Catching 400

After my little Housecleaning venture, I realized what a fool I’d been – Though I follow many, I do have favorites and it occurred to me that it’s very simple to go to my “Blogs I follow” list, clicky-click and work my way back through those I love and hold dear – –

Meaning, some of you have already had to log in and see umpteen Likes/Comments waiting approval from TamrahJo – I imagine a scene of sighing and eye-rolling, “Why can’t she just keep caught up?” you exclaim in frustration!Β Β  My bad, yet you all are so talented, you trigger memories, quotes and such that I, in my childlike state, simply must share about!

This is a blanket apology, I guess…. If you haven’t logged in to find me cluttering up your notifications box yet, count your lucky stars and know your day is coming – – πŸ™‚

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I started sweating what to blog about earlier last week, when I found life quiet enough to once again take frequent sojourns here in WordPress land and discovered I was nearing my 400th post mark – – for those of you who are frequent posters, you are free to laughΒ  – – for those just starting, truly, it’s no big deal since this coming August, I’ll have been blogging for 4 years – – or, more accurately, I’ve had a WordPress account for 4 years – – which breaks down to less than 10 posts per month and is by no means anything to brag about – since I quite frequently do 60 posts on one day and go deep undercover for months at a time – –

Here’s the Highlights:

Apparently, if I ever want to take blogging seriously and establish a niche, I really should limit myself to reviews and How-to’s as they are my most consistently popular posts – I”ve decided against taking this seriously because reviews and how-to’s require remembering to take pictures before/after – hours spent in Photoshop labeling parts and different stages of construction step-by-step lists and really, just what could I say I was an expert in, given my God-given nature of flitting from one brilliant idea to another with no time spent learning the fine art of mastery on any of them….

Since first starting my blog here I’ve moved from writing about self-help/healing and social/political causes to nattering on about all the different perspectives, observations and silly nonsense that is catching my attention this week, day, nanosecond.Β Β  A friend once laughingly said to me:

“You know, in various circumstances, it’s appropriate to say, “That’s so last year” or “So last season” – For you, you’re safe in saying, “That’s so one minute ago”

Since BallyBin’s inception, I’ve moved 4 times (only once due to my own planning and volition) navigated a divorce and recovered from a stroke.Β Β Β  I’ve gone from a workaholic to someone who celebrates when I can work 4 hours at a time without needing to rest.Β Β Β  I’ve shared the heartbreak and distress over the loss of my son/dad which precipitated the 7 years of massive changes and challenges (I started blogging mid-way in the journey).

I’ve spent countless hours in front of my computer, discovering other bloggers and chatting at all hours of the night because I wasn’t well enough to work or confident enough with my stroke Elmer Fudd voice to socialize in person – those of you who were my only social contact during this time kindly refrained from pointing out all the typos my right hand made during my stroke recovery process, offered your support and ideas when I struggled with an obstacle and made me feel not so alone and despairing as I watched many of you deal with your own struggles and come up with some really awesome solutions –

Over the past 4 years and 400 posts, I’ve made friends in countries I didn’t even know existed – I’ve learned to be very grateful for where I live and to understand even more fully the strength of the human spirit –

I’ve virtually visited and seen sights I may never get to in person, through your talent with a camera and willingness to share.

I’ve learned that my story, as rocky and unsophisticated/un-enlightened as it is, seems to hold value for some – that what I get excited about is a shared passion by others and reminds me there are always, always some birds to flock with when you’re feeling alone and out of sync with the rest of the world.

So I guess, instead of attempting to write some in-depth analysis of our current economic system, or plumb the depths of the human soul, or tell you once again about building a Garden of Eden in my backyard, I’ll simply make my 400th post about you –

Thank you from the bottom of my heart – I may have made it to this point intact, anyways, but not as inspired, comforted and joyful as I did by being allowed to share in your journey.

Happy 400th to all of us.

16 thoughts on “Catching 400”

  1. Yes thats what I like about blogging we see so many different parts of the world and cultures.. Its a great way to travel.. πŸ™‚ at the click of a mouse.. xox πŸ™‚

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  2. you keep writing about whatever is on your mind, I like it all – fresh perspectives and view points and experiences, as well as how-to and reviews make the blogs personal and interesting. πŸ™‚ And I LOVE the garden progress reports.

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      1. I see you did – and thank you for liking so much! WordPress tells me that today is my best day ever for likes! You are good for my ego and my stats. πŸ™‚

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        1. The algorithm isn’t good enough to let you know that it’s just little ole me trying desperately to get caught up on what’s going on with my WordPress community pals! πŸ™‚

          But no need to tell anyone the impressive stats are a fluke of my bad behavior – it will be our little secret! LOL

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        2. lol maybe I should try doing that as well with the blogs I follow – we could start sending spikes of activity all over the blogosphere. πŸ™‚

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  3. “…or plumb the depths of the human soul…”

    I think you just did that, and you did it well — I enjoy your posts. Thank you for writing, and congratulations on 400 posts!!!

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  4. The amount of feeling and joy that is spread among the blogosphere is inspiring, and thanks for all the time you’ve put into 400 posts. Amazing and inspirational.

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        1. Or, to walk on the wild side –
          clicky-click
          engage so much you forget to breathe
          gasp at the realization
          that time stopped – at least for a moment
          Catch your breath
          Take a break -before diving back into the universe –

          LOL

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