WP 10th Anniversary

Whilst laboriously checking through all the WordPress notifications that had accumulated in my absence, I came across one informing me that I have now clocked up a decade on this platform, most of which is due to this blog, est. 2011.  Although it shouldn’t have, that milestone still came as a bit of a shock.

Plenty of things have changed in the preceding decade.  My writing and my taste in books in a personal level, but also the blogger generation that I first started with, sadly few are still writing after all these years.  I often wonder what the ones who left are up to, in my more melancholy moments.

My life has changed immensely thanks to this humble platform.  Travels abroad, new friends met from all over the world – some face to face – introductions to many new books and different ways of experiencing life, forays into the book publishing scene,  and those rectangular packages that sometimes arrive in the post.  And of course, most recently meeting my wife Crissy and subsequent move abroad.

Looking back, as one does in these situations, I find that a lot was learnt without realising it at the time.  The clearest thing to take from all this is that starting Book to the Future (created simply to find people to talk about books with), has allowed me to experience a lot opportunities that I never expected, and to grow as a person.

I feel extremely lucky to be a part of this community and to have met some wonderful writers, artists, photographers, etc.  This year I hope to give the blog more love than it got in the previous year (especially towards the end) and to keep up with your posts more.  I look forward to another ten years here with you and many more exciting opportunities.

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46 Replies to “WP 10th Anniversary”

  1. Time flies! I also began writing in 2011. Most of those who were once followers no longer write; I guess, for some, has come greener pastures; I would hope so.
    I couldn’t help but agree with your sentiments. WP, and the community of fellow writers have helped me to grow as an individual; learn about various topics that would otherwise have remained hidden, and nurtured friendships with people worldwide.
    Pretty good, all up, I’d say… 🙂

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    1. I love the willingness to engage from people on here. I notice there are certain behaviours that are creeping in which I didn’t see a few years ago, which seem to be more selfish in nature but I am really cheered by my small band of followers and hope to make more friends and keep a happy community on here and extend it to those blogs I follow too. I love to learn and I know I will keep doing so with the quality blogs I follow.

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      1. Yes, it has changed somewhat; and not always for the better. However, there are some really sincere and genuine folk within the community. And it’s not hard to circumnavigate those whose principles don’t suit…

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        1. Yes, you are right, I think people gravitate to their type of blogger. I do love meeting new people, if only there was more time in the day to keep up with everyone’s work.

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  2. I must admit that I had thought of giving mine up at one point, as my hits have fallen from the glory days of 2013-2015. Was it just me or were a lot more people blogging back then?
    I love WordPress, and I never imagined when I started blogging that reading other people’s blogs would be so fascinating, fun and rewarding. It is a very pleasant community.
    Here’s to the next 10 years!

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    1. I felt the same about giving up at one point as well, I am glad I didn’t though. I think part of it is a generation thing, I notice a lot of bloggers who prefer to just like, or ask me to follow them in exchange for a follow. It feels a bit more mercenary these days.

      I get pretty much all my book recommendations off the blog these days, its so much more rewarding to read the opinions of people who love books without allegiances to other authors or publishers. I’ll drink to the next decade and all the good posts I’ll be reading!

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  3. Happy anniversary! I started blogging in 2005 though on Live Journal, and I’m not sure when I brought it across to WP. Maybe it will tell me one day!

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    1. It will randomly pop up one day, hopefully it won’t get lost in the pile of notifications. I am looking to the big bash you will be throwing in 2020 for your big milestone.

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  4. Happy anniversary! I haven’t blogged regularly for about 2 years now, except for posting poems. And yet, you have been my most regular and faithful (and sometimes my only) commenter. I’m going to have to get back to the days when I was doing at least one post a week. I don’t know just when I’m going to do that, but I’m going to try. I think you richly deserve all the fine things that have happened to and for you, and look forward to continuing to hear from you.

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    1. Thank you. I’ve not been the best follower of late with my time being pulled every which way but I am looking forward to being more regular, especially if you are going to post more frequently. I am hoping that the blog will continue to provide me with opportunities, as long as I put in the effort, then who knows. I will enjoy sharing my adventures with you!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoy making connections with people in other countries, and especially countries that I am less familiar with. Although I know about the Ghana football team, our connection has always encouraged me to have a special interest in your country, even if I enjoy learning about everywhere.

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  5. Congratulations! Writing and being an active member of the blogging community consistently for a whole decade – well, that’s really impressive.

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  6. WOW! Ten years…that’s an amazing accomplishment, Ste. I think I must be coming up for about ten years too. Where do the years go? Hope you and Crissy are both well 🙂

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    1. It doesn’t seem like I have been writing that long but I am happy with where the blog is. We are well and back into the groove here, already planning excursions and adventures for the year. I love this time of year, when everything feels new again and plans can be made…and hopefully fulfilled.

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    1. Thank you, there are plenty more to come, I need to upload the photos so I can tour you around some more of thee wonderful islands. I will be doing so within the next fortnight.

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  7. Time flies. And here, for you, it has, so beautifully, has it not?
    Hope this next decade turns out to be more adventurous and happy one for you, Steve.

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    1. It’s been a challenge at times, when the writing hasn’t flowed and the views have been few but for those dips there have been plenty of highs; the friends made, the books experienced, those received for free, the opportunities sent my way, its been a wild ride. I hope to be sharing the next decade with you, and all it brings!

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