Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My First Blogoversary

Today is my 1st blogoversary! When I started this blog a year ago, I had no idea how much I was going to love going on this journey. As I’ve written before, this blog came along at a time in my life when I needed an outlet and it has been a great catalyst in my life. I’ve also been able to connect with some fantastic people from all around the world. I’m a Georgia girl, who came across the Atlantic and settled in England, and then kept traveling around the world everyday on this magic carpet that we call the blogosphere. I've met some great friends. What a ride! (smile)

During this past year, I have had lots of fun along with some low points, but in the end, it’s all been great to look back on the highs and lows. And it’s all been great to experience it all alongside my hubby Brit Boy.

Here are some of the things that I experienced and enjoyed sharing here on my blog during this first year of blogging:

April 2008 - I got my unlimited leave to remain visa, which allows me to settle here and that was a wonderful step. We celebrated our wedding anniversary and the visa by going to see the play “Speed the Plow” starring Jeff Goldblum & Kevin Spacey.

June 2008 – We went to Wimbledon... what a thrill that was. We attended the Nelson Mandela birthday concert and we were able to see him speak briefly which was very moving.

August 2008 – We went to the Madonna concert in Wales.

September 2008 – We went to the Stevie Wonder concert. He was amazing! Stevie Wonder is Brit Boy’s favorite singer, so my hubby’s grin was a mile wide during the concert (smile)

October 2008 – I was in the thick of trying to get my absentee ballot in for the election and after many attempts I got it in. This showed me that I have more persistence than I ever imagined. LOL.

December 2008 – We went to the Simply Red concert. And at the tail end of the month, I had my visit to the US Embassy and it turned out well. On that day, Brit Boy and I got separated twice and found each other again, but I discovered for the first time since I’ve been here that I’m still able to take care of myself. And that was a great turning point for me, since I’ve relied so heavily on my husband since I’ve been here. I loved that day! (smile)

Since the start of 2009, the big events have slowed down a bit, but it’s still been fun to share my life experiences with all of you my dear readers and commenters who make my day when you come to visit me. So I want to say a big thank you to you all!!!! (smile) This blog wouldn’t be what it is without you all. And thank you to all of my fellow bloggers for welcoming me into this world….what a pleasure!

When I looked back in order to write this post, I instantly had this song from the musical Rent in my head. I love this song and it makes me joyous because it celebrates what one year of life can be, even when we go through hard times here and there. So I hope you enjoy it and thanks to you all for supporting me…and I reciprocate that support in return…always! (smile)

32 comments:

Quilted Cavalier said...

Happy Blogoversary! Just like birthdays, they go by fast...

Mike Golch said...

Congrats on your first one!I hope that you are at it form many more years.

Kia said...

Happy Blogoversary! :) What a lovely blog you have! I'm an expat too (from Italy to Scotland) ;) Have a happy March! Cheers.

Ivanhoe said...

Happy Blogoversary, my dear friend! I'm glad I found you :o)

giftsofthejourney said...

Happy Blogoversary Dori!

Like Ivanhoe, I'm glad I found your blog.

Internation Musing said...

congratulations!.)
kindest
hans

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

Happy Blogoversary!! I hope you have many more!

Jenn Peacock said...

Happy blogoversary! It looks like you had a great year!

Deana Wilmink-Martina said...

Congratulations Dori!
So it's a year I'm visiting and reading your blog. How time flies when you have fun.

I have a f'ree report for you, that can help you make your second
blogoversary even better. You can grap it here: http://DeanaMartina.marketersmanifesto.com

Deana Wilmink-Martina

RE Ausetkmt said...

You Dorie have made it. one whole year telling us what made it fun and challenging. in the end it was all perfection.

You Dorie are now Officially A Blogger Dear.

Happy Blogoversary and Many Many Mannnyyy Posts More

btw, did you hear snow shut atl down last week. it was a laugh riot.

The Fitness Diva said...

Well, congratulations on this 1st blogaversary! These milestones are important. Enjoy it and keep on blogging! :)

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

On The Verge said...

Congratulations! Happy Blogoversary!

Lydia

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

What a year you have had and full of fun as well as ups and downs. Love your blog so I look forward to your next blogoversary!

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

Hey Dori,
Congrats on your blog birthday. Also you should be able to catch full episodes of Harlem Heights on www.bet.com

Can't wait to hear more of your adventures in Great Britian.

Jennifer said...

Happy blogoversary (such a great word -- like blogcation and blogosphere)! You've created a great place here.

Anonymous said...

Hello Dori,
I wish you many, many more years of sharing your adventures with us. Congratulations and thanks for giving us a piece of your way of living in a new land. :-)

jacqueline said...

Oops...Sorry Dori...
The above comment is mine. :-)

Roz Andrews said...

Congratulations! I always enjoy reading your blog and wish you all the best for the future,

Roz

Duni said...

Congratulations on your 1st blogoversary...hope there will be many more to come!
Wow...that's a lot of concerts in one year! I would have loved the Simply Red one ☺

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Yay! One year -- you're a pro. I'd have never guessed.


And thanks -- I just introduced Opening Act #1 to my favorite musical. He liked it.

Anne said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Lots of fabulous concerts!

I love Rent.

Mike Foster said...

First off, congratulations. And then: WOW! Looks like you had an amazing year, doing lots of cool stuff. Goal: let's have an even better 2009!

peace,
mike
livelife365
When you get a chance, please take a look at my new music video: Social Networking Blues

Dori said...

Thanks SO MUCH everyone!!!! :-) You are all great. I love blogging so much and I love the sense of community and friendship that I've found with you all. Have a fabulous weekend!!!! :-)

Census (aka Cen aka June.S) said...

Hi Dori

I have a little something for you on my blog
http://censloft.blogspot.com/

Regina said...

Happy Blogoversary!!!
I tagged you to celebrate it!!!!

Modern Mom said...

Congratulations and Happy Blogversary! Blogging is so fun I never thought I would enjoy it so much too. :D

Dori said...

Census aka June,
Thanks so much...I'll be picking it up :-)

Regina,
Thank you and I'll be getting my post up soon :-)

Modern Mom,
Thanks :-) I feel the same...blogging has become such a big part of my life too.

Alison said...

A belated congrats on your first blogoversary. I am just coming up to my second - time flies!

Dori said...

Alison,
Thanks so much and you're right...time does fly :-)

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, Dori, I can't believe I missed your blogoversary. Here's a belated congratulations.

You have touched my heart in so many ways especially when you speak about your Mother. I was thinking of you when I wrote that post about my Mother.

This is a very special blog in the blogosphere and here's to many more years.

Bruce said...

Dori,
A belated Blogoversary.
I started my Blog about 1 1/2 years ago on blogspot. I started it to journal my move and my life in the Philippines and hoped my friends and family would follow it. The sad part is none of my family evr visited. Even when I was discouraged I kept on blogging. I would get excited when I had 20 hits in a day and very few comments.
January 27 I finally bought my domain and with my Expat-Interview Interview and good luck it has grown in leaps and bounds. This week I started getting over 100 hits a day and many comments on most articles.
I do not see a site meter but I am sure your enjoyingyour popularity too.
No matter what, Keep on Blogging, your thoughts and views are important to us all.