Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My 600th Post

Over the years I've seen various people celebrate some round number of posts and I always thought, "Oh yeah! There's a marker number on here somewhere." But I always forgot to keep up with it. So a few weeks ago when I noticed I was getting close to 600, I thought I'd mark the occasion (I hate that word! I have to look it up every time I use it.) I'm also getting close to my start date 4 years ago (August 30, 2005) so it seemed like an appropriate time.
I used to read Jammie J's blog and leave 4 or 5 inch long comments. She kept telling me to start my own blog and after some thought and figuring out how to keep it anonymous, per My Sweetie, I started this. The name of the blog was obvious because the Rudyard Kipling poem "If" is my favorite poem in the world and really meant a lot to me after my car accident in 1980. "Geewits" was already my e-mail and sprang from "G WITS" which was my NTN gamer name for a long time.
I've had such a fun time getting to know different people from all walks of life as well as being from all over the place. (Them I mean. Okay, sometimes I am also "all over the place.") I used to follow a blog from a distraught and rattled soldier in Iraq before the government shut him down as well as an old retired man that liked to talk about his garden in some small town near Houston. I've made and lost friends as well as getting to know people that I feel like I will know forever. You know who you are.
On that note, I'd like to thank all the people that comment here on a regular basis. You make my days fun and when I talk to actual physical people I always call you my "blogger buddy." I love my blogger buddies. You know who you are. Thanks for all the comments and perspectives and support. I really do appreciate it.
I'd also like to thank my silent readers. I'm not going to say, "Please comment!" because I realize you have your reasons. I read some blogs myself that I do not comment on. I get that. But here's a shout out to the readers from Presque Isle and Frenchville, Maine. To Butler, Pennsylvania, Fort Collins, CO and Prince Rupert, B.C. And here's a special Texas "Hey!" to my silent readers in Carrollton, Garland and Plano, Texas.
Thanks everybody for making this fun for me! I hope I have 600 more.


Jocelyn said...

A shout out to your silent readers?

GENIUS! I love it.

Congrats on your fortitude and sass and continued brightness in this funky little corner of cyberspace.

Jazz said...

You better have 600 more.

Daryl said...

Congrats .. looking forward to at least 600 more

Mr. Jazz said...

I haven't been reading your blog for the past four years but I sure as hell will be for the four next. Kudos for your 600th: I'm sure that's a good enough reason for one or two cold ones. Don't ever stop.

Carole said...

Gee, your blog is such an outcropping of who you are, and I think both you and your blog are genuine and fabulous! 600...really? Wow! Way to go!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Congratulations, my dear! 600 is quite a number...And it is funny...I wasn't watching very carefully and 600 came and went and I'm around 635 or 36....Hard to believe! Like you I LOVE my Blog Buddies and count them among my good good friends...Isn't this a rather miraculous thing, this Blogging? Who would have thought we would all meet such truly wonderful people all over the world.....It's a great gift, isn't it?

Gnightgirl said...

I'm glad Jammie J "coerced" you into starting your blog, you have talent and wit that keeps me coming back for more.

I, too, look forward to the next 600.

geewits said...

~~Fortitude and Sass? I love it! Thanks.

~~Well I can't turn 52 by myself.


Mr. Jazz,
~~What? There's supposed to be a reason for a cold one?

~~You're always so sweet!

~~Yes! It's really something else.

~~Thanks! I'm not going anywhere.

Scarlet said...

Woo-hoo! The big 6-0-0!! Congratulations, my friend!! You are a pleasure to read and to hear from. I always enjoy your comments because they are so YOU, and you know exactly what I mean when I say that. :)

Btw, I love the shout out to your lurkers (aka "Silent Readers")! I hope you get some responses from them.

XUP said...

Very cool! I didn't realize you were such a veteran. Your blog is always interesting and it's very awesome that you always comment on the comments and that you take the time to visit your commenters blogs. I think it's all one of those southern hospitality things. You acknowledge visits and return the favour. Like others have said, here's to 600 more!!

geewits said...

~~I didn't want to use the word "lurker" in case they were not familiar with it. It does sound kinda creepy. And thanks!

~~Well thanks but in reality I've visited some blogs of people that commented and didn't really have anything to say and stopped going. The blogs I read are blogs I like to read, I do not visit them because they comment here. I'm pretty simple.

VioletSky said...

I like that people lurk. Weird at first, but now it's kind of an honour, or something. When someone has been around as long as you have - or longer - I will occasionally pick an arbitary month of an arbitary year to read just to see what I've missed and how different their writing has become. Hope you don't mind. It will take me awhile to get through the last 463 posts.

Every time I have a cold one, I think of you.

geewits said...

~~I've done that too! I'll just click on some random post from their archives. Here's to clod brew!

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