Happy Blogday, Books to the Ceiling!

March 22, 2008 at 10:13 pm (Blogging-the process, Blogroll)

happybirthday_cake_by_littlefantasy.jpgThe first entry posted on Books to the Ceiling is dated March 26, 2007. When I began this undertaking – little suspecting the challenges with which it would present me! – one of the many aspects of the blogging process that I struggled with was the last-in-first-out model. And so, Dear Readers, that first entry is entitled “Best of 2006 – Part Two.” Where, you may reasonably ask, is Part One? Well, it ended up being posted several days later, on April 1, 2007, to be exact.

Those two “Best of” posts show how new I was to the process. There was the above noted difficulty which resulted in Part Two of a post preceding Part One. And there’s an obvious – glaring to me at this point, a year later – absence of visuals. Blogging is a classic example of learning by doing, though. I’ve now reached a level of comfort with the software that allows me to focus on content. There’s more I could learn, I know – but I’ve been too busy writing, uploading, and linking to take the time to delve deeper into WordPress’s many features.

I’d like to celebrate my first year of blogging by spending more time on some of the other terrific blogs I’ve come to know and enjoy. I’ m going to start at the top of my blogroll and work my way down. And it will be my pleasure to point you to posts that I think you’d enjoy reading.

Books to the Ceiling is much more labor intensive than I thought it would be. Writing, which I’ve been doing in erratic spurts since childhood and which my mother did beautifully, is proving to be much harder than I thought it would be. At times, I feel that I am struggling to keep the element of enjoyment foremost. Nevertheless – I persevere! And I really have to thank, first and foremost, my husband Ron, whose unfailing support, both technical and general, has been indispensable. (I’m always teasing him about being “the wind beneath my wings,” at which time he rolls his eyes heavenward!) My friends have also been enthusiastic and generous; this is especially true of Lisa B. from the Central Library. Thanks, Lisa!


  1. BooksPlease said,

    Belated Happy blogday, Roberta. I’ve been away for a few days and am just catching up with the blog world! Has a year really gone by so quickly? I didn’t find your blog until after I started writing mine and I was so pleased to find someone else who had just retired and was writing about books too. I have enjoyed reading your blog ever since. Thanks for your kind words in the next post – I was so surprised.

    Like you I do find writing a blog much more time-consuming and labour intensive than I thought it would be! And sometimes the words just will not flow as I would like – so your compliment is really appreciated. Sometimes I think I set my target of writing about what I have read too high – I can’t catch up with my own reading and then I have to remember I’m doing this because I enjoy reading and writing!

    I hope you keep on enjoying writing your blog and then I can carry on enjoying reading it.

  2. Roberta Rood said,

    Many thanks for your gracious comments! And it really helps to know I’m not the only one struggling.

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