Today marks the 8th anniversary of Idaho Beauty's Creative Journey blog. I always enjoy looking back at that first post explaining my reason for starting a blog and my intention for it. All these years later, my reason for blogging remains the same as does my intention, and the practice has proved its value just as I had hoped. I feel an obligation to my readers which pushes me along during the less than enthusiastic times but also a real connection that makes sharing the ups and downs more than an exercise. Your comments buoy me up, make me think, offer solutions I'd not considered, help me stay on track, and just generally remind me I am not working in a vacuum. I love being able to share my journey with you.
With the demise of Google Reader earlier this year, there was almost panic among blog followers to find a replacement feed reader that worked as well. I tried several until I discovered The Old Reader which indeed was nearly a carbon copy of Google Reader. It became so popular so quickly that its developers soon became overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of subscribers and reluctantly announced that it would have to cut off the subscribers like me who had recently joined. Much gnashing of of teeth ensued as we reluctantly went back to trying out other readers. But I decided to hang in there, lay low in the hopes that somehow I would be overlooked and spared. I never lost my access, and later found that someone with more resources had stepped in to take over The Old Reader and we were all spared. Amazing that such a little thing caused so much anguish and for me, ended in a sigh of relief.
I bring this up because, with a few exceptions, I don't have a good idea of how my followers found me let alone how they actually keep up with my postings. Have you bookmarked my site and check each day or every few days to see if I've added anything new? Do you use a feed reader? If so, which one? Do you only pop over to read posts that I have linked to Facebook and you are one of my Facebook friends? And if you do actually read my posts from the web page itself rather than from a reader, do you ever follow the links I have in the sidebar?
Leave a comment telling me how you follow my blog, and sometime next week I will randomly pick a name from those commenting to receive a little anniversary gift from me. Whether you've just started following me or have been reading my posts since the beginning, I value that you have chosen to come along for the ride.