Hello and Welcome! Come on over and I’ll get you a mug of very strong dark roast, a piping cuppa tea or some hot cocoa. I know it’s a little cold out here, but not frigid and no wind. And it is also sunny! We had some snow this week, so it is very pretty. Oh, were are we? Some of you may recognize the photo as being from New Hampshire.
OK, start with weather. The deep freeze finally broke, but we have only gotten above freezing a couple of times and tomorrow it will start to get frigid again. There are no temperatures above freezing in the forecast and by next weekend we will be back to highs in the teens F (highs around -8 C). There is also supposed to be snow every other day, typically a few inches (maybe 10 cm) each time. It is so odd that winter was very late, but when it arrived, it arrived with a vengeance. Three weeks (or more) in a row with only three or four days above freezing? Ouch! But the last few years have been odd.
OK, this week was mostly the same as usual, and I want to zip through it. Exercise, walking dogs, no running (:( ), work, making sure book is ready to go, working on web sites, reading, etc. Typical.
Reading Natalie’s coffee share made me think about the history of the coffee share. I think I am the only original person left.
Two of the first blogs I followed were brother and sister, Diana and Gene’O . They often linked or coordinated their posts. One of them, or both, started a series about the past week. Every paragraph would start, “If we were having coffee, I would tell you…” and then go into some specific. A couple of other people joined, and so they decided to have a one off blog party. So I did a post on August 23, 2014. I am not sure if this was the first one, but I think it was. I decided to change the format to being more casual and not including that line “If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…,” that most used. So, yeah, I was different from day one ;)
That first blog party was a smashing success! It was decided to have one every week. So, starting with this post on October 11, 2014, I began to do a coffee post almost every week.
The idea was for this to be a casual conversation, a nice little chat, between friends, as if everyone was just sitting around, sipping coffee. At this time I had very few personal posts, so this became my outlet for the more personal side of “Trent’s World”. Over the years I did other things as well. For a while I did a recap of my last week in blogging, linking to my posts. Since I averaged zero clicks, I eventually stopped that ;) Actually, I think the average was zero to many many decimal points – I doubt if anyone every clicked a link.
Eventually Diana and/or Gene’O stopped hosting, and I believe dropped out of blogging. Someplace in there Emily picked it up. She was under “nerd in the brain” at first, but changed to a blog under her own name (I mention the name in case you click on my links above you will see “nerd in the brain”). She changed the tone a little with some of the old dropping and some new people being added. And, of course, Emily’s totally different style.
I am not sure if there was anybody in between, but I know that there was a time after Emily left that nobody hosted it. I did a few posts by myself before discovering Allison’s share. At first, it was tiny, but slowly grew with mostly new people. Again, the community changed from the “Emily days”, which were different from the original share. But it is a good community.
And now it is over to Natalie. Again, it has changed, with a lot of new people jumping in, but change is good.
So there it is, six and a half years of the Coffee Share!
And, yes, I did use different photos to tell you were I was from the very beginning. The first photo was from the house on Cape Cod that I sold last year, so that photo has been retired, but I have used the synthesizer photo from the second share a few times in recent months.
Anyway, the dogs have been whining the entire I ahev been writing, so I need to go take care of them. I hope I didn’t bore you too much with this history. Thanks for dropping by! If you have a coffee share, I will try to stop in.