I missed my five year blogging anniversary by three days, thinking my first post was January 21, 2007, but it was actually January 17, 2007. So I’ve passed five years now with about a total of one year of erratic writing as it was necessary to tend to other things. All of the time away happened with the first two years of blogging. I knew nothing about blogging and had never posted a comment anywhere. On the Intertubes, I was familiar with Michelle Malkin’s blog. I read news sites, but only Malkin’s blog. We had a huge snowstorm in January 2007. We were snowed in – not a normal occurrence for Tulsa, although we have some snow most years. We can usually count on it being gone in three days, but in 2007 it took a few weeks. So I searched around for how to ‘do it,’ followed the links to Blogger and in minutes I was blogging, not expecting anyone EVER to read what I wrote. Today, I’ve spanned the time from Ramos and Compean to Newt’s Ethics.
My first blog was about Ramos and Compean surrendering to authorities, that day, to begin their incarceration for defending the United States’ Southern border against a drug smuggler. The alien, Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, received immunity (after being found with 800 pounds of “drugs,”) and was given a ticket back to the States to testify against our two agents. The alien then sued the U.S. for $5 Million. I can find nothing about how that case was resolved, but Davila was sentenced in July 2008 to 9.5 years in prison for smuggling 220 pounds of marijuana into the U.S in 2005. The incident with Agents Ramos and Compean, who were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison respectively, happened in February 2006. Davila, Ramos and Compean each went before the same judge and received their punishment from the same judge. George W. Bush eventually commuted the sentences of Ramos and Compean. They were released from prison in March 2009.
Fortunately for me, I found Linkfest. Don’t remember how, but there I found other bloggers. Whether before or after finding Linkfest, Barb Sowell at FaultlineUSA found me. She was my shining star, and she led the way. I’m sure I drove her crazy with my questions, which she always answered. I knew nothing about html and creating a link. I remember leaving a comment somewhere and receiving an email telling me the link to my blog was broken. I was asked to fix it, and hadn’t a clue how to do so. I remember many late nights and despairing that I would never learn.
Through Linkfest I found Stanford Matthews at Blog@MoreWhat. I left a comment the first time I visited his site. He had just revamped his page and since I was the first commenter, he gave me a special place on his blogroll. I still remember that he wrote about shoveling a great deal of snow out of his driveway that day – rare for him, as his posts are both serious and comprehensive and talking about his day isn’t something he often does.
Somewhere along the way Roger Gardner at RadarSite contacted me. He was a fierce warrior against Islamic jihad, and cross-posted frequently. He died of Leukemia in November 2009. I’ve never known anyone as enthusiastic about blogging as Roger.
Maybe through Roger, I met findalis at Monkey in the Middle. However I met her, she is one of my way-back friends. She posts here and routinely covers Israel. She is popular with my readers. I appreciate that she shares her work here.
My apologies if I have forgotten to mention a ‘way-back’ friend. So many were so kind, and so helpful, especially Barb Sowell, Stanford Matthews and Susan DuClos who posted for me when I had to step away from Maggie’s Notebook the first time to ‘fix’ a problem with my arm.
So I missed my SiteMeter on the 17th, but it would have looked something like 1,692,070 Visits, and 2,287,818 Page Views. My thanks goes to the bloggers who have helped me along the way, like good friends The Lonely Conservative, Reaganite Republican, The Other McCain, Stop the ACLU, Political Realities, Doug Ross, Larwyn’s Linx, Sultan Knish, GulagBound, SENTRY JOURNAL, Conservative Hideout 2.0, The Camp of the Saints, Clay to Bronze, and GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus.
Here’s to No. 6 celebrating a Republican President’s inauguration (exactly one year from today), and the swearing in of a majority of Republican Senators and Congressmen.
(UPDATE: Just thinking that since Bob Belvedere refers to me as “Dame Maggie,” the bottle of Veuve Clicquot’s LeGrande Dame might seem a bit pretentious. Here’s the thing: there wasn’t a photo of my favorite, Veuve Clicquot’s Yellow Label, on ice, but there was of LeGrande Dame, so…)