The First 500 are the Hardest

The First 500 are the Hardest

I had a litte moan about 200 followers ago about the fact that after the big 2-oh-0h that WordPress didn’t give you any sort of fanfare for the 300 or the 400 follower mark. Little did I know that they wait until the 500 mark to say a big, “Well done!”

I cannot say that it got here all too quickly, because that would be a lie. It seemed to take no time at all to get to the 200 point and then?

It felt like time stood still for  awhile. But it didn’t, not really.

It was just that things had changed, the way I wrote changed, the amount I wrote changed…my  life changed.

I won’t go through everything that has changed in my life, I did that in my previous post. But I will say this, I cannot begin to express how grateful I am about everything.

But first I have to thank two very, very special people (Actually it’s three, but who’s counting?)

I have to do a huge shout out to Marilyn over at Serendipity she and her other half, Garry, have been enormously supportive ever since I first made their acquaintance on WordPress. She has a wonderful blog and if you haven’t strolled over there yet, just take a second to click on the above link and have a look. You’ll be impressed, I promise you. Then, if you’ve a mind to, hit that follow button. You won’t regret it.

The second person I have to give a singular shout out to is Natasha over at Films and Things. Natasha is a media student, writer, director and producer all rolled into one person. She has given me, perhaps the greatest gift ever, she has cast me in the lead role in her first professional short film, Once Bitten, Twice Shy. As those of you who have been following me for awhile, I’ve written about my love of acting and my frustration at having to turn my back on it, several times. Now I have a chance to get back in front of the camera after a long absence. Thanks Tasha!

I also, have to thank Natasha for putting me up for an award, a loooong time ago, and I still haven’t responded to it! Sorry Tasha, it means loads that you thought of me when it came time for dishing that one out, I will make it up to you, I promise…

But I also need to thank all the other folks who have stuck with me since I started on WordPress. If I thanked all of you separately, I wouldn’t get anything done as the Deputy Managing Editor for The Guardian Express. If you haven’t had a look at our great site, have a look now by clicking on the link. I’ve already been linking articles that I write that have a special place in my heart, either because of content or just because I think I’ve written something particularly well. But I don’t link them all, as we have a lot of writers who all bring something special to the table.

I’m not going to get back on the “apology train” again, but I will get back to something that resembles “normality” on here pretty soon. I’m running around like a headless chicken at the moment, trying to develop a schedule that allows me to donate a little time to everything. I’m getting closer to that goal and you will soon see more “daily” postings of articles.

Until then, I want to say thank you to all my new followers! I haven’t had time to thank you all personally yet, but I will! I’m not so far up my own nether-regions that I don’t think I need to. I’ve just not had the time.

It takes a lot of hard work to do a daily blog. You all know that, I don’t want you to think I am “teaching you how to suck eggs,” but I did want to mention it.   I was doing up to three, if not four, posts a day, now I don’t have the time. But I will get back to at least one per day.

So, in essence, I started writing this about how it really feels like getting the first 500 followers is the hardest part about blogging and, like my life at the moment, it has evolved into something different than what  I had planned.

Thanks to my very special two bloggers (friends) and thanks to the folks that are too numerous to personally shout out. But you guys know who you are, until recently, I always tried to talk to you folks daily if possible. I’ll get back to that soon as well, I promise.

So until I can get on here again, may all you very special folks have the best of today and an even better tomorrow.  I mean that, because you’ve all got a very special place in my heart.



Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness Times Three


My mother always told me I was special (she still does actually) and even though I knew that she thought so, I knew it was because all mothers think their children are.

But today, I’ve had no less than three different bloggers nominate me for the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness!

First, Kim over at Tranquil Dreams, then Natasha over at Films and Things and finally Meera over at Meera Darji have all hit me with the same nomination. I can feel my ego expanding to huge dimensions as I re-read this and I may have to order a larger sized hat in future!

Now before my ego gets so big I need to move into a bigger house, I need to thank Kim, Natasha and Meera for nominating me and just have to say, if you haven’t checked their blogs out, do so now. These are three interesting, entertaining, and erudite people who write interesting, entertaining and erudite blogs!

Check em out!

Right, as with all these awards in the blogging verse there are rules. I know, I know, but it’s like the big guy said, “There’s no gain without pain.” (Or something very similar to that.) Now before I go into these rules, I’ll just point out that these “awards” are all good fun and are not some subversive type of punishment or torture. It is a way to build our little (Did I say little??) community into one that is not just about the blogs, but more about the folks behind the blogs.

Caring and sharing. You know?

So, let’s get those pesky rules out-of-the-way, shall we?

After all my waffling on about rules in the above paragraph, there are only two!

1. Tell 10 epic and/or awesome facts about yourself.

2. Pass it on to 10 bloggers you think are awesome and/or epic – or both.

I’ve done so many of these that I’ve pretty much run out of things that are epic and/or awesome about me to reveal! I’ve been doing pictures but I’ve gotten at least one request to, “Knock it off with the pictures already?”

But this is my award, dammit and I’m going to do a mixture…Okay?

1) I became a member of this “exclusive” society in 1975.

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2)I won the best supporting actor award in 1976 after a year of playing six different roles in one semester at Fayetteville High School.

3) My first ever radio spot for a play I did (called The Curious Savage) was done on the first take.

4) I went to school with ex-President Bill Clinton’s cousin.

5) Our “study hall” teacher was the guy who wrote the Disney film The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes starring Kurt Russell.

6) For a very short time, I joined a group of volunteers and read a news magazine for the blind.

7) Before being ill-health retired from my job as a prison officer I had been assaulted six times, the most memorable were getting kicked and punched in the face.

8) In 1996, I had a car accident that should have killed me. I walked away from the totalled car with just a few scratches. The policeman who responded to the call, looked at me and then the remains of my car and asked me to, “Please sit down.”

9) My cousin and I found a fossil that was unlike any we’d seen before, my uncle took one look and threw it away saying it was a fake, years later I found out that it was worth a small fortune!

10) I met ex-Vice President Dick Cheney when I was stationed in Holland. Two words? Not impressed. We were “volunteered” to meet him.

And now for my ten Epic and Awesome nominees!

1) Marilyn over at Serendipity she has one of the most diverse blogs on the net!

2)Tyson Carter over at Head in a Vice he does reviews, interviews, contests, promotions…He does a lot!

3)Austin over at The Bishop Review he is entertaining and always doing new “themes” and promotions!

4)Brian over at Hard Ticket to Home Video his blog is full of great reviews (among other things) and lots of humour!

5)Sandra over at quirkybooks writer, author, great fun and great reviews!

6)Donna over at a little bird tweets another writer, author and excellent blogger!

7)Daniel over at Daniel’s Film Reviews aspiring film critic who does great reviews!

8)Ionia over at readful things blog writer passionate reader and lover of new literature!

9)Nostra over at My Filmviews  he does movie reviews, blogging tips and lots more!

10)Tim over at timneath artist, sculptor, reviewer check him out!


And that is that. Except to say there were so many to choose from and there were three, no four! That I really wanted to include but I would be accused of playing favourites. Just know, that I think you are all epic and awesome and I’d nominate you all if I could!

So go check these bloggers out and they folks who nominated me as well, they’re all EPIC AND AWESOME!

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