Friday, February 29, 2008

One Year Blog Party! Come celebrate with me!

Hey fellow bloggers. Please join with me in celebrating my one year anniversary as of Feb. Please take a minute to post me a hello this week as your passing through. I see the crazy dots from all over (even though they just re-started my map?), but many of you don’t stop by long enough to say hi. I would really love it if you just dropped me a line or two in honor of my one year anniversary. I will then add your name to the pot for my door prizes of two garden related books, and two little simple water color landscapes that I painted, to mark my passion of gardening. So there will be three winners for the door prizes. All you have to do is post me a message to be in the drawing.

I wanted to take this moment to reflect a little about this first year of my blogging experience. First I must thank my dear friend Nadine, who got me started and helped me set up my blog. She was very patient and a good teacher. She has an amazing blog that gets quite a bit of traffic. She writes from the heart and everyone just adores her. Notice her awards on her sidebar.

I just jumped into blogging land head first, and started having a grand time. At first I mostly hung out with my church community. My church has a very strong blogging group. Did I mention Nadine? (Hint she is our pastor’s wife) She has been an influence on many of us getting into the flow here. If you notice my sidebar, Family & Friends, 90% of those blogs are people from my church. It is a great way for us to keep in touch with each others lives. Then I ventured out and just floated around here and there. After awhile I noticed I started revisiting certain blogs over and over again. They eventually became my "Blogs I Enjoy List.”

As the year has gone on, I have found so many wonderful and interesting blogs that have caught my attention. I have quite an eclectic group that I like. I notice lots of people tend to stick with a theme in their blogging. They have a common hobby or interest group. I have so many different interests that I find it hard to hang out with just one community. I love the garden groups especially this time of the year. There are some very amazing Christian woman’s groups going on. Praise and Coffee has a great big following. Sue's "The Two Shall Become One Tues." is a blog I am avidly reading. I am just getting hooked on the foreign travelers, brave American's on foreign soil, sharing their journeys. Frenchless in France is one to check out. There are the vintage groups, the decorators, cooks, tea lovers, book clubs, artists, knitters, writers…it just goes on and on. Probably the ones I find the most interesting though are the people that tend to do more of a personal journal approach. They tend to share many aspects of their personal lives for people to enjoy. Ramblings from and English Garden, is one of my favorites for this very reason. First of all Barbara lives in England, a place I adore. She has been sharing her life story, her travels around and about many famous and beautiful places in England, her gardens, and her walks around the English countryside. Her practical sensible approach to life is very heart warming to me for some reason. I just love how English she is :] Brin over at My Messy Thrilling Life has one interesting story going on there too. She is one busy gal, and she shares so many of the things going on in her life that she is so busy doing. Her cooking, crafting, reading, gardening, traveling, decorating, and just her exuberant approach to life is always a draw for me. Do check out her "Monday Moments!" If you are at all interested in how to raise charming, loving little girls who are learning manners and kindness and other such old fashion delightfully charms. You need to look up the "Balcony Girls" on Sandy's blog 4 Reluctant Entertainers. And yes, you will find a gazillion tips on how to live a lifestyle of hospitality that is most excellent. Then there are some blogs that don't say much...but when they do, people take note. My husband's blog Desert Reiver, is very much a reflection of who he is. He doesn't say much, but still waters do go deep. I think that is one of the main reasons we were so attracted to each other. I talk alot...he listens...alot. But when he does say something, it really matters, to me and to others.

So this was just a brief highlight of my year in blogging land. I think I will keep exploring, visiting and learning about new blogs, new friends, and new communities. Blogging is a very fascinating new world of communication. It is like an electronic version of the village watering well, where people met once a day to exchange news, have a sense of community and get their water for the day. I kind of like hanging out at the well.

I do want to add a great big thank you to all of you that have posted here, and especially to those who drop by on a regular basis.

I was very touched to receive my first award from a lovely gal over at A Haven for Vee

Vee you happen to be one of the folks who Make My Day. So here it is right back at you!

Rules: the recipient of the award will pass it on to 10 recipients of their choice; you may receive this award more than once; you must list your 10 recipients; say why you are choosing them; link to their blog; and finally leave them a little note to drop by your blog for a surprise!

So to all the regulars that make my day, please pick up your awards:

Just Being Me Grace
Knitting Mania
Tiffany Tea in My Cup Deb's Random Thought's Swimming in Light Barbara Weighty Thoughts


Linda said...

Congratulations on your first year. I have been blogging for so long that I have no idea where I am in time. Your paintings are lovely.

Knitting Mania said...

Congrats!!! Okay, wow, first of all I can't believe I've been reading your blog for a full year, thanks for getting me started by the way sis.

I love your give away items, I'm in!

This is my first award, I'm so honored, thank you so much Cindy. I'm still not sure what to do, I'll have to read over the rules again...and figure this out.

Hugs and Kisses.....Sister Chris

Hannah said...

Wow, One year?! :)

Thanks the award, you make my day as well! Love you!

Barbara said...

Thank you so much I am honoured and humbled by your loving and encouraging remarks. It means a lot to know that I can make a difference to someone's day.

It will be a pleasure to be part of yur anniversary draw.
Congratulations on your award.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Hearty congratulations to you, dear blogging buddy, on your first year!

I loved your analogy about blogging being like hanging out at the village well. Blogdom is quite the world village!

Must check out your dh's blog and the others that you have mentioned.

Thank you for the award. It's quite the boomerang these days. LOL!

Nadine said...

Congratulations on blogging for a whole year. Thank you for all the kind things you said. I love you too.

Congratulations on your award and thank you - just so you know, you make my day too.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oops, forgot to say that I would love to be included in your beautiful giveaway!

Sherry at the Zoo said...

Congrats on your blogging anniversay! You have a talent...your paintings are gorgeous!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the award! I'm coming up on my 1 year of blogging as well (April). You always make my day :-)

Alice said...

Congratulations on your one-year anniversary! I enjoy reading each new post you make and I'm so happy to have gotten to meet you. Thank you for tagging me with the award. It means so much coming from you.

When I first saw the watercolors, I thought how beautiful they are and then I wondered who might have painted them. I should have known they were yours but I'm always so amazed that I know such talented people. I hope it doesn't sound too greedy to say that I'd love to enter your drawing for a chance to have them for my very own.

Kim S in SC said...

Congratulations on this one-year anniversary! I love the paintings on this post!And thank you for the You Make My Day Award! And you have made my day many a time! I've sure enjoyed reading your posts these last few months! Isn't it funny how friendships form in this blog world! Have a great day!

Sara said...

One year of blogging - congratulations! I'm amazed how many of the blogs I have discovered and enjoy seem to have started in the past year. It's been a good year for blogging.

Your watercolors are charming, by the way.


Deb said...

One year of blogging! Yahoo!

I LOVE your ART!!

Keep Creating!

...and may God heap blessings on your head!

Brandy said...

I love your paintings!! They are so pretty. Thank you for coming by my blog and inviting me to your party. Please come back by anytime!

Shadraq said...

1 year! I love your blog and I will love it even more when I am all the way in South Carolina! It will make me feel closer to home.

Jen(n) said...

Oh Cindy you are so wonderful! I love your blog and all the pictures of "puddin toes." Here is to another great year of posting. I will be checking you out from the East Coast!!!

Judy said...

Congrats on a year of blogging! I just popped over from elsewhere...for my first visit on your first anniversary! I noticed we have some blogging friends in common, but for some reason I've never met you at the 'village well' before. I'll be back.

Praise and Coffee said...

Congats on your first year!
Thank you for the link and sweet words!

Vicki said...

Congratulations on your one-year blogiversary!

I'm visiting via Sara's blog and wanted to stop in and wish you well. Your watercolors are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

im just new here and i saw your comment for a friend which explained that youre celebrating and i thought ill come over , im not coming in to party i just wanted to say congrats ! cheers !

Strider said...

I just got started blogging a few weeks ago and I really enjoy it! Its fun to get the comments and encouragement, but mostly just to have a place to share some thoughts or stories just incase it's something the Master can use to encourage someone.

The Creative Nut : ) said...

Oh my gosh! You paint beautifully! We should get together and have a chick artsy creative tea/coffee time some time. Congrats on the 1 year marker!

Danni said...

so - I'm a little late on commenting - but congratulations on the one year mark...good stuff! I love your insights and the passion that is shown in your writing! Keep it up!

Meshellyn said...

It's great to meet you! Thanks for stopping by, come again anytime :)

Like your daughter, my husband's mother never cooked either, so I've been lucky! Though it's time I take on the role of wife and mother based on my expectations and not his, lol.

I look forward to reading more here and your grandbaby is just precious! Enjoy the party!


Tammy R said...

Wow,loved your gardens! I just started my perennial garden and a small rose garden last summer. So, I can't wait to see how they did during the long winter months.

Congratulations on one year in the blogging world.I have been blogging almost a year.

Thank you for stopping by.

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