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Up for Discussion – Why We Blog

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Yesterday, in a comment, someone said something about why people blog.  I thought it was a great idea to discuss this.  It is different for everyone and, if you are anything like me, those reasons have changed over time.  So I will start, this is why I blog.

I started blogging just over 4 years ago, but I started on another platform, but I did come to WordPress in September 2010.  Originally it started as a way to help me make art.  I was an artist but I was/am a lazy person and I need a push.  My good friend from Uni had started blogging to get her to create art, it seemed like a good idea, so I did the same.

SAMSUNGNot photographed very well, but a lino print I did from I photo I had taken at a cycling race.  I was back into photography then, but not totally committed.  I was trying to find some way to do both.

SAMSUNGI kept drawing.

bitsandpiecesI wanted to keep painting.

It was all getting too much, so in June 2011 I made the decision to stop doing art, as in anything like drawing or painting.  I had to concentrate on one thing, and get as good as I could at that, I chose photography.  It is a decision I have never regretted. I’m totally committed to it now.

20110103-1066I was still photographing cycling, but it wasn’t going to last for much longer.  Once I realised that I could still take photos of anything, I knew that I had to get back to some other things.

sctulips-hpm5613-7I really liked where my work was going and I really liked what was happening on this blog.  In the last twelve months my blog has grown a lot and I have wanted to share it with more people, I like doing the Introductions/Influencing Me posts, it is a great way to showcase other peoples work.  I like that it is becoming more a community sort of thing, and now with the Monochromatic Madness Challenge, it great to share the work of so many others.  It also helps to push me.

I think my blog is still about art, but my life as a photographic artist, and that is great with me. One of the most rewarding things about blogging has been the huge number of friends that I have made.  A virtual world wide group.  That has been so amazing, and now I chat with some on facebook and Google+, virtual friendships.

So why do you blog?  How long have you been blogging for?  Has your reasons for blogging changed since you started?

You can comment and tell us how, but if you have blogged about this already, or want to, then just leave a link in the comments section.

I thought I would share some random photos from the last few years.

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  1. Ingrid D. #

    I have been blogging for almost 5 years now and my aim is to show the beauty of less touristic places in Europe. Can’t imagine my life without travel, photography or blogging…

    March 25, 2014
    • That is great Ingrid, thanks for sharing.

      March 25, 2014
      • Hi! It is my first time on your blog and I’m so happy I read your post. I can relate to everything you said, I just started blogging about a month or so ago and I’m loving it!

        March 27, 2014
      • Welcome to my blog, and you are so new to blogging, it is a great place and the people here are so supportive. Good luck with your blog and thanks for dropping by.

        March 27, 2014
      • Thank you!

        March 27, 2014
  2. You are so talented. :-) Please don’t lose the other arts even while you are focused in photography.

    March 25, 2014
    • I have a problem with doing more than one thing at a time, it is best if I concentrate on one thing. Thank you Imelda.

      March 25, 2014
  3. I blog for keeping inspiration! :)

    March 25, 2014
  4. I simply enjoy sharing the photos I snap. So many views and opinions. It’s all around fun for me. Good post!!

    March 25, 2014
  5. I started a photo-a-day blog on January 1, 2009, with the goal of making it through the year. At the time, I was dissatisfied with my job and needed something else to thing about. I’d liked photography for a long time, but had never done anything particularly serious with it. The idea sort of showed up on its own, but was persistent enough that I was unable to ignore it.

    So, I made it through the 2009…and haven’t stopped yet. My photographic skills have improved a lot since the first year or so, a result of the numbers of photos I have to take to feed a blog. I’ve gained confidence in my abilities, and have had some (minor) critical success with my work.

    The thing I never anticipated was that I would make friends through the blog, but I have. (Some of them I’ve even been able to meet in person.) I surely never had any concept that from that modest start to a blog, I’d become part of a supportive, international group of other writers and photographers.

    I currently have several blogs (I can’t seem to stop!):

    http://melindagreenharvey.com/

    http://thepoetryofphotography.wordpress.com/

    http://miscandsoforth.wordpress.com/

    and a collaborative one – http://dirtgazing.wordpress.com/

    March 25, 2014
    • It is a great thing to do, the blog is great for pushing you to improve.
      The friend thing has been extraordinary and so surprising, I agree. I have met some as well.
      Thank you Melinda.

      March 25, 2014
  6. You are very talented! Love the painting.
    Actually I got somewhere the same reason to why I blog, but also the reason of “Maybe I’ll be turning into a very famous blogger.” – made me make a beauty blog back in the days. Now days I have my photography blog and my personal/beauty/lifestyle blog. It’s good, and I like it.

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Daniëlle.
      Oh yes the famous blogger thing, I must admit, I thought it would be a great way to showcase my work. That’s fantastic, thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  7. Started blogging to find out where I wanted to go career wise – i.e. what made me tick. I have now been blogging for 10 months and love the feedback, other bloggers and the way it pushes myself in a number of ways. MM 🍀:D

    March 25, 2014
    • That is a great reason too, it has been wonderful to hear why people blog. I love the way it pushes you as well. Great, thanks MM

      March 25, 2014
  8. Here is a link to why I started my blog 9 months ago http://differentisntwrongitsjustdifferent.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/a-new-challenge/. I don’t have a large following, but truly appreciate all who do. Like you, the virtual friendships I have made are great!

    March 25, 2014
    • Cool, thanks for the link. It can take time to get a following, but being committed and producing nice posts is a great start.

      March 25, 2014
  9. Leanne,
    I started my blog a couple years ago. I created it as a way to help showcase my professional photography work but as a former journalist, I wanted it to also be a place where I could write about subjects as I once did for magazines. I see so many human interest ‘stories’ everyday both on the local and national levels that go unreported.
    For that reason, rather than just post blurbs about clients, I decided to broaden the content. My subjects range pretty much all over the place but I always attempt to link it back to photography, either through the subject itself or by using my work to illustrate the piece I’m posting. I’m also careful to avoid highly controversial or political topics not because I’m afraid of them but because I don’t think this blog is the appropriate platform for them. I have considered creating a separate blog especially for this purpose but haven’t done it yet.
    I’m sure the ‘blog’ experts will say that this is not the formula for successfully promoting your business but it’s been a great, creative outlet for my writing, as well as a way to present my photography. Thus, the subtitle on my blog: Photo Prose.

    March 25, 2014
    • I do mine for the professional photography as well, it is a great way to showcase your work.
      I always try to keep my blog solely about my photography, and now sharing the work of others too.
      Blogs can be great for promoting your work and I have got quite a few jobs through my blog, so it is good.
      Thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  10. Leanne, I love your drawings! I was of course a birder and so I’m biased, but even given that I think these drawings of geese (I think they’re geese!) are wonderful.

    I’ve been blogging for just about 3 years, and for me its a wonderful opportunity to indulge my creative tendencies – after a working life in science and analysis. And, combining this with the vast creative potential unleashed by digital photography – we can realise our visions! – photography for me has never been so exciting.

    And then, of course, there’s the ability to send new images around the globe, literally at the touch of a button – and to see what like (and unlike) minds think of them.

    Blogging, and digital photography, have definitely improved my photography, they have proved to be a strong stimulus that keeps me both creating images, and forever looking for ways to create images differing from those preceding them. Adrian

    March 25, 2014
    • They are geese, they were wandering in the local park, so took some photos and then thought I would draw the as well.
      It good being about to send images around the world.
      I find the blog pushes me to try harder and try new things, like the macro.
      Thanks Adrian.

      March 25, 2014
  11. I think I started blogging for a number of reasons. And by blogging, I mean posting photo essays. I do not write as much as a should. I think Facebook is a great thing for sharing, but in terms of sharing your work, I think it is distracting. There are too many other things going on and it is not about the work. It is not about YOUR work. within the same page a distraction is clickable. So I blog. This allows a page to be about the work. Yet connects me to other artists. I do not like posting things in a world where a minimal number of people will be interested. On here, it is possible that everyone who sees it has a little interest or appreciation. WordPress is also a great way to set up a portfolio if you figure out how to organize everything. I used it to tell my story of Italian study abroad. It allows me to be inspired by, and hopefully inspire other artists.

    March 25, 2014
    • Writing can be a good thing, but sometimes not necessary, sometimes I think I shouldn’t say so much.
      The problem with Facebook is that it is instant, but after 12 or 24 hours it is lost, pretty much.
      That is true about the interest thing, I find the same.
      Thank you so much for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • I think writing can be very helpful, but sometimes maybe it is too restricting. I would write about my intentions and thoughts on my photography but that may mask any other interpretation for other viewers. I think I agree with the technique of keeping the image and the words separate. I really should participate in conversations like this more often so that I may become more comfortable writing in my blog. I suppose I use the excuse of “the image speaks for itself” so I don’t have to attempt writing. It is slowly getting better, I think. I am writing a thesis on expanding what photography is used for and experimenting with using it in an architectural design process. This is freeing up my vocabulary some and helping me feel more comfortable writing about images.

        March 30, 2014
      • You are always welcome here Kim, I love talking to people. I like writing about my images because I often think of my blog like a visual diary, and it can be good to back and read what I was thinking about when I was doing the image. It can help give me ideas on what I can do in the future. That is great to hear and good luck with it.

        March 30, 2014
  12. I’ve been blogging for a long time. I was on LiveJournal years ago and then when Facebook arrived I stopped blogging. The I was on Blogger and then I decided to give WordPress a try.
    It’s not easy for me to blog because I when I have free time I just want to disappear from the internet. Other times it’s difficult for me to express what I am thinking about in English, since it is not my native tongue.

    Mostly I write about photography but I don’t stick to one theme only. :) I write about what crosses my mind, my experiences, what I like, etc.
    :)

    March 25, 2014
    • I started on blogger, though on facebook before that.
      I live on the internet, well that is how it feels at times. That would make it hard when English isn’t your first language.
      Thank you for sharing Raquel. :)

      March 25, 2014
  13. Al #

    This year marks my tenth year in blogging. Although I started elsewhere and moved around. I did blog to keep a diary. Now, I blog to talk to people. If I didn’t blog, I wouldn’t have friends to keep in touch with. It gives me a life

    March 25, 2014
    • The talking to people is great, I like that too, though I am finding the conversation has to happen more here now, though I do talk to people on facebook and G+.
      Thanks Al. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • Al #

        I very rarely talk on Facebook, and I have only just gone back to Google Plus and have no intentions of using the hangouts. That caused me many problems.

        March 25, 2014
      • I only talk to people I know really, or sort of know, or who I have got to know through the blog, it is nice chatting. I haven’t used hangouts much, I’m still finding my way around G+

        March 25, 2014
      • Al #

        Mind you, I have been asked to do something on my blog which would have a lot more people talking to me, but would also mean giving information about me out there.

        March 25, 2014
      • Wow what have they asked you to do? I don’t mind information about me out there, but I wouldn’t tell people where I live.

        March 25, 2014
      • Al #

        She wants me to do a competition to try and find myself a date lol

        March 25, 2014
      • That’s different, you would have to put lots of information there about yourself, I can understand your hesitation.

        March 25, 2014
      • Al #

        Yeah, I don’t like giving out information about me. Some people won;t even know if I am male or female lol

        March 25, 2014
      • I know people like that, I know one blogger, who I like to think we are friends, but she won’t even tell me her name. Which is weird. I do respect people’s right to keep themselves private, but I have learned the names of lots of bloggers and I don’t use their name here unless they think it is okay.
        It is a tough one, I give out generic information, but nothing too personal, like people know my daughter was sick, but not why. That isn’t for public information.

        March 26, 2014
      • Al #

        I know a few, Ones that even have what seems to be a proper name on here isn’t. I will use her real name in emails, but her other name on here. Ones without their name I won’t use either.

        I did say to someone the other day that I will be doing something soon using my real name which did take her by surprise,.

        March 26, 2014
      • I know some as well, all very hush hush. I have to use my name, because I am also a photography business, but I never give out where I live, well beyond the general area.
        There is something I have learned, that isn’t your real name. Do you think you will share it? I don’t think it is that scary.

        March 26, 2014
      • Al #

        I didn’t say it wasn’t my real name. I can be very good at misdirection. In making people think what I want them to think. When I first started blogging 10 years ago, I would only use the name Alley Katt and then on to Mondrak. But in the last two years, I have used my full real name, then a shortened first with last name and now just the shortened first name. I have thought of dropping that as well. But I will keep it as is for now :-)

        March 26, 2014
      • Now I have no idea, haha. So you are always changing identities, now that is really interesting too, I find that fascinating.

        March 26, 2014
  14. I blog mainly to give me that push to share my photography and writing. Blogging has given me more confidence and helped me focus on improving.

    March 25, 2014
    • I am similar too Lori. Oh yes, the confidence is great.
      Thanks Lori.

      March 25, 2014
  15. I am so glad you started blogging, it’s always a pleasure to read your posts, very educational also. Keep it up!! Cheers!

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Jessica, that is lovely to hear, I appreciate this.

      March 25, 2014
  16. I have a few thoughts Leanne. Firstly do you still draw at all? Because your drawings of the birds are amazing. Secondly I LOVE that lino print, and what a great idea to complement your photos. I wonder if you could get that effect digitally.

    I started blogging because I did a travel writer’s course and even though I didn’t want to become a travel writer I wanted to share our travel stories and photos. Like you, I’ve made some fantastic friends and have met several on our trips. Blogging has taken over my life.

    March 25, 2014
    • No, I don’t draw much anymore, I find photography takes up much of my time these days. I love the linos too. I don’t know Carol.

      It has been really interesting to hear why people blog, and your reasons are great too, fascinating, thanks Carol.

      March 25, 2014
  17. Your other artwork is just amazing – you are so talented Leanne. I think, like many, I see my blog as a creative outlet for ….well…not a lot really but whimsical thoughts, flights of fancy, photos and arts & craft. The thing is, none of that would probably ever see the light of day otherwise. What I love about blogging is the worlds it has opened up for me and the people I have engaged with along the way. Patsy

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you.
      The creative outlet is good. Oh yes, the light of day, so true.
      Thank you Patsy. :)

      March 25, 2014
  18. Why do I blog? I have been journaling to myself for thirty years, or thereabouts, trying to get a handle on memories since I have such a pathetic memory; I also find writing, regardless of it just myself as the audience a pleasant way to spend the time. When i discovered Facebook, I was all over that. Writing and Creating Friendships, but Facebook has banned me on many occasions from reaching out to those interesting people that I don’t necessarily know, even though Facebook often suggests them. I’d been encouraged to try blogging. I tried a year ago, but it never really got off the ground. Kind of like the Wright Brothers plane. The first of the year is a great time for me to jump start things, so I did the thirty day challenge and learned all about creating a nice looking blog. Even after the blog challenge was over, I managed to keep going, but then I got a short-term teaching job that inhaled all of my time. Re-starting is something i struggle with, but I believe with your post, this breathe might be enough to re-kindle the flame. We’ll see.

    March 25, 2014
    • Facebook was great, but I got bored with it rather quickly. Wow, banned from Facebook, I’ve never heard of that, I thought it was just a myth. I started blogging seriously with a 30 day challenge and then didn’t want to stop, in 2012 I participated in the blog a day for a year, and it was great, really helped me to get into the habit.
      Thanks for sharing your experiences Susan.

      March 25, 2014
  19. It is a thoughtful question. I started blogging for a creative outlet, a push while mothering my young boys. I think I started about 3 years ago, I have written for 3 different blogs during that time. Originally writing about outdoor adventures and activities with young kids. Then I expanded my subjects to include recipes, stories and photographs. This second blog focused on mothering in particular. Finally, I just started this new blog about a month ago and feel much more at home. I have learned a lot about what moves me to write, why I write, I am trusting my pen more and more and my eye as well. I blog for me, it is still an incredibly satisfying creative outlet and with this newest blog I am meeting new virtual friends, learning so much from their talents and growing with each new post. Poetry suits me right now and detailed photography is where my heart has always felt the most at home. The journey continues! Thank you for sharing your path Leanne, those drawings of the birds are incredible. Love learning about your many talents!

    March 25, 2014
    • I think many of us have had more than one blog, but my husband always said it is harder if you do more than one, and he was right, well for me, I would give one blog far more attention, in the end I finished the others and just stuck with this one, it has work out well. That is great that you are writing more, and the virtual friends are amazing. There is always someone to talk to no matter what time of day it is.
      Thank you to Carrie, I appreciate you sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • Agreed Leanne, I have only ever wrote for one blog at a time. I can’t imagine trying to keep track of more than one at a time. Each time I moved on it was the right time to do so :)

        March 25, 2014
      • It is so hard doing more than one, sounds like you made good choices there. :)

        March 26, 2014
  20. I started my blog as a way to keep loved ones informed of my journey through breast cancer. After the recovery, I realised I enjoyed the writing and sharing, and feedback so I started sharing all the photos I take as well as my written observations about life. It is a creative release but also inspiration. I love to read other blogs, too, like my parents used to read the newspaper each morning, I read the blogs to which I subscribe. Thank you Leanne.

    March 25, 2014
    • I have heard of other people starting blogs for similar reasons, congratulations on overcoming it, it is wonderful that you found something to continue with on your blog. You are welcome, and thank you.

      March 25, 2014
  21. pausesandclicks #

    I started blogging as a means of sharing my thoughts and photographs with family and friends in an environment that was more personal and over which I had more control than Facebook. It wasn’t long before I realized that making the time to blog and coming up with topics was harder than I thought. In response to that I found a weekly photo challenge to kick start me. When that particular challenge took on a different direction I started participating in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. What I’ve discovered is that although it’s always about the pictures, it has also allowed me to rediscover a long dormant love of writing. Blogging has stretched me and given me a forum and although I love it when a particular post gets a lot of hits I also just enjoy doing it for the small audience I have.

    March 25, 2014
    • It can be hard trying to come up with things to blog about. I have never done the challenges, but blogging certainly has made me go out and take photos, I have photographed so many things that I may not have if it wasn’t for this blog.
      That is great, blogging can be so rewarding. Thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  22. The first time I had a blog was 5 years ago, but it wasn’t serious. Photography wasn’t serious either back then. I just wrote random stuff and I gave up after a few months. Meanwhile I discovered deviantArt.com and I started publishing my photos there and also kept some sort of jounals there.
    Last year, because of the same reason as you I wanted to do something that would keep me more committed, I also wanted to be able add a few words to whatever I would photograph, I think it adds a bit of authenticity and feeling.
    I had to give up submitting my work to deviantart because it would take too much of my time, I was involved there in a lot of groups and if you are not active enough, people don’t really notice you.
    The same goes for wordpress, if you don’t follow other people and leave them feedback you don’t really get any back :) but I also think that having a blog is more mature than an account on a website.

    Sorry for the long comment, I just can’t stop sometimes! Have a lovely day :)

    March 25, 2014
    • I have not been on DeviantArt, I wonder if I should check it out sometime.
      That is true about WordPress, can make it hard at times. You have to spend a lot of time, I am finding the visiting and commenting is getting harder.
      No problem at all Klaudia, thanks for sharing your experiences.

      March 25, 2014
  23. With apologies to Descartes, I blog, therefore I am. I enjoy blogging because it forces you to think about something worth sharing with strangers, it sharpens my skills in both photography and written communication, and I enjoy the feedback I get from fellow bloggers all over the world. Nice discussion topic!

    March 25, 2014
    • That is a great point, that is always my concern, that I am boring people. The feedback can be wonderful, you can get so much great advice when you need it.

      March 25, 2014
  24. Hello leanne, I’m new here. I blogged because I want to enjoy life and discover what is it like to be a blogger. It turned out that I have traveled the world virtually! ha ha ha! I enjoyed your photos and so with some photographers! Thank you and more power!

    March 25, 2014
    • Welcome, it is wonderful being a blogger, I really like it. Oh yes, travelling the world virtually is wonderful. I have seen places that I might never have known about.
      Thank you so much, and yes more power, keep blogging. :)

      March 25, 2014
  25. I used to write diary a lot, almost everyday. A few years ago I started blogging. At first, I wanted to keep a continuing diary for my daughters. I intended to write about their progresses & daily funny stories which they might love to read when they grow up. Up to now, there have been hundreds of story about them :) my greatest work ever.

    But then I thought, I might save some spaces for me to reflect myself. Who I am, what I do, how I feel…well, this is a great Adventure, I shouldn’t miss it.

    March 25, 2014
    • What a wonderful reason for blogging, I am sure they will love reading that when they grow up. Thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  26. I do admire the way you have focussed – haha – on one aspect, and run with it.
    I started my blog to do some rants about local matters, but then it bacame a place to do all sorts of things like running a sort of journal, wordplay in rhyme or not, putting out some of my music, and finally there has been a lot of showcasing some of my writing. I still chop and change all over the place, though!

    March 25, 2014
    • It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I am glad I did that.
      That has to be something that you decide I guess, I just wanted mine to keep me taking photos, and it has.
      Thanks Colonialist for sharing why.

      March 25, 2014
  27. wonderful thoughts on progression and artistic growth. I love your art and now where your photography is going artistically. Blogging is such an expression of creativity. My blogging has been a bit eclectic!! I have a travel blog and a journal and photography blog but lately my photography led me back to an old love- story telling! So now I combine the two. Images inspire stories in me and vice-versa. and I have met many new people on the way who inspire me as well. “When the student is ready the teachers appear!!”

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you, it is that, a great expression. There are so many writers on here, it is wonderful and it is even better when we inspire one another. Thank you Cybel.

      March 25, 2014
  28. leecleland #

    Leanne I love your drawings and paintings you are very talented. Lucky us that you chose photography to concentrate on and started this fab. blog.
    Blogging for me is a way to look at my own shots with a critical eye and only post what I think are the best. It has made me learn new techniques and refined my style which I would have taken much longer to do otherwise. I started it mainly for myself and a few friends and have been amazed at the family of bloggers out there who are so supportive. It is fun to do and keeps me learning and growing both as a person and with my art.

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you so much Lee.
      That is a great reason for posting images, I have had to do the same. The familiy of bloggers is really amazing. How come your blog doesn’t come up when you comment?
      That is fantastic, keep at it Lee. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • leecleland #

        Not sure why my blog doesn’t come up when I comment. I thought they did automatically. Need to consult the experts – my kids :)

        March 25, 2014
      • Can you give me the link?

        March 25, 2014
      • leecleland #

        Sorry, I haven’t worked that one out yet either :(

        March 25, 2014
      • If you go to where the address is at the top of your blog, double click or triple click to high light it, then press control C, to copy, then come back here and press control V, I will get the link. Or just tell me the name I will see if I can find it.

        March 25, 2014
      • leecleland #

        http://beyondpurgatory.wordpress.com/

        hey, it worked thank you Leanne

        March 25, 2014
      • So it did, you’re welcome Lee, and thanks for sending it to me.

        March 25, 2014
  29. I blog because I can’t get people to listen to me or look at my stuff . . . this way, I can be ignored by a much larger audience, but it’s not personal, and I’m fine with that.

    Seriously, I blog for myself, fulfilling whatever creative urges push me to write and photograph stuff . . . if anyone reads or looks at my stuff, that’s just a bonus; the joy is in the creating.

    March 25, 2014
    • LOL, I don’t know what else to say, I read this on the way to the hospital this morning and couldn’t stop thinking about it, haha.
      That’s great disperser, thank you so much for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  30. Leanne, your blog pictures are always interesting and intriguing. I’m glad you chose photography!
    I started blogging in September, 2010 and found it a great way to have an audience for my writing. I now have three active blogs and find that I can’t keep from blurting out words and pictures into cyberspace. It’s clearly an addiction – but one that I think is fun and occasionally I say something worth the reader’s thoughts!

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Sheila, I am too.
      Writing is very popular among bloggers, I think it is fantastic. Oh yes an addiction that is for sure. I love blogging, thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  31. Bee #

    I honestly started my blog because of my husband. You know, horse folk constantly babble about their horses, how the training was, how much the transitions to canter improved, how the mane really needs cutting tomorrow, how the grooms are feeding too much oats…you get the idea. I think it was on a Sunday morning at breakfast when my husband said, “why don’t you write a blog about it, I bet there are others out there who are very much interested in this” :)
    I started my blog only two months ago and I already love doing it. It adds more awareness to my hours at the stable, I’m always on the look out for what could be interesting to write about.
    And thanks to my blog I found so many other interesting blogs, people have super cool ideas.

    March 25, 2014
    • That is fantastic Bee, love how it started. It is very addictive and then you start making friends all over the world, how could it be any better.
      Thanks Bee, wish you all the best in your blogging world.

      March 25, 2014
  32. So interesting to find out more about your blogging background

    March 25, 2014
  33. A stimulating idea Leanne. Thank you. I too have a number of artistic outlets which are featured in my blog posts. But I came to blogging not initially for the drawing or photography, but, in retirement, because I had succumbed to pressure from my adult children to join Facebook. What should I do then? Well, write about my day. So I did. Friends and relatives said this was too good for FB and I should write a blog. But I needed a friend to point me to WordPress. That was almost two years ago, and I haven’t missed a day. It was after another friend said i should add photographs that the illustrative aspect really took off. The blog itself, called Ramblings, has become a daily record, usually of a walk, but also, because of what comes into my mind at will, the story of a septuagenarian’s life. I am now addicted to the writing. My photograph collection goes back to 1942 (my own photos from the early ’60s).

    March 25, 2014
    • Wow, sounds like your friends and family had a great idea for you. Photos on blogs are fantastic and make it so much more appealing. Wow, some really old photos, amazing. Thanks Derrick, it has been great hearing how blogs start and why we blog.

      March 25, 2014
  34. I started as I was advised to get a little better known before my first manuscript was published. I got hooked quickly and although I started as a writer I couldn’t help join in the photography challenges with my amateur pics. What I like most is combining writing and photography together. I agree the community is great and I feel I’ve made friends within that community also.

    March 25, 2014
    • Being addicted to blogging is very common I think. That is wonderful that because of it you got into photography more. Thank you so much Irene for sharing your experiences and reasons. :)

      March 25, 2014
  35. This is a fun question. I started blogging when I was about to undergo a knee replacement. I really only did it as an update to family and friends and for those who were interested in what going through a knee replacement was like. I’d had a camera for a couple years but didn’t use it a whole lot.

    Once I had my knee replacement, I was looking for a new hobby because due to some other medical issues I was no longer able to play the piano which was my lifelong hobby. I dragged out my camera and started learning more about it. This was a little over a year ago.

    Since then I’ve been enjoying meeting people through blogging and seeing the world anew through my viewfinder. Blogging has lifted my spirits and helped me learn and grow a lot as a photographer. I’m so thankful for all of you! Thank you, Leanne, for posing this question!

    March 25, 2014
    • That is fantastic Laura, shame about the piano, I need to talk to you more about that in the future.
      I love the people I have met, both in person and virtually, it has been really good. You are welcome Laura, I have loved hearing why from so many people. :)

      March 25, 2014
  36. i enjoy blogging as well, it’s been almost 2 years for me, and began because i like to write and to put things together in new ways and present them and to tell stories. what i have found is a place to express myself in exactly the way i most enjoy with a supportive response for all kinds of people all over the world. i love the connections and comments and people stopping by with a like. i’m happy i found your site as i think you have great talent for photography and i love hearing about you life and your process as well. here’s to many more years. best, beth

    March 25, 2014
    • That is great to hear Beth, wonderful really, Thank you so much, yes, here’s hoping to many more years.

      March 25, 2014
  37. For me it’s an alternative to being on Facebook. It allows me to share a bit of what I’m doing with some of my extended family and friends. I am also trying to raise awareness of my photography portfolio in general and hopefully make some sales, all proceeds of which are being donated to a charity.

    March 25, 2014
    • Hopefully a better alternative to Facebook. Photography awareness can be great, I’ve got jobs because of my blog. Thank you so much Steve.

      March 25, 2014
  38. Blogo ergo sum. Nice post Leanne

    March 25, 2014
  39. I started my blog about a year ago to write about my life with my animals and to showcase thousands of FUN photographs I will never be able to sell. It has become addicting.

    March 25, 2014
    • It is very addictive, that is great to hear Jo, sounds like you enjoy blogging and have fun with it. Thanks for sharing. :)

      March 25, 2014
  40. Leanne I started blogging a year ago and I have used your blog as my main template for understanding how to communicate my interests with people. You have a naturalness I like and I’ve commented before on my amazement on how you manage to offer words each day. Thankyou. Mark

    March 25, 2014
    • What a lovely thing to say Mark, thank you. I offer words because I can’t stop, LOL, I am really touched, thank you.

      March 25, 2014
  41. Blogging is a creative release for me. It gives me a chance to showcase my photography, prose and poetry to people all over the world. I think that’s neat!

    March 25, 2014
    • I think it is too, thank you Cate for telling us why you blog.

      March 25, 2014
  42. I blogged every day last year and this year without that 365 day commitment, I can’t get discouraged that my readership has dropped off. I have to remember not to get caught up in my “likes” or “follows”, but to remember why I blog. For me!

    March 25, 2014
    • Oh yes, people come to expect things, and you do have to remember why you blog, thanks for your thoughts.

      March 25, 2014
  43. I went back to photo last fall and I soon realised that the only person seeing g my photos was me and then I do not remember where I read photos are not meant to stay only on a computer so I decide to start a blog. I do not really care about the audience I have honestly, I am OK with the fact that they can be seen by an audience (small or large I do not care) instead of being only on my computer.

    In my case my blog force me to take photos to add something to my blog. It forces me to have new ideas to shoot. Although I think I still have a lot to learn, my blog gives me a way to exchange and see other photographers work and this will make me a better photographer. It also gives me some ideas on how to shoot, what to shoot.

    So blogging does help me being a better photographer.

    March 25, 2014
    • Showing photos on a blog is a great way to showcase them. Forcing you to take photos is something I really like to, it makes me find new places or try new things. We always have lots to learn, that is good I think. That is wonderful to hear, thank you for sharing Nelson.

      March 25, 2014
  44. I’ve started numerous blogs over the years but it took me a long time to realise that I was always writing for other people instead of for myself. My true love belongs to the world of writing (photography is also coming in at a fast second!) but my passions were also closely entwined with fear and a keen lack of self confidence and belief. So my blog right now is helping me turn those stop signs into speed bumps :) Thank you leanne as always for your beautiful photos and art!

    March 25, 2014
    • There are so many writers on here and it must be great to help support one another. The lack of self-confidence, I have that too, and sometimes I post something and think I will get canned for it, but it is rather a lovely environment here. Thank you too. :)

      March 25, 2014
  45. Why do I blog? My reasons are multiple, and so are the topics I treat. The initial reason for starting thetompostpile, two years and 444 posts ago, was to preserve for my children and grandchildren and others, in writing and photographs, some of what I know about where I live, its history and natural history, its geography, and its people, from my perspective of having lived in one place (West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard), for over sixty years.
    The blog is also a way to learn to write. It’s a place to share my photographs, my travel and my other artwork. It’s a place to share what I know, and what I am learning. The links to others that have come through the blog are inspirational and educational. I especially value thoughtful comments from readers.

    March 25, 2014
    • Treating your blog like a living diary is a great idea, some other people have said they do similar, you do learn a lot with blogging.
      That is wonderful. Comments are great, I’m finding it harder and harder to do as I am getting so many on my own blog, but I do love to look and see what other people are up to.
      Thanks for sharing.

      March 25, 2014
  46. I have been blogging for a year now and the reason why i did it was to talk about books. Then as i kept blogging and meeting new people I realized that I blog for fun and to share my own things. I still blog about books but also about my own photos, poems, music and so on. I love blogging and blogging to me is a way to share my love of things to the world.

    Thanks for this :D

    March 25, 2014
    • It seems to be a common idea blogging for fun and blogging for yourself. That is great, thank you for sharing your reasons. :)

      March 25, 2014
  47. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Your art just blows me away! Wow! You are GOOD! :)

    March 25, 2014
  48. sandlera #

    I started my photo blog almost 2 years ago, I was hoping to receive interaction and help. As a new photo hobbist, I was proud of some images and was looking for critiquing on others. Now I do it just for fun. Last year, we took a 3-month RV trip across the U.S. and I did my blog daily. It was a great travelogue and is still there. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m loving the process.

    March 25, 2014
    • It is great to do it for fun, sorry I haven’t been helping much, life seems to have got very busy, and it isn’t always easy. Thanks Anne.

      March 25, 2014
  49. I have no talent when it comes to visual arts, (see: every shitty photo on my blog) but I’ve kept a diary from a young age and am a somewhat reflexive writer. I started a blog at the time I got a book deal, and kept it when I moved abroad as a way of sharing my experiences with friends and family. I was telling the stories I’d normally tell over the course of a coupla beers at a local dive.
    I met marvelous people through blogging. I had great vacations thanks to friends I met through blogging, who generously allowed me into their homes. I have the joy of having a written and visual account of the last three years of my life, minus the bits I don’t want my mom to know about, of course, but that’s why the good lord in his infinite wisdom created Moleskin journals.

    March 25, 2014
    • The stories over beers sounds great. So should I be drinking a beer when reading the blog? LOL.
      I have met some incredible people as well. I love Moleskin journals. What a great reason, thank you so much for sharing.

      March 25, 2014
  50. I blog to share insights about wholeness, goodness, and compassion. The three may not at all be separate things. :)

    March 25, 2014
  51. I started blogging almost two years ago, and it started as a place to self-publish my poetry and gain feedback. It was and still is a hobby, but it’s also turned into a place for me to read other writers’ work, and I blog random thoughts and ideas I have. I enjoy feeling like people understand the thoughts I have and seem to appreciate what I have to say. Blogging is a sense of community for me.

    March 25, 2014
    • That sounds fantastic Rebecca, it seems you have found that compassionate side to it all, if that is the right way of saying it. I love the blogging community. Thank you.

      March 25, 2014
  52. I love your drawings. You are truly an artist. Great conversation here with this topic. I took up photography seriously in my early 50’s – kids grown and on their own – I had always liked photography – just never had time to pay serious attention to it. I started the blog as a sort of “practice” to having a website but it has really turned out to be a lot of fun sharing and meeting others around the world.

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Nora, it is a great conversation, I love how people respond to these posts. I can see them as a great way of learning new things as well. Blogging is a great way to show your images, but also to push you to get better. Thanks for sharing your reasons Nora.

      March 25, 2014
  53. Jen #

    Interesting. I actually first began blogging ten years ago, as a sort of sideshoot for my current events & political writing. Unsurprisingly that burned me out after about five or six years—it’s very important to be right on top of things as they happen, any time of day or night, with insightful analysis others can recognize as very clearly yours. I loved it but could not take it, and when my health collapsed for the second time…the end!

    I’ve had other, smaller blogs since, but sort of fell into my present blog (Victory Rolls & V8s) to share and explain my work, the things I love, and hear from others. It’s still growing, and probably will always be changing. That’s just part of the game for this sort of blog! It’s good for promotion, too, plus it helps people get to know me. One thing I have noticed, though, is that in creating a new voice for that particular blog that “new voice” has begun to carry over in my product descriptions! It is kind of funny, but probably a good thing—continuity, after all. ;)

    March 25, 2014
    • I can see how that would have been hard to keep up with Jen.
      I am so glad you are still blogging and didn’t give it up. The promotion can be great. Thank you Jen for sharing how you came to blogging and your experiences.

      March 25, 2014
  54. I Started blogging in April last year…mainly because I love my little part of the world and since my family already know it then I wanted to share it..share my landscapes,my pets the wildlife that visits and to see how other people see their world and lives..best thing I ever did as it has made me realise I need to invest more time in my camera as the things I see deserve better than what I can currently capture :) Bev

    March 25, 2014
    • Brilliant Bev, love your reasons, I am still planning on coming up there so I can get a real tour. Thanks for sharing your reasons. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • So welcome and yes eventually I hope to have time to see my own town!!! so busy hahahaha :)

        March 25, 2014
      • That is great that you are busy, isn’t it, haha. Did you get the apple pie done? :)

        March 26, 2014
      • I don’t know it’s all blegh stuff keeping me busy hahahah :) yes the whole event went well back to back first on pie and cake ;)

        March 26, 2014
      • Oh, I know only too well that one, I’ve been having the same trouble lately. Congratulations :) you are the pie queen, I hope you make one when I come up. ;)

        March 26, 2014
  55. I have been blogging for about a year. I do it to improve my typing (horrible typist) and to keep current with the times. Pretty much anybody will tell you you need to have a blog to get yourself out into the world. It is a means of communication and documentation. I don’t consider myself a very good blogger but I try.

    March 25, 2014
    • That is the first time I’ve heard someone say to improve their typing, I guess it really does though. It is a great way of showing you to the world, I will usually send a link to my blog when I am communicating with people. We all try and I think we all feel the same way. Thank you for sharing your reasons.

      March 25, 2014
  56. Great question!

    I had a blog on Blogspot since 2006 and never, ever used it until November 2013 to talk about what a terrific time I had on the Capital Jazz Super Cruise VII. From there I decided I would blog on regular basis to showcase my photography through music, and music via my photography. I create music mixes and love shooting photos at live shows! I still have a ways to go, as I have so much to share, while still working, and just living life.

    Leanne you have actually inspired me to post some of my non music related photos. I love shooting statues and such, and from viewing your Urban Exploration photos made me gather a few photos I shot during 2011 for a 365 a day photo challenge.

    Thank you for the motivation!

    March 25, 2014
    • That is fantastic to hear and you are very welcome, I do love inspiring other people. Thank you also for sharing why you blog.

      March 25, 2014
  57. Nice! Everything evolves. I started blogging to have some other outlet for my photography. To go a little more in depth of what was behind taking the photos. However, that changed and eventually I decided to write a blog series that focuses on LGBTQ families. I’ve only been at this for a little less than a year, but it’s interesting to see how much my direction is changing in such a short amount of time.

    March 25, 2014
    • It certainly does. I think directions changing is all part of blogging, I know mine did. Thanks for sharing your reasons.

      March 25, 2014
  58. Honestly? Just to stay in movement. The mind needs work.

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you, I think.

      March 25, 2014
      • mmm, re-reading my comment it sounds a bit selfish and that wasn’t my intention :S. Well, for what it worth I make a difference between read a blog or publish in a blog, to the first case I read to find beauty, for example I think I love your paints so much, I loved to get those tones and atmospheres; but to publish it is actually just an impulse, I didn’t say no one of my friends or family about my blog, even it is written in a different language, it’s just that I need to publish to make that my mind is working, if someone read me that’s cool and I hope that anonymous viewer find something worthy, and if no one see that’s cool too because my goal was to think at least something new everyday.

        March 26, 2014
      • No not at all, I think I was a bit tired when I responded, I just re-read it and it made a lot more sense. That sounds like a great reason for blogging, and really interesting. I had a friend and when she started blogging she wouldn’t tell anyone what the blog was. I think you have to be comfortable with what you are blogging and why you are. Thanks for giving more information.

        March 26, 2014
  59. I just love your art Leanne! It’s fantastic. You should stick to painting and drawing as well hon. Your action shots are amazing and so are the landscape and architecture. You have a great eye for it. I blog because I love to share and show what’s going on in my corner of the world. Unfortunately I am not a good writer and it’s much easier typing a tutorial than talking about something. LOL! Also, it’s fun to go on my daily ‘virtual escapes’ and see the world where others live and what they do. Great post! :D ♥ HUGS ♥

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Sonel. I would like to stick with them, but I am not good at sharing myself around, if that makes any sense.
      Sharing is a great thing to do and blogging is very good for doing that. It is all practice Sonel, we love you and your blog regardless, you are a great supportive person to so many. I like the daily virtual escapes as well. Thank you for your thoughts here. :)

      March 25, 2014
  60. I’ve not thought about it that much. In the beginning it was a means to keep in touch with a defined group of people (did not work all that well). Then I started to understand how many talented people there are with photo blogs. It’s so much to learn and be inspired from other peoples work. That’s probably the primary reason to keep on blogging right now. Apart from that I really enjoy getting exposure for some of the stuff I do.

    March 25, 2014
    • The blogging has lots of us creative talented people, ;) I find the same thing, I just love looking at peoples photos, I get so much inspiration from that. The exposure is good too, thanks for sharing Freddy.

      March 25, 2014
  61. I started blogging in October 2012 for selfish reasons. I wanted to practice writing, so sick and tired of getting my articles rejected from publication after publication. A few months later, I realised I learnt so much from people commenting on my blog and commenting on others, and that’s when I decided to blog to share what I believe in – we’re all human, we all deserve to be respected for who we are – and to inspire others to accept who their culture and who they are.

    You have a great blog and thank you for self-lessly sharing your images with us. There’s so much meaning in your photos and in a way your work has made me realise photos do tell a story…so I’m inspired to put up better photos with my blog posts to say what I have to say. One day you’ll be famous, I know it! Hope you’re having a good week so far :)

    March 25, 2014
    • I don’t think that is a selfish reason at all, makes a lot of sense to me. There are so many wonderful people here on WP and they are so willing to help which is great.

      Thank you Mabel, I have spent a lot of time and effort on my blog trying to make it the best I can. That is great to hear, I think photos can tell stories too. I don’t know about that, but it would be really nice, haha. Thanks again. :)

      March 25, 2014
      • I’m always championing for you in your corner, Leanne. Who knows where your blog and One-on-One classes will take you :)

        March 25, 2014
      • Thank you Mabel, that is always good to know. Yeah, who knows, it is an interesting journey.

        March 26, 2014
  62. I got into blogging to sell my novels. Ruthless, eh? ;)
    Every piece of advice to self-published authors about getting yourself known stresses that you have to be on social media. Tweet on Twitter! Post on facebook! Show videos on youtube! Start a blog! So I did.
    And after a few months of complete disinterest (by me and by the world) in my tweets and my facebook updates, I got out of Twitter and facebook. The trailers for my books were getting a few views on youtube, though, so I’ve kept that going.
    What I did discover is that I like blogging: my occasional posts about self-publishing and writing in general gathered a few followers and some interesting comments, and I came across many people experiencing the same things I was. This is my writing blog: http://elizabethkrallwriter.wordpress.com
    Then I discovered photo challenges, and entered a couple, but those posts didn’t sit well in a writing blog so I decided to start a separate photo blog, which would have limited emphasis on my novels. I’ve learned so much about photography since then (mostly, I’ve learned how little I know!) and been exposed to some astonishingly skilled and inspired photographers, and met people from all over the world who share that interest.
    Can I tie even a single novel sale to blogging? No. I have no idea if it’s affected sales. But I do enjoy it!
    (Enough about me, as they say! I’ve enjoyed reading some of the other responses to this question — seeing how we are similar, and how different. Thanks, Leanne, for giving us all a forum to share our reasons.)

    March 25, 2014
    • I have been given similar advice, I have twitter, but I don’t really use it. I use Facebook, but not as much anymore. I do more on G+ at the moment, it is nice for photographers.
      It is great that you found you liked blogging, that is fantastic.
      I haven’t done the photo challenges, haha, I have never liked being told what to photograph. There are some great photographers here on WP and it never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to share their knowledge.
      You are welcome Elizabeth, I think this is something my blog is good for. Thank you.

      March 25, 2014
  63. Wonderful post Leanne. You pose a thought provoking question that has often been on my mind. I think for me it is multi-fold. It is a creative release, it sharing my gift with the world in hopes to make people smile. It is out of hope of recognition for work and for gratification when someone leaves a generous compliment. All of these things combined inspire me to continue posting on my own blog. As for whey I visit other blogs, such as yours, it is purely for inspiration and pleasure. Getting to see the world through others’ eyes and gaining insight on workflow, technique, etc. Your blog has certainly served as an inspiration and I am so glad that you have continued it and expanded it. Enjoy the day! Blessings, Robyn

    March 25, 2014
    • You have made some great points Robyn, I love your reasons for why you blog and I look at other peoples blogs for the same reason. Thank you so much Robyn.

      March 26, 2014
  64. I wrote a little something on this very subject for a local social media company http://socialheroes.co.uk/nice-meet-meet-nice/

    March 25, 2014
  65. For me, blogging is a way to connect with other artists and to get a measure of feedback for my images – I’m always surprised when I post an image that I feel is marginal and it runs out to get a lot of “likes” and positive comments on it. Blogging keeps me active and shooting and provides a venue for my photographic efforts.

    March 25, 2014
    • I know what you mean there Robert, I often do an image that I think is great, and it doesn’t get well received, or ones that I think are blah, get lots, you just never can tell. I love the connection too, it is great to see what others are doing as well. It certainly keeps me shooting, I really enjoy that aspect of it. Thanks for sharing Robert.

      March 26, 2014
  66. Leanne,
    I started blogging almost a year ago. Read a book about doing something every day and changing your life, the 365 Project. I’m an artist and photographer as well, but focus on art and upcycling found objects. I did this because I have spent most of my life not doing for myself. I knew if I put it out there for others to see I would do it every day. I was always good at doing for others. April 13th will be one year. I have grown in ways I never imagined. (And now I’m doing it for me)
    Love your work.
    Jackie

    March 25, 2014
    • That is great Jackie, what a great reason for blogging, it is amazing how blogging can make you grow. Well done, and I am sure you will keep it going now. Thank you.

      March 26, 2014
  67. Good topic Leanne…. I will have to think about this one!! Maybe I will write a blog post about it too and share it…. start a theme ‘thing’ lol

    March 25, 2014
    • Thank you Dawn, it is an interesting one, I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments by everyone. Send a link if you do Dawn.

      March 26, 2014
  68. You are getting people to reach back into their history if not their souls, Leanne!

    My blogging “career” started with providing computer tips and answering questions. I was teaching older folks to use and enjoy their computers and it grow from there. Always tried to explore the details, find out what is available and how things work. So the number of my blogs grew. Had to try out how Live worked (long gone now), then WordPress and Blogger, before long I wanted to see how self-hosted sites and hosting services work. Photo-sharing was a big part of that and I had to explore the various services. Still exploring and my latest is this: Just type ludwig.photos into your address bar, no http, no www, no dot-com. Yes, this is the latest in domain names. There is more to investigate and the sun is out, got to grab my camera ….

    March 26, 2014
    • Oh no, I hope that isn’t too painful.

      That is an interesting start Ludwig, I haven’t heard that one before. Thanks for sharing why you blog, very interesting path.

      March 26, 2014
  69. I am somewhat new in the blogging world Leanne. I say somewhat because I’ve been on Google+ since October of 2013 and have experienced how interesting and fun it can be putting your work and thoughts about that work “out there”. For the past six months, I have learned so much from other photographers on G+. And because of my involvement in that venue, my own photography has improved immensely.

    Through my online friendship with Laura Macky, I was persuaded to create my first “official” blog page here on WP. Although I’ve only posted 4 blogs since I started on Mar 19th, I’ve enjoyed reading the comments and interacting with the WP world.

    Being a blogger has been both rewarding and addicting (I sometimes have to twist my own arm to get out from in front of the computer and to go out and take pictures). Photography, nonetheless, is my passion. Yet, I NEED the blog world to help me grow my passion. A fun conundrum to have, yes?

    Thank you for putting this question out there. Cheers!

    March 26, 2014
    • You have come from a different direction to many, how interesting. How wonderful is Laura. Blogging is very addictive, but also very rewarding as well. It has helped me so much.
      Glad you have started blogging, and I hope you keep it up and thanks for sharing why you blog.

      March 26, 2014
  70. From Sao Paulo, and cheers to you! LOVED everything, Leanne! Your painting and drawings are phenomenal! First time that I see them! Congratulations for all your excellent art! Take care! Best to you! :)

    March 26, 2014
    • Thank you Fabio. You take care too, have a great week. :)

      March 26, 2014
  71. I find that blogging is dynamic and fosters a desire to take new and better photos. That pushes me to improve. Nothing compares to blogging to keep me involved in my photography. What is the point to having thousands of photos stored away and never looked at?

    March 26, 2014
    • I have to admit, my blog does the same, I really want to put up good images. That is so true, how disappointing it must have been for people before the internet, who did they show their work too. Thanks for sharing why you blog Robert.

      March 26, 2014
  72. Hi Leanne. You’ve had some really interesting feedback to this question! I started a photo-a-day blog at the start of 2013 as a personal challenge. Like you, my background is in Fine Art painting and drawing, although photography has always had a prominent role in my work. My ongoing health issues have stopped me from continuing with painting and drawing so I chose to use photography as my base for creating art. The 365 challenge was all about giving me a boost in my confidence, a way to prove to myself that I could commit to a project and achieve my goals even on my worst days. I even managed to carry the blog on despite an emergency operation last Easter so I definitely won over my illnesses :-) As the year went by I found that the process of creating a new image to blog every day really helped with my work-flow and it also took me back to some of my photographic routes in abstract work. I really enjoy the weekly photo challenges, it keeps my brain creatively focussed! It’s been great for developing some of my poetry too, particularly linking Haiku to images. I have some fantastic followers who encourage and inspire far more than any other social media network! Discovering other artists, photographers and poets from all around the world has been one of the greatest things to come out of this blog. All artists need a creative community in which to express themselves and be pushed to explore their art further, to evolve. Really enjoy your work Leanne and I have great admiration for the commitment you have to this blog, the effort you put into interacting with others! Thanks for the encouragement and inspiration :-)

    March 26, 2014
    • Hi Sarah, that is fantastic to read your journey here. I think coming from a fine art background is really good for photography, you already have a great sense of composition. I hope your ongoing health issues don’t prevent you from following your creative journey. I did a post a day for 2012 and it does really help you get into the whole thing and it really helps you make it a habit, if that is the right way of putting it. I post nearly everyday, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. You are right about that creative community and this a good one here Sarah, I love it and have made so many friends. Good luck with your blog and thank you for sharing why you blog. :)

      March 26, 2014
      • My creative journey will be to the very end! I don’t know of any other way to be me :-) There will be times when it’s hard to work but after last year I know that I can keep elements going, experimenting and doing simple projects that are more “bitesize”. Now that I’ve improved my work-flow issues I feel in a much better place to plan more involved pieces of photographic art, particularly portraiture. Thanks Leanne :-)

        March 26, 2014
      • I know that feeling, I am not a happy person when I am not creating. That is great to hear Sarah. You are very welcome Sarah, it sounds like we have a lot more in common than I though. :)

        March 26, 2014
      • Like-minded people often find one another, even when they’re on opposite sides of the world ;-)

        March 26, 2014
      • So true, the beauty of the internet and blogging. ;)

        March 26, 2014
  73. Interesting post Leanne – thanks for posing the question. I’m new to blogging – I only started this past summer. My husband had suggested quite a while ago that I create my own website as a way to learn more about web creation. While I was interested in learning how a website was created and maintained, I had no idea what content I could possibly come up with. It wasn’t until I took up photography – again at his suggestion – that I found something with which to populate the site. Now I have a repository for my photos and a forum for my thoughts on what I’m learning. Initially, I wasn’t very confident and actually worried that someone would find my entries, but now, just a few months later, I find myself watching my stats and contemplating how to improve my readership. It’s kind of addicting.

    March 26, 2014
    • Photography is such a great thing to blog about, I never seem to have trouble finding something. It is very addictive, great story there Betty, thank you so much for telling us why you blog.

      March 26, 2014
  74. I started blogging in 2011. Although my intent was to promote my art, blogging was very difficult for me to endure because I really don’t enjoy talking about myself; therefore, I wasn’t likely to promote my work in any reasonable capacity. It’s something that I had to overcome in order to adequately promote myself. In fact, someone commented on my blog saying that I needed to do exactly that. It was completely the opposite of what I expected from a cynical world that seems to not be interested in other’s opinions and experiences.

    I learned that for all those who really could care less, there are at least 5 more who genuinely want to learn more about you in this specific manner. Those who don’t care just don’t show up. It changed my outlook toward blogging completely.

    March 26, 2014
    • It seems to be an important thing, being able to talk about yourself, well in some capacity. It is amazing how many people are actually interested. That is very true, I have found the blogging community to be very supportive and encouraging. That is great, thank you so much for sharing why you blog.

      March 26, 2014
  75. Inspired & encouraged by another blogger – I started blogging almost 2 years ago. I really wasn’t sure where to go with it. SO- I thought I’d just go with the flow. And – I find that that has worked for me as it reflects who I am. SO- I think I’ll stick with going with the flow. :)

    March 26, 2014
    • Sometimes that is the best way to go about it, I find anyway. Thank you RoSy, and thanks for sharing your reasons. :)

      March 26, 2014
  76. Very nice article. I love blogging and write a lot on my ministry blog, but I have not written much on my photography site. Seeing so many other photographer and artist including stories and informations on their blogs, encourages me to do some writing on my upcoming pics in the future.

    March 26, 2014
    • That is great Freddy, it is good that you found inspiration from others that have commented. Thanks for telling us why you blog.

      March 26, 2014
  77. Genuine Poetry #

    You are multi-talented! I love your art and painting too! very nice!

    March 26, 2014
  78. I have been travel blogging for 4 years now because I want to share my trips and experiences. Earlier I was doing freelance writing and now in my 60th year I thought of changing my track. There is acceptance and condescension (it must be keeping you busy) especially from young working women and I get more determined to keep going without bothering about end result. I enjoy your blog and pictures.

    March 26, 2014
    • I think you do have to do that, just do what you want and publish and hope everyone likes it, it isn’t always going to happen that way. I’m learning to be a bit more thick skinned, that helps, but others can still really hurt. What do you mean condescension, keeping me busy?

      March 27, 2014
  79. Ann #

    Great topic! I started a blog so I could post photos of my family for friends and relatives who are scattered around the country. I was completely flabbergasted when a complete stranger “liked” and commented on a post about a pair of socks I knitted. So I started following her blog and that kind of snowballed. I now even follow several blogs which require my gtranslate FireFox addon.

    One thing about blogging that stands out to me is that people around the world make an effort to be friendly, supportive and polite to one another. Is this because WordPress is a peculiar and exclusive enclave of courteous people? Or maybe because ordinary people are just naturally nice to one another and it’s the mass media and our various politicians who are hate- and fear-mongering jerks?

    March 27, 2014
    • That is a great reason for starting a blog Ann, I think lots of people do it for that reason.
      I think what you are saying about the friendliness is part WordPress and part us, I think WP has created this amazing platform which has turned into an amazing community. I think people are nice too, you get the odd one that isn’t, but blacklisting them really works, but on the whole, I have had the same experience. Thanks for sharing Ann.

      March 27, 2014
  80. Interesting post! I really enjoyed it :)

    When I first started out about four years ago (that blog doesn’t exist anymore) it was to document the training of a new horse I had. One year, one of my friends and I each bought a young horse. We decided to start blogs and write about their progress. Sort of so that we could learn from each others misstakes and cheer each other on. when I sold the horse and moved abroad that blog died.

    The blog I have now DiscoveringRanchLife.com started out when my boyfriend (now husband) and I got our first ranch together. It was about how we discovered ranch life, learning by doing. We’re still ranchers, but nowadays we divide our work a little differently. I’m responsible for our 14 horses and on the side I’ve stated my own Equine Photography business. Naturally, my blog also went in that direction. When I got more serious with blogging I switch platform, from blogger to wordpress. I still have the old, very unproffessional posts (I moved them from blogger to wordpress) about our first attempts of ranching (and family life), if you look at the very first posts on my blog. I like to keep it that way. Showing my journey of becoming a better photographer and learning more about life. I like blogs that are honest, showing both failures and success.

    I really like your blog Leanne!

    All the best,

    Maria

    March 27, 2014
    • That is great Maria, thank you.
      Someone else started a blog because of a horse or families interest in horses. Wow 14 horses, that is a lot. I think that is interesting what you said about WordPress there, like it is more serious, I wonder. I think having a direction for blog is a great thing to do. Mine is photography and everything I have to post about has to do with that. As you say I do do the failures and the successes, though mine, I like to think is more about my journey and that has to have both.
      All the best to you too, good luck with your ranch and you blog. Thanks for sharing. :)

      March 27, 2014
  81. I think I’ve been blogging since 2011. Originally I was just using my blog so that my friends who weren’t on deviantArt could see my photos, but my reasoning has changed since then I think. I don’t post as much art as I used to, but I’ve really enjoyed seeing all the other art blogs arounds which inspire me.

    March 27, 2014
    • There are some incredible blogs out there, some people are doing some amazing work. I like why you started your blog, and I think things do change. Thanks for sharing why you blog.

      March 27, 2014
  82. Originally, I started blogging because I like to write. I didn’t really write about anything deep, just more of a journal online. Journaled about my family, homeschooling, chicken stories, and other things I was trying or playing around with. I haven’t written on my family blog in about a year, but I do keep a paper journal and have been writing in there at least once a month.

    I started doing a 365 Photography blog about 2 1/2 years ago and I have really enjoyed it. Mostly for practice and critiques from my photography mentor. It’s been fun to see progression in my photography. The photography blog is kind of a pictorial journal of our lives, but I’m trying to be more creative about it. :)

    March 27, 2014
    • I think many start blogging who like to write, just talk about their families. I started a garden one, but only did it for a few months.
      Sounds like blogging, as far as your photography is concerned, has been very good for you. I think my blog pushes me to try new things, and just get out there and take photos. That is great to hear, good luck with it Em, and thanks for sharing why you blog.

      March 27, 2014
  83. I started blogging about 20 months ago just to practice writing and make the lazy me write when I had the time available. I thought I would write some humoristic “tiny lessons” from my professional world. But very soon I discovered I did not want to write about anything that smelled management (my field) so I wrote a few posts about travels, dogs and everyday stuff. Then I rediscovered poetry. And then I noticed I liked to take photos and work on them. And I wrote a book. So it’s been a fun journey in the blogging world, full of twists and turns. I have yet to decide what my blog is about :) but I doubt it will ever become a narrowly focused one…but yours is truly lovely!!

    March 27, 2014
    • You sound like me, only it was to make the lazy me go out and take photos. Wow, so a real journey for you Tiny, that is amazing. Thank you so much, and also thank you for sharing why you blog, it has been a great post, to hear from so many to hear why.

      March 27, 2014
  84. I started blogging two and a half years ago. An ordinary website felt too static. I wanted to interact with others believing firmly as Alain Briot wrote: ‘you have to be in contact with other artists…in order to foster creativity’. I spent a career as a Doctor which left precious little time to pursue The Arts (although my love of photography that dates back over 45 years never went away). Retirement has unleashed the Artist in me anew. And for me the joy of writing is often as important as the images. To that end I recently started my second blog on WordPress: iSighting – http://isighting.wordpress.com. That is allowing me a forum to give something back to the passion that I have for Photography by sharing opinions, ideas and experience.

    March 27, 2014
    • I know what you mean about the “ordinary” website. You really do need to be in contact with other artists, sometimes I think artists really only get along with other artists. That is fantastic LensScaper, Thank you for sharing why you blog. :)

      March 27, 2014
  85. Tri Wahyu #

    I started my blogging activities as an assignment for my postgraduate study in 2009 (gosh…it has been 5 years). Time sure fly fast. I manage 3 blogs today. There a lot happy, sad, confusion, trolling and admiration experiences through it but those things shaping my writing and photography skill.
    Most important, first words is the hardest part.

    March 27, 2014
    • Yes, it is the hardest part. That is amazing you have blogging that long, I don’t know how you keep up with 3 blogs, I find one hard enough. You do go through a lot and learn a lot. Thanks for sharing why you blog Tri.

      March 28, 2014
  86. Hello Leanne,
    5 reasons. First as a record of how our garden develops over the years. Second as a stimulus to explore topics relating to the natural world or the garden from a quasi scientific viewpoint. Much gardening writing over here seems pretty samey and lightweight, and often ignores any real scientific slant…which as someone with a scientific training I find annoying. Thirdly as a means of occasionally doing some creative photographic work…though I view developing the garden as a really slow burn artistic endeavour…and if its not recorded photographically it will be an even more transient ephemeral thing. Fourthly to share all this with like minded or interested folks around the globe…and a blog seems unsurpassed in this regard.
    Finally when I’m long gone, maybe the legacy thing…perhaps a little of what I’ve uploaded into the ether (unlikely), along with some of the spring bulbs I’ve downloaded into the soil (certainly) will live on, even with complete neglect, to show that I was there!…
    Finally I shall share a link to the work of Sarah Moon a Paris based photographer who I only discovered a week ago. If you don’t know her, I think you’d enjoy her distinctive painterly style. It’s really worth a click in your busy busy routine.
    Thanks for all your hard blogging work again,
    BW
    Julian

    http://www.michaelhoppengallery.com/exhibition,current,2,0,0,0,176,0,0,0,sarah_moon_about_colour.html

    Having real satellite connection issues at the moment so I hope this escapes!

    March 28, 2014
    • Lots of great reasons for writing a blog, it is really interesting. I started a garden blog a few years ago, but didn’t keep it up, I was into my garden for a while, but then my daughter got sick and there wasn’t enough time for it. This blog keeps me going, however, what I was trying to say is that you are right about most garden blogs, they are very samey, so that would make yours quite different. I also like the legacy part. I do wonder what will happen to all our blogs in the futures.
      Thanks for sharing why you blog Julian, this post has been great and the response has been wonderful.
      You did escape, haha.

      March 28, 2014
  87. Leanne I started my blog in September 2013.
    Since having my children and in the job I had at the time there was not a lot of opportunity to follow any of my old passions such as performing in theatre and I barely got to go to my photo club any more. I needed something just for me and that was flexible and not too time consuming. I also hoped that people might be interested to know what living in a city after a natural disaster is like.
    From the outset I decided I owed it to myself and my home town to be truthful and not hide some of the less desirable aspects about recovery. I could just focus on the positive all the time but who does that really serve?
    I have to say I struggle with that decision often. Mainly because the people that follow my blog don’t seem to like or want to know about the less than happy stuff and let’s face it as bloggers some small part of us does desire people’s approval of what we are doing.
    I guess it’s early days though. I am taking photos more often so that’s got to be good for me. I also think writing about the situation Christchurch finds itself in helps me deal with it better and focus on the wider picture rather than solely on the negatives all the time.

    March 29, 2014
    • Wow that is an interesting reason for starting a blog, more so what you want to blog about. I like that you are truthful, though I also understand why you get upset about that side too. It is a hard thing to be truthful, though there are ways of doing it I suppose. I can’t see your blog, so I don’t really know. You should be faithful to you, I think is what I want to say. Good luck with it and thanks for sharing why you blog.

      March 29, 2014
  88. Lovely geese, fabulous drawings and painting.

    March 29, 2014
  89. I’ve been blogging everyday for over 5 years now. The main reason I started was for motivation to keep shooting. I also wanted a way to exhibit virtually. I don’t know about you, but I do not like the printing, matting, framing process, so I no longer wanted to exhibit in galleries. If there’s a message in my work, it is to find beauty in the ordinary and I am always delighted when people say they feel a sense of peace when viewing my work.

    March 29, 2014
    • Printing the images costs so much money, but do you sell any on your blog? I have never sold anything. I blog for the same reason, it really does make you work. Thanks for sharing why you blog Lynn.

      March 29, 2014
  90. Great post, Leanne. I started three years ago, with the intention of keeping a kind of scrapbook while I wrote a thriller – the idea was to post pictures, text, music etc which was a direct influence on what I was writing. Somewhere along the way, just like you, the photography took over. I’m still writing, but the blog’s definitely more photo-orientated. I’m glad you chose photography – I love your work!

    March 30, 2014
    • I like the scrapbook idea, yes, photography can get in the way, haha. I don’t mind, I love seeing who you photograph. I recommended your blog to someone the other day, he wanted to get into street photography and find out about asking permission and stuff and I said to go and visit you. I hope you will submit one of your street images into one of our Monochrome Madness Challenges one week.
      Thanks Richard.

      March 30, 2014
      • Yes, thanks for that – I really liked his shots. And Monochrome Madness is on my radar – just trying to find something suitable – it’s a great idea!

        March 30, 2014
      • That’s great, I hope you find something suitable. It is really pushing me to do more black and white.

        March 30, 2014
  91. I started blogging almost 6 years ago because I was pissed off at the Sheriff, who was subsequently not re-elected. Long story … But I’m still at it all these years later – an uber-local blog that just won Best Blog of Monterey County by the readers of MC Weekly.

    March 30, 2014
    • Wow, congratulations, that is wonderful. I think your reasons for starting a blog is very different to most. I often think of doing one for that reason, but never do. Good on you. That is fantastic, and thanks for sharing why you blog.

      March 30, 2014
      • Yes, usual, it is true, and it has been kept timely and relevant by evolving to serve my readers. I am well on my way to a million visits, and currently have over 1000 subscribers – all people who love Big Sur. I am as shocked as the next person. After 6 years of blogging almost daily, one would think I would run out of ideas. Somehow, they keep coming. LOL. Must be my over-worked guardian angel.

        March 30, 2014
      • That is fantastic, it is wonderful when you find a great supportive network and followers like that. I know what you mean about trying to work out what to say, it always comes, doesn’t it?

        March 30, 2014
  92. Hi Leanne, What a great idea for a post and I have loved reading everyone’s entries.

    I started blogging a few years ago, when after a scary visit to the doctor’s I had a lifestyle change and started doing a lot more exercise. We were having such wonderful times cycling new places and swimming in different outdoor places, little did I know that blogging would become a lifestyle choice for me.

    Professionally, from Twitter, I started getting links to lots of really good websites and great ideas to use at work. Not having the time to implement them straight away, I needed one place to collate and store them all which wasn’t a scrappy notebook to be lost in the bottom of a drawer. I still haven’t had time to implement them but that was another blog identity – or, dare I say, several because I restarted it a few times.

    Realising the huge potential of this form of writing, and loving how it gave me a voice (if only for myself), I realised the importance of having the skills and confidence to communicate in this form so I started using blogs with the kids at school and I needed a central point where we could meet online so that became my third online identity.

    I love the potential of ICT in the classroom (regardless of how my passion is falling on deaf ears where I work) and I started doing a bit of digging around which lead me to looking at MOOCs – moocingmystery.wordpress.com. I thought I’d experience being an online learner before making a judgement about them and I wanted a place to record my notes. So yet another identity was born. And that was the one that lead to my photography blog – sixpixx.wordpress.com.

    I am a bit conscious that I’m a bit of a mental butterfly (there’s so much to do and see in the world, I find it hard to focus), but I hope photography stays with me for a long time as I am so enjoying it. Other than the MOOC and Photography, due to time limitations at the moment, the other blogs have kind of temporarily fallen by the wayside. But, hey, they’ll still be there when I need them again.

    Thank you for making me think about this, I so needed to sort that out in my own head.

    March 30, 2014
    • Thank you for sharing why you blog, you have come from a great back ground there, sounds really interesting. I think blogging is a fantastic forum as well and a great way to meet so many people.
      You are welcome, I have really enjoyed hearing why we all blog, it has been fantastic. Thanks.

      March 30, 2014
  93. I started Jubilee Journey in 2009 in response to requests from friends that I do an online journal so they could keep up with my travels. I didn’t tag, promote or in anyway participate in community that is until all my journal entries were up and I realized I did have something more to say. I planned on leaving the site static but decided to continue with posting on the themes I learned during my two year road trip – freedom, restoration & reconciliation. About this time I started Geophilia Photography as an online gallery but then I found “challenges” so it’s become more of a way to promote my love of geography but also I’ve learned about the community here. I have developed in both blogs a community I love and am proud to be a part of. I love reading about and sharing the lives of so many friends world wide, seeing places I know i’ll never go but can dream about.

    And I’m still hoping to do just a gallery to promote my landscape photography…some day.

    Thanks for asking Leanne!

    March 31, 2014
    • It is wonderful to see how blogs start and then how they evolve, it sounds like yours has done a lot of that. Thank you for sharing why you blog.
      You are welcome, it has been a great topic.

      March 31, 2014
  94. I am so amazed that you were able to give up drawing and painting. This is probably what i need to do too. It is great to hear that someone else had to make the same decision.

    April 1, 2014
    • It sort of became something that in the end I felt I had to do. I knew if I was trying to all, then I would feel guilty because I wouldn’t be doing the other, and really there wasn’t much contest in the end, I love photography more, I think that is what I realised in the end. Good luck with your decision.

      April 1, 2014
  95. I started blogging (on another platform), in 2004. It was more “joural/diary” than anything else. In 2008 I began to think of blogging in terms of something other than just a place to whine and complain, so I switched to another platform, and tried to create a ‘niche’ blog … but, I can’t seem to exclusively focus on one thing without getting bored. In 2010 I moved to WordPress, in 2011 I started the blog I have now.

    My motivation at first was … who knows? It seemed like something to do. Now, however, it’s grown into something that inspires me to write, to share my photos (though I’ve not been doing that much lately), and I’ve become a part of a community — there are blogs like yours, with beautiful photos that inspire me, and there are blogs of various writers of non-fiction, fiction and poetry that I enjoy spending time reading. And, along the way, I’ve made some friends — people who in some ways are better at keeping in touch than some real life friends … I don’t work, but, instead stay home to care for my 90-year old mom, and blogging has become my social life.

    I’m glad you started blogging, and sharing your photos. Your work inspires me to be better at my own photography.

    April 4, 2014
    • Great comment John, love it, love your sense of humour too. Thanks for sharing why you blog.

      April 4, 2014
  96. I start blogging because a friend of mine wanted me to publish a cookery book.
    And I said, I couldn’t afford it and she then said, why don’t you start a blog and a couple of hours later I was up and running, but through the 2 years of blogging – I realized that I’m more than food and recipes. That is why my blog is all over the place, just like I’m as a person. I blog because it keeps my brain going .. now when I’m a pensioner and because I can interact with people all over the world. It’s like they are sitting next to me.

    April 4, 2014
    • Thank you Viveka, it is always interesting to see how people started and why they blog and how it evolved.

      April 5, 2014
      • Yes, I suppose we all have different reasons for being here .. doing what we are doing. *smile

        April 5, 2014
      • That is so true. :)

        April 5, 2014
  97. I’ve been blogging for 18 months and decided to start when I started learning piano. I’ve been a long term drummer and really wanted to start writing music, so thought I would track progress. It got better though because I decided I wanted to include a photo/drawing with every piece of music so that spawned the photography interest, which i’m still very much a novice but enjoy putting up a piece of music with an associated picture to give more effect to the piece.

    The bigger question, is why does anyone blog/facebook/twitter at all? I understand the blogging side, as per most of the posts here – there is normally a creative element to sharing writing, pictures, music that other people can enjoy. I cannot understand what some people get out of facebook though – the type of posts i’m talking about are “i’m having beans on toast”, “I’ve just walked the dog” etc. I think its created a whole new stream of psychology with this constant need to try and gain approval or comments from peers on every little aspect of your life, and a whole social envy when this doesn’t happen. A lot of it is boring pointless drivel, yet still we’re compelled to look.

    There is also this expectation that we have to look at social media to find anything out. Here is a sad tale, a very good friend of mine living in a different country got his wife pregnant and then several months later very unfortunately lost the baby. I rarely go or post on facebook, but the only way I knew about both of these events was via that site. Such joyous and then tragic news but you have to be “plugged in” to know about it…….

    I do love blogging though, but the no views or comments is a little disappointing sometimes haha I see it as a record of what I’ve been creating if anyone is every interested enough to want to find out :)

    April 5, 2014
    • Great reasons for blogging Daniel, it is interesting when you see some things that people post on social media, I heard something on tv today about it, something like they hope someone is listening and they have an audience.
      That seems to be happening a lot, people using those sites to tell people things, and if you miss something it is terrible. I hardly look at those things now, I think that is the next stage, is that people are getting bored with it and are turning away from it.
      I love blogging too, and you meet some wonderful people do. Thanks for your opinions here.

      April 5, 2014
  98. Those tulips are absolute stunners.
    I say (somewhat green-faced), I wish I’d taken those.

    April 6, 2014
  99. Your art and story are stunning. I blog to share meaningful moments when and however I choose. It is satisfying and freeing. Thank you for liking My Maui!

    April 8, 2014
    • You are very welcome, glad you liked the post and sharing why you blog.

      April 8, 2014
  100. Why do I blog? It’s an interesting question. I started blogging in 2006, it was like a diary but a public one. I wrote about events in my life, about music I listened, about movies I watched. And I still do. I didn’t pursue any certain reason, I wanted to keep my memories. And it’s very useful: sometimes I search for old posts to remember when a particular event was, and so on. Unfortunately, some events didn’t result in a blog post because I didn’t have time at that moment, and later I feel there’s no sense in writing about it – the moment has been lost.

    Anyway I got addicted to blogs. It’s only that I write, it’s also what other people write. I get to know many wonderful people, I even met some in real life.

    My primary blog is in Russian, my native language, I can post a link if you like.
    I started a photo blog to share my photos from Tenerife. I was under such strong impression from the island I wanted to tell the world how beautiful Tenerife was. Yet I didn’t finish that project. However, now I also tell show photos from Russia, and St. Petersburg in particular as well as from other countries that I visited: Finland, Greece, Germany… Maybe someone will find it useful.

    I also have a programming blog where I share some thoughts, tips and tricks on programming.

    You have beautiful photos. Especially I like the one from a wedding.

    May 22, 2014
    • Blogging is quite an addictive thing, and you are so right about the friends you make, I have so many new friends around the world because of this blog.
      Thanks for sharing why you blog Alexey, and thank you,

      May 22, 2014

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