I wrote my first blog post (see below) on August 24, 2009 after the satellite that gave me internet service was installed.
I described my pets in the second post and it didn't take me long to realize that I had a wealth of nature and wildlife to photograph and post on my blog.
Those of you who read my blog now know that Samson helps me with a post of his own every now and then. But it was Princess, our Black Lab/Border Collie cross, that had the first dog blog here. She was older and wiser than Samson and my friends tell me this was reflected in her posts. The three dogs here, Angel, Princess and Soldier were so good together. Now only Soldier is left.
My first followers were friends who wanted to be supportive. Cindy faithfully left a comment each time I posted and kept encouraging me. As far as followers go, 13 people signed up to follow my blog. That was it, for the longest time.
I posted pictures of sunsets,
of laundry on the line,
of a rattlesnake,
and of my cool hat, but I still only had 13 followers. Was this a truly unlucky number for me? Then Barbee, the first follower I didn't know, helped me. She told me to check out many different blogs, leave comments, and if I liked a blog, sign up to follow it.
The dogs are beautiful. That last picture looks like it a mirror in the doorway. And I am so glad you kept blogging. sandieReplyDelete
A nice tribute to your blog and bloggie friends. You look like a real rootin, tootin, western in your hat.ReplyDelete
Oh Inger I am so very happy I found you I did not start blogging till late 2010 and there was no expectations other than to keep myself busy and happy while sitting in my pajamas(I love that part) I have incredible friends I cannot imagine losing and I know how you feel. I love your little furry helpers. HUGS my dear blogger friend, someday maybe we will meet and get those real hugs in. Thank you for being ther you are awesome. BReplyDelete
love the hat, the door and stones and of course the pups. love love the clothes on the line. gorgeous pics all of these. and i did the same thing when i started, had 3 friends who looked each day even when they did not want to... i quit posting after the first couple of months, waited 6 months and started again and have never looked back for all the reasons you list here, except i sit in a gown not pjsReplyDelete
I am so grateful to have found YOU.ReplyDelete
I enjoy every entry - isn't it marvelous we have the internet - and a way to share?
I am thrilled to be traveling through your adventure stories.
Thank you very much.
love & love,
I feel the same way about my own blog experience. I never dreamed I would end up being part of such an amazing group of people.ReplyDelete
The pics of your dogs are so precious. I'm sorry Angel and Princess are gone now.
I'm glad you started blogging and that I found it!:)ReplyDelete
Love you too xoxoxox Inger!ReplyDelete
Isnt it amazing how something as simple as one item can change your world for the better?
you hit the nail on the head. blogging has brought such wonderful, caring, funny, sweet souls into my life.ReplyDelete
like you, i started blogging for friends and family - many of whom would never comment. 6 mos. into it, a fellow blogger discovered me. i found other blogs on his sidebar which i began following. and 3 years later, here i am, visiting friends each and every day.
thanks for being one of them!
It was only a matter of time Inger before you were discovered. I think I first got to know you when you participated in the A to Z. It's always pleasant dropping by your place here. I love animals, not so much the desert, too hot for me. (a hat is required, I like the straw cowboy look on you)ReplyDelete
I started blogging about that time in 2009, as well. Growth was very slow until I participated in blogfests and started supporting fellow bloggers.
A thoughtful P post.
As always, great pictures Inger. I found your blog through A-Z, so score one for the Challenge. As a fellow desert dweller, I always enjoy your love of your natural surroundings.ReplyDelete
It's been amazing for me too getting to know you all. I know that we live in a City so we're not physically isolated in that way but it's still precious beyond words to be able to share the good and bad times in this way. Take care and here's to many more years of sharing our lives.ReplyDelete
As you know, it was you who first introduced me to the world of blogging, & I am eternally grateful!! I have met so many wonderful people & have become very close with some of them. I started my own post almost a year ago & I LOVE it!! (And I love you & your hubby, too!!)ReplyDelete
And I'm so happy to have found you and your blog! Those are some gorgeous photos up there. I'm especially taken by the laundry on the line, the beautiful pink skies and of course, your dogs.ReplyDelete
This tribute to blogging and reading says it so well! I've had a few different ones and the experience is always so good.
And my life is all the richer, because you blog! Thank you for all that you share.ReplyDelete
Jättekramen till dig...härligt inlägg. Här stormar det som 17...Tyra är en rulta nu verkligenReplyDelete
The landscape looks so similar to Central Oregon. I do love the high desert.ReplyDelete
I'm happy I found YOU. I was stuck at 13 followers for a very long time until other bloggers rescued me. I'm sorry for the dog losses you've experienced. I know how awful it is.ReplyDelete
I wish I had found you sooner, Inger. You are a sweet friend to me. xoReplyDelete
It has been a long journey and an interesting one I am sure. I too remember those early days. My first follower and commenter was from Finland. Have no idea how she found me.ReplyDelete
I hadn't thought about it but you are right about the PJ's and visiting with blog buddies. A real plus.
Keep those posts coming.
Sending all that love right back at you. Blogging friends are wonderful.ReplyDelete
So wonderful Inger,I love reading your blogs.You are a very special lady!The pictures are really great!ReplyDelete
Inger, I am so glad to have found your blog! Blogging has become a wonderful hobby for me and a link into people's lives, that I wouldn't have otherwise met. Keep on blogging!!!ReplyDelete
Another "P" word is phenomenal. A good word for your blog. I'm glad we hooked up, too. I'm happy to read what you've written, and to hear from you.ReplyDelete
Blessings and Bear hugs!
Nice to read the history of your blog - I remember going back to the beginning of your blog one time and reading some posts. Hope all is well - isn't the weather gorgeous lately? Are you getting the winds?ReplyDelete
You are a wonderful blog friend. I think it is wonderful to connect this way.ReplyDelete
It was fun to read about your beginnings.
So happy to have found you Inger...a sweet, intelligent human being who is a photographer, writer, animal lover, wife to a very lucky fellow, a 'protester' from the 60's (that did it for me!) and a gentle soul.ReplyDelete
Hi Inger - pets are so important .. and I know are much loved at your place ...ReplyDelete
Excellent news you have fast broadband .. and that should make a huge difference ..
Interesting the way you found your way beyond the magic 13 - delighted you made your way around and we're here together - it is as you say a great crowd ...
Massive Doodle Hugs to you too, IngerDoodle!!ReplyDelete
Your gorgeous desert world is so far removed from our world and we learn so much from you and your point of view.
Hugs to Samsom!!
Ron and Sophie
You've been at this blogging thing a long time now, Inger! I'm impressed. I am almost at my second anniversary, and I had no idea that I would grow to care so much for my fellow bloggers! You included, my friend! :-) Lovely, thoughtful post!ReplyDelete
Beautiful sunset photos! Congratulations on building your blog and following. Happy blogging.ReplyDelete