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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Who are we?


                            (Summer, 2010, grandchild and friend at Meyers Beach)

I have counted 273 followers this morning, yet only a handful drop in regularly to leave a comment, delight in the same things, point out something that might be useful. In three years I only managed to keep a few regulars. Statistically this is a horror story.

Who are we, and why do we write here?

We are here to chronicle our days, the way we did in journals and diaries and calendar entries. We chronicle the good, the bad, the ugly, and the occasional turn of the century local story that puts us right in the middle of a pile of something or other. Think now if you were in Tunisia, Sudan, North Australia, Brazil, Haiti, India, how the eyes of the media, in your country or in the bigger world, will scoop down and get your point of view. Suddenly, you are the eyes of the world.

Some of us are writers, published or not, lovers of stories, concocting yet one more personal narrative to illuminate the human condition.


Some are shy and quiet, showing you their world now and then and simply let it go at that. Some are true marketers, combining many skills in the layout of the blog, accessing links and related materials to provide a veritable store of delights for the reader. They are more than blogs; they are web-sites, store-fronts with attractive displays and merchandise to sell.

As readers, some prefer to be entertained; some prefer to  shop or look for companionship.

When I tell my neighbors that I blog, they look at me suspiciously. We just got DSL in this  town. People fish, hunt, ride, boat, kayak, farm and ranch and enjoy the great outdoors even in the rain.

There was a talk about two Americas. I say we have hybrids everywhere; that fifty states are as diverse as fifty countries; that our weather and mountains, topography and shopping habits define us more that the name of our state; that most people can trace their family roots out of the United States; that we vote when we  are sick enough of something or someone; that we love where we live and think everybody else is messing up the country.

Blogging allows us to share across frontiers.

Right now, our school system is facing more budget cuts;  our state is in the top three states with serious hunger. There are more old people in our county than in any other county in this state. We are losing doctors in these rural communities and our commute to see a doctor has now increased from one hour to three.

Sure, I'm happy to be here. I tell you that all the time. I show you pictures of blissful shore visits. But, I'm not working for any advertising company, or for anyone else. I do not represent special interests.  I'm just a one person, reflecting on my life, in this year, in this place and I will continue to share these reflections day in and day out as long as free speech and blogging are both free.

When I am not writing my memoirs, working with the school board, or walking on the beaches, I'm blogging.

106 comments:

Woman in a Window said...

I think there are as many motivations for blogging as there are people, my own motivations having changed over the years, and even now, in one moment, they vary. It's all curious to me. The whole thing. It hurts my head sometimes, the what and the why of it. And so I hold my head and go about my life, being driven by my own motivations because I can't help but be me, as you are you. And from time to time all of those me's and all of those you's in the world intersect. Blogging is intersection.

You take time, Rosaria, with the person and the word. It is not always the case, for as many different motivations as there are people. But you take time. And for this, I am always grateful.

xo
erin

L. D. Burgus said...

I blogging we must do. I was always good at show and tell in school. I was fascinated with life and wanted to share what I learned as I went along. It also is the company that we have, real followers who are there, some never comment and others always comment. Whatever it was or is, I still must blog.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Rosaria, well said..Thanks for stopping at my blog too and come back again....how lucky you have flowers in January--we used to in CA, but now not so in the MN snow..I have often wondered about why folks don't leave comments on my blog too almost like someone coming by your home, knoocking at the door and then leaving without entering....I know that mentioning the word "blog" around here can make some people's eyes glaze over--they think it is some off the wall political diatribe, etc.. I know that some people simply cannot figure out how to leave comments on the blog post, a couple of my friends are examples so mystified, but sometimes they email me directly... Anyway, I am following you and will check your blog posts...that's the fun of this meeting those we might not otherwise and being able to share thoughts or hear others...as Woman in a Window commented here, "blogging is intersection" I like that. Have a good day!

Ocean Girl said...

That is a question Rosaria. Who are we. And what are our relationships? Are we friends?

My son said his friend said he has a cool mom because I blog. He also said others might think so but not him. Oh well..

That Janie Girl said...

I don't even know why I blog...to debrief, mostly. To tell stories about my life that I think are funny.

When I switched blogs, I lost a ton of followers but it's not stopped me from blogging.

Keep going, girl! I like your blog!

the walking man said...

Me? Just a guy who likes to walk around a bit, leave bit of a trail when I feel some words warrant it and just kind of catch up on my neighbors. Beyond that when the sun rises my day is about a third over and i go to the non digitized realms.

ellen abbott said...

I started blogging as a way to keep a journal (which I intended to print out every day - ha!) for later generations and also to keep family and friends up on what we were doing. Neither family or friends read it at first. some family reads it now but none of my 'physical' friends as far as I know. In fact when I have asked them if they do, they all tell me they do blogs. So really, only my 'virtual' friends read it. So now I write for them and hope they are entertained.

Marion said...

I agree with Erin, there are so many diverse reasons why we blog. I began because I love poetry and wanted to share my love and I don't know a single soul in my 'real' life who even reads poetry. I now have over 100 followers from around the world who apparently enjoy poetry and it just boggles my mind in a really good way.

I've found people who I know I'll be friends with for life. It's a gift...as are you, Rosaria. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love & Blessings,
Marion

Nicky Schmidt (Absolute Vanilla) said...

I think the best thing about blogging is so many of the wonderful people it has put me in contact with around the world! x

Maggie May said...

Everyone has different reasons for blogging.
I am always grateful to people who follow and comment. However it would be impossible to visit every blog who I have contact with each time I post.
I think it is our diversity that is attractive. We are a group of people drawn together through our writing and sharing.
I for one, am very grateful for it.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Patricia said...

Oh goodie...a chance to talk about me! Blogging is often seen as a narcissistic endeavor and I never used to spend much time reading them. I began to blog as writing exercise and to capture those events that seemed to define my life. I also saw it as a challenge to become more literate with the technology and process of blogging, keeping my brain cells active by learning a new skill. However, what actually happened is that a new world was opened for me and what gives me the most pleasure is reading someone's blog that leaves me with a thought, a truth, an idea that tickles the edges of a larger awareness and I gnaw on it throughout the day. So in that way I seem expanded by my blogging. I follow those blogs that affect me in that way...such as yours, Rosaria!

She Writes said...

Rosaria--Yes :). I believe we who are so busy, so overwhelmed with schedules, and time consuming commitments and so on are missing connection. It's a sad note in our culture. Yet for those of us who blog and find there are people who take time out regularly to visit and see how life is among us, well there is something beautiful, kind, compassionate, and hopeful in the blogosphere. I'm glad you here. My world is a bit more lovely for it.

xxamy

Eva Gallant said...

I follow just over 100 blogs, and I read everytime they post. I try to leave comments on each as well, but occasionally I just read a post and move on. I suspect that's the case with most. I know I have 473 followers; my blog averages 175 to 225 visits per day, yet I seldom get more than 20 to 25 comments. That's okay. I'm comforted by the fact that even if they don't comment, they do come and read.

Enchanted Oak said...

Rosaria, I'm thankful you blog. I don't always comment because I'm in a hurry, something impending has its grip on me, I just want to have a little connective look-see, commenting should be meaningful & I have nothing meaningful to say...the reasons are many. But I'm still thankful that you share your thoughts with me and others. Blogging has become an open diary of my days, and other's days. I don't always have someone available to listen when I want to speak, and blogging gives me a place to voice my take on life at the moment. Then I turn around and listen to you and your take, and I have a sense of connection in space. The comments make me grateful. They reassure me someone is listening. I've been in a phase of nonblogging and also withdrawn in person too. Isolation from others is pretty much guaranteed to increase one's sense of isolation. So today I'm reaching out to you and saying, thanks for sharing your world, Rosaria.

potsoc said...

Followers are a baffling lot. My blog has 8 but only two comment regularly. The others, I know through Feedjit come but do not write anything.
I get hits from all over the world, some regularly but no comments.
Several regular commenters are not followers.
I conclude a follower is not necessarily a regular fixture on any blog.

Retired English Teacher said...

What a thoughtful and thought provoking post this was! I think it could be published in a major newspaper. I think you captured much of why we blog. And, as you pointed out, there are many reasons. I blog for many of the same reasons as you do.

I enjoy your blog for many reasons. You seem to always capture the essence of a life and experience worth reflecting upon.

Like you, I appreciate that we can use our voices freely to say what we need and want to say regardless of how many may want to listen.

Helen said...

Dear Rosaria,
I have no idea how many people read my blog, inspite of 72 followers on Poetry Matters and 178followers on Living Boldly. That's OK ... I write because it fills a place inside me that needs filling.

I love it when Charlie and Jennifer (grandchildren) and daughter Beth tell folks I write two blogs ... they are proud of me and that counts for everything.

My sisters (two) are annoyed with my feeble attempts .. they don't say they are, but their lack of interest speaks volumes.

We have many senior folk here in Bend, we are blessed to have a fine system of health care system. Hours to a physician is a frightening prospect.

I've told you this before ... it bears repeating. I'm so glad I found you.

Dibakar Sarkar said...

Extraordinary posting!

rosaria said...

Thank you, everyone, for thinking out loud on this subject. Taking time to share and exchange is precious indeed. I'm lucky you all care.

Hope said...

what a wonderful post, Rosaria!

you say it as i think it and I'm happy to follow you and comment when I can.
everyone has a story and i wish i knew them all and blogging is a positive start.

I used to do face book a lot but it was when I started blogging that my world became more positive and richer. I'm glad you're in it! now my time on face book is very limited. enjoy the blogging much much more

thank you for your post

take care

Amanda said...

half the time i'm not sure why i blog. i think erin said it best that everyone has their own motivation and those motivations are ever in a state of flux. i've enjoyed meeting people from all over, and the opportunity to share my writing and read that of others, but i think about the things you bring up rosaria - i guess if it ever gets to a point where it's more trouble than it is fun, then that's a good time to move on to something else.

i truly hope that doesn't happen in your case.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Very thankful that you are blogging. I'm not quite certain why I do it either, but it feels good whenever I do share something - even when it just might be the time of day. I enjoy what you offer.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

I think we blog because, at the heart of it, we're all storytellers!

Ann Best said...

I've been thinking a lot lately about this very thing: blogging, and the followers. Yes, only a few keep coming by regularly. Why? Because there are only so many hours in a day, and there are other things to do besides blog. All day blogging would be like writing letters all day! So I've decided that there are maybe about three dozen (so far) of the friends I've made blogging that I want to keep in touch with. I'm just trying to decide how to allocate my daily time! I'm still wrestling with this!!!

I tend to stay with those who are open about who they are (I like to see a real face, not an icon) and where they live. Otherwise, I feel like I'm trying to reach someone in a vacuum.

Eleonora said...

About a year has passed since I last wrote a truly personal post.

I have devoted all my energies into ameliorating my "website" which in my head meant 'detach and deliver.'
I am doing everything you listed in your third paragraph, I have morphed into one of those "true marketers, combining many skills in the layout of the blog, accessing links and related materials to provide a veritable store of delights for the reader. They are more than blogs; they are web-sites, store-fronts with attractive displays and merchandise to sell."

With a hint of guilt (and underlying arrogance and egotism) I actually think that description is of me.
And it paints a pretty darn good portrait.
In this year of disengagement, I have gained readership, traffic, high SEO ranking, even a timid income that helps the blog pay for itself...

But I've lost something, something very precious I had in great quantities. I don't blog with a heart anymore. I've lost touch. I've lost heart. I've put a barrier between me and those bloggers/readers that gave my blog its initial spark.

I'm so busy promoting, sprucing, pimping my blog that I hardly have time to actually sit down and read. I don't visit friends' blogs. When I do read them secretly, I choke up with guilt, and hardly ever leave a word.

So–again as your writing has in the past–this post comes as a timely message. A wake-up call. The very prompt that has been boiling inside for many, many months.

Thank you Rosaria, for being Who You Are. A loyal friend who asks nothing in return.

Lola

PS: It was emotional for me to "find" Erin here again.

Brian Miller said...

you know...i used to blog for my boys so they would read the stories and glean a bit of wisdom...i guess in some ways i still do...in others it is leaving the mark on the tree that i am here, was here...and i enjoy writing and interacting...and yeah...so when i am not i am typically with fam or reading or finding new ways to get into trouble...smiles.

yaya said...

My little blog was started because my daughter-in-law urged me to start one so we could send pics back and forth, and keep up with each others lives...it turned into my journal when I found out I could have it printed. Along the way I started reading other blogs and was overwhelmed at the millions of them out there. Talented, creative, and fun. But I only follow a few that I know I can keep up with and leave comments. I love yours..it's so much more "meaty" than mine, but then again we change as time goes on and I'm sure my blog will too. Will it ever be as well written as yours? Nope..but that's OK because I'm me and you're you and I have met so many fun people doing this. I wish I could meet everyone in person because, let's face it, do we really know each other? But I feel as if I have new friends all over the world and I'm fascinated by the lives and content of their blogs. So keep up the great posts Rosaria...as one of your followers I look forward to them!

Donna said...

I think our whole United States is changing in a hurry, Rosaria. (BTW...I love your name!) You are in a state that is "hungry"...I am in a state that has lost more job than almost any other in our nation so we have our share of hungry too. We are also out of money. I think the whole US is different than it used to be and don't see it changing any time soon. I am from a family of teachers who are seeing more cuts in the educational system than any time in modern history...that's just scarey. My son said today that his hopes for his son"s future are diminishing and my other son said that his financial advisor told him that his savings for his children's education, which is considerable....putting 2 through college will be estimated to be $500,000! It's all just crazy right now and I feel bad for the young with such an uncertain future except knowing that our nation is in huge debt with no plan to get us out...just many arguments between the Repub & Dems.
As for blogging...I do it to journal, mainly as a way to keep our families connected as we are 3 cities apart. It is a wonderful way to keep memories and I have just had my last 3 years of posts put into book form for posterity. I follow other blogs that interest me because it is better than reading any novel and I agree with you, to read about others on the other side of the country/world...is just plain amazing!
I appreciate your blog because I see a gorgeous part of the world that you live in and you bring an interesting perspective to it. Here's to many more interesting, thought provoking posts, Rosaria!!!

Rachel Cotterill said...

I always love reading your insights - and I think the numbers game is doomed to be depressing, in blogging, so don't count them! :)

Robyn said...

I like it that you often say what others are thinking Rosaria and
I like the wisdom of your years too. I admire you.

I feel that we are living in a time of 'communication'.... and we just happen to blog while others are using other means.
Some use games in which they can communicate directly with other players from around the world (these games became extremely popular once people were able to make connectoins with others as opposed to playing alone).
There are endless ways for us to connect with others (who we consider strangers)... without that being the initial intention.

There are more vehicles for, almost instant, communication in the world now than at any other time.
We may have gone indoors, but we are talking more than ever.

The common thread with blogging is connection.... some people expect it and for others it is a surprise. No matter what the initial intentions for creating a blog, the connection you make with others will influence your experience.

We are all much more alike than we are different. No matter what our age or our culture we only exist because of another.
To be yourself is only to be like others.

I know that I have often clicked the follow button on a new blog to offer encouragement.
I will also follow blogs I know that I will not visit regularly, but they are of interest to me and I would like to return.
To follow is to connect and what people will do with that opportunity is wide and varied.
Like everything here in blogland... there are no strict rules except the ones that we create for ourselves. The boundary is our imagination.

Who are we?
We are people using an online vehicle for communication and are hoping to be heard.

Wander to the Wayside said...

I've been gone for two months because of computer problems, but am back and so enjoying getting back to reading the friends on my blog list! You always enlighten me, Rosaria, and inspire me, entertain me, and educate me. I always read your posts, but will usually leave a comment only if I have something to add that hasn't already been said - which is hard on your blog as you have so many well thought out comments!

I don't always sign up to follow a blog because if I want to keep visiting I put them on my blog list. And I rarely visit anyone who's not on my list unless a name or comment catches my eye somewhere- there just aren't enough hours in the day. I know I've lost some readers along the way (one said my posts are too long), but I've also given some up because despite my best commenting manners they never once visited me or commented (I like a little reciprical interaction).

I started blogging because I don't have many friends because of our lifestyle (home bodies and having moved a lot), and I've been rewarded with relatively few but special cyber-friendships along the way.

Arkansas Patti said...

First off, I am totally impressed with your 273 followers.If they all commented, I'd wear out my scroll finger.
The thing I like about blogging is the instant gratification. If I publish a good post, I find out that day, if I post trash, I also find out immediately. Often the comments bring forth a view point I had not thought of. I learn with most every post.
Writing could be a lonely job, blogging is not. People reach out and touch you every time you hit publish.
Had to laugh at your neighbors view of blogging. When I mention it to some people, you would think I was trying to get them to join Amway.
I may eventually run out of things to say, but never out of blogs to visit. Sure hope blogging is here to stay.
Really good post.

Miss Sadie said...

When it comes to statements of questionable veracity, there are lies, damned lies, terminological inexactitudes, and statistics. (So Bear says.)

It was Socrates who observed that, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Bear would argue that the over-examined life isn't worth much, either. (I tend to agree with him.)

Several commenters, I think, have observed in one way or another that we are all story-tellers. Which is why we tell stories. Stories are, indeed, our life blood, individually and collectively.

I just think that you're a better story teller than most, Rosaria. Yours are full of life, and good questions.

Please keep telling stories for us.

Robyn said...

hello again... I like the conversation that you have created here and I have posted about this today linking it to you.

thank you x Robyn

KarenG said...

It is interesting how many followers can show up yet how few comment. I figure it as a percentage-- usually about 5% average-- with some posts getting higher percentages than others. I enjoy blogging. I started it as a marketing tool when my novel came out, but really I do it for the love of it, the connection with others, and the motivation I get to write as I follow other's writing journeys.

Marilynne said...

I have so many blog friends I wouldn't get anything done in a day. Still, it's nice to know that you're there and I can find out what you're up to at the moment.

Hilary said...

There are probably as many reasons for blogging as there are bloggers. I am glad that you and your reasons are among them.

Nancy said...

Well, from the looks of all of these comments, I would say you have plenty of readers, too. I always like to stop by and see what you're up to as it is always interesting. I keep thinking it's time to hang up my blogging towel, but then I find something I just have to share.

#1Nana said...

I just broke 50 followers, but I have a handful of folks (including you, thank you) who drop in regularly and comment. The regulars feel like friends to me and I read their blogs to get the updates in their lives...like sharing a cup of coffee and the latest news.

I'm not sure why I'm blogging other than I like to write and I'm enjoying this experience of making cyber friends and learning about other people around the world. The kids at the school where I substitute were stunned that an oldie like me had a blog...

liZZie said...

Hi. You got me thinking, which is very good for me, I lack stimulus in my real world. Thank the gods and godesses for blogging.

RNSANE said...

I'm so glad that you do write, Rosaria. I look forward to your posts and try to check in as often as I can. I used to obsess about posting on a daily basis but, of late, I find I just can't fit it in, at times. As my day to move draws closer ( though I still have no idea where I'm going ) and I have to start seriously packing, I'm going to be present less often - for awhile anyway, but I can't imagine leaving the blogging world entirely. It's given me so many wonderful new friends and had helped me through the trauma of my job loss.

Sarah Lulu said...

I have enjoyed your blog for quite a long time now ..a year or is it two?

I have been so busy in the last year I've perhaps not commented as often as I might have wished.

I love my blog too ... A way to put Australia out there? Or just me.

I don't know.

xx

Kathryn Magendie said...

I suppose I should be like some authors and "advertise" my books more, but I just can't -- I love being off the cuff with my blog, or willy nilly, or when I try to follow a schedule of a certain way on my blog and sometimes fail miserably in my chaos *laugh* ...

My blog and facebook is my window to the world - my way to step out of my reclusive nature and I like that. If someone sees I write books and buys my books as a result, well then good! if not, I don't care at all :-) ...

I like coming by here - !

I try to do my "blog walking" once a week on Sundays ... it's harder when I'm up against deadlines but I still try to do it faithfully.

happy sunday!

rosaria said...

I'm so glad we blog!
It's Sunday morning (here, nine a.m.). The weather is frightful, high winds, rain, branches falling all around, ponds in the driveway. It's good to come here and have a cup of coffee, a croissant-yes, one has to indulge a sweetandsavory tooth on Sundays especially if one is able to build her own croissants as I am and will share in my food blog later today-and not worry about any deadlines.

I commiserate with the young wives and husbands, rushing to work daily, feeding the family, organizing for survival. How do we survive with our days so frantic and so fully.

We are hardy souls, constantly looking, tinkering, adjusting the lamp over the counter to get a better sense of what we see, how things work, how we can improve ourselves and our societies.

The most satisfying moments are those that are shared; in the sharing we realize we are not the only ones that messes up, not the only ones who have troubles with our children, our spouses.

I remember watching The Bill Cosby's show, watching him go into the children's rooms and revealing wall to wall clothes on the floor. It was an uplifting moment for me; I had not been successful with my three children in this area, and my husband was no help at all.

I learned through these stories on televisions, another family, another set of problems not unlike mine.

We learn from each other all the time.

Erin's comment "You take time..."
warms my heart. Thank you!

L.D. Burgus's, "the company we have.." OF COURSE! This company is our found treasure, our extended consciousness.

Pat from Mn, another transplant from California, picking up on Erin's comment, forming a long chain of thoughts.

Ocean Girl, when I see Malasia on the map, I picture you in your boat, shopping, living your daily life and blogging all the way to me, across the Pacific. Fantastic!

That Janie Girl--welcome! Yes, followers are nice, adding the interaction; but we write because we want to, first and foremost. I went a whole year with just one follower, the person who got me started. The two of us were contented to write for each other for a long time.

Walking Man--glad to know your trail leads here now and then. I drive by your front stoop and see you smoke on that porch a few times, and wave at you, sometimes in the darkness of my thoughts that match your thoughts. Sometimes, the light post shines over both of us at the same time. Glad we met.

Ellen, you keep reminding me of how much work is on our mind. Yes, our work is who we are.

Marion--Through Erin, I met you, another voice with poetic and music tones, both loves of mine. I do not write much poetry, nor do I sing or write or play music. Yet, poetry and music are my daily substenance.

rosaria said...

I'm so glad we blog!
It's Sunday morning (here, nine a.m.). The weather is frightful, high winds, rain, branches falling all around, ponds in the driveway. It's good to come here and have a cup of coffee, a croissant-yes, one has to indulge a sweetandsavory tooth on Sundays especially if one is able to build her own croissants as I am and will share in my food blog later today-and not worry about any deadlines.

I commiserate with the young wives and husbands, rushing to work daily, feeding the family, organizing for survival. How do we survive with our days so frantic and so fully.

We are hardy souls, constantly looking, tinkering, adjusting the lamp over the counter to get a better sense of what we see, how things work, how we can improve ourselves and our societies.

The most satisfying moments are those that are shared; in the sharing we realize we are not the only ones that messes up, not the only ones who have troubles with our children, our spouses.

I remember watching The Bill Cosby's show, watching him go into the children's rooms and revealing wall to wall clothes on the floor. It was an uplifting moment for me; I had not been successful with my three children in this area, and my husband was no help at all.

I learned through these stories on televisions, another family, another set of problems not unlike mine.

We learn from each other all the time.

Erin's comment "You take time..."
warms my heart. Thank you!

L.D. Burgus's, "the company we have.." OF COURSE! This company is our found treasure, our extended consciousness.

Pat from Mn, another transplant from California, picking up on Erin's comment, forming a long chain of thoughts.

Ocean Girl, when I see Malasia on the map, I picture you in your boat, shopping, living your daily life and blogging all the way to me, across the Pacific. Fantastic!

That Janie Girl--welcome! Yes, followers are nice, adding the interaction; but we write because we want to, first and foremost. I went a whole year with just one follower, the person who got me started. The two of us were contented to write for each other for a long time.

Walking Man--glad to know your trail leads here now and then. I drive by your front stoop and see you smoke on that porch a few times, and wave at you, sometimes in the darkness of my thoughts that match your thoughts. Sometimes, the light post shines over both of us at the same time. Glad we met.

Ellen, you keep reminding me of how much work is on our mind. Yes, our work is who we are.

Marion--Through Erin, I met you, another voice with poetic and music tones, both loves of mine. I do not write much poetry, nor do I sing or write or play music. Yet, poetry and music are my daily substenance.

Anonymous said...

it is 274 (followers) or more. Ignoramus does not come to this place every day. He tries to read all the posts here.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, I always wonder about the majority who don't leave comments. What a resource future generations will have, about our lives!

Velva said...

The blogosphere is a large virtual community. You are right, we blog for many different reasons.

I think it is wonderful that you spend time with us reflecting on life, experiences, current events, events past. I enjoy your blog. I visit often, I don't always leave a comment but I am here.

Until later,
Velva

A Fistful Of Moonbeams™ said...

Blogging is just an extension of the show-and-tell activity we loved as kids. While the whole blogging community remain virtually 'unseen' to the blogger, always our aching need compels us to commune with other like-minded human beings, either through poetry or just senseless ramblings. And you truly are one of the astute observers, Rosaria.

A Cuban In London said...

What a paean to blogging! That's why I read you regularly. Your post was honest and open. You show me a side of your country, which as you beautifully put it, is ever so different from other parts. One of my wishes is to visit the US some day. I don't know which part. Being the urbanite I am (although I do love my outdoors, I do) I would probably go for NY or San Francisco. But I would love to explore the midwestern region, too.

Many thanks for this eloquent post.

Greetings from London.

Dimple said...

This is inspiring--the conversation is the reason I follow blogs, although I don't read every post or leave a comment on every post I read. I started a blog because the urge wouldn't go away; I didn't know what I would post or why. But through my first blog I rediscovered my love of photography, and I found that other bloggers actually enjoyed my work. I have become acquainted with people from around the world, and have been invited into their lives. I am very thankful for the interaction with others which is possible through blogging.

Gaston Studio said...

I love the way you summed up your blogging as I feel the same way. I discovered blogs a couple of years ago and had no idea where I would take it, but take it I did... on my own terms and in my own time. I love that some people seem to enjoy my posts and take the time to leave comments about them, but I would be lying if I said that the comments (or lack thereof) are the only reason I blog.

Grandmother said...

It's blog posts like this that keep me coming back faithfully. I am enriched by it. As for blogging, I blog because it matters to me to keep conscious of this journey I'm on and share it with other bloggers who are staying conscious of their lives (like you). We enrich each other in key moments and that is a good thing.

C. Alvarez said...

Congratulations on BON. I stopped by and have to say some of your entries are very lovely. I like that you mention winter blooming flowers and the way you put it makes such a lovely sentiment.

I think I will definitely refer your blog to some others in my family that may enjoy your perspective and point of view.

Have a fantastic day!

RS said...

congrats on becoming 'blogger of note'!!!

I've nooo idea where you're from but it sounds like a lovely, untouched place which I'd die to be at right now. Away from the city is always happier when you're stressed

rosaria said...

I'm overwhelmed! Today, this blog was recognized as Blog of Note, Jan. 17, 2011.
Thanks, everyone, for your words of support, for your interest, and mostly for taking the time to reflect and react.

We all learn from all our perspectives. It doesn't get any better!

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Talei said...

I blog for a variety of reasons but mostly because I genuinely need to write. I am working my first book so blogging has been a great way to meet other writerly folk along the way.

Very pleased I found your blog! ;) Have a lovely week!

Katie Mazur said...

I blog to get it all out and tell my story... I really like this post! A real thinker!

yaya said...

I always check out "blog of note"..Congrats Rosaria for being it today! I was soooo excited for 2 reasons. First, I actually know and follow this one! Second, I am many times disappointed at who makes this and sometimes, like now, really good blogs are featured. Yours is awesome and I enjoy reading it. I'm glad blogger has figured it out too! Congrats again!

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No New is Good News said...

My mom is retiring soon and recently bought the book, 'The Joy of Not Working'. Although I have a good 20 working years ahead of me, the book is amazing for reminding me to get started on the hobbies I want to enjoy when I retire now. Basically to prepare for that time, so I don't forget how to have fun, non-passive leisure and just become some unidimensional working stiff. I really enjoyed reading it, so I think I'll check out more of your blog for interest and tips too!
cheers
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quilterliz said...

Hi Rosaria.
Just started blogging. Why am I doing it? I guess it's a journal for me, something that I have always done in book form until now. A way of putting myself out there I suppose and not being afraid to try something new.None of my friends blog and I don't think some of them would even know what it is. Well, I'm willing to give it a go.

LiFeLoVeR2.0 said...

I blog to make fun of life, and to express what it means to me. I also blog to present life through the eyes of a college student who has his own opinions and can voice them to be heard by all the people whom choose to listen.

commoncents said...

I'M GLAD YOU WERE CHOSEN AS A BLOG OF NOTE! Keep up the great work!

Steve
common cents
http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

Annah said...

Who are we? People who love sharing our stories with others. People who like writing and enjoy being read occasionaly. People who love to entertain and have something to say.

Who are you? A person who writes a blog that was chosen as Blog of Note :) So yes, you're pretty special...

Congrats.

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udylove said...

Who are we? Infact, this is a good question and it means different thing to each of us.l have followed so many people, read their blogs but l do not have one single follower since l join this blog about few months ago. And right now am thinking, may be blogging is not for me because no body seems to care about what l write and it very discouraging.By the way, nice blog.

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Duncan D. Horne said...

I'm a passionate writer, and blogging seems to be the easiest way to do that right now. I enjoyed this thought-provoking post. I think people everywhere have difficulties with where they live, problems, criticisms, but we still view it as home.

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Ruth said...

You have many meaningful comments here, and thoughtful friends. As you know, I've just celebrated 5 years blogging. I've listed the ways I've been enriched -- learning, growing, and gaining extraordinary friendships. There is much that people who do not blog don't understand about what we do. I'm grateful for a place to instantly publish the expression of the world, as it gets transformed through me. That's how I see it: A person takes the world in, lets it swirl around inside, then expresses it back to the world. It's a constant alchemy, and each of us does it uniquely, sees uniquely. That's why we each need to do it, whether we blog about it or not. I'm glad you're here, in your beautiful, caring spirit. I love Oregon and lived there a brief time in college.

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becky at abbeystyle said...

I'm so glad to be back in the world of blogging...have missed it for the last two weeks of vacationing with my family...although I TOTALLY enjoyed the getaway too!

I've often questioned myself about why I'm blogging and sometimes I consider stopping it...then something whirls up inside and I find release at the keyboard and am glad I didn't pull the plug on it...go figure.

A Good Moroccan said...

It looks wonderful on the beach.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosaria .. I'm blogging because it interests me, certainly the snippets I write about entertain my mother, did my uncle .. and others - just another way of looking at life.

One day I'll translate the posts into something tangible .. just love the communication process provided by the blogging fraternity ..

Cheers - Hilary

Bugsman said...

I've been trying to blog for 5 or 6 years, but never being a very good writer, I have not succeeded. I think you write interesting and thought provoking material.

Elenchus said...

Lovely, gentle post. I blog, therefore I share?

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http://philosopher-without-a-cause.blogspot.com/

MrCachet said...

History and Art Guy. I like sharing my passion with others, and now that I'm retired from an eight hour a day job, I've begun my second career which eats up about ten hours a day, only one of which I devote to blogging. I wouldn't miss it, and look forward to a new Blog of Note so I can follow - or not - but I can at least leave a comment if it really is worthy of note!

My wife and I were through Port Orford in 1970 - newly married and on our way down the coast to San Francisco. I had a year left to serve in the Navy and I was stationed at Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

My brother-in-law suggested blogging to me. He's a photographer in Seattle, and he said he thought I'd enjoy the social interaction. I've met a lot of new friends from EVERYWHERE, and the only thing that we really share is blogging. I wouldn't miss my hour for anything. I don't watch TV, so my news is always good.

onlyvic said...

true! iv just followed you now and funny that this is the first post that iv read. haha but yeah, blogging has always been my way of expressing my thoughts. people have always thought of me being public about my life through blogs. but the words that i typed in my blogs are more than words one can read about me.

wvhiker said...

I just started back into this arena of self- communication. Everything else is sooo tiring. I had the same issues with people dropping by and leaving with no apparent interest. Anymore I'm not worrying about it. By the way, nice location. I am envious of you.

alphawoman said...

OK you have me now! lol. I am putting you in my blogline folder and I should be a regular commented. Oh and reader.

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VERY Well Said for ALL of us!!!!!!

I am honored to be in your company


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Impact Sensitive said...

My motivation for blogging is personal. I found this in blogs of note as I like to look at them for inspiration. It seems to me this would be a great site to draw readers from for my blog because I could benefit from your experiences.
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Dean C said...

Nice pictures.

Misteri said...

Hai, How is your live ?

Cheers

Misteri 

ymn said...

we lov blogging cause we love read others blog .

ultraquack said...

Yay for blogging!

Munir said...

This is the first time I am reading your blog. I cannot help but me -----is also true about a lot of us. I blog because my friends told me that I have a lot of experiences of life in general and I can connect. So I am hoping that what I write will help people understand life.

Yabut said...

I tend to subscribe to blogs, not "follow" them. By subscribing I know when a new post has been made, and I don't have to go to the site to check. I've just discovered yours as it was posted as a blog of note on the Dashboard. Congrats on that!

The_Hesitant_Blogger said...

Hi I am a new reader and a new blogger ad it's nice to see someone who shares my views on blogging, real nice post and if you like you should check out my blog as well, thaks

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Kevin Michael Vo said...

390 followers and only 95 comments, 1/4 of a pie and depressing I might add.

I dropped by because your blog is of note, but suprisingly this post is really refreshing, and a good read.

:D

Jasmine said...

this is an amazing post.

madd said...

what a beautiful scnene and awesome blog, i salute you ..

Alex said...

Whoever doesn't read and come back to see your blog is insane. I enjoy reading your down to Earth thoughts on life, thank you for publishing this.

whynotpat said...

I ♥ how your blog feels refreshing and unpretentious. :)

Hines-Sight said...

Hi

I'm so glad I found your blog tonight. I saw it on Blogs of note. I'm very new to blogging, but it is something I have wanted to do for awhile. I really like it even though I don't have much skills with the template or as much time as I wish, but when I sit down, write, and post, it just feels good. I write for my entertainment and I guess it will be my children's baby books since everything is electronic these days. I will be back. Thanks!

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im also did know who am i~~

Cecilia Ma Magdalena Gamboa Mirasol said...

i am so glad i read your blog. i am new at this form of communication...and i hope to really get the hang of this

Stephanie said...

I just noticed your blog and this post really gave me some things to think about. I am currently a student studying criminal justice and one of the issues that we brought up in one of my classes was rurality and how the lack of hospitals contributes directly to the murder rate. People who are injured become at a greater risk for dying because they simply cannot get to a hospital fast enough. I really sympathize with you because I agree that it's a huge issue for many areas around the U.S.

Thank you for this blog, I will be exploring it for the next hour or two I'm sure! :)

I would love to pass it on to my Grandmother who lives in Minnesota because I'm sure she would be inspired by your blog. If only her internet worked faster...

Pattu said...

Hi,
I am from India and I enjoy reading your blog.

Thanks. :-)