Dear Blog

Dear Blog-

yellow tulip Dear blog, when I was a newbie in the big blog world  I donned my floaties and timidly dipped my toe into the bloggy pool. You sat back and watched not knowing if I would sink or swim. You did not complain that my first posts were about being right smack dab in the middle of menopause. Or that I was sharing with the blog world (well not the whole blog world, just those sweet few who were reading my little blog) that I was frequently declaring just how “hot” I was.  Not sexy hot…. Hot! Scorching, Melting, Boiling hot! Lava cools faster than I do kind of hot!

Thinking back my blog could have gone in a whole different direction. But you, dear blog, you threw me a life preserver and let me float for a while. Although I still write a post or two about the glorious undertaking our bodies past their child bearing years must endure. I also may mention how things that were once pointing north are now declaring the exact location of the South Pole.  I put aside the journey of the menopause afflicted and the menopause survivors and I embraced it with an ice pack and a smile.

I  moved on to better things, slowly sharing recipes, my photography, blogging tips and giveaways. You let me learn to swim in a blog world filled with little happy paradise islands and the occasional shark. You kept the waves small so that I would not feel inadequate. You encouraged me to search and find solutions on my own. Even when I cried out “can someone please help me with this whole bloggy thing”. Words floated and I swam harder and dove deeper and soon discovered that I could swim laps and dive into the deep end of the blogging pool. It became my favorite swimming hole.

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Dear blog you will be happy to know that now I throw out the life preserver to those who are entering the blogging pool. I happily lend my floaties in the form of blogging tips and I encourage all new and established bloggers to enjoy the swimming hole and float on the happy that blogging provides.

Thank you to each and every one of you who have been with me from the beginning of my blogging journey. Those of you who have ridden the waves with me and floated along side of me. Thank you to those of you who have found me at my favorite swimming hole and who join me daily and weekly for dip into the deep end. I appreciate you,You help me to be a stronger swimmer.

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Comments

  1. This is nice, and your blog is wonderful! You’ve got an elegance about you and your posts that is very inviting. :)

  2. Hello Katherine,

    I have only been following you for a short time so I didn’t know all about the beginnings of your blogging. I am going through the hot flash journey right now and am getting some good use out of it during this frigid winter we are having. Although the summer is a totally different story.

    Your blog is great and I wish you many blessings with it in the future.

    Have an awesome day.
    SallyAnn

  3. I’m not sure what my blog letter would be, it has brought me lots of different things….yours was very lovely. I am happy that our blogs brought us together as friends…have a sweet day doll xx

  4. Absolutely beautiful “Dear Blog” post and will say that I think we all have certainly come a long way from the beginning days of blogging. I keep evolving my blog as I go along myself here and think we have to as we learn and grow daily. But will say I am so glad you blog and so happy to get to share with you each week here and over at my own blog! Hugs :)

    • Janine, I appreciate your bloggy friendship and your visits and comments always make me smile. I always enjoy my visits to your wonderful blog. It is so true that we learn and grow as we continue our journey in the blog world. xox

  5. Hi, Katie! I wasn’t aware that your blog began with a different theme and tone. To your credit you changed course and realized how much greater it could be if you offered helpful hints, recipes, decorating ideas, pictures of your adorably Izzy and other positive subject matter. I for one quickly grow weary of blogs that are black holes of negativity. Thank you for being a positive influence on the blog world!

    My Dear Blog post would be similar to yours because, over the last 5 years, I stopped coming from scaricity and started coming from abundance. Blogging has made me a better person, I think.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Katie, and give Izzy a biscuit and a pat for me!

    • Thank you sweet friend. Originally I filled it with giggles and laughter filled “Menopause Musings”. I know what you mean about the black hole blogs. I have visited a few and they can be very difficult to read. Kind of like the ones that are laced with profanity. Our blogs are a direct reflection of us. I have spent my life sharing and it didn’t take long to realize that is exactly what I should do with my blog. Thank you for your bloggy friendship. I always enjoy my visits to your blog and the music you share. Hugs from me and tail wags from Izzy.

  6. lbuttedal says:

    love your blog!!! keep up the good work!

  7. I love this Dear Blog post. You never gave up and now look at your blog. Thank you.

  8. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Absolutely love your blog even tho I don’t comment all that often (shame, shame on me) but I do enjoy coming to read just to see what all is going on, etc.
    Hope you have a wonderful day

  9. I must’ve missed those early days!
    We both took a while to find our groove. Once we did, we were good to grow. And how far you have come…

  10. lindyloumac says:

    Friendships real and virtual made via blogging have been an amazing support network to me over the last year. :)

  11. jugglingrealfoodandreallife says:

    This is a beautiful post Katherine. My Dear Blog………….the real friendships that I never thought possible when I started this blogging journey. And the frustrations that come when I just want to write and have to figure out all of this technical stuff too!

    • Thank you my friend. The friendships I have made are truly the cherry on the cake of my bloggy life. The tech stuff is a pain I know. But hang in there it all can be figured out. I have a few tips on my blogging tips page and I welcome your emails if you have any questions xo

  12. Melissa Swedoski says:

    This really made my day. So many times I just feel like giving up. Like I’m still trying to figure out just what the blog is going to even be about. But then, I’m still not really sure what I’m even going to be about. :) Thanks for sharing.

  13. Katherine, what a sweet posting! I have felt the same way and have ran into a couple of wonderful experienced bloggers who are always willing to give advice. Me, I’m trying to discover my voice in the blog world. I want to build and audience from stuff I say, it doesn’t have to be a monster blog with loads of sponsors and readership, just a friendly little spot that gets regular visitors. At first I had the blog focusing on my art/crafting work, but feel like it has evolved into something else. I enjoy writing about the antics of my family and my life–but does anyone want to read this? hmmm…..
    Thank you for your encouragement

  14. What a cute post. I’m still trying to figure out what my blog is and I don’t think I could write it a letter yet. I always appreciate every piece of bloggy advice

  15. What a sweet idea–a Dear Blog post! You have such a lovely blog!

  16. This is such a lovely letter. Sometime we need to remind ourselves of where we have been and where we hope we are going. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights, Katherine.

  17. I love this post! My fave part is “donned my floaties”. It’s a great reminder that everyone started at the beginning; sometimes as a new blogger you just assume that everyone had it easy from the get go. The beginnings of my Dear Blog would be “thank you for coming back to life” after I inadvertently caused the “white screen of death” a little over a month ago! Thank you for some nice reading and a reality check! :D

    • Thank you Heather, and so happy you recovered from the white screen of death my fiend. I look forward to your link ups on Thursday and enjoy my visits to your sweet blog. Hugs!

  18. I’ve been a follower for a good long while and I loved the personal posts, as well as this one. I’d like to see more of them!

  19. dwayland says:

    Thanks for this post, Katherine! As I start to change the direction of my blog I feel the encouragement that you are providing. I think my blog has grown significantly, and I’m excited about the future, both for my blog, and for myself. And, I can say that my blog journey has been with you at my side! Thanks!

  20. I have only been following a little over a year I think. I missed the menopause blogs.. ( Ahem, as I fan myself now, having a hot flash this second) I love your blog and you wonderful support of all of us. Thanks Katie! xxxooo

  21. Rebecca says:

    You are so lovely and kind. I enjoy your blog. I love that nice guys can finish first. And you are one of the nicest!

  22. chy1804 says:

    been following you for quite some time and I can see each post is better than the previous. Can see you took a lot of time to think and write. And thank you for all the good advices that you have been giving

  23. What a great letter. It succinctly sums up how all of us feel when we start the adventure of blogging. We are all different people, but with much still the same for all of us. It is so scary and new.What a lovely statement,”Dear blog you will be happy to know that now I throw out the life preserver to those who are entering the blogging pool” This is great keep throwing us life preservers we need it :)

  24. Your blog is wonderfully inviting. I feel at home just browsing through your bloggy land! You have offered many floaties to me and I am truly grateful for your generosity.

  25. Isn’t it funny how a blog never ends up being what we thought it would be? The first posts are the opening to a world of expression. You write beautifully and make us all feel we know you as a good and thoughtful friend!

  26. Maureen my sweet bloggy friend, thank you so much, the feeling is mutual. ♥

  27. You are always so kind and encouraging! I’ts a pleasure following along with you Katherine!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  28. what a lovely idea. I guess my Dear Blog would be something like “I still don’t have a clue where I’m going but I’m enjoying the journey and making wonderful friends along the way.” Thanks for your daily postings and have a wonderful day.
    Angel

  29. I love this post! and it gives me hope that I will feel the same way about my blog one day, so thank you for that. I guess my “Dear Blog” at this point would be “Am I doing this right?” But this post is a true inspiration:)

  30. Katherine, I like this idea. Earlier today I was reflecting upon my own blogging journey. I might have to borrow your dear blog idea for upcoming post.

  31. This is beautifully written! I think many times I need a life preserver thrown my way….watch out for me in the waters :)

  32. That was really nice. Sometimes I think I’m drowning LOL!

  33. Mary Sullivan Frasier says:

    What a truly lovely post, Katherine! I enjoyed a wee chuckle and felt a warm wave of nostalgia come over me as I read it. It made me think of more than a few of us who ventured into the blogging waters around the same time and reminded me that a few of my own early posts had me treading water in that old “mentalpause” pool along with you. LOL Some of us are still plugging along and some have made the decision to move on from the blogosphere altogether, for one reason or another. Lord knows that I’ve certainly questioned my own staying power over the last year or so, given some of the curve balls that life has pitched over the plate at me. But, for reasons that are well beyond my comprehension, something has kept me in the game. It’s been wonderful to watch you tackle that deep end and especially heart warming to have seen you succeed at it with such style and grace.Well done and Brava, m’lady!

  34. glad you’ve stuck with it , Katherine =)

  35. Hello Katherine, I have just discovered you via Pam. Blogging has given me a space to be me and meet some lovely people. I am looking forward to visiting you often.
    Ali xx

  36. This was wonderful to read, and for timely for me. I’m just dipping my toes into the bloggy world (1 month in so far) and it’s been a roller coaster. I have so so so so much to learn and it’s frustrating at times, but it’s also a great experience and it’s fun to meet so many interesting people. Some days (like yesterday, for example) I felt like I might drown without the proverbial lifesaver, but then a little positive encouragement seems to come along at the right moment and keeps me going. Thank you for sharing this and being so open and honest! I really enjoyed reading your post. ~Christin :)

  37. Sweet post and very sweet blog! I just reread your about page. I read it a long time ago and forgot that you are from England. My husband and I are hoping to visit to celebrate out 40th wedding anniversary which will be in the fall of 2015. I have traveled very little but this has been on my heart for a very long time :)

  38. Katherine, thank you for your beautiful presence in our blog.

    We’re loving your blog.

    When you can, again, be happy!

    kisses,

    Ligia e = ^. ^ =

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