Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Reflections

by Dotti


I must begin this post by thanking all of you for your very warm and gracious response to our new FOL design. For each of us who bring you this blog, nothing makes us happier than to hear what you have to say. Thank you for taking time to visit with us.

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One year ago, there were ten very nervous photographer/bloggers that had opening night jitters, at least I did. The long-awaited debut of our new collaborative blog, Focusing on Life, was finally here.

Imagine my dismay, as the first poster, when I woke up early, turned on my computer, clicked on the website ... NOTHING! It seems Blogger uses Pacific Time and I, being on Eastern Time, entered 6 AM, certain all would be well. But ... in Bloggerland it was only 3 AM. In a state of near panic, I flew to the site and published it again, instantly, and yes! Focusing on Life took to the worldwide internet. Our baby was born.

Much has happened since then. We've met some great people online; we've had a few bumps; we've become wiser in the "business" of blogging; we've had some personnel changes. We've been inspired by your comments and your beautiful photography on Flickr and Instagram. One thing that hasn't changed is our enthusiasm for our blog and our FOL family.

As we begin our second year together, I'm even more excited than I was a year ago. I can't wait to see what the year has in store for all of us, readers and bloggers alike. The best part of this journey is that you've chosen to share it with us and spend part of your day with us. We treasure each and every one of you. You are the reason we're here five days a week, trying to inspire, humor, motivate ... and touch your hearts.

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This is the final week for the January Focus, Quotes for the New Year. Be sure to join the fun!

14 comments:

Kim Stevens said...

Your photo is beautiful and perfect for this post, and cheers to another fabulous year! xo

Carol said...

So gratifying to read the responses yesterday. Ditto to everything Dotti said

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous photo and love your blog! Here's to the second year!!!

Sherri B. said...

I always love visiting...it's such a pleasure.

AFishGirl said...

Great to read this post, Dotti. I think in my excitement yesterday I forgot to even say "happy anniversary." I'll say it now. Bravo to you all for a stellar year, bravo!

heyjudephotography said...

You are so right Dotti. It was wonderful to read all of the reader comments yesterday, and see how much love and support we have! Your photo is beautiful, and perfect for this post. I so look forward to working with all of you in this, our second year. I know it's going to be filled with good things, so please visit us often.

terriporter said...

Love your photo! It's like a wonderful watercolor painting! I was also thrilled to have so many of our readers share our first anniversary and leave comments. Looking forward to another year together!

Cathy H. said...

Dotti, your image is breathtaking! You definitely need to hang this one! Looking forward to another year with all of you! I always know I can come here and see beauty, find inspiration, and feel love!

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

I love you girls on FOL it has become a habit that I always look out for your message in my inbox...

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Celebrating a great year of wonderful wisdom and inspiration!! I love this image Dotti-- its sooo watercolor-esq!

HUGS to you sisTA!

Nancy said...

Beautiful photo...Congratulations on one year and I look forward to the second year...I always enjoy and learn so much when I visit with you gals....

gina said...

Congrats on the "birthday" of the blog -- such a supportive and inspiring community here. Your image is like a French impressionist painting -- lovely!

CarolHart said...

Such a wonderful post and image to go with it. I feel honored to be a part of this beautiful blog.

Comfypjs said...

Photo and post just beautiful!

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