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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blogging Connections

Some folks blog to express themselves, others are on a mission, be it politics, religion or maybe even fancy health kicks.  Some blogs promote websites, others, themes.  Blogs can be a window to the soul or a daily secret diary shared with the world.

Me?  I blog for fun.  And it’s had wonderful rewards.

I’ve gotten to know many great people from blogging, too many to mention.  They’ve become super friends of ours.  We’ve been lucky to meet many of them and find that it seems we’ve known them for years.  Some of them are even happy to meet US!

These blogging friends have been with us through think and thin.  Great pals when things are going well, great encouragers when things are not.

Then there are some that it’s great fun to kid with, and get some fun kidding in return.  A friend in need of a John Deere riding lawn mower comes to mind.

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Not to mention some blog friends give great technical advice on all sorts of things, from great places to visit and things to see, the latest computer goodies, to the best chili recipe known to mankind.

It makes you pause and think:  “How did we ever live without blogging and all our virtual friends?”  Not sure, but I wouldn’t  ever want to go back.

One really cool thing about our blog is some connections to long lost friends and shipmates.  In the past week or two, I’ve reconnected with a close friend that moved away and a great shipmate that I served with in the early 1990s.  Marti just reconnected with her best childhood friend that she sadly lost contact with years ago and has now reopened that friendship.

All because of our blog. It does chronicle our life on the road, our wonderful grandkids and the things we do in our fulltime RV life.  But more importantly, it connects up with people all over the place (world) that we’ve come to know and appreciate.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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24 comments:

  1. Well said! We started our blog for our family and friends so that they knew what we were up to and that we were safe. Never thought that other people would be interested in what we were doing. We have used other blogs to help us plan our trips, find places to stay, hikes to take. Like you we never thought that we would have so many virtual friends. We actually have a blog reader that just arrived into the park today, I think that is the best part of blogging meeting other readers and bloggers.

    Ruth
    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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  2. Like Kevin and Ruth, I started our blog so my Dad could follow along on our travels with us. When he died, I thought long and hard about shutting it down. Sure am glad I didn't, because we really have met some wonderful folks through blogs. All a part of our family now.

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    1. We are surely glad you did not shut it down...You, along with others joined me in prayer for John as he was fighting for his life!

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  3. It's all true. I learn a lot from all the blogs I read and from the comments on mine. These blogging and blog reading folks are so helpful and supportive it just amazes me. I'd love to meet every single one of the people with whom I am in some way connected by my blog. Although I haven't been lucky enough to run into folks I've lost touch with over the years this way. A new thing to look forward to.

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  4. Paul, you hit the nail on your head when you said blogging is for 'fun'. That's it for me in a nutshell. If it wasn't fun, I wouldn't do it. Some bloggers make it more fun than others.

    I sure hope your friend gets his John Deere mower whoever he is.

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  5. Since you connect with people all over the world, does that make you a worldly man?
    Syl

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  6. I am with you-blogging for fun is why I do it. If it gets to be a drag, I am done with it:)

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  7. well said Paul..the blogging community is a fine place to be, a 'cyber family' in the making!

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  8. Paul, there was a song I sand in Brownies..."a prelude to Girl Scouts"....
    Make new friends and keep the old....some are silver and some are gold"..... this describes your blog for today....

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  9. Well said Paul ... I started this blogging business as a public diary of our travels for when we someday become old and decrepit, and are forced into being armchair travelers who have to be satisfied with past adventures. The bonus was finding and meeting others who are infected with the travel bug and other similar interests. FUN, FUN, FUN ... is key to blog writing ... when it no longer falls into that category, it will be time to put the virtual pen and paper away.

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  10. Well said Paul.
    Like you I started to blog for fun and keep a record of our travels for family and friends.
    Now we have a lot more friends, part of the RV lifetsyle.

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  11. I started out in 08 because one of my "pub buddies", (former teacher at a school where I worked) suggested I write a blog. I think I said, "What the hell is that?"
    Never got really good at it, but it's still fun. I try not to use it too much as a place to bitch though, so that really cuts down on the subject matter.

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  12. We really started our blog as a chronicle of our journey. Considered calling it "Our Rocking Chair Travel Guide";-) When we can no longer hit the road, we can relive our travels whenever we choose. Now we will also get to see what all the wonderful people we have met along the way are doing also:o)) It is a wonderful connection!!!

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  13. Yes I agree and we were so happy to have been able to meet you two and spend some time. I sure hope that happens again soon

    Take good care and miss you both
    Brenda

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  14. I agree. Having a virtual community to share your good times and not so good times is priceless.

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  16. Well said. It really does help to keep us connected.

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  17. Cheers! Yes, a blog is great way to keep connected :)

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  18. You are so right. Doors are opened (or closed) through blogging but either way, it can be what you want it to be. I've sure enjoyed yours!

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  19. So true. I blog as a diary. I'm thinking I can read it when I'm sitting in that rocking chair in the nursing home. I sure hope blogger is still around then.

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