20 August 2013

Lucky Number 7

Seven years ago today, I started this blog.  I had wanted to join some online swaps, and they encouraged having a blog if you were going to participate.  Plus, some of my knitting friends had blogs, and I enjoyed reading them, and finding out what they were knitting, what knitting books and yarns were out there, and just meeting new people in general who were interested in some of the same things I was.

I never expected to become one of "the" blogs that everyone read all of the time, but I was surprised when quite a few people became regular readers and commenters.  I really enjoyed posting, and the fact that others read what I wrote and would comment was pretty exciting (still is!).  As I mentioned in the previous post, with Facebook and Ravelry, a lot of people abandoned their blogs, and also seemed to stop reading others' as well.  But like anything else, new people came long, and new friends were made.  I know that I don't read many of the same blogs I read seven years ago, but I am still an avid blog reader, because I really enjoy the ones I do follow regularly.

And so, whether you have been here for all 7 years, or are here for the first time today, THANK YOU!  I love knowing that you are reading anything I write, and that on occasion you feel comfortable enough to comment or ask a question.  I have no plans to stop blogging anytime soon, so I hope if you like it here, you'll stick with me.

For those friends who I have met as a result of this blog or you own blogs, I hope you will know that I often feel closer to you than to many of the people I see and talk to each day!  And I do hope to someday meet as many of you in real life as I have the chance to - but even if that doesn't happen, I hope we'll stay friends.

Thanks also for your blogs - they keep me informed, inspired, entertained, and amazed!

You guys are the BEST!


In honor of my 7 years of blogging, I'm ready to give away packages of yarns and/or knitting books to at least 7 commenters here.  At the moment, they are not organized into packages, so I can't provide a lot of specifics, though I can tell you that the yarns are mostly wool or wool blends.

So, if you are interested:

Leave a comment on this post before midnight (Philadelphia, PA time) on August 24, 2013.  Please leave an e-mail address or Ravelry ID, since I don't usually get that from Blogger (which drives me nut, bthe way, but that's a post for another time).

I'll announce "winners" on Sunday, August 25, and once I have your address and everything together, a package will be on its merry way to you.

And whether or not you participate in this giveaway, let me just again say thanks for staying here with me!


Mereknits said...

I was so excited to wish you a Happy Anniversary or Blog Birthday before I read about the give-away, now I am very excited. I agree with you I love blog reading, it gives you a different relationship than facebook or instagram. There are real words, thoughts and feelings and the exchange between two people is wonderful. Seven years is amazing, well done.

Lorraine said...

Bridget- Your blog is like hanging with a dear friend (except there is no tea) and we've cried and had many laughs over the years.

Happy blogiversary my friend, and many more to you.

(Please don't enter me in the draw- I have yarn out my yinyang)

Bob & Phyllis said...

I love to read blogs. I tend to lurk because I'm not a big small talker and just posting "WORD" or "ditto" seems.... inane? banal?
Anyway, I have very much enjoyed reading your blog--I am here reading, even if I don't post.

I would love to participate in your giveaway. I'm bassetlover on Ravelry and my email is organizer2003 at yahoo dot com (no space between organizer and 2003 and do all the appropriate word/symbol replacements. ^_^).

sprite said...

Happy blogiversary, Bridget! May you still be writing seven years from now -- because I'll still be reading (and even occasionally commenting)!

Cynthia said...

Dear Bridget, I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Reading your book reports (I even read one book you had read, something about a woman who becomes a mail-order bride...can't remember much more than that right now), reading about your job. I've even been tempted to say I'll drive down to Philadelphia and let's go to Loop (I'm in the Princeton area...jump on 95 and you're there). Please keep blogging. It's a window into a person that one doesn't necessarily find on FB...which is a fine place but...Congratulations on 7 years. Cynthia (cnelson609@gmail.com)

Sheri B said...

Congratulations on 7 years of blogging - I have enjoyed reading your blog! Thank you for the celebratory giveaway! Sheri

garret said...

Wishing you a happy blog birthday too. Whenever I pause and reflect on the blogs I read and the people behind them, I always feel the same way that you do -- that they are like a member of my family. Thanks for writing all these years, and here's to another seven more!

email address: garretwaugh@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

I can't remember the first time I read your blog and don't even remember how I "found" it, but I liked what I read and catch all the new posts on my blog reader.

Keep writing, and I'll keep reading!

SissySees said...

... and many more! I love your book reviews too. I still read a lot of blogs, but have much less time to comment.

Your FB posts are entertaining too, but I am verbose and as such, prefer blogs. ;)

chan.moore (at) gmail (dot) com

Jenn said...

Happy blog birthday! I can't remember how I found your blog, but I'm very happy that I did. :D

Thank you for always being excellent. :)

Weirdypants at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I really enjoy your blog, Bridget. I love seeing the pictures & hearing the stories of your pets, The Tim, your neighborhood & vacations. Thanks for sharing.

And, 8/20 is an anniversary for me too! My wedding anniversary. 19 years!


KSD said...

Totally, completely our pleasure, Bridget. (And thanks for exchanging wits with Briton over KH!)

Sally said...

Happy Anniversary! I've been following you for a couple of years, though I don't think I've commented before.
Fibercrafter on Rav

Sue V said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Keep up the good work.

Marie said...

Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many, many more! Marie in Georgia (mdavis1ATmchsiDOTcom)

Jackie Craig said...

Happy blogiversary! I check in to your blog 2 to 3 times a week but seldom comment. I enjoy your posts and although I am an avid reader, I started reading your blog for the knitting! Hope you continue your blog for many years!