A friend introduced me to blogging, he was going on holiday for a couple of weeks, and invited me to "guest blog" in his absence one summer. While I was at it, I posted the first few posts on the Adventures of Travel Penguin, and here I am years later, and I have to admit it, I am rather addicted to my daily blog. I read about a dozen blogs each morning, commenting on 4 or 5 of them, a handful of other blogs draw a few comments a year. There are 3 or 4 other blogs I look at once a week, and another half dozen that I look at once a month or so. I dropped a couple of blogs this year - there is only so much moaning I can tolerate.
Over the years we have met some wonderful people through blogging. Dr. Spo, Anne Marie and Todd, Ron, Fearsome, and Mitchel who are all still blogging. Woodchuck, Secret Squirrel, and Harpers Other Keeper, who are still in our lives, even if no longer blogging. There are more bloggers to meet in person, if the stars align on schedule, we will buy John Gray dinner in March, and I need to buy the Mistress a gin or three at some point this next year. If you are ever in the DC area, I love to meet people for breakfast or lunch.
Most of my postings are written ahead of time, edited and scheduled for posting (most post at midnight eastern standard time.) I occasionally mess up and post live, something I was planning for later, sometimes I leave them up. A few times a year, breaking news leads to an instant post.
Blogging has improved my writing, forcing me to be creative or at least less boring on a regular basis. Blogging gives me an outlet to share the photos that I take, I have a couple of sister blogs that are almost all photos and very little text, but those are seldom updated. I tried a city daily photo blog, with working full time, it was a grind to create content, and it was never recognized by the network of city daily photos. Perhaps as I approach retirement, I will work on that again.
Thank you all for being a part of our blog family. I enjoy what you post, love when you comment on my blog. I know far more people read than comment, but that is perfectly normal. Leave a comment, I don't bite, and I seldom delete comments.
Thanks for another great blog year.
I am not sure what my life would be like without blogging, which gets me out to take photos at times, while others are just snapped when I am out and about. It is a great social connection, especially when you meet bloggers and discover they are just like they are on their blog and just as nice. Oh dear, it has just occurred to me that I haven't added you to my "Must Read" list, and it should be there as I read all you post. I wonder if our connection is through John Gray of Wales? I see he too is close to Ann Marie. I didn't realise how close we were to him when we were in Wales earlier this year, not that we had the time or the energy to meet anyone.ReplyDelete
I can't remember how I found John's blog, probably through comments.Delete
Im glad you stuck it out. I also really enjoy it and am grateful for the people I’ve connected with through blogging.ReplyDelete
Next time you are in DC, let me know. We will make it to Spain some year.Delete
I know where THAT pix was taken! (grin)ReplyDelete
I too have enjoyed meeting fellow bloggers, people I never would have met if not thru blogging. most of them have been wonderful, a few were too toxic and I now ignore them.
I read your blog occasionally when I look through John's blog roster. I'm resolving to make more time for blogging and my blogging friends in the New Year. It's tough to find the time.ReplyDelete
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you!
It is great hearing from you, I bookmarked your blog.Delete
I read you every day but seldom comment. I love your pictures and the way you blend content with pics so that each entry is interesting. You've had a very exciting, eventful life.ReplyDelete
Thanks, the pictures are the starting point for me.Delete
The blogosphere can be a great place alright!ReplyDelete
Lots of friends, almost all good people.Delete
Buy me dinner!!!! Way to go!!!!! XxReplyDelete
Looking forward to it, I emailed you details on where we are stayingDelete
I am so glad you do so; I very much look forward to seeing what you are doing and upon what you are writing.ReplyDelete
And I check everyday, to see what you are up to.Delete