Milestones (Three Years)

threeI thought it was in May sometime.  So I checked.  I was wrong.
It was actually April 2nd.  The day after April Fools Day. 
What on earth are you talking about FOF?
I am talking about the third anniversary of "The Life of a Father of Five".  It was three years ago on April 2nd that this blog came to life, and what a strange journey it's been...
It started off with a purpose...
Tales from the life of a chronically tired Father of five who lives in a high stress household, works in a high stress environment (as a 911, Police and Fire dispatcher), and copes with daily struggles of guilty feelings for not having the time he would like to spend with his family
I am keeping this blog as a collection of thoughts for my children (but others are welcome to enjoy too).... Someday I hope they have they chance to read this. My work and our hectic family lifestyle keeps me very busy. I hate to admit this but sometimes so busy that I don't spend as much time with my kids and family as I want to, or as I should.... Although I am not always with them - they are ALWAYS with me....
"The Life of a Father of Five" quickly grew into a little bit more. 
Right off the bat, I took a vacation from work to start building a deck.  Each day I documented the progress of my deck building on the blog, and a co-worker told me how much he enjoyed it.  He said he could not get enough.  Then, it spread around to a couple of other co-workers... 
From there, "The Life of a Father of Five" started branching out all over the place.  Not only here in Minnesota - All over the Twin Cities, Virginia, Rochester, and St. Cloud too.  Then across the nation!  Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, California, Illinois, and Utah are among some of the locations I see almost every day in my stats.
Speaking of stats...  Yesterday I reached the 18,000'th  hit since I started keeping track (April 18th 2006).  This page has been viewed eighteen thousand times in just over three years!!  That is a staggering figure to me.
While researching some of the data needed two write this post, I discovered something odd.  I posted about my second anniversary on May 18th.
What's so odd about that?
Well, yesterday was May 18th...  And it was last night as I was falling asleep that it dawned on my that my "blogiversary" may be coming up quick, and that I should check into it in the morning.
(Cue the creepy Twilight Zone Music)
Exactly one year from the date that I remember that fact last year... 
Inaugural Post
One Year Anniversary
Two Year Anniversary
I enter my third year of blogging with the same joy and enthusiasm that I had started out with.  I do keep downloaded archives of the blog "just in case" - and so that even if Blogger isn't around anymore, when my children are old enough - they can enjoy who their father was...
To all of you - Thank You. 
I have had the opportunity to keep in touch with my friends, reconnect with some old friends, and make some really fantastic new friends too!  I hope that you have enjoyed the ride thus far.  As I move into my third year, and towards my fourth anniversary it is my hope that "The Life of a Father of Five" continues to entertain you, and helps foster both new and old friends alike. 

8 comments:

  1. Happy Belated Third Year of Blogging!!

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  2. Happy Blogaversary! I believe, technically, my blog will be celebrating it's 6th anniversary this year...but considering it only had 14 posts in the first 3 years, I usually don't count them ;-)

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  3. Just went and checked. (Probably should have done that before the last comment) Looks like I really started blogging in earnest on the geek blog May 4th of 2007...go figure :)

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  4. Congrats on the stats!

    Glad you've stuck around for those of us who think we have it rough!

    You're an inspiration (though I'm sure you'd deny it).

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  5. Congrats! I have only found you in the past year, but am glad that I did. It's nice to have someone else with a big family and all of it's daily life to relate to. I'm hoping for many more years of Father of Five.

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  6. Congrats Buddy!

    I also have to say Thank You! If it wasn't for you building your deck and documenting it, I would have never started my blog!

    Bill

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  7. Dave,
    What's with the Alaskan serial rapist banner photo? Listen to your mother, and put that "handsome" photo of you on there.

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  8. Happy 3rd Anniversary! You've done a great job with it and I hope you are considering getting it published in paper. I love reading this, so keep going.

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