Sunday, January 20, 2019

Milestone: 600 Posts

Two posts ago was my 600th post on this blog. That feels like a milestone. So, even though I haven't posted much in the last couple of years, I have written a heck of a lot of posts. And, that's just the posts I've written since moving my blog to this domain. Sadly, all my older posts have been lost over time and with moves from blogger to Wordpress and back.

Since starting this blog on September 29, 2009:
  • We brought Chewbacca home to live with us (December 2011)
  • I've graduated from College twice (December 2009 and August 2012). 
  • I wrote a master's thesis.
  • Got accepted to the Ph.D program at TWU, but decided against going.
  • We've moved from Texas to Utah (2015). 
  • I've lost two living grandparents (Grandma Wilma and Grandma Marylou). 
  • One of our best friends, Tommy, passed away (December 30, 2017)
  • Worked as a freelance writer.
  • Worked as a graduate assistant and writing center tutor.
  • Taught English to college students.
  • Worked in utility billing, as a clerk for a company that does large scale print jobs, did customer service, and held a low level leadership position.
  • Our sweet kitty, Galileo passed away (RIP - January 8, 2019)
And those are just my milestones. Matt has his own series of wins and difficulties during that time, but they wouldn't mean much here, so I'll just say he's gotten several job promotions and leave it at that. 

According to my trusty blog stats:
  • My most popular post was 21 Day Fix & Shakeology (38,053 hits)
  • Second most popular is Happy Halloween: Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" (33,713 hits)
  • Most of my traffic comes from google, with viewers in the US.
  • This blog has 215, 313 page views, all time.
  • I've had an uncountable number of themes (not even going to try to count them).
  • I changed my blog domain from to
That's most of it, I think. I just find it pretty fun that I've been writing on this blog long enough to have posted 600+ entries, not including the unpublished ranty blog posts I wrote and never posted along the way... and there have definitely been a few. 

Since blogger is where I originally started blogging an eternity ago, I wanted to share again my first ever premium blog theme from back when my blog was called "ya don't say...", because it's fun. I gotta say, I still like it. 


  1. Whoa, you have come such a long way! It's insane how much can happen in nine years. Even when life feels like it's been relatively static, it turns out it was changing the whole time.

    I love it that you still have your first blogger theme! I know my very first 'customized' theme was something with a black screen and shiny, colorful bubbles. I wish I still had it--it'd be so cool to see it again. I think the name of my blog at that time was "Iridescent Bubbles." My goodness what a wretched name. Lol

    I just checked my post count and I'm at 578, so it looks like I'm right behind you. If you include unpublished posts, I'm at 697. I'm a little shocked to see that I have 119 posts that I never published. I'm sure a bunch of those are drafts that I started and never finished, so I don't think they count for much.

    Congrats on reaching 600!

    1. Thank you! I definitely think we don't really see how much we change if we don't take the time to put things into perspective. Every day bleeds together, years pass, but so much happens during that time!

      I don't still have the theme, just a picture of it. I got it from Wayback Machine. When I google it now, it doesn't come up, so it doesn't store pages forever. If you remember your URL for that Iridescent Bubbles, you can put it in there and may be able to see what it looked like way back then!