Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's My Blog-iversary!


Has it really been a year?  This site has gone through some changes since it started, and so have I. I'll explain.

I started my blog as a way to hopefully help others through daily quotations.  I didn't want it to be about me, but rather a place where people could drop by for a dose of inspiration through the words of others much wiser than myself.  I had hoped to meet a few people along the way, and was happy with the occasional comment as an affirmation that people were actually reading and getting something from it. In reality I'm sure I was doing it as much for myself as for others.

Over the next five months I gradually felt like I was returning to myself again and the blog needed to take a new direction.  So at the end of August I posted 'Gangsta Kat', followed a few days later by my first essay.  And I began to connect with people more than I ever had with the quotations I was posting.  What I found was that many people relate on a much more personal level to the experiences and opinions of their peers than they do to words from the wisest philosopher.

Fast forward to today and I can honestly say this has been one of the most amazing, fulfilling things I've ever done.  I've discovered many things over the past year, perhaps the most important of which is if you really want to make a difference in life you don't need to move mountains, just people.

 I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet all of you, wherever you are.  I've been reminded of things I take forgranted and learned so much more in the process, often from those much younger than myself.  There's a tremendous amount of wisdom and compassion out there; I think the world is in good hands.

Although my blog has been a great creative outlet for my poems, stories and essays my focus is still very much on you, truth is I write as much for all of you as for myself.  Nothing makes me happier than to hear what you have to say, whether it's about my words or sharing your own.

This won't change; in the year to come I'll be having more guest posts, more giveaways, more ways to get all of us involved and hopefully grow a little closer together.  Secret Fridays will continue.  And although it was a hard hit on my time and pocketbook, I plan to run Bloggers over Borders again as it seemed to shake things up a little.  Those who know me best know I like to do that.

I want to thank each and every one of you for making Life in Quotations what it is.  Without your encouragement and feedback it would have remained an on-line collection of quotations with pictures.  Instead it's become a place where I can share ideas, emotions and incredible conversation with friends. 

Here's to my first year.  And here's to you.

16 comments:

  1. Happy blog anniversary Barry... cheers!!!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary, Barry! Again, you get a wink and a smile, even though I'm a bit winking challenged. ;)

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  3. Happy blog-iversy Barry!! May you be in blogville for many years to come.

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  4. Aww! This was so incredibly heart felt and moving, Barry. Happy Blogiversary! I'm excited for what the next year holds for this lovely blog.

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  5. Happy Anniversary...

    You are such a genuine soul and I think this is why people continue to come back to your corner of the internet...

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  6. Awwww! Happy Blogiversary!!! *hug!*

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  7. YAY!! COngrats Barry! Its amazing how fast time goes right? Even though I have not been here from the start, I hope to be here till the end.

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  8. Ohh Happy Blogivesary!! I've learned so much from you that I can't begin to describe. It's so enjoyable to see how you percieve life. Thank you for writing & pretty please keep going for another year & so forth! =)

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  9. Wow, Barry! Congratulations. How cool is that? :) I'm so glad to be a part of it.

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  10. Happy Blog-o-versary!!! I'm so glad there are bloggers like you out there!

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  11. Congrats on your one year blog birthday :) How fun! Mine was just last month and I never ever posted about it. Does that make me a bad blogger? haha

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  12. Happy Anniversary! Here's to you!*raises coffee mug in air*

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  13. Blogiversaries are so very exciting! Congrats to you :)

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  14. there was a saying that its better to be late than never..lol happy blogiversary..:)and have a happy blog

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