Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Long Strange, Blogathon Journey

I welcome the other crazy and not so crazy people signed up for the 2012 WordCount Blogathon.  Where do I begin in introducing myself?

Well, how about this?  If you explore my blog (please do!) you might notice that I have blogged every day since April 29, 2011. (Yes, that does prove my insanity.)

So this is my one year of consecutive posts blogging anniversary.  I never meant to do this, but here I am.  Just like I never could have imagined what the 365 days (366?) between April 29, 2011 and April 28, 2012 would bring to my area, and to me.

In some ways, I'm glad I didn't know what the future held.  The weather events of the last year have changed every person living in the Triple Cities of upstate NY and indeed, those living in a lot of upstate NY, Vermont, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, Thailand, and so many other places that have experienced the wrath of nature.

Just as a mass murder in Binghamton, near where I work, on April 3, 2011 made me start this blog to begin with.

But I digress.  I did want to talk about the Blogathon.

I can thank a certain nameless person whose initials are Billie Noakes, may she (sputter)....well, she is the person to blame for me even being here.  What she did was email me on May 1, 2011 and tell me about the Blogathon - I only had hours to register, and no time to think.  So I did it, as I explain in this May 4, 2011 post about why I blog.  (Do you get the feeling I tend to be a little spur of the moment?)

I am so glad I did it, and you will be, too.

Think you can't do it?  Yes you can.  Really. 

You will meet an amazing community of writers if you join.  Some newbies, some established free lance writers, some published authors.  They will be supportive.    They will answer your questions.  And no question is too stupid to ask!  Please, sign up.   There are some great prizes to motivate you. And even if you don't do all 31 days, you will grow and develop. Trust me on that.

I joined Twitter because of the Blogathon.  I am even on Pinterest now because of the Blogathon.

And now for a little information on my blog, Ramblin with AM.

I live in an area of upstate NY with a combined population of about 100,000.  It is a beautiful area, but beset with a lot of problems.  I am from New York City originally, and even lived in rural Arkansas for several years.  I am probably also one of the older bloggers in the Blogathon, so I sometimes write about nostalgia and my struggles with technology.

On Sundays, I blog about the Civil War. (not as a historian or a reenactor, but as a "laywoman".)

On Wednesdays I blog about Spring Things, which are usually nature or flower related.

In between, I blog about anything that strikes my fancy - local food, farmers markets, flowers, vegetable gardening, walking on the local railtrail,  travel, and our area's recovery from devastating floods last September. (I'm so lucky to have my house because part of my neighborhood did flood, and some of the houses will never be lived in again.).

On the 15th of each month I participate in a Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (which I found out about from another Blogathoner.) and you get to enjoy my sometimes blurry photos.

So, please join in on the fun.  Yes, fun.  Moments of sheer terror....but fun, too.

I look forward to interacting with you!


  1. Oh my... as someone 'behind' on the my first Ultimate Blog Challenge, I can't imagine challenging myself to a Blogathon. Go you, Alana! Inspirational.

  2. Inspiring and congratulations! We no longer blog daily, but we DO understand the dedication that goes into it. BUT... we get to split the work between two people. Kudos to you!


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