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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Why Would Anyone EVER Want To Read My Blog?

Believe it or not folks......TODAY marks ONE year since I started blogging! Happy ONE year blogga-versary to ME! :)

When I started this silly old blog, I simply had no idea what it would become. I belong to a wonderful private Internet mommy board, and several of these wonderful women had started these strange things called blogs. Being the ever "band wagon jumper" that I am, I couldn't resist not giving it a go myself, now could I? At the time, I saw it simply as a fun outlet for my brain clutter, and wondered that if I challenged myself enough, could I quite possibly stop the slippery slope which is otherwise known as "my memory". I found that I was forgetting so much more than I ever could remember knowing, and the the very thought of losing my memories of Sugar Bear's childhood scared me. I wanted a place where I could share my life experiences, and my constant thought process about such experiences, with my friends and family.

It never crossed my mind that I would become part of such a wonderful community of bloggers. I did not factor in my curiosity, and need to expand my limited culture. I love that I have the opportunity to read such a variety of blogs. It opens my eyes, and increases my ability to be a better person. I am forever grateful for that. Please take a quick look at my Blog Roll and see all the fabulous blogging friends I have. If you are not on there, and think you should be, please comment here, and I'll make sure to add you.

Oddly enough, even though this started out, as a blog to share with my friends and family, I find that few of them actually read it. It might be that I bore them with all the mundane details of my life on a daily basis, so reading my blog is the last thing they feel like doing to unwind. However, many of them just plain don't "get it". In fact, I have gotten many a query as to why ANYONE at all would bother to read my blog. I have tried to explain how fabulous I am, but they are just not buying it.

So....could you all do me a favor? Will you please help me out here? It would bless my heart, and tickle me silly if you could take a minute to share approximately when you started reading my blog, and why you have stuck around. If you are really bored enthused you could even share one of your favorite posts of mine. I am currently working on a link to "The Best of Corey", and your input would be muchly appreciated. What a great time this would be for the lurkers to say "Hello" as well. Don't be shy....we are all friends here. I love to follow people right back to their blogs. There is so much talent out there. Each and every blog I read meets a certain need in my life. I feel so blessed!

So here is to a WONDERFUL first year. I can't wait to see what this next one has in store for us here at Living and Loving Every Minute of It!

42 Live It or Love It:

kat said...

Happy Bloggerversary!

I don't quite remember when I started reading your blog but I think you stopped by first on my Cre8buzz site and said 'hello' and then I went to check out your site and your blog and I fell in love with your beautiful photographs.

I love reading about all the things that go through your head. And I love that you're not afraid to let sugar bear play in the mud ;-)

Here's to many more years of blogging! Cheers :)

AnnD said...

You've only been doing this for one year and you've generated such a following!! Wow! What an accomplishment. If ever you are in doubt of your talents, that should be a reminder of how amazing you are (and of how cute and adorable Sugar Bear is, of course). Congats Corey! You need to buy yourself something amazing; a new lens or a tripod or something!!! You deserve it!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Happy Blogaversary my sweet.
Wow, a whole year.

I think we first got to know each other around August/September last year. I think I remember seeing you at Cami's, and did you do a Mama Blogger writing piece??
Anyway, I just fell in love with your sense of humour, your passion for life and the fact that you see the big stuff, but you see the little stuff too.
I think we're similar people, and we're the same age and Miss M is the same age as Sugar, so we've gone through such similar stuff with them this year which I love.

You always make time for people, and I know you've been feeling a little disconnected lately, but we're still here and we still love you so stop worrying and relax. Enjoy your birthday. Enjoy all your friends, and here's to the next year.
I love you loads Cor. MWah.

Oh and I forgot your photos, they are amazing, and I've learned so much about taking my own from you.
And you are a wonderful writer. I love to read you.

Julie said...

Congrats on this milestone, Corey! Your blog is truly a joy to read, and we enjoy watching Sugar grow through the wonderful pictures you share.

Keep up the great work! :)

Megan Cobb said...

Hiya! I've been reading since October 2007. I love every one of your posts, but I guess my very faves fall under two categories. Your photography tutorials, and your posts about letting Sugar discover her world her own way, and how difficult it is but how important you believe it to be. In both of those two types of posts (of which I hope there will be many more!) your wisdom and gentle reminders enrich my life, Bean's life, Peanut's life, and make me a better parent and a better photographer. I'm here for the duration, girl. Got yourself a lifelong Corey fan.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the past year!

I can't remember when I first started to read your blog, but I was hooked from the very beginning. The combination of your words and pictures is just so lovely and engaging.

Keep up the great work!

tommie said...

I started reading when someone posted about your tutorials. I even blogged about it: Tuesday Update: Playing around with the camera

I stick around because your creativity behind the camera is inspiring. Your parenting style reflects mine. It encourages me when I feel like I am not doing it right.

Happy blogaversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary, Corey!

I've been reading since day one and look forward to each new post as it shows up in my google reader. lol.

I think what always draws me back to your blog is your amazing photography. I love looking at your pictures of Sugar as she's exploring and learning about the world around her. You've given me inspiration to try messy things with Bug like finger painting and Oobleck.

Keep up the great bloggin'!

:) said...

Corey, I don't remember how I got to your blog but a long time ago I got you onto my bloglines. Many blogs have been added and deleted since then but I have always kept yours on. If I had to give a reason I think it is because I have two little ones like Sugar and it's fun to hear about her growing up. You have some good advice to give and also because I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! I loved the photo tutorials.

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoverssary!! Very exciting Corey!

I'm not sure when I truly started reading your blog. I think I started browsing around October, but it was just after Christmas when it became a daily read. Right after your post on your parenting style (N is for Naughty or Nice). I was really struggling as you know with parenting Nate without my hubby around and your words really hit home.

Of course what first attracted me to your blog was the stunning photography. I just love it! Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us!

Beth Cotell said...

Congrats on one year! I love your pictures AND your words!

Misty said...

Happy Day to you!!!

I found you via cre8 Buzz some months ago! I loved your blog because you are honest and don't blog for shock value, I relate to what you say and being a photographer, LOVE your photos! I subscribe and read you every day, just may not always comment. :)

Autumn said...

Congrats my friend! You are so great at this blogging thing. I have been reading since the beginning. I found your blog because you sent me an email with a link.. tee hee.
I've read every entry, I keep reading because I can relate to you in so many ways. I love your parenting style, your love of and talent for photography amazes me.
You inspired me to start my own blog. I'm not on your blog roll by the way... Add me!

Deb said...

I think maybe the question should be, why would anyone NOT want to read your blog! :)

I think I started reading yours fairly soon after I started mine. I don't remember offhand how I found you, but I've been so glad that I did. Your photos, your creativity, your words - I love reading every post. I think my favorites are your alphabet series though.

Happy blogging anniversary - here's to many more of them, my friend! :)

CMB said...

Happy Anniversary! Congrats on 1 whole year. I started reading your blog earlier this year - not exactly sure of the month. My favorite posts are the ones with parenting advice. I need all I can get and you seem to have some great stuff. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember when I started reading...but I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to each new thought that comes out of your head!

You are very creative in many ways!

Thanks for writing!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Bloggaversary!

I remember when you were a baby blogger. I've been around since day one. I love what you do with this blog. And I love your banners!!! Your photography is inspiring, but even better- you can look back and watch your photography skills blossom.

Love ya Corey!

Anonymous said...

Happy Bloggaversary, Dear!

I come here, again and again, because you are real, your photography is wonderful, and I love your love of life and living of it!!

You are fabulous, girl. Keep it up!

Laura said...

When did I start reading? Oh...approximately, I don't one? LOL

Why do I read? Hmm...let me count the ways. First of all, I just love you to pieces. Secondly, your blog has shown me a new side of your writing skills. You have a brilliant ability to be pee-my-pants hysterical, but also so deep and reflective. And I LOVE your posts on parenting advice too.

My faves? Too many to count. But the apple guy project was classic. And I mentally refer many times to your post on discipline. Great stuff.

Heidi said...

Day one. I love the posts (writings) and pictures (of anything!!!!).

It's always a joy to read your blog!


Amy said...

I love looking at your photography. It gives me inspiration.

holly said...

year. right. whatever.

i can't remember when i first started reading you because haven't we both been doing this since the dawn of time? i don't remember a time when there was no corey to read. i don't think i want to remember such a time, so no regression therapy thanks.

as for favorites. oh gosh. that's a crazy big list.

i did love the photography tutorials. and i loved the jesus post (you know i'm a big jesus hearter). i love your stuff about encouraging sugar bear's sugar-bear-ness. i loved them ALL!

you're going to keep going, right? good. whew!

Maude Lynn said...

Congratulations on a year!

I'm not sure exactly when I started visiting here. It's your humor and your kindness that keep me coming back!

And, I still can't get over the apple guy!

Burgh Baby said...


I'm a big fan of your photography tutorials. So far, you haven't hit on much that I don't know, but I'm always looking for tips to improve.

we are reilly said...

I think I found you through a friend's blog and don't even remember where that was -- I think I've been reading your blog for at least 9 months now? Maybe closer to a year (right when I started too).

You got me hooked on the 'blackberry pie' entry -- remember, I copied it, but made it with blueberries -- I still get requests for that dessert! THANKS!

Anonymous said...

I <3 your blog! And somehow I have you in my reader but not blogroll. So this post brought that to my ASAP!

Happy Bloggy Birthday!

Jules said...

Wow, only one year? It seems like it has been much longer! I really enjoy everything you have to say! And the pictures of Sugar aren't too bad either! LOL! Your photography is absolutely amazing, and your writing is superb! My favorite post is actually one that is pretty recent....

I just love that one. So vivid and real. I have many favorites though, I'll have to keep digging through all of the Corey goodness!

I have been around since Day One, and have enjoyed every single post of yours! Congrats on one year of bloggy greatness!

Anonymous said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! I'm glad y'all are apart of the blogosphere. I certainly enjoy visiting! Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia said...

Well happy Blogversary! I can easily tell you why I read your blog (aside from the fabulous pics) I aspire to your parenting philosophy. There are time when I feel I am losing it, and I think of the posts you have done about getting along with Sugar Bear. Somedays it's hard, but your blog helps:)

Carolyn said...

Yippee!!! Happy Bloggaversary!!!!!!

(Was that enough of these!!!!!?)

You are awesome and I'm super tired, so I can't remember when I started reading your blog. Sometime shortly after I started blogging... oh wait. I think the first post I ever read of yours was N... Is For Naughty of NICE? Which, incidentally, is also one of my favourite posts.

Well look at me! Two birds with one stone. Have a great day, eh!

Anonymous said...

I think we met through TNChick's Photo Hunt and your parenting post "N... Is For Naughty or NICE" made me sit up and pay attention (not for myself, though, lol). I keep coming back because I like your attitude and your photography, of course. That's the short answer to a hard question... I don't even know why I blog. Happy bloggin' b-day!

Unknown said...

I can't remember, I think I started reading your blog in December.
I look out for your posts now!! I love your work

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

Congratulations Corey! A whole year of loveliness, so glad to have been blessed with the opportunity to partake. =)

Kimberly Vanderhorst said...

p.s. No idea when I started reading - sorry! I've been a come and goer on all the blogs I read sadly (chaotic year), but what draws me back is your sweetness. The pictures and words to go with are lovely, but it your loveliness that makes me come back for more!

Anonymous said...

I started reading a few months ago. Initially, I found your pictures inspiring and loved the photography tutorials.

I have also come to enjoy reading about your adventures with sugar and your parenting style.

Hanlie said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

A lot of my friends and family also don't read my blog... Can't think why!

I started reading here in January or February after asking Jeanette for advice about photography. She referred me to you. I love your pictures and the way you're raising your child.

My favorite posts are the parenting ones, as well as the photography tutorials.

Keep it up, we're lapping it up!

eastcoastlife said...

Happy Blogaversary!!

I visit once a week during Photo Hunt and I love your pictures.

Misty DawnS said...

HUGE congratulations to you! I just found your blog when David (authorblog) did your interview. I LOVE your photography.

Julie B said...

Congrats on your year!
I just discovered your blog, and it's definitely been on my "to read" list. When reading your blog, I felt an instant connection-in your parenting beliefs and down-to-earth personality. Plus add the fact that I could use some tips in photography!

Looking forward to reading more-and commenting more once I can get my head out of schoolbooks next weekend :)

Jennifer Powell said...

Hi Corey, I started reading your blog probably in the summer of 2007, maybe July? That was when I really ramped up my own blog. I don't remember how I found you, wish I did. I'd say one of my favorite posts was the one where you did the shadow pictures. I know there were others, but they escape me now. Take care and happy anniversary!

Cath said...

Wow is it really a year for you? congratulations.

I think I started reading you late Feb 08. I only started blogging in Feb and this was one of the first blogs I came to. I love why you blog. I totally "get" it.

But I'm not on your browse list! Don't you browse me no more Corey? :0S

It's hard to keep things up to date I know. And it's been a while since I've been over to you so I'm as bad...

Here's to another year of you!

Michelle said...

I'm so behind! Happy (belated!) blogiversary to you! I honestly don't remember when I started reading your blog; I think you left a comment on mine and that's when I started reading - but it's all such a blur! LOL

I kept reading because I just love your photographs - especially of Sugar; she is beyond adorable! I also like your writing style and when you hit on the "deeper" breastfeeding and your decision to send Sugar to preschool.

I'm glad you decided to blog and pooey on those who don't get it :)

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