This Friday’s post will be a Secret Subject Swap. But it’s also a special occasion for me. One year ago, on June 14th, 2012, in my very first blog post I asked the question: Can I Blog? My older son answered with: “I think you can do anything you set your heart to”. My younger son gave this blog it’s name. Reisa gave me a nudge. Julie, Kathy and Melinda then gave me that final push off of this particular cliff. I told them then: “it’s yet to be seen whether I thank you or curse you on the way down!”
So it’s been a year of thanks and of curses. And I still ask that same question: Can I Blog?
The second goal was for 100,000 blog page views by my blogoversary. Page views are impacted by a number of things. One important factor is how often you blog. Fresh content brings more eyes. I know people who post daily. I’m in awe of them, but I’m just not that prolific. I only post twice a week, lowering by quite a bit my ability to reach my goal. But I do offer recipes, meant to entice (so much nicer word than bribe, don’t you think) people to return.
Did I reach this goal? Just barely, with only a little over week to spare. But here's the truth; it doesn’t matter. Because I ended up with something far more valuable to a blogger than page views. I have a voice. I have an outlet. And I have a community. People read this blog and then actually come back (of their own free will).
My biggest accomplishment is not the 5 writing features, 6 recipe features, 35 online publication features, 9 guest posts and website features, 39 awards bestowed by fellow bloggers or even my having been published in a book. It’s this:
★ There are people who interact regularly on this blog's Facebook page. They save me from feeling like I’m talking to no one. I recognize their names when they pop up and I love their comments. ★
❤ There are also bloggers I’ve come to rely on along the way. There’s Michele, my first blogger friend and my steadfast supporter. And Stacy, Meg, Bonnie, Sarah, Sarah, Marcia, Mary and far too many more to mention. ❤
★ There are family members and longtime friends who read from the beginning and continue to follow. They are my blogging back bone. ❤
To all who’ve read, commented, encouraged and supported me this past year, whether I know you or will never meet you, I extend my gratitude. Because, although my son told me "just do it for yourself, Mom", the truth is that if no one reads, I don’t want to write.
Catie Cocktail, slushy
My long time friend Laurie (who I've known since High School) has 4 beautiful children. Her oldest daughter, now married, happens to share her birthday with my blogoversary. So in honor of both women, today's recipe is a (Happy Birthday) Catie Cocktail.
(Happy Birthday) Catie Cocktail
3 cups lemonade (I used pink lemonade)
8 oz vodka
6 oz orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec, Patron Citronge)
2 oz Amaretto
a splash of orange juice
a splash of lemon juice
*Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.
*Serve cold (upper picture) or freeze till it gets a little slushy (lower picture).