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Happy Halloween! Happy Blue Moon! Happy Bloggoversary to Me!

October 31, 2020

Halloween scene by the chicken coup at the Bees Knees in between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo in Los Osos 

Today is Halloween. It’s also a full moon all over the world, and a blue moon here which means two full moons in one month.

And it’s the night of the TIME CHANGE.

scene by the chicken coup at the Bees Knees in Los Osos

Why is that important, except to remind you you get to sleep in an extra hour and spend that time changing clocks? (And that 2020 didn’t need an extra hour? And no I didn’t go to a Halloween Party because of COVID?)

The night of the Time Change is important to me because that’s when I started blogging at Art Predator: on the night of the Time Change, November 4, 2007;  my partner fell asleep putting our son to bed. While I waited for him, I decided to check out WordPress!

Here’s how I became “Art Predator” which I wrote that night.

So I see this night, the night of the time change, as a Bloggoversary as well as the date of the first posts on this blog, Nov. 4, 2007 which is coming up on Wednesday.

scene by the chicken coup at the Bees Knees in Los Osos

That February I had a post about the lunar eclipse go viral with 2,000 views virtually overnight.

By summer 2008, I had quit my job teaching writing at Ventura College to go into wine writing and blogging full time working for the Grateful Palate. Unfortunately, the economy crashed and so did my job — and that company.

I decided to go to the 2008 Wine Blogger’s Conference anyway, and I started my Wine Predator blog. A year later,  I was back teaching but still blogging both here and there, and using blogging as a teaching tool, when I was selected as runner up by Jo Diaz to go on a press trip to Portugal and to attend the Wine Blogger’s Conference in Lisbon. At the last minute, I was asked if I could go, so in less than a week, I had my passport in hand and I boarded a plane for Portugal.

In addition to Portugal, blogging has taken me all over California as well as Washington and Oregon, plus Canada and even France as a member of the US Blind Wine Tasting Team.

And I get sent cases of wine to write about every month!

October is also Blogtober.

I had hoped to publish a post every day on Wine Predator, all 31 days. Read more about Blogtober on Wine Predator here. With this post on Halloween about Porto, a sweet treat,  I completed 23 posts in 31 days, with it being post 119 for 2020 and post #990 since I started that blog. I had hoped to be closer to #1000 so that on the actual day of of my Bloggoversary, Nov 4, it would be post #1000… or even #999. Instead, I’m counting down to 1000!

Here on Art Predator, I posted eight times, with this post being my ninth, and the first being a recap of posts I’d done on Wine Predator.

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another Halloween scene by the chicken coup at the Bees Knees in Los Osos

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