Friday, April 15, 2011

Why Do We Blog?

A couple of weeks ago McVal challenged me to think about why we blog. At first I didn't really think much about it. Initially I started blogging to work on my interest in photography, but it has turned into so much more.


It has really become a way to connect with people outside my realm of Smalltownland. To learn about how people function in different environments and how their lives are really different from mine......and often so similar. I learn about their hobbies, their family, and their ups and downs in life.


Please meet a mere handful of my friends.......

I have met a wonderful lady who lives on an island off the coast of Scotland and blogs about her life on the family's sheep farm at, Home School on the Croft. The wind is so strong at her home that the laundry on the line flies horizontally. I am serious....she posted a picture of it.


There is Nancy who is living in Nebraska in an old farmhouse...be still my heart. She blogs about her daily farm life adventures and her awesome photography habit at A Rural Journal.


I also have the pleasure of having connected with wonderful people all over the world. Jay_on_Tour's blog takes you on tours of the most picturesque cities in all of England. His photography is like having your own personal travel agent.


Liesl blogs about her life on a farm in Africa. Yes, Africa with wild animals. She races endurance horses and farms with her husband.


And, last but not least, my favorite canine friend George, from Georgethelad. A Welsh Terrier who documents his excursions around the English countryside and the trips to the pub with his dad. It seems George does enjoy the froth from a good pint of Guinness.


At this point I may be a blogger forever. I don't know how I could give up all of these wonderful people I have mentioned.....and at least another hundred that I didn't mention.


What is your favorite thing about blogging?

44 comments:

  1. People. I don't do it to make money, or become famous, or promote something to sell. I just love meeting people. I'd get upset with you if you quit!!
    I'm glad your hooked because you'd be missed.

    ( I like playlists too hee hee)

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  2. I'm going to have to go with the same thing as you...the wonderful friends I've met blogging. It started out as away to share my game camera pics but it evolved into learning about so many different people and their live styles. Though I haven't personally met any I still consider many to be friends.

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  3. The daily acquaintance of friends who I never met from different parts of world is a wonderful feeling everyday; especially when we share a common interest in photography ... that is why I blog.

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  4. I love that you follow all sorts of blogs from all around the world. I can't wait to check some of them out! Farming in Africa?! That will be my first stop:) Thanks for a great post:)

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  5. As a teacher, I had an outlet for my very social side. When I left teaching to be a stay-at-home mom with our two girls and help on the farm, it was the beginning of a great new adventure, but I was terribly lonely. Blogging allows me to write again, remember how much I love to write, discover my love of photography and develop it (pardon the pun!), AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS! Now I have new blogs to check out. Thanks for sharing some of your favorites!

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  6. I've got 2 of these 'greatest hits' on my blog playlist as well. :) Your blog is another of my favorites. You share such wonderful beauty and every so often throw in a couple cute (growing) kids and dogs. :)

    I'm gonna second all the others - it's about connecting with lives all around the world, really. Finding out how we're different and yet so very much the same. Sharing beauty from our tiny piece of the universe and feeling connected to all the other breathing souls out there trying to make it thru life.

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  7. It does become addictive, doesn't it! I like peering into someone's life, if only just for a brief moment. It makes it all seem "real" to me. Why do people look at magazines? To me, looking at others' blogs is like taking a tour of their home, their life, their feelings. I love the feelings that I get when I go to blogs. If there is no feeling there, I won't return probably. Life, for me, is all about the connections that we make, virtually or not. Love your list. I will check some of them out later on. It's always good to go see something I wouldn't have found on my own.

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  8. I use my blog as a form of a family journal/diary. I don't own valuables such as jewelry, antiques or other heirlooms to hand down to my children and grandchildren. Someday I hope they look back on my blog and appreciate the memories it holds of good times (and a few bad). I also use my blog to track the books I have read, so I don't attempt to re-read them!

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  9. I started blogging as an outlet for emotions, thoughts and dreams- Meeting really interesting and inspirational folks along the way has kept me blogging.

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  10. Farmchick -- like all your photos -- not only the ones you have on your post today but the others that you post. One of the things I like about blogging is investigating the back-roads where I meet rural folks. There are so many wonderful people in KY. -- barbara

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  11. It is a great way to share our experiences and learn from others. Everyone has different ways of doing things.We never know who we will meet during the course of a day just by reading the comments of others. I have found many new friends that way. People with like interests tend to find one another.I have made some wonderful friends from all around the world since I began blogging.

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  12. Good Post...Through blogging, I have come in contact with so many wonderful people...I also believe blogging is the best therapy anyone could ever have...I love it!

    Shug

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  13. Ditto ~ my life has been truly enriched by the wonderful "community" of Bloggers. We are real people, with real lives...connected by various threads of commonality. I love seeing the name FARMCHICK on my comment section ~ you are always so tuned into our way of life...thank you!

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  14. Blogging is my escape and all of the wonderful people that I have met are just wonderful. It's such a joy to see all the places from around the world and to read all of the great comments that we leave on one another's blogs.

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  15. Thanks for sharing some of the lovely friends you've met! I started blogging when my kids moved away, initially to share some of mom's home cooking with them. What I've loved most about it has been meeting new friends from all over. :)

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  16. Connections. Learning. Growing. And the pictures! What an education...now, if I could just meet everyone in person.

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  17. I love blogging because of all the people I get to meet and the insight into their daily lives and lifestyles that are so different from my own. I started out not knowing quite what to expect but knew that I was just going to be myself and blog about my life as is, and I just love it so much, all my new found friends from all over the world whom I never would have met otherwise!

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  18. Awww, I love you too!

    I think I figured out I blog because I don't work outside the home. It's become somewhat of my "job," but one that I look forward to going to every day.

    Living out in the sticks as I do, it's difficult to connect with other people. Blogging is a way to touch base with other human beings, catch up on their lives and learn, learn, learn. I love it!

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  19. Thanks for sharing some of your friends with us and who knows maybe they will become our friends too thanks to blogging.

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  20. Sharing. I like to see how others view their world and to share what's in my world.

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  21. I love the aspect of a daily travel log around the world.

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  22. How thoughtful to introduce a number of interesting bloggers from around the world.

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  23. For me the finality of blogging is the sharing and meeting with wonderful people !
    A very good post, congratulations !

    Bye :))

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  24. Good question. I am not sure of the answer in my case,but it has probably something to do with the interaction with other bloggers. Only after I have been following other blogs for some months, I decided to try my own. It has been a funny since...

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  25. I'd bet that for most of us, whatever reason made us start to blog turned into something more wonderful and much bigger than we imagined it would at first! :)

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  26. I did it because my daughter suggested it. She thought I would get something out of it by writing about things in general, or let off steam due to the way I and thousands of others were treated by the company they worked for.

    Photography became my thing. I liked it and wanted to know more but hadn't found the means to learn like you can by examining/comparing other works. Photo blogs are great for that. Like Birdman said, I follow him, it is the traveling to other places that you would probably never be able to see.

    Now, I'm more hooked on photography than ever, having software and gear is fun and we all need fun in our lives.

    I will never quit, it's my new job that I truly like and the company won't mess with me.

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  27. What a great post. I can't wait to visit your friends.....they sound so very interesting.
    I have been so busy this week that I haven't sat down for a minute and have wondered all week what my buddies are doing.

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  28. I could never give up all my friends from blogland. I talk to a number of these people every day. I know their children and their pet. I can tell if they are having a bad day. It's wonderful. You better not go away, I'd really miss you.

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  29. Oh I'm touched you put me or rather George on your blog.
    You like me have found the same, we become friends from just tapping away at the key board, I love to visit and see your beautiful photos of where you live, I was touched that your daughter reads Georges blog to ;)

    Please wish your Mom and Dad a Happy Wedding Anniversary
    from me and George
    Have a good week
    Jan xxx

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  30. Thanks for mentioning my page, I can't believe i made the short list from all of your followers.
    Blogging was something recommended to me by a work colleague and though I was sceptical at first, it is amazing how it has taken off.
    What I like about this site and yourself is that you mix photography with the reality of life. Too often people on blogger concentrate on only one of these things.
    I must personally thank you on behalf of all your followers for the time that you put into not only your own blog but other peoples too. I am sorry that I can only find the time to look and comment on your posts once a week but I had an emergency look in to this page to find out what todays unusual activity was on my stats. Just to show how I value your friendship.. when I wrote my 50th blog, I had a top 5 of favourite blogs and commenters, I think it's safe to say that you have moved up into that zone now. As you probably know, I also enjoy following George the Lad... great fun.

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  31. What I like about blogging is being creative with photos and text. What I have come to love about blogging is all the wonderful people you meet from all over the world. And what I really, really love and what amazes me is the friendships we form with each other on the blogs. You mention Nancy, for example, and I feel like I have know her for years. It's a wonderful and unexpected gift from Blogger.--Inger

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  32. I started blogging to help people who are travelling, or just to give a visual treat to people who will never be able to visit my country India...
    The thing that I so love about blogging is about to see different parts of the world sitting in my room!!!
    Have a lovely day:)

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  33. Blogs are creative tools people use to give away their photos and words for others to enjoy. I followed your links and met some new people I would never have met on my own.

    Blogging done right takes time. Sometimes I don't have the time but am having other issues - from health to health. That seems to take most of my time and creative juices these days.

    Your post and pictures were very interesting to me this morning.

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  34. I love Nancy's blog and Homeschool on the Croft too. That laundry picture was something else!

    I like blogging just because I know it'll be one time a day when I can create something. :-)

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  35. Great post, Farmchick. I'll visit the blogs you mentioned. I launched my daily photo blog last year as a way to keep myself motivated with photography and to share my pics in a different arena other than Flickr. I enjoy taking the photos and writing the accompanying text as a creative outlet. Somewhere along the line, though, I started "meeting" other bloggers. And, as so many others have said, I've been drawn into their lives. I've discovered bloggers don't last very long, which I understand, since it can be time consuming. But, I always appreciate when a blogger announces that they're leaving rather than just vanishing. Otherwise, I'm left wondering what happened to them....even though we never met. Fascinating phenomenon, isn't it?

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  36. Farmchick, I enjoyed reading your post today as well as the many responses. My oversimplified explanation is that my blog is so very different from what I did while I was working.

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  37. Meeting people like you! Interestingly enough I first saw you at VPs in Livorno, Italy and eventually came over to get to know you!

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  38. The benefit of arriving here late is to see all the responses and realize the common thread - the ability to meet so many amazing people with a passion for life and photography ! And our connections and similarities far outweigh any differences, no matter where we make our home on this wonderful planet with all its beauty.

    For me blogging has almost surpassed being a passion to becoming an addiction - it's wonderful to connect with so many great people around the world.

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  39. I started blogging to document my prairie life and family but now my favorite thing about blogging is exactly what you highlighted. It's about the people like you I connect with through sharing! Thanks.

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  40. I agree with you!! I began blogging because I work alone all the time, but with the clatter of a few computer keys I can connect with like-minded souls all over the world...and I have. Sunita in India, Claudia in Guatemala, Ana in Portugal, Ronelle in France, Suzanne in South Africa...the list is endless and a true blessing. I love these people and feel that I could sit down and sip tea with them and share my innermost feelings.

    All joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  41. I started by wanting to share photos of Scotland, then I got into the photography aspect, and then the link with fellow bloggers was the last to fall into place but is probably the reason now that I keep going.

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  42. Oh I so have the same feelings about blogging-and my blogging friends like you : )

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  43. yes, blogging turns into so much more! so many great people out there!!

    happy easter :)

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