Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Year Five: Happy Blogiversary to Me!

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

As I've said many times before, 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.

So I stopped reading mommy blogs - for the most part - and started searching out genealogy blogs. And I started blogging about genealogy, too.

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

My daughter looked like this when I started blogging. She is now 6 years old. I keep telling her she'll always be my baby no matter how old she gets, which is what my mother used to say to me. She just rolls her eyes and says, "I'm NOT a baby!" I probably did the same when I was her age.

Five years ago, I looked like this (and yes, I'd had a little wine). I now look 5 years more exhausted, so we don't need to go there.

My husband and I have now been married more than 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 the past year, he has ventured into The Twitter, but I doubt he'll ever get into blogging.

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. Obviously, it didn't.

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).

2012 has brought some major life changes for me - mostly all good. I have "retired" from several projects so I can spend more time researching and writing, but as usual, I wound up taking on a few more. My daughter is in 1st grade now, still into everything, and always keeping me on my toes. We continue to homeschool part-time, a decision I question on an almost daily basis (!).

Things continue to change. And more ancestors have been found.

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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 five years!

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal

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Bill West said...

Happy Blogiversary, Elizabeth!!

Carol said...

Congrats, 5 years! WAHHOOOO.

Happy Blogiversary!

Sheri Fenley said...



Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thank you, @Bill and @Carol! Kind of hard to believe that it's already been 5 years!

Becky Wiseman said...

Happy Blogiversary, Elizabeth. I still enjoy reading your blog! Even after 5 years.

Jana Last said...

Wow! 5 Years! Congrats and Happy Blogiversary to you!!

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog since day one, Elizabeth, and I'm happy to be along on this journey "with you". Blogging, like life, can have its ups and downs, but I hope we'll both be "blogging neighbors" for many more years.

Let's hear for it the homeschooling-genea-mommy-bloggers of the world!


Michelle Goodrum said...

The fifth blogiversary! I still love reading about your family,your daughter, And oh yes your genealogy. You make a great Geneamommyblogger!

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Happy Blogiversary! Still enjoy reading your blog. Here's to another 5 years!

imagespast said...

Happy Blogiversary, Elizabeth - keep at it! I too found Randy's blog quite early on in my blogging - lots of great links, and Geneabloggers provided me with a lot of reading before I dived in. Hope you enjoyed your day. Jo

Debi Austen said...

Happy blogiversary, Elizabeth. One half of a decade and one 20th of a century!

Gini said...

Happy Blogiversary, Elizabeth! Look forward to you having many more!

Brenda Leyndyke said...

Happy Blogiversary! Five years is a great accomplishment. I am looking forward to the next five.

Sheri Fenley said...

I sang Happy Blogoversary to you earlier today. In fact I was #3 right after Bill West to leave a comment. Why didn't it show up? Do you have a possum problem over at your place too? Possums are Evil and they ruin your day.

Jacqi Stevens said...

Congratulations on five years, Elizabeth! Best wishes for many more blogiversaries to come. And don't be discouraged about that homeschooling. Our family made it from year one all the way through the end of high school, and it was truly worth the effort and sacrifice. If you ever want to talk homeschooling, please get in touch...I'd be glad to chat.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Sorry, @Sheri. Both of your messages wound up in the spam filter. Perhaps the word "possum" is whitelisted? Or you've made the Google Gods angry in some way? ;-) No worries, your #3 spot has been restored!

@Jacqi, I actually used to teach 1st grade in a public school, and I still have a current credential. I gave up teaching for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to stay at home with my daughter, but I don't miss the monthly sinus infections, either. Teaching your own child is verrrryy different than teaching other people's children. Plus, other people's children go home at the end of the day, so there's a lot of TOGETHER time. I do get a break twice a week when she goes to classroom school (hybrid charter school), but there are times when I wish classroom school was everyday. Especially when she's been home sick coughing on me for a week. So we'll continue with the homeschooling until we either move to a place with better schools, or I completely lose it and run screaming through the streets. Whichever comes first. But thanks for the offer... I may need someone to vent to who's been there and done that! ;-)

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

@Lisa, I've thought of you often and hope you are well. I know you're busy doing mom stuff too!

Many thanks to all of you for stopping by to wish me a happy day! I'm actually stuck in bed with the wonderful virus that my wonderful daughter shared with me. :-P

I think 5 years of blogging is like 37 people years, right?

Nancy said...

Congratulations on five years, Elizabeth. That's amazing and wonderful. I think many of us who home-schooled questioned it on a regular basis. Best wishes to you!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Thanks, @Nancy. It's been particularly rough for the past couple weeks. First my daughter was sick, and now I am. Hard to teach when you have no voice!

Shelley Bishop said...

Just getting caught up on my reading and wanted to stop by and say Happy Blogiversary to you! Five years is an awesome accomplishment. I always enjoy your posts and look forward to reading many more!

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

Congrats on five years! That's a huge milestone. Looking forward to another five!!

Renate said...

Congrats on your blogiversary, Eluzabeth! I know I'm a bit late, but I don't check my reader everyday, the way I used to. I live your blog, and it's been really fun to watch your daughter grow up! :)