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Monday, June 11, 2012
This is Of Woods and Words' 500th published post!

"That's shocking!"

In the past, I've kept mum about my blogging milestones, but 500 of anything is big deal in my book. I mean, imagine if you had 500 pairs of shoes. Or 500 jars of jam. Or 500 balls of yarn. Heck, I wouldn't turn down $500 either. And just imagine the thousands of unpaid hours that have gone into bringing you these 500 posts. ;) When I sat down in a dark corner of the Shack, hunched over my laptop under the slopping roof, one day in early October 2009, I had no idea that this little corner of cyberspace would still be going strong nearly 3 years later. 

A better blogger would have had some sort of celebration planned for this achievement, or at the very least a good ol' giveaway lined up. But honestly, in these early summer days, the milestone kind of sneaked up on me. (Is "snuck" really not a word?) So in lieu of any "500th post hoopla!" let's just take a trip down memory lane, shall we:

Of Woods and Words was born with a rather cerebral (by which, I mean, boring) post about the rural writer. I mentioned Thoreau. Because that makes me awesome . . .erm . . . 

Since that first post:
Through it all,  Andy remains my partner in crime (although we do try to keep our trespasses to a minimum) and I'm still here . . . writing away in Minnesota's Northwoods.

Back in the day, a good day for an Of Woods and Words post would be 3 views. Now, well, I get a few more than that. We're not exactly tearing up the internet here, but this blog's momentum has only increased since day one and for that, I have to say:

Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for caring. I've stumbled into the lives of so many amazing people during this blogging adventure. I'm grateful for every single one of you and I hope you'll stick around for Of Woods and Words' 1000th post.



  1. Wow! What a fantastic achievement! I loved your outdoor photography and that you're a writer at heart.

    Greetings all the way from South Africa,
    Tina at

  2. Oh wow! 500 posts! That's great! And you've sure accomplished A LOT!
    Looking forward to more!

    xoxo -Shar

  3. That's great!! Congratulations! Or whatever you say.

  4. congrats! I came across your blog originally because you're a fellow minnesotan, but that sure isn't why I stuck around. I so enjoy Of Woods and Words and hope you keep it up for at least 500 more posts!

  5. Looking forward to that 1000nth post. I always enjoy living vicariously through your blog. (Well, almost always, it was not so much vicariousness on that post where the bear was on your porch.)

    Keep up the good work and congratulations!

  6. Yay!! Congrats on 500 posts! To 500 more!! I'll be around to read the 1000th :)

  7. Wahooo! Chapeau! I always enjoy my stay and often imagine your life up North!I am always curious what you come up with and how you weave your story!I hope I will be around for the next big celebration. Thanks for being out there!

  8. What a major milestone!!!! Serious, serious, serious congratulations!!!!!! I have enjoyed reading "Of Woods and Words"!

  9. Congratulations! This 500th post if most definitely worth celebrating. I enjoy your posts because you show me a side of Minnesota which is so unfamiliar to me, having always lived in the southern part of our state.

  10. Whoa!! 500 is a lot-- definitely worth celebrating. ;) Congrats, and here's to 500 more! (But really... "snuck" isn't a word?!)

  11. So awesome Ada!!! Congrats on 500 posts of pure awesome :)

  12. Wonderful accomplishment Ada! Celebration time!


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