Eight Years A’Blogging

Dear special and appreciated readers.  Eight years ago today, May 6th 2011, I awoke after a sleepless night and penned my first post “Waking Thoughts.”

To those who know me, and those who wish they didn’t, these eight years have been a voyage and a half, but the interest and affection of my readers has been a constant source of emotional nourishment during the journey.  We pass by lives in the blogosphere, hearing people say the profoundest, most personal and intimate things about themselves before they move back into the mists of anonymity, but all the while I have been struck by how common are the struggles so many of us face, even if we express them privately.

I will leave you with a re-print of my “About page” because it says a lot about how special the meeting has been with so many of you.  Bless you all and may the coming blogging years be filled with the contentment and serenity so many of us seek


Some come by to read a line or  two, see nothing here and soon move on their way.That I understand . Life is full of glances. But to you, who read  beyond an opening phrase I say this:

Online we meet.. inside.. out:  emotions first, and dreams of course.  Some anecdotes: piecemeal at best. Brief glimpses of a passing life,  written in faltering intimacy.

Reader meet the writer of these words.

Let us imagine , you and I,  standing in some forest glade, or on a sidewalk in some busy town. Feel a  wind rise up, magic in its properties, and watch the scenery round us fall away .Lift the objects gently, one by one, till buildings, trees,and  all but ground are gone. Nothing to see now, just you and I: alone in words with stillness in our hearts.

What would  we see: alien or lover. Confused of spirit or finally at peace. Naked, uneasy or living harmony. Would you see danger, and cautionary tales, or some  stranger on the road, hold out his hand to help you safely home .

Life soon passes, my skin attests to that. Those nimble limbs that ran as if a breath are now at rest on  this, an average day. And you; where are you in this? Still out for love, or running from the cost. Dreaming of spires with bells that chime your name, or dragging  your history down some deserted path. The tragedy that caught you, or the blessing of a charm are present now and written on your face. Mine too is full of complex history

But in this moment, nearly at an end . Let me hope that you who caught my words, and held them briefly  in your thoughts, find the peace to quench your doubts and walk with me towards your chosen path.”




About Peter Wells aka Countingducks

Trying to remember what my future is
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21 Responses to Eight Years A’Blogging

  1. Caroline says:

    Lovely words. Keep on blogging. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ksbeth says:

    8 years, I am very close in blog-age to you. 8 blogging years are equal to 427 human years if my math is correct. love your about page, it is so you. here’s to many more

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  3. In all my American brashness, you will always be “family” to me.


  4. The feeling is mutual. and I have never detected the slightest trace of brashness in your character 🙂


  5. Al says:

    When I first started reading this I thought you were saying goodbye to blogging. Later, as I realized this was not the case and dropped the gun from my temple, I felt quite uplifted by your words. No one can say it like you do, Peter. It is an art form which you have mastered. I know I’m not alone in saying when we see you have posted, our day becomes a bit brighter, cheerier and our minds a bit clearer. If I may paraphrase another master “if blogging be the food of life, blog on good friend.”

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  6. cathytea says:

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I’ve loved each story of yours I’ve read.


  7. Congrats on the octet – and I hope you will be a blog on my landscape for many more years!


  8. Beautifully put. I trust that you will continue to share your wise, witty and wonderful words with us for many years to come.


  9. Scarlet says:

    or dragging your history down some deserted path. This conjures a powerful image of a wounded animal trying to hide.
    I’m so happy that we stumbled across each other in the blogosphere. Keep on blogging!!


  10. tiostib says:

    My wise and witty blogging friend,

    A toast to you and hopes that we may raise a pint together someday.




  11. So glad you’re still a’bloggin, and that it brought us together for pints at your local!


  12. Lovely imgaginary posting 🙂 So you have been doing this for 8 years now, that is more time than some marriages last. Nimble limbs – I shall look up th meaning, but it sounds sexy xxx 🙂


  13. Robin says:

    Oh, you MUST keep writing and sharing! I’m sorry I’ve been out of the picture for a good while…still in Virginia helping to move my mother to a nursing home, put her home/farm on the market to sell and move my sister to an apartment. It’s all been so overwhelming, but finally seeing a little light at the end of this huge tunnel. I hope to return to Arizona by end of week. Thank you for bringing such joy to so many of us!

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    • As you must know, you are a treasured presence among my blogging friends and I have not attempted to contact you as I was aware that you were more than knee deep in life’s events., but I am very glad to hear that things may soon settle down for you xx


  14. nelle says:

    A very belated Happy Anniversary!


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