June 28, 2004


One year ago today, I published my first post on my very own blog (using Blogger).

My first reader was someone from vail.net (I have yet to know specifically who that is). My first link was from Minnetta. My very first commentor was Kris, who decided to start her own blog and bless us with her thoughts and takes on life.

What a year. I began to blog as a method of relief for my brain from the thousands of thoughts that pass through my head in a day. I had moved 900 miles from a wonderful network of friends and family. It was challenging to say the least.

One day, I recalled a chance meeting with a friendly woman in a Barnes and Noble. We chatted for a moment and she introduced her husband, who is a much better looking version of Robert DeNiro. They mentioned that they kept a blog ("A what?"). We exchanged e-mail addresses and they included their blog address. Kenyon and Julie have since taken down their site, although I still hear from them occasionally as Kenyon is thoughtful and sends me pictures via e-mail of family events. House-of-Boo-Boos was my second link and my inspiration for blogging.

I gained most of my readers through the tongue lashing of The Daily Kos writer (what's his name again?). I guess it goes to show that there's no such thing as bad publicity. A few of my readers came to me via Blog Madness, and I found some of my favorites from that little game myself.

In April (?)I moved over to Munuviana and with the help of The Bartender and Pam (Pam designed the beautiful banner), the move went smoothly and I got out of the (although newly renovated) projects of blogdom.

Through this tiny little space on the web, I have made a few friends, maintained my sanity, and found a way to read the real news of the world-the daily navigation of people through life.

Thanks for a wonderful year.

Posted by Rae at June 28, 2004 10:28 AM

Happy Blogiversary.

Does it get any easier after one year to explain to your spouse why you blog?

Posted by: david_d at June 28, 2004 06:47 PM

Unfortuately, no.

But thanks for the lovely sentiments :)

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 08:53 PM

P.S. What say you to Mr. Fujimura? I am curious about your thoughts...

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 08:55 PM

Hey! Congratulations, friend! Whoop! Whoop! If I were in Iraq (or South L.A.) I'd shoot a rifle into the air to celebrate! Hmm, come to think of it, South L.A. is only about a 15 minute drive this time of day. Look, if you see a guy on the news that looks like a Mormon missionary shooting a gun in the air that's me celebrating.

Posted by: Patrick at June 28, 2004 09:24 PM

So that means you have a fresh short hair cut, and are wearing a white short sleeve (ugh!) shirt with a tie and shiny black shoes with a name tag referring to your shiny chin as "Elder?"

Come now, Patrick, I know you to be far more fashionable than that- I checked out your Gap wish list when it was on your old site!

Thanks for being willing to risk a drive to South L.A., brandishing a weapon all in celebration for little ole me :)

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 09:40 PM

Actually, I'm in a white t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. Can Elders get away with that?

I once surprised my family on Halloween by dressing up as a Mormon missionary. It was a hit. I should see if I can find the picture.
No offense to any LDS folks. Come on, I've seen the priest and nun costumnes for years!

Posted by: Patrick at June 28, 2004 09:47 PM

Happy anniversary! Congrats on a year of wonderful writing.

Posted by: emily at June 28, 2004 10:03 PM

Now that's funny, Patrick! Yes, pictures required. My mother once owned a flesh colored full body suit in which she worked out. She donned it and a trench coat and high tops and ta-da-a F*l*a*s*h*e*r. It was quite creative, I thought.

Ah, thanks, Emily. I think you're a wonderful writer:)

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 10:19 PM

Happy One year blogaversary, Rae! (Mine is coming up to).

I first became aware of you through Kos' ungentlemanly behavior toward you: proof that God moves in mysterious ways.

Patrick: you better come down here packin'! If not, I'll vouch for you. ;-)

Posted by: Juliette at June 28, 2004 10:26 PM

Happy Anniversary, Rae. I must start reading your blogs in addition to Patrick's(remember, I'm new to this). His are funny and insightful, but sometimes you just need the tender (yet insane) thoughts of another woman...ya know? By the way, is that you on the banner? It must be...wow! Beautiful AND smart. How do you do it with the kids? I just got more stupid and tired looking after each kid. C'est La Vie!

Posted by: Kadi Prescott at June 28, 2004 10:55 PM

Yes, indeed, mysterious and wonderful ways. Thanks, Juliette. I am always so inspired by your writing :) You know if you ever travel to Las Vegas, let me know or if you want to do some serious hiking, the other thing Utah is full of is mountain trails (the first being quite obvious, I think ;)

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 10:57 PM

Happy blogiversary my dear friend. I do so enjoy my daily dose (sometimes daily, and other times I am forced to wait several days) of you via your fabulous blog. What a woman, what a thinker, and what a writer you are!

Posted by: Kris at June 28, 2004 11:01 PM

Happy Blogiversary, Ms Rae!!1!

Posted by: Madfish Willie at June 28, 2004 11:09 PM

Thanks Mr. Bartender. It all looks good here because of you :)

Kadi, you are soooo kind. I just have a good photographer. Every girl should have one.

Aren't all yours still small? My youngest is four and there's no way I could have attempted blogging when my girls were little. Naptime wasn't just for the babies. Mama conked out, too :)

My friend Kris had five children in six years. She is one amazing woman.

Posted by: Rae at June 28, 2004 11:16 PM

Rae, don't let Kadi fool you. She's drop-dead georgeous and I'd say that in front of my brother too!

Posted by: Patrick at June 29, 2004 12:02 AM

Juliette, I'd need some serious vouching for. That's for sure.

Posted by: Patrick at June 29, 2004 12:04 AM

Congratulations, Rae! Mine comes up in Sept.... time passes quickly when you've got lots to write about!

Keep it going :)

Posted by: Patti at June 29, 2004 05:38 AM

Oh, I believe Kadi is beautiful; I mean, a Prescott man married her, right?

Thanks, Patti :) I'll be watching so I can "sing" the blogiversary song to you.

Posted by: Rae at June 29, 2004 06:48 AM

Happy Blogiversary, Rae. I enjoy reading your site. :)

Posted by: Craig at June 29, 2004 08:51 AM

On Mr. Fujimura—I am not moved by Japanese art. If I am not emotionally moved by a work of art, or a style, I don't feel there is much I can/should comment on. Sorry to let you down.

Posted by: david_d at June 29, 2004 09:39 AM

Patrick, you flatterer! (blushing)
Rae, I'd like the name of that photographer, if you have it. If you saw our last family picture, you'd die laughing. Our heads are cut off, one kid is wearing his spider man costume..ya know what...I'll just send it to you. I'm sure you could use a laugh!

Posted by: Kadi Prescott at June 29, 2004 09:46 AM

Studio West Photography (Karl). We have had a few like that, but really since I have been going to Karl, they have been terrific. He is the kind who will have you move a hair and will tell you to put on a bit more make-up or whatever, so you really like the end results. I believe Patrick, you have got to be gorgeous :)

David- no let down at all. Was just curious :)

Posted by: rae at June 29, 2004 10:00 AM

I'm a day late, but I hope the thought still counts. :)

Happy Blogiversary. Looking forward to reading many, many more things from and about you. You rock!

Posted by: Natalie at June 29, 2004 12:38 PM

In Cuban, people with the same names or birthdates are called "tocayos". It means we share a kinship.

Happy Blogiversary Tocaya!!!

Posted by: Val Prieto at June 29, 2004 12:52 PM

Another awesome pic of the lovely Rae when she visited her kindred spirit, Kris (that's me), here...


Posted by: Kris at June 29, 2004 02:32 PM

Thanks, Natalie (I paid her for those sentiments ;) :) I love reading Natalie- she's so self-effacing that it makes her totally relateable. I think rock :)

Val- yo hablo espaņol tambien. Necessito practicar. Gracias para me aprendio (?) una palabra nueva. Mis professores son de otros paises (Espaņa y Mexico). Thanks for telling me the cool name- Tocaya :)

Kris, the bosom friend up-there, is only too kind, but I take what I can get ;)

Posted by: Rae at June 29, 2004 06:02 PM

Very nice post! The blogging phenomenon is extraordinary.

Posted by: La Shawn Barber at June 29, 2004 07:03 PM

I just have to say that Patrick's comment about me, earlier, put a smile on my face all day!! Thanks Patrick!!! Every woman needs to hear something nice from someone other than her husband, now and then.(It's not obligatory) But that is the nicest compliment I've heard in a long time. LADIES: someone better grab this guy while you can!!!

Posted by: Kadi Prescott at June 29, 2004 07:15 PM

Craig-I forgot to say thanks :) So....

Thank you :)

Posted by: Rae at June 29, 2004 07:42 PM

Well, I'll shoot off a mag [carefully into a backstop] in celebration. But I live in the boonies, so it's not quite as dramatic as driving to south LA for it.

Congrats, Rae. ;]

Posted by: Ironbear at July 3, 2004 11:32 PM

Another one-year old! Yay! They're so cute at that age!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at July 5, 2004 07:30 PM
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