Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Blog Surfing

From time to time I've been doing a little random blog surfing. I tend to do this mostly by picking someone I like and then opening every blog they contribute to or follow (I love tabs!). Today I decided to be a bit more linear, and pick just one post from each blogroll, and see how far I get. I also resolved to leave a comment on the most recent post of each blog I visit in this way.

I started off at Jeanne's blog because she kindly gave me an award (which got me thinking that I ought to be reading even more widely) and also because I'd really like to know how you can have 'between one and six' children. There must be a story there.

I wandered along to Far Side of Fifty where I read about snow and amazing dreams, and then Lynda's post about plum jam caught my attention because I've wanted to learn to make jam for years and just haven't got round to it yet.

I then moved on to Organic Growing Pains, a topic which I understand all too well, and then to Memorable Meanders where I happened to find a picture of a really beautiful Christmas card sent to Jo by the very same Lynda who's blog I was at two steps earlier.

There was a link from here to One Minute Writer but I'm sure Beth will forgive me for not following that particular path, since I watch her blogs with interest anyhow. So instead I went on to Soyez la Bienvenue Chez Moi to test my French, and I'm not sure if I was relieved or disappointed to find that the blog is actually in English - the most recent post had pictures of snow but nowhere near as much as I saw in the French Alps last week!

~~~ Note of (possible) interest - by this stage I have had my first comment from one of the people who's blog I've visited earlier on this journey ~~~

Trying to find more French, and tempted by the subject matter, I progressed to a post about galettes at La marmite de Cathy - which as well as being an amazing-looking recipe, really made me want to know whether 'Marmite' is a word in French. Apparently it is - and means a type of cooking pot.

I was then lulled into a false sense of security by the quaint-sounding A Turtle In A Kitchen which is written in French and, since I happened on a fairly long post with lots of content, I got quite lost among the presents & streets of London, and don't have enough French to make an intelligent comment.

This seems like a good point to stop today's brief excursion - but also to note that reading blogs in foreign languages is probably very good practise and to be encouraged. But commenting is hard!


Jeanne said...

Dear Rachel, for many of us even reading a blog in a foreign language would be an impossible task! (Okay, I speak/read some French, but not enough to read a blog.) I went to visit some of these and plan to follow in your footsteps as time allows.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by on my blog. True, yesterday we didn't have alot of snow, but today there's more! Certainly, it's not the Alpes here.

Sorry I don't write my blog in French. I'm like Jeanne, I would most likely massacre the language. It would take me so long to write a post that I'd never post anything!

Mais, hormis cela, je t'écrirai en francais dès maintenant.
Le bloggosphère est bien petit, n'est-ce pas?

anudivya said...

You are pretty organized! I could learn a thing or two from here... :)

Rachel Cotterill said...

Jeanne - my problem with languages in general is that I can read a lot more than I can produce. I've read science papers in French, German, Spanish... but I couldn't hold a conversation.

Dedene - I hope you didn't think I was complaining! :) But it is funny that in a whistle-stop tour of seven blogs I found one with a French title written in English, and one with an English title written in French.

Anudivya - it's nice that someone thinks I'm organised, but I'm not sure... if I was more naturally organised I might not have to try so hard! ;)

Pam said...

I do this too, go from blog to blog to blog. It's a great way to discover new favorites!

Malar Gandhi said...

Sweet heart, thanks for following my blog! Like the idea of going from blog to blog! I am a random surfer too...Though go aimless, definetely we do catch up with nice write-up, right!

Peggy said...

Hi Rachel,Welcome to the random surfing set! I have learned more from doing that than all my years of reading books and TV. You get to know the ordinary people and parts of the world I have not a hope of ever seeing in person.
I must admit to trying to stick to anything to do with gardening, knitting or crafts though.I have a google gadget on my blog which instantly changes the blog to whichever language the reader wants to read in, I wish more people used it as I often come across interesting blogs in a language I cannot read.Which is often as I only have english!

Timmy said...

I'm using this as a way to contact you lol.
I saw this in your comment on NotesToSelf: "I have a general year-round devotion to making sure I enjoy my life, because really, no-one else is going to do that for me."

You know what, I think that it is horrible that nobody is there to help you. Don't you think that people should be? Either way, I think you should read my post about this. Please do.

Lynda said...

Thanks for visiting my blog all the way over in Africa, Rachel ! I think it's fascinating the way you followed one blog to the next, something I keep meaning to do once I have a spare moment, it's interesting to see how groups of related bloggers 'form' & gain readership from one another's followers ....
Bye for now
Lynda, Kilimanjaro, East Africa

Anonymous said...

Rachel, no complaints here! I am so very happy you've come by to visit! Bien à toi, Dedene en France

Rachel Cotterill said...

Pam - It's addictive! Could spend hours on end if I didn't make myself get up and do other things...

Malar - I love the look of your recipes, hope to have chance to try some of them soon :) Thanks for dropping in!

Peggy - I will look up that gadget, next time I come to your blog I'll see what its translations look like (for languages I know!). It sounds like a great idea. I'll have to take a look in more detail at the blogs you follow since all those topics are dear to me :)

Timmy - Sorry if my comment confused you, but I meant no-one else is going to enjoy my life for me... my friends & family are always there to 'help' but I'm the only one who can get the unique enjoyment of being me! :)

Lynda - Thanks for stopping by. It was very interesting to end up on a blog in Africa because it's probably the continent about which I know least (not even enough to work out which countries to prioritise on my 'to visit' list). There's so much to learn!!

Dedene - :)

Alhya said...

I know this post is a little old. But, I don't know why, I 've just discovered it. As you can read, my english is quiet bad, and write it is very hard for me! But i would like to thant you to stop in my blog, even if it was a long time ago!

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