The year I forgot to blog


The year is winding down. It’s been a busy one in the Big Cedars, but you’d never know that from this blog. I blame Facebook.

Every year, for the past seven years, I’ve blogged about my entertaining family and life in the Big Cedars, then turned it into a blog book. I knew I was behind, but gosh! A year? I’ve microblogged on Facebook, and I could turn those posts into a book, which is exactly what I am going to do. The prospect of updating the past year’s worth of posts is just too daunting. You can also follow me on Facebook if you’d like. I only friend people I actually know in real life, but most of my posts are public if you want to just follow here:

What I will do for my blog is start now and promise to do better in the coming year.

As the master once said…




Catch Up Excuses

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As July comes to an end, I suddenly realized, HEY, I MISSED JUNE TOO!

My blogging updates are tardy for two main reasons. One, I post lots of this stuff on Facebook and somehow it seems to lose its importance to me after it has already seen some light, had some feedback and gotten some likes. The problem is it stays in Facebook and dies there. Everything I blog gets printed into a book each year and becomes a journal.

Like this:

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That’s actually five years of blogging. The far right book is the first one I ever had printed through Blog2Print and it contains the first two years of Life in the Big Cedars.

It usually costs me between $50-$100 to have my posts printed into this cool hardback format depending on how many posts/pages I have each year. It’s a cool site and easy to use. It’s compatible with Blogger, WordPress, Typepad and is a great way to journal your family.

All of this to say… get ready for the catch up because here it comes.

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for following our family adventures.

Cheers for bigger and better things for us all in 2013.

A Daily Blog Post for October

My friend Jeff has been posting every day now for 220 days. That is a lot of blogging my friend. He’s on an awesome new adventure in his life right now so if feels like he probably has a lot more to blog about than I do. You know how it is here in suburbia: get up, get ready, go to work, come home, fix dinner, watch tv, get ready for bed, sleep, repeat. Some days seem like such a drag.


Other days seem so full it’s just too tiresome to try to put into words.


I’ve been toying with the idea of moving my blog from Blogger to WordPress.I haven’t made the switch yet and still don’t know if I will but it seems like everyone is doing it. You know, like jumping off of bridges and stuff.


WordPress sends me lots of emails and today I actually read one of them. It was about a challenge to blog a post a day every day in October in preparation for National Novel Writing Month which is in November. NaNoWriMo is just what it sounds like. You start on November 1 and write until Nov. 30. You don’t have to worry about quality so much as quantity and just writing, writing, writing until you get to 50,000 words. There are rules, you have to start from scratch. No works in progress or dusted off bottom drawer tomes that have been hidden away.


I have written 49,060 words so far on my current novel attempt since early August. So that has taken me a month and a half. It’s still not publishing length (even if it were publish worthy) but for NaNoWriMo 50,000 words is good enough.
I haven’t decided if I’ll try to do NaNoWriMo or not yet. I have a spark of an idea so it’s a possibility. What I really need is a cosmic stop watch so I can just stop time on a nice sunny Saturday and write and write and write and the laundry doesn’t pile up, the dishes don’t pile up and the daily stuff of life doesn’t pile up while I’m doing it. Oh, and the minutes don’t tick by so fast making me feel like I’m chasing a running train the entire time.


I’ll be posting both places here on my regular¬† and on my¬†WordPress blog . They have all of the same posts, they just look different.


Wish me luck and if you have any posting prompt ideas, send them my way. I could use the help. Every day in the Big Cedars is just not all that blog worthy. I could use a little help from my friends.