July 06, 2021

Tuesday 4 - Blogging

Since I've been on the topic of blogging lately I thought I jump in and play along today. Head over to Tuesday 4 if you'd like to join us. 

1. Tell us about your blog. When did you start blogging?

I started blogging way back in 2003. 

My current blog is a mix of anything I feel like sharing, but Seaside Simplicity was originally a food related blog where I focused on how to feed a family simply, easily and well on a tight budget. Of course I shared all the recipes too. 

From 2010-2013 I actually made money blogging, and I continuously received all kinds of consumable goods and kitchenware in exchange for creating recipes or posting honest reviews. I still have and use many of the things I got back then on a regular basis to this day.

2. What prompted you to begin blogging?

I was on AOL back in 2003. One day I saw an announcement on the main page for a new community called AOL Journals. I had participated on messages boards before and enjoyed those, so I thought it sounded like something that might be fun. I went right over to check it out and opened my first blog.

3. What was your first blog about and why did you choose that subject/title?

My first blog was called Just Visiting and like my current blog it was a mix of anything I felt like sharing. I chose the title because I didn't know what to expect, wasn't sure if it was something I would stick with, and of course I wanted to visit others and see what things were all about out there. Little did I know a fantastic community that we came to call J Land would quickly form. I was hooked from the very first day. Blogging was so much fun back in those days!

4.  How has your blog changed over time, and has it done for you what you hoped it would do in the first place?

My blogging has been all over the place through the years. I've had quite a few different blogs and sometimes more than one at a time with different themes. In 2008 AOL Journals closed down, that's when I moved to Blogger. Then around 2012 the mass exodus from blogging happened when Facebook and Instagram became popular, so many blog friends disappeared during that time. 

As much as I loved blogging I started losing interest myself. I blogged less and less over time and disappeared in 2015. I returned to give it another try in 2017 when I became an empty nester. I blogged for about a year when then the baby bird flew back home, taking over my office (his old room) and my computer in the process. I disappeared again until June of last year after he moved out on his own again. It was one of the bright spots during the early time of the pandemic - my return to blogging, not my son moving back out lol.  

As for part two of the question, I had no hopes of what blogging would do for me when I started in 2003, but what it quickly became was a place to socialize and make some fantastic friends. Today it is by far my preferred choice for day to day socialization - I love my computer because my friends live it in! :)

I would love to hear your blogging story/history too!

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  1. Blogging has changed with all the other social media platforms. Companies have so many platforms now to get free advertising from influencers. I started back in 2007 for my business but it evolved into an online journal. Blogs are a perfect place to chronicle memories!

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    1. It definitely changed a lot with all the other social media out there. I agree, blogs are a great place to record memories. Back in the earlier days my blogs were all about my family, places we went, and things we did. Thankfully I have those old blogs because I lost years worth of photos when an old computer died!

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  2. You have had an interesting journey. I started blogging in 2006 and have kept the same name ever since without deviation or stopping. It's been fun.

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    1. I agree, it's definitely been fun no matter what our journey getting to this point has been.

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  3. Back in the early 2000's I tried all kinds of ways to meet people and mingle That AOL Journal and group sounds like a fun,, low stress place. I ended up with email friends around the world and we would exchange letters. One of them got me on Facebook. It's funny how blogs change over time but not when you consider the changes in our lives. I started on WordPress as I wanted to say more than what you say in an email. I mostly wrote about ways to be healthy at first. Now I write about almost anything. I for one enjoy visiting you and getting to know you a little better each visit. Stay safe with the storm!

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    1. No matter how you look at it blogs are a special experience and it's so nice to be able to easily connect with people all over the world now. I'm glad I met you and I'm enjoying visiting you and getting to know you better too.

      We are starting to get some of the rain from the storm, but no wind or anything yet. I don't like that the cone has moved a bit further towards our coast. I'll be glued to the weather channel all day and evening, but look like it will probably be during the middle of the night that we'll get the worst of it. Stay safe!

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      I hope you both stay safe!

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  4. That was very interesting and you have a cool blog and a cool blogger history. We started in late 2007 and we made money at one point too but when the Dad retired we quit the money endeavor and just do it now because we enjoy it.

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    1. Thanks! I don't blame you. I only lasted a few years being an influencer. It was nice making money and getting all those free products, but it was a bit of a job too and it definitely took something from the overall enjoyment of blogging.

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  5. What an interesting story about your blogging adventures, Martha. Before blogging there were what we called "homepages", in the 1990s. I had several of those too. *lol* All gone now, of course, except my current blog. I wish I hadn't deleted my early blogger blogs but I did. Oh well, perhaps it's for the best. ~Andrea xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I just barely remember homepages and after writing this I recalled chatrooms too, I'd forgotten all about those! I wish you hadn't deleted your earlier blog too. I still have all of my old blogs, including the ones from AOL. Blogger thankfully gave us an easy way to transfer them here. Of course they are all private now but I do still love to go back and read through them every once in a while. xoxo

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  6. I'm so glad you are back to blogging. I've followed you for a long time and you are like an old friend. I started blogging for my family and friends in an effort to keep inn touch, but I have had the added bonus of making some new friends and feel very blessed. I started in AOL too. And was thankful when blogger opened up and we could easily transfer over to it. I don't make any money on my posts and feel like you do, it's my preferred method of socialization too.

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    1. Thanks so much Ma! You are definitely one of the blogging friends I've known the very longest and I feel like you are a dear old friend who I just haven't been able to see often, even though we've never had the opportunity to actually meet in real life. I sure was thankful to Blogger too for making the switch easy for us. I still have my old AOL blogs saved here on Blogger and love reading back through them. I haven't made money on blogs or even tried since way back in 2013. It was nice getting all the free products but it took away from the blogging experience too and became more like work! I'm so happy to be back now. :)

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  7. I know you much better now. I've been blogging for a long time too, but my blog has been for laughs. A place that's positive. I dumped all social media some time back and am happy about that. It was such a negative place. I don't like negative.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. I totally agree with you Sandee! I love how your place is positive and for laughs. I only lasted a Facebook a coupe of weeks, I hated it even way back in the beginning. I enjoyed Instagram for a while, but it has no depth. I still keep a family only account there so I can see things my kids post but other than that I've dumped all other social media besides blogs now too! It's freeing. :)

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  8. That was so interesting to read, Martha. I started blogging for myself to keep a record of my frugality. I love to look back and see what we have done in the past.

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    1. Thanks Belinda. It is always fun looking back at old blogs or posts, I know I sure enjoy it too! :)

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  9. What fun learning all about your blogging history! It sure has been up and down, but I am so glad it is UP now!

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    1. Thanks Ginny. I sure am glad too and no way you are getting rid of me now, I'm here to stay! :)

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  10. Thanks for sharing your blogging history with us. I didn't know about AOL Journals. I started after I moved to Oregon, as a was to show and keep track of what I was doing in the garden. Or, in 2011, not a garden yet, just a big bare yard for the most part. I think my kids must have shown me how and where!

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    1. It's amazing to think you ever had a big bare yard from looking at your beautiful gardens now!

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  11. My goodness, girl ... I had no idea. Love to learn more about my dear friends' histories. I'm hoping to upload my post later this afternoon. Meanwhile, prayers lifted for Florida!

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    1. Thanks so much! We are just now starting to get some rain from the storm, it isn't suppose to get bad until late tonight.

      It seems like we've been blogging friends for such a long time Myra, I'm surprised you didn't already know most or at least some of this. What year did you start blogging? I'm looking forward to your post!

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  12. What a fun blogging journey! Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Martha. I am so happy that you decided to come back to the blog world and it's a PLEASURE to reconnect with you.

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    1. Thanks Angie, I'm so glad to be back and was very happy to reconnect with you too! It's funny how we recognize some bloggers from way back, it's like bumping into some you knew in real life, at least that's the way it always feels to me. :)

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  13. Cool question...

    1. I got a computer back in about 1997 or so. I consider this, the beginning of my Net Life, of which blogging is only a part. I knew nothing!!!! Found a 'Group', of fans, of "Highlander, The Series," and learned much, there.

    * Then on to International Mailing Lists. Met people from all over the world and this opened up a whole new dimension, to me.

    * On one of the International Mailing Lists, there was a young man in Dublin Ireland, who was on an early blog, "Live Journal." Way back then, you had to have an Invitation from a member, to join. He Invited me and I began blogging.

    * After years on Live Journal, and other Net places like Alt Groups (I really don't even remember the name)... I went to Blogger.

    * Have had too many Blogger blogs, over the years, to remember them! -smile-

    * Never stopped blogging, after beginning.

    * I have to say... Wayyyyy back, in all those other gathering places, before blogging, we displayed a lot more ingenuity and imagination. One I remember, was called something like "Murphy's Bar." People "came in," ordered a "drink" from the "bartender", and a "round for the house", and..... Well it was like a corner bar, but on the Net, with people from all over. Different people were different 'characters' and.... Can't explain. -smile- You had to have been there!!!!!

    4. Each blog, has had a slightly different purpose. Back on Live Journal, I joined what we called 'Mil Blogs.' Obviously, blogs by military people. It became a whole New World!!!!!! I came to know sooooo many military people, and their supporters. Felt they were My People. -smile- I was part of a Tribe, as the saying goes. Have never really had that feeling, again... Not in the same way.

    As with all of life, my Net Life and my Blogging Life, have changed over all those years. -smile-

    Very, very, very interesting post!!!!!

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    1. You did a lot of interesting things online before blogging. No explanation needed about Murphy's Bar, we used to do virtual experiences like that all the time in the early days of blogging. I know what you mean about your tribe too. Thanks how J Land was for me.

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    2. Super that you know about the virtual experiences aspect, way back!!!!!!! Unless someone knows, it's hard to explain to today's bloggers. -smile-

      And yes! I came back to look at comments, since this is such a grrrreat blog post topic!!!

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    3. I guess it would be hard to explain to someone who had never experienced the virtual places. I thought it was a great topic too. I really enjoyed this one!

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  14. Wow, you are one of the Pioneers of Blogging!

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  15. I enjoyed reading your story and how you came to be here. The blog world is a great place to meet friends.

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    1. Thanks Cathy, it sure is a fantastic place to meet friends. I love it here! :)

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  16. After a trip to Alaska in 2005, I came home with a hunger for more Alaskan adventures. I found that Daily New Miner, a Fairbanks, news paper had a chat room for all who loved Alaska. There I met 3 friends who were lovers of all things Alaska. 2 had blogs that I stared reading their blogs and the comments. From there I found there were blogs about animals. One of the ladies I met at DNM had a dog blog. Angel Madi was 7 years old and full of mischief and fun. I love writing and taking photos so with the help of my friend I set up my blog in June 2009. kinda worried I would have nothing to say and no one would read. Madi was the purrfect blogging cat. The blog was called Madi and Mom: Down home in NC. She loved posing and I evidently had a gift for writing from the mind of a Feline. As you mentioned I met so many wonderful folks who had all kinds of interests. When Madi passed in 2018, I knew it had continue and I also knew the blog would continue in Madi's memory. Each header has a picture of her included. I write about everything now. Blog address is the same but I changed the name to My Mind's Eye. Seems I always have a party going on in my head.
    Whew this was long...bet you are sorry you asked that question.
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. I am so glad I asked! I loved reading how you came to start blogging and your history of blogging. I just wish I would have met you and Madi way back then, but it sure is a pleasure to be getting to know you now Cecilia! :)

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    2. Thank you, Martha and I'm so glad you found me!!
      I hope Elsa has departed Florida~
      Cecilia

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    3. I am glad I found you too! Elsa is still hanging around way up at the top of the state, but bright and sunny here in my area today. :)

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  17. I think I will do this in a future blog. Maybe tomorrow. Sounds like fun. Isn't it interesting what helps us to find what we want to blog about.

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    1. I'll be looking forward to your post Pam! :)

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  18. I started my simple blog about 2 years ago. Kept reading so many interesting blogs and had to be a blogger to make comments. After a year of just that I decided to tell the story of Precious, my cat. And adding bits and pieces of my personal experiences. I guess I was looking for the fun of the interaction I receive now.

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    1. I'm so glad you and Precious decided to start your own blog. It is always so much fun meeting new friends along the way. I'm glad you are enjoying you blog journey! :)

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  19. Martha, this was fun and interesting to hear about your journey through blogging. And WOW...you started blogging even earlier than me. And you're right, blogging was so much different back then. I still love blogging and don't plan on quitting, however, I don't nearly spend as much time blogging as I used to. I went through a 5 year period where all my energy and time was focused on blogging, which I thoroughly enjoyed, yet I started to get burned out. So, in 2015, like you, I took a break. When I returned, many things changed for me - I didn't post as much, I streamlined the amount of people I blogged with, and decided to just blog whenever I felt the desire. And I have say, I'm enjoying blogging much more because I don't feel the pressure I felt back then to produce. Besides, the landscape of blogging began to change around that time. All these other social media platforms were born, which I feel took away the quality of online communication. Like you, I still respond to comments on my blog, but that's a rarity because a lot of people don't. They just click the "Like" button and move on. However, as long as I blog, I will always comment on other blogs and respond to comments on my own blog because blogging is about COMMUNICATION, it's not a solo voice.

    I've had blogs on Blogger and Wordpress, throughout my journey. And I like them both for different reasons. But if I had to choose just one, it would be Blogger because I feel like I have more freedom to use my blog as I wish. I also like that I can upload outside blog templates and then customize them. All my blog templates have been from outside sources. Having a blog on Blogger taught me a lot about web design and how to customize websites, which is something I never thought I would do. Wordpress is great, but they have a lot of restrictions.

    Thanks so much for sharing your blogging journey. Soooooooooooo glad we met!

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    1. Thanks Ron and thank you for sharing your journey with me too. It definitely sounds like we had somewhat similar experiences in the early days of blogging and what followed. There is absolutely no depth in other social media, here we make true friends and really learn about each others lives. I'm so glad to be back, so glad you are still here, and I am so very glad we met too! :)

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  20. Great topic and I enjoyed reading about your blogging past. Like you, I was originally on a message board, starting in 2006. It was Christian-based and I had about a half dozen people who I talked with through private message. Long story shortened is that one of those people created two additional screen names on the message board and began posting and interacting with everyone and then one of her personas got breast cancer and another one died in a car accident. She made it all up!!! Turns out she had Munchausen’s Syndrome and was banned from the board.

    As you can imagine, I was so disturbed by the whole thing that I left the board, but missed online interaction. Another person from that site started blogging and I followed suit. That was 2008 and my blog hasn’t gone through many changes besides design. I’ve taken short breaks here and there, but have been hooked ever since! Glad to have found you, Martha! And it’s fun to see my long-time blog buddy, Ron here too!

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    1. Thanks Bijoux! Thank you for sharing your journey to blogging too. That's a shame what happened on the message board, but it brought you to blogging so in that way it's a good thing! I wish I would have met you way back when you started, but am so happy to be getting to know you now. It was only after we started following each other that Ron linked over from your place to say hello, and I'm so glad he did. You are both awesome! :)

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  21. I loved those early days of learning something new. I always tried to keep up with what was the new thing. Loved your answers! Have a nice week.

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    1. Me too Lori, it wasn't easy to do things back then. We had to learn so much technical stuff. I don't know how I even did it with everything being so new!

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  22. 2003! I knew nothing about blogs then. How nice that you were making money. My friends went to Facebook but I still follow several who became close friends of mine. I love the friendships I have made with people I've never meet in person. I have since meet a few bloggers in person. So sweet...."Your friends live in it."

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    1. Blogs were much different back then Debby. It was nice to be able to make money by blogging but it got to be too much and didn't leave me time to post my everyday things that I always enjoyed blogging about. I don't do Facebook, I tried and left within a week or two and I'll never go back. I love all my blogging friend and have been lucky to meet a few in real life too. I used to have a button on my sidebar on my very first blog that had the saying I love my computer because my friend live in it - and I still feel that way! :)

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  23. This was interesting and an enjoyable read Martha. Thank you for sharing all that. I started blogging later than you in April 2008, originally using it for a place to store my photos. I was shocked when someone came in and commented - lol - but in a good way. And then more people started visiting and it was wonderful to make so many new friends. Now here we are chatting :) Awesome! :)))

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    1. That was a very nice way to be shocked Denise. I'm so glad you have enjoyed your blogging years and so glad I met you along the way - definitely awesome! :)

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  24. I did 2 poss at the end of 2008, did not post for about 5 months, and in 2009 i started because at the time I was taking 500 plus photos every week end going out with a girl friend and our new DSLR cameras. i wanted some place to show the photos to others. I started then and have never stopped. i lost many friends during the period you mentioned, the all moved to FB and I signed up for it but like someone said above the negative stuff on their just makes me upset. with a blog if it is negative I just don't follow it, but the friends on FB are real friends and family. i just let it stay there and check it a few times a week to find out what family is doing. but lately family has moved on to other media and I did not follow... I love creating and writing and if i don't blog how would i share and i like reading what others are doing and sharing

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    1. I was so sad when Facebook came along and so many left blogging. I went to Facebook for a week or two and couldn't stand it, even way back then. I never went back and never will! The land of blogs is the best and I'm so glad I met you when I came back to blogging, you make me laugh one way or another almost every single day Sandra! :)

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  25. 2003! I didn't even know blogs existed back then!
    I started my blog in 2009 and have loved every minute, I've made some true friends along the way and it's helped me get through some tough times in my life. xxx

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    1. They did Vix! I don't think Blogger was around back then, but I could be wrong. I have sure made some great friends too, and I love to continue to make more friend along the way. It's also so fun to be able to have friends from all over the world! I'm glad I met you along the way. :)

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  26. I was part of an online group if 100s called Random Acts of Kindness, and a fall from Galveston told me about her blog & encouraged me to start one for myself...2006. The Rest is History - it was called Hootin' Anni's Chronicles. Changed titles but never changed url.

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    1. I'm so glad you were part of that group and landed here Anni and so glad I met you along the way! :)

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  27. I don't play FB or instagram. Or twitter.
    I do love blogging and have made some most excellent friends here. Friends I may never meet in the flesh but very real friends just the same. I have laughed with them, I have wept with and for them.

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    1. No other social media for me anymore either. I do still have an Instagram but it's private for my immediate family only. I don't even post anything but can at least keep up with my kid's post. Like you blogging is my thing and I so appreciate the friendships I've made here. We don't have to have met in real life to be wonderful and true friends! It's the best. :)

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  28. Interesting to read your blogging ups and downs. I had my first blog on an independent site back in 2003. When it shut down I moved to Word Press and then in 2009 to Blogger, where I still am. I love meeting nice people through my blog, and I am glad I met you! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. You started early too! I also love meeting people and developing friendships here. On blogs you get the real person, on other social media site people have an online presence they present that's nothing like their real lives. I am so glad I met you too Valerie! Hugs :)

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  29. Wow, I am glad you joined in on this meme today! I've learned so much about you and also about a lot of your readers! I've often wondered how you had so many readers every day, and now I think I understand better...you've been around blogging in a lot of different ways for a long time, and you've met a lot of wonderful people from all walks of life. I was happy to see others above sharing their experiences as well. That is what this community is all about...sharing with each other and encouraging one another in our own life's journeys. I hope Elsa moves further away from you and us and that she is a non-event. Take care and stay safe.

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    1. Thank you for such great questions for today Pam! I have been around a long time, but I think I only have two blog friends from previous years who are still around. Everyone else I have met since my return last June. I just regularly visit new blogs to meet new friends, the more the merrier!

      We are still only getting light rain here from Elsa so far, with a few heavier bands coming through here and there, but no winds yet. Of course it will be in the middle of the night when we get the worst of it. You and your family stay safe too and fingers crossed we don't have any major power outages!

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  30. I enjoy reading people's blog from all over the world. I came across the CDP one day and decided I would try it. Posting photos give me a visual record of my daily life. I'm a visual person and enjoy it. I was on FB for awhile but it really is not a nice site IMO so I no longer belong to it. Blogger works for me, I don't like being online 24/7 and having to post on many sites. It's nice and simple and there are some wonderful people out there in blogland. You are the second person from Florida that I correspond with. Have a great evening, Martha.

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    1. I enjoy following people all over the world too, it's so interesting and it's like traveling there with those who post a lot of photos like you do. I'm glad you ditched Facebook too, it is an ugly place, I disliked it from the beginning and didn't last more than a few weeks before leaving. I agree that we have wonderful people in our blog community and I love that people are authentic here. I'm glad I met you along the way Bill and I hope you have a nice evening too. :)

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  31. CDP is City Daily Photo, a photo from the city you live in.

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    1. Yes, I've clicked over to that to check it out from the link on your blog. :)

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  32. Thanks for sharing this Martha, interesting. Think I started in Aug 2007, never left, like a journal for me.

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    1. Thanks Christine. I guess mine is basically like a journal too, but the best part is all the friends like you that I've made along the way! :)

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  33. I've been checking out your 30-day challenges and I think they are awesome! I need to come up with a few for myself.

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    1. Thanks Mandy. It's really helped me work on all the things I've wanted to and need to do. I post about my progress each month too, helps keep me accountable. I'd love to have you jump in and join me! Thanks for stopping by to visit today. :)

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  34. I like hearing about other people's blogging history. I started in 2008 and it was originally going to be digital scrapbooking and photo editing. I got tired of that and it turned into my dumping ground for random subjects

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    1. It's not a dumping ground Ann lol, it's where yo share bits and pieces of your day and your life! I love reading along on your blog and having you for a blogging buddy. :)

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  35. That was interesting to read how you started blogging and I am glad you have continued to blog! :) I started in 2014, mainly because my daughter thought I should! She set up the blog for me! I was very active on an online forum, at the time, being one of the moderators; the forum has since closed.

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    1. Thanks Bless. Smart daughter you have there, she know what you would enjoy. I'm so glad she got you all set up and glad you are still blogging and here with me in my sweet little circle of blog friends! :)

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    2. Thank you! :)

      Hope you are safe from the hurricane, Martha!

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    3. Thanks Bless, all is well. We had lots of rain yesterday, some winds but nothing major. Overall it was pretty uneventful here - thankfully! :)

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  36. This is a fun topic. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I could never start a new blog. I'm not even sure how this one got up and running. Bad words were said. For sure. I'm not a technological genius.

    I had to look at my own profile to see when I started. 2013. I started because people have always enjoyed my story telling nature. I also like to write. First I did a guest columnist a few times in a local paper and I really enjoyed it. Fun fact: for the first year or two NO ONE READ MY BLOG. I had no comments. I was worried that i wouldn't have time to write each week so I started out as a test to see if I could manage it. Silly me. As if the blog police would come after me and fine me if I skipped a week. Finally I read other blogs and left comments and people started to show up.

    I so enjoy interacting with my internet friends. I love to share all of life's goofy adventures while raising 6 kids and all the rest. I almost named my blog NEVER DULL . . for obvious reasons.

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    1. Ernie, I am shocked that I ever learned how to do things on blogs, back in the old days you had to know how to code and do all kinds of crazy techie stuff. I have no idea how I ever got through it!

      You are a good story teller for sure. Sorry you didn't have any readers right away. I've always been one to boldly just jog from blog to blog and comment all over the place to meet new blog friends, even way back then. I'm so glad the blog police didn't show up along your blogging journey lol and glad you finally started mingling and making blog buddies.

      I love reading your adventures! Never Dull would have been good but the name you have is so much better and so original! :)

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  37. I loved reading about your blog's origins, Martha. I started in 2005 and it was going to be about all of my adventures with my basset hound, Quincy. It didn't last very long as basset hounds don't do much but sleep.

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    1. You started early too! You never fail to crack me up, and poor sleepy Quincy. Glad you kept blogging either way. :)

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  38. Interesting story. I never knew about AOL Journal. It's fascinating to watch how online communities have evolved in the last couple decades.

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    1. Thanks Liz. It sure has changed a lot over the years!

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  39. So nice to read about your blogging history! :)

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    1. Thanks Karen, I would love to know when you first started blogging too!

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    2. I started blogging in 2008. First blog was Captains Log. Thought it would be a good way for family and friends to see what we were up to. Most of them never read it.

      Thought I'd blogged enough after a couple of years and ended my blog. That lasted only a few days and I started up with Life is Good and have been blogging ever since.

      Have 2 other blogs, one of recipes and another of things I make.
      I've made so many blogging friends and have even met some in person. Every meeting was a wonderful experience.

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    3. Thanks for coming back and filling me in. I tried a blog for friends and family once too, like you nobody ever read it. I'll have to check out your other blogs.

      Blog friends are the best! I've been lucky enough to meet a few too and every single time it felt like reuniting with an old friend when we finally met, definitely a wonderful experience!

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  40. That's so fun! I've had my blog for 16 years and a few companies have contacted me and asked me to review their products that they send to me. It's fun. I started out just writing about my family but now I write about a lot of different things.

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    1. Thanks Mary. I'm surprised you don't get more product offers since you always do the weekly product reviews. Then again, the companies are probably hitting influencers on Facebook and Instagram a lot more than blogs these days.

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  41. It has changed and many have left, but it's also grown into a great place to visit, to tell stories, to learn about people and places and to share feelings, activities and opinions. I love going back to read about what I was doing a few years, 5 years, 10 years ago. I've been blogging since my 35 year old daughter was 17. It's interesting to see how much my daughters' lives have changed too. I enjoy the friendliness of the blogging community. There don't seem to be the personal attacks that happen frequently on Facebook or Twitter.

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    1. You guys and presenting me with math problems! So you've been blogging since about the time I start too. I love looking back at my old blogs too, especially since they were very centered around my kinds and family life in general back then. The blogging community is a great place and a place where we can all be ourselves - no unrealistic perfect online life like on other social media. We share good times and bad here and that's what true friends do! :)

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    2. I agree 100%. I am very real on my blog whereas on Facebook, I'm Margaret Lite.

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    3. I'm not even on Facebook, but on Instagram people created their online presence as if they live this perfect life. It's so phony!

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  42. Very interesting post today! You've been at this for a long time.
    I started in 2008 and my blog has stayed pretty much the same. I used to make a little money also and also got a lot of free products to review. But like you - the best part is friendships made all over the world!

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    1. Thanks Mari. The product reviews and all free stuff was really nice, and it came at a time it was really helpful to me, but it got to be too much and made blogging seem more like work after a while. I'm just very happy to have a nice little place out here to to connect with friends. :)

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  43. I enjoyed learning about your blogging history. I started blogging in 2013 just to see if I could. I found I not only enjoyed it but could make friends in a way that is otherwise difficult for a shy introvert like me.

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    1. Thanks GM. I'm an introvert and a homebody, blogging is perfect for me and sounds like it's great for you too! :)

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  44. Wow you really started blogging in the very early days and have seen a lot of changes. I started in 2009 and have seen a lot of changes since then too. Most of the people I formed a blogging relationship moved on around 2012 as you mentioned and I did not follow over to FB until much much later. I don't hang out there much at all and spend less time on the blog too though I try to post at least once a week. I got demotivated with so many people moving on. I'm glad to see you are back and enjoying it.

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    1. I got very demotivated too when most of my friends moved on, I went to Facebook for a very short time and left again right away, I didn't like it at all even way back in the early days.

      I'm glad to see you are still hanging in there and still posting here. I only have maybe two or three friends left that I met in earlier blogging day. Most are people I've met just since I came back for good a year ago. Good bloggers and new friends are still out here, just takes a little more effort to find them these days.

      Thank you so much for stopping by to visit today. It's so mice to meet you!

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  45. I was just watching the news, Martha, and checking in on you to make sure you're Ok. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thanks for checking in on me Sheri. All good here! It's rainy and windy but nothing major at all at this point. They say it will get worse during the night but the hurricane is almost parallel to us now, I don't think we will see anything too intense here - fingers crossed! :)

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  46. You've been blogging as long as I have! I started on Xanga and then moved to Blogger in 2004. The reason I created a blog was to be able to leave a comment on another blog on that network. I had no plans to become a blogger, but, as they say, the rest is history! Hey, are you okay? Stay safe!

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    1. I don't even remember Xanga, AOL journals was my first experience with blogs.
      I'm so glad you did become a blogger and glad that I have met you here along the way! :)

      It's not too bad here at all. It's rainy and windy but nothing major. The hurricane is about parallel to us now so hopefully things won't get much worse for us tonight. Thanks so much for checking in on me. :)

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    2. Glad to hear you're okay! I never would've known about Xanga either had my friend from a Yahoo group (remember those?) not linked to it. And here we are! I've enjoyed getting to know you, too, Martha! Stay dry!

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    3. I do remember the Yahoo groups, it's funny how many ways there were that we connected even way back then. I am enjoying getting to know you too! It's bright and sunny here today. :)

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  47. In 2007 I began blogging on a different platform then switched to blogger in 2008....because I figured that the original platform would disappear...and it did. I blog every day or try to...I hope my grands read it someday...one of my Grandsons enjoys reading it already! I love the social connection as we are rather isolated even before Covid:) I write what ever comes out of my fingers:)

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    1. I'm sure glad you have stuck with blogging through the years. I love that one of your grandson's reads and enjoys your blog, that's awesome! The social connections and friendships made are the very best part. :)

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  48. It was nice to read your blogging story. I am certainly glad you returned to blogging so I could "meet" and get to know you!

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    1. Thanks Anne, I'm sure glad I was able to meet you and get to know you too! :)

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  49. Glad you came back to blogging. I enjoy your blog very much 😊.

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    1. Thanks so much Dee. I'm glad I came back too, and very happy that I met you and your sweet Giroux! :)

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  50. I had AOL but never hear of AOL journal. I just remember You've Got Mail! Yes Facebook messed things up in a way. I do see some of my old blogging friends there. In fact many of us were playing Farmtown and Farmville and it was fun. The only downside is staying up late to blog and not getting enough sleep!

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  51. Hello,
    It is nice learning of your blog history. I started in July 2009. I did not even know about blog in 2003, I did belong to many online groups. I hope you are safe from the storm Elsa. Take care, have a happy day and week ahead.

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Elsa pass through my area pretty uneventfully. Had rain and all day and evening and a bit windy late but that was it. Thanks for asking! :)

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  52. I enjoyed reading about how you started blogging, and I'm glad that I found your blog.
    Hope Elsa hasn't caused any damage, but maybe she will disperse the red tide?

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Elsa passed by pretty uneventfully last night thankfully. We'll see once the waters have settled in a day or two, if the red tide got washed away. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, sure would be nice!

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  53. Oh these are good questions. I'll answer them in my blog, of course. As a teaser I will say that I started my first blog in 2004, so shortly after you did. I'm still surprised we never crossed paths until this year. Seems like we both have been around forever!

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    1. I love questions that revolve around blogging too. I am very surprised that we didn't cross paths along the way during all those years. It seems almost impossible that we didn't! I'm looking forward to your post. :)

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  54. I started to blog end of 2014 after I retired. Actually a friend encouraged and taught me to blog. My blog is a mix of everything. I hope to blog as long as I am able.

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  55. Probably 2012 and 2013 were peak years for my blog, too, in terms of traffic (I've always been noncommercial so haven't made any money from it). Traffic is just a fraction of those days, alas. Still fun, though, which is why I do it. Plus all the great virtual friends I make, like you! :-)

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    1. Thanks John and I agree, it is still fun and there are still lots of great people to connect with out here in the land of blogs. :)

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  56. I started blogging in 2013 and enjoy it a great deal too.

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    1. I'm glad to have met you along the way Marie. :)

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  57. You are certainly enjoying an interesting blogging journey, Martha. Mine began in November of 2010 while I was working on my first mystery. Advice at the time recommended using my name for the blog header; an eclectic array of writing-related topics followed, slowing through health issues and escalating during the pandemic. The AtoZ Challenge always ropes me in, also.

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    1. It has been an interesting journey through the years. Sorry you have had some health issues along the way. Interesting that blogging escalated for you during the pandemic. It was the first thing I wanted to do once being quarantined, but I've heard that so many bloggers did the opposite and disappeared during the pandemic instead. The A to Z is great, it had been years since I did it but sure did enjoy it this past year!

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  58. Blogging since 2003. May I say "wow"? I hemmed and hawed for several years before I took the plunge in April of 2009. It took me a while to gain traction, so to speak. and a monthly blogging challenge (which no longer exists) ignited me so much that I've been blogging daily since right before that challenge started - in 2011. I can't believe it, either: over 10 years now, all on Blogger. I love being able to blend casual writing with photography. I'm happy to have met you on A to Z. Except for that challenge,though, I don't do blogging challenges anymore.

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    1. I sure am glad you were ignited and have stuck around! It's too bad so many of the fun challenges, blog hops, etc. have disappeared. The A to Z is definitely a good one though. I'm glad it's still around and am very happy I met you there too! :)

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  59. I enjoyed this post. You are so right, the blog friends I have made during the years are so special.
    When my son went to Basic Training, my blog friends were so supportive to me. They carried me during those hard 10 weeks of no contact with my son.
    Carla

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    1. Thanks Carla, it's a great topic! I'm so glad you were here blogging and had such good and supportive blog friends when you had to go through those ten tough weeks, I can't even imagine. Thanks so much for stopping over to visit today. :)

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  60. I enjoyed reading about how you started blogging ...
    Reading the comments and your replies, I am pleased that Elsa passed you by ok.

    All the best Jan

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  61. I love hearing about peoples' blogging history. Mine started with the intent of being an art blog and I soon realized that wouldn't work. For awhile I had two blogs (one just devoted to books and writing, for the most part) but that was too much. I still DO have two blogs (my third, which is a family history blog). But I've had Marmelade Gypsy since 2008, I think.

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  62. I find blogging to be a lovely community too. It's interesting to read about your journey and variations. I LOVE that you had a food blog that actually paid you in monetary and gifts; you're a rock star.
    I started in 2008 and mine has always been a mix of funny stuff, family stuff and nonsense. :)
    I'm so happy that I stumbled upon you this past year.

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    1. Thanks Suz. Getting paid and all the goods was awesome but after a while it started feeling more like work than fun. It was a great experience though. I think your blog is awesome and you always manage to crack me up along the way. I'm very happy to have found you. :)

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