Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Yup, you read that right, this is post #1000! While I think that sounds kind of impressive, really it's probably a sad reflection of just how wordy I am. I've known this "magic number" has been coming for a couple of months, and have tried to think of something really special to do in celebration....and even what to post about. However, I haven't come up with much. So, here's a bit of a Q&A that is going to have to cut it.

Q: What do I get if I come to your blog, comment, and help celebrate your #1000?
A: Good question! Well, I just happen to have a $5 Sonic Gift Card sitting around waiting to be given out. Seems like Sonic's a favorite among you bloggers, and very easy to send. I'll do a random drawing, request your snail-mail address, and sent it on its way......

Q: Who originally inspired you to blog?
A: I remember the days when "blog" was such an abstract word that I didn't even like to say it aloud. My friend, Jodi (Literarygirl) was the first person I knew who was courageous enough to share her life online. I read it steadily, but recognized, "I could never do that". I was too afraid that someone would disagree with me and judge me from what I wrote about. But, time has a way of softening concerns, and so does "other people doing it". When I found out that my friend, Lisa, had started a blog (I believe it is now extinct), I tried to comment and found myself creating a blog in order to do so. On a whim, I wrote a post - and there you go - back in August of 2005, THE COZY CORNER was born.

Q: What is the motivating force behind your blog?
A: This is big for me, and I try to put the answer to this out there often so people know what they are getting themselves into. ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, the number one reason I blog is to record family memories. I did a terrible job keeping track of things when the kids were babies, and while I did a decent job with about 5 scrapbooks, even that fell behind the cracks in this age of online photo storage and digital photography. Not to mention the sheer overwhelming feeling of not being creative enough, and constantly wanting to purchase new and more "accent" items. Then, I did a short stint at "Heritage Makers" and through my experience with that discovered "Blurb" - which will allow me to convert my blogs into books - it pulls any or all posts and pictures directly into it's "Booksmart Application" and then I just "place" how I want to format each page. It's been the BEST discovery for me - and these books are some of my biggest "prides" - just because they are historical evidence of the adventures our family has had and what our family represents.

So, there you go. You log onto "The Cozy Corner" and you are going to get a lot of stories, pictures, and details about our family. I try to mix things up a bit with questions or commentaries now and then, but for the most part, I really try to keep controversey out of the mix because I'm not super comfortable with it. Yes, I have my opinions, and certainly respect those blogs that offer them (and comment accordingly), but that's not the focal point and I really don't need a book full of my opinions and why I think I'm right to mull over years to come!

Q: What's your favorite post?
A: Not sure, however, the Easter post is the only one I've ever repeated, probably because it details the most important value I have in life. Some of the Disneyland, Sunriver, or other adventures are my happiest memory posts.

Q: Do you ever dread blogging or plan to stop?
A: Actually, no. It is rare that I am "stuck" with nothing to write about, and since I can pop a post out pretty quickly, it's not that big of a time issue. Mostly, there's this huge feeling of "relief" (for lack of a better word) when I've posted about family activities that it is recorded and preserved for future memory retrieval. Also, I've found blogging can be very good therapy for me!

So, there you go. Enough about me - how about a question for you, as a starting ground to inspire commenting (c'mon, Sonic would be fun, wouldn't it?!). I'll do the drawing this Sunday evening......


(My answer would be to learn how to really sing and really dance.....and oh, by the way, thanks Nancy for the question!)

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with me!!!


Ladybug grandma said...

Stephie, I must take this occasion to thank you for inspiring me to create my own blog, Ladybug-garden. I started it when we expecting our first grandchild. Something we thought we would never have. We now have two little ladybugs. I also like to read your blog so I can keep up with what my own daughter is doing. (Stephanie White) You guys are such a big part of their lives. If I have to share them with another family, I'm glad it's yours. Ladybug-grandma (Kay)

Lois Lane II said...

Oh my gosh, what cute memory books!! Super cute!

Growin' with it! said...

hmm, what to do what to do...gotta think longer on that one. but i do want to say happy 1000th...seriously, wow? incredible! and gee does it make me feel better when i look back at how many i've written and wonder what in the world i've been talking about all this time!

♥ ya!

Anonymous said...

WOW - 1000!?!?! That's awesome. And I am really impressed with the bound books. I had no idea you could do that. I may have to try it!

Your blog was one of the very first that I ever started following and so through you I have met a lot of other bloggy friends and learned so much. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Jodi said...

Publish a book...take vocal a 10k

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Congrats, girl! I thought I had read that wrong...but you've really written 1000 posts! Awesome.

I have been thinking a lot about this question lately, and was actually going to do a blog post on it. If I knew I would not fail, I'd learn all I could about writing a book and then...actually write it. Second on my list would be to go back to school and learn all I could about graphic design.

You picked a pretty fantastic prize - can't go wrong with Sonic!

sara said...

congrats on 1000 posts!! I came here from Linda's at Growin with it and I am so glad I did. those books are awesome!!! I am doing project 365 (a picture a day for a year) and have wondered how I will put it all together at the I know!!! thank you!

Let's see, if I would not fail I would like to go to culinary school and become a chef!

TCKK said...

I came here from Sara's blog (the poster above me). Congrats on your 1000 posts. That is so awesome. I just started last year, so it'll be awhile before I reach that. :) I love the memory books. That is such a great idea. I plan to go check it out.


Playing the piano by ear. I play by note, but would love to play by ear also! So I could play anything that I hear and not just what's written.

Beverly said...

And that's what happens when you're away from the 'puter for so long!!! I can't believe I missed out on a chance at a sonic gc.

aye yi yi.

i can't believe you've been blogging since '05. I'm sure I had not even heard of a blog back then! love, love, love the books!

happy 1000th!

HollieHobbie said...

ts, Seriously??? That is more exciting than the 100th episode of Grey's Anatomy. Congratulations! And I love how you have "booked" the posts.