It’s my Blogs first birthday today! Happy Birthday Blog!
Without wishing to sound like Kate Winslet when she made her Oscar winning speech a few years ago, (though I fear it may it may start to turn into something resembling it) I would like to use this momentous occasion to thank and acknowledge, a whole load of wonderful people. See, that KW effect has already started…….
If I may start by saying that this time 368 days ago, I actually had no idea what a blog was, let alone had done anything in this vein, you might get a clue of how ignorant I was when I first started out on this venture exactly a year ago today. If I tell you also, that for the first month of posting, Irishman had to upload all of my photos and my writing onto WordPress, that should also give you a pretty good idea of how totally hopeless I am with computers. Without his infinite patience, and good humour, this blog would never have got off the ground.
That said, I think I’ve come along way. I say I think, because in a moment I am going to try to put some links up to just a few of the many blogs that I love and follow and as I write this, I am not entirely sure if it’s going to work. So far I’ve only ever managed one live link on my own blog, let alone a list of them. Please bear with me.
In no particular order other than that Amberr Meadows was my first Follower, (and for that she deserves first place in the line-up) here are just a few of the 200 blogs that I follow, love, and enjoy.
The first follower I had was Amberr Meadows. I owe Amberr a lot. In the early days, her support and encouragment meant the world to me, and it still does and her comments and thoughtfulness encouraged me to continue. A few weeks after I had started posting, she put a link to my blog on her fantastic site and a few months ago she invited me to join her Triberr group, Brazen Bloggers. She is without doubt the Queen of Bloggers because she has what I consider the finest virtue that any blogger can have, and that is a sense of community.
Sarah is fantastic. She writes a great blog and has the courage to say some of the things that I long too. Her dry humour, thoughts on S.E Asia and life in general make for an interesting read.
Lydia is a journalist and I discovered her blog after Googling ‘Blogs Jakarta’ – She’s left Jakarta now, but she always writes informative and great posts and I’d like to thank her for mentioning me on one of her posts. Thank you Lydia.
Melissa lives in Thailand. She nominated me for award a while back and I was made up! I love reading about her life in Thailand. She’s a gentle and spirtual lady, her generous nature and warmth, are apparent in the way that she writes and thinks. She’s also a great photographer.
Elise has a most brilliant idea, she is the consumate armchair traveller bringing the world to her and then sharing it via her amazing blog. I feel very flattered that she has asked me to feature on one of her posts. Very flattered, and very honoured. Please check her blog out, you will not be disappointed!
Steph is crazy! I totally adore her. She makes me laugh like no other. She’s travelled pretty much everywhere and always has a story to tell. I think there may be a drop or two of Irish blood in there!
|Far Side Travel
If you want something a bit different, check them out. Farside travel is outspoken and transgressive in it’s way and I always enjoy reading their posts. Thanks to you guys too for giving me a ‘promo’!!
|8 Degrees of Latitude
I’m a little in awe of Richard. He writes exquisitely, he’s very funny and importantly he’s very informed. If you are interested in Bali, he’s the man you need to be checking out.
|Berit ja Terje
Amazing, fantastic, original and very different. Avantourists is an exceptional blog. Need I say more? Go and check these Estonian girls out now!
|the headmaster’s handbag
I stumbled across this blog when I wrote a post a few months ago. This lady doesn’t yet know it, but I really love hearing about her new life in Kenya. I feel a connection with her because we both started our new lives abroad at roughly the same time and both our husbands are involved in education. I’m fascinated by her life in Kenya and secretly rather jealous!
Gerard is a consumate storyteller and writer. He’s Dutch, but has lived in Australia for most of his life. You will never be bored reading Gerard’s posts – he always has something different to add to the pot, always something to make you think. That’s why I love Gerard!
Sherry is gorgeous. She is one of the most beautiful women that I have ever met in my life. She also happens to write a terrific blog and has taken to living in Bali like a duck to water. She’s a wise, wonderful and brilliant lady and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her.
Amit Janco, What a lady! I’d been waiting ages to meet Amit in the flesh so to speak and when at last I did, I ruined it all by pronouncing her name wrong. What’s worse is that despite her telling me that I’d pronounced her name wrong, and her kindly correcting me, I still kept getting it wrong! Amit, like Sherry also lives on Bali and I love her blog because she’s embraced Balinese life and learnt the language so quickly. Amit has the courage and strength of a lion. She can also do impressive yoga positions.
And last, but by no means least is:
This lady totally fascinates me! Seriously, I love her to bits. We found out that we shared the same birthday some months ago and since then we’ve almost been joined at the hip. Intricate has the MOST wonderful imagination. She writes the sort of stories that I would love to write. She’s mad, and ditzy, and brilliant and because she shares the same birthday as mine, I reckon that we are sisters. She also draws beautifully. I’m enchanted, and you will be too.
I could go on, and on, and on naming fabulous people and their blogs but these are just a few of my very favourites. Please check them out, and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.
And lastly, to all the wonderful friends that I have who tirelessly read my posts and then, totally unasked go and share them on Facebook! WOW! and leave comments, and support me, THANK YOU! you mean the world to me XXX