Celebrating One-Year Blog-anniversary… is about Gratitude to You!

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

Thank you.

Cheers to a long lasting relationship!

Posted by

Sharing my views and experiences with words and photos - taken with diverse angles - influenced by the multicultural countries I have lived and worked. I studied Psychology and have an MBA. After working for corporates, I became an entrepreneur and consultant. Cycling, hiking, windsurfing, cooking, reading, yoga, writing and photographing, are no longer just hobbies listed in a resume.

68 thoughts on “Celebrating One-Year Blog-anniversary… is about Gratitude to You!

  1. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and I look forward to many more blog conversations. Your warmth and generosity has seen you very quickly become the heart of our blogging community. So … gratitude to you also.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Congratulations on your first year blogging… I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog and sipping my cup of tea or coffee, while reading your posts. Many, many more to come I’m sure.
    Take care and happy blogging to ya, from Laura ~

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wow I love this post 🙂 and it reflects most of the common sentiment here !!
    I started my blog just to “write” when I am bored, but this virtual world has been so very kind to me.. The people I meet, the friendly gestures I receive all are so overwhelming. I am proud to be a part of this world. Yes, I spend very a little time to post new stuff, the instinctive laziness in me; but when I read others and when I get to know what they say, how they respond, how they react it feels beautiful 🙂
    Congrats on your first anniversary !!
    Happy meeting wonderful people like you 🙂
    And keep smiling !! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Samjoth.
      It doesn’t matter when you post, as long as you feel good about it. The pleasure of blogging is also to follow our decisions on how to run our blog. And to follow the blogs we appreciate.
      I am happy to have met you here.
      Keep smiling too! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Congratulations Lucile!

    And thank you for being such a supportive and challenging blogger. Many people mistrust social media and deride the friendships that can arise in the virtual world. Your post is an excellent summary of the real value and joy there is to be found in this world with few boundaries.

    And I am certainly glad to have got to know you here and look forward to sharing more of life’s experiences, good and bad, with you!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Well said Lucile! You are to be congratulated on your blogging, your photography and your very ‘real’ presence in a medium that isn’t always seen to be ‘real’. I enjoy being a part of your community and look forward to continuing that connection. Happy anniversary ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heartfelt thanks, Debbie. I am humbled by your words.
      Likewise, I am happy our paths crossed and I had the opportunity to connect with you and continue strengthening the relationship. As I said, I had never expected that to happen through blogging. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I too am very happy that we crossed paths. I love reading you posts and the comments you make are always do encouraging and supportive. It always makes me happy when I see a comment from you. I also like the sense of community that we have through blogging.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. I’m quite blown away, what an excellent post — thoughtful and truthful. It nearly baked my android circuits… Again, my huge congratulations, I consider myself lucky to have met you in the blogosphere, and elsewhere!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Dearest Lucile!
    Congratulations on 1 year of your blogging journey and may there be many, many more!
    When you wrote about blogging being a “virtual and global living room”, that really hit home for me…it is so true that we are all invited to a big ‘house party’, thanks to the blogging experiences we share with one another. It has been magical and will continue to be that way!
    You are an inspiration to us all and you help me too to become a better writer and photographer — Knowing that you are reading me, makes me feel like I’ve got a great supporter and team member on my side…
    Thank you Lucile and keep the amazing posts coming! We love to see and read you!
    All my very best, always,
    Lia

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Dearest Lia,
      Heartfelt thanks. You really touched my now and brought tears to my eyes.
      I’m happy to learn that you feel my support and that we are together in this journey.
      Keep doing your beautiful photos and posts and never forget that I’ll be here reading and cheering your work.
      I know I have already said that, but your encouragement and support means a lot to me and am grateful to you.
      Thank you so much for your friendship, carissima Lia.
      My very best wishes.
      Lucile

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Rachel.
      I am not so sure if you or I didn’t use it properly.
      It’s a huge pond there and I tried all to be found but didn’t get one follower nor comments except from my friends.
      I don’t think they make an effort to support a community as WP does. And they don’t have editors like WP pushing the crowd to events, courses, etc.
      I didn’t find it. But may have been my mistake.

      Like

    1. Thank you so much. I am happy you got the idea; go ahead and enjoy your experience, and connect with people as you just did now, and as much as possible, and in no time you’ll be part of a much larger community of like-minded and supportive people.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      All the best with blogging. Blog on.

      Like

  8. What a great post! I love the feeling of community here, and I love all of my friends made during Blogging 101, as well! Keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂 And congrats on a great first year and some even better decisions!

    Liked by 1 person

What do you think? I'd love to hear it all.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s