One year ago, I started blogging at Blogger. I definitely didn’t follow the plan I had set out to meet. I changed not only from Blogger to WordPress back in September 2014, but changed much more.
I initially aimed to share experiences about the world of work that people could relate to. This didn’t last long, as I felt like that wasn’t much different from what I do in business life. Writing was an old dream, and I wanted to free up other ideas. I naturally deviated and started writing about anything that interested me.
I got most comments only from my friends on Facebook though, and that slowly brought me to not post very often. Life got in the way of my dream. I somehow lost the rhythm and motivation. Blogger was also a lonely and boring place to be.
Moving to WP months later was a surprisingly wise decision. More so was to join the Blogging 101, 201, and Photo 101 courses. I changed the blog upside down in a very fast pace, and started not only writing, but posting photos. Old passions revived and strengthened.
The best surprise was yet to come.
I have been into social media since its beginnings. My Space, Orkut, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc. I did it under closed fences though. Just friends and with as much privacy as possible, if at all possible. Blogging was a Pandora box though. I like exploring and learning new things but I surely had never imagined that Blogging would be much more than writing and sharing photos.
Blogging showed me a virtual and global living room, where everyone is welcome. There are no entry fees. There is no awards level program. It is the place where equality is practiced in its literal form. We connect, talk and share our posts, with people we don’t have any reference from. And yet we go ahead, keep the conversation going, create stronger bonds and even friendships, without asking questions.
We link unbiased emotions to words and images, and like and follow what we see. We judge no one by color, race, gender, age, education, religion, social class, nationality, etc., the common denominators of unconscious discrimination, often used by our selective filters, when introduced to people for the first time.
In blogging we meet virtual people, but in a more authentic way than we sometimes do for real.
And that’s what I want to celebrate today. I want to celebrate all of you, who gave me so much in the last months. I know that it’s officially one year, but blogging began here in September 2014, when I joined this fantastic community of bloggers.
Thank you for having heartily welcomed my blog to the community. Thanks for having encouraged me to carry on, by following, reading, commenting actively, engaging in conversation, also outside the blog via other social media channels like Twitter, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp.
Thank you for having inspired me and having taught me to write better (and to write better in English by learning from your posts). Thank you for having taught me how to fix techie settings at the blog. Thank you for creating wonderful challenges, which pushes me to use my creativity juices and to meet new and talented bloggers. Thank you for having shared your world, and in turn, opened mine to new discoveries and lessons.
I would have liked to single out some of you here, but I won’t do that now because you know who your are, and that you belong in my heart.
I want to include all of you in this celebration, and commend you, who in one way or another, have once or many times, come to this blog. You may not know that but you gave me a lot. And I will tell you why.
Writing is perhaps the most pure conversation I have with myself, when trying to make sense of the inner and complex life existing in my brain. My thoughts are faster than words and create unwanted complexity. My words marry images to capture the expression of my deeper thoughts to make them simpler. The combination of words with photography is my way to share my questions, doubts, concerns; my inner world with you.
When you came here for the first time, or returned once more, you made me feel worthy.
Cheers to a long lasting relationship!