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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Why I Love Blogging



Goodness, how time flies. It's been two whole years since I started this little blog - with precious little idea of what I was getting myself into.

Two years ago, I had precisely no readers, and was taken by surprise any time anyone commented; now, I get hundreds of hits on every post.

Two years ago, I didn't even know it was possible to make money or gather freebies from this gig; now, I get more offers from PR firms than I'll ever be able to accommodate.

Two years ago, you wouldn't have found me if you'd typed my name into Google; now I'm on the front page of search results for several recipes, too.

But none of these things explain the addictive quality of blogging. I love blogging because I love to travel. Reading blogs gives me the chance to take dozens of trips across the globe - without even needing to leave my living room. Of course some people write about their own travels, but I don't just mean that: I also love the little glimpses into everyday lives and cultures different from my own, and the historical memoirs from times before I was born, and recipes for dishes I may never have sampled. Through the world of blogging, I get to experience many times what I could normally fit into one lifetime.

How about you? What's your favourite thing about blogging?

PS I'm planning something big and Christmassy for December, more details soon!

27 comments:

smilla4blogs said...

Rachel, i have enjoyed your fresh youthful perspective more than I can say and your ideas, travels and recipes offer invaluable insight from one generation to the next. As you say, all from my livingroom! Blogging is a commitment, but one with so many benefits. My first blogoversary is in mid December and I will offer more thoughts to celebrate. In the meantime, Blog on Rachel!

Ginny said...

You are right, Rachel!! I don't really travel, but it was one of my fondest wishes when I was a young mom. But now I can travel virtually with my blog friends, and in a more personal way than watching T.V. or looking at magazines. I do also love to spread the word of God and try to lift people up along the way.

LindyLouMac said...

The virtual trips around the world and making new friends that live in all these destinations have been the best part of the blogging experience for me.

colourfulcoach said...

I love feeling like part of a community, and the feeling I get when someone tells me they've been inspired by something I've written is second to none. Long may you blog :-)
xx

Domestic Executive said...

Another blogging milestone - congratulations Rachel. I'm more of a lurker on your blog these days but really enjoy your writing, travel adventure and most of all I enjoy your enthusiasm, energy and insight you bring to everything you write about. Long may it continue!

Louiz said...

I think the best thing for me is the connections we make around the world, and the "making" aspect of it - no matter how stuck you get, someone else has been there and blogged about how they got through it; if you're lost for inspiration, you'll find masses out there just from a few clicks; if you're looking for how to master a new technique, someone will have covered it in great depth with fabulous pictures. It's great:)

Dedene said...

Bon Anniversaire! I enjoy your various posts about all your different travels. I also enjoy hearing about your life in England. My favorite thing about blogging is making bloggy friends.

Emma said...

I started blogging so that my friends abroad could keep up with how quickly my little Chick was growing up. Now I blog as an outlet to all the crazy stuff in my head!!! Happy 2nd Blogiversary :-)

liliannattel said...

Happy Anniversary! I like blogging for all the reasons you said and more. It's a place to write about all the interesting things I come across that I can't fit into my novels. It's also a stress free place to write. I started it partly to remember why I write, for the joy of it, because that can so easily be overwhelmed by the blitz of marketplace advice and concerns that are out there. There were unexpected benefits, reading other blogs and the connections with commenters, that I didn't foresee or know about.

Doreen said...

I want to travel, but haven't so blogging is a way to do it like you said. It is interesting to learn other cultures and ways of life. I also like the connection with people, learning different views of life. Visitors to my blog soon become bloglings!!

BECKY said...

Rachel, I left a comment on here earlier today, that I swear it "accepted", and now it's not here! Darn! It was really good, too! I'll have to send you an e-mail later, I guess, because it was a long one and I'll have to think about it some, to try and remember! Happy Blogaversary!

Slamdunk said...

Happy blogging anniversary.

My fav thing about blogging is reading posts and comments by others from so many different parts of the world. It has made me appreciate others that much more.

Kazzy said...

I love blogging because I love getting to know people.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Joyeux Anniversaire! It's the people, isn't it? At least that's it for me...and a place where I can (that was my original intention) collect all those little photos, scraps and things that inspire me...and a place to exchange thoughts with others... So, even if I don't to have the time to pop round and comment so often anymore, I still have a quick read and don't "forget" the good blogs ;-) Love from London x

Jim Murdoch said...

This is more a thought about the Web in general – because I had it before blogs even existed the way they do now – but when I came online for the first time and discovered there were people out there like me, who didn’t think I was strange, who accepted me for who I was, the word that came to mind was, “Home.” I felt like I belonged finally. After thirty-odd years of being surrounded by non-writers and non-readers I could spend all my spare time connecting with other writers even if they were on the other side of the world. Blogging simply smooths out the process – comments are far easier than keeping track of e-mails – and enable us to know that we’re not alone. And never have to be again.

Alice Braga said...

Happy anniversary, Rachel! You are definitely one of the reasons I love blogging. Making new friends (none of whom are geographically undesirable LOL) who also happen to be thoughtful, well-traveled writers, photographers, and illustrators has been a huge plus of joining the blogosphere.

Keep it up!

Tabor said...

Well, I have been blogging since 2004...before you were born ;-) I like all the things you said about blogging, but I also like to TRY to write. I am poor at it, but I learn from others and when my post hits the spot these wonderful readers tell me!

Tabor said...

Oh, forgot to add that my favorite part of blogging is writers like you who inspire.

Clover said...

Happy blogiversary. I like the sense of community and meeting other friendly people and talk about books mostly :) Feeling part of something

Jules said...

Many congratulations on your 2nd blogversary Rachel! Those non-bloggers do not know what they are missing!

Chef E said...

meeting people like you...

Jeanne said...

Favorite thing about blogging?

You're right up there at the top of the list!

Debbie said...

Definitely the personal connections. I have learned so much from everyone on here.

Maxabella said...

I agree, Rachel. Blogging is a window into many worlds. It's a wonderful way to get to know both like-minded and TOTALLY different people. It's inspiration, it's conversation, it's a record.

Thanks for visiting my blog. It was lovely to meet someone new. x

cornflakegirl74 said...

I have to say that yours has been a favorite of mine since I started this whole blogging thing. Your posts always inspire me to see and do and experience, which isn't to say that I never wanted to before... but I'm reminded of my travels when I stop here and it's always very inspiring to me :) Thank you for that.

I think what I love the most about blogging is the relationships I have formed since I started. I never knew what any of this would amount to; I just wanted a tiny corner in the internet to rant. Everything else has been the icing on the cake :)

alessandra said...

Exactly the same, it's like having friends from every part of the globe, so cool! ;)

Jenny Woolf said...

I love reading your blog because it's so varied and enthusiastic. Congratulations on your first birthday!

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