Happy Twelfth Bloggiversary to Me!

I created this blog exactly twelve years ago today, back when I hadn’t yet become a published author, back when I had just acquired my first computer and didn’t even know what a blog was. I had read how important blogging was for authors, both as a way of getting known and as a way of connecting with readers, so I decided to “act as if” I were going to be published in the hopes of making it happen. I had nothing to say, no one to say it to, no reason to say anything, but I didn’t let that stop me. I started blogging on September 24, 2007, and haven’t stopped since, though admittedly, I don’t post as much as I once did.

Did acting as if I were going to get published work? Perhaps, though there is no direct connection that I know of. Still, one and a half years after starting this blog, my first two books were published. I now have eight books available: five suspense novels, one mystery, and two non-fiction books about grief.

Nine and a half years ago, my life mate/soul mate died, and his death catapulted me into a world of such pain that it bled over into my posts. This blog became a place where I could try to make sense of what I was going through, to offer comfort and be comforted, to find my way to renewed life. This blog sustained me during the years I cared for my father, and it gave me a place to rest after my father died, when I was thrown out into the world, alone and orphaned. And this blog offered me a place to call home when I set out alone on a five-month, 12,000 mile cross-country road trip, gave me a place where I could talk about all the wonders I was seeing. Often on that trip, when I was between visits with online friends, I thought of William Cowper’s words: How sweet, how passing sweet, is solitude! But grant me still a friend in my retreat, whom I may whisper, solitude is sweet. And this blog became a place where I could whisper, “Solitude is sweet.”

Currently, as I am settling into a home of my own, it’s nice to know that whatever life throws at me, whatever problems I encounter, whatever challenges and adventures — and joys — come my way, this blog will be here for me.

Although I’d planned to post every day when I started blogging, during the first four years I only managed to blog three or four times a week, but exactly eight years ago today, I made a 100-day commitment to post a daily blog, and once that initial commitment was fulfilled, I continued to post every day for four and a half years. I probably would still be blogging every day except I got out of the habit of daily posts while on my great adventure because so often on the road, I had no internet connection, not even with my phone. And now that I am embarking on the new adventure of homeownership, complete with internet, I have few internal (or external) conflicts to give me blog topics.

But still, the blog is here, always welcoming me when I do find something to say, generally once or twice a month, but perhaps, when I get tired of my new offline world, I’ll be back here every day.

During the past twelve years, I have written 2,480 blogs, received 17,489 comments, and garnered 780,711 views. It amazes me that anyone wants to read anything that I write here. This is so much a place for just letting my thoughts roam, for thinking through problems, and (I admit it) for pontificating a bit. It’s been a kick, writing this blog, and I want to thank all of you for indulging my whims and whimsys.

Thank you for reading. Thank you all for your comments, your likes, your support. They have meant more to me (especially this past nine and a half years) than you can ever imagine.

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Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

11 Responses to “Happy Twelfth Bloggiversary to Me!”

  1. Coco Ihle Says:

    Pat, I used to read every single blog you wrote, but life has gotten in my way and I save them all to read when I have time and, too often, I run out of time. My intentions are good and I love what you have to say, I just feel they are my little “luxury” set aside for a special spare moment that seems to disappear each day.
    But I do want to congratulate you on your discipline and dedication and really interesting thoughts, so I hope you will continue to treat us with your offerings!
    We met as a result of our publisher’s encouragement and have remained friends because we both have suffered, experienced, loved, lost, admired, and thought and continue to do so. Brava, my friend!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Your friendship was one of the best things to come out of the publishing gig. Did your ears burn today? I told some friends about your lovely tree! And I’ve been practicing some of my belly dance routines, so that reminds me of you, too.

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    Congratulations on a dozen years of blogging, Pat. That’s a long time to sustain anything these days. You are certainly not the same person you were twelve years ago (no one is) and your journey has been an intriguing one to follow. You are amazing. I’ll look forward to reading the blog for another decade (or two, if I’m lucky enough to still be around). Congrats, again.

  3. 100 Days | Bertram's Blog Says:

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  4. Carol J. Garvin Says:

    A Happy Blogaversary, Bloggiversary, Blog Anniversary to you! I started my blog in June 2008, but haven’t been nearly as faithful at posting as you have. I started out planning for three or four a week but decided a couple years ago that I would only post once a week or when I had something I wanted to say. Getting out of the routine has meant I’ve been very delinquent about it! But, like you, I treasure the online associations I’ve made with people and I don’t plan to stop. Here’s to many more years for both of us.

  5. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    Congrats on 12 years. If I’m not mistaken, I somehow came up on your blog as you were posting about the renovation of your (beautiful) blue VW. I was fascinated by that process (and felt frustration for you from afar by how long the mechanic was taking). Then your cross-country drive continued my interest because that something I’ve always wanted to do, just as you did it. You write in a very clear and inviting way. 🙂 – Marty

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I’ve always enjoyed your comments, so thank you! That cross-country trip was amazing. I sometimes think I’d like to do it again and hit more of the national parks (I still haven’t seen any of the major ones such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite) but I have the house now, and that calls to me, too.


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