Happy Birthday to us!   15 comments

It was with a true sense of amazement that I realised this morning that we have just reached something of a landmark. The Eilean Donan Blog is now exactly one year old today, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!!

I use the words “we” and “us” in the above paragraph quite deliberately, as without the continued interest, support and feedback of you all out there in cyberspace, there would be little point in me sharing my inane ramblings of Eilean Donan with the wider community.

Looking back to when we first started, I’m not 100% certain what my initial expectations for the blog truly were, but in reviewing the WordPress statistics page this morning, I find that in the last year I’ve apparently submitted 53 entries, (across a variety of different topics); and posted quite a significant amount of assorted photos. These have been viewed an incredible 31,000 times, whilst hundreds of you have also added some great comments, contributions and observations to the content and the audience still continues to steadily grow.

It has also been fascinating to see what type of blog post appeals to you all. Over the last year the 5 most popular and most read posts have been:-

  1. Reconstruction Photographs discovery
  2. Clachan Duich & The Clan MacRae
  3. Great Castles of Scotland
  4. Modern technology, what do you think?
  5. The Best Laid Plans

So to each and every one of you, I offer my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation for all your encouragement, support and involvement! I can honestly say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to the fascinating world of blogging, even though there have been one or two moments when the dreaded writers block has presented itself! I’ve “met” (electronically) and chatted with some fascinating individuals from all over the globe and from all walks of life, and even had the pleasure of personally welcoming many of you to the castle itself.

The one thing I do recall from the blog’s 2010 conception was thinking that I would have to commit to writing it for at least one full year, and it’s more than a little surprising just how quickly that 12 months has flown by.

So I now find myself having to make the decision as to whether or not to continue with the “blogging experiment” and have decided that given we exist in a democracy, to leave the decision entirely up to you. Would you like to continue with more of the same, something different, or has the whole thing run its course and is it time to just bow out gracefully?

Anyway let me know your thoughts if you have a minute, have a great day wherever you are in the world and once again, Thank You………

Happy Birthday!


Posted June 23, 2011 by eileandonan in Uncategorized

15 responses to “Happy Birthday to us!

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  1. A very Happy Birthday to you.

  2. happy birthday! šŸ˜‰ x

  3. Dear David,
    Please keep the blog going I love to hear whats going on there. I love the pictures. I will probably never get over there so I enjoy hearing from you.Thanky you so much.

  4. Keep up the great work David! I love the updates and pics. Keep up the blog! Cheers, KFM

  5. David,

    Please continue to write and post pictures!!!!! Unfortunately, I have not made it to visit you. Your Blog is absolutely wonderful. I am a descendant of the Gilstrap’s from my mama’s side, so seeing and hearing everything is just amazing for me. Happy Birthday!!! – Cynthia in Louisiana, USA

  6. My family and I were there a little over a year ago, and it’s been wonderful to see the many ways in which the castle continues to grow and evolve. If not for this blog, I might have thought of Eilean Donan as staying exactly as it was when we left it, instead of having new rooms opened, archaeological discoveries made, hosting concerts, enjoying the changing of the season (and the changing tourist traffic that entails), etc.
    You’ve put a personal face on it as well. I can now see that it’s not just a beautiful castle and icon of Scotland. It’s also a place where a lovely group of people work, and care passionately about what they do. I know it’s hard to come up with new things to write about, and it takes to compose them, , but it means a lot to me to see the many ways in which you “give a little extra.”
    I’ve loved passing along the updates to my family that were there with me, and I can’t wait to visit again as soon as possible to see what’s changed, and what has stayed the same!
    Many many thanks to you!
    -Christy, North Carolina, USA

  7. Happy Birthday! Please continue with your blog posts, love reading about the history and current events ongoing with you. Haven’t visited yet, but will when I retire and have the time and money to visit properly. Thank you.

    Judy, in Virginia, USA

  8. Happy Birthday and keep up the good work. I realy enjoy reading about what’s going on as I was born four miles away from the Castle – thank you.

    Duncan John MacRae
  9. Please keep the blog going. I am a writer and have a couple of blogs each month so I know it can be a pain at times when you don’t know what to blog about. So far, I think you’ve done a fantastic job. I love any of the little tidbits you can share about this amazing castle. We spent 23 days in the Highlands four years ago this October and Eilean Donan is the place I think about the most. The castle featured on a lot of my blogger friends’ websites is Eilean Donan. I doubt you have any idea how beloved it is here in the States. Whenever I know someone is heading to beautiful Scotland I tell them your place is a must and, (wink) they must try a Million Dollar Bar in your eatery. Stellar!!!!

  10. i just recently discovered your blog…so my vote is KEEP IT! I like to learn about my husband’s family

  11. Please keep this going. It is the bright spot in my day when there are new things to read about and see. My family came from Scotland to the states. I plan to visit soon, maybe even relocate to Scotland. I do hope you keep this going. I know it takes time from your already busy schedule. I appreciate all your work. Thank you and happy birthday!!

  12. Thank you for your wonderful blogs! Please do not stop! It is so much fun to read them. They always remind me of the good times I had in Scotland! Keep going šŸ™‚
    Greetings from Switzerland

  13. Keep it going David… without your erudite words we would be lost without them…

  14. Hi, I found your blog a few weeks ago and added it to my sidebar. I’ve been to Eilean Donan in 1998 and it’s interesting to follow your work. A reason to go back some day, right? šŸ™‚

    Happy Birthday.

  15. You are doing an amazing job with the FB page and the blog David and would love for you to keep it going, but it is entirely up to you. I know it can be hard work sometimes and very time consuming. We can’t have you wearing yourself out šŸ™‚

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