A Nine-Year Thank-You

I have always been a believer in the old saying “time flies.”  And I wouldn’t qualify it with the often-added “when you’re having fun.”  Time simply flies.  Period.  Always, fun or no fun.  One day, you wake up, and it’s spring, a golden May morning with blooms and fragrances and new beginnings.  Then, you blink, and it’s February, snow falling, the world a monochrome of grays and whites, the sky the color of lead.  Where did the months go?  Where do the years go?

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I think of all this presently because, it occurred to me just this week that I have been blogging for nine years now.  Nine years!  Indeed.  Where does the time go?  And, indeed, in this case of interacting with the WordPress community, it has been nine years of fun.

The thing is, my schedule has changed over the years.  During the first few years of The Eye-Dancers blog, I was able to post regularly–as often as two or three times per week.  As time went on, that dropped to once a week, then twice a month, and now, nine years in, I generally publish one solitary post per month.  I also have far less time to read the blogs of others–which I deeply regret.  I still do sometimes–I enjoy it!  But not nearly as often as I used to.

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All this to say, my presence in this wonderful blogging community has been lacking in recent months.  Honestly, I’m not sure that will change.  I likely will only be able to post once per month going forward, and I won’t be able to visit others’ blogs as much as I might want to.  (But I will pop in from time to time, and that’s a promise.)

The reason for sharing all of this now, on the last day of February?  (And yes, it is gray and monochrome here in Vermont.)  Just a thank-you to all of you for sticking with this little corner of the internet all these years.  Even as the posts have dwindled to one per month, you still take the time to read my digital scribbles, and for that I am eternally thankful.  I genuinely enjoy sharing my thoughts with you, and I hope some of those thoughts are worthwhile.

How much longer until the snow is gone in Vermont?

 

So, no.  I am not going anywhere.  I intend to stay and keep blogging–even if only once per month.  I’m sure I’ll blink and it will be summer.  That’s how time works.  But I hope you’ll still be here then, too, and that you’ll enjoy the once-monthly posts and stories and memories shared on here.

Thank you for reading these past nine years!

–Mike

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 17:05:47

    Holy Moly Mike! Congratulations! I just checked and it’ll be nine for me in October too. My posts have dwindled to about once a month also. Ahhh, now I can breathe easier. Nice to know I have a companion on this accelerated ride into the future 🙂 And I’m happy you’re not leaving. So many I’ve been following have. You be well. See you next time!

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  2. cindy knoke
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 17:06:57

    So happy you are planning to stay!

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  3. Alexis Chateau
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 17:14:43

    It happens! The only blog I make sure I keep up with is my personal one. All the others, I post when I feel like it. Sometimes months go by! 😆

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  4. ritaroberts
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 19:30:49

    OMG ! How many times have I said the same thing Mike “Where has all that time gone.Yes I have been blogging around the same time and my posts have dwindled to about the same amount but I think our followers are the same people who have come to know us. Nice to know you are staying and blogging even though it may not be as often.. The past year has been tough on us all through Covis, lets hope we will soon be back to normal living. Take care and stay safe.

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  5. Sally Bosco
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 20:49:51

    I really enjoy your posts. The snowy Vermont photos are awesome. They’re very exotic to someone like me who lives in Florida.

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  6. leggypeggy
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 20:59:56

    Life gets away from us sometimes. I haven’t posted in many months, but still hang in here. Glad you plan to do the same.

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  7. joannerambling
    Feb 28, 2021 @ 22:04:08

    For me time either flies or drags on……………..

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  8. selizabryangmailcom
    Mar 01, 2021 @ 18:44:41

    You did a lot better than me. It only took me a few months of trying to post every week. Then a few more of every other week. Then within half a year it was down to one a month, lol. But once a month is a good fit.
    Congrats on nine years of words, ideas, and new acquaintances!

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  9. Ste J
    Mar 02, 2021 @ 10:04:09

    Happy nine years! It’s been a heck of ride, and here’s to another nine years of this blog. It’s sad how life takes a toll on the blog and visiting, it’s something I can relate to. I will still be visiting at least once a week to see if there is a new post, although you probably come through on my emails as well, which also need to be visited now I think about it.

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  10. Lyn
    Mar 04, 2021 @ 03:51:56

    After reading your post, Mike, I thought I’d check my own blogging history. Twelve years! That really surprised me. What surprised me even more is I’ve made 220 posts, which averages 1.527777777777778 posts per month. Of course early on, when it was all new and exciting, there were a lot more each month, but over the last 15 months with Covid, I think everyone is feeling a little jaded. Keep up with your once-a-month posts, and maybe throw in another book along the way 😀

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Mar 04, 2021 @ 18:17:38

      Thanks, Lyn! I do hope to write another book soon. I have a swirl of ideas, and it’s been hard settling on just one. I do need to work that out, though, because I need to write another novel.:)

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      • Lyn
        Mar 05, 2021 @ 03:34:02

        Yep, know the feeling. I have about 30 scenes for a new book, but can’t for the life of me decide which one to start with :/

  11. Inese, visual artist, writer and life sciences blogger
    Mar 12, 2021 @ 22:30:36

    I can completely understand. I am also posting a new article maybe twice a month, but more often just once.
    Blogging for those who take it seriously can take a lot of time. I recently came to conclusion that one person cannot do any longer everything. Social media are time-consuming, blogging and website are time-consuming, and there are numerous other things that need to be done. That is apart from creating and writing.
    I suppose I’ve been following your journey for many years. I cannot say since which year exactly we connected, but that was a long time ago. I’ve been blogging since 2011, this May will be 10 years.
    I will keep visiting your blog because that’s what we do: we keep in touch, although that can be rather not that often.
    Good luck with your undertakings, and I hope you are safe and healthy!

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  12. Ampbreia
    Mar 23, 2021 @ 21:36:10

    I hope you’ll stick around. Have you written and published anything since Eye Dancers? I loved that story. I haven’t been around here much over the years either, but I do plan to blog here regularly now. I was mostly at Facebook after Xanga but it’s not as literary a crowd and it’s getting more and more censored to keep snowflakes from melting, so I came back here. I don’t want guarded chit-chat. I just want real writing.

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Mar 27, 2021 @ 11:27:52

      Thanks! It’s good to have you back.:) I did write “The Singularity Wheel” a couple of years ago–which is the sequel to “The Eye-Dancers.” And now I am in the planning stages of a new (and totally unrelated) novel.

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  13. Yeah, Another Blogger
    Mar 28, 2021 @ 20:10:32

    Hello there. Greetings from Pennsylvania. But, speaking of Vermont: I went to college in Vermont. That was nearly forever ago. And I just read a good novel that’s set in Vermont: Afterlife, by Julia Alvarez. See ya.

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  14. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
    Mar 31, 2021 @ 12:13:41

    Congrats on the nine years, Mike! Glad to hear you’re sticking around. My posting has dwindled too. I couldn’t agree more that time flies. I hate to say it, but the older we get the faster it goes, and I for one can’t help but think time is running out. 😬 You’re still to young to think like that though. 🙂 At least spring is here now!

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Apr 04, 2021 @ 11:03:24

      Thanks so much, Mary! Time DOES fly, doesn’t it? It’s strange, too, because some memories I have from when I was 12 years old are so vivid, so close, and then, when I think of all the time that’s passed . . . it doesn’t seem possible. But you’re right–spring is here.:)

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