Be Happy Anyway

Be Happy Anyway
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Who'da Thunk?

Hehehe...bad grammar for an editor and teacher, but I had to do it!

Today marks my 20,000th visitor! Can you believe it?

When I started my blog in March of 2008, I had no idea what doors it would open for me. Four and half years and 20,000+ visitors later I have met so many people both virtually and in real life because of this blog. Since starting this writing adventure, this blog has transformed from a rambling of a bored mom and teacher, to the gallery of a curious artist and amateur photographer, to the rantings of an angry unemployed soon to be divorcée, finally to the celebration station of an employed teacher.

When I came up with the title, "So I Was Just Thinking," it came from a quirky way that I would call my mom and brother. I would call one of them and just jump full force into the conversation as if we had been talking all along: "So I was at the store the other day...." I am sure many people found it odd, but I found that if I started with the niceties of "Hello. How are you?" I usually forgot what I was going to say. This is why I just love this blog. I can just jump right in and have a conversation with no one as if someone has been listening all along.

I am not the most widely read blog in the world, and that's okay with me. Instead, I find that it has become a treasure for me to sort through like old photo albums, which I am horrible at keeping up with by the way. At least now, I have the opportunity to look back and say, "I remember when" and smile.

For example, I remember when:

I used to enjoy using the snooze bar.


I ranted about a certain nameless megamart.


I described my morning workout

Life sure is different from those days, although not any less crazy, just a different kind of crazy.

I would like to thank those of you have been there since the beginning and stuck around all this time. I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blogs and Facebook and real life meetings. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the future.

I am in the process of refocusing my blog again. Tell me, what is your favorite kind of post from me? Do you like the crazy mom stories, or maybe you like the cooking posts (good luck with that one) or even the crafty, art journaling type posts. Just let me know in the comments below. I can't wait to hear from you.

Let's end with a few random pictures....They seem to have been missing from my posts lately.


Roban said...

Congratulations! That's a pretty big milestone to say the least. Y'know, I wonder sometimes about my blog, too. I'm pretty random with my topics. I enjoy reading yours just the way it is. It's kind of like stopping by your house and catching up with what's going on whether it's art, cooking, parenting, or ranting about stores or being unemployed!

Marit said...

I agree with Roban, I like your whimsical posts and you hopping from one topic to another... it's all YOU and I love every part of it. I do like photos in a post to 'enlighten' the texts but they have to 'fit the topic' of course. Congrats with 20,000!

miruspeg said...

I love slang so your title made me smile Annemarie!
It has been a wonderful ride hasn't it, sometimes bumpy but always interesting.
Keep shining my friend and the world will be your oyster.
Big hugs
Peggy ♥♥♥♥

Unknown said...

Gratulerer :))
Its always a good time reading your blog and my favorites are the 'artsy' ones :)
looking forward to lots of new posts!

GG said...

Congratulations have achieved huge milestones lately :)....I like you crazy mom and crafty stories....always brings a smile :)

Shan in Japan said...

Yep, me, too. I like the way you just start "So, I was just thinking..." I love your photos and artwork, your mom stories, your life stories, just you being you!
Congrats on 20,000!

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