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Three Years Ago Today...

...is when this all started...I hit publish on my first post (no link- it just said I'm here).

I had been reading blogs for about 2 months and had a job that afforded a load of down time.  So, "Why not.", thought I, it shouldn't be too hard to knit and talk about it, too.  Well, here I am three years later still in Blogland...a very different Blogland than it was back then. It's bigger, full of celebs, full of designers and more dynamic than anyone thought it would be (don't you think?).  I knew there would be community (we all knit, for heaven sake), but I didn't know the extent to which yarn and needles would connect us.  Many of my 'best' friends, the people I 'talk' to daily are here in Blogland. We are connected throughout the day, easily available to each other and that makes for a strong friendships. My 'real' friends often wonder why I'm not around as much and it's in large part due to having so many friends, true friends here...in cyberspace.  Is that a sad thing or an amazingly wonderful one?  Both, is my answer.

The very best thing to happen during the three years I've had a home in Blogland was Rhinebeck last October.  To visit face to face, spend time hanging, knitting and shopping to with many of my pals was a true highlight...not only by Blogland standards, but a highlight of my 'real' life, too.
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I just love to revisit these pictures and think of the friendships that grew stronger with my visit.  I miss you all everyday!

Birdsong (who needs a special hug) and Kim are two more bloggers who live a ways away, but it hasn't hampered the growth of our friendship.  I hope to see you both soon.

Being in Blogland has produced many friendships close to home, too.  I'm not sure I would have met Susan, Miriam, Blogless Karen, Anne or any number of the Ewe-tah Grrls. Anne, who I helped enticed from Vermont to Utah, has now opened a great shop full of fibery goodness. And, what a great name she chose! Congrats on Wooly Wonka Fibers, Anne and may it be very successful.  I'll be doing my part to make sure it is!

There have been some ups and downs over the three years, as Blogland is surprisingly like 'real' life.  There are people who don't understand you, and visa versa, people you can't connect with in a positive way, and people who turn their back and walk away.  As in 'real life' you can hurt someones feelings, cause a rift, or make lasting friendships.  Life is very real here in our virtual world, too.

As a way of thanking you for taking time everyday to come here and read, to spend time with me and share who you are, I am giving away some prizes.  Three prizes for three years.

The fun bubblegum roving from Amy will hopefully become a nice handspun sock yarn...

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Fleece Artistsock yarn in Hercules...

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and Textiles A Mano 50silk/50 wool skein around 660 yds.

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So,  here is the part where you must perform in order to be in the running for prizes.

When at a large dinner party, surrounded with people I don't know well or have met for the first (and perhaps last) time, it has been my ploy to ask each person to reveal a little secret about themselves.  Nothing too daring, dangrerous or shocking, just a little tidbit. Something that will help the rest of us at the table can get a sense of the person.  This technique has started some very interesting, and long lasting conversations. So, that's what I'm asking you to do...reveal a little secret about yourself, something you feel comfortable sharing, something you may not reveal to others often. 

We all have secrets...now share yours!  Everyone who leaves a little tidbit behind will be put into the drawing for several prizes which will be given away on March 14th...another special day in March.

Comments

Happy Blogiversary, Margene! Something I will tell people is that I was a Theatre Arts major at MIT. Something I don't tell people is that, shortly after graduating, I happened to work as an intern on a David Mamet film and was a few feet from Steve Martin but was too shy to say anything. I've done some theatre in Boston since then but am taking a break. Meanwhile, because I was an intern on that film, my name shows up in imdb! Which, to me, is crazy bizarre and fun.

Congrats on your 3 year anniversary. Just found your blog a few weeks ago and have not commented yet. So not sure that I should even leave a secret.. but what the heck.

#1. I was born in the elevator on the way up to delivery room.

#2. My first car was haunted. The ghost rode in the back seat and was a true back seat driver.

Congrats! Thanks for the inspiration you are to us. And thanks to everyone for sharing their secrets.

My secret(s): I want to pierce my nose and shave my head. Does that seem like a bad thing for a 43-year old to do?

My secret is that I had breast reduction surgery. But only one breast - I was rather lopsided.

happy blogaversary!! I started blogging when I retired 1 feb 2007 and I love it. I love to read, to write, to record, to learn and that brings me to my secret. i"ve knitted off and on for 40 odd years BUT things have changed so much in the knitting world, yarns, patterns, shared techniques, helping one another that I have decided to perfect my knitting ...master knitter??? designer??? who knows..my family still thinks it is a hobby! SURPRISE

I'm so glad you're still here - you're one of my favorite parts of this community.

Congratulations on 3 great years! I'm rather behind on all my blog reading, but catching up... It was so nice to meet you at Rhinebeck- that was by far the best weekend I have spent in ages.

A little secret about me- I used to ride a motorcycle, but let the license lapse when my son was born. And now I miss it! I probably wouldn't have let it lapse had I thought a little more about it at the time, but got spooked when a friend of ours was killed in an accident while riding his motorcycle. And he was one of the "safest" riders I know.

Keep on truckin' with the blog. We all love to come and read your posts, and get to know you a little bit more with each one. Cheers to Blogland!

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