|A bouquet of flowers for those who come back to the Maremelade Gypsy so often! And to those whose blogs inspire and enlighten me!|
Over the course of those years I've followed all kinds of blogs. Some focus on the arts I connect with most intimately -- visual/mixed media art, painting, film and literature. Some are more "place" oriented -- blogs focusing on travel or cities/regions I love.
|Yes, I read lots of blogs about Paris and other wonderful places. And yes, I love getting a good recipe from a fellow blogger!|
Some provide thoughtful complex writing. Those posts may take longer to read and process but oh, they are so rich. Others simply make me laugh. They're like sitting at a cafe table with a good friend, sipping tea or Tab or margaritas, and laughing till we attract disapproving looks from strangers!
|I love it when the colors are all mixed up together in a merry rainbow mishmash! All different and fun, like the variety of blogs follow!|
I've been very excited to participate in a new online magazine called "Modern Creative Life," which came about through blogging relationships. Becca Rowan long ago started a series called "Write on Wednesday," where I connected with many bloggers who remain on-and-offline friends to this day. When Becca and Debra Smouse created the new publication (with daily posts -- you can subscribe and it's worth it!), they asked me to contribute. My current post, "The Fleeting Moments of Now" is HERE -- please check it our (and don't miss the other great content at the site, too)!
|Oh, the thrill of a good comment is like getting a letter that doesn't come in a window envelope!|
I remember well those early days of blogging, don't you? It was almost like sending a letter out to the world and wondering who would find it. Wondering if anyone would ever find you. And if they did, would they like what they found? Would they leave a comment? Would I make a difference? What did I want my blog to be -- a a personal message, a platform for sharing information to others, a communal gathering room?
I learned to blog from reading each and every one of you.
I like to think of The Marmelade Gypsy as a friendly cafe or bookstore. Each time you visit you may find something familiar -- but also may find something new. Not every post will resonate but I always hope people will return to see if the next one does!
|So many times when I visit a blog it's like having a conversation with you!|
Now and then I am fortunate enough to connect with a new blogger, someone who has just entered this diverse Land of Blog, giving birth to a new vehicle that has something to say. Being brave. Breaking out of the womb of having an idea and getting it out there, out in the open where people can see, learn, comment, relate.
|When you're getting ready to let your baby into the world, it can be a scary thing!|
|Laura (second from left) and her sister Linda, flanked by two of their cousins, Heather and Anna.|
I've known Laura for years, although not well. She is my cousin's niece by marriage, if that makes sense. Cousin's husband's sister's daughter. Whew. So, most of the time the youngsters were hanging out one place while the elders hung elsewhere!
|Sometimes we don't realize what is behind the curtain until somebody says.|
I was so thrilled she would feel comfortable asking me questions about this crazy, fun thing we do to connect and I hope I've steered her well. Truth is, it took little steering. She's a quick study, that's for sure! And she has something to say.
Three cheers, Laura! I'm proud of you! And, I hope when you have a chance you'll stop by Laura's blog and welcome her to the Land of Blog. And if she leaves a comment on one of yours that you'll check in to say hello!