so on. When I got to Labrador I started an online diary of my adventures here called Sojourner in Labrador. The Complicated Simple Life is finished for now, and I imagine Sojourner will end with the sojourn, but really I can't be sure of that. This site is for my writing life. Not that I can keep everything nice and discrete - that is never been an ability of mine. Now, everything is everywhere. I write and draw in the dining room, meditate in the guest room and think in the tub.

As to my goals for this blog - I do believe I've met and continue to meet them. I wanted a place where I could talk to myself with the occasional friend chiming in. I've been able to support my writing discipline by making public goals and mostly keeping them. I have finished several books since I started this and am just putting the last touches on one that I really think will be published. Now, I've said that before, but hope springs eternal. The thing I didn't realize was that I would meet so many grand and encouraging friends online. I gather from reading my early posts that I was quite happy chattering away to myself (and my dear sis - who was an early and constant reader). I have met many people that I'm still in touch with and that is so amazing and lovely.

It was great reading my early posts these last few days. Of course I cringed some, but for the most part I enjoyed my ramblings, and the memories they evoked.

So cheers for the 1000 posts and cheers for the friends they help me make.
I will tinker with this in the next two days but somehow am not allowed to right now...

How do you like dem apples? I've been doing a bit of drawing lately.

5 comments:

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Looks like you did it again LOL. Another one I really wanted to read!

Margot Kinberg said...

Congratulations and well done on 1000 posts! That's wonderful, Jan. And I've learned from each one of them.

Robyn said...

Congrats on the big milestone! And long may you blog.... XOX

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I still wonder constantly about my blogging. The goals have changed through the years and like you I've managed to meet the important ones that made a difference in my life. I actually deleted a few of my earliest posts that sounded too silly and embarrassed me. Sometimes I'm tempted to delete the whole thing and disappear off the internet!

Jan Morrison said...

No Karen, don't do that! That is the brilliance of the blog - it is a log of what has been in your life. Like my sketchbook full of tries, fails and successes. Keep on keepin' on!