I Never Thought 

I never thought.

I wonder how many times in my life I’ve said those words, or at least had them run through my mind. I suppose we all have at some point. LIfe surprises us in so many ways that it’s hard not shake our heads and say, I never thought…..

One year ago today, I cautiously submitted my first post here. Quite honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought about blogging for several years but didn’t know what the point was. I have opinions. I’ve done some writing. I could point out the bizarre things we see in life each day and if I wanted to have some fun, I could vent. The problem was, lots of other people were doing the same thing and doing it much better than I ever could. So why bother?

I don’t know if there was one thing that finally triggered it but I know that the idea of writing whatever I wanted, in whatever way I wanted, without consideration of an audience, appealed to me. There was a sense of freedom in that knowledge. There still is.

I never considered followers. I didn’t know what that meant or how to attract them. I read that people made money blogging but I also know that if you’re writing with the intent to make money, you’ll more than likely be disappointed. So I pretty much laughed at that consideration.

No, the attraction for me was simply to write, though I had no earthly idea what I was going to write about. I’d read that bloggers should have a niche or there will be difficulty attracting followers. Well, I knew I didn’t want to be pinned down into writing about just one thing and since followers weren’t something I’d probably never have, I decided I’d just write about whatever came to mind. So I have.

I’ve written about things that have caused me shake my head, get angry or make me laugh. I’ve done some creative writing, though not nearly enough, included some topics on music and vented whenever I needed to get something off my chest.

But I never thought I’d find a community of caring, creative and talented people, as I have here. That has been as surprising to me as anything. I thought at some point a few people I know might begin to read out of curiosity and they might tell a few more and soon I’d have enough people following me to fill up the back seat of my car.

I never thought I would have several hundred followers, learn so much from them or enjoy the interaction of thoughts and humor (Paul) we’ve shared. I realize that’s a modest number of people compared to others, but when you reach into your pocket expecting to pull out change and find a few hundred instead, you feel like you’ve won the lottery. That’s sort of how I feel.

The year has had its share of moments, as most do. I never thought when I began this blog that my grandson, Matthew, would be diagnosed with lymphoma and this one year blog anniversary would fall, almost to the day, of his last chemo treatment.
As a result of his cancer diagnosis, I haven’t posted much in the last few months. When something difficult comes into your life, I imagine that for some, writing might become an outlet, a way to express what they’re feeling. For me, the opposite happens. I pretty much shut down. My mind is focused on one thing and I don’t have the energy or desire to string words together in a coherent fashion.

Ironically, that first post I wrote on October 27, 2014, The Difference Between Looking and Seeing, was about Matthew.

So thank you for being there, for reading and stopping by when you can. I hope this ride continues for a while longer. I never thought it would last this long.

40 thoughts on “I Never Thought 

  1. Holly'sMom

    And, I am so very glad I came across one of your posts. Your caring, humor, intelligence, and honest approach to things comes across in each and every one of your posts. I am very glad you began to blog. I enjoy reading your stuff! 🙂 I, too, thought about blogging for a long time, but didn’t know how to begin. Then one day earlier this year, in February, I believe, I just did it, and………….I love it. It’s just nice to write about whatever. Like you, I too chose to be eclectic in my subjects. More fun that way. Keep it up, my friend. You are very talented.

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  2. uju

    Happy blogaversary Mr George 🙂 Glad you found your way to my blog and pointed the way to yours. You are a wonderful man.
    I’m happy for Matthew and the family and wish him speedy recovery.

    Take your time; I’ll be waiting, always 🙂

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  3. DailyMusings

    I too have had the same experience as you- what started as a way to write “anonymously” telling no friends or sharing my blog with them, opened a new world of friends around the world for me. I am glad you found your way here George, I always enjoy reading what you have written and am glad to hear Matthew’s treatments have ended. I look forward to reading more this coming year and hope Matthew’s year is a good one too.

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  4. colorpencil2014

    Glad to have met you George,I love your style of writing and for see a book in the furture.
    And so happy for Matthew and the whole family (yes, one can be so happy for a family one has never met right?) Will keep on praying for a full recovery! looking forward to the next year on your blog, Johanna

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  5. Nurse Kelly

    Congrats on one year! It will be a year for me in December. Hard to believe! So happy to read that Matthew’s chemo ended this week! Hope you can find plenty of inspiration for your writing through the wonderful blessing of his life – all the best to you!

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  6. Jodi

    Oh George – what a lovely post – as always – from such a lovely man. I am so happy Matthew is finished with his chemo and so glad we have “met” up through this crazy blogisphere. I always enjoy hearing from you, and I always enjoy your posts. You have brightened many lives with your presence here is the past year. Thank you – for being a friend. I never thought I’d know you 🙂

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    1. George Post author

      Thank you, Jodi..:) those are very kind words and I appreciate it very much. Being part of your creative world has been lots of fun and I have always enjoyed looking forward to what your next creation might be.😊

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  7. Carol Ferenc

    “. . . soon I’d have enough people following me to fill up the back seat of my car.” Writing like that ~ humorous and honest ~ is why I follow you. Love your blog, George. Congratulations on one year in the blogosphere! So happy for you, Matthew and your family.

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  8. vanbytheriver

    Happy One Year, George. So glad to have found you here. Your blog is a delight. I can relate to stepping away when troubles arise, never feel bad about that. We all understand the need for privacy and the reluctance to vent when it comes to the important things in life. So happy Matthew is doing well. Look forward to your active return. ❤️ We’ll still be here.

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  9. Ann Coleman

    Happy blogging anniversary! I am so happy I found your blog, and you are so right about the wonderful people we meet in our blogging community being one of the nicest surprises about blogging. It was for me, too. I hope you keep writing this blog for a long time to come…

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  10. lagoodwi

    Congratulations on one year! I hope I have several more years of reading your insightful, funny and creative writing. I know you are surprised by the support, but I am not. It’s about time you shared what we’ve always known.

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    1. George Post author

      Thank you for saying that, and for being part of the push that got me here. So should I be looking forward to you starting your own blog one day soon?😊

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  11. Helen Devries

    I’m glad that your grandson is pulling through it all…that’s a hard row to have to hoe for all the family.
    I’m glad I found your blog….well written sanity…and glad that you have found – as I have – that the blogging community, away from the attention seeking sites – is kind, funny and supportive.

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  12. aFrankAngle

    Happy Blog Anniversary to you. Interesting … at the beginning I thought it was all about getting readers … increasing numbers … but in the end, it’s about the community. Our time together has been short, but cheers to finding each other.

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  13. joylovestravel

    Happy blog birthday George – I’ve been away and just catching up on my blog reading, mammoth task!! Glad I found your little spot on the internet, enjoying your thoughts very much. Glad also your little grandson is doing well.

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