Ten Years Already!

It came as a mild shock to realise that I have now had this blog for ten years. What a lot of water under the bridge! There I was in September 2011, plodding along comfortably in what the French call “le train-train quotidien” with no expectations of any major changes in my life, when I decided to upload my bits ‘n’ bobs of versification and musings on events plus the odd painting. Pussyfooting about the pond of my life, as I saw it at the time. And then – whoosh! I was swept right into the water and had to learn to swim.

I repeat for the nth time how glad I am that I have never known what lay ahead of me! But this blog has been more valuable to me in the past decade than I could ever have imagined at that time. It has provided an outlet during some difficult days, as well as an introduction to some precious cyber friends whom I would otherwise never have had any contact with. I look back over these posts, dipping in here and there, and find things I had completely forgotten writing about, and remembering others very vividly.

My posts have been less frequent recently, and – to continue my metaphor – I think I have probably hauled myself back onto the shore for a short respite. At least, I’m not paddling quite as madly as I was a few years ago! Time to pause and take stock again.

My perspective has changed, and what I saw as a pond or pool now looks much more like a stream or river. It flows, imperceptibly and subtly changing from one moment to the next, never exactly the same as the water swirls and ripples, reflecting different colours and shades as the light fall varies. There’s nothing new or original about this perception. “Panta rei” – all things flow – wrote Heraclitus, observing famously that we can’t step into the same river twice.

So here I am already, beginning a second decade of blogging. How will that go? Will blogs even exist in ten years’ time? More to the point, am I likely still to be alive and able to blog in another ten years? If I am still here, I hope I’ll still be able to communicate in some way, that I’ll have something worthwhile to pass on, and that there will still be a few folk around who understand and appreciate my ramblings. 

I sat down on a bench last Saturday morning to wait for a friend to come back from the post office, and a little old lady parked herself beside me. We didn’t know each other, but were soon chatting away and exchanging platitudes such as “I’m so grateful to wake up in the morning without any pain” and “What a beautiful world this is!” (we are in the Swiss Alps after all!). 

We were then joined by another lady passing by, who knew my new acquaintance, so I was very soon informed about all the salient details of their lives, including their ages and the fact that the newcomer had been happily married for 50 years but couldn’t celebrate properly because of Covid-19 and her husband’s recent hip replacement. When my friend arrived and I said goodbye to them, I thought: I shall probably never see either of these two ladies again, but for a few minutes we were able to cheer, encourage and comfort one another in a world that might well appear threatening. 

I hope that my blog might have a similar effect on those who drop in on it – whether my few faithful followers, or the casual passer-by. Let’s just sit here on this virtual bench for a few minutes and exchange cheering, encouraging and comforting thoughts, as long as the Lord allows.

19 thoughts on “Ten Years Already!

  1. What a lovely image – the blog as park bench. Perfect way to describe how it works.

    Blogging is a living thing. I had The Laughing Housewife for twelve years and it changed many times. I think perhaps it matured as I matured as a writer. For that last three or four years, though, it was mostly neglected as I dealt with life issues, and I eventually had to admit that it was time to move on. That was a tough decision to make and follow through on. I’m glad you’ve been able to keep yours going.

    By the way, The Park Bench would be a great blog name 🙂

  2. Nice story. Thanks for sharing. This blog convinces me that I need to get out more. Covid has made me hesitant to get out and about; however, I think moving about the city and surrounding areas exposes me to things that trigger ideas for blogging. Lately, whenever I go to the well to draw something to blog about, the well is dry. I suppose that’s just the way it is sometimes.

    • Make hay while the sun shines! I have never regretted my blog, though I was apprehensive at the start. And may I add how much I enjoy reading yours and admiring your beautiful photos.

  3. Dear Catterel, I love so much what you say in this blog that I want to reblog it to maybe give some more people the chance to comment on it. Thank you so much for still doing some blogging! I don’t think, I’ll be around in ten years, but it would nice if you could still be blogging in another ten years!
    Yes, like chatting on a park bench, this is what this blogging often is. 🙂
    Love, Uta 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on AuntyUta and commented:
    Dear Catterel, I love so much what you say in this blog that I want to reblog it to maybe give some more people the chance to comment on it. Thank you so much for still doing some blogging! I don’t think, I’ll be around in ten years, but it would nice if you could still be blogging in another ten years!
    Yes, like chatting on a park bench, this is what this blogging often is. 🙂
    Love, Uta

  5. Your words over the years have been deeply appreciated. I also am in my tenth year (it will be eleven on 16 October). Though not sure when began following your comments, it seems as if it was relatively soon after that. Times have changed and we with it — none of us have grown any younger.

    I sincerely hope both of us can look back in another ten years in wonder that so much more remains to still be said. I am truly grateful for our “park bench” and always look forward to the virtual visits with those who have shared their thought while not being overly critical of my rambling postings.

    • Hi Lew. Thank you for your comment – this is a fine example of how easy it is to mov e from one bench to another, via mutual cyber-friends! I have “met” you at Aunty Uta’s, so now welcome to mine!

  6. Yes, what a lovely post and so well expressed. I too wonder if blogging will continue as now there are so many other forms of word exchanges, Facebook, Messages, Twitter etc.
    I started some years ago, and am slowing down spending more time just walking with my dog, Bentley.
    I will try to at least reach 90 years of age, hence more walking to keep fit. A lot of words I now share with a very fine group of people that meet each morning at the local cricket club in town under the shade of large trees. A rather unique sight now that Lockdowns are keeping people cooped up. We defy the rule somewhat, but do keep space and wear facemasks.
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  7. We’ve both been at it about the same amount of time. You put it all so well. I like your metaphor of the stream of life. It really does ebb and flow, changes course, rages like rapids at times, then stall into glossy pools of barely disturbed water.

    I’m glad we both plunged in. I’m glad to have met you and to keep dipping my toe in your stream.

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