Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010!

Was your New Year’s Eve everything you wanted it to be or more?

Since I’m actually writing this mid-day on New Year’s Eve, I can’t even answer my own question. I don’t know yet how the evening is going to go. But since I knew I’d be late getting in, I decided to go ahead and write my post early so I won’t miss the first one of the New Year.

Now that I’ve decided to write it, what do I write about?

I had a little bit of free time Thursday (when I should have been reading) to do some browsing around on new blog sites. It’s like a domino effect when you go to one site, they tell about new sites they’ve found or ones they find interesting. You go check those out and those lead to more, and those to more and more, and you get the picture.

I am constantly amazed at what is out there in the blogging world. To be able to connect with people all over the United States, as well as numerous foreign countries is something else to say the least. You can tell, I’m still stunned by modern technology.

The subject matter of the various  blogs is unbelievable. You can find a blog that relates to all most any subject you can think of. I also understand there are other blogging circles that go in other directions, as well, such as the business industries.

I can find blogs about all types of animals - cats, dogs, horses; there’s numerous sites devoted to or include cooking, some focus on one type of cooking or ingredient while others are just cooking in general; books sites to delight a reader beyond words; and so much more.

One common element I have noticed at all the sites I have visited and continue to go back to - friendship.

All the sites seem to enjoy a new visitor making a comment. The visitor feels invited to participate in the conversation. You’re not an outsider just reading words on a screen, but a new neighbor welcomed to the gathering. I hope that's the way everyone feels that stops by here.

Some sites are serious, some are informative, some are entertaining, some are light-hearted, and some are just out and out funny laugh-out loud places to visit.

No matter what mood you’re in, visit a site and be uplifted, given something to smile about, shake your head in wonder, and yes, some times even cry about.

But, you’re not alone doing this. The comments on the site show you there are others out there that feel pretty much like you do (most of the time). Okay, so sometimes there are those that have a completely different take on the matter. But isn’t that the fun part - the interacting, sharing and discussing?

Thanks to everyone who has stop by, whether you’ve commented or not. Thanks to those who have commented, any and all responses are appreciated. Let me know what you think of the blog, of it’s contents and of the posts I make.

I’m looking forward to the coming year and all the adventures it brings. I’m looking forward to reading all the books I have and receiving lots more to read. I’m looking forward to finding new blog sites and making new friends. I’m looking forward to revisiting the sites I’ve found and especially enjoying the new friendships I’ve formed.

Anything you're looking for in 2010? What are your thoughts on the blogging community?


  1. I love the blogging community! I didn't know anything about blogging at all until the summer. I find writers so supportive and helpful and FUN!

    Enjoy the new year!

  2. Isn't it wonderful?

    I keep discovering more blogs! There are so many great ones out there...covering a variety of info (as you mentioned.) It's a friendly world out there in blogdom!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. Mason - I've found more help, richness, education, friendship and more in the blogging community than I ever thought possible. In fact, there is so much out there that it's really hard to tap everything available. There are so many blogs that I think are interesting and would love to follow more closely, but there are only so many hours in a day. I think one of the best choices I've made in the past year has been to get into blogging...

  4. When I started blogging last year, I didn't expect to find community as a result of it. I expected it from social media, but not from blogging. Like Margot, I've found more support, friendship, knowledge and also just plain fun among my blogging friends than I ever would have thought. I'm looking forward to discovering more wonderful blogs, and making more new friends, in 2010.

  5. Mason, this year has brought so much knowledge and community my way, all through the world of blogging. You pointed out exactly what it is about the blogosphere that is so appealing: someone out there feels the way you do, and there is a blog for everything!

    And I'm glad I found yours, or you found mine, or however it happened! It was probably through Elizabeth, actually. ;) Happy New Year!


  6. Jemi, I agree. Writers are so much fun and very helpful.

    Elizabeth, you're so right. Blogdom is a friendly world. I'm constantly amazed at it.

    Margot, six months when someone mentioned blogging I thought they were crazy. Now, it's hard not to blog. There is so much out there to find and enjoy.

    Ingrid, it is a community all on its own. Through blogging I've developed so many new friendships. It's been wonderful.

    Michele, you're right it probably was through Elizabeth we meet (which I'm grateful). That's the thing of it. You find someone, that someone leads you to someone else, and the friendships just blossom. I know I've found some wonderful new friends through your site. Hope the New Year brings you much happiness.

  7. The blogging community is an example of the Law of Attraction at work. People of like minds magically connecting, learning and growing with each other, exchanging beneficial info, laughter, good vibes, whatever is sought becomes manifest - it's amazing. I love it.

    Marvin D Wilson

  8. I think you're spot-on, Mason. The online blogging and blog-visiting community is amazing. It's a good support system.

    Straight From Hel

  9. Marvin, well said. I couldn't agree more.

    Helen, it is a wonderful support system.

  10. 'One common element I have noticed at all the sites I have visited and continue to go back to - friendship,' This is so true. Happy New Year.
    Warmest regards,

  11. Simon, the friendship developed among the bloggers has been amazing. Wishing you a wonderful New Year.

  12. I agree that most of those in the blogging community are friendly. And I love finding great new blogs, too. Like yours.

  13. Carol, thank you. I enjoy your blog as well.

  14. Have a Happy, Happy 2010!!

  15. Hey, Mason, I always forget to ask you who's the kitty from your default picture? :)

  16. J. Kaye, Happy New Year to you as well.

    Dezmond, the kitty is named "Little One" and she is spoiled rotten. She's almost 12 and rules the house.

  17. I have three cats myself, but they are a bit more powerful, they rule the whole street :)) One of them is still a baby :)

  18. Dezmond, cats will do that. They seem to have "super" power over humans, or at least me.


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