Sunday, July 22, 2018
Sunday Afternoon Tea - Two Birthdays
It is good to be back, even if it is mostly on Sundays. My eye has improved slightly, I need a full recovery but that slight improvement is a very good sign that I will accept. For those who asked, yes... this is the same eye that had the allergic reaction last year. :(
I still have challenges other than the inability to read easily or spend time on the computer. It has affected my depth perception so everything I do needs to be slowed down. I tripped recently when a sidewalk had a slight decline that I missed... but I caught myself before falling because I was walking slowly.
Life goes on with adjustments here and there.
There are a couple important dates coming up. The first is my birthday and while there is no great celebration this year, I am thankful for each year on the planet. The other is the birthday of Coffee Tea Books & Me, which has now completed twelve years come early August.
This space on the world wide web is entering its' teen years! How have those years passed so quickly? There have been over 3,300 blog posts and to think of how many words that requires absolutely boggles the mind.
There have been over 2,207,000 page views and I find that amazing because I know how many of us read blogs via email these days. Although I have learned not to pay attention to numbers for I've seen far too many times the numbers spike after I've written a guest post somewhere and when I went on Instagram. Then they begin to decline, most often I believe because this is a most decidedly Christian blog and not just about books and tea... and a good cup of coffee.
Added Note: After reading Vee's comment (below), I wanted to make sure you know that while I do not notice so much the number of people visiting the blog, I do care about those who do visit! Each visitor is valued immensely! I guess the above paragraph did seem to indicate otherwise. ;)
The Bible tells us that we are not to despise the day of small beginnings and I can remember sitting down and using the template to begin this blog. I was still homeshooling but it no longer required my full attention. Back then, Blogger was not as user friendly as it is today but we came to a mutual understanding despite the number of times it ate what I had written.
There have been numerous opportunities to expand and draw in a lot more readers but that is not what I wanted. Except for the Amazon Widget and links*, I have not monetized it and I have no plans to do so.
This brings freedom to write about books I am reading, what I am pondering, what my life is experiencing at any given time, and not what will draw in more readers. I do not want to have to jump through the hoops my professional blogging friends must perform. They do it beautifully.
Instead I want Coffee Tea Books & Me to continue to be a place of welcome hospitality. Where people feel safe, no matter who they voted for (I am unashamedly conservative but I do like my liberal friends).
I will keep blogging as long as God continues to give me something to write about. If you recall, I almost stopped a few years ago but I made the decision to continue and not worry about having it be perfect. The header is rarely changed, I know there are grammar errors sometimes as I type what I am pondering, and while I try to prevent spelling errors... they sometimes slip through. Even more so with less than ideal eyesight.
As my spiritual mother (through books), Edith Schaeffer, always said... and it has become a motto for my daughter (the perfectionist) and me... "If you expect perfection or nothing, you will always end up with nothing." So you will find that by giving up on not only perfection but even doing my very best at times due to circumstances... hopefully we will be at this space for another year.
Of course, the best part of blogging is the people I meet. I have so much affection for many of you. I promise to write very brief notes to those who have contacted me (other than through emails). Just a few words will be better than none at all. That whole perfection thing again, you know.
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*Thank you to everyone who enters their Amazon shopping from a link or the Widget on the sidebar. Remember, you do not have to purchase what you clicked on to enter Amazon and it does not add any amount to what you are purchasing.
When I use my credit, I add what I am buying to my Wish List and then click on a link at my friend's blog, then go to my Wish List where everything is in one place. It is very easy that way. We receive only a small percentage of credit for books and such (much more for things like electronics) but every little purchase adds up each month to bring a great blessing.
Image: Time For Reading by Judy Gibson