Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 730 - Blogiversary

Year three begins now. When I started this blog two years ago today, I thought my life was boring and uneventful. I began wondering if paying more attention to what was actually happening each day could somehow change the way I thought about life. I can now report that it has.

What started as a simple diary gradually became a way of life. I've always been a reasonably good observer, but the more I looked and the more I wrote, they more I found. My life wasn't really less interesting than other people's lives, it was just different. Different didn't mean better or worse anymore, it just meant different. In a small world encompassing two spotted dogs and a green urban park, I rediscovered life. By sharing this small world with you, I think I made it a bit larger.

I don't think my life would make a good reality show. Nothing really happens. I don't go to the A-list parties. I'm no longer a world traveler. I don't have famous friends. And I'm certainly not rich. Actually, I'm probably a lot like many of you. We go through our lives just trying to get from one day to the next. Maybe by re-examining my own simple life, I've caused one or two of you to take a second look at yours. Hopefully, I've been able to convince some of you that everybody's life is rich and intricate, whether you spend it jet-setting around the world or sitting in a small room typing away with two dogs under your desk.

It rained again today. As we were walking this morning, we passed an old gnarled tree that I see almost every day. The tree isn't tall, but it has a million branches, each spiraling out from the trunk in a different direction. When I look at this tree I occasionally see my life. So many forks in the road. Each branch a different choice to explore. But here's the strange part: with each different branch I take, I'm always firmly rooted in the same spot.

Jasper is today's Dalmatian of the Day

Watch of the Day


  1. Congratulations on two years of blogging. Even the most ardent bloggers miss an occasional day, so posting every day is certainly an additional accomplishments.

    As I do Adgetise and Entrecard drops, only a few blogs engage me enough to be read everyday. Yours is one of them. I relate to your pleasure in the details of everyday life.

    I wish you the best in the coming blogging year.

  2. Have a nice second blog anniversary!

  3. A momentous moment for any diary-keeper! Special enough I'll stop what I'm doing and comment!

    I started my blog in the early 2000s because I wanted a webpage to go along with my then-weekly radio program. It evolved into more of a personal journal and nowadays serves as a place where I collect stuff I want to comment on, report on, remember or otherwise keep handy.

    @Grandma;s Goulash - I still do a few EC drops (very few) - that 3 or weeks when EC was down "showed me the light" - like you, I only read about 4 or 5 of the blogs I drop on - if I dop at all! (MANY TIMES when I read a really good article, I forget to drop!)

    Peaceful Blessings!

  4. Congratulations on your second blogiversary. Thats really nice to know you've spent two good years in this blogosphere.

  5. Yes, there is something kind of zen in sitting down and examining the details of our lives. Blogging becomes our way of discovering what was always there as well as the tiny little changes.

  6. Happy Anniversary! Keep writing you have a great voice!

  7. Congrats on two years. That tree is very interesting. You remind me of Robert Louis Stevenson "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."