Friday, 3 June 2016

One Year of Blogging

Patio Postcards
 
It has been one year since I wrote & published my first blog post for Patio Postcards. It certainly has moved into more than I first thought. 


Thank you to all of you for your many wonderful, supportive & kind comments.  You have all helped me through some difficult days & continue to encourage me to keep at blogging.

Have I learned anything in the year?  Oh yes, I think the biggest thing I have learned is how kind & welcoming everyone is. I continue to be in awe of how good people are at writing & engaging readers.  I am envious of how good everyone is at photography.

Would I do anything differently?  I think of my current writing style as quite vanilla with the odd streaking of some substance.  I have written & deleted or just kept in draft so many posts, afraid of over sharing & judgement.  I am resolved to move more into "publish" mode.

What will you keep the same?  I personally like a blend of words & photos, so that will not change.  I like a clean crisp font & I strive with ensuring grammar & spelling are correct, so that will not change. 

What is the most fun of blogging?  Connecting with people that are doing different things than me; experiencing challenging life situations; people who's life styles vary from mine; people with varying opinions & experiences.  Some I can share in, some I can only marvel at.  But the strong thread of connection of sameness we share in wanting to experience joy & overcome life's hurdles with grace & yes even humour.

What is the most challenging thing about blogging?  There are so many well written, interesting & fun blogs, which I just do not have the time to read all of them. Those that I visit I do try to leave a comment.  The biggest personal blog writing challenge I have, can be summed up with a quote  "comparison is the thief of joy"  - see note above about so many unpublished posts.

What are you looking forward to in regards to blogging?   I am ready for Rinda's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt. I want to share my continued life learning in an exciting way on Mondays.  I am keeping an eye out for SNAP collections & I challenge myself with creating a weekly gorgeous photo & 6 marveling words. I want to dabble more with 5 in 5 on the 5th & I certainly want to record what I am happy about.  I am committed to sharing scrapbook pages created with regards to our 2016 Summer Manifesto - Ports of Call. 

Thank you all for being my blogging friends & sticking with reading Patio Postcards.





 PS - my post of 1 photo, 6 words will follow later in the day.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations and well done! Here's to many more rewarding years as a blogger

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    1. Thank you. I hope for many more interesting weekends to recap on Mondays :)

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  2. Happy first year, it's been a joy to read your blog and I look forward to the coming years xx

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  3. Happy first year! So glad I found you early in the process.

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  4. A small-minded person would say "I told you so" but I'm not like that so: congratulations!

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    1. Thank you & yes you were right, I will be the first to admit that. Who knew that pumpkins could lead to all this :)

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  5. Well done on completing your first year and for collecting so many followers. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your comments on mine. So onward into the next year!

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    1. Thank you Maggie. I am glad that we are blog friends & yes on to the next chapter.

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  6. Congrats on completing your first year of blogging. I certainly don't think of your blogging as vanilla; and I encourage you to publish more of those posts where perhaps you hesitate because you think the emotions expressed may not be understood. In my experience, some of my most commented-on posts are one's I was a little wary of sharing. Not everyone will understand or connect with everything you share, but somebody will understand and connect with something you share. Be even braver in year two!

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    1. Thanks Susanne for those kind & encouraging words. I do plan for more bravery for the rest of 2016 not only in blogging but other parts of my life.

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