Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday Thirteen: Celebrating Milestones

As luck would have it, today I am posting my 250th Thursday Thirteen, as well as blog post number 1,800.

To celebrate these milestones, I thought I would point to other bloggers whose work I enjoy. Some of these you will recognize as others who play Thursday Thirteen; others you may not have heard of. Of course these are not all the blogs I follow: I read most of the Thursday Thirteen bloggers and many others.

I have been blogging since 2003; I started a blog in opposition to the Iraq War which went unnoticed and which I have long since deleted. Then I blogged on AOL Journals for a couple years. I liked that format but then switched to blogger as AOL did handstands and ultimately ridded itself of its journals.

This journal, Blue Country Magic, made its debut August 5, 2006. So in 5 years and 11 months, I have written 1800 blog posts. That means there are about 5 days out of a month when I do not post, on average.

Not bad.

1. Colleen over at Loose Leaf Notes gets the first mention because she introduced me to Thursday Thirteen. She has been playing longer than I have, and her blog is older than mine, too; I think it goes back to 2005. I found her because she was listed on the local newspaper's site as a local blogger. I enjoy her poetry, her stories, and her perspective. She lives a few counties over and I hope one day we will meet in person.

2. Diane over at Dish (formerly Blue Ridge Gal) is a blogger I have met in person. We are friends and live in the same county. She writes about her dogs (Izzy & Rowdy), fashion, decorating, and other interesting topics. She loves to take pictures and she likes to help people create interesting headers or otherwise decorate their blogs. Her sister, Denise, lives in California and has a wonderful blog about ranch living, complete with fun photography, over at Autumn Sky Ranch.

3. Tanya is another local blogger I've met in person. She posts at Around Roanoke, offering up pictures of the area. She's not from here originally, like I am, so it is interesting to me to see the community through fresh eyes. She writes about her children and her dog, Ozzy. She's been blogging since 2008.

4. Leonora over at A Journal of Days is also a local blogger. We met briefly at the Fincastle Library one day. She records three things about the day that she wants to remember; it's a lovely way to count your blessings and be thankful.

5. Beth over at Blue Ridge Blue Collar Girl writes about her life in North Carolina. She has two grown children and enjoys rural living. She's a very thoughtful and thought-provoking writer whose blog goes back to 2007.

6. Becky over at Peevish Pen is another friend and local writer. I admire her work greatly. She's published and self-published a number of works and has many opinions about the writing world. She is particularly hard on spammers and others who would take advantage of writers. Her blog dates back to April 2006, so she also has been blogging longer than I.

7. Elena over at Ms. Elenaeous Rants & Raves is yet another friend and local writer. She recently published a book called Fractured Facade through Smashwords. It's available online. Her blog dates back to 2009 but I think she's been blogging longer than that.

8. Heather over at Word Trix is an avid reader and another blogger who does the Thursday Thirteen meme. I enjoy her book reviews and she is also very crafty. I like it when she shares her handiwork on her site. She's been blogging since 2005.

9. Alice Audrey is an author and another blogger who does the Thursday Thirteen meme. She writes about books, writing, vacations, and cats. She has been blogging a little longer than I have, too, as she apparently started in January 2006.

10. Grace over at News From The Hill recently moved to our area. She writes about her horses and home construction. She's been blogging since 2010.

11. Beth over at Elizard Breath Speaks lives somewhere in our area though I'm not exactly sure where. She started blogging in 2011, and posts pictures that look sort of local and familiar but I can't always place them.

12. Donna over at Just Me posts about country living. I think we read each other's AOL Journals, so I have been reading her work for a long time. Her blog archive goes back about as far as mine.

13. Lastly, I want to acknowledge you, dear reader. It is so nice to have you join me, whether that's daily, monthly, or just on occasion. I write for myself but also for you - I know you're out there, and I hope you enjoy my work. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, as I think that does keep me coming back to this blog to write. I look forward to seeing what you have to say every day.

Best wishes and thank you again!



Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 250th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

26 comments:

  1. What a great list of bloggers. It's certainly fun meeting new people online.

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    1. I forgot to mention - happy 250th :)

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  2. I haven't even broken TT #180, so I certainly appreciate your accomplishment. Hope I reach it some day! Yours is a TT I check every week without fail. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

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  3. Congrats on your 1800 post! That is quite impressive :)

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  4. Congratulations on reaching another milestone! I count your place as one of the dependable blogs where I know I can visit regularly find something new and interesting. Many blogs pop up and then just as quickly fade away. Thanks for introducing me to a few new blogs in your post today. I'll be sure to visit them.

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    1. I hope you do, they are good blogs. Thank you, Lenora, for your blog.

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  5. Wow---1800 posts! That's pretty incredible, Anita. I have a particularly strong admiration for your almost-daily discipline as I've been struggling my way through this Thirty Days of Daily Writing I committed to. What was I thinking???? :-) Seriously, congratulations on 1800---I enjoy your blog very much.

    And I'm grateful for and honored by your mention---thank you. I'll have to check out the other bloggers on your list.

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    1. I'm glad you're blogging more, Beth.

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  6. Congrats on your 250th T13 and 1800 posts total, and for mentioning me in your post.

    My Thursday Thirteen

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  7. Thanks for the mention. You have a strong local group of bloggers. I should check them out as the bloggers and blog readers have fallen in the last couple of years and we bloggers need to stick together!

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    1. We do! I hope you do check them out. I think most of them are noted in the links on my sidebar.

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  8. I started my Alice Audrey / Alice's Restaurant blog earlier than Blue Country Magic, but you have been blogging longer as I've only ever had one blog. I kind of looked in on the aol thing about the time you were doing it, but I wasn't ready to deal with it yet, so I did my war protests in a quieter and more local way. Still a scary thing to do when ALL the neighbors were aggressively flying their flags. I'm surprised you weren't noticed.

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    1. My anti-war thing was anonymous, and I did nothing to push it because, as you say, most people were in favor of bombing another country into the stone age at that time. In hindsight they might see I was right, but it was a tough time.

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  9. Thank you for picking my blog as one of your favorites. (Your blog is one of my must-reads, too.)

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  10. I used to do a lot of the Thursday Thirteens. I don't know what got me out of the habit.

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    1. Hope you'll find the habit and pick it back up!

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  11. We have quite a few of the same fav bloggers. I always enjoy your Thursday Thirteen posts. For me, it is time designated to get out into the blogosphere. I cherish this time away from my writing schedule.
    Happy T13 & here's to many, many more!

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    1. Getting away is good - but so is a writing schedule! Thank you for reading me.

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  12. I am very impressed by how long you have been able to come up with thirteen items EVERY Thursday. I don't know if I could do it. You always have consistently interesting stories and I LOVE your pictures. I need a new camera! Keep up the good work.

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  13. wow...you have been blogging far longer than I am! I think I was just a year before Alice Audrey, tho I met her rather a couple of year back from teaser tuesday.

    thank you for visiting my turtle :)

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  14. 1800 posts!!!!! Congratulations!

    And thanks so very much for including me in your list of blogs! I'm still hoping that we'll get together this summer!

    Grace

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