Friday, December 4, 2009

Welcome to My World

The most wonderful thing about blogging is in truth having your own little world--your own community of fellow bloggers who share their loves, their lives, and their laughs with you, and give you the opportunity to reciprocate. One of the things that worried me most about retiring was the loss of the camaraderie that I was accustomed to in the work place. I've held many positions over the forty-some years of my career, but all of them involved interaction with lots of people. Whether it was across the desk in a classroom, in surrounding cubicles in an office, or the customers I met during in home appointments, it has been my good fortune to deal with some wonderful people.

I worried that when I retired and withdrew from the workplace, I might find it lonely. Yes I know I have my husband and our relationship is strong and a joy, but I still feared I would miss interacting with others. Then I started blogging in June of this year. I wasn't sure how it worked, but I'd always wanted to write, and it seemed a good way to practice; I could critique, edit, and enjoy what I wrote, even if no one else ever laid eyes on it!

My first post, written just 6 months ago, received one comment; I was surprised and delighted! My second post received none. I was undaunted, because I wasn't sure anyone else would ever look at my blog, much less comment on it. Then I discovered the "next blog" tab at the top of the page and started visiting other blogs. I was excited to find a plethora of writers out there! (I've always wanted to use that word: plethora.) (giggle)

Now 6 months later I look forward to starting up my laptop in the morning to see what the people whose blogs I follow have had to say. I follow just under 100 blogs (thankfully, not everyone posts everyday!) I make comments when I have something to add or just to let the person know I read what they wrote. The last time I checked, there were 170-plus bloggers following (stalking?) me--and that doesn't count the family members and close personal friends who read my posts faithfully. I'm thoroughly amazed and thrilled that there are actually people who read and sometimes enjoy the drivel I publish!

I laugh out loud often at the posts of my fellow bloggers, and I love when they respond to my entries. So today, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you all for visiting, for commenting, and a special thanks to those who have seen fit to recommend my blog to their friends. That is such a huge compliment. I can only hope that television never gets so fascinating that it lures you all away from your computers, for I would surely miss all the friends I've found lurking in the blogosphere.


My name is PJ. said...

W-w-wait a minute...TV becoming fascinating? No chance!

Congratulations on 6 months and your plethora of readers! Well deserved!

singedwingangel said...

aww ty I get a giggle from reading your stories.. I am not quite the level you are yet on followers lol, I'm working on it though slowly but surely. I feel like the little train in that book from childhood going I think I can i think I can lol..

Queenie Jeannie said...

Blogging rocks!! So glad to have you as "one of us"!!!!!

Make it a great day!

Cunning_Linguist said...

We all have our own personal reasons for blogging I guess. For me it's just letting the inner demons work themselves out from time to time. I'm glad you found a forum that "speaks" to you.

Mommakin said...

Glad to be part of the plethora!

Char said...

What a nice tribute to your followers (of which I am one). I always enjoy reading your posts. I would've thought that you'd been blogging for years.

Have a wpmderful weekend. xoxo

Char said...

Dammit, I want spell check for the comment section. That word was supposed to be 'wonderful'.

Nikki said...

Hi! Well I don't know exactly what you mean as I'm not retired, but I do understand how this bloggy world can be such a great place to meet people and read thoughts and share ideas! It has been that for me as well:) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for commenting. You've got yourself another follower! (er stalker:))

Eva Gallant said...

PJ: Thanks so much!

Singedwing: Glad I make you giggle; I manage to get a lot of giggle time in online myself!

Queenie: So glad to be one of you!

Uncle Cunning! Do you know your new blog is on private and that's why we can't get to it?

Mommakin: (Giggle) That word just makes me think I'm trying to spit something like a hair or a popcorn kernel out of my mouth!

Char: it's probably my gray hair and wrinkles that led you to think I'd been blogging for years!

Meeko Fabulous said...

I'm glad I found your blog! You always give me a big, hearty laugh just when it seems like I'm ready to wrap my bony fingers around someone's neck and squeeze you come along and life my spirits. Cheers my bloggy friend! :)

Kristina P. said...

Isn't blogging awesome?

LoveMy2Dogs said...

Just hopping over for a visit. I found you when I visited "Mom is in the fishbowl" where I see you commented on what I sent her for the Ornament Swap. I felt bad when I read your comment

Eva Gallant said...

Wow, my budget required that I stay closer to the $20 I feel cheap! I hope my recipient doesn't feel cheated!

What beautiful goodies!
November 19, 2009 1:04 PM

Don't you dare feel cheap! I only went over like two bucks. I love WalMart for stuff like that. I am sure whoever gets your package will love it. I have never received mine yet, hopefully I get it soon. :)

The Little Jewelry Box said...

Thank you! I read your posts daily and very much enjoy them. :)

jinksy said...

I joined Blogland on Christmas Day last year - it was the best 'me-to-me' prezzie possible! Now my plethora is even bigger than your plethora, (yep, I love the word too) so I know exactly where you're coming from! :)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

And on the weekends you can hang out with your friends without even getting dressed! Yay blog world!

Don't forget also all those people like me who're subscribed through Readers and not the followers option. You have all those as well! Yikes, you're a popular kid, miss Eva.

Kate said...

Congratulations on six months. I agree I it great to see the nice comments when they come - it can make your day

Kate xxx

Steven Anthony said...

Im just so glad I discovered your blog, it is a true brigh spot in my day:) so let me just say thank you right back at ya my friend;) congrats on the six month mark, heres hoping for many many more to come;)

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Your blog is a joy to read and thank you for all the nice comments you always leave on mine. Do you really keep up with 100 blogs? Oh my! I couldn't do it. But then again, you are living that glamour, retired life while I'm elbow deep in diapers and doggy poopy most days. :-) Good for you and congrats!

Eva Gallant said...

Nikki: Welcome! glad you're here!

Meeko: You KNOW you're on of my favorites! I'm always anxious to read what's been happening with the laminators, etc., on your blog!

Kristina: I couldn't agree more!

LoveMy2: Thanks for the kind words and I haven't received an ornament yet either!

Rachel: Glad you're a regular reader; it means a lot to me.

Jinksy: Definitely a great present to yourself!

Veg: I never even thought of reader! Is there a way to know how many are subscribed?

Kate: You're right! Comments do make my day!

Steven: You're a sweetie and have been a faithful follower since very early on; I'm grateful!

Ann On and On... said...

Right back at you.... Your plethora of words bring me happiness too. The blog world is pretty cool! I too enjoy reading other blogs and receiving comments. It's just a reminder that you're never really alone if you reach out a ways.

Christy said...

I look forward to your posts on my dashboard...i know it is always good for a laugh. I too can't believe you have only been blogging for 6 months... suits you

lakeviewer said...

Isn't this fun? Just one click and you are in another world, extending hands and joining a big community. WE are all excited by this process.

Congratulations on your successful reaching out.

rozzissweetpeas said...

Hellow, thanks for visiting. I'm returning the favor!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I know! I can hardly wait to log on every morning. And I still have to go out the door to work!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I plan to retire soon, and with my two closest friends having moved away (I swear it was nothing I said!) I was concerned about feeling isolated. But in just the past few weeks I've been discovering the fun of reading, commenting, and connecting with folks online. Congrats on your success.

Jen said...

Congrats, Eva, you've done a great job....and getting better with each and every blog...enjoy reading them and the pictures,keep up the good work!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That's so sweet! I'm so happy for your success. Even if tv were to become fascinating - I'd still make time to visit you!

Helene said...

What a wonderful post! I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon your blog (I think maybe through SITS?) but I'm so glad I found you (or did you find me?)

I love your witty writing and your humor!!

Unknown Mami said...

I haven't "known" you very long, but already I'm hooked.

tattytiara said...

I've met some of my most favourite people through blogging, and it's been a very great pleasure getting to know you!

dogimo said...

Eva, you're such a light. You're a gifted storyteller and a general joy to have around! Thanks for just, taking time to share and reach out.

Shell said...

I love blogging and wish that I would have found it much earlier than I did.

Not retired- but I went from being a teacher to being a stay-at-home mom and felt lost for a while. I LOVED being home with my baby and couldn't imagine leaving him, but I was living in a place where I had moved to take a job, so the only people that I knew were my co-workers. It was definitely lonely.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Caroline said...

It's a really great community, this blogging world. I started in 2006 on Myspace and, although I didn't stay there and much fewer people comment on blogspot, I have found that I am writing more for myself these days, and for my daughter, so I can show her the chronicles of her life some day. The people I have met is an added bonus. Morning! And thanks for dropping by my blog this morning.

Dame Nuisance said...

Your world is a lovely place to visit. I haven't stopped by in awhile because I have been terribly self-absorbed, but November is now over, I have survived NaNoWriMo and will be making rounds again! Missed you, Miss Eva!

The Retired One said...

You are more than welcome Eva...I am honored you follow my blog too...and I am retired to you and I have a lot in common. I love to write, but my blog turned into more of an outlet for my other love more: photography...but either way, it is so much fun isn't it? I love chatting with others back and forth with comments on blogs too.
Have a great day!

The Retired One said...

You are more than welcome Eva...I am honored you follow my blog too...and I am retired to you and I have a lot in common. I love to write, but my blog turned into more of an outlet for my other love more: photography...but either way, it is so much fun isn't it? I love chatting with others back and forth with comments on blogs too.
Have a great day!

Eva Gallant said...

Ann O & O: So true! there is no need to be alone!

Christy: thanks for the kind words!

Lake: it sure is fun!

Rozzi: thanks for stopping by!

Lucy: Hope you can retire soon!

Blissed Out Gram: Best wishes on your upcoming retirement! You have a leg up..having starting blogging before retiring. I didn't know there was such a thing!

Jen: Thanks for the support, Sis!

Reeni: just keep those yummy recipes coming!

Helene: I don't remember who stumbled on whom, but it was a good thing one of us did! lol

Mami: Thanks so much!

Tatty: and vice-versa!

Joe: I'm flattered that such an insane mind would take the time to read my drivel! Thanks!

Shell: Thanks for stopping by!

Caroline: Thanks for visiting

Dame Nuisance: Glad you're back visiting!

Retired One: Your photographs are amazing! Keep them coming.

Matty said...

Hi, noticed one of your comments on another blog.

Your story sounds similar to mine. My first few posts were written and no one ever saw them because I didn't know anything about following or how to find other people. Slowly things changed. It's amazing how once you start visiting and commenting, people start noticing you. I began in July and now it's like one big family here.