It’s Gonna Be a Bright, Bright Sunshinin’ Day

I think blogging takes a lot of guts!

On the one hand you are the writer, editor, sometimes the photographer, the graphic designer, the marketing director and, of course, the publisher of your own work.  So exciting!  On the other hand, you start out with a blank space that says, “Add New Post” and you are the one that is going to express a viewpoint, tell a joke, reveal your innermost thoughts or even—(what nerve!)—suggest what other people should do, say, eat, cook, etc.

At some point you have to press “Publish” and from there you have no idea who you are actually communicating to.  Is someone out there?  Are they listening?  Are they interested?  And why do you need them to be interested anyway?

Well there’s a little thing that make makes a communication complete called “Acknowledgement.”  It’s all well and good to write what you want to say and put it out there.  But when someone graciously takes the time to comment, “like,” or otherwise respond–B I N G O!  A communication happened!

Isn’t it great when that happens?!

Today Big Sis and Little Sis over at My Sister’s Pantry sent me a wonderful acknowledgment by nominating me for The Sunshine Award.  I recently “met” these two ladies and love what they’re doing.  They are two sisters who live several hundred miles away from each other and they have found co-writing their blog as an activity they can do together.  I love that!  And I thoroughly enjoy their wonderful recipes and cooking ideas.

Thank you Big Sis and Little Sis for the acknowledgement!  And now I’m excited to pass the “Sunshine” along on this beautiful and sunny May Day.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”  Awardees are asked to:

1. Thank the person who nominated them for the award and post a blog about it.

2. Answer a few get-to-know-you-better questions about themselves.

3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award and link to their blogs and let them know about their award.

In the spirit of letting you know more about me, here are my answers to the questions:

Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Animal(s): Otters, foxes, centaurs, whales, ants, unicorns, turtles, picas
Favorite Number: 27 (You guessed it!  I was born on the 27th.)
Favorite Drink: Pellegrino sparkling water with lime
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook (Well actually, I still like to write regular snail-mail letters on  fun stationery.)
Your Passion: Scientology                                                                                              Giving or getting presents: Who doesn’t love both of these?  Yes – I love both of these!  Favorite Day: My wedding anniversary and any day I can spend with my wonderful husband.

It was not so easy picking ten from all the bloggers I love and read!  Without further adieu, I hereby nominate The Sunshine Award to:

I hope you’ll check all these blogs out.  Sharing an award like this is a great way to discover new bloggers and expand your circle of friends (the best part).

I Love Meeting New Friends

A flower from a bouquet at the Eastern Market ...

A flower from a bouquet at the Eastern Market in DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My love affair with blogging continues .  The other day I hit a highest ever number of viewers for my post.  I got 139 views which is nearly a 12% increase over my previous highest ever.  (Did I actually just calculate the percent of increase?  Boy!  I’d better get outside and do something not involving a computer screen.  I don’t wanna turn into a geek!)

But that wasn’t all that happened that day.  I also got my highest number of “likes” and my highest by far number of comments and I got more followers, too.  Don’t worry–I didn’t calculate any more percentages.  Yet.

And that map they give you on the stats page?  Love, love, love it! I have traveled but I’m not what you would call a “world traveler.”  I am fascinated when I see there are people from Bosnia, Japan, Serbia–really?  Serbia?–who are clicking their mouses to read my words.  That map the other day had a long list of nations colored in.  I think it’s fair to say I’ve gone International!

That is fantastic!  I love getting comments!  I love “meeting” and “talking” to new friends and I found a bunch more bloggers that I want to follow too.  In fact, I visited many of you that same day.  Thank you so very much for taking the time to stroll over to my blog and stay a while.  Thank you for taking the time to say something and help make the post much more interesting than if it was just me talking.

I love that blogging brings us together no matter where we live and what else is going on in our lives!  Blogging cuts through a lot of complications and barriers and lets us simply communicate and be heard, even around the world.

This is very encouraging!

Over 500 Served

Never thought I’d see the day when I had something in common with a fast food joint!

Being new to the blogging world, I’m fascinated by the way communication gets around on the Internet and how people manage to find each other despite the impossible enormity of choices to be made while surfing it.  Lucky for me, in addition to some family and friends who generously agree to read what I have to offer, there are people I don’t even know reading this blog.

Thank You!!!  You make my day because I believe communication is right up there with air, water, food and shelter when it comes to survival as a human being on this planet. We humans looooove to communicate!  I’m pleased to see there is someone to communicate with and I will take the responsibility of continuing to write–for me and for you–so we can have this venue to get to know each other. (And speaking of food, I do plan to get down to business with that.  After all, this is about life and cooking.)

And I can now say that I’ve served over 500!  Just like McYou-Know-Who when they were just starting out.

Much Love, Patty

A blogger blogs . . . about blogging

“If you’re going to go off on a tangent, go all the way I always say.

I just started blogging in December.  . . . . ”

Today’s new post is a new page, “Blogging about Blogging” which I had so much fun writing and had a big win at the end!  You can read it by going to the banner at the top of this site and find the page title on the black line and click on the page title.

Do you have a blog? Or have you been thinking about starting one?