Jeannette's birthday cake

Let Me Introduce Myself Live and in Person

I’ve been writing this blog for six years!! It seems like just yesterday that I was taking my first blogging lesson from Bea Fields. Thanks to my loyal subscribers and friends who have visited my blog and left comments over the years. I thought you might enjoy seeing me live and in person after my publishing close to 500 posts.

I uploaded my very first video to YouTube so I could embed the code in this post. A friend shot this on his smart phone at party to celebrate my BIG birthday ending in zero a couple of weeks ago. That’s me trying to blow out the candles on my cake.

I still have a lot to learn about YouTube. For example, I couldn’t figure out how to delete videos that were mysteriously attached at the back of my home video. But then Sherryl Perry, a fellow blogger, showed me how. Thanks, Sherryl!

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  1. First Jeannette – Happy Birthday! You look terrific. Then, it’s an honor to know you for wow, quite a few years now. And just from meeting you online on LinkedIn. So where’s the toast for many more ahead of us?! Bravo on the first YouTube video too.

    • Thanks, Patricia, it’s been a pleasure knowing you, too. We WILL meet soon. I’ll be in Richmond for my niece’s wedding at the end of this year and may be visiting my nephew in Williamsburg. So maybe then…

  2. Jan, Congratulations on turning 30! Going forward, I recommend celebrating anniversaries of your 29th birthday. That’s what I do. It’s fun watching people struggle with the math. Keep up the great work!

  3. Jeannette, it is great to see you “in person.” I know what you mean about trying to figure out videos. I finally got to the point where I am comfortable with photographing subjects, and then my daughter was great in a show. I fussed with the video, and it came out not too bad. But I realized I’ve got to work on my video skills. Luckily, when it comes to editing, I can consult my son, our resident video expert. Now putting me on video…I’m not quite ready for that one.

    Happy birthday for real and for your blogging!

    • Thanks,Leora. My grandson is a film major in college and I’ve asked him what to do about the video hitchhiking on to mine. I, too, have a lot to learn about video and YouTube.

  4. What a great idea for a post, Jeannette! Difficult candies to blow out:-)

    Happy Birthday & Many Happy Returns. Nice to see you in the video even though I think our Google Hangout was even better!!

    Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks,Catarina. Not only difficult, but they are trick candles so you can’t blow them out. We all had a good laugh. Our Google hangout was a lot of fun and we should do it again.

  5. Hi Jeannette,

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on uploading your first YouTube video. It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded videos but I have done it before. The videos that show up at the end are supposedly “related”. You can turn that feature off by adding:


    Simply add it to the end of the URL of the video. There’s also a WordPress plugin called “Hide YouTube Related Videos”. I’m not a fan of adding plugins but if someone were embedding a lot of them, it could come in handy.

    It was nice seeing your celebration. I agree with Catarina that our Google Hangout was even nicer!

    • Sherryl — thanks for the birthday greeting. I tried adding ?rel=0 at the end of the URL, updated the post and cleared my cache, but the other video is still there. I’ll check out the plugin, which I didn’t know about. Let’s do another Google Hangout soon!

      • That’s odd. I’ve coded that before and it’s worked. There’s no chance you have a space between the URL and the question mark is there?

        Another hangout sounds like fun.

        • Sherryl — I actually went back to YouTube and copied the embed code again just to be sure and then added ?rel=0 in the text at the end of the URL. Here is here it is ?rel=0. Still didn’t work so deleted the added code. Tis a mystery.

  6. Loved seeing you in the video Jeannette and looks like you had a great time celebrating your birthday. Thanks for sharing a piece of you with us.