Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Still Here?





So, Square Sunshine reaches its first birthday. Who'd have thought it?

I've been on quite a journey. When I began posting, I wanted the blog to evolve around 'the thoughts and observations of a grandfather', but I didn't anticipate that would eventually include trying my hand at poetry or delving into the family photograph album for Sepia Saturday contributions. 

Originally, the intention was to focus on being a grandfather and what that role can entail. Regular visitors will know that Mags and I are proud grandparents to three beautiful girls. Speckly Woo! aged three and a half and identical twins (Curly and Whirly) aged 15 months. They have been, and continue to be, an inspiration, so there should be plenty more posts to come, where they have centre-stage.

In these past twelve months I've learnt a lot, not least, about myself. I've also learnt a great deal about the lives of people around the world who share their wonderful talents and ideas through their own blogs. But aside from the offered insights, the documented domestic details and the eloquent expression, there's a sense of community. Yes, blogging is a two-way street folks. I have been bowled over by the high percentage of comments that have been thoughtful and encouraging. I won't embarrass any individuals by naming names, but there are those out there who have given valuable support (perhaps sometimes, unknowingly) to my efforts with kind words and constructive advice. So, a big thank you to them.

I don't know where the coming twelve months might lead but, rest assured, the sun will continue to shine squarely in this little corner of blogland.



© 2010, copyright Martin T. Hodges

16 comments:

  1. Well, Happy Blogoversary!!! You blog like such a veteran, I assumed you had been blogging for years and years. And I am quite shocked to hear you only just tried you hand a poetry, since you write like a veteran poet, as well. It's been a joy to get to know you, Martin. I feel quite the same way about this wonderful blogging community.

    (Hey, weren't Nelly Forbush's hips named "Whirly" and "Twirly" in South Pacific?)

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  2. Happy one year! How wonderful! I have certainly enjoyed your sepia pictures and your wonderful poetry! And you always say such kind things to me on my own blog! :)

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  3. Happy Birthday to Square Sunshine! This blog thing is amazing, releasing so many closeted poets, writers, and photographers. But as long as we use our powers for good . . .

    Looking forward to another year of your blog, Martin!

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  4. Happy Blogbirthday. I don't always post a comment but I haven't missed many of your postings. Good luck for the future.

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  5. Happy Blogday. Like Lynne I don't always comment, but rarely miss your entertaining posts and so enjoy your beautiful poetry.

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  6. Martin, Congratulations on one full year of blogging! It has been a pleasure to follow your thoughts and musings here, and I've so enjoyed everything that you have shared. I really look forward to coming back for more... as always, it will be delightful.

    Nevine

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  7. Happy One-Year Anniversary to you, Martin; you are a most welcome addition to the blogosphere!

    It really is a fantastic and nurturing community we find on Blogger, isn't it? I'm actually quite amazed that Blogger seems quite exclusive - rarely does a Wordpress blog, for example, intersect with the blogspot blogs, I find. This makes us feel like one big neighbourhood.

    I know that we will most likely only have the rarest opportunity to meet fellow-bloggers in the real world, but I'd like to think that we endeavour to treat others in this online community the way we would our actual neighbours and friends. I definitely consider you a friend.

    All the best in your future growth on "Square Sunshine", Martin. I know I'm not alone in saying that I thoroughly enjoy my visits and hope they continue for many more years.

    Kat

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  8. Happy blog anniversary, Martin--your blog is welcoming & entertaining--many happy returns!

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  9. Congratulations! I totally agree with what you say about the blog community and the friends we make here. And I'm delighted you're carrying on blogging - I enjoy your pictures and your words - a genuinely creative mind at work.

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  10. Martin, at first I thought maybe this was your Blog resignation post. i was relieved to see that you intend to continue. Congratulations!

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  11. Happy Blogger-versary! I've only been following you for a little while, but I enjoy your blog and your comments to mine! Keep on writing and taking chances.

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  12. Congratulations, Martin! Not only have you consistently posted high-quality blogs of a variety of types, but you have also built up quite a little fan club. You deserve lots more fans!

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  13. Thank you everyone, for your kind words and continued support. It means a great deal.

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  14. A belated happy birthday Martin. It has always been a pleasure reading your blog - long may we all continue to enjoy it.

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  15. hello martin. thank you so much for visiting my blog yesterday. i agree with much of what you wrote in your post about blogging--i too have found it much more rewarding than i thought it would be, and have found unexpected support and virtual "friendship" through blogging.

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  16. Oh happy birthday!! And here's to many more years of Square Sunshine.

    Julie xx

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