Thursday, January 13, 2011

I Think I Can, I Think I Can......I KNOW I Can!

Today, it's been a whole year-- 297 posts-- since Just Off the One-Lane Road took shape and became a reality.   

My first post back in January of 09 seemed so scary...I remember feeling like my laundry would be on display...with all its stains and raggedy-ness.  I sought help from my expert friend, Debbi (AGAIN! now you know that Debbi knows EVERYTHING I need help with!)  She helped me get my header up and when I saw it, I was thrilled beyond words!

I had purchased my Canon Rebel in August 09 hoping to resurrect my photographic skills learned so many years ago.  As a 30-something I had graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, had my own darkroom, published and sold my photos, but when my eyes became less able to discern sharpness, and the need for glasses surfaced, I was sure I was finished in the photographic arena.  

That turned out to be a huge misconception.  I took the leap not only to purchase the Rebel and my own Dell computer (separate from MM's) but I cranked up my courage and bought a pair of Transition lens glasses.  When I put my eye to the viewfinder, I could see everything in fabulous detail!  Again...I was thrilled!  And I loved the freedom of digital!  Having the whole array of "seeing equipment" I have been in Seventh Heaven all this past year as my photos have come to life for me.  The blogging business for Elora was to be a one-year experiment, and the decision as to whether to continue past one year would await the passage of time and depended upon its "success." (defined as my own satisfaction with doing it and at least one other person besides me or MM reading it!)

The other goal I sought, as I entered into the blogosphere was to stay abreast of technology at least to the extent of being able to DO a blog.  What a huge and almost overwhelming task it seemed back then.  And what could I possibly have to say to the world--every day!-- I wondered.  The blank page roared at me and I almost lost my balance.  Then, the skills of the writer, ingrained in me ever so long ago, arose to take command.  The rest is a work in progress...which I hope to continue indefinitely.

And that's only because of all of you, my dear readers, who have--quite beyond my wildest expectations--rewarded me far more than I ever could have imagined.  And for that I can only give you my loving, humble and sincere gratitude.  

Today's photo isn't particularly outstanding, but it was taken January 15, the closest I could find to January 13th.  And, the weather is about the same today as it was back then.  Flurries continue.  The sun is out.  It looks like we've survived another of winter's test, and out here Just Off The One-Lane Road, we're moving on toward the next.  Thank you all for sharing and for honoring me with your gift of time.

Thank you so much!


  1. I'm so proud of you :) Congratulations on your first year of blogging! I always look forward to my weekly dose of Elora :) Keep it up!!

  2. Congratulations on the year! I think that blogging is an excellent way to keep learning!

  3. Congratulations! I knew this day was coming up but didn't realize it was today. I think you and blogging were made for each other.

  4. Hey Elora, Vicki, Debbi and NCMW! Thanks for all your good wishes!! I so appreciate all of you! I just got off the phone with Frontier Communications from Minneapolis, and they tell me high speed Internet will be here, perhaps even a little ahead of schedule, but definitely by March 31st. So, after that, I can redeem myself by better commenting skills! Looking forward to being a "better blogger!"

    Thanks for sticking with me!