Yup, sure enough. Today marks my 200th blog here at WordPress. Technically anyway. After reading Susie Lindau’s post on Thursday, How to Break out of Jail and Other Useful Tidbits!, I’m not sure they’re all actually here. Or at least visible. Something to do with the time stamp. Although maybe it doesn’t count against you when you import them. Hope not because I started off blogging on my website…and quickly discovered that WordPress has more bells and whistles. At the top of that list is the ability to post YouTube videos…and we all know that I love doing that.
In fact, I’m going to post one now. The song, by Five For Fighting, is titled, ’100 Years.’ Since this is a blog about two hundred, I guess you’ll have to listen to it twice (okay, I’m kidding…you don’t have to listen to it twice). It’s about how quickly time passes, and it surely does. It seems like only a moment ago I was fifteen and falling in love with everything about writing.
The entire song is great but my favorite line is, ‘Chasing the years of my life.’
A tragedy nearly eighteen months ago reminded me of how short life is. You can be here one day then, with no warning at all, be gone the next. It was while still dealing with that last spring that I realized it was time to start pursuing some of my dreams. They were moving farther away from me and it was time to catch up up to them. And so I finally got serious about my writing, did some research…then kicked it all off with a bang. I mean a blog.
Now, with my first year anniversary coming up on June 6th, I’ve been looking back at some of my early posts. I had to chuckle when I got to the first one. Of course it was about a subject near and dear to my heart…my septic tank. Nothing like putting my best foot forward.
It’s been a great experience for me though. I’ve been able to ‘meet’ and get to know some awesome readers and writers, and I wouldn’t trade my life today for anything in the world. (Well, maybe I’d trade it for Bruce Willis or Jeffrey Dean Morgan…)
In honor of my 200th post, I thought I’d see if I could find some interesting facts about the number 200. And what I came up with was definitely interesting.
According to The Telegraph:
One quarter of the world’s wealth is controlled by 200 companies. I think I would like to own one of those companies.
Pony Express riders averaged 200 miles per day. Ouch. That’s all. Just…ouch.
Dandelion flower heads produce 200 seeds. Given the abundance of bright yellow weeds scattered all over my yard between mowings, I am not surprised to learn this.
Each year 200 Japanese execs kick the bucket while golfing. Wonder what kind of betting goes on before those games? “Five hundred on Hiroshi. Yeah, heart attack at the sand trap.”
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Mozart’s death, Triumph International, the second largest lingerie company in Japan, made a lighted bra that played Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. They erred just a little bit in thinking that Mozart wrote the tune. Be fun to own the bra though, wouldn’t it? You’d be the hit of any party you wore it to.
In the Old Testament, David accepted a challenge from Saul and basically stole 200 Philistine foreskins to claim his wife. Wow. How romantic. Um…not!