Saturday, July 11, 2015

Another Blogaversary

Today is the ninth anniversary of the birth of this blog. This small-time journalist created the first post in 2006 after checking out a blog by big-time journalist Mort Reichek titled "Octogenarian."

Mr. Reichek was 81 at the time his work encouraged me to start blogging. He continued posting well-crafted stories until he suffered serious injuries from a fall. He died at 87 about a year after the accident.

So far, I've posted some 500 items. As my own octogenarian years rapidly approach,  I find story ideas flowing as freely as ever, but the energy needed to do the hard work of expressing them clearly
and concisely is beginning to fade. However, although my entries probably will become fewer and fewer, I hope to keep going at least as long as Mr. Reichek did.

My biggest pleasure has been new insights gained from fellow bloggers whose posts I read regularly and who visit here to view my offerings and make comments. Also important to me have been those who choose not to make comments on the blog itself, but express their opinions about my writings personally. As every writer knows, appreciation, and even disagreement, by readers is what keeps us going. It tells us somebody out there cares.

I've come to value many of the people who go to the trouble of commenting on my work as new friends, even though I've not met some of them face-to-face. If you are thinking about starting a blog, think about that. Go ahead--it's worthwhile.


Kay said...

Congratulations, Dick! Wow! 9 Years!!! That's great! In another year it will be a decade of blogging. Thank you for all your hard work. I have enjoyed getting to know you and have learned from you as well.

Rummuser said...

Congratulations! Wow, nine years. Quite an achievement.

I wish that I had come to your blog earlier, but anyway, now that I have started, I shall see you achieve more milestones.

All the best.

PiedType said...

I'm a day late, but Happy Blogiversary. It's worth the effort, I think, even if your posts become less frequent or more irregular. There's a lot of self-satisfaction in getting your thoughts out of your head and into a place where you can examine them more objectively. At least, that's how it is for me. Write on!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary. Yes the ideas flow and the ability to keep on wanes. I hope you are around many more years, blazing a path. You were one of the first to respond to my blog, and I thank you for that. I've been sensitive about my writing (I'm better at math) and the fact that you were a editor gave me encouragement. Also, you seem to remain calm when responded to with a differing opinion. I enjoy your wise insights and love a good debate when I have the chance. Keep on as long as you can. You are too young to throw in the towel!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Dick, 9 years ! ... You are only a beginner ... :-)