Acknowledging Milestones

I’ve enjoyed sharing my accomplishments and victories with all of you.  It’s been important to me to make a record of them for rereading later and the comments you’ve left have been icing on the cake.

Along with enjoying my accomplishments, I also want to acknowledge some milestones that happened recently.

Five Years With My Employer

Late last year, I received a five year recognition certificate and a beautiful lapel pin from my employer.  It’s been a while since I’ve stayed somewhere for that length of time, having had several opportunities for a better career, coupled with a bankruptcy and financial insolvency of a few employers.  I was pleased to receive a recoginition, although I’m still trying to figure out how five years went by so quickly.

When my VP gave me the certificate, he asked what were some of the more memorable things of the last five years.  The team was my first response – we have a good team and the department does well together.  We take care of each other and enjoy working together.

The second was settling the U.S Supreme Court case that we were involved in.  Unfortunately, while my employer won the issue, they still paid the state a large sum of money to actually go away.  I was part of all the negotiations, calculations and settlement.

Richmond skyline, where I work

Richmond skyline, where I work

500 Posts On WordPress

Also towards the end of last year, I posted my 500th entry on my blog!  Woohoo!  This particular blog was created in 2008, the I couldn’t figure out what to do with it nor was WordPress as advanced as it is today.  In early 2011, I started blogging consistently and here I am now, 500+ posts later.  My favorite posts for 2012 are listed here and for 2011, listed here.

What have I learned with blogging?  It’s hard work building a following.  People come by one at a time and there is no magic way to suddenly build a large following unless I become famous somehow.

I’ve also made a lot of very good friends through blogging.  Their friendships was totally unexpected and very much enjoyed.  I love the comments, getting to know people, and the E-mails on the side where we encourage each other and offer advice / feedback.

I also have old friends and family members who are enjoying my blog.  It’s been a wonderful way to stay in touch with them, show them what I’ve been up to and hear about their lives in return when they call or write.

Blog Achievements

I have 170 subscribers!  That is so cool!  I’m working at having a relationship with everyone who reads my blog, but it’s a struggle some days.  I always cringe when I leave a comment at the blog of someone who follows me, as I wonder if I’ve left a comment there before or not.  And yeah, sometimes I embarrass myself when I find out that I was not as attentive to my subscribers as I should be.  Thankfully you all are pretty understanding about it.

I’ve had over 14,000 views since starting my blog.  I find that incredible and am not sure how to relate to it.  That’s a lot of people looking at my stuff!

The most viewed blog post is from January 1, 2012 and was about the robins I observed on New Year’s Day.  I have no idea why that’s the most viewed post.  It was a good post, but not as good as others that I’ve done.

My most commented page is my About Me page.  That’s not a big surprise since it’s the easiest page to consistently find in my blog.

My companion when I blog.  Does he look content?

My companion when I blog. Does he look content?

Commenters

Ya’ll are wonderful leaving comments.  I enjoy them so much and they’ve helped me clarify what I’m writing and / or thinking.  It’s been a great help especially when I’m struggling with something or I’m meandering around and not sure what I’m trying to say.

I try to respond to each comment, so it’s not a big surprise that I was the biggest commenter.  But who were my blogging friends that commented the most?  If you get a chance, please visit their blogs and leave them a note or a “like”.  That is, of course, provided that you don’t already follow them!

The top commenter on my blog?  Patti from A New Day Dawns.  Patti posts about a mix of things, including the squirrel mafia that lives in her yard.  Patti and I met when I commented on a comment she left on a different blog.  We have a number of blogging friends in common and often see each other in the comments of other blogs.

The #2 spot was a tie between Judith from Diabetic Redemption and Darlene at Darlene Foster’s Blog.  Judith is working at improving her health and happiness and in the last few months, her blog has really changed and evolved.  I particularly like her Gratitude Saturdays and seeing what went right in her week.

Darlene is the author of a pre-teen book series featuring a 12-year-old girl named Amanda.  I’ve bought and read them all and really enjoyed them.  Darlene explores local cultures with twists and turns to keep her readers interested, yet without being racy or profane as so many books are these days.  I was impressed with Darlene at how she spends two hours a night writing and marketing herself.  I thought I can do that, but have not yet followed up on it!  She has a recent interview on how she got herself started writing.

Other top commenters were Phil, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge; Kathleen at The Course of Our Seasons; and Derek at No Throwaways.

The Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge writes about a write variety of things, from the German Shepherd who stayed at their house temporarily to how a stalker’s object of attention becomes the loser.  Phil may couch the post with humor and sarcasm, but often has a point that is thought provoking and a commentary on our society.

Kathleen write the most gorgeous poetry.  I often feel that I’m right there with her, whether she’s writing about waking up slowly in the morning or her observations about nature.  Last year, Kathleen gave me permission to reprint one of her poems in my blog, when I wrote a Valentine’s letter to my husband.

Derek is a youth pastor with four small children.  Shortly before the shootings in Newton, his church was burned to the ground by an arsonist who was just mad at the world.  He had no real connection to the church or beef with it, he just felt like burning it.  One of Derek’s most memorable posts was looking through the pictures with his children of good memories from the church.  Derek’s Saturday posts are about funny things the kids did during the week.  Guess who’s three-year-old cut his own hair with the scissors that Dad handed him to hold onto?

Or maybe the word is comfortable.  He looks comfortable.

Or maybe the word is comfortable.
He looks comfortable.

Hugs & Kisses To All

THANK YOU ALL OF YOU.  I appreciate the generosity of your comments, thoughts, and friendship.  My blog has been a wonderful outlet for my writing and photography, a great place to meet with friends, and it’s given me valuable feedback not only on what I’m doing here, but on life in general.

And unlike my beagle, I love hugs and kisses and am sending them out to you as well.

Have a good week!

45 thoughts on “Acknowledging Milestones

  1. You could definitely see your skills within the work you write.
    The world hopes foor more passionate writers such as you wwho arre not afraid to mention how they
    believe. All the time go after your heart.

  2. 500 posts and oh so many other lovely milestones. And true to your generous self, you took the time to acknowledge some wonderful bloggers and posts. That is why so many folks keep on coming right back to you! Congratulations on your post, and on the community that you continue to build. Your generous nature, and your insightful posts and comment are like a lighthouse that reaches all the way from Virginia to Arizona. Thanks, Nancy.

    • Thanks Kate and you’re welcome! Millie over at Hugmama was the one that observed that I didn’t comment very often, but when I did it was really good. I’ve kept that in mind when I try to encourage my fellow bloggers.

  3. I enjoyed reading this post so much I read it three times but found I had a tongue blockage. I suffer from that introverted response frequently. More often than not I suffer from not knowing what to say and being terrified of leaving a comment that makes me sound like parrot, idiot or a spammer. One simply can’t say: “Excellent post.” without sounding lame. Celebrating every small accomplishment is important and giving credit where it’s due is too. Oh and BTW, I love the dog on the shoulder images. I have 2 Chihuahuas and a Pomeranian who compete for occupying snugly positions on my body while I’m on the computer or whenever I’m sitting. All the best to you in 2013.

    • I know what you mean about leaving the comments. I’ve found though that most bloggers are so happy to have comments, especially thoughtful ones, that they overlook whether I said it exactly right. Sometimes I’ve even had to leave a second reply to clarify the first reply! And they don’t say anything about that either or they will laugh with me about it.

      Excellent post is always a welcome comment. I’m glad when you come by, so don’t feel you have to say something profound each time. Part of the reason I blog is to encourage others, so I’m happy to find out that my post did just that.

      Wow – three dogs wanting to help you out? That’s a lot of animal to hold. My min pin used to get extremely jealous of the cat, not realizing the cat weighed twice what he did. The cat died several years ago though, so now the min pin has free run of my lap time. My Vizsla wishes HE could fit on me instead.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Well, my friend, I am adding my congrats to all your other wellwishers! It is wonderful to have these accomplishments in your life. I so enjoy your photos and posts, appreciate you sharing your adventures with me and introducing me to the most wonderful beagle ever. Thank you too for your continued support of my writing. It means so much to me, Nancy, thanks. K

    • Thanks Kathleen and you’re welcome. I enjoy your poetry so much it’s not any effort to support your writing.

      The beagle says thank you. He’ll be right over to check your hands for treats once the Vizsla figures out how to unlock the car door and get the key in the ignition.

  5. What a wonderful list of milestones! Your job, your blog followers, your comments and all the wonderful posts you’ve written! And it sounds like there’s been lots of fun along the way! Yippee for you!

  6. Congratulations on all of your milestones! I know just what you mean about struggling to have a relationship with your followers. I’ve found there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to visit everyone I’d like to visit, or comment when I do visit. Thank you so much for all of your visits and comments on my blog.

    Your skyline shot is beautiful. :)

    • Thank you and you’re welcome. It is hard having relationships and we’ve all commented on that. Still, I’m pleasantly surprised at how well I’ve gotten to know other bloggers. It’s been really nice and I appreciate each time someone takes time to leave a comment or click the “like” button.

    • If you’d like one of your own, I’d be happy to send him via overnight mail. Especially after he’s gotten done using the kitchen garbage can for target practice :)

    • Thank you so much – I’m glad it inspired you. Sometimes I write these up and wonder if anyone cares besides me. Judging by the comments, my readers are enjoying being happy for me.

  7. Congratulations! I think it’s great to acknowledge the milestones in our life – you certainly have reached some significant ones too! Very nice job! :)

  8. I did not give him the scissors…He took them and used them without my consent. :) Thanks for mentioning me. You made me wonder how many posts I am at now. I have 429. Wow. Congrats on 500.

    • He is, although he’s actually a pretty fierce little guy whose mission in life is to keep away anyone from me anyone that he can see. Which gets really annoying when he’s in the hard or we have a tradesmen over. And he will menace them from inside his crate too!

  9. Woo-Hooo! Congrats – and it’s celebration party time! I always find a good read here (but now I know your secret: a cozy consultant supervising)
    So glad I’m not the only one struggling to keep up with return visits to readers – it’s fun to see what they say/think in their blog, but it’s hard to keep up. Still the community that is created is so rewarding.
    Anyway, thanks for the shout out (Molly sends a paw wave…wait, now she’s nibbling the window sill again….it’s getting better, it’s getting better – just repeat often….)
    May many more blog milestones roll your way – and a HUGS for a job well done!
    (Oh, darn almost made it without her noticing. RC Cat is trying to send a gold star…but it is stuck to her paw…a frantically waving paw….will try to send that recognition by HRH later.)

    • Thanks for the note – that was wonderful! (look behind you – I think Molly is chewing again) And thanks RC for the kind thoughts, even if she did wreck the star getting it off her paw.

      And hugs back to you too. When I moved my blog over here from dogear6.com, you’d just started showing up here. I sent you a note anyhow, not sure that you’d care to follow me. You did and I’m glad you did!

      I’d offer to lend the consultant to you, but he’s so little he might end up as a snack for RC.

  10. Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your post. I am,(to the degree I’m allowed, of course,) very very proud of you and happy for you — your milestones are hugely significant; still, if you only had a couple of followers, I would be one of them — I enjoy your posts so much. Congratulations!

    • Thanks Judith! And you are allowed to be proud of me all you want. That’s why I share my milestones – to record them for myself, enjoy them with all of you, and hear what you guys are up to also. And you’ve gotten much better too at acknowledging your accomplishments and being proud of yourself! I’m happy to have you as a follower and to have known you for quite a while now.

  11. Wow, you should be very proud of all of these accomplishments!! It’s so nice that your employer acknowledged your milestone – I will have been at my job 25 years this September, and I highly doubt the day will be any different than any other day :(. Oh well, maybe I will just have to start dropping some hints :). LOL!!

    • If it had been up to my boss, nothing probably would have happened. Thankfully this is something HR just does. It’s really hard to work someplace that doesn’t celebrate the little things. They’re really important! And while my boss doesn’t do it very well, his boss (our VP) does. The VP and I have been frequent partners-in-crime to remember and take care of little things. He always laughs about it because he doesn’t think of those things (“that’s how guys are” is his comment) but he sure does thank me when I bring it to him.

      Unfortunately, I haven’t always done very well in the past at acknowledging my accomplishments. This is why I make such a point of putting it into my blog. My readers (such as you!) are so very supportive and happy to join with me in enjoying my accomplishments. And I also write them up so you guys start thinking about your own accomplishments and enjoying them for yourselves.

    • Thanks Jennifer! I hope I survive another 500 posts. These are a lot of work on somedays.

      And thanks for being so faithful to comment here. I wouldn’t be surprised you came close to the top. I very much enjoy your friendship and am glad you come here to visit.

  12. Some wonderful milestones Nancy! 500 blogs is amazing. And thanks so much for the kind words. To be tied for #2 commenter on your blog is indeed an honour. I believe I found you on Pattis blog. I’m so pleased you enjoyed my books. That means a lot to me. Hugs and Kisses right back at you XO Looking forward to the next 500 blogs!

    • Thanks for the lovely note! I always enjoy hearing from you.

      I bought the first book to better understand your stories since I’ve been pestering you about coming to Colonial Williamsburg. I enjoyed it so much that I bought and read them all! Unfortunately, after doing that, I’m not sure Williamsburg is such a good idea but I hadn’t taken time to write it out for you. With all of their copyright and trademarks, I don’t know what the legalities would be and have no idea if they’d give you permission. Nor do I know if you’d need permission to set your story there. Of course, Williamsburg is not the only place with a rich history in the War for Independence; Richmond is also. And at the end of the day, Colonial America might not appeal to you anyhow. My muse is certainly much different than yours is and who knows what grand adventure will appeal to her next?

  13. This was really interesting! congratulations on significant milestones. I figure if I post once a week, I’m doing pretty well. At the rate I’m going, it will be another five years before I get to my 500th post! Best wishes,
    Naomi

    • Remember I got over 300 of them in 2011. Last year, I didn’t post as much and this year has been less so far. Besides, it’s not a race. It’s all about how much you enjoy yourself. And once a week is SO much better than never at all.

      Although at the rate you comment on my blog, I bet you’re in the top next year! You’ve been wonderfully faithful in leaving me notes and I really appreciate it. It seems that a lot of my fellow bloggers have more subscribers and many more hits than me, but I have some really really good friends. And that counts for the most satisfaction any day of the week.

      • The connection is also important to me, and I feel it’s a courtesy to reciprocate when someone takes the time to visit and comment on my blog. And to me, the story’s the thing. I know you bring up your stats by posting more often, but I’d rather post one good story per week than mass producing posts off the top of my head. I don’t know how people post every day. For me, it’s quite a balancing act, posting, keeping up with people’s posts, and trying to finish a novel!

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