"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Jumping into Year Five of Blogging

Dear Blog Readers,

Just after midnight, WordPress notified me of the blog’s anniversary.  Four years.

So today’s post is the beginning of year five! 

The  blogging effort got off to a slow start, I didn’t exactly  know what to post and wondered if anyone would look at the posts, let alone follow the blog.

There were spaces between days of blogging.

I’d taken a Purposeful Blogging class with photographer John Craig at the Silver Eye Center for Photography and at the end of the class, I wasn’t sure what my purpose was but I plunged in anyway. A photo. A thought.  Something  My first post was just a photograph of  my grandson Michael in “time out” and the family dog Murphy the Airedale, waiting for him to get out of the corner. You can see the very first post by clicking here.  Michael’s  going to be 8 next month. And Murphy passed this Spring.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement, your taking time to look at my photographs and leave some good words now and again, for clicking the “like”  button and for understanding my not being the best replier. Being part of the WordPress Blogging Community has added much to my life.

Grateful for family, friends, fellow bloggers, guest bloggers, readers and followers.  xxooxx Ruth

Jumping in the Pool

Anna jumps in the pool to get on her mark for the back stroke heat.

45 responses

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! I have learned a lot from your blog posts. I am forever grateful that you helped me set up my blog on WordPress. You have been a wonderful mentor and a source of encouragement and inspiration. Looking forward to many more great posts on your blog.



    July 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    • Thanks Francine. I might have helped you set up the blog but you took off and soared!


      July 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm

  2. Erika

    Happy blogiversary!


    July 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  3. YAY Ruth and Anna !!! # ✍✍✍


    July 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm

  4. Wow, 5 years. I haven’t blogged for 5 months, but I am loving it! Cheers!


    July 15, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    • Four years. Just starting year five. Thanks for your cheers!


      July 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      • Right. Sleepy. Still, wow!


        July 15, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      • ;-). Didn’t mean for it to sound like a teachery correction. Stop by again


        July 15, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      • Z’ok, I’ll be back.


        July 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

  5. Happiest 5 year blogiversary!
    Here’s to many more!! 🙂


    July 15, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    • Thank you Andrea. Blog on!


      July 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  6. Congratulation! Great capture of the moment!


    July 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  7. Great achievement Ruth. I really enjoy reading your blog, learning about your community and your family. Your photos are also interesting 🙂 Best wishes for year 5!


    July 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    • Thank you for the good wishes Lorraine.
      You are one of the fellow bloggers who make it nice to be part of the WP community!


      July 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  8. Congrats’ and best wishes for year five.
    Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out exactly what we want to do and to get a workable schedule set-up. I know it took me some time.
    A wonderful blog and very fine photographs, Ruth.


    July 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    • Thank you Jamie. You are so right about it taking time.


      July 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  9. Congratulations, Ruth! It’s such a wonderful journey, isn’t it? And so amazing the bloggers we meet:) Have a wonderful 5th year!! xx


    July 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

    • Thank you dear Smidge


      July 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

  10. adding my voice to your congratulations ruth … you are an inspiration! i am always surprised and delighted by the variety and quality of your posts, i hope you love blogging for a lot longer so we can all enjoy it too … christine xx ps remarkable photo of anna standing on the water!


    July 16, 2013 at 2:29 am

  11. Congratulations, Ruth. 4 years is quite a milestone, particularly when you post something every day. Your inaugural photo of Michael in time out is priceless. I can think of no better way for you to have started your blog than with a photo of one of your favorite subjects, just as you did for today’s anniversary post. 🙂


    July 16, 2013 at 3:36 am

  12. Beth Piraino

    Congratulations on your anniversary.


    July 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

  13. Sonel

    Happy Blogiversary Ruth and that is quite a long time indeed! I do hope I can last as long as you have. Love the shot as well! Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*


    July 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

  14. Gail

    Ruthie your photographs and words bring smiles, laughter, joy, tears, comfort, knowledge…a beautiful gift. Thank you for all you add to my life


    July 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

  15. Well done on having blogged for so long. I know that I have enjoyed looking at your photos.


    July 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

  16. Toni

    Wow – 4 years!! Thinking back to the photos of the snowy winter, blow up decorations, Pittsburgh pictures, travel photos, friends, and great family shots. Your blog is always interesting, informative, and a nice connection to every day life. Keep it coming. Congrats.!!!!! Here’s to a super year five!!!!


    July 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

  17. Congratulations, Ruth. Your blogs are just wonderful. Keep it up. 🙂


    July 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

  18. Kristin

    Congratulations! I look forward to it every day! Wow! Good for you and all of us who enjoy your posts!


    July 16, 2013 at 11:33 am

  19. Kristine

    A wonderful achievement! Keep the creativity flowing. It is as if your blog has it’s own life. Slow start… as in the beginning of our lives… and it will start to have an outline of its own, its own blog-identity. 🙂


    July 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

  20. Sally

    Ruth, I’ve only been reading your notes and enjoying all your fantastic photos for about 2 years and I love it, and enjoy each day’s entries. I can’t take a decent photo of anything! Guess it has a lot to do with those expensive cameras! Anyway, I’m SO glad we’re back in touch! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Sally


    July 16, 2013 at 11:52 am

  21. Sue Reinfeld

    Don’t stop now. 4 years is only the beginning. I love the blog


    July 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

  22. Donna D'Abruzzo

    Thanks for 4 good years of blogging. I do enjoy seeing the beautiful scenes and family. Glad I’m back on.


    July 16, 2013 at 11:59 am

  23. Tanja

    I follow your blog only a few months, but what I have seen so far are beautiful and very interesting photos. I admire your spirit that can be felt through the photos and I wish you even more successful the fifth year of blogging!


    July 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  24. Coleen Rush

    Your blog is fun with images shared from your life. Often thought provoking and memory stirring. Congrats! Also Love cardboard Ruthie.


    July 16, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  25. Ruth…four years…that is quiet an accomplishment!!! Celebrate!


    July 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  26. Congratulations! 😀


    July 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  27. You are always entertaining and thoughtful. It’s fun coming here. Glad you decided to keep at it.


    July 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm

  28. Five years is fantastic! Big congrats to you for maintaining a single space for that long. While I have been blogging for many years, I tend to only keep my spaces up for 1-2 years at a time. 🙂 Great capture of Anna – it’s like she’s walking on water…


    July 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  29. Congratulations for your blogger’s life! we enjoy it.


    July 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  30. Congratulations! That’s quite a milestone!


    July 17, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    • Thanks for the congrats and all the nice comments and likes on the blog posts. I appreciate your visits


      July 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  31. You take beautiful pictures. Wishing you many years of blogging.


    July 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • Thank you very much Connie.

      Sent from my iPhone


      July 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  32. CONGRATULATIONS Ruth …..!!!! Isn’t it astounding the way we can grow and look back in awe???
    It’s been a joy to be a part of your blog followers. I hope this coming year is a phenomenal one.


    July 30, 2013 at 11:40 pm

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