Four Years A Blogging

Here is a picture WordPress sent me to mark my fourth anniversary on their site.


As you can see, no expense has been spared in WordPress’s celebration of my entrance to the vintage Bloggers club. To be honest, I wouldn’t have remembered that it was any kind of anniversary at all if this smart illustration had not popped up.

Over the four years lots of things have changed, not least is that a number of valued and treasured followers, and then my publishers have prompted me to write a book and then another book, and until I began this blog, writing a book had never occurred to me.

I have a Blogroll, because one did or must, but most of the people on it seldom if ever visit apart from a few and treasured individuals. It is also true that I have made many other contacts, some of whom are both talented and wonderful and who visit regularly and who are not on my Blogroll because I don’t seem to get round to updating it, and wince at the thought of removing a name from it , even thought they wouldn’t know and never visit now anyway. How stupid is that.

More than anything I realise now how ephemeral blogging is. It is a bit like a cocktail party held at a railway station where people keep a constant eye on the time because they are soon required somewhere else and have so much else to do, but apart from the obviously facile dimension to it, it remains a forum where disparate people of every age and culture join to share and discuss the powerfully intimate and yet general experience of being alive.Β There is a kind of beauty and music toΒ blogging which transcends the idle chatter and makes me want to reach out to you all and say, “We all share this age together, albeit in different circumstances and cultures and touching your lives, as you have touched mine, has made my existence infinitely richer and I thank you all for it.”



About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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66 Responses to Four Years A Blogging

  1. MarinaSofia says:

    Ha, ha, I can relate to the Blogroll dilemma… and I love the way you put it, about the ephemeral nature of blogging links, ties, friends…
    Congratulations on your four years, and here’s to many more (if you want it).


  2. Al says:

    The richest among us are those of us who read your blog (and books).

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Annika Perry says:

    Congratulation on 4 years:-)) How true about blogging allowing us to touch each other’s lives, even if just for a brief moment. Beautifully written.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. araneus1 says:

    I share some, if not all, of your sentiments. I’m pleased that I found you so early in my own blogging experience. You rule! Terry.


  5. collinsk711 says:

    Congratulations on your 4 years. I received one last month for my 1 year. So yeah…I posted mine as well. You keep right on counting those ducks…and I’ll quack-quack…keep reading.


  6. I love your analogy, Peter, and echo your sentiments. A little effort has proven worthwhile as your writing has enriched my life – just allow the deadwood to float away like flotsam!


  7. Very well written. It’s like my eyes are wet fingertips gliding across the crystalline brim of a blogger’s writing…hoping for resonance.


  8. ksbeth says:

    well said as usual, peter. congrats and i’m happy to be part of your minion. i’m sure the expensive champagne will be arriving at any moment. )

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank you and you’re welcome and congratulations and perhaps the most eloquent blogging speech and description of the blogging world I’ve heard so far!


  10. gotham girl says:

    You share the exact reasons why I never started the blog roll thingie! I’m honored to follow you and your amazing writings so keep it up! Congrats!


  11. Congratulations, Peter. Your blog is one I really look forward to. Janet:)


  12. Marc Kuhn says:

    Happy 4th, Peter. Sorry I didn’t send a card…ran out of time, train was coming.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Well done! I think I may be 4 in August! I, too, have a blogroll which has become quite meaningless as a few have disappeared and most who follow me now arent on it and it’s just too technically challenging for me to bother altering it all, since my daughter did most off that stuff for me anyway, and now she has finished uni and has a grownup job she hasn’t the time! But I totally agree about the blogging experience. Here’s to more anniversaries. 😊

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  14. Elissaveta says:

    What a beautiful description of blogging. The virtual world has, in a controversially paradoxical way, made communication easier between those unlikely to meet.
    Then again, I am writing this sitting alone in my apartment… πŸ˜€

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  15. phoenixgrey85 says:

    Well done on 4 years. Quite an achievement. πŸ™‚


  16. Harry says:

    I think I will be 4 years around July, if I hadn’t lost my first blog I would be here nearly 6 years, I was a bad boy :).

    So many on my blog roll deleted their blogs that I took it down, must get it up again and see if ANY are left.
    I enjoy blogging although I don’t post as often.

    Here’s to many more years.


  17. How lovely. You hit the nail on the head with the blogging cocktail party (which I’ve often thought I’d love to host, albeit not at the station…)

    Congrats on the 4 years and the many good things that have happened to you!


  18. Congrats on your bloggy 4th birthday. I always enjoy your posts even though I don’t that often click a like. You have a gift for wondrous expression, and this posting itself is an example of that!


  19. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Congratulations I’m jut a couple of weeks behind you!


  20. I’m struggling to find the ‘4’ in that image. Maybe I’m being too literal. Regardless, congrats! You are among rare company!


  21. catterel says:

    Spot on description – congratulations! At least there are a few regular commuters at that station πŸ™‚


    • Ah, well you are one of those who are on my Blogroll and who still visit regularly, which is lovely. Mind you, I love your Blog as well, which is often fascinating in terms of your family history and general sense of life. I really appreciate your visits and your support

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  22. Peter, Congrats on 4 years of blogging! My life has been enriched from meeting you through blogging more than you could know. I think you are fab and although time constrains prevent me from reading here as much as I wish, I cherish your blog and always enjoy your writing immensely! You are a truly talented writer but a great human being!


    • Thank you so much for these very kind words. I’m hoping you get the time to read my latest book, although I know many things clamour for your attention. Yours is a very important voice in the Blogosphere, and you have provided comfort to hundreds of people without ever meeting them. How wonderful is that !


  23. Cheers, Peter! I got the same luxury photo-award-announcement.

    Four years for me, too. That’s 28 in dog years and at least 40 in blog years.

    We are old-timers, my friend. Should we be thinking of retiring? Perhaps a blog-consulting position would be appropriate for us now that we are so “seasoned.” Is there a “village” or “home” for old bloggers like us? I hope they have reliable wifi and a lightning fast internet speed on their super large keyboarded and screened computers (you know, my eyesight isn’t what it was four years ago…). And pudding. We should have lots of pudding, don’t you think? πŸ˜‰


  24. CONGRATSSSSS, Peter!
    4 years already!! WOW.
    A blogroll. What’s that!!???

    xxx kiss from MN.


    • A Blogroll is a list of names of Blogs you recommend which is under my book cover links. All wordpress blogs have them but I don’t know anout other platforms. In fact that’s about all I do know, apart from the fact that I’m still grateful to have met you and your lovely husband and boys in real life, and I’ll always love your Blog


  25. Sue Vincent says:

    Cocktail party at a railway station? perfect !


  26. I’m sure there would be a very relaxed dress code, and suitcases would also be welcome. Your constant support of my Blog is very appreciated. Thank you so much πŸ™‚


  27. Scarlet says:

    Congratulations!! I know that blogroll dilemma well!! Here’s to another 4 years!


  28. Congrats on your milestone my friend. And you definitely have to update your blogroll. I am honored to be on that list and I am honored to visit your blog every week to read some of the best stories. Keep blogging my friend πŸ™‚


    • Well, I can see something is a bit crazy because its asking me to approve a comment from one of my top favourite bloggers and that can’t be right. I’ve attempted to add your new address to my Blogroll, but its very possible that I’ve failed


  29. Congratulations on four years of committed writing (no joke, that!) and two books πŸ™‚

    One thing you mention leaves me curious: you say that your publishers urged you to write a book. Did you have publishers prior to this blog taking birth (i.e. have you published in a previous lifetimes) or did blogging directly draw the attention of a publisher, who then encouraged you to go the book way?

    Blogs have been turning into books since the time I was a wee youth and barely understood how the political economy of blogs worked (truth be told, I’m still a little vague in that department :P). Yours was the first such I read (although your book was not from your blog) and it gave me a genuine joy to think of this transition, for your writing voice I found and find unique, and warm.


  30. olganm says:

    Congratulations Pete!

    Liked by 1 person

  31. nelle says:

    Happy Blogiversary!


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