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A Look Back…A Look Ahead

on February 1, 2014


Well, slap me silly! I almost missed my anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I first stepped into the wonderful world of WordPress. And, oh what a year it’s been.

I remember sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for Danny’s name to be called (that’s what you do at doctor’s wait…you wait and you wait) when I overheard two women talking about a blog they both followed.

At the time, I had no idea what a blog was. It sort of sounded like some kind of alien communication device. My first instinct was to move further away from the two old bats but my curiosity got the better of me. Very politely I turned to them and asked “What the hell is a blog?”

They gave me a look that screamed “DUH” but I guess they felt sorry for me so they explained that blogs were used by different people in different ways. Some used them as a personal journal; some people used them to showcase their writings and some people just enjoyed reading them.

I was amazed! “There’s something besides “Matlock” reruns and playing stupid games on Facebook!” I thought to myself. “Who would have thunk it?” I ran home and fell right into the WordPress World.

Well, that was on January 27, 2013 and the rest is history (as they say). When I look back I am amazed at the difference WordPress and all you wonderful people have made in my life.

From the moment I stepped into WordPress, I was hooked. All of you out there have so much talent, so much to say and you do it so well! You inspire me and you motivated me to make the most out of the rest of my life.

The best words to describe this past year is UNBELIEVABLE! I’ve progressed so far in my writing (and been lucky enough to have numerous pieces published) just from learning from all of you!

So, what’s ahead? Well, as you might know, this geriatric old biddy is now a full time college student aiming for a degree in journalism. I’m still writing those short stories and getting closer to revising the book I wrote for NaNoWriMo. I still like it, but need the time to really sit down and work on it. Those damn short stories keep calling me and to tell the truth, they enable me to hone my skills in writing so I’m not worried! Plus, I have such a damn good time writing them!

How do I thank all of you? I have over a thousand followers now and in one short year, I’ve gotten over 20,000 views and almost 5,000 comments (okay, so half of that number are mine…picky..picky!) I’m chuffed! I’m honored! And, I am oh so grateful to all of you.

So, what’s up for Cranky in the next year? Who knows? And, that’s the exciting part! I’m not getting off this roller coaster…it’s too much fun and it certainly has put a skip in my step. I am working on time management so that I can do my schoolwork, keep up with my writing and still manage to keep in touch with all of you.

We’ll just have to take it one day at a time. But, what great days they will be! I just know it.



15 responses to “A Look Back…A Look Ahead

  1. joannesisco says:

    Congratulations Cranky! Bloggers like you are my inspiration 🙂

  2. Gwen Stephens says:

    Congrats on your milestone, Crank. I’ve enjoyed your posts and look forward to more. I’ve missed you over on The 4 A.M. Writer. Hope to see you back there soon.

  3. grannyK says:

    Congrats on it all! I don’t think I would have the energy to go back to school. Besides, I know everything anyway. **giggle**

  4. btg5885 says:

    Happy anniversary Mary Ellen. I am glad you decided to share your thoughts and humor.

  5. kathunsworth says:

    I seriously thought you had been blogging for centuries because you write so beautifully, you are consistently you every time Mary ellen.

  6. Pete Denton says:

    Congratulations on reaching your first milestone. Apparently most new bloggers quit before they’ve reached the end of their first year so you’ve broken that hoodoo already!

    Here’s to the next 12-months 🙂

  7. Easter Ellen says:

    I’ve been absent for a while.. still writing, but I have been working on a devotional. How nice to come back to see that you have achieved so much! I am truly happy for you!

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