Saturday, September 30, 2006

blogiversary

One year ago today, I began this blog. I didn't have much of a vision back then; I just knew that I wanted to write like this, take pictures like this, and knit like this. I was also pulled by the lure of the swap...I sat and read blogs for hours, and looked at pictures, and said to myself "I want to do that too!"

I chose the name of my blog from a line in a classic Disney film that my daughter was obsessed with at the time. It had been a favorite of all three of my daughters, actually, and though I chose the hero's name as my pen name, I really identified more with the villain. She was, well, so powerful. I didn't give it a lot of thought, and did a quick Google search to find the picture that encapsuled the moment the line comes, as well as a kind of image that summed up my affair with spinning at the time: entranced. This became my sigil, and probably violates some mighty copyrights somewhere.

And yes, this did start out as a knitting and spinning blog, though recent entries may belie this fact. And yes, it did start to evolve and swirl out into other directions as I became more computer savvy and followed link after link...quilting, softies, bento boxes, goats.

Then I started thinking about the messages I was sending out. I was afraid of appearing to be someone I was not; then I got paranoid about the image I wanted readers to have of me. It has never been my intent to fool anyone, and what you read is what you get. I worry about disappointing the knit blog readers when I lack that content, yet am thrilled with comments from other forums and love it when someone follows a link and discovers lil ol' me. I used to wish I got more traffic. Now I am content with whomever wishes to stop by and comment, and I always make a concerted effort to follow back with a "thanks for stopping by."

And indeed, I have made many wonderful friends, and I couldn't begin to name them all, but they range from local talent to shining stars in Canada and New Zealand. My mailbox has never been happier, and having a blog makes approaching the computer a wonderful adventure (and sometimes a time devouring distraction) each and every day.

So tonight I celebrate quietly, just a little post to say THANK YOU to all who read, and a little prayer that my camera is soon repaired and returned so normal posting may resume. And also to commemorate this important event it seems Blogger has taken it upon themselves to delete my each and every link. Just so glad to have an excuse now to spend more time here with all of you, replacing and editing and creating anew...after all, that's what it's all about.

Blessed be,

Aurora

5 Comments:

Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Cool. A year is quite an accomplishment. I'm a couple months behind you. I'm also looking forward to 100 posts, which will take me another nine months or so. You never told me where Luxury is. It's a hard one to google. Excuse the brevity, I'm very sleepy. Cheers, M.

11:10 PM  
Blogger LauraJ said...

I luuuurve you and all of your posts! Don't stop now baby, we've oonly just begun!
HAPPY BLOGIVERSAY!!!

7:28 AM  
Anonymous LeeAnn J. said...

Followed Nancie's blog over to yours because of the Akeela and the Bee quote. Thanks for another 'take' on life.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Bean said...

Congratulations on one year!! Lovely of Blogger to give you such a thoughtful gift! :(
I love reading your blog and seeing all your progress and gorgeous socks and wool colours! I was also quite inspired by your altars and tributes to the seasonal solstices. I think it would be something worth getting my kidlets involved in, and it gives me an excuse to do something I've wanted to do for a long time.
Again, thank you for your inspiration and I look forward to reading for another year!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I really enjoy your blog, and the fact that it isn't all knitting and fiber all the time is interesting. I've really enjoyed your camera free improvisations! Big hugs!

6:16 AM  

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