Gratitude Monday

Blogging is a weird thing, and honestly I’m not quite sure why I do it. There probably isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t tell myself I should seriously think about saying to hell with it, it’s a waste of time, etc. Yet I continue on. It’s as much a habit now as any of the other habits I have going on, and when those days pass where I don’t post anything it feels like I haven’t done something I was supposed to. I do enjoy it, mostly, just like anyone who does it, I suppose. Ultimately, I know that when I read something online, or in a magazine, that I like, I always look to see who wrote it. Often they have a website, but most often there isn’t much there. When I do find someone who is active, it’s a little thrill, because I like to see people telling the stories of their lives. That’s probably how I’ve found 90% of the blogs I follow, and have even made friends that way. So I’ve tried to make this blog the kind of thing I like to read; not just an endless scroll of advertisements for what I’ve published and where, but more of a day-in-the-life kind of thing.

I’ve had versions of this blog on different platforms going back to 2008. It started on Blogger, then I switched it to the WordPress “free” host, then about a year or so ago I switched it over to a paid host under this domain that I own. The old Blogger content has moved with me ever since I imported it into the WordPress format, but the formatting of those posts is a little wonky. One thing I do pretty much on a daily basis — at least when I’m home — is check the stats. I’m curious to see what people are reading here. At least once a day, sometimes more, someone has accessed one of those old imported Blogger posts. When that happens I like to click the link and “fix” the formatting of the post. It’s also fun to see old posts I’d forgotten I’d written and re-read them. In the comments I also see names of people who used to participate a fair amount who have ridden off into the sunset. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of those folks are people local to the area that I actually know/knew in day-to-day life. But hey, people are busy.

Nonetheless, today it’s left me feeling all warm and fuzzy and grateful for the people who do read this ridiculous stuff, and especially to my small cadre of commenters who take the time to respond. You’re the ones who make doing this worthwhile, and I’m grateful, and thankful, for it.


Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

12 thoughts on “Gratitude Monday”

  1. Yours is one of my favorites to read – all the Montana stuff, environment/nature stuff, writing stuff – it’s all good!
    I blog so sporadically it’s kind of shameful..but I like going back and reading my posts and seeing the progress we’ve made.

    1. April, you are one of the people who has been around for the long haul, and I appreciate that. I liked your blog better when it was more frequent (hint, hint), but it’s survived every purge of my subscription list for a few years now.

  2. You’re very welcome. At the moment, mine is on hiatus, mostly due to burnout. I do enjoy reading yours (and everyone else’s for that matter) and even though I mostly lurk, I do appreciate what you write.

    1. By the way, G, your comment was the 500th to this blog. I wasn’t paying attention, I just now happened to notice it. That’s quite a milestone. I wish I had something like a commemorative coin to send you, but I don’t. Just my undying gratitude. . . .

  3. Blogging actually structures my life, especially now that I’m retired. I’d be just drifting with the terror of the times otherwise. I like checking in with you, because you are one of the few people I’ve met F2F who blogs. Most people give me that blank look when I tell them I blog, as if I’d just said I pick my nose. If you disappeared, as many bloggers do, I’d wonder what the heck happened to you, and I wouldn’t stop wondering for quite a long time.

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