01 June 2011

the perfect post

remember that book, the perfect storm, the one about the confluence of weather systems in the north atlantic that ended so badly for a boat full of commercial fishermen? that's a morbid example, but i am always fascinated when things fall into place to create something remarkable or memorable. when ducks line up in a row. when the chips fall where they may, and it works. when it was meant to be.

this is my 1,000 post. i've seen it coming for a few weeks now and have been thinking about what i would post when the time came. unable to come up with anything epic, i'd sort of decided to just let it happen - flowers, stars, little girl antics - whatever was going on at the time. no fanfare. then began the convergence of several posts by bloggers i read.

first, on sunday matt conlon at =]V[= posted his 200th post (congratulations, matt!). way back when, i was one of matt's first followers and still look forward to reading his blog for his tech information, his  references to new england, and for his wacky humor. as part of his celebratory posting, matt put up an award, free for the taking, and i thought maybe i should grab matt's award and use it for my 1000th post! hmmmm.

and lo! Gail Underwood Parker at Upbeats and Downbeats sent me an award: "Because she is always there with a photo to inspire, to calm, to focus, and thoughts to catch my breath...." isn't that a lovely sentiment? thank you, Gail!  truly, i am not one for awards, mostly because it's expected that the recipient  pass them on and that means choosing from among too many of my favorites. but this honor came at such a serendipitous time, that i'm going to go along with it. not sure yet how i'm going to pass it on, tho...

finally on wednesday, tabor at one day at a time posted a "virtual love letter" to her readers that struck a chord with me. in it, she said "If we (bloggers) had met at a wine or ice cream bar our outspoken ideas may have halted the minute we found our differences. But with blogging we slowly learn that we are all so VERY much alike in spite of our politics, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, and taste in cooking." very true! i am not at all an extrovert and i wouldn't even have gone to that wine or ice cream bar! without blogging, i never would have met so many amazing people.

when i started to blog, one thousand posts ago, it was mainly to force myself to look for and take a photograph a day. in time, the post's writing became important to me and i was thrilled to find family and close friends actually liked what i saw and thought. with the blog of note award in 2010, readership and commenting soared to the point where it was almost overwhelming. and now, i am left with a comfortable circle of friends and readers that i love to post for because, even though we come from different backgrounds and circumstances and from all corners of the earth, in tabor's words, we are very much alike! I am humbled that you choose to come back here time and again - and i sincerely thank you so much for that.

lastly, a special word to my very first follower, bob walto. thanks for sticking with me all these years, bob. i hope you're reading still.


17 comments:

Kay said...

congratulations! keep it up!

Lynne said...

Congratulations - I look forward to reading up to your 2,000th post and beyond!

Star said...

What a lovely and oh so appropriate post. Thank you for your photos and your wise and beautiful words, which help me stay focused on what's really important in life: friends and family, being as kind to the earth as I can in my own little way, and being a good person (well, I try!), in short, counting my blessings, daily. You help me do all of this. Thank you.

Tabor said...

How exciting! Yes, you can always quote me...how flattering. I sort of move the opposite way...starting with prose and then being driven by photography. Congratulation on your tenacity and truth.

~she~ said...

Wow...how awesome! Beautiful words! I love reading your blog and am so happy we "met" this way!

Laura said...

Yours is the only blog I check absolutely everyday. I love the way you look at the world! You inspire me as a grandmother, friend, and partner on the planet. Thank you for adding such wonder-ment to the day for to so many of us.

susan t. landry said...

this is terrific, Chris! your writing and photographs are consistently of such a high level. I always look forward to checking out what you have to say or taking a look at what you have seen.

all best wishes...and at least 1000 more posts, please.

xo

susan

Anne said...

Many congratulations on being 1,000!!

I'll be still reading when you're 2,000!

CrazyCris said...

1000!!! BRAVA!!!

Keep sharing those gorgeous pictures with us, and keep having fun while doing it! ;o)

Diane said...

Many congratulations! Keep it up. I love reading your blog and looking at your wonderful pictures.

Ranma said...

Congrats!! I love your writing. For some reasons it keeps my heart warm from time to time..keep it up

Graciegreen said...

I started to follow your blog because of the word,serendipitous. It is on my list of favorite words. I have continued to follow because of the warmth and serenity (another fav) conveyed in your posts.

Cherie Blessing said...

. . . and i have read every single one. you have brought so much joy to your readers. thank you, chris!

Mimsie said...

I found your blog through ~she~'s blog, and truly enjoy both your photos and insights. You are so genuine. Looking forward to your next 1,000 posts.

chris said...

thank you for your kind comments, all, and for your support. not sure about making it to 2,000 posts - but we'll see....

keishua said...

congrats, that is an amazing feat.I have been thinking about challenging myself to blog more. It can really help one grow. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Crosby Kenyon said...

Congratulations. Even though I'm still pretty new to blogging, I am beginning to get a sense of what you were talking about in the post. Something to look forward to.