Monday, October 29, 2012

A Year Ago Today

What a difference a year makes. It was one year ago today I wrote my first post. Unfortunately, very few people saw it. For some unexplainable reason, it disappeared into cyberspace. A techie I am not.

I was lucky enough to get listed on Bonnie's blog, http://bottomsmarts.blogspot.com/ on my very first day. I missed the salute to Bonnie day, but I will be forever grateful that she found me and felt I was worth adding to her list of spanking blogs.

Her blog and PK's blog, New Beginnings were among the very first blogs I discovered. I felt quite a connection with PK. I sent her an email and she responded. A friendship began and a blog was born. Thank you my friend for understanding and encouraging me.

Another friend, Sunnygirl at Aimless Ramblings kindly sent me the instructions on how to add pics to my blog. That was the advent of my signature, my faerie pics. I have just as much fun picking out the faerie pic for every post as I do writing the post. Thank you Sunnygirl for teaching this tech challenged girl a thing or two.

I've shared much about myself here over the last year. I've revealed secrets that seemed so dark they would never see the light of day. When I did, this community embraced me and cradled me in a cocoon of support and love. I've worked through issues that threatened to bring me to my knees. The constant comments of encouragement were sometimes the only thing that kept me going.

I've written 182 posts to date, I've had over 41,000 page hits. Some may not think that's a lot, but it's a lot to me. I am still surprised that anyone reads and enjoys what I write. The thought that I might actually help someone with my writing is something I never considered, but, once it was pointed out to me I find it very gratifying.

I've connected with people all over the world. I've formed friendships that reach beyond the pages of this humble place I've created. I've been given opportunities I never thought I would have. I've solicited opinions and bought and written reviews of sex toys based on those opinions. I've pursued vanilla interests that I wouldn't know about except that a blogger friend recommended them to me. I've been invited to write other places, about other subjects, as a result of my writing here.

I've gained strength and have experienced personal growth. My relationship with Musicman, while never bad, had stagnated some. It  has improved beyond anything I could have imagined. Our communication wasn't bad, but maybe was becoming a bit rusty. That is no longer true.

We've tried new things, we've pushed boundaries, the future is again, something to embrace. All because I found this wonderful community, a place that feels like home to me. For a woman who has always felt like an outsider where ever she went, that is huge. Thank you all for sharing this journey with me.

You give me strength to try, you give an ear to listen. You lend me your courage and strength through your wise, inciteful and sometimes funny comments. You offer frienship, not judgement. That is very precious to me.

I have no idea where the road leads from here, but I'm so happy to know that I don't walk it alone. Thank you doesn't seem enough, but, I'm at a loss for words on how to express how much all of you and this experience mean to me.

42 comments:

  1. whoop, happy aniversary!

    and that faerie pic at the end is my favourite so far, I think!

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    1. Thanks mamacrow, I really love picking out the faerie pics for my posts. There so many to choose from that I just listen for which one speaks to me :)

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  2. Yay happy bloggy anniversary, i do think it all feels like a community and a nice one.

    x

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    1. It is a nice community, sometimes makes me wish I could live here, lol :)

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  3. Happy Blog Anniversary, Faerie!

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    1. Thanks SNP, soon it will be your turn :)

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  4. Happy Anniversary Faerie. I just had mine 4 days ago. I know just how you feel but you've expressed it so much better than me.

    Proud to call you friend and thanks for the shoutout.
    Stay safe -

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    1. Thanks Sunnygirl, your friendship means so much to me :)

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  5. Happy Blogaversary!
    It really is nice here isn't it?

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    1. This is the only place I've ever found that is supportive and non judgemental. The world could learn a thing or two from it :)

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  6. Happy anniversary! I am so glad you are here!
    I love your writing.As I say to all of you that have been around for a while I don't think I will have enough to write about, my life can be mundane!
    PK and Sunny are just the most gracious of friends.
    Bonnie made this community so much more in touch with each other!

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    1. Thanks Minelle, I'm so glad you decided to join us. I'll bet your life isn't as mundane as you think :) Everyone should have friends in their life like I've had the opportunity to make here.

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  7. Congrats on your first anniversary in the blogging world. And hope the road leads you to wonderful places. Look forward to you blogging for years in the future.

    FD

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    1. Thanks FD, I don't know that I have years worth of stuff to say, but I love this community and miss it when I don't have the time to be here regularly :)

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  8. Happy anniversary! You make our little community better and richer!
    hugs abby

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    1. Awww, thanks abby. It's nice to have the chance to meet and get to know such wonderful people as yourself and the other bloggers :)

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  9. Happy Anniversary Faery - wow - it's a GREAT recap! How far you have come in a year!!! Thanks for letting us come along for the ride!

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    1. Your welcome SirQsmlb, I'm so glad you joined us :)

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I haven't read your blog for that long yet, but I have enjoyed it every since finding it!

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    1. Thanks Julia, I've really enjoyed having an outlet to share my life. The friends I've made on this journey are so precious to me :)

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  11. Excellen - and I was so glad that you were here when I began my own saga of sharing and over-thinking. :)

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    1. Overthinking is something we have in common, isn't it? Maybe that's why we have the need to share? This community is a safe place to do that, because of people like you and all the rest of the bloggers :)

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  12. happy blogiversary sweetheart! and like kitty says, i'm glad you were here wen i started too :)

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    1. Thanks Fondles, before yu know it, it will be your turn to celebrate this milestone :)

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  13. Happy Anniversary, faerie! i'm really glad you started blogging, and glad i've gotten to know you. 41,000 is huge number of hits for your first year!! {IMO...}

    i didn't expect the community either when i started, and i'm so grateful for you and so many others. Looking forward to another year of you and Musicman!

    hugs,

    aisha

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    1. Thanks aisha, I'm glad I got to know you too. I have no idea what a huge number of hits would be, but I'm thrilled with the number I have :)

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  14. Happy blogaversary, Faerie. Here's to many more!

    Hugs,
    Hermione

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    1. Thanks Hermione, I'm still a newbie compared to you, but I don't mind a bit :)

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  15. congratulations on your one year anniversary and thank-you for sharing so much of yourself. I know I have not been reading for a year and yet I feel a friend. So thank-you. I never feel alone in this community. It is one place I feel I belong. Best wishes, Terpsichore

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    1. You are a friend, and my friends are precious to me :) I know you have limited time to read due to life commitments, I'm honored that you make the time to come visit.

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  16. I'm glad you decided to keep writing faerie. You've processed so much out here and it is neat to see how much has happened with both of you. So much neat growth.

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    1. Thanks Susie, it has been an incredible year, one of growth and positive change. I have this community to thank for that :)

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  17. I hate being late to the party, but I'm so glad I didn't miss this. I'm so very, very glad you joined us. Your voice is unique and you add a lot out here. I enjoy your blog, but I'm even more happy that we have developed a friendship off the blogs. Happy birthday blog to you!

    Hugs,
    PK

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    1. Never too late to join the party :) I owe you so much, without you, I wouldn't be here. I appreciate your friendship more then I can express.

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  18. I check in to read your stuff from time-to-time, but the one post I'll never forget is your "Secret" post. It shown a light on my own childhood incident that lay uncovered for years, and I really appreciated you putting that out there.

    Also, random note about fairies, but my son lost his first tooth and seemed pretty apprehensive about the tooth fairy coming into his room. Was really cute.

    Happy blogoversary!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment. That post was the hardest thing I've ever written. It gets 3 times the page views then any other post. That was bothersome to me at first, but comments like yours make it less so. I'm so sorry you experienced anything like that in your life and if my post helped in any way I'm grateful I had the courage to put it out there.

      I hope you were able to reassure your son that faeries are nothing to be afraid of. We really are nice :)

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  19. congratulations on a year, lucky us.

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    1. Thank you Sir J, I feel like the lucky one for stumbling upon this wonderful community :)

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  20. Happy Blogiversary, faerie! I'm honored to know you.

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    1. Thank you June, the honor is mine my friend :)

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