2011/02/18

Celebration

At the end of September 2010, I uttered a couple of words partially in jest, partially serious to Uncle Nick, and before I really knew what had hit me, I was the proud and very uncertain owner of a spanking blog. Please note, I have learned my lesson well, I now think carefully before I speak, for it is inevitable that I will have to act upon what was said. Uncle Nick lives by two simple creeds; practise what you preach and/or implement what you agreed upon; failure in these two regards might have some dire consequences to a certain part of my human anatomy.


My IT experience at that stage was limited to pushing an "On” button, putting in a password, waiting for everything to appear, and then happily clicking away getting my work done. If anything did go wrong, it was not a problem at all, the IT department was only a phone call away to sort things out for me. However, all of a sudden I was overwhelmed by conversations in a language I did not understand. HTML, URL, banners, leader boards, links, buttons, SEO, page ranking and keywords were total foreign concepts. I have a good idea what the people busy building the Tower of Babel felt like when suddenly, in a blink of an eye, his neighbour was sprouting some gibberish...


I could romanticize about us, when we were setting up the blog, complete with butterflies, doves, and cotton candy clouds floating in a blue sky next to the rainbow, but that would be a blatant lie. There were a lot of “Can you repeat that in English?” or “Are you speaking English?” but most often it was “What the *&^% are you saying?” The replies were not much better, “What is so difficult to understand?” and “For an intelligent woman, you can act silly” and then the dreaded “F*&^% hell, honestly!!”


At the same time, even though clearly not always impressed with my lack of understanding, he would explain it all over again, until finally Raven Red’s blog made an appearance in early October 2010 for the first time. Uncle Nick’s comments regarding my grammar or my "awful colonial dialect"...well, those ones are not to be repeated in public domain, but every step of the way since the first posting appeared, he still gives me advice on my blog. He continues to compliment me on the number of visits and when finding a photo that he knows I will like, forwards it to me.


I have realised today that I have already posted a hundred times on the blog, and my, how time flies when you are having fun!  And thanks to Uncle Nick interpreting my “maybe I should think about a blog” as “I want to start a blog within the next five minutes”, I have met the most wonderful people along the way, which has made this particular journey worthwhile.


Bonnie  (My Bottom Smarts) that announced the arrival of Raven Red on the blogging scene, Pink  (The Pink Report) that encourages me every day and even proofread a couple of postings for me, and Ronnie (Heart and Soul) with her quiet, wicked sense of humour that came visiting every so often. Then there is Hermione (Hermione’s Heart) that has the most amazing ability to find the oddest, weirdest and funniest photographs on the internet.


As time went past, more and more people came visiting, stayed for a while, and forged very special friendships, Poppy, Devlin, Michael and Season, Erica, Emanuele, Zelle, Arianna, Dioneo and Libby. I eventually plucked up the courage to start commenting on a blog that I regarded as one of thé spanking blogs, and in the process met a wonderful man, erm...lets rather stick with nice man. Okay, fine...I am to report to his study for some obscure misdemeanour, not that I can think whatever I have done wrong that I should be summonsed to appear in front of MarQe.


Then there are the regular commentators whose input I so much appreciates, B’Man that is sadly no longer blogging, Brett B, dd, and Joey. Four months ago, none of these people was in my life, but now, everyone with their little quirks, great sense of humour, wonderful insets and outlooks on life, are there every morning when I wake up, brightening up my world. A hundred posts may not be the biggest achievement, but the rewards so far, are worth every post that I have written.


23 comments:

Brett B said...

It's enough to find time to just read blogs. I'm always impressed by people who are able to post regularly to keep up their own. You provide an interesting and exciting place to visit, candid and personal, so thank you for putting in the time and effort and sharing of your feelings and experiences.

XO

Erica said...

Happy to have found you, Raven! :-) (and I love the cartoon selection -- funny stuff!)

dd said...

Sweetie, we just love you xxx

Dioneo said...

We are very lucky to have your wit and passion with us. Congratulations on the first 100 posts! I look forward to the next 100 and many beyond that!

Zelle said...

Hey Raven... Finally! I'm finding some time to check out my bloggin' buds!

You're just cute as can be! Like Erica said.. your choice of cartoons is a hoot! I love those one panel cartoons that get the point across with one line!

Here's wishing you continued success blogging! I'll be sure to try to check in often!

♥♥ ~Zelle

Zelle said...

ps... that couple in bed.. and then the comment "Are you going to put this on your blog"... cracked me up!! LOL

B'Man said...

One hundred! Excellent...keep up the good work. 'toons were hilarious. Congratulations.

MarQe's Study said...

........ it was going quite well up to the "Wonderful" bit ! I'm flattered that you consider 'The Study' as one of "thé spanking blogs", thank you ;) ....

You live so far away that a 'real' trip to My Study is unlikely, so you can probably relax !

MQ x

Raven Red said...

Brett

Thank you, and thank you for finding time to read my blog. Really does mean the world to me.

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

Erica

Ditto!!

And I must admit, I had so much fun in finding the cartoons, in the end, I had a battle to decide which ones to use - there were so many funny ones

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

dd

Same here.

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

Dioneo

Thank you, working hard on the next 100, promise!

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

Zelle

Thanks for the visit!!

Well, that last panel is quite appropriate - ever since I started with the blogging, as things happen around me, I inevitably start wondering whether I should be blogging about it...(GRIN)

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

B'Man

Happy to see that you are still out there - really do miss the blogs, however, I do hope that you are both doing okay and are having the time of your life!

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

MarQe

Even if I was your next door neighbour, I would really do my utmost for no "real" trip to your study. (GRIN)

And erm...planning a visit to the UK soon, if I am not able to find a job before. Just saying...

Hugs

Raven

Darling C said...

Congrats on your 100th post!!

I found you from a twitter update from PINK and I'm so glad I did. Great blog!

Raven Red said...

Darling C

Thank you, and welcome, and thank you again. (GRIN)

Hugs

Raven

Season said...

Congrats on the big 100! I always enjoy visiting your blog and so happy we have connected out here in blogdom. You have a sexy fun sense of humor. :-)

Pink said...

(Take 6...let's see if my comment finally posts!)

Congratulations on 100 posts, Raven! I feel like I should write Uncle Nick and thank him for encouraging you to start immediately. The spankosphere is that much richer with your voice in it.

Thank you for putting so much of yourself into this blog, revealing what a special & beautiful person you are. I'm thrilled to call myself your friend.

Hugs,

Pink

Raven Red said...

Season, thank you! And erm...that same sexy fun sense of humour also tends to land me up in some hot water at times...(GRIN)

Hugs

Raven

Raven Red said...

Miss Pink

Thank you for your wonderful and kind words.

Your encouragement from day one is so appreciated.

The friendship that has formed between us, has become invaluable to me, the messages left, the emails - through good and bad times.

Lots of hugs and love

Raven

Max Vantage said...

Congrats on 100 blogs. Thank you for the story of how your blog got started. Always love your posts and your pics seem to perfectly sum up the content.

Raven Red said...

Thank you, Max. I am so happy that you do enjoy, and thanks for leaving kind words behind after your visit.

Hugs

Raven

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