Monday, May 6, 2013

Grow ...

by Dotti


Do you remember when you first heard about the phenomenon of “blogging”? I do. It was sometime in the 90’s and I remember being astonished at the idea. Since I’m really a rather private person, I couldn’t imagine wanting to put my life out there for the World Wide Web to see. Further, I couldn’t imagine that anybody out there would be at all interested in what goes on in my life and thoughts each day. Of course, this movement didn’t depend on my participation either as a blogger or a reader and it took off like the proverbial house afire.

Time passed and gradually I came to embrace the blogosphere, first as a reader, then as a blogger. I began blogging by “seeing life through a multigenerational lens” with my daughter and granddaughter. As my passion for photography grew, I gravitated toward photography blogs. Then one day, Terri, Claudia and I hatched the idea of starting a collaborative blog.

It’s been quite a journey! And there is something I’ve learned over the years: blogging is an art form. You have to grow your blogging skills just as you have to hone your photography skills, or your cooking skills, or any skill at all. Those of us who collaborate here at FOL have certainly grown since our launch in January 2012. And we’re still growing.

Now, I know many, if not most, of you have blogs of your own because I follow some of them. But I don’t think I know all of your sites and I would like to. We’re all about community here at our little blog so we’d like to embrace your thoughts and ideas as well. So what do you say to the idea of sharing our websites with one another here at FOL?

I’ll begin by making a list of the personal blogs from the FOL Sisters at the bottom of this post, you can also see them in the “About Us” tab up top. You can jump in either by leaving your web address in the comments or clicking on the “contact us” button up top and emailing us. If you wish, you may post them on our Facebook page. I will collect all the web adresses and post them on my next turn which will be May 20, allowing us all to become better acquainted.

A word about the comments: it is really hard to create an actual link so just type in your web address and I’ll link it when I post the list.

Here is the list of personal sites for those FOL Sisters that have blogs:
Carol H. – http://openart.com
Judy – http://heyjudephotography.com

Now remember, you can share your website address here so we can all get better acquainted … and at the same time … grow your blog. I can’t wait to learn your web address. This is going to be fun!


19 comments:

Katie said...

Oh, what fun this'll be! I actually have two blogs, one that is a "regular" blog and the other is my daily photo journal/365 blog. The first one is:

nikonmomma.blogspot.com

and the second one is:

runnshoot.blogspot.com (this blog doesn't allow for comments on it. it's just a strictly photo/thought site).

Thank you for allowing us all to come together like this. I'm eager to read everyone else's sites. : )

Justine said...

yes please, my address is http://justinegordon.blogspot.com

terriporter said...

Love this idea! Such a great way to get to know our readers better! I have to admit that my personal blog is sadly neglected but I keep thinking I'm going to get back to posting to it regularly. Maybe this will be just the inspiration I need. Thanks, Dotti!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Great idea! Mine is creatingbeyondthelayers.blogspot.com

http://vivhalliwell.com said...

Brilliant mine is. http://vivhalliwell.com

Cathy H. said...

Love this idea! I'm at grammaslittlecorner.blogspot.com

Cristina Dalla Valentina said...

I really love this idea! And I love to know all these new friends!
My blog is http://cristinaswatercolors.blogspot.it

Sarah Huizenga said...

This is a wonderful idea Dotti. As an over achiever I have two:

paisleyrainboots.blogspot.com
becomingafinisher.blogspot.com

kelly said...

i truly love this little corner of the blogosphere and am so happy to be a part of this lovely community.

http://mindingmynest.com

love, kelly

Carol said...

I love how this ties in with our growth theme. There are many, many ways to grow! I have no blog, but I am currently re doing my website. Give me a few weeks, and then take a peak at AlbersImage.com!

Sherry said...

Life has gotten in the way of frequent posting, but I still manage 1 meme/week. Check me out at:

http://fromalldirects.blogspot.com

Ahayes1225 said...

Wonderful idea. I love to visit everybody's blogs. Mine is scrappinshutterbug.com

Kim Stevens said...

Well Dotti, this is such a great idea! I'm looking forward to seeing the list and checking out more bloggers!!

heyjudephotography said...

Can't wait to see the complete list to go blog hopping! Great idea Dotti.

Snap said...

~~~~~Waving!!!! I can be found here: twistylane.blogspot.com

Great idea!

AFishGirl said...

http://afishgirl.blogspot.ca/

It's a mixed bag. Happy to see the other blog links. Going on a tour right now.

Pam/Fishgirl

sherrygaley said...

Love this sharing idea. My blog is called "Still and All" and I'm at http://www.sherrygaley.wordpress.com

Peggy said...

I have learned so much from reading the blogs of others. Love this sharing idea. My blog is.

Season-to-season.blogspot.com


peggy from PA

Janet Bocciardi said...

Love!

http://www.honeyfromthebee.com

I know I'll find some gems amongst the readers, as we all care about good photography and growing.

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