Saturday, May 01, 2010

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Greetings, from Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Today I am starting a “blogathon.” I'll be posting every day for a month. Nothing new about that. But still, I’ll be doing it with a group of professional writers who all have great hopes for their blogs.

For those of you who are reading Chezsven Blog for the first time, I’m a writer whose day job is being an innkeeper. I run Chez Sven, a green bed and breakfast on the Outer Cape, and post photos of our beautiful peninsula. I was recently honored by fellow blogger Christine Gross-Loh in Origami Mommy, and last week my blog was mentioned in our local newspaper, The Cape Codder.

“Blogathon” readers, welcome. And, for those of you who follow this blog already, I’d like to share the Cape Codder piece from last week, not available online:

“For some, writing a blog on a daily basis can be tedious. But not for Alexandra ‘Sandy’ Grabbe, author of ‘Chezsven Blog: Wellfleet Today.’

‘I have no problem coming up with subject matter,’ she said.

This June, Grabbe will have posted daily for one whole year, and her blog will experience its 100,000th hit.

She started blogging in January, 2006 as promotion for her green bed and breakfast, describing walks on Wellfleet’s beaches, visits to restaurants, and the exploration of Outer Cape landmarks with her husband, Sven. Over the years, content has evolved to cover topics of local importance, as well as environmental issues, such as plastic trash visible on Duck Harbor Beach, erosion in Truro, or NStar’s plan to spray herbicides under power lines. One regular feature is a monthly post, called ‘Day in the Life’ (of an Innkeeper).

To date, she has more than 60 regular readers a day and 896 entries.

Chezsven Blog allows its readers to dream of Wellfleet over the winter and many do, sending in notes of encouragement from across the country and world, she said. The most distant regular commenter lives in New Zealand. The name Wellfleet Today was provided by a reader, who features Grabbe’s text and photos in a corner of her own Web site.”

That’s you, Shelly. Thanks! And, thank you to everyone who follows this blog on a regular basis. I hope you will offer up lots of comment love during the month of May.