Congratulation Blogging Meetup on 1 year

The “little” side project that some of you may or may not know about call Blogging Meetup just hit another major milestone today…  It has been one year since I wrote the first post on that site as well as my own (Community – Blogging Meetup) that started it all out.  I took a couple minutes to thank everyone on the site which you can find the repost below with a link to the original here (Blogging Meetup – Congratulation on 1 year).


I actually can’t believe it… Today marks the day that The Blogging Meetup is now one year old. I couldn’t be more excited how it has grown and brought people together from all around the world.

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In fact, I wish I could personally thank each and every one of you (383 registered users as of today) for whatever amount of contribution you have made to the continued success of this site. Even if you aren’t posting or chatting it up in the Community Chat you might just be a passive reader of the blogs listed on the site and then make sites/connections through their site. It is because of all of you that WE are still here today, as I said from the beginning and I will quote it here:

“This is super important and probably should have been said at the beginning but I don’t want to be considered the owner of this because that is not my intention. What I really want is this to be a community-driven site by the members.”

That statement is still as true to me today as it was a year ago when I wrote it and for good reason. I knew that for some of us “life” just gets in the way and I am one of those people. I was super active in this community early on and for a good chunk of time until about December 2016 when “life” got busy. I could tell you lots of reasons why I thought that happened but heck, it happens to all of us right?  That is why I believed the only way this site would survive is if we have a community feel and that community could be active on it’s own. Even though I have not been as actively posting or prompting in the past couple of months I still browse the comments and click read a new posts from people I am not actively following.

Well, enough about me and back to the community! One year, I am still really stoked about that accomplishment and I hope each and every one of you are as well. I know there is things we could do better or have great visions of for this community but it will come. The one thing I have learned over the last year is that it doesn’t all need to happen right away and maybe it will someday or maybe it won’t. Now with that said, if there is something you are hoping could change or you personally would even like to change about The Blogging Meetup let me know. Post it in the comments below, include me in a post of your own on this site, direct message me on Twitter or you can just email me at eric@stillthinking.me.

I can’t wait to see what plays out in this next year but trust me I am looking forward posting something similar when we are 2 years old :). Again, I would love to hear what you have to say or think as I am committed to having this place around for as long as people want it. I paid for another year of the domain name and will continue to do so until the lights shut off.

One final note of appreciation goes out to Amanda, as she took an early interest in this project and has helped to do a lot of the admin work for it’s continued success. It looks like we did do something right as it is still kicking along!


Originally published on at The Blogging Meetup

“The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown is a book I honestly probably would have never read this book if it wasn’t at the suggestion of my Grandma during Thanksgiving.  She had mentioned two books she thought everyone should read and this was one of them.  Most of the time I read fiction books of mystery and suspense.  However, this non-fiction book proved to be more of a page turner than the last couple books I had read during the holidays.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

As I first started to read this I was thinking to myself I know nothing about rowing and it is set in such an earlier time that I feared I wouldn’t be able to relate.  However, I was wrong on both accounts.  The book definitely takes you back (as it was before my time), to a time in the great depression.

As for not knowing anything about rowing, after reading it for a couple of nights I felt like every time I went to bed I was dreaming about rowing.  Some of that was the way the author did a great job at talking about all parts of rowing but not necessarily at the same time.  It was over the course of the book he talked about the various terms and I started to understand what the coxswain, engine room, bowman, and stern.

The book is entirely from viewpoint of Joe Rantz, a poor farm boy from the state of Washington who was growing up during the great depression.  The book takes you through his struggles as he loses his mother early on and is also abandoned by his father as well.  You can tell through the story that all of the struggles he faced as a child gave him the discipline and strength to pursue rowing once he got to college as he had never done it before.

If you are looking for a good page turner I would definitely check this book out. If you have read it I would love to know why you thought.

Final thoughts, I know there was a PBS Documentary called “The Boys’ of 36” that is based on the book that you can find on the PBS website.  I have not watched it yet but am going to check it out now that I have finished the book.