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Saturday, July 25, 2009

2nd Blog Birthday



Hey, it's my blog's 2nd Birthday! My how time flies by. I'm surprised I've been able to keep this blog up as long as I have. When I was a youngster and in my teens, I'd occasionally try and keep a diary. I think the longest I went was for about 6 months when I was 15 (and that makes for a kind of a fun read) -- but I have to say I find blogging more satisfying. No writer's cramp and I can easily add in pictures/links/etc. Oh. And I get an audience to boot!


As to WHY I called it "Gem of the Ocean" -- I had initially for a week or two started a blog on the Daily Telegraph -- and then realized that if the DT got pissy, they could just yank anyone blah, blah or decide not to have free blogs, whatever. And I wanted to go with a more likely-to-be-stable platform. As I had been reading a lot of Catholic blogs, since the majority were on blogspot, I went with that. I'd gone with "Gem of the Ocean" because, the patriotic moniker "Hail Columbia" was already taken in so many ways ... ("Columbia" is a patriotic tune I've always enjoyed.) So I went with the 2nd line, which is "Gem of the Ocean" and I thought it apt, living in San Diego by the ocean.



I noticed a interesting entry, on the Gutenberg project the other day. The book was "The Good Old Songs we Used to Sing '[18]61-'[18]65." (1902).

They had a nice illustration of the sheet music to the song "Columbia" and some good links to the sheet music. I like this rendition by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

17 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

Happy blogniversary!
;-)

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Happy Blogday to you!

Aussie Therese said...

I thought you had been on blogger longer than me. I am coming up to my 3rd anniversary soon.

Happy Blogiversary.

Packrat said...

Congratulations!

Adrienne said...

Congrats - you bring joy to our lives

- I don't even know when mine is. I started my blog and didn't post for FOUR MONTHS because I wasn't sure how to do it. heh!

E.F. (pe) said...

Congratulations, and many thanks for all the laughs! I was told as a child, that ifI could not laugh at my religion I would never be able to take it seriously!

Kit said...

Happy Blogday!

Jean M. Heimann said...

Happy second anniversary, Karen! Keep the laughs coming!

gemoftheocean said...

Thanks all!

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Happy anniversary Karen! You sure it's only 2 years? Any idea how long I have been coz I deleted my earlier?

gemoftheocean said...

Jackie, if memory serves you were on probably at least a year or so before I was if not sooner. You had Jacinthe listed as 6 or so, if memory serves.

BTW, this reminds me *our* birthday is coming up soon!!!

Esther said...

I'm a bit late but Happy Anniversary Karen!

swissmiss said...

Here's to the terrible twos.

Happy anniversary. And many more!

Birthday Greetings said...

Congratulations from DGreetings team

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