I've been blogging on this blog for five years – it seems a lot longer. I started blogging earlier than that on a different host (Angelfire) with a blog about my garden and a Hebridean one but the idea for a rambling all over the place blog came in August 2007.
One of the great things about blogging has been all the people I have met. Some of them, like a Girl from Vermont – I met early on and have kept in touch with ever since. Another reader of my blog – Canadian Chickadee in Seattle doesn't have her own blog and yet we have become firm friends using both e-mails and snail mail.
I've visited friends and acquaintances all over the world and unlike my blogging brother, GB, I don't use aeroplanes and the car. I just sit in my swivel chair at my desk and say hello from there.
It doesn't matter if some of them, like Jen in the US are too busy (or have too many followers) to visit me – I've enjoyed sharing her charming photos of Sasha and Moonbeam and the occasional delving into the archives at work. (All librarians have me hooked on their activities and the books they read). Which brings me to Librarian in Germany who almost always leaves a comment when she visits. It's so good to know you are out there and enjoying my ramblings enough to come back time and again.
Members of my family, like my daughter Helen, sometimes find out what is going on in my world through the blog which also allows me to post photos of life around me.
And there are folk abroad who have some sort of special bond with the UK and visit me as part of their hiraeth – like Kay from near Atlanta.
I've met people from all over the UK – far too many to mention but I must give a kiss to Moannie and her daughter Saz from Carlisle as Moannie is having a rough time at present. Moannie has been “married to the same fellow from boy to man and back again for fifty two years. Love him and our three children, my grandchildren and Milou our Westie, though not in any particular order, and seldom all on the same day.”
Then there is Fhina, the most inappropriately named Woman of No Importance; Adrian whose images sometimes leave me drolling with envy; Dawn Treader who has become a friend thanks to blogging.
And there is another über-special person and, of course, Jo who occasionally finds out what's going on in my life thanks to reading about it on my blog!
So many people into whose lives I have peered and who have had a peek into mine. What a wonderful thing the Internet is!