Ten, Ten, Do It Again

Woman Writing at a Table by Thomas P. Anschutz.  When I first glanced at this image I thought she had a cradle at her foot. I wish she did, that would make this image perfect for this post. That's how I see myself as a blogger, writing with the baby at my feet. (Or at the breast.)

Woman Writing at a Table by Thomas P. Anschutz.
When I first glanced at this image I thought she had a cradle at her foot. I wish she did, that would make this image perfect for this post. That’s how I see myself as a blogger, writing with the baby at my feet. (Or at the breast.)

Well here we are again, The Wine Dark Sea has a birthday. Now we are ten! Double digits. Aren’t we getting big?

I feel like I should write some kind of fabulous retrospective but I find that I’ve already done a few of those.

When we were five: The Wine Dark Sea Turns Five!!! (and so does Bonny Glen!)

Just a quick check-in for six: Now We Are Six

For seven I wrote seven quick takes, Seven for Seven, looking back at highlights of the previous seven years.

Eight: Eight Is Great. I guess I was still recovering from Lucy’s birth and not feeling very peppy, but I still marked the day.

I didn’t mark nine last year because I was preoccupied with posting a poem and a painting every day.

So here we are… ten. Ten years. Ten years of blogging. Yep. Five kids, ten years. So many words. I feel like I should be gushing, but instead I’m preoccupied. I’m a little sad really that my blog these days is mostly learning notes and an occasional excerpt from what I’m reading and not much real writing. It’s a season, yes. It’s also Facebook and distraction.

But I love this blog. It’s been a labor of love and I could no more think of giving it up than I could think of giving up one of my children. I’m looking forward to another decade of writing in this space.

I can’t even imagine what life will look like in another ten year. For one, I’ll have four teenagers. I’m guessing by that point I’ll be writing much less about the kids and be back to blogging about books and poetry and ideas as the core of what is here. Or who knows I might be writing about other stuff altogether.

Thanks to all of you who are still around and reading. I very much appreciate my readers. This blog just wouldn’t be the same without you.

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22 Responses to Ten, Ten, Do It Again

  1. Jenny January 20, 2015 at 11:43 am #

    Congratulations!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 22, 2015 at 12:14 am #

      Thank you, Jenny. And here’s hoping to see you hit your ten year blogging mark someday. πŸ˜‰

  2. Catherine January 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Congratulations! I think I’ve been reading your blog since at least the 5 year mark. πŸ™‚

    I totally understand the season of life as my own blogging is nothing more than learning notes and book reviews as well. That depresses me sometimes, but I just don’t have the space in my life for the reflection that writing requires. That depresses me too sometimes, but it is just where I’m at!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 22, 2015 at 12:13 am #

      Thank you, Catherine. It’s good to recognize that blogging, like the rest of life, has it’s seasons. And learning notes and book reviews aren’t nothing. In fact, many people wonder how I manage to do those.

  3. The Sojourner January 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

    I didn’t even have an email address ten years ago. But I think I started reading your blog shortly after Bella was born, so I apparently caught on to internet life pretty quick. πŸ™‚ Congrats!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 22, 2015 at 12:11 am #

      Thanks, dear Sojourner. It’s been so fun to have you along for the ride.

  4. Zagorka January 21, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Dear Melanie,
    I am reading your blog since the winter of 2009 and am enjoying all your writing and thinking very much. I try to offer my reading as a prayer for your family
    ( hoping that offering nice things works πŸ˜‰ )
    Congratulations from Germany!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 21, 2015 at 11:57 pm #

      Thank you for reading, Zagorka. I appreciate your prayers so much. God bless you.

  5. Heather January 21, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    I think I have been quietly reading your blog since Bella was a baby! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here, whatever that looks like at different times. I have enjoyed reading the learning notes since it is such a great daily glimpse into another homeschooling home!

    You have introduced me to so many great books, too! Thank you for that! I would have never heard of Connie Willis if it weren’t for you and Melissa Wiley. =)

  6. Sarah E January 21, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Congratulations, Melanie! I’ve been an on again, off again reader for years now (I still remember what an impression on me you made when you wrote a thoughtful piece about motherhood and celebrities when Sophie was {I think} just a newborn. My takeaway at the time: this woman is very intelligent, and she’s also superwoman to be writing so thoughtfully with a newborn in her life!!!) I would love to find the time to comment more often as I love witnessing the sort of friendships that develop in comment boxes. Also, for what it’s worth, while I enjoy all of your writing your learning notes, book reviews, and art & poetry posts are always must-reads for me. I would even go so far as to say that it has been your encouraging example more than anything else that has kept me going with homeschooling my 1st grader in the chaos of life with other small children. Gosh, now I feel like I’ve said too much, but I really am grateful and have been wanting to tell you. So…keep up the good work and thank you so much for keeping up with your blog! πŸ™‚

  7. Emily J. January 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! How quickly ten years fly!

  8. Meg January 22, 2015 at 5:41 am #

    I’ve been following you almost all of your 10 years! Stumbled upon you, when I was seeking faithful Catholic blogs. Never a commenter, just silently reading your insightful views on our faith and life. I only follow about 5 blogs and you are definitely one of my highlights. I love all your posts. Books, life experiences, your children…it’s all wonderfully written and told. Thank you for your perseverance. Please know it’s appreciated; you have lifted me up on sad days. And your family is adorable! Congratulations!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 22, 2015 at 11:05 pm #

      Thank you, Meg. Thanks for reading and thank you for the beautiful comment. I’m very touched.

  9. Karen Edmisten January 22, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    I, for one, hope you never stop writing here! It will be ten years for me, too (later this year) and those years have passed so quickly and have given me so much to be thankful for, including you. Hugs and congrats!

    • Melanie Bettinelli January 22, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

      Thank you, Karen! Now why did I think you’d been blogging for ever so much longer than me? I’m so very glad to have found you too.

  10. kim schildbach January 24, 2015 at 8:11 am #

    I’m so glad I found you blog. I’ll be with you for the next 10!

  11. scotch meg February 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Late, late (as usual, my kids would say!). But I still wish Wine Dark Sea a happy birthday and many returns of the day.

    • Melanie Bettinelli February 1, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

      Always happy to hear from you. Never too late. Thanks for the well wishes and hoping we get to see you over Feb break.

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