Five Years and Two Hundred Posts!

Two hundred years ago, on July 4, 1817, construction of the Erie Canal began.  It had been a long time in the making. First proposed in 1780 as a means to create a navigable water route between Buffalo and the Great Lakes to the west and New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Erie Canal had its share of roadblocks, delays, and controversies.


Construction wasn’t completed until 1825, and along the way, there was plenty of public backlash and criticism.  Skeptics of the canal referred to it as “Clinton’s Folly” and DeWitt’s Ditch,” mocking one of the primary movers and shakers of the new waterway, New York State governor DeWitt Clinton.  But it was Clinton and other proponents who would ultimately have the last laugh. The canal fostered a population upsurge in upstate and western New York, including my hometown of Rochester.  And it also served the primary purpose for which it was built.  By 1855, 33,000 commercial shipments traveled up and down the Erie Canal.


That number would slowly and inexorably decrease as the decades ensued, as first the railway and, later, the automobile and the truck superseded the canal as avenues for shipments.  Nevertheless, the Erie Canal would live on.  It wouldn’t stagnate and succumb to neglect and decay.  As the canal’s primary function shifted from shipping goods to recreation, it would remain an enduring jewel of the Empire State.  Today, water enthusiasts still can boat along the canal, either in their own craft or on a cruise.  Bicyclists, joggers, and walkers (Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, and Marc Kuslanski among them!) enjoy the miles of trails that line the water’s edge.  Two hundred years after ground was broken for New York State’s grand man-made waterway, the Erie Canal continues to prosper.


The Eye-Dancers blog is no Erie Canal!  But this entry marks the site’s two-hundredth post.  If someone would have told me, back in the summer of 2012, that The Eye-Dancers website would last five years and two hundred posts, I would have smiled and asked them if they might like to buy a bridge I wanted to sell.  There was no way I could envision it.  I was just trying to craft a few coherent blog posts, not make a fool of myself in the process, and help to spread the word of the at-that-time soon-to-be-released novel The Eye-Dancers.  Along the way, though, I learned that there was nothing to worry about.  I learned that the WordPress community is made up of generous, kind, interesting, and wonderful people who welcome blogging neophytes with open arms.


And so, today, five years on, I pause, take stock, glance back, look forward, and thank you all so much.  You are the reason why I’m still here, still blogging, still enjoying every minute of it.  If it weren’t for you, there surely wouldn’t be a two-hundredth post.  You have all inspired me to keep going, keep writing, keep believing, even when doubt and uncertainty threatened to sabotage my efforts.


That’s true, too, of The Singularity Wheel, the sequel to The Eye-Dancers.  The support I have received from you regarding the sequel has been a motivator, an elixir, encouraging me to press forward with optimism.  I am in the stretch run of editing The Singularity Wheel, and will look forward to releasing it just as the trees here in the Northeast begin to transform from a canopy of green to a color show of golds, reds, and oranges.


In the meantime, and long afterward, I will continue to post, and continue to appreciate everything I have learned and experienced in this worldwide community.  I hope you’ll stick around for the next two hundred posts!


Thanks so much for all the support these past five years, and thanks, as always, for reading.


103 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. renxkyoko
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 16:50:02

    Congratulations on your 200th post ! ! !


  2. foodinbooks
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 16:52:57

    That’s so great! Congratulations on 200 posts! I enjoy your site very much. Here’s to another 200!


  3. Ipuna Black
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 17:35:00

    Congratulations, Michael! I’ve enjoyed your posts. Keep them coming!


  4. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 18:27:19

    Big Congrats, Mike on blogging for five years and posting the 200th post. I’m happy to hear you are in the editing phase of your book. I’ve been to a section of the Erie Canal and read the interesting history. It’s cool you brought it into the Eye Dancers.


  5. Boo
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 18:32:13



  6. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 18:44:14

    (While waving sparklers and hopping up and down, I’m shouting…) CHEERS to your 200th, Mike!


  7. valorydegree
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 19:18:55

    Congratulations, that’s a milestone!


  8. ParentingIsFunny
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 20:13:16

    Congrats! And as a former Clevelander, I appreciate the Erie Canal pics. And those tree pics are gorgeous.


  9. pathbreakingwriter
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 20:31:03

    Congratulations. I’m glad that you have been able to achieve this milestone. I believe when we are passionate we just go with the flow. I loved the post and those historic pictures. Good work and good luck for the year ahead.


  10. evelyneholingue
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 21:07:12

    Happy anniversary to you and your blog, Mike. Well done! Your blog is genuine so I’m not surprised that it is lasting 🙂


  11. Meredith
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 21:09:43

    Congratulations! I enjoyed Eye Dancers and look forward to reading The Singularity Wheel. I also love reading your posts – makes me want to be a “real” writer. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to more books and posts from you!


  12. joannerambling
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 21:29:11

    200 posts way to go, congratulations will we see 200 more, I hope so as I do like coming here and reading your posts


  13. Dragthepen
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 05:20:40

    Congrats. I will continue to read 🍷


  14. jjspina
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:41:01

    Congrats, Mike, on the 200 fantastic posts! Here’s to 200 more! 🤗👍🎉🍾


  15. Lyn
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 11:11:28

    Happy 200th, Mike. LOL let’s plan to meet up here again for the 300th post … and everything in between 😀


  16. Christy B
    Jun 23, 2017 @ 16:06:44

    Awesome, Mike 🙂 Congrats on 5 years and 200 posts! It’s quite the achievement and, so, I think it’s an occasion for cake!!


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jun 24, 2017 @ 00:07:33

      Thanks, Christy! And I like your suggestion! Now, the decision . . . chocolate? Vanilla? Ice cream cake? Hmm . . . This is the kind of decision I enjoy mulling over.:)


  17. Karina Pinella
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 13:48:17

    Five years! That’s the longest I’ve ever been in a job, so that’s commendable. It is a challenge though to keep up with a blog regularly if you want to build up a following. But I guess it also depends on what your objectives are for the blog. I have yet to fulfill mine, which is to promote my “book.” But I have it languishing on my desk because I have to deal with getting it published. Oy-vay! It’s also really more of a novellette size and it’s a humor book. So another oy-vay to that.


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jun 25, 2017 @ 02:16:05

      Hi Karina! And yes, as hard and challenging as it is to write a book, publishing it/marketing it is even harder! In many ways, the writing part is the easy part.:) Always great hearing from you!


  18. barbaramonier
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 16:03:36

    You do a great job — every time — and that’s an awesome achievement!!


  19. Andrea Stephenson
    Jun 24, 2017 @ 19:09:11

    Congratulations on your longevity and your productivity 🙂


  20. D. Wallace Peach
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 17:51:05

    Congrats on the milestones! Quite an accomplishment 🙂


  21. Anna Waldherr
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 18:41:20

    That is quite an accomplishment! It matters that young people have challenging and inspiring stories to read. There is so much negative distraction out there. And adults do not always set them a good example. Young people need to know that integrity is not just an empty word; that truth and ideals have value beyond mere dollars and cents. They, after all, are our hope for the future. Keep up the good work!!


  22. sherazade
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 20:31:12

    For me: in 2008 on Splinder and before in 2004 on Blogspot 😇. Both platforms closed. From 2011 here I am!!!
    My complimets to you 🌷


  23. Tink the Belle
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 20:52:55



  24. Rosaliene Bacchus
    Jun 26, 2017 @ 22:38:48

    Congrats! Way to go!


  25. Artist Inese Poga
    Jun 27, 2017 @ 14:37:53

    Congratulations! It is certainly a great anniversary. It takes a lot of work to write all posts, and especially if they have a good content. Big accomplishment.
    I am slightly envious because I was there with my art blog, but then I decided to move it to a self-hosted website and everything started to disappear. I cannot even understand why everybody is only following my blog, and I don’t see any new followers on the site which previously had double the followers. Something is probably not right.


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jun 27, 2017 @ 17:26:48

      Thank you! I did just try to follow you on your new site–I hope it went through.:) If it didn’t go through for some reason, I will try again. I always enjoy your work!


  26. BroadBlogs
    Jun 28, 2017 @ 05:19:11



  27. kutukamus
    Jun 28, 2017 @ 07:00:13

    Hear, hear! 🍸 🍸


  28. Sherri Matthews
    Jun 28, 2017 @ 10:52:26

    Congratulations Mike! I’m so glad we met here on WordPress, you were one of my first blogging friends, arriving 6 months after you! You know know how much I enjoy your posts and I will definitely be here to read and follow and help spread the word for your books as soon as I can. I’m disappearing again as we’re moving house – oh joy! – so I’ll next catch up with you at around the same time as publication of The Singularity Wheel…and it will be here as soon as know it! Have a great summer Mike, and all the best with all your final edits!


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jun 28, 2017 @ 12:11:16

      Thanks so much, Sherri! I am glad we met, too.:) Your longtime friendship and support have meant a lot! And you’re right, of course, time flies! It will be early fall before we know it. See you then, and I hope the move goes smoothly and well! I am sure it will be a relief when it’s over.:)


      • Sherri Matthews
        Jun 28, 2017 @ 17:24:36

        Likewise Mike! Thanks so much…and yes, it will be a huge relief! I’ve moved lots of times but it gets worse not easier!!! See you in the fall! 🙂

  29. loveurownlife
    Jun 28, 2017 @ 20:41:29

    HYE! I’ve Nominated U 4 Liebster Award,Plz Check My Blog & Plz Participate….


  30. Ste J
    Jun 29, 2017 @ 10:10:32

    Congratulations on the milestone! It is always a pleasure to come here and read your words, there is always plenty of nostalgia and fascinating stories. I look forward to more.


  31. jorgekafkazar
    Jun 29, 2017 @ 18:07:54

    Congratulations! Well done!


  32. stacybenedict
    Jun 30, 2017 @ 01:05:32

    Congratulations on your 200th post!


  33. Yelling Rosa
    Jul 02, 2017 @ 16:07:36

    Congratulations on your 200th post!
    All the best to you 😉


  34. Charlotte Hoather
    Jul 02, 2017 @ 20:41:56

    Congratulations 5 years is a big milestone, I found this interesting because we’ve big controversy over a new railway line called HS2 in the U.K., lots of opponents.
    Best wishes Charlotte


  35. Carol Balawyder
    Jul 02, 2017 @ 21:02:02

    Congratulations! All the best in everything! 🙂


  36. Rosaliene Bacchus
    Jul 06, 2017 @ 21:32:05

    Congrats, Mike! All the best with your coming novel 🙂


  37. Dragthepen
    Jul 07, 2017 @ 02:25:39

    Wonderful. Its been a pleasure.


  38. Daisy in the Willows
    Jul 13, 2017 @ 18:58:42



  39. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jul 14, 2017 @ 11:41:44

    Congratulations dear Mike.. 🙂 A wonderful milestone to reach my friend.. I was so pleased you dropped by, as I do not seem to be getting your posts in the reader which I have been using more to connect of late.. So I was happy you dropped by. And well done on the 5 yrs and 200th post.. Wonderful
    Sue 🙂


  40. europasicewolf
    Jul 20, 2017 @ 10:59:05

    200 posts! 🎉Congratulations! 🎖🎊🍻


  41. reocochran
    Sep 13, 2017 @ 00:54:09

    Congratulations, dear old friend. I started in July, 2012 so we weren’t too far apart, Michael. I’m not sure how or when we were connected but it still says I’m following you, pretty sure you’re following me, too.
    Your blog posts are incredibly written. Some are quiet, like the newly fallen snow and woods post. Others are fascinating, like your creative young people’s books.
    🎇 📣 🚀 🔔 🎈 🌟 🎉
    Good luck and may your next five years take off to the best seller lists! Smiles, Robin


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Sep 14, 2017 @ 00:09:46

      Thanks so much, Robin! Yes, we started our blogs almost exactly at the same time.:) And it’s been great keeping in touch virtually these past five years! Indeed, let’s keep it going for another five.:)


  42. eliza rudolf
    Nov 12, 2017 @ 16:21:52

    Beautiful 😊☺


  43. libarah
    Nov 21, 2018 @ 18:44:55

    Congratzzz dear🎉🥳🎊
    Thank you so much for your likes and follow👍🏻


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