One year ago tonight, I published the first post on SmoothingIt.com.
SmoothingIt began as a tribute to George Washington Sears. It has swayed off course from time to time but I’ve tried to present camping and outdoor gear and advice in the Old Woodsman’s fashion. Sears’ writing has been the biggest influence on my outdoor activities. I’d like to think that he’d be proud to know that there are still woodsmen out there who admire and respect him and his work.
I’ve really enjoyed this past year but instead of talking about me or my blog, I’m going to stick with what I think truly matters.
First off, I’d like to say thank you to all of the SmoothingIt.com followers. Your support has meant the world to me. So again, thank you for following.
Additionally, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has commented on SmoothingIt.com over the past year. Your comments have been a huge inspiration to me and have added a level of community to SmoothingIt.com as well as providing readers with a variety of opinions. Thank you all for taking the time to comment!
Thank you, dad. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and providing your input from time to time. It really means a lot!
Above all, I’d like to thank my wife. My goodness, I’m blessed. She’s worked nearly as hard as I have on SmoothingIt. She’s been the chief photographer, editor, proofreader, sounding board, and inspiration. Thank you, baby. I love you.
I’ve also made some new friends over the course of the past year. I’d be remiss without mentioning a few of them now. If you get a chance, you should check out these blogs: homesteaddad, The Weekend Woodsman, Kayak Fishing Fever, and Steve Galea Outdoors. These guys are all awesome.
I’d also like to mention Patrons of the Pit. It’s a fantastic blog full of mouth-watering recipes and exquisite writing. In my humble opinion, PotP is one of the best blogs in the blogosphere. David Tripp’s Blog is another personal favorite. David’s writing is insightful and motivating and his watercolor paintings are amazing. I’m always excited to see new posts from either of these two sites. Not only are they exceptional bloggers, I consider them both friends as well as peers.
This has been a great year. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and have enjoyed the experience.