Monday, 25 July 2011

Happy Blog Anniversay (to me)

It is exactly 1 year today since I posted my first tentative blog, having just bought my first ever computer.

Twelve months on, I hope I've progressed a little, though scrolling through some of my recent efforts that is by no means certain.

Nevertheless, anniversary it is, which led  me to reflect on how certain dates and indeed some months play hugely important roles in our lives while other months pass with no apparent effect.

August is a very 'big' month in my personal calendar, something which hadn't really registered until I started thinking about this.

3rd August 1973 John and I moved from Putney to Northwood
11th August 2009 John died
12th August was my mother's birthday
25th August was John's funeral
26th August was the day we moved to Aylesbury (1980)
28th August was my parents' wedding anniversary and also the day John and I me
29th August was John's birthday.

Coincidence?  Who knows, but it is certainly a 'heavy' month for me.

Blogging has been a rewarding experience for me, if fraught with technical difficulties from time to time.
The invaluable help and encouragement of the Vernacular Curate has made all the difference between trying only to give up at the first hurdle, and sticking with the 'programme' and yelling for help whenever necessary.

I will never be a technophile but at least the 'phobe' is less in evidence than it was.

Life is a little flat at present but as soon as inspiration reasserts itself I'll re-emerge in print.


  1. An absolute pleasure Ray, always. Happy Blogday to you; many happy returns

  2. Yes, Happy Blog Day Ray. Much in my prayers this month. Jenni x

  3. Happy Blog Birthday, Ray, and well done. I'll be thinking of you in your heavy month and hoping inspiration strikes you when you're ready for it.

  4. Thankyou all for your undeserved congratulations and your good wishes.
    I can't tell you how much they matter to me.
    Will emerge from under cloud at some stage.

  5. Happy Anniversary. I enjoy your blog so thanks for it. I always go to you and 'Apples of Gold' before any others on Google Reader. Will pray that August is a surprise Delight to you this year.X

  6. Thankyou for the generous praise. Will try to deserve it Margaret.
    As for August,who knows? Miracles do sometimes happen - even a tiny one would be welcome - won't hold my breath though.

  7. Happy Blogversary, Ray! I have enjoyed watching you grow ever more confident and proficient (not just in blogging!) as I've gotten to (virtually) know you in these last months. I join with others in wishing for some delight to come your way in August this year.

  8. Happy Blog Birthday Ray. I always enjoy reading your blog posts which are witty and heartfelt. Your comments on my blog posts are much much appreciated too. Thanks for being a blog pal. x

  9. Penny thankyou for the comment and the good wishes. Much appreciated.

  10. Jane

    Thankyou also for your comments. It is always good to hear that one's often poor efforts, make some sort of appeal to somebody.

  11. Hi Ray ... I followed you all the way from my Puyallup, Washington roost to yours in London. Amazing how this cyberspace thing works! Thank you for dropping by and leaving your tidbits of wisdom.

    I pray this August provides many a new memory; many a joy-filled happening.

    God bless you,

  12. Thankyou Kathleem
    Yes it is wonderful, I stand in awe of those who actually have control of this tecnique.

  13. Hi, Ray. 28th August is not only the wedding anniversary of my parents also, but this year it will be no less than 40 years on that day since the first Mr. Doorkeeper and I tied the knot. So I shall think about you, too, on that date.

    Make it a good month.

  14. Hi Nancy
    What a strange coincidence!
    I will send thoughts and prayers your way too on 28th.
    I will try to make it a good month.

  15. Congratulations on your blog anniversary; it's wonderful to see how your style has developed and you have attracted readers. Your August is full of memories, make the most of it. Every Blessing

  16. Thankyou Freda, on all counts.
    Most of what I have achieved has been thanks to David Cloake, without whose expertise and ever-willingness to offer assistance I would still be a helpless technophobe.
    Blessings to you also.