Eight years ago yesterday, I clicked publish on my very first Pure Florida blog post ... and it promptly vanished into thin air.
That may have been the fault of the dial up modem I was using at the time, or a Blogger glitch. Whatever the case, I kept at it and here we are 8 years later. Writing Pure Florida has allowed me to meet people both virtually and in real life that I never would have crossed paths with had I not become a blogger.
Back then, 3 different labradors shared our home and my 3 kids were all in public
(not "GOVERNMENT"!) schools. Those 3 dogs are gone and yes, I still miss their frisky wet noses.
Those teenage kids are grown up (mostly), with two college grads and one still in college.
I miss them too, but they drop in from time to time.
The 2394 published posts here on Pure Florida focus mostly on my view of our wonderful Florida wildlife and natural areas, but sprinkled in there as seasoning are silly posts, dog posts ... some happy, some sad, family milestones, family loss, opinions, and some pretty awesome early April posts.
Although I shoot for daily posts, longtime readers have to have noticed a wider spacing since I switched my teaching location to Cedar Key. Six "preps" each day ... Comprehensive Science, Chemistry, Anatomy, Biology, Environmental Science, and Marine Science often takes all my blogging time.
I do love blogging though, and I appreciate each and every comment you leave, even if I don't always get back to respond as much as I once did.
Recently, after a long resistance, I gave in and joined "Facebook". That experience has made me love blogging all the more. Facebook seems filled with reposts of wall posters with either religious,political, or nonsense themes. They aren't created by the poster just passed along. Most of the personal posts are wee tiny things, more appropriate to Twitter ... "Eating lunch at McDonalds!"
That's deep stuff.
I like the connections Facebook allows. It IS nice to get in touch with friends old and new, but ... let's just say the content leaves me hungry for something real and substantial.
That hunger is why I will keep writing here at Pure Florida, and reading other blogger's posts on their sites. To me it's the difference between a solid satisfying meal and junk food.
So Pure Florida will remain my home, although I will no doubt bounce around Facebook often to see what the Face Bookians are up to.
Moving on ...there is one more birthday to celebrate here at PFHQ ...
Junior's awesome girl friend Alexis has a birthday today and I hope it has been a great one for her.
Alexis is smart, funny, and just a joy to be around.
I would go on about her,but
... I think the grins say it all.
Happy Birthday Alexis!