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Monday, June 29, 2009

Celebrations.









I want to acknowledge my 100 follower:

http://www/. midlifejobhunter.blogspot.com

100 :That's more than I ever anticipated. How did it happen? What makes people jump in and follow you?
Now, you'd think I'm the only one out there surprised. I bet those of you with two-three-eight hundred followers are just smiling.

To my followers: thank you for adding your name and face to this blog. I hear from you now and then, sometimes never. I try to follow you also. We meet in places frequented by mutual friends. We begin to exchange comments, leave tokens for each other, begin to recognize patterns. Soon, we could finish each other's sentences.


Thank you for reading my thoughts, leaving me thoughts, sharing your lives with me. I wish you success in what you are pursuing at the moment.



We are all pilgrims here, making our way through brambles and clumps and tall grass that could hide dangers and disappointments. Some of us will retreat, too old, too tired to go forward. Some of us will scratch our way through. We will encourage others and show by our example that the road can be forged by anyone. It takes courage to share. It takes stamina and grit to continue doing something if nobody else cares about it.


So, for caring, for following, for leaving comments, these awards are yours to take, one and all.








54 comments:

potsoc said...

I came out of curiosity because Man of Roma had spoken about your blog. I continued out of a desire to see where you were going and I stay because I find the response to your blog absolutely fascinating.
At the beginning I thougth this was a mutual admiration society, now I see it as much more: a virtual community of friends sharing and contributing to the general wellbeing of all through their common experiences as well as what defines them individually.
Keep it up, I'll be back and you are always welcome to my blog.

Cynthia said...

I know what you mean...your words express my thoughts. Congratulations for your blogging success and may you have another hundred soon!!!

Btw, I gave you an award over at Oasis Writing Link (OWL) blog. It's also your for the taking.

Thank you for your courage to share your life and thoughts at sixtyfivewhatnow blog. We all blog into the void...isn't it wonderful when people read and respond!!! <3

Beth said...

I love following you! You offer such sage advice and a friendly demeanor. How I'd love to sit with you over a long, leisurely dinner!

Pyzahn said...

Very, very nicely said, Rosaria. You bring a cheerful insight to many in the blogosphere.

If there were more hours in the day, it would be fun to put together a chart to figure out how followers make their way to us. Kind of like the Six Degrees of Separation theory.

Looking forward to hearing more of your life.

NitWit1 said...

Congratulations on 100 followers.

Because of problems with Internet Explorer after Blogger's last upgrade I had to remove my Follow gadget, which amuses me--it is Bloggers own gadget.

I was getting "Operation Aborted" on my own blog and still get it with others who have that gadget. You can hit "Back" arrow one or two times, and you can read the blog, but what a pain. And some persons are having trouble commenting on my blog.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Rosaria, many congratulations on your 100th follower - I will check her out. I note some other bloggers are quite close to the ton - Lola on 99, for one plus some others. As for me I am quite pleased with my 41 even though one of them is trying to sell me wallpaper and one is a dating agency, making unwanted and unsolicited comments on my blog (I hear a post forming between my ears).
Imagining a following of 100 is quite a milestone for a new boy like me to get to grips with.
Your words of encouragement on your post are fantastic and an inspiration to the likes of me - your advice, wonderful and I thank you.
I now have fixed my blog to show activity over a long distance so hopefully I can catch you on my radar better.
Thank you very much for the awards. I will sellotape them to my sidebar and wear them with pride from a loyal and true friend - with affection ~ Eddie x

Eddie Bluelights said...

Hi Rosaria, many congratulations on your 100th follower - I will check her out. I note some other bloggers are quite close to the ton - Lola on 99, for one plus some others. As for me I am quite pleased with my 41 even though one of them is trying to sell me wallpaper and one is a dating agency, making unwanted and unsolicited comments on my blog (I hear a post forming between my ears).
Imagining a following of 100 is quite a milestone for a new boy like me to get to grips with.
Your words of encouragement on your post are fantastic and an inspiration to the likes of me - your advice, wonderful and I thank you.
I now have fixed my blog to show activity over a long distance so hopefully I can catch you on my radar better.
Thank you very much for the awards. I will sellotape them to my sidebar and wear them with pride from a loyal and true friend - with affection ~ Eddie x

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I consider myself fortunate to be one of the hundred followers.

Brian Miller said...

congrats on hitting 100! just a few away myself. smiles. here's to many more in teh days to come as we share our stories with the world.

Sujatha said...

Congratulations, Rosiaria! This summer has taken on a life of its own, so I'm not here as often as I'd like to be these days, but reading your comments on my posts is always a delight! And I'm sure you're on your way to a 100 more. Thanks for sharing your experiences, your perspective and your wisdom.

Cheers!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Congrats from me, #99 :-)

I look forward to getting to know you and came here for the first time for an Oregon "fix" but found so much more!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Very, very nicely said.
I'd like to understand our people who follow but never comment though. What's all that about?

Amy said...

Rosaria:

Congratulations! Isn't it wonderful how some of your "followers" have become lovely Bloggy friends?! I hope that you continue your happy journey into the Land of Blog and that you keep taking us with you. Cheers!

Angela Recada said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad I found your blog a few months ago, and I'm not at all surprised that 99 others follow you, as well. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog and read your thoughts, and I always so enjoy the comments you leave on my blogs, too.

By the way, your comment on my blog today was very realistic and very poetic. It made me smile. Thank you.

And don't be surprised when you reach 200 followers soon!

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful post. I'm really moved. Thank you!
And Congratulations!!
Catherine

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Congratulations on 100! You are making an impact!

Gaston Studio said...

Congrats Rosaria on 100 followers! I think I'm in the last 20 as I found you through David's Authorblog POTD and so glad I did.

You're so right that we're stumbling along, in our own way and to our own ends, and it's fantastic that others want to read our travels.

Jane

Debbie said...

Congrats on your 100! We get kinda wrapped up in those numbers, don't we. I lost one two days ago and I felt so sad. Silly, isn't' it?

Lori ann said...

Dear Rosaria,

I am smiling for you, happy 100th. I liked how you put it, being a pilgrim, a pioneer. I love to learn about others and get a better understanding of people and our world. I think most people feel the same way.

Ribbon said...

Thank you and congratulations Rosaria :-)

I follow because you are welcoming.
I also thoroughly enjoy what you share and respect your years of experience.

I think I first arrived here via a visit from you, but I don't exactly remember to be honest.

take care and a hug for you.
Ribbon

Hit 40 said...

I found you through a comment that you left on a blog. I enjoy your writing style and pictures. Very relaxing. Congratulations on 100!

I'll grab some blog bling right now to link back to your site. Very fun. You will find the award on my sidebar.

La Belette Rouge said...

That is so lovely of you to celebrate your 100th follower.I am happy to be one of your 100. And, congratulations to you!!! A celebration is in order!!!

Renee said...

Congratulations dear one. You receive all the accolades you get and more.

And since I am a follower of yours it is a real pleasure.

You are amazing, truly.

Love Renee xoxo

karen said...

Hi Rosaria, I do love your blog, adn that wonderful stamina and grit! I hope lots more folk press the follow button! Just been catching up on everybody's posts after being away, and have to say I really LOVED the walk in the park, and learning about the sixes river x

Shadow said...

wht lovely awards, congratulations.

Natalie said...

We follow you because you are funny, intelligent and warm. Oh, ok.... you are wise, and can write a good sentence or two, as well. I like to think that I am a discerning follower, as I believe I was amongst the first handful. Lucky me.xx♥

Lola said...

How thoughtful and beautiful of you to post this, dear Rosaria. Congratulations!
I love what you say about us being pilgrims, and as far as forging the pattern to tread along, that's exactly what you did for me.

I am honored to be in that 100.
Ciao
Lola

Rob-bear said...

Congratulations on having 100 followers.

What you write is worthy of attention. That's why people follow you.

But how are you going to keep track of all of us?

Tessa said...

I so agree with Beth up there - I, too, would absolutely love to share a long leisurely meal with you and to learn more from you than I already do from following your thought-provoking, erudite and friendly blog and the lovely images you post. Your comments on my blog are treasured. Thank you very much, lakeviewer, it is an honour to 'know you'.

Man of Roma said...

Rosaria, I agree with Paul, there is something fascinating about your blog and the circle you have gathered around it. Congratulations. Today I will add you to my list of recommended blogs.

You provide a warm sense of community, of going together 'scratching our way through'. And one feels you are idealistic and sage, and that you have learned it the hard way. All this is not so common nowadays. There is a lot of void.

I think the support from readers is well deserved, and much more are about to show up, I'm sure.

Ciao!

merrilymarylee said...

What a grand way to start the month!

You could start a small town with that many!

lakeviewer said...

Hi folks, thanks for visiting and leaving such kind words. One hundred folks may live in a town, but only a few visit regularly. Rob asked how I can keep up with 100.
It's easy for me because I used to run a school bigger than my present town. After the first few months people's patterns begin to establish: maladies, concerns, patterns of posting.

You tend to visit more often with people who make you feel at home; you tend to wish you knew more about some others. Mostly, you return the visit, appreciate the hospitality.

That's a community out there, connecting on many levels.

I especially thank Costo, Man of Roma, Rob-bear,Eddie, Brian, for hanging out with an old woman. Frankly, it goes to show that women and men can develop real friendships. Or. it goes to show that these men have grown up, and we women have stopped playing the same adolescent games.

All continents are represented here, all time zones, all races and creeds as well. If we can talk to each other, there is hope for the rest of the world in conflict.

Ciao. Au revoir. Pace Nostrum.

Man of Roma said...

Hey Rosaria, you're not an old woman!!!

Your soul is young and strong, one can feel it!

And, if you're 65, I am 61, and Paul, he will tell ya. Of course a man can be friends with a woman! We adore the other side of our species! You are the salt of earth! You are marvellous!

And we're not all like our prime minister who, though being 72-3, is (allegedly) after teenagers!

;-)

potsoc said...

Well Rosaria if you are an old woman at 65, what am I at 78? A fossil perhaps. Come on young one snap out of the old age syndrome; it's between your two ears and nowhere else.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Rosaria, you are very kind calling me a young man, or implying it. Actually I am 65 in October. I must have done relly good sell job.
I in no way think of you as, how did you say it? "for hanging out with an old woman".
Rubbish!! neither you or I are old!! we are young, or we feel young - so there everyone!!
You are a lovely lady and I respect your writing ability, your openness, your hospitality, your encouragement to others and your friendship. My only regret is, due to insufficient time availability, I am not able to visit your super blog and posts as often as I would like. Your Brit buddy, Eddie x

Mary said...

8 or 100 - what's in a number? Bless em all, I say. Bless em all!

You are right in saying it takes effort to continue blogging - for now I am all out of it - but one day I shall be back with a whole lot more random stuff - so keep me on your list honey - and blog on!!!!!

willow said...

Congratulations on the well deserved awards and for your 100th follower, as well! :^)

God of Another World said...

Well said! Not a surprise, though. You always have wonderful insights into our world both out there and in this blogosphere.

Kim Kasch said...

Great job - having friends is like having blooms in the garden and cyber friends are flowers you can take with you wherever you go :)

Rob-bear said...

Thanks for your kind remarks, Rosaria. Thoughtful as always.

I know you’re 65 (the age of “certifiable decrepitude” is what a friend calls it). But you are not OLD. As potsoc said, this age stuff is between your ears. You’re interested in everything around you, as well as charming and interesting to know. And your writing is splendid. You’re getting to know us. As you said, “After the first few months people's patterns begin to establish: maladies, concerns, patterns of posting.”

In short, instead of saying you’re old, I would say you are a delightful and “venerable” member of our society.

sallymandy said...

Congratulations, and your 100 followers are well deserved. You have a lovely blog and much to say.

david mcmahon said...

Congratulations on reaching three figures. What a great achievement - and richly deserved.

Polly said...

well done on all the awards! they are all well deserved.

I know what you mean about the followers, I've only got 62 so far but I'm amazed that there are 62 people in the world willing to read my ramblings. I love them all for that! And comments are so important, because after all blogging is mostly about interaction.

Saying that, life gets in the way sometimes and I missed your last post. Beautiful photos, it's absolutely stunning where you live. I hope you have a nice summer so that you can take more pictures like that.

Dave King said...

Congrats on your following. It is truly deserved.

Kikit said...

100 Followers! Wow, that's just so great. I still have a long way to go to reach that achievement in Blogland. :)

But honestly, I'm not wondering why so many people love to read your blogs and share a piece of what they know. Your posts are always insightful and interesting.

I'm sorry for not being able to comment these past few days. Blogging has taken the back seat recently but I'm hoping things will fall into place soon.

Thanks Rosaria! :)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"We are all pilgrims here, making our way through brambles and clumps and tall grass that could hide dangers and disappointments."

I think this type of writing is why I became your 100th. It is a pleasure to be a follower.

Paris said...

Congrats on your 100th follower! How inspiring that must be and feel. I know I am new to your blog, but I am enjoying it thus far! =)

Sarah Laurence said...

Happy 100! I agree that the community of blogging makes it special. As for your success, I'm sure it has to do with nature: your kind nature and the lovely nature photos like those in the post below.

Abe Lincoln said...

It is nice to know that all kinds of people think you are the greatest and me too.

Diana said...

lakeviewer, thank you for stopping by at my Feng Shui blog....hope it was informative. I may need to be your 101st follower :-)

Butternut Squash said...

What a beautiful tribute to your followers. Congratulations on the big 100. I just stopped by to say hello and see what you are up to. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Butternut.

Pinkerbell said...

I'm number 103!! I thought I'd signed up before, but I couldnt' see myself on the list...

A hundred is impressive but also a lot of hard work - I have trouble keeping up with about 40 blogs!

Woman in a Window said...

Roasaria, we come because of your spirit. And we'll surely come again.

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