Friday, December 31, 2010

Blogging Milestone(s)

Ta Da........Today is the first Anniversary of my foray into the blogging world!  Co-incidentally it is also my 100th post!  Not sure how I quite managed that one -although I must admit I did sneak in a quick little blog about Matthew and Micky yesterday when I realised I was close to the magic 100.

When I first started this little blog last year I had no idea that it would be something that I would still be doing a year later.  My blog originally commenced its life as a "Travel Blog" -  a way of keeping Alan (and the rest of the family) updated on the trip Matthew and I made to New Zealand last year.   I remember sitting in our motel room at the end of each day churning out long, descriptive passages about the things we had done and the sights we had seen.  In a funny sort of way I imagined myself as a "foreign correspondent" sending back news reports about life in foreign and exotic lands!   When I think back now - probably a phone call would have been quicker.......   However there is something strangely satisfying about putting pen to paper and (for me) I have always been able to express myself much better with "written" rather than "spoken" words.

Blogging allows me to combine two of my most favourite things - "Journalling"  and "Corresponding".   I have always enjoyed the idea of journalling and over the years have commenced many a Diary - only to find that I manage to fill the first couple of days and then ..... nothing!  (I have SOO many yearly diaries with blank pages from the 5th January onwards....).  

Letters - how I LOVE receiving letters.  Years ago (pre email/pre Facebook/pre Twitter - well, the "olden days" actually!) I used to have a pen friend in the USA.   Every month a letter would arrive from my pen friend in its distinctive Air Mail envelope with its unique USA stamp and I would spend hours reading and re-reading every word.  For a kid growing up in Australia in the 60's the USA was a wildly romantic and exciting place and to receive a letter from someone in the USA - well, that was just the BEST!

Nowdays I can "journal" (and include pictures!) and receive "letters" from all over the world!   Not only that, in the past 12 months I have learnt SO MUCH about a whole range of things and been constantly inspired by the incredibly talented and creative bloggers who open their lives and share their talents on a daily basis.

So, here's a little bouquet to all the blogging friends I have made over the past 12 months and all the new blogging friends I hope to meet in the next.  

Clicking onto my blog each morning and finding that a comment has been left - it really makes my day.  Reading about the incredible things you all do - well,  it makes me feel so privileged to  be invited into your lives.    Thank you all so very much.


  1. Congratulations Sharyn, Im so glad I found your blog I have really enjoyed all of the adventures & creativity you have lovingly shared with us & Im really looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2011. Heres to another 100 witty & interesting posts.
    Happy New Year to you & your family!!
    P.S I just read your pots about xmas day, sounds like you all had a great time regardless of no thats a whole lot of water gushing over your bridge!!

  2. I think I remember Day One of your bloggy Sharyne. Time just flies. Looking forward to catching up with you in 2011. Congratulations on achieving year one and here's to many more. A-M xx

  3. I so feel you on the pen to paper thing. I also love to express myself with the written word and have journaled for 35 years. I've filled up two journals a year for all those years. You may have noticed I'm a little wordy and have trouble keeping my posts from becoming a marathon on my blog. Corresponding with friends is great too, and I love blogging and emailing but, those letters in the ultra thin airmail envelopes (pale blue), with an overseas stamp ~sigh~ there's no substitute for those... Congratulations on your 100th post. You should be proud of how prolific you are! We your readers get the benefit of your love of the written word every time we open your blog - so thanks for that! Wishing you a Happy New Year and many more blog posts! Blessings, Tia

  4. Congratulations on reaching your blogging milestones Shayrne! Hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year x

  5. well done mate - and a lovely blog you have too! isn't it great, a lifelong (and generations further) journal of our current day lives. Wish we had one from our ancestors to look over... oh well, better late than never! HNY too!

  6. Well congratulations to you too!
    I only wish I had found you earlier...but I didn't so now I have a treat in store to go back and read about your travels.
    Keep dry and have a wonderful new year, may 2011 bring you good health, love and laughter. xo ~ J

  7. Congratulations on all of your blogging milestones, Sharynne! How very exciting!!
    Your flowers are just beautiful!
    I wish you a very happy New Year, and thanks so much for your very sweet comments, my friend!
    Jo :)

  8. Happy Blog-a-versary my friend! You should be so proud for sticking with this wonderful blog and for giving us all a chance to have our very own pen pal from down under! Here's to another year of wonderful posts!

    Kat :)

  9. Hi! I live in another of the most beautiful places - California. And, I've always wanted to see Australia! I think all the California girls think that Australia is super cool ;-) Congrats on reaching your year anniversary

  10. A belated congratulations dear Sharyne!! I am so sorry, seems my dashboard is not loading all of the blogs on my blogroll and I have missed posts:( Yay to you on your 1st blogiversary!! I LOVE your new header :D Hugs ~ Txx


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