I started blogging in November of 2008.
At first, I kept the blog private, visible only to family and a select group of friends.
My posts were like stones thrown into a deep well:
they sank from view with barely a ripple.
|first photo I ever posted - footstep on the trail - from Nov 2008|
I began reading other blogs.
I found a few I really enjoyed.
However, it took me awhile to get up the nerve to comment.
Finally, I decided to throw caution to the wind.
I opened my own posts to the public.
|Waldo, my Tree Nymph, winter 2009|
Today, I feel I "know" people from all over the world.
I count them as friends.
I communicate with them both on their blogs and by E-mail.
Some, I've met face to face.
Others, I wish I could meet.
I miss those who decide to stop blogging.
|Angelica, the garden angel, and Lucinda B. Rabbit, summer 2010|
Blogging is like having lots of pen pals but has instant gratification.
It's hard to explain the blogger connection to people who don't blog.
I think of my family and my "real" friends daily,
I also send positive thoughts to those I know only through the internet.
|traveling with my husband, Cape Kiwanda, OR, spring 2011|
I know it seems odd, the connections we bloggers make.
You hear horror stories about social media:
how the internet becomes a tool for the unscrupulous.
I review comments before publishing.
However, I get very little spam.
I made a rule early-on not to publish comments containing links.
That seems to work for me.
|family ski day, winter 2012|
I have a quirky group of blog pals.
They encompass different ages, include both sexes, have varying interests, and live divergent lifestyles. I usually decide to follow a blog if I enjoy the writing, admire the photography, or just get a feeling that I "like" the person and/or could learn from her/him. I never follow publicly - I do so only by adding the url's of blogs I want to read to my dashboard. I don't use the followers gadget on my own blog, and this sometimes confuses people who would like to follow me. I suggest they do so by using the "add" feature on their dashboard and pasting in my url.
|in the desert with girlfriends, spring 2013|
I wonder about other bloggers.
How do you choose which blogs to follow?
What are your favorite topics for your own blog?
Is your blog controversial, opinionated, or confrontational?
Do you ever wonder if it's weird to share your thoughts and ideas
with people you don't really know?
What makes you keep blogging?
(Unfortunately, I know many who have quit.)
|from my house to yours - wishing you well|
sunset, Tenmile Range, winter 2014
I hope you keep posting!
If you're reading this, you may already be one of my blog friends.
You're important to me.
These photos show some moments in my blogging life from 2008 to present
featuring my favorite (non-controversial) blog topics:
nature, family, friendship, travel, photography, and my environment
(all post-edited in Snapseed, Waterlogue, and Titlefx)
Thank you for visiting and commenting!