Sunday, October 9, 2011

Year Four: Happy Blogaversary to Me!


Four years ago today, I published my first blog post. It was, shall we say, NOT my best work.

I started this blog with the assumption that I would be a "mommy-blogger." After all, everyone who was anyone was a mommy-blogger back in the day. And I was a mommy... with a blog... so... there you go.

I now, however, consider myself to be a geneamommyblogger.

I'd been reading blogs for a year or so before I decided to give it whirl myself. And back in the day, there were only a handful of people blogging about genealogy. Somehow, I stumbled across Randy Seaver's Genea-Musings one day, and he had links to a few others who were blogging about genealogy.

I stopped reading mommy blogs - for the most part - and started reading genealogy blogs.

I'd found my people.

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It's hard to believe how much life has changed in four short years.

My daughter looked like this when I started blogging. She now looks like this.

I looked like this (and yes, I'd had a little wine). I now look 4 years more tired, so we don't need to go there.

My husband and I have now been married twice as long as we were in 2007. He still hates it when I talk about him on my blog. I try not to, but sometimes I can't help myself.

In 2007, I was recovering from a fall down the stairs, which included surgery, a plate and 8 screws, a cast, a wheelchair, lots of meds, and 4 months of physical therapy.

In 2009, I recovered from herniated discs in my lower back and neck. This included x-rays, two MRIs, a CT scan with a myelogram, lots of meds, and another 5 months of physical therapy. I thought the pain in my right arm would kill me. 

In 2011... no major physical traumas, thank goodness! I still battle the disc pain, and I'm still too chicken to have the plate in my ankle removed. But I'm not in a wheelchair, cast, or crutches, I'm off the meds, I can type again, and I haven't seen a physical therapist in 2 years (no offense to physical therapists).

Things continue to change. And overall, life is good.

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I'm so thankful that I've had this blog. It's given me a place to sharea place to learna place to cry, a place to laugh, and a place to remember.

And I'm thankful to you for coming along for the ride. Knowing and sharing with you has made this journey so much more special.

It has truly been an amazing four years!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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31 comments:

Laura Aanenson said...

Congratulations to you Elizabeth! Loved the blog's evolution post; it's been fun "growing" with you. Happy anniversary!!

Deb Ruth said...

Happy 4th, Elizabeth. So happy your ARE geneablogging. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, wisdom and humor. Here is to another four years of hanging out with your genealogy friends!

Barbara Poole said...

Elizabeth, you're getting older, goodness FOUR now. Of course I clicked on all your links and enjoyed reading past posts, happy and sad. So glad you found your people! Happy 4th Blogiversary

Amanda (the librarian) said...

Congrats Elizabeth! Your blog is always a pleasure to read!

Jenny Lanctot said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth! I feel like I've gotten to know you through your blog, and it's always an enjoyable read. Keep up the good work!!

GeneaPopPop said...

Four years... WOW! Congratulations and keep those blog posts coming.

Sheri said...

Oh I feel a song coming on:

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY DEAR ELLLLLLIZAAAABETH, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOUUUU!

XXXOOOO

Susan Petersen said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! Little Bytes is always in my "must read" folder of genealogy blogs - always enjoy your writing!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Congrats Elizabeth!
I always find something new from your blog to explore and appreciate your time and information you provide!

Cheryl Cayemberg said...

Happy Blogiversary! Wow, 4 years! That is very exciting! Many more! I always enjoy your blog posts!

Cinamon Collins said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Wendy L. Callahan said...

Happy 4th Blogoversary!

Wow, how time flies, *especially* with children. :)

Elizabeth said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy following your blog (and thank you for following mine).

Andrea Kelleher said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!

Donna - What's Past is Prologue said...

Happy Blogiversary! And many more...

Greta Koehl said...

Happy 4th Blogoversary! You are a blogger who makes a difference, has a unique view on things, and makes learning new things so much fun!

Milfireguy said...

Happy Blogiversary, glad you have stuck with it as I enjoy reading what you have to say. Keep them coming for many more years.

Kathryn Doyle said...

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on four great years! Thanks for the reminder – we've got our own upcoming 4th next month.

Debi Austen said...

Happy blogaversary, Elizabeth. I enjoy your blog and have loved getting to "know" you.

Gini said...

Happy Blogiversary, Elizabeth, I love your blog and look forward to many many more blogging years and all that you share with us. Congratulations!

my Heritage Happens said...

Congratulations to you Elizabeth on your 4th blogiversary! Enjoyed your post and reliving the past four years.Looking forward to each of your future posts!

Shelley Bishop said...

Congrats on turning four, Elizabeth! I always enjoy reading your posts and look forward to many more in the years to come!

Michelle Goodrum said...

Congratulations! Four years is an eternity in the blogging world. I'm happy to have found your blog and always look forward to your posts.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks so much for your kind words and your support, everyone!

When I first started blogging, I certainly didn't think anyone would READ what I wrote, and I wasn't even sure I wanted them to. But I'm so glad that YOU do. I always look forward to hearing what you have to say! :-)

Lori E said...

Wow. Four years. Great job. I think that our blogs are going to be the most amazing genealogical treasures for future generations.

kinfolknews said...

Elizabeth, I add my congratulations to the chorus! Happy blogiversary!! I look forward to many more years.

`Regina

Kerry Scott said...

Congratulations to you—four years is a LONG time on the internet!

Also, I'm glad you're not a mommyblogger. This is way more fun!

Bill West said...

Yikes, I can't believe I missed this! A belated Happy Blogiversary to
you Elizabeth, who had my favorite
"float" in the Gebealogist's Parade!

BDM said...

Congratulations! And long may you write!
Brenda

Bill West said...

Sigh....make that Genealogist's Parade. I don't think the Gebealogists have parades.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks, again, everyone! I feel kinda like a geneaGRANDmommyblogger now, in blogger years! (And no, I am NOT a grandma in real life!)

LOL, @Bill! If there are gebealogists in the world, I'm sure they wish they had parades as fun as we do!