Two years ago today …

July 5, 2008, bigsurkate was born. Since that time, almost 220,000 “hits” have been received on this blog. I have uploaded 865 different posts; the blog has received over 2,000 comments; and my busiest day was September 30, 2008, when I started reporting twice a day on the Chalk Fire. This was my first entry:

“I began this blog, after 2 weeks of inundating everyone’s mailbox with news, links, editorials, and photos of the massive Big Sur Fire of 2008. [ed. note – I was talking about what became the Basin Complex Fire, which started as The Gallery Fire.] I decided a blog might be a better venue for us all to stay connected, share information, and remain informed. PLUS, I got totally frustrated when my email send function became so erratic. I can receive, but sending is completely hit and miss. I am hoping the email fairy visits me soon!

I will be posting some of my photographs, also, as and when I can.

Welcome! Once the fire is past, I will convert this to random musings, I suppose, or it will evolve into something else.”

Little did I know that I’d given birth to a new baby that needed so much attention! I have been lucky to connect with people from all over the world on these cyberpages, and have enjoyed every minute of those connections and this blog.

I report on road closures, road construction, floods, events, and many, many other happenings here on the coast during the last two years, but never deaths. Information like that is too personal to be received in this way. It happened to me, and I will never forget it.

I so look forward to the next two years, and to continuing forging relationships with people who love Big Sur as I do, wherever they may live.

9 thoughts on “Two years ago today …

  1. I was so worried you were going to say, at the end of this post, that you weren’t going to blog anymore. Phew! You didn’t. 🙂 I will be visiting.

  2. Thanks Kate is not enough. With the absence of a newspaper, you have created a soulful one. The links are well thought out and informative also. Historical references show a caring and continuity a newspaper rarely tracks. A++++ and many thanks for your giant effort to represent the Big Sur community in this way.

  3. I have said it before, your blog is what blogs were meant to be. I cannot imagine an Internet without now.

  4. your blog is an inspiration. I hope you get as much joy from it as you give. It’s a perfect example of the ways in which the internet can serve communities and individuals and free us from dependence on the ‘big guys’. I didn’t know much about Big Sur before I came across you. Now I’m determined to visit one day (but not in the tourist season!)

  5. You all are too kind. It is my pleasure and joy to be a part of the blogging community, the reporting community, the photography community, and the Big Sur community.

    The best time to visit is in October (but shush, don’t tell) and plan to come say hello to me at the Main Booth, at Big Sur’s Annual Jade Festival. This year, scheduled for October 8, 9, and 10th. It is our 19th year of putting on this incredible 3-days of music, food, the green stone, and our famous South Coast hospitality! More on this as the event gets closer.

  6. Kate, I just discovered your blog this evening. I’ve been seriously considering moving to the area recently and I was wondering if you could answer some questions for me. I don’t have any connections out there, and after reading some of your posts about Big Sur, I figured you would be the person to ask.

  7. You do such a great job of keeping the world up to date on everything happening in Big Sur. Thank you for creating such a fantastic blog!

  8. Yeah! What everyone else said. You do a great job with accurate information, fun ideas, great photography, and keeping Big Sur informed. Well done sweetie…you have created a phenomenon. Keep up the good work for another 2 years!!

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