100th Blog Post! WooooHooooo!!!!

Can you believe it?  This is my 100th blog!  When I created this blog, I had no idea where it would take me.  Suffering through a long bout of unemployment was taking a toll.  All my education and past experience seemed not to matter in the job search, whereas youth and vigor appeared to be winning on all counts. Yikes, that left me out! Every position I sought required writing samples, and I had some good ones . . . but they were all dated; I had nothing current.  In desperation it occurred to me that if I wrote a blog, I could kill two birds with one stone: hone my rusty writing skills, and build a portfolio of recent writing samples. Voila! Problem solved.  Then I thought of another benefit of writing a blog, and that was creating a memoir for my children, something they had asked for but for one reason or another I never got around to doing.  WordPress.com came to the rescue and I started a blog.  As to its title, for lack of anything better I just used my name.  If I was going to use this medium to display writing skills for future employers, my name needed to be visible.  In hindsight however, if I had known then the direction I would take with this blog, I think that I would have put a little more creative energy into a cuter, snazzier, catchier, whatever-ier title.  Oh well . . . I’ve tried to change it but haven’t figured out how.  Any advice from my WordPress buddies is most welcome!

It didn’t take long for me to become hooked on the writing.  I did not write on a regular basis, but when I did, it was fulfilling, meaningful, and fun.  In time I learned to upload photos and insert them in my postings.  Not only was I writing again, I also picked up the camera and another laid-aside interest that I loved was rekindled.  I was writing about daily events, memories from days gone by, family history, and sharing photos.  To be honest, the job hunt took a back burner to this venture.  The creative juices were flowing again, and I looked forward to each new post, photographing everything in sight, and thinking about how to make money doing these things that I loved.  I was still sending out resumes, but the blog was my lifeline to sanity.

But I still had to do something about a job.  One day the thought came to me, why keep looking for a job?  Why not take matters into my own hands and create my parnassah (livelihood) as befits us?  I’m too old to keep going through rejection from people whose jobs I could do blindfolded!  That is when I developed “The Plan”: Return to school to get my masters in mental health counseling, then I can contract my work as suits me while doing something I like and have proven myself to be good at; develop notecards using my photographs and inspirational verses of Psalms that I can market; continue blogging; create a web site where I can market my skills (writing, photography, notecards, counseling).  (see June 29, 2010, http://wp.me/pIeHU-7f for The Plan)

Today I am in my fourth quarter of graduate school as I work toward that degree and license as a professional counselor.  I have created several sets of notecards to start marketing.  At this point I have not created a web page other than this blog, but I think I’m about ready for that.  My hope is that I will begin to bring in some money with the web page, too.  I am making this dream happen, one day at a time, one step at a time.  I am working the plan!

And to think that this dream crystallized all because I started a blog in hopes of impressing a potential employer with my writing skills!  Go figure!  Little did I know how I would enjoy blogging, reading other bloggers’ posts, sharing photographs, giving and receiving encouragement to people all around the world.  This is not a big, well advertised, widely read blog, but maybe someday.  It is enough, however.  I’m finding that “enough” makes me a rich woman.  I have enough food to need to watch my weight, enough shelter to think of going smaller, enough health to keep me in good spirits, enough creativity to live vibrantly, enough love to share it freely, enough family and friends to add joyfulness to every aspect of life.  I have enough.

Following are some facts about this blog:

First blog posted: November 17, 2009

100th blog posted: May, 9, 2011

Number of hits in 2009: 406 (6 weeks only)

Number of hits in 2010: 1292

Number of hits thus far in 2011: 1736

Biggest number of hits in a month to date: April, 2011 with 490 (This month, May, I already have 277 hits so I expect it will surpass April’s record before the month is out.)

Do any of these numbers matter: Not really.  It is just nice to see how the blog has grown.

Before another 100 blogs, I hope to have an official web site.  Whether I reach that goal by then, or not, I will reach that goal and I will have fun doing it.  Thanks to every one of you who has taken time to read a blog or two, or to leave a comment when so moved.  I now have friends that circle the globe.  Thanks also to WordPress for making this medium of communication so accessible to those of us who haven’t an ounce of  “IT geekiness” in our bodies!  I look forward to writing many more blogs, shooting massive amounts of photos, sharing the journey with anyone who will read this, meeting many more bloggers and developing more friendships.

Richard, my dear, special thanks to you for tolerating the intensity with which I write, the quirky ideas I always share with you even when you have better things to do, and for coming along as my “protector” and equipment carrier when I want to go to odd places at odd hours to see what wonderful things I can photograph. You truly are my sunshine!  (Please don’t be embarrassed that I added this paragraph.  You are a special man and I want the world to know!)

And forgive me for getting all gushy and mushy with the thanks.  I know it sounds like an award show, but . . . oh well.  This is my 100th blog post!

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31 thoughts on “100th Blog Post! WooooHooooo!!!!

  1. Cecelia, congratulations on making your 100th post! I have loved your childhood picture, but it is nice to get to see the present day you and Richard as well. I love your essay. Your “enough” paragraph is very special.

    1. Thank you, Barbara. I’m not sure why this number is so special, but it is. I never expected that this would become such a passionate endeavor, but it is. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the post and the paragraph. I look forward to many more blogs, and to reading your very interesting posts, too. (I love your blog. I still say it is one of the most creative ideas ever! parkcollege1961-1965.blogspot.com for those of you who are interested.) Again, thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks Huffygirl, for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I hope to reach many more milestones! BTW, I like the story of how you got your nickname! and your blog.

  2. Wow! I remember telling you that I could wait for you to reach your 100, when I reached mine, and now i know it was worth the wait. You have a wonderful thing happening on your blog, and its fun when a new post pops in. Your pictures be it today or yesterday makes you look divine! Its quite an intense write up and makes me want to write about things that matter. But since i picked up a photo hobby, that blog has ideally take a back seat. Nonetheless, you were talking about changing your site handle.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/changing-blog-address/ hope this helps..Cya around 🙂

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Kamakshi. I remember when you reached your 100th blog, and I am happy to join you. 🙂 As to your photo hobby, I look forward to your posts everyday. I am learning so much about your culture, and your beliefs. Fascinating for this person who doesn’t know if she will ever make it to your neck of the woods. Thanks for your blog, for taking time to visit my blog, and for your kind words. Have a magnificent day, 🙂
      BTW, thanks for the link, too. I’ll check it out. I’m thinking about running a contest to help me rename this blog. What do you think?

      1. Ya a contest sounds fun, you should start that!! hoping a centuries of century for you…India is a very diverse country, and despite living on the soil for 26 years, it still manages to spring pleasent surprises 🙂

  3. Chana,

    Congratulations!!! It is wonderful to see how rewarding this had become for you. I too have really enjoyed learning about your childhood and the life experiences that have made you who you are today. I must say it was a great line to read that you are so happy to be past interviewing and being rejected for jobs you could do blindfolded. How true. You are so talented. I am proud to be your friend. Devorah.

  4. Congrats on a very impressive milestone!
    I’m always so impressed with writers – I’m much more visual in my communication style… or at least that’s my excuse for spending an hour composing a single paragraph (that still has no flow)! 🙂

    1. Thanks Spilledinkguy 🙂 Writing is an interesting hobby/job/vocation/whatever. It’s HARD to write well, but I just can’t stay away from it. And the more I write the more I want to write. Editing is fun but time consuming. And every once-in-a-while, something magical flows into the words, emphasis on the “once-in-a-while.” Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment. (I’m experimenting with the name of this blog, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to share!) BTW, I enjoy your blog, too.

  5. Congratulations cecelia on your 100th blogpost. What you have written is very inspirational since I share a similar situation as you. I wish you be able to write several hundreds and even a thousand more blogs and that your creative juices keep continuing! What a happy occasion.

  6. Woohooo!! A very happy 100th, Cecilia!! This is AWESOME!!
    May this lovely journey of blogging get even lovelier for you…. Enjoyyyy!! 😀

    1. Why thank you Kavita! This has been a lovely journey. Little did I know when I began blogging that I would enjoy it so much. Thanks for stopping by, and for pausing long enough to leave a comment. Have a great evening.
      🙂

  7. Congratulations!!! What a lovely post and your plan sounds great! Best of luck … Mazl Tov

    It IS possible to change the blog address [URL], it’s actually very easy but I’m not sure whether you lose all the people who have subscribed. That I have yet to find out. I signed up on a whim, so my address isn’t the world’s most thought-through. It’s just that I would like to take a ride one day on I95 from Houlton, ME to Miami..

    Now I feel like looking in to how many posts I have and all that jazz 🙂

    1. Rebekah!
      Thanks for the comments. I really just wanted to change the title. . . It was “CeceliaFutch’s Blog” . . . b-o-r-i-n-g! I finally figured out how to do that. Some days I like the new title, some days not. We’ll see whether or not I keep it.

      If you are ever driving down I-95, let me know. You’ll come “a hop and a skip” from our abode.

      Again, thanks for stopping by and thanks for the comments.

      Cecelia

      1. Aha! Just that title … yeah, that one you can change as often as you want!

        It would be extremely cool to do that trip, I’ve only been to Maine and Florida. Florida was 1978 (!) I’ll let you know 😉

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