Monday, February 14, 2011

One Thousand Posts

Eastern Shore, June 2008

Assuming my math is correct, today marks the 1,000th post for this blog.  March of this year will mark my third year of blogging. Combine all this with Valentine's Day the fact that I heard a songbird yesterday, and there's good reason to celebrate with a little giveaway.

Before that, I thought I'd share some random factoids about Life in Mathews:
  • The post that received the most comments was  2009's Name That Goose with 48 comments. (Even when you subtract the two I made it still is the clear winner). This was how my mother's killer goose received his official name of Gustav.  That goose now has his own Facebook page, his own video and is an international nuisance personality.  Click on the link to read the other names people suggested and to see a picture of him and his attitude aboard a John Deere tractor.
  • The second runner up for highest number of comments  was Name That Ghost, which was a contest to name a ghost haunting a house Mathews Mark lived in. 
  • (See how I can say stuff like that as if it's normal?  I mean naming a goose is one thing, but naming a ghost is insanity quite another.)
  • One of the most viewed/downloaded photos is the one above, which I took back in 2008 on a camping trip on the Eastern Shore.
  • One of the most viewed posts is one I did on Merthiolate and Mercurochrome.
In summary, it appears that when I write about anything except Mathews, it's a hit!

Just kidding.

(Sort of.)

Here are some additional facts:
  • Very few things have given me as much pleasure and enjoyment as writing this blog, even though most days I wonder why I do it, who on Earth would ever care about reading it, and why I continue to spend so much time on it.
  • I have about 65 followers and receive about 100 hits per day, give or take.  These are low stats compared to real/professional bloggers, but to me they are astonishing! I cherish each and every visit, and each and every visitor, even if people are usually just stopping by to find out why Mercurochrome was banned in the U.S. or  to see if they can find a good name for a ghost goose.
  • Within one year of starting this blog, I had enough bloggers interested in Mathews that they wanted to come for a visit, and the first of two Blog Fests was born.  This year, the core group--and others--will participate in Blog Fest West in Seattle.
  • Within two years, a publisher stumbled upon the blog and mistakenly thought I could write a book signed me on to do a pictorial history of Mathews. This blog has opened up doors that I never knew existed.
  • I've met so many wonderful people, made lifelong friends, reconnected with people from my past, and received so much joy from letters I receive from random readers. 
  • Although it is time consuming, blogging has truly been very, very rewarding.
To say thank you for reading, I'm re-gifting something I won a while ago in a contest held by friend and fellow blogger Mental P. Mama: The Shift, a DVD starring Dr. Wayne Dyer.  Although she sent me this DVD a long time ago, it wasn't until last Friday night that I got around to watching it. I absolutely loved it.  Dr. Dyer talks about shifting from a life that focuses primarily on achievement and accumulation vs. serving and giving back; about creating a life of meaning and purpose.  Most of all he talks about the importance of art, creativity and connecting with Nature, something I've been able to accomplish by moving back to Mathews in 2001 and sharing the photos of this beautiful area on the blog.

To enter for a chance to win, just leave a comment. I'll announce the winner later in the week after I survive a basketball tournament, the work week, and a son who is studying for his learner's permit.

When did I grow old enough to have a son who is soon going to be driving an automobile?!  Serenity now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading and bringing me so much joy with your kind words and hilarious remarks.  

Just thank you.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day.


deborah said...

Congratulations on 1000 wonderful blog posts!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Oh dear about your son learning to drive...been there done that its not fun.

Kay L. Davies said...

I don't want to win anything, because we already have too much stuff, and I hate having too much stuff, but I do have to say how much I love that photo. I didn't see it when you posted it before (or if I did, I then had one of those old-lady memory moments and lost it in the process).
Anyway, I see why it got more comments than any other. It is utterly gorgeous.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kay L. Davies said...

PS, congratulations on 1000 posts. I'm just about at 300 and am impressed no end, so you have every right to be proud of yourself.
-- K

Annie said...

Aha, 1000 posts. Amazing. Well done and congratulations. I started about the same time as you, but have only done less than half the number.

Love the photo. Gorgeous. And the video sounds interesting too.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I have been reading for over 1 1/2 years and look forward to it every morning. I love my hometown and enjoy all the memories you bring back to my mind. I know it is hectic with work, kids, etc. but I hope you continue for a LONG time because you bring joy to so many people! Thanks for what you do!

Hannah said...

1000 posts and a 1000 times you have touched people in some way! Congratulations!

Just remember, don't be too obvious when your foot involuntarily tries to put on the brakes from the passenger side!

Ann Marie said...

You forgot the fine print of family members can't enter LOL

<3 u

Mental P Mama said...

Good for you! Except for the son/driving business;) Get some rest!

Lynne M said...

Congrats on the 1000th blog!!!! Your have a special talent here, both in photography and writing, and I am very glad that you share it with all of us.

And I feel your pain, in 8 short months my son will be doing the same.. aaahhhhhhh!!

WV: wingon, CBW, wingon...

maria_nj said...

Congratulations CBW!! That is a wonderful accomplishment! Even though I only started following your blog recently, I really enjoy reading your posts. 1000!! that is wonderful!

Thank you so much for the contest..that is so kind of you, but I was hoping it was for an autographed copy of The Book...hint,hint!!

and about the driving, yes I have been there, done that too. But at least you have some country roads with not too much traffic, we usually went to parking lots after hours. LOL

ohhh and that picture is stunning, just stunning, dahlink!

maria_nj said...

to celebrate CBW's wonderful fete..(and St Valentine's Day) let all splurge on a piece of cake...

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Caution Flag said...

And where would the blogging world be without you? Far less entertained, that is for certain. Congratulations on your milestone post :)

BayBrowder said...

The good Lord is/was willing and the creek didn't rise (above normal high tide).
Thank you for this great blog and 1000 posts.
Happy Valentines Day to you and all readers from me and Baygirl.

Trisha said...

Congratulations on reaching 1,000 posts! That is a nice accomplishment!

Country Girl said...

Congratulations to you, on your one thousandth post, my friend.

And Happy Love Day.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Thank you all for your very kind words, I truly appreciate hearing from you.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day! (I keep forgetting it's today...)

Breezeway said...

Yep!I'm a day late commenting again,but Hey!I'm here!And it's been awhile since I have been.Had to go back and reread the Merthiolate and Mercurochrome post again and it was in fact as hilariously funny as it was the first time.And as always, the comments made it doubly so.Congrats on your 1000th post AND on having a new driver!You will survive both milestones with the same sense of humor that you bring to the other aspects of your life!

Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post! I'm so glad I stumbled upon you in cyberspace and met you - and the other blogfesters - in real life. This blogging thing is the bees' knees!