Hip hip hooray! This is the 1,000th blog post on Lake Superior Spirit written since January, 2010!
I’ve just finished scribbling a post about what I’ve learned, how I’ve grown, blah-blah-blah. However, the Universe tossed it into the Internet wastebasket and started again.
Here’s what the Universe has to say about blogging and bloggers. Be prepared to be surprised. (I am surprised by these shenanigans.)
We bloggers are like frozen fish, ready for consumption. We’re prepared to give our all so that others may be nourished by the flesh of our words. We’re swimming in the sea of life and suddenly we’re sharing our skin, our sharp teeth, our fins, our beady eyes with the world. We share it all. For your omega 3, for your Vitamin A.
We bloggers sit in green chair before a cascading man-made waterfall curtain. We’re all smoke and mirrors, sharing this and withholding that. We’re in the hot seat for a few minutes, a day, a week, sharing our stories with the world. We share 65 times–or maybe 1,000–and some day the chair will remain empty, but for now we’re still plopping down to write and take pictures and get creative. And sometimes silly.
We bloggers are like the shadow of a fern on a rock. Our words are shadows of what really happens in life. We’re trying to paint a picture, to flesh feelings and thoughts and impressions through alphabet characters. We’re not always succeeding, but we’re trying. We want to say–this is how it is for us. This is our evolving story. And sometimes our story takes 1,000 posts.
We bloggers are like alpacas. Our words knit into warm socks and sweaters to keep you cozy during the long winter. Our words sometimes make you laze in the shade. Our words are like threads attempting to connect to our hearts. Sometimes we grin, like the above alpaca, at the way the threads go this way and that. We never know what effect our words will have on our readers–or even ourselves.
We bloggers are sometimes like seals, getting a bit loud and trying to make our point to other seals. We’re just trying to express ourselves, so forgive us if we’re a bit too assertive or not assertive enough. We’re telling our seal stories, all filled with fur and whiskers and rocks and harbor mist. When we’re done telling our stories we dive into the sea and hunt for delicious red-fleshed salmon who are preparing to give their all so others are nourished.
We bloggers are steering the kayaks of our posts so they might be understood, digested, paddled, enjoyed. We’re heading toward distant shores, eyeing distant mountain ranges. Every time the paddle dips in the sea we write another post. And another. And another.
Thanks for dropping by to help celebrate 1,000 blog posts here. (Bloggers really appreciate their readers because it’s all about the circle of life. Life keeps giving to itself endlessly, around and around and around again.)
P.S. This post may have just proven that you can use any picture to tell the story you want to tell. 🙂
What an accomplishment!I could only dream of reaching that number of post.Let’s celebrate with a bang!Good luck on your next 1000 posts.Enjoy!
Lebana, how kind of you to stop by and offer congratulations. Thank you! If you dream for 1000 posts…perhaps it will happen!
I will claim that.Thank you so much,and congratulations again!
Congratulations, Kathy. Even though you’ve taken time off many times, I’m glad you’ve always returned. x
Thanks, Val! I sure needed those breaks…and then needed to return, too. I really appreciate your congratulations. Hope all is going well with you this summer.
Not too bad, thanks, Kathy. It’s too hot here (for the UK) and am finding it difficult to cope with that but otherwise okay.
It’s been so hot around these parts, too, Val. Sounds like half the world is sweltering.
Congratulations on your 1000th post, and on the 999 posts that preceded it. I love your thoughts about bloggers, the why, the how – and your oh-so-creative use of the photos.
Carol, wow, what a lovely comment! It was fun being creative this morning. The previously-written post was just fine, but it didn’t make me feel happy after writing it. This one brought a smile and an “oh no, is this too weird or what?” The best thing about writing 1000 blog posts (or maybe growing older) is that you don’t care as much if someone else thinks something creative is “too weird”. Thank you again!
There is a huge sense of freedom when you can stop worrying about things that might be “too weird”.
So right. Love this freedom!
Kathy — CONGRATULATIONS on reaching your thousandth-post. That’s a huge milestone!
Laurie, that’s some big congratulations! Thank you so much. You’ve been around for many of the 1,000 posts. Wondering how many you’ve published so far? Do you keep track?
I have no idea how many posts I’ve published🎈
They are listed in “stats” under the “Insight” section.
Kathy — At only 52 posts per year (except for my first year blogging), I’m at 604 posts.
I LOVE this blog! Thanks, Kathy.
Awww, Sherry, I really love YOUR enthusiasm! Thank you for reading & being a friend. Heart icon, heart icon, heart icon.
Kathy, if a picture is worth a thousand words… a soul in the woods is worth at least a thousand blog posts. Love to you from my neck of the woods, Amy-Lynn xoxo
Amy-Lynn, you have made my afternoon a little sweeter! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your love. I do hope all is well with you! xoxo back…
Congratulations! My mother and I have enjoyed all of your posts for years. Thank you!
Celeste–thank you for saying so. That really warms this heart ten times! xoxoxo
Oh my gosh, Kathy! I have to comment today because you have delighted me again. You have such a gift with words, images, stories, wisdom, inspiration, and humor. I love this story! Thank you for brightening my day! ❤ xoxo
I am smiling ear-to-ear, Brenda, just because the Universe worked to inspire you today! Thank goodness it ditched my first blog post and substituted this one instead. 😉 Thank you SO much!
What fun, Kathy! This truly is a testament to pictures conveying whatever meaning you want to give them. Congratulations on 1000 posts! I know, from what you’ve told me in your blog posts over the years, that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and that you were blogging long before you started this particular count. Good for you, and thanks for all the good reading!
Tee hee, Cindy, it was a riot watching this post birth. I typed that first paragraph about fish and said–whoa, this is kinda weird! But the fingers kept typing and, by gosh, the whole piece seemed to come together. Yes, have been blogging a long time. Started writing posts for family in the early 2000’s on some forgotten site. Then learned how to publicly blog on a spiritual site called Gaia.com (which is now defunct). Then did 365 days of an outdoor commitment here on WordPress. Thank YOU for being such a loyal reader from your perch on Beaver Island!
Thank you, for sharing 1,000 times. Your posts inform, challenge, and expand our minds. It is never a waste of time to hear what you have to say. You never put words to page just to post. There is always a message or some information. Yes, you do feed us and the nutrition is most welcome. May God continue to bless you and bless us with another 1,000 posts.
John, you are really sweet. Thank you for your kind words. It’s interesting thinking about how words can feed a person (and how words can perhaps starve a person as well). Bless you as well and hope you get to spend some summer months in our beloved North Woods.
I was starting to wonder about me being like an Alpaca … honest I don’t spit in people’s faces … lol
I have so much enjoyed your blog(s) through the years.
Goodness, Sybil–I never thought of comparing individual bloggers with animals! As in–that Kathy, she’s such a cold fish. As for you spitting, give me a second, I have to think about that. LOL! Thank you for reading throughout these many years, and staying a friend when I stop for spells along the way.
Congratulations and happy for the sense of accomplishment a number has given you.
I couldn’t help noticing (as I’m deep into a family saga hoping to be published some day) that everything you said about bloggers, well, it’s true for writers generally.
Always enjoy how you string words together and use whatever images appeal to you in order to add a sparkle to your stories.
Best wishes for many more blogs coming from Lake Superior and you !!
Thank you so much for your congratulations, Deb, and for your continued readership over the many years. Now I am trying to figure out if and how this number has given me a sense of accomplishment. (Long pause.) I guess it’s the same sense that our birth date gives us. I am not sure that this upcoming birthday of age 61 feels like accomplishment, but it does feel like gratitude and joy and celebration. And I totally agree about writers of all sorts. Wishing you all sorts of en-joy-ment as you string together words for your family saga!
Ah, you’ll ALWAYS be 3 yrs younger than me unless I check out and you out live me.
I do “get” the birthday analogy. For me, it simply is a joy that I continue to exist without having to be reborn and start over again. At some point though it will be time to let this old body go.
I’m not ready yet (in case that was misinterpreted by my soul !!). HUGS
Congratulations Kathy.. Your blogs are so great. You have such a talent for writing and putting photos with it. Looking forward to more!!
Tammy, it always makes me smile to see you here at the blog. Thank you for the way you encourage other people. Glad we’ve known each other since elementary school!
i am not a blogger nor do I read blogs so I have no idea how or when I came upon yours. It was my lucky day because I’ve enjoyed following you. The photos that accompany your thoughts are lovely and have inspired me in a few watercolors. I spent childhood summers in the U.P. at my aunt and uncle’s “camp” near Ishpeming. The U.P. is indeed a magical place and your thoughts about living there bring it to life for many who may never visit. Merci mille fois (thank you 1000 times!)
Cheryl, how funny that you don’t read blogs but you’ve found yourself here! I am so glad that you’ve been inspired by some of the pics of our beautiful area. Now you’re inspiring ME to take more photos (which I sometimes can get into and other times not so much…) Loving that you love this place. Thanks for reading and appreciating!
Hi Kathy! I haven’t been around the blogosphere in forever. I saw this notification in my inbox this morning and the universe directed me to pop around and say hello. Your posts are always a delight. I don’t seem to have the blogging muse with me any more these days, but I’m happy to see you are still finding it fulfilling!
Karma, one of the best parts of writing this post has been seeing so many of my “old” blogging buddies from the early days. Did a cruise around the blogosphere this weekend and visited a lot of old haunts. It’s kinda sad to see how many have turned toward other interests. Of course I have semi-regularly turned away from blogging too–so I totally understand. Right now am finding this very fulfilling again. Who knows about tomorrow? That blogging muse seems to be always moving! Thank you so much (OK, or the Universe) for saying hello today!
You always are able to put thoughts, pictures and words together to make a great blog that is full of things that I as your reader can grab onto. Congrats.
Bonnie, thank YOU for being a long-term reader. Wishing you well as summer deepens around us. Many blessings.
WooHOO LOVE LOVE LOVE the post…see what all that going outside helped you to see?!?! 😛
Elisa, you are so right! I learned a ton during that outside year. And continue to learn a ton every year since then… Glad you enjoyed the post so much!
CONGRATULATIONS, Kathy! Well done on hitting the 1000 mark! And you did so in such a creative way too… it left me chuckling all the way… 😀
Reggie, thank you. It’s good when a post causes us to chuckle. I think I was chuckling too by the end of this!
Your use of simile and metaphor is very creative Kathy! I couldn’t imagine how you were going to tie-in blogging with some of those photos. 1,000 posts is quite an accomplishment. May you blog 1,000 more!
Well, hello, Ms. Barb! Glad you liked that simile and metaphor. 🙂 I had no idea, either, how to tie-in the subject at hand with the photos! It made me laugh to see what words came out of the typing fingers. As to 1,000 more–now wouldn’t that be something? Thanks for your encouragement.