Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cheers!


Today is a special day for me…know why? Today is the one-year anniversary of Catching Happiness, and coincidentally, this is my 100th post. I’ve had a blast getting this thing up and running, and I’ve also learned a few things in the past 12 months. Things like:
  • Take your camera everywhere. It’s much easier to take tons of pictures and doctor them up in Picasa than to search high and low on free stock photo sites for an appropriate photo for a blog post. It’s also more fun.
  • Don’t simultaneously make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch and attempt to take photos for the blog. Your first clue that you’ve forgotten the sandwiches will be the smell of burning bread.
  • Slow down and pay attention to what’s around you. The butterfly sipping from the red penta in the front yard is beautiful just for itself, but it may also make you think of something to write for the blog.
No butterfly, but if you look closely, there's a bee here.
  • Don’t expect every little thing you observe to be of interest to blog readers. I have half a dozen infant blog posts on my computer that I began in my enthusiasm, and soon realized no one but my mother would care about this particular observation—and maybe not even her.
  • Sometimes the best posts just “come to you.” The ones you labor over to get just right don’t always resonate with the readers the way the ones that appear nearly finished in your brain do.
  • When in doubt, post a picture of a cute animal.
You're welcome.
  • Residents of the blogosphere are, in general, friendly and funny folks. It’s a rare day that I don’t read a blog post or a comment that teaches me something, entertains me or just simply makes me happy.
Thank you for a great year!

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28 comments:

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy,

Congratulations on your first anniversary. I enjoy your blog very much, and I learn a lot from reading it.

Kathy

Claire M said...

Congratulations on this milestone! I'm so glad to have connected with you in the blogsphere and Laure's classes. I love to find a new post on your site.

P.S. I recognize your wine glasses -- the same ones I got for my wedding over 30 years ago! They still make them - they're classic.

Meredith said...

Congratulations, Kathy! I'm so glad you made the decision to start your blog a year ago today. I raise my glass to you and your fantastic writing.

Here's to another year of great posts. :)

Elizabeth Smith said...
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Elizabeth Smith said...

(Ahem... had to fix my horrible spelling)

Congratulations!! I've enjoyed reading your words over the past year - and received information, inspiration, and several *Aha* moments! :D

Elizabeth

P.S. I have those same glasses, too!

kerridowd said...

Congrats! It just makes me happy to see you doing this. Your blogs are fresh and inspiring, and they make me feel like I'm sitting there with you with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee... without the 3,000 miles that separate us. Love you!

Bill Palmer said...

Kathy,

Congratulations! Your blog is a breath of fresh air. You obviously work to create a satisfying experience, both in terms of the crafting of words, and in terms of visual appeal. Great work!

Laure Ferlita said...

Happiest of anniversaries to you, KJ!! It's been wonderful to have your posts to look forward to. As you've mentioned, I usually leave your post having learned something and often with a smile!

Looking forward to what the next year brings!

freebird said...

Happy Blogiversary! Yes, a cute animal picture will get just about any reader's heart. This one was a cutie.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Kathy--thank you very much. I'm so glad you enjoy reading it. I learn a lot from writing it!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Claire--thank you, and I look forward to taking more of Laure's classes with you.

Those glasses were a wedding present to us 22 years ago!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I'll drink to that, Meredith! It's been so much fun, and I've learned so much from blogging. Thank YOU for being a part of the education.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Elizabeth--We should start a wine tasting club with Claire--too bad she's in CA.

I'm so glad you've enjoyed the blog. I've learned a lot from yours, as well.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Yo, Kerri! I wish you were here to celebrate with me. Even though we are 3000 miles apart, we can be a little closer through the virtual world. It helps a little, doesn't it?

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Laure--More than anyone else, I have you to thank for getting me started and keeping me going. I appreciate your friendship and encouragement more than I can say. I'm looking forward to what the next year brings for both of us.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Timaree--I follow my dog around with camera hoping to score! I think she's a real cutie (as everyone has gathered already), and she's a really big part of my happiness.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

Hi Kathy - congratulations on 1 year and 100 posts. I enjoy reading your blog very much and often learn new things from it. And I really like your writing style. I look forward to the next year of your blog and to taking more of Laure's classes with you!

Andrea said...

Congratulations, Kathy. What a beautiful and refreshing website!
Hope you have a wonderful year ahead! --Andrea K.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Great to hear from you, Bill! Thanks so much for your kind words about the blog. It's really fun to do and a challenge, sometimes. Hope all is well with you.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cheryl--thank you so much! I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog, and I look forward to taking more classes with you, and watching your progress on your blog.

Krista Meister said...

Happy blogversary, Kathy! You've learned some profound insights over the year and its been nice to see how your blog has grown in time.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thank you, Krista. I hope the next year brings more insights to all of us!

Elizabeth Patch said...

Happy Happy Anniversary Kathy! I'm so glad you decided to create such a positive place to visit in the blog-o-sphere!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Elizabeth--thank you! Coming from you, that means a lot, because your blog is so positive.

"JeanneG" said...

Happy blog anniversary.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thank you, Jeanne!

Kelly said...

Haha!! Good one...and the cute animal is really cute!!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thanks, Kelly! We think she is, anyway!