"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Four years today

Four years ago today, this blog was born. You can see my first post here. Try as I might, I can't remember how I became aware of the world of blogging but I do know that I have had great fun with it. I have, at times, got bored with Blogger and migrated to other platforms, but always returned 'home,' usually because I liked the people who became regular readers over here. Through blogging, I have 'met' lots of lovely people- Daphne, Silverback, Yorkshire Pudding, Dale in Canada, Beachhutman and the longest standing, Gemmak who is practically my twin in blogging terms as she started her blog only a few weeks before me and was the first one I ever commented on. I've fiddled with templates, the air has turned blue on occasion, but eventually I learned that it is a Good Idea to save one's blog first before diving in to make irreversible changes. (OK, so I'm a slow learner!) I have also been in trouble over teaching-related posts, to the extent of being refused a reference by someone who took exception to what I had written. When I re-read that first post this morning, I realised that what Jay had pointed out in her comment on my meme, was quite right. I am a truly 'demob happy' teacher and I won't bore you all yet again by going on about my disillusionment with teaching. Suffice it to say, I am pleased to have left that world behind. Let's live for today! Innit!


Jay said...

Happy birthday, Jenny! And may you blog for many years to come!

Yes, the fact that you're happy being demobbed shows. I worked in Learning Support for a couple of years and sheesh! It's not easy. Teaching must be worse. Can you say 'let's move the goalposts again'?

It was my Other Half's blog birthday this week - his blog is three. He has balloons up and everything! LOL!

Ellee Seymour said...

You must be one of the UK's first bloggers. I only started two years ago. And isn't it great to meet up with people you get to know and like this way.

Your new look is stunning, btw. Have a lovely weekend.

gemmak said...

Happy blogiversary 'twin'...well done, four years takes a little perseverance doesn't it! ;o) Four more?? ;o)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Happy birthday to your blog Jenny! But now you have left teaching for good I think your blog needs a new name... perhaps The Wrexham Times... or Keith's Slave.... or Counsellor For Hire... or The Shepherdess.... I guess it would be pretty hard technically to make such a name change.

Jennyta said...

I have thought of it, YP but then I'd have to wait for the web crawlers to start picking it up again. (Keith's slave??? In your dreams, mate!)
Thanks Gemmak, four more years sounds good to me!
Ellee, it certainly is - you really feel as if you are making new friends with this blogging lark.
Many happy returns to OH, Jay. :)

Snowbabies said...

Congratulations on 4 years blogging!

I wish we had the stamina to keep going like you and your adopted twin.

Here's looking to the next 4 years!

Paul & Debbie :-)

Rosie said...

I had no idea you were that old! Four years hey that's not bad. I'm loving the new look by the way.

Jennyta said...

Thanks, Rosie.

J.J said...

Four years - and looking more attractive than ever Jenny!


Jennyta said...

Thanks, JJ. Yes, I really like this new template. :)


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