Saturday, August 23, 2008

What A Wonderful Year!

She was not a real writer.


She always wanted to be.


She had written a lot over the years.


She had even written 3 novels and was well into her fourth - none published.


One day, she sat at her desk and began to flip through the pages of the new Writer's Digest magazine she had received in that day's mail.


She came to an article written by a well known writer, wherein the author suggested that those that were published writers and those persons that were pursuing a writing career --- definitely needed to have themselves a BLOG!


And so ...


She - the wanna-be writer - followed the directions and suggestions of the famous author - went immediately to Blogger.com and created a blog - not truly knowing what a blog even really was.


She named her blog On The Upside, as that seemed like a good name at the time and it was something she often said in the course of conversations.


The day was August 23, 2007 and one year later - I find myself extremely happy with my sudden decision to start a blog and grateful to the famous author for guiding me into the world of blogging.


I have written nearly every single day since I started my blog one year ago. I have published 360 posts over the last year. I guess I took 5 days off in there somewhere.


I have loved blogging.


I have loved writing, story telling - documenting the lives of my children and my family - through blogging.


I have loved the learning process of maintaining my blog and doing the work it takes to figure out ways to make it the best it can be. It is a lot of work, but ... I have enjoyed every minute of it.


I have been a SAHM with my kids for 16 years. Having this blog and investing time and energy and creativity into it has offered me a tremendous amount of pleasure and allowed me to find something that I enjoy immensely - for me.


I wish I had found blogging years ago. I wish I had been documenting my older kids' lives the way I am now documenting my younger ones.


I have made many friends. I had no idea, going into blogging, the wonderful community I would be associated with. I had no idea the connections I would make with people from all over the world. I had no idea what a blessing all these friendships would be to me.


Thanks for supporting me through this past year.


Thanks for your friendship.


Thanks for caring about my kids and my family and me and my writing and my stories!


My journey has only just begun.


I hope our paths continue to cross often.


I have enjoyed this first year and look forward to the years to come!


It has been really, really FUN!


Stumble Upon Toolbar

83 comments:

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

5 days off? DOn't remember? I think it was a little thing called PNEUMONIA laying you up in the hospital this past spring. ring a bell? you silly girl.

KEEP BELIEVING

Nancy said...

Happy Blogiversary Kellan!

Dad said...

I'm very PROUD of you Kel. You have done a TREMENDOUS job. You are a very good & skillful writer & I enjoy learning through your writing the interest's, joys, pains and pleasures you have enjoyed on your journey through life. Love

Hannah said...

And, I am also very glad you had that sudden decision!!!

suz said...

I too am SO happy someone told you to BLOG. You have given me enrouragement along the way.
Good for you. Good for us.

dani said...

dear kellan, i am certainly blessed to have happened onto you and your family... i look so forward to reading both of your blogs each day:)
happy anniversary!!!
love,
dani

The Fritz Facts said...

Happy Blogiversary!! What a year...and five days off..that is less than I took.

I can't wait to see what happens next!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary, Kellen! Really, three completed novels? Very cool and impressive. Any chance you'd tease us with bits of them?

Amy said...

Congratulations to you! Has it really been a year - wow does time fly! Best wishes for more success!

Amy said...
This post has been removed by the author.
Amy said...
This post has been removed by the author.
Eagles' Wings said...

I feel the same way about blog. What a wonderful way to release the thoughts and emotions.

Kelsey said...

Congrats on your first year! It is such a landmark! Im looking forward to even more of your writing!

JCK said...

Huge congratulations to you, Kellan! What you have created here is very special. A treasure trove of stories that your children will cherish someday, and their children...

I feel blessed to be one of your readers. And your friend.

My boys are Army Brats said...

Woohoo Congratulations on a years worth of excitment, thoughts and memories documented to enjoy far longer than a year! And just think how many of these little things you may have forgotten if not for the bloggy universe!

forgetfulone said...

Happy Blogversary! Keep on blogging!

Me said...

Congrats! I love reading your blog..always gives me a giggle. :)

Trace

Amanda said...

Happy 1st year! And heres to many more Kellan!
((hugs))

frogpondsrock said...

Congratulations on your Blogoversary Kellan YAY!!!!!!

Love from Kim

CY said...

Happy One Year Blogoversary Kellan. Despite not leaving much comments, I have been reading your every single post since I've known u. Keep up the good work and take care. CY from Bangkok.

Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary Kellan!:)

I have also been a stay at home mom for over 16 years, so I know exactly what you mean about having something for "yourself."

Blogging has been an incredible experience for me too...And like you, I wished I had done it when my boys were smaller.

360 posts in one year is very IMPRESSIVE! :)
Keep up the good work; bloggers are loving it!

God Bless,
Amy:)

Ellyn said...

Well said. I feel the same way. Happy Blogaversary!! I look forward to your blog everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Kimmy said...

It has been fun! Thank you for sharing so many stories with us!

Have a good weekend Kellan!

Kimmy

Kelly said...

Happy Bloggiversary!! I've enjoyed reading your blog since the day I found it.

When I started mine over 2 years ago I had no idea the wonderful bloggy world that existed. Now I'm hooked!

Belle said...

Happy Anniversary...I rarely miss a day of checking in. I'm just a few months into blogging but I know exactly what you mean.

THopgood said...

Happy blog anniversary!

joan said...

Happy Blogoversary Kellan!! I can't remember how I came upon your blog but I am so glad to have found it and have enjoyed your posts. I hope we get to meet in the "real" world someday. :-)

Dawn said...

Happy blogoversary! I'm so glad you decided to start a blog on year ago.

tammy said...

We are all so glad that you started blogging, too. I can't even remember how I stumbled onto your blog, but so glad I did.

Sally said...

I'm glad you blog, and happy to have found you! Keep up the good work! ((HUGS))

Steph said...

Happy blogiversary!! :)

OHmommy said...

Yay. Congrats on your anniversary. I am so glad we have stumbled across one another and I have a new friend for life.

A new friend with a rocking pool in Texas. **Ahem.** Ohio winters are COLD.

Kimmie said...

YAY!!!!!!

You're a fabulous blogger/writer/mama/lady!!!!

Smoochiefrog said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!! May you have many more years of blogging ahead of you!

MUAH!!!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your year Miss Wonderful!!

You're an inspiration and I can't wait to read more! Woo hoo!!!
Have a blessed weekend Kellan.
XOXO
Rachel

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Happy Blogoversary Kellan!

Here's to many more great years...and great blog posts!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Blogoversary!

I think "On The Upside" is a great place to be.

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday.... Yeah I remember those 5 days you had us worried.

Good luck on many years to come.

Tanja said...

Happy anniversary Kellan, your blog is my happy place!

duchess said...

Congratulations on the anniversary!

I want to read those novels. You should start putting chapters in the sidebars for us to check out.

Here's to another great year & many more to come!

Julie said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary!!!! :D Here's to many more years of On the Upside!

Kaci said...

Awesome Kellan you definetly are an inspiration to me! :)

Tabitha said...

Thank you for your friendship and support too Kellan ~ it really means alot to me. Here's to your next fantastic year of blogging.
love and hugs XXXX

dlyn said...

I for one, am glad that you found blogging and keep on doing it :)

Sandra Carvalho said...

Congrats hon!
Thank YOU for being such of a wonderful person!
xoxo

Amanda said...

I'm glad that you started blogging a year ago since when I came across your blog a couple of months ago, I knew I had to add it to my favorites! You are a great blogger/writer, wonderful humor and a good blogging friend. Keep it up! I really enjoy it!

justabeachkat said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! We're all glad you here! Here's to many, many more.

Hugs!
Kat

Brenda said...

I've only recently become a reader but I've gone back and read many of your archived posts as well. You've got style Kid, and it's wonderful getting to know you and your family through your blog.

The Boyds Family said...

Happy Blogiversary Kellan!! I'm glad I found you...I always love reading your posts :)

Take care,
Yvette

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

I'm glad you started blogging, too. I really enjoy your bright, positive blog. Here's to many more years of blogging!

melanie said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

My guess would be that you missed those 5 days when you were hospitalized for pneumonia. It's okay to take a few days off for that ;)

texasholly said...

Such a slacker taking 5 whole days off when in the HOSPITAL! OMG. You make me laugh.

Congrats on a whole year. That is awesome. Looking forward to reading many more...

forgetfulone said...

I have an award for you.

Queen of My Domain said...

Happy blogiversary Kellan. I've so enjoyed your blog and am so glad you took that authors advice.

Ellie said...

yay! u made it through one entire year! Good jobie! I hope that you stay on blogger for a very, very long time. :D

Courtney said...

i can't remember how I found you, but I'm so glad we crossed paths. You are a wonderful writer and know one day you will be published just don't forget about the little people

Leah said...

Congrats on your one year bloggy anniversary! Mine is in four days.. (three days... now I have to go look again!) Funny how we both got the bloggy bug at the same time.

It's definately been a great year for you. You're very established in the bloggy world!

Jennifer said...

congrats!
i love to stop by each day. you have the best blogs.

bichonpawz said...

I wish you a very Happy Blogiversary Kellan!!! You are truly one of my most favorite bloggers! Keep on bloggin' and we'll keep on reading!! Hugs, Jeanne

sting said...

happy 1 year and may you have many many more to come.. love your blog :-)

Jen said...

Hey, Kellan! I'm back online! YAY! I'm glad you started blogging a year ago, and that we crossed paths, and became friends. Looking forward to catching up with you.

just jamie said...

You *are* a real writer. A fantastic one at that. Congratulations on a year of pleasures!

just jamie said...

You *are* a real writer. A fantastic one at that. Congratulations on a year of pleasures!

Pregnantly Plump said...

Happy Blogoversary! I really enjoy reading your blog and your funny stories.

Joanna said...

Congrats!! May you continue many more happy years. :)

Nadine said...

Congratulations. I love having a blog, it's a great outlet. I'm impressed that you have been able to write that many posts in a year.

Karen MEG said...

Happy Blogoversary, Kellan! I've been in and out of the blog scene just because summer has gotten in the way; but I'm glad I popped back in to "celebrate" with you.

Has it only been one year? It's been so wonderful getting to know you and your family here. Keep on blogging girl, this is a huge accomplishment!

Mmuahhhhh xoxo

the dragonfly said...

Wow..hooray for a year!!

Blogging has helped me stay sane through learning how to be a mom and then saying goodbye to my husband (for 15 months!) when he went to Iraq. I was really surprised about the connections I made with other bloggers...it's fantastic!

I'm so glad you're a blogger. I don't get to read your blog every day...but I always enjoy it! :)

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary, Kellan.
You are a very talented blogger. i love your blog!

utmomof5 said...

I am glad you started blogging too :) happy Anniversay to you

MamaGeek said...

Happy Blogiversary friend!

Of course you know I'm sending a 'RIGHT BACKATCHA' your way!

Valarie said...

I, too, am glad you started blogging!! You always make me smile.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on one year. I've enjoyed it. Margie

Heather said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad you started writing a blog (and hope you get a novel published some day, though you are a writer no matter what.) I know where your five days off were - when you had pneumonia and were in the hospital. See what it takes to get you to stop writing?

Rebecca a.k.a. Mum said...

Congrats on your year of blogging, you have done a fabulous job with it!

I love to come and read about your adventures and daily trials and tribulations, you truly are a gifted writer!!

Envoy-ette said...

Your fame is well deserved! I love coming here reading your posts!(although I'm a bit envious, 5 years blogging un-noticed, but who is counting.....) Ha! Congrats on an awesome first year!

Janet said...

Happy Blogoversary from another 1-year-old blogger. Can we be in the same kindergarten class in 5 years?

I only managed 200 posts my first year. 360 is VERY impressive.

Stacie said...

THANK YOU for blogging.

Tara said...

Wow girlie. That's a lot of posts!
Keep up with the writing... I really enjoy your blog.

Donna said...

Happy First Year Sweetie!! Ain't it Fun?!!!hughugs

Elaine A. said...

It's only been a year? Geez girl, your sure are a quick study! It took me a year to really get going at all! : )

Congrats on all your WONDERFUL blogging. I love keeping up with you and your family through your stories! Happy Bloggiversary!

Little Sweethearts said...

Happy Bloggaversary!

TheCynicalOptimist said...

I am glad you found the blogosphere too!

Sitemap