A certain blogger text me a pic of a rabbit last evening as the year was changing over on the east coast. It was his way of reminding me that if you start the first of a month by saying rabbit it brings luck. Going further if you say rabbit on the first of every month for a year, you have a year of good luck. Not being one to step on a crack, Fearsome asked me to say it. So here it is, rabbit.

Yesterdays gratitude list brings me to my gratitude for you. I am humbled by the year that Fearsome Beard had in 2015. Now at only 18 months in the blogosphere, due to you dear readers, we can share some exciting numbers for us. Fearsome had more than 37,000 views from a total of 112 countries, has accumulated more than 300 fabulous followers and posted 593 photos in 2015. Thank you for your interest, input, humor and loyalty. We hope that you stick around for more fun and adventure in the coming years.

Another blogger gave me some insight this morning of a post topic that seems to increase blog traffic. I’m not sure if Fearsome will allow me to go there. We will see what the year brings and I have learned never say never. I find it a hilarious post even though the subject matter isn’t about beards.

So cheers to you for a wonderful new year in 2016. May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as foam, and may you find sweet peace of mind wherever you may roam.

While traditions suggest a white Rabbit I feel that white is a rather presumptuous color for someone of my "experience".

While traditions suggest a white Rabbit, I feel that white is a rather presumptuous color for someone of my “experience”.

Why do I blog?

This is a question I’m contemplating today.

I started to blog as a way to make me stop, think, reflect and to write. I had never kept a journal. I have not ever recorded my thoughts. I’m at a state in my life where I want to grow. Grow myself from the inside. I found I had nothing but sketchy memories to look back on where I had been, what I had done and how I perceived the experiences.

I’ve been regularly reading several blogs for years. I love reading the thoughts, emotions, feelings and perceptions of the blogs I had frequented. I suddenly realized that I could go back sometimes years on those blogs and reflect to a time or place, then return to the present to see the changes and growth of my blog friends. I decided I wanted that.

So I e-mailed a certain Spo and asked about it. He enthusiastically gave me some direction. Since that little beginning I have grown. I’ve learned a lot about myself. I still don’t Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any of the others, but I blog. I’ve gotten to know others better. I’ve learned about respect and how to better react. I’ve expanded my blog reading. I gain insight sometimes daily, other times slowly. I laugh. I cry. Others now know a bit about me. I hope it has helped them as much as it has helped me.

I see this as a platform for me to reach deeper into me and pull out more. I hope it to be a place where, through sharing, I can impact others for the better. Whether that impact is as simple as a smile, to as meaningful as a life changing shift in attitude or understanding. I also want it to be entertaining, fun and thoughtful.

I’m glad I started this journey. I’m grateful you are sharing it with me. That’s why I blog.