knitnana: A Snow Day to Celebrate Happy Blogiversary to Knitnana!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Snow Day to Celebrate Happy Blogiversary to Knitnana!

Can't believe I get to have a day off to do this, but we've got winter storm warnings for snow, sleet, and freezing rain, so the community college is closed, and that means my office is, too! I can use the day to play, but with ice? Well, I just hope the power stays on!

Now: It's been four years blogging at Knitnana! I began this thinking it was all a bit odd, but fascinating, and perhaps 3 or maybe as many as 5, if I counted a family member or two, would read it.

(I think some of the family DOES read me)

But wow, what a delightful ride it's been! I've learned some coding (but only some), how to post photos, and some of the photos have even been good, I think (tho' not great).

I'll never be as widely read as some of our knit bloggers (Margene, Wendy, or Stephanie to name a few), but I can say that I've corresponded with all three of them, and several hundred other of you who stop by and get something from your daily (more or less) dose of me, some commenting, some just lurking - I am so blessed by all of you.

Some friends from the first year are still hanging in there with me Ruinwen, Birdsong, Jane. Then there are the ones who appeared in the past year or so and have stayed as much because of common interests beyond knitting as for the knitting itself - Jocelyn, Carrie, and Norma. (What are the other things we three have in common? Oh. Well, language study, accounting, and gardening, respectively.)

I try to do a little research along the way to see who's lurking out there, not commenting - where you all are from geographically, how you might have stumbled upon me (in-clicks and out-clicks, thank you Sitemeter!). I'd love to know who it is visiting me from India and Turkey!


Ok. I'm going to have a contest: I want to hear what brings you back to my blog. Leave a comment to this post that lets me know what I'm doing right here (or for that matter, what I'm doing wrong! But gently please!). And let me know the general area of the world you're commenting from! :)

I'll put everyone's name into a hat and we'll draw for 4 prizes at the end of the week - so Friday at midnight EST, I'll call a halt to comments and announce winners on Saturday.

Prizes? Well, there's yarn. And perhaps a book. Maybe something from the Nana Sadie Rose line?

If you send someone here? Make sure they tell me you did - I'll put your name in the hat again for every time someone does.

But I do want comments of what's good (or bad) about Knitnana. (ok, let's not get personal, but the blog - even if I do feel as if it's an extension of me!)

How does that sound? Let the games begin?

And ... I can't wait to see where year 5 takes us!


Blogger Margene said...

Blogging is so amazing as you build relationships with people you'd never have the opportunity to meet. Here's to another 5 years!!!!!

10:16 AM  
Blogger Ruinwen said...

Happy Blogiversary! You were the one that got me started first post was 2/12/05.

Hmmm...What brings me back? I guess I've always felt this special connection to you since day 1. You are good people. :) Your bags are wonderful and I always have at least one of them in tow. And I could gush on and on but you already know how I feel.
*big hug*
Ruinwen...from the snowy hills in MD

10:18 AM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Ooh! Good contest! (You sound like me when I hand out teaching evaluations :) ) Well, you know where I'm from (heck, what don't you know about me by now?!). There's so much that I love about reading your blog, like the nice mix of knitting with real life, the gorgeous socks, and the conversations that take place by email after I comment (heh). Thanks so much for writing a blog that I enjoy reading!

10:38 AM  
Blogger elaines630 said...

Well, I honestly have no idea how I found your blog! I have 116 blogs on my reader and only remember how I found a few of them - but I think most of them were found from reading other blogs!

I keep coming back for the knitting projects and of course for the Meezer! Too cute!

10:58 AM  
Blogger teabird said...

So many reasons... how about, I love the Meezer? (And her owner)
Happy blogiversary!

11:29 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Five years, and Mother Nature gave you the day off to celebrate -- how wonderful! Sort of. :-) Congrats!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary! I come back because we have so much in common: we're sewing-knitting-reading-Meezer loving gals. It's interesting, too, how many other blogs we read in common, even though we didn't find each other that way.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I found your blog by another blogger mentioning you. I have one of your knitting bags ( use it all the time!). I visit you as a lurker. Your blog is always interesting & "homey". Just a very nice place/person to visit & love the cats too. Happy Blogiversary!! & many more.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Brooke M. said...

I like hearing a nice person talk about knitting and cats.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I like knitting and sewing, so it's fun to see what you are working on. And I'm an animal lover, so I like seeing pics of the kitties. You are doing great! (And you keep us locals updated on events and happenings.) You have a great sense of humor, and a good heart!

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I am so jealous of your snow days, if not having all that snow.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I keep coming back to read, because I like to see what you're up to. Blogging, and reading blogs is a way for me to get to know and care about people who love crafting as much as I do. I like to hear about the crafting adventures and the life stories along the way.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Kitten With a Whiplash said...

I just discovered your blog today, and unfortunately I'm at Mom's (Marin County, CA) with the computer from the stone age. It's taking quite a while for each page to load. Which brings me to my suggestion. I have my blog set to show 3 posts per page. It makes the page load much faster on slower computers/internet connections. I tried 5 but because I tend to be either wordy (like now) or have a lot of pics, it really seemed to slow things down.

Congrats on your anniversary, 4 years is quite an acheivement!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

what brings me back is you. you're an amazing woman with a sparkling and warm personality. not to mention you share your life with the wonderful meezer! ;-)

as for how i found your blog? i have no idea my mind? like a sieve. i think you might have found me first.

happy blogiversary, dear! *hugs*

6:04 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Happy Blogiversary! You write a good blog, honest but also upbeat even in adversity. You knit great projects and we get to see The Meezer.

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of the kitties. They're so cute! Happy Blogiversary. :-)

8:26 PM  
Blogger Pat K said...

Happy Blogiversary! And I definitely come for the kitties!

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading you so long that I don't remember how I found you!!

Why do I stick around? That's simple. I like you. I like your writing, your photos, your knitting, your furry friends, your bags (especially the one that I own) and most of all: you!

Happy Blogiversary!!

9:51 PM  
Blogger Plain Jane said...

I keep coming back because we're good friends. I look forward to our daily emails and love seeing what you're working on and how the Meezer & the CC are doing. One of these days we'll get to meet in the real world, but in the meantime, I treasure our friendship.. {{{{HUGS}}}}

10:35 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

What's good is the warmth, the compassion, the sense of humor, and the good liberal soul behind them that shine through each post... oh, and the photos of the Meezer and your wonderful knitting also keep me coming back. Happy Blogiversary!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Happy Blogiversary! No question, I come back for the hugs!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Danby said...

I don't remember how I first found you, but I continue to read you because I'm also a Virginian...Charlottesville. And I also love Siamese cats...have had 3 in my life. And darn it, we didn't get snow either. Bummer!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I'm glad I'm home in time to help celebrate your blogiversary! Why do I come back here? Because you speak from your heart. I never think there's any pretense. You knit lovely things. And it's always interesting, whatever the topic of the day.

Keep it up!

3:41 AM  
Blogger nanaknits said...

Visiting from northwest of Chicago. I'm not sure what brought me here in the first place, but I do enjoy reading your blog. I think it's the nana-knitting-cats connection. You knit beautifully and I am usually inspired by your projects. (and I will finish a shawl one day!) Keep up the good work.

10:51 AM  
Blogger SandraTee said...

I appreciate your wise, thoughtful commentary on a variety of topics and let's dare not forget the great pics of the kitties.

8:13 PM  
Blogger rachelb said...

happy blogging... i come back because you tell interesting things about your knitting - i found you via knitters coffee swap. i am in NY

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Judy said...

ooo, contest! Fun!

I don't remember how I found your blog. It seems like I've always known it's there. And though I'm not that good about keeping up with blog reading, knowing that yours is out there just waiting for me to dip into gives such a wonderful feeling of anticipation.

Happy blogiversary, and many more!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I've been reading your blog for years and I keep coming back because I think you're terrific.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

You know I'm in Southeastern Massachusetts. I keep coming back because I care about you. Happy Blogiversary!

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tan said...

I keep coming back because I like you! I do like seeing cats, and I also like seeing projects and cat bags. But I just like seeing what you're up to. Happy Blogiversary! Keep it coming.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Geraldine said...

I know I'm too late for any prizes but I do want to say how much I enjoy stopping by and reading what's new at Sallee's. You are a treasure dear S and I am honored to know such a talented and compassionate woman. Not to mention a great cat MEOWMIE! Right Meez!!!! Hugs big time, G

1:06 PM  
Blogger ericah64 said...

What brings me back? Well, besides the "I've updated my blog" emails - lol - your knitting projects and checking out your bags. Happy Blogiversary!!!

3:13 PM  

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