Hello, you have come to the right place, in case you for a moment was in doubt! It’s just that my blog has had a bit of a refurbishment the last couple of days and look a bit different, but everything is here, it’s just the wrapping that has changed. I passed my 2 years as a blogger in silence last month, should probably have made an announcement, but I thought I would save that for today’s post, which is post number 200!!!
When I started out blogging 2 years ago it was with the intention of letting it run for a little while and see how it went, as I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything to write about after a couple of weeks...Well, as things goes, despite being housebound and living a rather quiet life, I feel I got plenty of things to write about! It has been a joy to meet all the nice and interesting people through my blog, many of whom are visiting me here regularly and leaving messages. I really appreciate getting messages from my readers, I love to hear about their gardens and their life and it is nice to get appreciation for all the work I put in.
I didn’t have a lot of visitors the first year I was blogging, it didn’t really spark off until I became a member of Blotanical about one year ago. I am therefore going to re-post some of the things I posted in the early days the next few weeks, I hope you will appreciate seeing these things again even if you might have seen some of it before.
I am going to start off this re-run with a short movie of my cat. The movie was taken completely without any preparations, it was one of those events where I saw an opportunity and luckily had my camera next to me. Filming with one hand without getting to see on the display properly is not that easy though, but I hope you find the film charming enough to ignore that.
Blogging has been a bit of an eye opener for me, I had no idea I would enjoy it so much! I thought about it for several years, but had lots of excuses for not getting started. You have already heard the one about not having enough to say/write. Well, anyone who follows me on a regular basis knows that one was nothing to worry about, I could probably write much shorter posts and still get away with it! Another worry I had was that my English was not going to be good enough. Writing this much, on a regular basis, in a language that is not your own (I am Norwegian) requires a good vocabulary – much bigger than I have. I have resorted to write in Outlook where I can get synonyms and spell checker at the same time. That doesn’t mean I get it right all the time though, the spell checker can be terrible sometimes, frustrating even, and it can ignore a lot of grammar errors that should have been corrected. But Outlooks spell checker is better than nothing, and by using it, and looking up words on the Internet if I am not sure of the correct meaning I have learned more English the last 2 years since I started Blogging than I did all the years before blogging :-)
I have a lot of fun preparing material for the posts, writing the posts and replying to all the messages I get, but at times I also get a good laugh looking at the blog statistics. Do you ever look at them? I look at what people have searched for in order to end up on my blog, and the list is pretty mixed, but some of the things that comes up makes me wonder how Google works. Here is a short list for you of people who have ended up on my blog with the following search term:
-What happens if it rains after I stain a fence
-Bad window installation UK
-Do I have to replant flowers everyday
-A bulb of some flower in my garden what is it
-Nightmare before Christmas gingerbread house
-Is my bonsai dead
-Kittens tabby that are confused
-My cat has big ears
All these people seem to have been searching for an answer to a problem they have, I am sad to say they didn’t find the answer on my blog! I hope that what they found was interesting enough to stay for a while though. The best ever visited post of all 200 I have written was one I wrote last summer, on 6th June 2012, it has had 1489 visitors so far. The post is called ‘Will it ever stop raining??’ I suppose that says something about what kind of spring, summer, autumn – year 2012 was for us here in Britain!
Over the next couple of weeks there will be more new things to come and a few more re-run of things I posted in 2011. I am very excited about something I am about to launch in the next couple of weeks, can’t say much more now because that would spoil the announcement, but it has to do with some of the other creative things I do on my computer. You will be notified and get an invitation for the grand opening so just stay tuned :-)
Until next time, take care.