Monday, March 24, 2008

What Century Is It?

A Word In Edgewise turns the ripe old age of one hundred today (i.e. 100 posts)

There were times when I thought I'd reach this milestone in only a couple of weeks. This was when the ideas and words would flow effortlessly. Times when I wanted to put two or three posts up in a single day just to get all the words out.

Then there were the lean days, the ones when it seemed as if a hundred posts would take years to get to. I'm sure most of you can relate to this part of the equation at some point of your writing. You want to write something, but the words don't come. Man oh man is that frustrating.

Having experienced both sides of that spectrum, I've come to the conclusion that blogging is much like any other activity in life. Some days will be rich and rewarding, while others end up falling short of our hopes and expectations. Some days we will realize our fifteen minutes of fame when recognition for our humor, imagination, poignant words or some other such thing happens. On the flip side we may find days that feel disappointing to us because our words didn't produce the comments or type of discussions we had hoped for.

There really isn't any right or wrong, better or worse to any of this. It simply is, what it is.

I wonder what the next hundred posts will look like? Honestly, I have no idea, but I have a feeling they will look much like the previous ones. Stories, pictures, thoughts, games and so forth I suppose. I have no agenda with this site, and I like the freedom of that.

One of the things I enjoy the most about this community is the diversity of you all. In my typical day to day routine the chances of meeting and conversing with people from so many different walks of life would be slim at best. Yet here, we are introduced and connected to each other through our blogs. That's pretty darn cool if you ask me.

I considered listing and linking each of your sites here with a few words about why I like to visit them, but I worried that this would turn into a forty-five minute read. Then, I feared mentioning only a few of them would be unfair to the one's that weren't listed, so I decided to do neither and cover it with a blanket statement.

Every one of you has significance to me. You're not just a URL or a blog name, you're a living breathing individual that has become a part of my world. Your posts are kind of like a virtual coffee table that we sit across from one another at. They display a piece of who each of you are and your willingness to take a chance by showing the world bits and pieces of your lives, and that my friends, is not as common as we might think. Laughter, pain, challenges, joy, silliness, strife, anger, bewilderment, awe, excitement,...etc. It's all there in the words you pen and the photos you display day in and day out.

To those of you that frequent my humble little blog, from the bottom of my heart, I say, "Thank You." What a terrific bunch of friends you've become. Here's to all of you and to the next 100. Let's enjoy them together.

39 comments:

Matt-Man said...

Congrats Jeff...Don't stop writing. It has been a pleasure reading your posts. Cheers my good man!!

Jeff B said...

Matt- No worries, I feel like I'm just getting warmed up now.

Dana said...

Some days we will realize our fifteen minutes of fame when recognition for our humor, imagination, poignant words or some other such thing happens.

Well Jeff, mark today as one of the "good" days, which I would dare say are far more frequent than "bad" days on your blog. I really enjoy my time sitting across from you at the virtual coffee table. I, too, look forward to the next 100 posts!

Bond said...

WOOO CONGRATS JEFF....100 is a milestone...so many blogs are begun and never reach that point.

Glad we connected this year...I do enjoy coming here to read...

My fav reads on my sidebar will never become one of those pull down menus...because i like the fact that i have added a word or two about each site...it makes it more personal...

You are the regular guy who finds the world amusing and you amuse us with your take on it all...

Keep it up my friend

Ron said...

Ditto to YOU, Jeff!!

It's been an awesome time, getting to share with you!

I look forward to reading another 100 posts.

(damn...that's GREAT...I'm only at 75!?!!?)

Enjoy your day, bud. And thanks for the THANKS!

Leighann said...

100 Congrats to you my friend! Your post says what a lot of us think about this crazy blogging world.

Mimi Lenox said...

Your post made me smile. What a great tribute to the joys of blogging. I love the coffee table analogy. We are glad to call you our friend, Jeff.

Here's to one hundred more! and more...and more....

Jeff B said...

Dana- After re-reading this post, I hope I didn't sound too downcast about some of the "off" days I've had. Sometimes I've put a post out there and figured everybody on the planet would flock here to check it out only to find that I had let my arrogance get in the way.

Having my ego deflated on occasion is good for balance I guess.

I don't know if I've really had a bad blogging day, just ones that didn't finish the way I envisioned they would. Always glad to share a cup with you.

Bond- It's unfortunate that some don't stick it out, but that is common in all things I suppose. The couch is a nice place to sit as well.

Ron- 75 or 100 doesn't really matter. The friendships that develop in those numbers are what count to me. Love your nuttyness my friend.

Jeff B said...

Leighann- It's a crazy world indeed. Probably why I feel so at home here. Keep that lasso spinning.

Mimi- Thank you. I always walk away from your blog with feeling like I've just sharred a cup of coffee with a dear friend. From smiles to tears, you cover a lot of emotions.

Anndi said...

Congrats Darlin'!

It takes courage to open up... whatever the topic may be.

I really like having you as my bloggosphere neighbor...

Akelamalu said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

Of course having only just found your blog recently I haven't read them all! ;)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Congratulations Jeff. I do enjoy my visits here and will await the next 100 posts. Have a great day. :)

Gene Bach said...

100 posts and I'm still waiting for you to type something worth reading. You're a loser.


With all the nice things said about you I figured I'd try and be the counter balance. :-)

katherine. said...

way cool on 100....looking forward to the next 100...we have enjoyed getting to know you!

The Mountain Cat said...

Happy 100! Willard Scott will be contacting you soon.

Jeff B said...

Anndi- Transparency in ones feelings is the quality I admire most in others. It's something I think you have a firm command of.

Akelamalu- I hope you decide to stick around for the next 100.

Sandee- Whenever I need a chuckle I can count on your blog providing one. It's great to have you on board.

Gene- You're still upset over the cheese on the inside bagles aren't you. Actually I did invent those and I'm hording all the money for myself. Bwahahaha

Your kind words are like sweet music to my ears...kind of like "The Sound of Music"!

Katherine- Outside of Gene who we won't count, you have been here since the begining. Thanks for all the great convesations along the way. I hope to finally get to meet you this summer on our trip south.

M Cat- I'll be eagerly awaiting his call...or are you just saying I'm a couple of frys short of a Happy Meal. Either way thanks for joining the list of usuall suspects.

CrystalChick said...

I love this post. You have a very genuine way of putting things and people respond to that.
100 posts... wooo hoooo
When I read this I thought, 'ooh, I wonder when that will be for me?', and I checked and found to be wayyy beyond that (how did that happen so fast?) so now I guess I will try and remember to post something commemorating my one year anniversary sometime this August.
I absolutely love blogging, some of the pages I come across are just wonderful. And of course it's nice when someone visits me and leaves a nice comment too.

Keep doing what ya do! It's appreciated and makes many smile. :)
Peace, Mary

Mel said...

*fluffs up the couch pillow and hands over the empty cup*

Black--no cream or sugar, thankyouvermuch.

*looking around*
The place looked good when katherine drug me over here....and it's STILL lookin' good!

:-)

Can we have popcorn and a party next 100, please?
I'll bring balloons!

(((((((( Jeff )))))))))))

Congratulations!

Mel said...

k........she didn't really 'drag' me over here..LOL

I snuck in, helped myself to the coffee and just--- stayed!


I'm sure it's the mean cuppa coffee that gets served.
*nodding*

katherine. said...

oh puleeeeezzzzz

mel was reading thru my comments and found a kindred spirit...and plopped herself down on your couch all by her little self....

I never drag anyone anywhere...okay...that's a boldface lie...but still...

**pulls up the ottoman...hands over the cup and saucer**....sugar and coffeemate por favor...pass the popcorn Miz Mel.

Roger said...

Congrats Jeff heres to a 1000 more!!

Travis said...

I think that might be one of the best milestone posts I've read.

Congrats!

But lest you think I'm no longer silly...

**tosses confetti and flaming walnuts while juggling leprechauns and singing in the rain**

bindhiya said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Jahooni said...

Can I give you 100 pats on your butt for this? hee hee ;)~

Jeff B said...

Mary- From meeting you over cleft pallate stories I knew you were someone special.

Mel- Popcorn and a party it is, but no baloons please. I have a fear of the little things.

Yeah, big tough contractor is affraid of balloons...weird huh?

At least you weren't kicking and screaming when you got drug here.

Katherine- Can you hand me a napkin. Mel's got goobers on her white cup again.

Roger- Now that's an ambitious goal! I always enjoy your sense of humor my friend...warped and twisted, just like someone else I know.

Travis- Man am I glad you didn't come up with that line for the comment story. I will never underestimate your ability to be silly. Thanks too for the writing pointers along the way.

Bindhiya- Thank you. I'll be sure to come by and visit you too.

Jeff B said...

Jahooni- Now that's worth turning 100. You are a wild woman!

Annie said...

I'm glad it's the blog and not you that has reached 100. I'd like to think you'll be around for a very long time yet.

jennifer said...

Aww, You have a great way with words. Keep writing - I am new to your blog and newish to blogland, I want to read the next 100 (and will probably spend some time digging through the last 99 as well).
Could I get a diet coke out of the fridge instead of coffee? And I thought cookies would be nice too. I baked these especially for you. They are your favorites I believe.....

Jen

Jeni said...

Well, Happy 100th blog post birthday, Jeff!
If you've had bad or rough days posting, judging by the material I've seen you put up here, it's definitely not evident to the blog community reading your stuff. You always do a great job!
Keep it up now and before you know it, you'll have another "blog post birthday" on your hands!

Mel said...

*using spit on the finger to rub off the goobers*

Dang things......

And she stole the popcorn!
Make her share, dangit.

*happily sippin' coffee*

Yep, kickin' and screamin' she drug me here.....

(has a need to be a victim this morning....LOL)

buffalodickdy said...

Congrats on 100th! When I hit that number, I went back and read my earier stuff, just to see how I was evolving...

Sandi McBride said...

Jeff, congratulations on 100 posts...(picture me lifting my coffee cup, later tea cup to you) (opps,clinking coffee cups, chipped china...darn) I know exactly what you mean...the words either get stuck between "there was this" and "but the main thing is"...and you make so many friends, actual friends, who help you see clearly what you intended all along. Thank you for your comments when you visit...they are appreciated and valued. As you are. I may be a new visitor, but I'm gonna be a frequent flier!
Sandi

Odat said...

Happy milestone! I'm glad I've had the chance to have many cups of coffee with you! It's been a delight.
Keep up the good work Jeff!
Peace

the teach said...

Congratulations, Jeff! I feel very lucky to know you and be a part of this community too! You are indeed a good friend! Don't worry about the ups and downs - it's just like life! :) Keep up the creative and talented work!

nitebyrd said...

Congratulations, Jeff. Your post echos many of my feelings about blogging. I'm very glad that you'll carry on and continue to look forward to your next 100 (and more) posts as much as the rest of us will.

Jeff B said...

Annie- Tell ya what, I'll keep writing if you'll keep snapping those beautiful pictures.

Jennifer- A diet coke will be just fine. It's all good. You baked peanut butter cookies...yum.

Jeni- Not really bad or rough ones, just times when I didn't feel as inspired to write. Those days seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

Mel- OK if you two girls can't behave I'll have to seperate you. Sheesh...kids.

Buffalo- I haven't done that yet, but plan to as well. It should be interesting. From good eats to good stories, it's fun to read your stuff.

Sandi- Glad to know you'll be flying the friendly skies over here. I'll look forward to getting to know you more.

Odat- I know you've been through a lot this year. I'm really glad you have decided to stay connected to this blogging community. Four more days of work and then it's freedom!

Teach- Our first encounter taught me a great deal about respect and understanding. I reflect on it often and truly value your friendship.

Nitebyrd- From your warped sense of humor to your no BS ways of who you are, it's been a pleasure getting to know you.

Akelamalu said...

I'll be back frequently :)

Desert Songbird said...

Is my coffee still warm? Sorry I just got here.

I'm so glad I found your blog, Jeff. You are all of the things you said and more. It's a delightful experience to visit here.

Here's to hundreds more!

Jeff B said...

Akelamalu- Glad to hear that. There's always something different here to look at.

Songbird- Just put on a fresh pot to brew; pull up a chair. Thank you my dear for the nice words. The feeling is mutual and I love how you speak from the heart on your blog.