Seven Years Old

I’m always a little amazed when “In a Dark Time’s” anniversary rolls around. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for seven years, created 1,701 entries, and received 5, 371 comments. (Only God knows how much spam I’ve received, but I do know that Askimet has caught 96,485 entries since I installed it a little over a year ago.) I’ve long since managed to lose track of how many visitors I’ve had, but it’s well over a million, and I’ve gone from averaging ten or less visits a day when I began to over 1,000 per day in the last year.

I started out with Blogger, switched to Movable Type and, recently, to WordPress. You don’t have to look too hard to see how the blog has changed in time. Of course, some entries have suffered from being translated from one program to another, and, apparently, from being written on a Mac and then translated on a Windows machine.

Early entries were almost all politically related, mostly my opposition to our invasion of Afghanistan and later, more stridently, to our invasion of Iraq. At different times it’s been referred to as a “War Blog,” a “Poetry Blog,” and more recently a “Photo Blog.”

I think of it as a personal diary I’m sharing with the world. If I want to know when something happened in my life, which happens more and more lately, I simply go back through my blog and it’s all there, including two operations for throat and prostate cancer. And an awful lot of good times.

Considering the longest I’ve ever managed to keep a personal diary was six months, I’m amazed this blog has lasted seven years. There’s been more than a few times when I’ve thought it was time to close it down, especially when friends dropped out. The only reason I haven’t is because of its amorphous content. My blog reflects what I like to do, whether that’s venting my political views, sharing my love of poetry, or sharing my love of Nature.

It’s not heavy, it’s my Life.

Hope you enjoy sharing it with me.

12 thoughts on “Seven Years Old”

  1. Loren – don’t ever close your blog down – I’m sure everyone who reads it agrees with me. I get such pleasure from your pictures, your wanderings, your writing – I could go on and on. It is a delight. As for your political “ramblings” – well when we feel strongly about something we need to get it off our chest – and a blog is the perfect way. Do so agree about Iraq but one feels helpless so it does alleviate some of the angst to publish one’s feelings. Best wishes on your Blog Anniversary. May you have many more.

  2. Wow, Loren … congratulations on this amazing anniversary!

    Though I don’t comment as regularly as I used to, I read faithfully. 🙂

  3. Happy Anniversary, Loren. And thank you for sharing your life — it’s a fascinating one. At my advanced age, I ski, hike and enjoy nature vicariously through you. Poetry and politics are an added bonus. Please don’t every stop!

  4. It appears that my comment from this morning didn’t go through. I’ll try again.

    Happy 7th blogging birthday, loren!

  5. day late for the party. congrats, yours is a gift so many appreciate. that says a good deal, and from the comments I read here, they are people with discerning tastes.

  6. Of course, I’m not always here, but am glad to be when I am! I’m a whole lot less consistent about everything than when I first began to blog and read blogs–I don’t even know how much I regret that, I guess because I have new things to worry about. Some day we will all dry up and blow away, though, as far as new entries are concerned.

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