Ode to the Blogosphere

Blog Love – Zendala by Cathy Ulrich

Seven a.m.
Sitting at my Mac,
I check email,
click on blog notices.

Peter walks by.
“What’s happening
in the Blogosphere?”
he says.

“Oh, Madame Weebles
just got Freshly Pressed,
Le Clown was featured
on The Daily Post,
Clare went to Edinburgh,
Brigitte came back
from Woodstock,
and LameAdventures
is taking a break.”

“That’s nice,” he says.
Doesn’t know
the details,
but knows it’s
important to me.

Each day starts
with blogging.
More than writing posts,
I read,
like,
comment.
reply.

Sometimes, one comment,
sometimes back and forth.
It takes time
for me and them.

I don’t click “like”
unless I’ve read the post.
And I”d rather go
to their website
to click.
It raises their hits.

I’ll write a poem,
post a quote,
compose an essay.
Then go to my files.
find the right shot,
upload that.

Or create a mandala
on Painter,
trying not
to overload my readers
with too many posts.

I had no clue
how much I’d enjoy a
community of creatives.
Writers,
poets,
artists,
humorists,
explorers
of their inner
and outer
worlds.

Social media?
Yes,
but not like Facebook
and not like Twitter.

Blogging is people
taking the time
to write
or photograph
or paint
their lives,
their loves,
their passions.

It’s people
finding others
who share
these lives,
loves,
passions.

Or, learning
about lives
different
from their own.
My own.

It’s richness
in a
smaller world.
A world
that will never
be the same
for me since
I started my blog.

This poem and mandala are dedicated to all of you who share the blogosphere with me. To those who read and follow me and those who I read and follow. And to those who I have yet to meet. To all of you, thank you for this fabulous ride.

If you’re a blogger, why do you blog? What have you learned about yourself or others as a result of blogging? Is this experience what you thought it would be when you decided to start your blog? If not, how is it different?

Love,

Cathy

251 comments on “Ode to the Blogosphere

  1. love1salluneed says:

    Love your high energy earthy spirit……..and the sincereity in your words. Nnnnnice. x

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  2. Sydney Fong says:

    Cathy, I like your poem, it reflect your daily activities as well as your attitude towards Blogging – remember AddGrainOnEarth

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  3. Brigitte says:

    Cathy, my friend — thank you for mentioning me among these esteemed colleagues of the blogosphere. I don’t remember how I “met” you but I’m so glad I did. What you’ve just described here is what I do — you just always write it so poetically and beautifully. My hubby does the same thing — I tell him about this person or that, as if I see you guys on a regular basis and I guess we do, huh?

    I never thought I would begin blogging. What I’ve learned is that there are so many wonderful, kind and intelligent people out there. And so talented! It has only reinforced what I’ve always believed — most of us are the same, most people are good and the world is way better than it is bad. I love this “addictive thing” I do otherwise I wouldn’t have met all of you. You are wonderful. Thank you. xxoo

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Brigitte,
      I am so glad I “met” you, too! Your presence and words have so enriched my life and blogging experience. And I so agree, we do “see” each other on a regular basis. I was thinking about your post today about friends. I think I’ve learned over the years to look for my friends in unexpected ways and I so value you.

      Most people are good and we get to see that day in and day out on the blogosphere. And I think it has opened my eyes to how many, many people are talented artists. Thank you Brig, for being here.
      Love,
      Cathy

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  4. You’re the best, Cathy. Thanks for the shoutout! Your reports to Peter sound like mine to Mr. Weebles. He knows the names, and has even read some blogs, but basically he knows it’s all important to me. I too love the blogging experience. I didn’t know what to expect when I started. I decided to try it just to get back into the practice of regular writing. I didn’t think I’d find so many wonderful, creative, interesting, kind, funny, talented, insightful people as I have. I find it hugely rewarding, and also humbling. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Weebs,
      No, you’re the best! I love how we have similar experiences in our day. I had no idea that I would meet such great people here on WordPress. I started my blog as an extension of my Healing course and thought that I would write to expand the experiences of my students. Now blogging has turned into something I do just for me (and the blogosphere gets to listen in). I’ve met so many fantastic people. Thanks for being here (and coming back so soon! I so missed you when you were gone).
      Hugs,
      Cathy

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  5. Thank you.

    Would you consider experimenting with longer lines in your verse? I find that, for me, it can intensify the way the line breaks interact with punctuation. I am not writing much verse atm, I love this explosion of verse creativity in you, and the way you relate the words to your pictures.

    I started blogging a year ago as an extension of my journal, to record my personal journey. I did not think at the time that I would be reading or commenting so much on others’ blogs, it enriches the experience to have people commenting regularly, and I love the gentle encouraging way we have with each other.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I love our gentle encouraging ways, too, Clare. I also love reading about your personal journey as it enriches my own. I have considered experimenting with longer lines – playing with phrase – and I’m so new to poetry that I guess I’m just finding my way. Thanks for the question – I’ll play with that.

      I value you and your feedback, dear Clare. Thank you.

      Cathy

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  6. Le Clown says:

    Cathy,
    This is so very nice. I will share this on my Facebook page.

    This is the first time I blog for myself, and not for a brand where I was either hired as a [ghost] writer, or strategist… For the first time, I am writing for myself, without compromises. I do find the experience enriching, but also, quite unnerving. I might seem quite transparent on my blog, but it was a learning curve… It’s when I realized how supportive the blogosphere was when it came to my son and his AD(H)D that I really decided to go full throttle with “transparency”. I have met great people, friends, and I am not going anywhere…
    What a lovely post,
    Le Clown

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Eric,
      Thank you for the share! I love the fact that you’re writing for yourself with no compromises. Your blog is a rich and affirming place both for your posts and for those of us who comment there. And I’m glad that you felt safe to go with the transparency of your blog. I’ve watched you move in that direction and it is wonderful and heartfelt (and wickedly funny at times).

      Last week, I had dinner at a friend’s house with a fabulous professional violinist who teaches violin at our local University and is a native of Montreal. As I enjoyed his warmth and sense of humor, I thought of you and how much I enjoy knowing you and being a “Carnie.” i thought that this warm, smart, funny, musician from your home city showed me something about your values and where you’re coming from. It was wonderful.

      Cathy

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      • Le Clown says:

        Cathy,
        And how wonderful is this! You have been Freshly Pressed! I am so very happy for you. This is a magnificent™ and beautiful post, and truly deserving.
        Le Clown

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Le Clown,
        Thank you, It’s such a nice surprise. I love blogging and my friends make it so much fun. I look forward to many more posts – including a few Haiku Sundays!
        Cathy

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  7. mypenandme says:

    beautifully written… :-)

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  8. Love your poem, Cathy!

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  9. Thanks for the shout out Cathy, especially now when my site’s on hiatus — but rest assured that lame adventures continue to stalk me wherever I go. When I started blogging almost three years ago, the goal was to write the next post. I am a very deficient social networker, so it took me a while to realize that commenting is quid pro quo. I’m still flawed in that area, but I’ve been trying to improve. At times blogging has been a blessing, at other times, a curse. The blessing is two-fold — the sense of satisfaction when I write a post that is decent, which isn’t always the same as well-received, for I invariably fall short of my own standards. The second half of the blessing is becoming acquainted (and in a few special cases, good buds in the real world) with people I am certain I never would have met were it not for my site. The curse is the time involved and that comes dangerously close to draining the fun out of it. Fortunately, the benefits primarily outweigh the detriments, so my site remains a source of creative fulfillment as opposed to I dunno what, a stage 4 malignancy on my life? I figure this jaded New Yorker needed to add that to assure you that I’ve resisted going soft and fuzzy during my r&r. Again, thanks for the shout out, pal.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      V,
      My pleasure. Lame Adventures is a favorite as I love New York and I love your quirky and fun perspective of it. It’s funny that you’d say you’re flawed at the commenting..I think you’re one of the best I’ve encountered – truly. You host fantastic commentary on your site and I always enjoy our discussions here, too (which I really appreciate).

      It does take a lot of time – but I agree that the benefits outweigh the detriments. And don’t worry, I didn’t think you were going soft and fuzzy. Just enjoy your time off and I’ll look forward to post #351 after the election.

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  10. boomiebol says:

    This is super nice

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  11. russtowne says:

    I enjoyed this post. Thank you for your many contributions to my world.
    Russ

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  12. I can say one of the best parts of blogging has been connecting with you! Love-Julie

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Julie,
      You’re so wonderful and kind and I feel exactly the same way. We will have that coffee in San Francisco the next time I’m out there. I think of that wonderful post that you emailed me about where blogging friends got together in real life. What a blessing to know you and I’ll look forward to a real hug sometime in the future.
      Love,
      Cathy

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      • Dearest Cathy–I often think of that post as well and *very* much look forward to sipping espresso with you in a cafe. Please let me know the next time you visit San Francisco! I very much look forward to (finally) meeting you in person and a real hug! I am grateful to feel and be uplifted by your light, fun, grounded energy. Lots of love-Julie

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  13. Beautiful post Cathy! I love this. Your ode to the blogosphere, with friendships unexpected and delightfully welcomed. Such a surprise to connect with so many wise and wonderful individuals such as yourself. Your blog – and You! – mean the world to me. Thank you so much for sharing of your Large Self here with us all. You inspire me all the time! Warm happy hugs, Gina :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Gina,
      I smile as I read your comment here. You are so one of those unexpected and delightfully welcomed friendships. I love your posts about so many things that we share – peace, joy, gratitude and gardening! And I want you to know how much I value your support during the fires this summer and the awful assault in Aurora. It shows me how much we’re connected through the Blogosphere and the “ethers.” It’s always a delight to see Professions for Peace in my email comment notifications. It means a loving and supportive word from you. Much love, Cathy

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  14. Hi Cathy,
    Nicely written. I like your ode. Being new to blogging (a couple of months now), I do wonder how many people who “like” a post actually read it, so I’m with you. I don’t like something unless I’ve read every word. I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this blogging thing, but one benefit is that I seem to be writing more because of it, even on other projects. It’s nice to have that immediate creative outlet instead of waiting for months to get something published. Keeps me motivated…

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hi James,
      I so agree with you about having an immediate creative outlet. I find that I write a lot more and also take my camera with me a lot more. I try to put up some original artwork with every post, love photography and digital art (I use Corel Painter 12) and having a place to share it makes me want to do it more. I’ve explored many areas of art and creativity and it still evolves, but the blog has been so satisfying for me. Thanks so much for the “like” and comment here.
      Cathy

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  15. What a nice thing to read first thing in the morning at the beginning of our own blogging adventure. Starts the day off with a really positive vibe. Thank you!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      I’m a Flower Child,
      Welcome! and thank you! Blogging is an adventure – or has become that way for me. My world has become so much bigger meeting great people here.
      I look forward to future adventures!
      Best,
      Cathy

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  16. combatbabe says:

    I blog because I am terrible at keeping a journal, my hand gets tired writing after so long thanks to the fact it’s used to typing so well, and I was on LiveJournal before it was cool and well before social media really blew up. I also like sharing my thoughts and hearing others.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your Ode. :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Combatbabe,
      Like you, I type fast – about 90 wpm so the keyboard is my friend. I’m also relatively new to poetry, but it’s great way to share thoughts efficiently. And like you, I also stopped keeping a journal. I’d rather share my thoughts these days.
      Thanks so much for visiting!
      Cathy

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  17. Oh I like this ever so much. (:

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  18. Heather says:

    I like this post! Blogging has been fun for me so far too.

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  19. What a beautiful post Cathy. I love finding sweet and considerate people like you in the blogging community.

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  20. rachelocal says:

    HI Cathy! I think that’s the one thing that surprised me most about starting the blog–making new friends. I even met Jules (from http://www.gojulesgo.com) in person! We became fast friends! Loved your ode.:)

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  21. This may sound wierd but I had a seriously deep emotional response to this post. I don’t know why but it almost made me cry. I love blogging, and WordPress, and the connections that are made on here everyday. Congrats on being freshly pressed! This post deserves it.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Umm Qamar,
      I’m so glad it touched you! It comes from my heart to yours as I feel the same way. I love blogging and WordPress and I never imagined how it would impact me in so many ways. Welcome and thank you!

      Cathy

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  22. Very nice post! I love it. You really captured the essence of blogging. I started doing this a few months ago to ward off depression, as I have a job where I have long periods of nothing to do, and I am a very creative and silly person. Not the type who is happy being stuck in a corner for 10 hours every day with nothing to do until work hits my desk. I found that I love it a great deal. It’s exposed me to all kinds of wonderful people and their creativity. It’s also good for my husband, as he doesn’t have to bear all of my silliness alone. I spread it around, so he gets a break every so often. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Cheeky Diva,
      Thank you! It’s an amazing community, isn’t it? I’m so glad blogging has filled a need for you. Like you, I didn’t know what to expect (I’ve been blogging for about six months), but I could never have predicted the friendships and inspiration I’ve received from the great bloggers here at WordPress. Glad you’re here!
      Cathy

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      • It’s a great place! A friend of mine just started a blog, that is wonderful by the way, and I was disappointed that he chose our Crosstown Rival as his host. He would have so much more fun here! Maybe I can convince him to migrate over to where the cool kids are.

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Yes! This is where the cool kids are! Maybe a new slogan: “WordPress bloggers have more fun!” What do you think?

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  23. One of the interesting things about the blogosphere is how many individual voices are out there and how differently they/we speak. I started blogging in July 2009 because my agent told me to; as a professional writer, I resisted having to write unpaid and spend a lot of time on that. But my blog is growing every day with new followers worldwide. Oddly (to my mind), many of them are people in their 20s, as I’m in my mid-50s. But I’m happy they’re enjoying what I have to offer and some of the convo’s are really interesting.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Caitlin,
      I’ve heard of you and your work! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I think the conversations are really interesting and blogging creates a richer experience. I suspect that as a professional writer, the blog can help expand your audience. It does take time, though. Thanks for the comment.
      Cathy

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  24. joehoover says:

    I love an ode and this is a lovely one.

    I found blogging to be as revelatory in that I love how friends who don’t blog don’t get it and think I am just telling people what I had for breakfast.

    I started off doing an advice guide for London until I realised after about two posts it was a saturated market and then rememebred I was too lazy to get out and about enough and do everything London has to offer. So I just started putting down anything that came to mind, however silly, and found my niche, and it completely overwhelmed me when people followed and commented more importantly.

    But I love everyone else and the talent I see blows me away, people’s writing is better than anything I can read from established sources, the humour is a hell of a lot funnier than any comedians who are successful. Just regular folk, working a job, raising a family, and they may or may not aspire to take their writing to another level, the fact it’s a hobby we are are sharing suits me fine.

    I have never met them but you know them more than many ‘friends’ on Facebook, etc. It’s the modern day penpal and you can have loads of them without waiting for the post to arrive, just open your laptop.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Joe,
      I’ve seen your comments on a few blogs that I follow – I think maybe Fear No Weebles and A Clown on Fire. I always like your perspective and have been meaning to get over to your site and check it out. Now I’m motivated (although maybe in a couple of days :-)) I so agree with you that blogging is somewhat like modern day pen pals. I have actually said that before. It’s so much more quality interaction than Facebook and there are so many great people here!
      Cathy

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      • joehoover says:

        You’ll be correct, I am found loitering around their sites quite frequently. That’s how I prefer to find other bloggers aswell, through people I already follow, then I know it’ll be my cup of tea.

        Enjoy the adulation and mountain of comments from being FP’d, you’ll be very busy :-)

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Thanks Joe,
        Yesterday was crazy! I had no idea! But it was also perfect in that it was my regular day off from my physiotherapy practice and I had the time to resound. I suspect it will be a little more sane today. And Ill have some time over the weekend to get to know the new followers. I think it is really a nice thing that WP does to stimulate activity.
        Cathy

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  25. blogging is people taking the time to share – love this post – and congrats

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  26. The most exciting part of blogging to me is, like you mentioned, the sharing of passions. My passions being shared with others, and others sharing their passions with me. It connects people on a much more personal level than any other social networking sites that I know.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Made by Paris,
      I so agree. I’m a lifelong learner – love to learn new things and I have found blogging to be a place where I can definitely feed that hunger – and when people are willing to share their passions, I learn so much. Thank you!
      Cathy

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  27. itchy says:

    so true.. and absolutely true on blogging being so much more than FB updates. I blog because i have to write :) and also one more point.. i have realised that fellow bloggers take what we write far far more seriously than non- bloggers.. its nice to meet friends .. :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Itchy,
      I so agree that fellow bloggers are much more willing to take the posts of others more seriously. Man, I’ve learned so much! About writing and photography from my fellow members here at WordPress. Thank you for the kind comments and nice to meet you, too!
      Cathy

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  28. segmation says:

    I blog on my windows PC and have a great passion of art that I like to share with others. Thanks about writing about blogging and your awesome poetry! Looking forward to your next blog!

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  29. Brigitte says:

    Ode to you, Cathy…I loved this post the first time around. Look forward to more of your wisdom and wit. Here’s to your making many more new “friends.” :).

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  30. beadstork says:

    I have just joined this community and I love the cameraderie and supportive atmosphere. And I do feel like I am learning to know people through their posts and comments. I really love being a blogger.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Beadstork,
      If I may be so bold as to serve as an ambassador for the WordPress community, Welcome to our circle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! And I’m glad you’re loving it so far!
      Cathy

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  31. Great post! I blog because I love to write, these words flying threw my head need to be written out or they’ll be the death of me. I love the support your followers give you and I feel like blogging just makes us all brutally honest, what could go wrong right? :p Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  32. Melanie says:

    I’m glad you were Freshly Pressed so I could read such touching words.
    My purpose for beginning my blog didn’t last long. People were reading me, and talking to me. I got Likes on things I didn’t even like myself. What started as a filing cabinet has become a lifesaver and a network of support I have found no where else. Now I write to share common experiences with people who have advice and kind words to offer from their own ride through hell. I look forward to finding other writers to read, to reading, to writing, to liking, and to commenting and replying. My Reader is where I go when I need a reminder that I am not alone. The Freshly Pressed page is where I go when I need something, anything, that is outside of myself.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Melanie,
      Thank you for your kindness. I’m so glad blogging has been such a powerful experience for you. I find that most people here on the blogosphere are kind and considerate and supportive. And also that we do seem to attract and gravitate towards those who can share common experiences. It’s good to hear from you and thank you for sharing your experiences here.
      Cathy

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  33. I’ve tried reading out this poem in a ‘Gangnam Style’ rhythm, and it seems to work rather well.

    I can see you’ve derived so much fun on the blogosphere. Le Crown’s fame seems to have no bound.

    Let’s carry on blogging. All the best to you! Congratulations on your new fame too.

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  34. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I do feel that blogging is sharing more of yourself than a well posed Instagram photo!

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  35. lly1205 says:

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! I started blogging this summer as an outlet for the creative writing that had been piling up in My Documents with no use whatsoever. I’ve learned what a beginner I am here on WordPress, easily disappointed by readers not ‘Liking’ a post, and only recently discovering that tags are important. Meanwhile, others here are friendly and excellent at managing their blogs and I am benefiting from their advice. Blogging is not what I thought it would be – it is much harder to attract people than I imagined – but I in the end I am satisfied to be posting works that were only gathering dust on my hard drive.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Ily,
      I think it just takes time. I remember my first few posts – sitting at the computer and waiting – no likes, no comments. I found the best way to get going is to find other people who share similar interests. Go to their sites, like, comment and follow. People here are very willing to reciprocate but sometimes you have to reach out yourself first. That makes it easier for them to find you, and you’re right tags and categories do make a big difference.
      Hope this helps,
      Cathy

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  36. epearson says:

    I just entered the blogosphere world this week, and your words hit home, that is exactly why I came to this wonderful realm!

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  37. Beautiful post! I blog because I love to write and I want to share my travels with the world.

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  38. RFL says:

    Beautiful Cathy! And congratulations on FP. You are such an encouraging and thoughtful blogger, and I’m happy to have met you here.

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  39. Beautiful post! I can completely relate. Who knew that you would make such deep, encouraging friendships from blogging? Not me! I have also found that blogging really unlocks my creativity, which is frequently stifled by day to day life. Great post – congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Well deserved!!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, NOTT,
      Yes! Who knew? I have had many creative outlets in my life, but blogging is currently my very favorite. Writing a poem, essay or uploading photography that has been waiting to see the light of day from my hard drive has been so freeing.
      I also look forward to seeing what you’re up to as we just started following each other very recently!
      Cathy

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  40. sparksmcgee says:

    I love it! That is part of why I blog, too. It’s feels a lot more human and reasonably-paced than Facebook.

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  41. Nina Shadi says:

    I love this! People in my life don’t understand what it means to blog, and what, we as bloggers gain from it. But it’s so invaluable. I especially love the following lines:

    Blogging is people
    taking the time
    to write
    or photograph
    or paint
    their lives,
    their loves,
    their passions.

    It’s people
    finding others
    who share
    these lives,
    loves,
    passions.

    But my most favorite is “people taking the time to [articulate in some form] their lives,
    their loves,
    their passions.”

    This was just soo beautiful. You hit the nail on the head! Thank you for sharing!

    ~Nina

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Nina,
      Thank you! I think that unless one has blogged and had some of our great experiences sharing (as Joe Hoover says above – It’s like modern-day pen pals), it’s hard to understand our passion. Honestly, I never imagined how much I would enjoy it when I signed up with WordPress. And I’m so blown away by all of the amazingly creative talented people here.
      Thank you for your kind comment, Nina.
      Cathy

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  42. Congrats on fresh press! You’ve summed up the blogging experience so nicely. I don’t quite remember why I started blogging, but I know that it has helped me through very difficult moments. I’ve come to love its humor and camaraderie and support. Bloggers are so positive and upbeat and diverse. Being among them has made me see myself and the world in a better way.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Mad Queen Linda,
      Yes! Blogging has helped me to see the world and my place in it differently, I now have friendships in many different places in the world and I so love it! Thank you for your kind comments!
      Cathy

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  43. Sarah says:

    Lovely!
    I started blogging about food because I felt cheated when I spent hours on a recipe and it was gone in 10 minutes flat. Now, thanks to photos and blogging, I can enjoy each recipe a little longer. :D

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Sarah,
      I love to cook too, although I’ve let my personal (cooking and traveling blog) lapse of late, but I know what you mean about spending hours on a recipe only to watch being devoured in a short span of time. But being able to share your gifts with others is so satisfying. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  44. jenniesisler says:

    What a lovely poem! I blog because I can share my writing with people who understand my creative urges. Originally I started blogging in 2010 as a way to share my creative writing with my family and a few friends, but it’s gone global now (I have readers from as far away as India, Pakistan and Hong Kong) and I’m amazed at how this piece of technology makes my voice heard. Your poem is so sweet:) Love the hearts in the mandala too. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Jennie,
      Thank you! It was fun creating both! I can understand starting a blog to share with people you already know and then seeing it reach around the globe. I have to admit that I’m a huge fan of the web and technology. And in some ways it also feels old-fashioned and cozy to share the written word with people I’ve never “met” in person – like pen pals. Thank you for the good thoughts!
      Cathy

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  45. I blog. To get genuine replies. To speak out my mind. Anonymously. It’s been hardly a month. So far, so good. You are genuine. Thanks.

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  46. Aurora HSP says:

    I started at urging of friends. Now I do it because we have become a community of like minded souls who share, interact and inspire one another. Some days when I think there is nothing left to say in the world at all, I read something and off I go… writing again… this is good.Thanks!

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  47. Loved your poem. I started blogging with the aim to not only show my works but also to discuss topics in art and creativity with others. Though I don’t have that much time to comment, when I do, it feels like having a real conversation on interesting topics that doesn’t have a space on other social networks. I enjoy engaging with people who take the time to comment on my posts too but even a simple like is worthwhile since most blog readers do look at the whole post don’t just hit ‘Like’ I think. With more space people express themselves more freely and you can get to know a whole lot of new perspectives and insight into different opinions and lives.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Flypaperpaint,
      I so agree. There is a much greater depth to blogging that helps me express my own feelings as well as helps me to get to know others – many of whom I now call friends even though I’ve never met them “in person.” I have been surprised at how important these relationships have become. Thank you for your kind comments.
      Cathy

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  48. Iam Rising says:

    To have a voice, I am verbally mute.

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  49. You captured it so well :-) It was a surprise to me, blogging, I thought it’d just be me, writing…

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  50. This poem says everything! I started blogging because I just wanted somewhere to write my thoughts and share interesting videos. Now it’s turned into the ultimate form of self expression for myself and I never knew I would discover so much about myself just from doing this :)

    Thank you for a well written and thought provoking post :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Lily,
      I know! I had no idea how much blogging would stimulate my self expression. Having a place to publish my work has made all the difference in how I write, photograph and feel about myself, too! Thank you!
      Cathy

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  51. Sinead says:

    Love this! I’ve only been blogging for about six months and when I first started, I had no idea how much fun it would be :-)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Sinead,
      Me neither! I thought I was going to be writing for students taking my healing course. Little did I know that I’d find my poetic voice and get back to photography! And like you, that was only about six months ago! Thanks!
      Cathy

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  52. susannairn says:

    That was great….and so true. Time to read more of your musings!!

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  53. Kyley says:

    I love your poem! I think it reflects blogging perfect. I blog just to clear my mind, share things I need to get off my chest and be part of a community that shares my love of blogging. The feeling you get when somebody replies to your post, makes my day every time again :)

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  54. Tammy J Rizzo says:

    Reblogged this on Tammy J Rizzo and commented:
    I’m learning more all the time about the reasons why people blog. This is one excellent reason, right here. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

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  55. Tammy J Rizzo says:

    Reblogged on tammyjrizzo.WordPress.com, and I’m following you now, too. Great post! Thank you for sharing this.

    I only recently re-entered the blogosphere in an attempt to find my voice, and to build an audience for my book-in-progress. I have yet to find my voice (recently meaning only just this week, after all), but I’m sure it will happen in time.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Tammy,
      Thanks for the reblog! That always makes my day! And I suspect your voice will show up very soon! Blogging is such a good way to build readership. Have you seen Kristen Lamb’s blog about building readership? http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com and she also has started a great social networking site for writers – kind of a support space called wanatribe.com
      Check it out! and good luck!
      Cathy

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  56. Mrs. P says:

    Cathy…get out of my head! :) I’m a newbie blogger still trying to find my way, spending way more time reading than writing. So many fascinating people, stories and writers. I’m addicted! Must write more…want to write more. But, sometimes just listening to others fills the “connection” void for me. I can socialize and connect without having to dress up and go out. ;)

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  57. sannekurz says:

    “I don’t click “like”
    unless I’ve read the post.”
    Genau.
    I so love your words. Very sweet and true.
    To me blogging means talking without people being annoyed about chatting all day, letting my loved ones know what I’m up to in the far, avoiding my family to hand me the paper so I shut up at the breakfast table (all late starters, apart from me, who wakes up and is sparky).
    It means no responsibilities apart from the ones I choose myself.
    And it means a warm spot with a blanket to sit on write and read.
    Very soothing.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Sanne,
      Thank you. It’s that ability to write when you have the time, and know that your friends will read and respond when they have the time. I find it very relaxing and soothing too. And I can see how being the perky at the table can be somewhat of a downer if everyone else is grumpy! The blogosphere doesn’t do that to you. :-)
      Cathy

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  58. Em McDonald says:

    What a positive, beautiful take on the creative potential that blogging brings. I’ve started a blog as a Media assignment at Uni and found it can be a bit stressful, but mainly quite a nice challenge to keep posting and engaging with other blogs (all over the world!)

    Keep up the great work! Em.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Em,
      Thank you for stopping by! Sometimes when you have an assignment, it takes all the fun out of a project, but I’d encourage you to stick with it after you’re done with your class. You might find that you actually enjoy it and keep going. Bloggers are really great people to get to know. And I’m planning on sticking around for some time! :-)
      Cathy

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  59. Chaviv says:

    Hey there Cathy,

    I found your blog under Freshly Pressed just now. I’m a relatively new Blogger (my blog is 6 days old). I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this post a lot and some of the things you mentioned really resonated with me.

    Because my blog is so new, I don’t really have comments or feedback as of yet. What I usually do is just check the stats from the previous day and start my new post for that day. Then I will continue it on my BlackBerry on the way to work while on the train.

    Just to answer some of your questions from the last paragraph of the post….I wanted to do a blog for a while now..but just wasn’t sure about how to go about doing it. 6 days ago I just jumped in and started doing it. The experience so far has been positive, with a few likes and some follows, and I’m waiting with anticipation where it’ll take me. :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Chaviv,
      Welcome to the WordPress Blogosphere! It’s awesome that you already have some likes and follows. I think it took me much more that six days! I’d recommend that you find some blogs that you like (search in the WP reader), follow them, like the posts that you like and you’ll find them willing to reciprocate. It’s a really great community that way. I’m glad that you’re enjoying it so far. I suspect that it will just get even better…
      Cathy

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      • Chaviv says:

        Cathy,

        Thanks so much for the encouragement and for the advice. I will definitely try to do what you suggested.

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  60. Mrs. P says:

    Reblogged this on Destination Unknown and commented:
    A perfect expression to the wonders of blogging.

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  61. Hi, Cathy! What started as a project for a professional class has become one of the lost rewarding things ever. I absolutely love blogging! I learn so much with every post – I lean about architecture, sustainability, and I learn about myself. I also learn that so many people care about the same things I do! The blogosphere is an awesome place! Love your post =)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      OWNG,
      Thank you! It’s so true, isn’t it? We find such satisfaction in the most unexpected places. Blogging is such an amazing process and, like you, I learn so much with every post. As my circle of bloggers has grown over time, I feel so connected to people from all over the world. What a wonderful time to be alive!
      Cathy

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  62. This lovely post and all the warm comments, the friendships and respect that are so evident among you…this is what I love about the blogosphere. I began blogging several years ago, first as my own online scrapbook, then as an outlet and a measure of personal accountability. I find fellow bloggers to be welcoming and immensely enjoyable. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Lori,
      Cudos for blogging for so long. I see myself doing the same thing as friendships grow and evolve and new friendships develop, blogging has become a very important part of my life! And, yes, the comment and respect are palpable, aren’t they? I’ve had a fantastic time today meeting new people and connecting thanks to our WordPress community! Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Cathy

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  63. yomicfit says:

    xoxo
    I love the excuse to share thoughts and ideas with people who don’t know me.
    I love the ability to use my creative writing skills,
    Even if just for my own outlet.

    Thank you for a lovely post and really love note to all in the blogosphere!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Yomicfit,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s so true! A love note to all the blogosphere! I think that if you comment regularly on the sites of other people and they comment on yours, you do get to know them after a while and they become your friends. It’s an amazing process that the internet has created – just like pen pals from days in the past who never met personally but developed a relationship that could be called love. I have met some wonderful people here who I would call my friends. Thank you for your wonderful comment!
      Cathy

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  64. Nirmal Vs says:

    Thas was a great ode ! Uv hit the essence from what I think :) Im just a budding blogger, started just around a couple o weeks :). Started it coz i wanted to write something and share somethings worth reading. And well, though i haven’t written much, find that reading is funner than I thought ! U ppl write about everything from the sun to the toaster ! :D Planning to start writing somethings soon enough :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Nirmal,
      Thank you! I find that reading the work of others – and there are some really great writers here on WP – stimulates my creativity too. Maybe keep a notebook and jot down ideas. I usually get ideas for essays or poems when I first wake up in the morning. Often, I’ll run to computer (after getting my first cup of coffee) and start writing. Good luck with your new blog!
      Cathy

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  65. Jae says:

    Thank you. I felt like this was particularly addressed to me when it’s actually for everyone in the “blogosphere”. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Jae. That’s a huge compliment, because I actually wrote it for myself! I guess it speaks the universal language of the blogging experience! It’s very fun to see that I’m not alone!
      Cathy

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  66. blackartisan says:

    Reblogged this on BlackArtisan and commented:
    This poem has lots of depth. You’d never dream of the actual adventures, connections, business opportunities, insights, and knowledge that are to be gained from the ‘blogosphere.’ I love how this post speaks a certain identifiable language that seems to resonate with me intimately. I blog because writing has proven to be an immensely satisfying art for me. I also do it for a sense of community. I’ve found an outlet to utilize what I know while continuing to add to my skills and obtain information.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      BlackArtisan,
      Thanks so much for the RB and you’ve summed it up nicely here. I so agree about the depth of talent and the amazing breadth of information and insight available to me as a blogger. It’s very satisfying to me, too! In fact, I love it!
      Cathy

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  67. I just really loved this. I am so glad I found it. Very inspiring for me to continue developing my blog and I hope to connect with people like yourself. Thanks for sharing this! xx

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      LIL,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad the poem spoke to you. It seems to have connected with many and I’m enjoying learning how similar we all are in our passion for blogging. Thanks for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  68. juliej917 says:

    Hi Cathy,
    I love to go on the computer in the mornings to read your daily blog. Its so uplifting,
    Thankyou for taking the time to do it. I loved your photo of the smiling fish. My computer has become a great uplifting and expanding tool. I go onto Lola Jones site every day to read the daily quote too! Thankyou.
    Juliexx

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Julie,
      Thank you so much! So nice to meet you here on the blogosphere! And I’m so glad my blog speaks to you. It’s amazing how the computer can connect us in so many powerful ways, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  69. stevieapples says:

    What a lovely Poem. I started a blog as a Uni assignment and found it so enjoyable that I have tried to maintain it ever since. I love finding new blogs to read and will be following you.

    I really like the picture too.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Steve,
      Thank you for the kind words and the follow. Isn’t it great when you start with a required activity in school and then end liking it so much you keep it going? Several who have commented here have said the same thing. I, too, love finding new blogs and when things slow down a bit from the FP, I look forward to getting to know my new followers. Thanks again!
      Cathy

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  70. eof737 says:

    I love your ode. Good for you and Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed too. ;-)

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  71. When did you come to my house? I do the exact same thing EVERY morning!!! Except earlier, 4-5 am.
    I started my blog in 2008 in a place once called Vox. It closed and I moved here to WP. My life is not so interesting and I live alone but for my two pets.
    There is no human sounding board here in my little piece of the world but if I open myself up to blogging to share my thoughts, experiences and random day to day it makes me feel like I am a part of something.
    I get to see the world through beautiful photography & travel blogs. I am introduced to some of the finest artists, writers, thinkers and humorists. My introductions to people from around the world have been amazing and I have been so fortunate to have made a few nice friends. People I would have NEVER otherwise have met or gotten to know.
    People that are as eclectic as I am in their interests and passions, it’s refreshing and comforting. To know that every now and then, someone will read MY post and maybe “Like” it, or better yet “Comment”!!! A comment on a post always brings a smile to me because someone took the time to read what I had to say and let me know they were there.
    Just little ole’ me spending time in the early dawn, before the world wakes fully, catching glimpses of the world outside my world. Knowing that it is possible to dream, to share, to watch and to connect. I couldn’t live without the beautiful human contact that is blogging.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Mountain Gypsy,
      I so agree. I love comments. That little orange ballon just makes my day! Your comment here is so beautiful and poignant and I can tell that you’re a great writer. When things settle from the FP, I’d love to come check out your blog! I’m excited to get to know people who’ve taken the time comment here. It’s quite humbling. Thank you so much!
      Cathy

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  72. My father once asked me, “Why do you blog? Does anybody read blogs (more specifically yours)?” I was fifteen back then. I told him I “need an outlet”. Today, five years later, its so much more than an outlet. Its an expression of my opinion and a recognition of other’s opinions. Memories are shared and discussions abound; its a great mental exercise and a really effective stress buster! Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed Cathy!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Maulika,
      You’re quite the veteran blogger! I’ve only been at it about six months and I’m amazed at how it has evolved in that short a time frame. I can’t imagine what it might be like five years from now. Thank you for stopping by and commenting here!

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  73. My blog is only a few months old. What I didn’t know when I began is that I would be chronicling a very difficult time. I think I’ll be glad to look back and have this record. And hopefully I’ll be on the other side.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Fur and Frond,
      Yes, sometimes the blog gets to be our place of solace during challenging times and I suspect you will be glad you had this outlet. Thank you for taking the time to comment here and I wish you a peaceful day.
      Cathy

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  74. You are fabulous as always! I can relate to Le Clown. Writing for myself and putting my heart out there for the world to see IS a bit unnerving. Much energy to be reclaimed! I’m so excited about that. Thank you for being such a fabulous inspiration!!!
    Love you,
    Crystal

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Love you, too, Crystal. You’re a fabulous writer and I’m so glad you’ve joined us on the blogosphere. Ladies and Gentlemen, my dear friend Crystal atcrystalnuding.com!

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      • Mojca Penca says:

        Greetings fellow blogger! I have only recently joined this wonderfully creative community and your words struck a chord with me. “It’s richness in a smaller world.” That is exactly what it is. The abundance of originality and talent I have so far discovered has been mesmerizing. Thank you for further enriching this incredibly talented community.

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  75. [...] via Ode to the Blogosphere | LargeSelf. [...]

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  76. Miriam Joy says:

    I blog when I have something that I want to say. I’ve been amazed at the discussions I’ve had on topics from Doctor Who to religion, with people from all over the world and all different age groups etc. I’ve also made some really good friends, and I think my writing has probably improved, too.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Miriam,
      I so agree. I love the diversity of this amazing community. It is such a rich and now small world. I have friends in Singapore and England and Australia! I love it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
      Cathy

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  77. joelledeanne says:

    Love this poem. I am new to blogging, I’ve tried over the years to get into it. This is one of the first posts I’ve come across in exploring this new landscape, and it’s just perfect. The perfect inspiration. I am a fantastic procrastinator (most productive when the guilt that I should be doing something else is at my heels) who loves to contemplate and create in many mediums, getting lost in the intricacies of my own personal inner workings. As a first year university student, I am hoping to use my blog as a creative outlet during, around, and in between writing papers, studying for exams, reading, loading up on coffee… etc… Taking interest in the lives of others if only for a few minutes a day, learning, sharing, and being a part of change in people and the world around us. Anyways, thank you for sharing, and I hope to come back again for a visit :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Joelle,
      Welcome! and I’m glad you liked the poem and the post. I’ve been blogging about six months and I find by blog to be my favorite creative medium at the moment. Like you, I have lots of interests – fiber arts, music, piano, cooking, running, gardening. But I do so enjoy my blog! It gives me a place to publish my writing and art and share it with others and people are so kind here!
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Joelle. I enjoyed reading your thoughts.
      Cathy

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  78. Ken Marteney says:

    Great post! It is amazing how the digital world enhances are physical world and the positive effect it has on the people around us.

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  79. avistyle89 says:

    Love this! I am fairly new to blogging but have always wanted to start one. I agree it is much different than twitter and Facebook, it’s so much more real than that. I have found myself to be more of a humorist and dork now more than very and I have resurrected my
    Love for editorial writing. I also love the ability to share my thoughts with everyone and not having to confine it to 120 characters (like Twitter). My blog is my world I get to share it. It has become my addiction and I’m hooked!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Avi,
      Me too. It really is an addiction, and a good one! One thing I have so enjoyed on some of the blogs I follow is the humor. They’re really my favorites! Thanks for stopping by, Avi!
      Cathy

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  80. Ace Arcanum says:

    When people have difficulty expressing in the outside world, some turn to the digital world to express. For me, the blogosphere is an outlet for my thoughts and a training ground for my writing skills. The blogosphere’s a pretty good place!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Ace,
      I agree – the blogosphere is a good place to express, have an outlet for thoughts and creativity and a great place to practice writing skills. Thanks for the follow, too!
      Cathy

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  81. [...] being Freshly Pressed on Wednesday and Thursday, I was still joyfully replying to comments on the awarded post, and wanted to write a short poem and put up a picture before leaving for a full day of clients at [...]

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  82. agehle90 says:

    “Blogging is people
    taking the time
    to write
    or photograph
    or paint
    their lives,
    their loves,
    their passions.”

    I started blogging for a class project. Unlike most, I have really put my heart into it. It is a way for me to express myself and share myself with people who seem genuinely interested–and visa versa. Thank you for this post. I have only begun to blog, but this poem was inspiration to keep going and make every post, paragraph and picture better than the last :)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Agehle,
      I’m glad that blogging has turned into something more than a class project for you. I started my blog to add value to an online class that I teach, but it has become much more. It’s a place where I can express my creativity in so many ways and in the process I’ve met some incredible people. Thank you for your comment here and for the follow! I look forward to seeing what you’re doing on your blog, too!
      Cathy

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  83. Matt Walker says:

    I’m enjoying it too. I’m ready to start adding some photos and snazing up my page soon. Good encouraging post, thanks

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Matt. I love including my photos on my posts. I love to write, but I love visual arts as well and the blog has been such a great way to post pieces that have been on my hard drive for some time. I think the photos add to the post and people seem to enjoy both. Thanks for the kind word. Happy blogging!
      Cathy

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  84. unfetteredbs says:

    I like this alot! Perfectly expressed

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  85. This is beautiful Cathy, thank you so much. I’m glad I found you!

    Congrats on your much deserved success,
    - Christy

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  86. [...] at work: Email from Michelle. Congratulations! You have been Freshly Pressed. Ode to the Blogosphere will be posted in 1-2 days. Stay focused on [...]

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  87. flylikeagirl says:

    This sums up so much of how I feel. I started blogging to keep myself sane in the world of competitive swimming. I have met some amazing people through blogging and have learned that I am not as alone in my thoughts as I thought I was.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Fly Like a Girl,
      I can see how blogging would be a great help in staying connected while engaging in the demands of competitive swimming. The hours that you guys put into training amazes me. Thanks for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  88. Great poem. I’m like you – don’t “like” without having read and hopefully making comments. It’s becoming a full time job – very scary! It’s important for me, though, because I started my blog for a “cause” – to help raise awareness for rescue animals.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      LLC&D,
      Blogging does take more time than I thought it would. Writing posts, for me is only a small part of the time I spend on the blogosphere. And thanks for the work you do for rescue animals!
      Cathy

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  89. [...] Someone Fat Happened, Roller Giraffe, The Bumble Files, iRuniBreathe, Laments and Lullabies, Large Self, Fear No Weebles, that blogger friend of mine who just received the Freshly Pressed email, and [...]

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  90. kaitui_kiwi says:

    I never imagined I would love blogging so much or become so involved in my own circle of blogging friends, commenting, clicking, reading, laughing, being inspired and inspiring. Lately I’ve felt so good to be apart of that community, your poem captures how I feel about it perfectly, thank you

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you! I, too, had no idea how much I would enjoy blogging and an amazing new circle of friends. I’m glad the poem spoke to you, KK. It’s so nice to know that so many others feel the same way I do!

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  91. I just saw this was part of the editor’s monthly picks for the articles Freshly Pressed in October. Congrats again!

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  92. vyvacious says:

    Great poem! :) I love how it’s structured.

    For me, blogging keeps me sane. It keeps me stay down the right path on de-stressing from work and massaging my creative juices that have begun to stiffen and solidify after hours of neglect. I do it because there’s too much going on inside of me to keep it all to myself or bombard friends and family with.

    I think I’m still figuring out things in the blogging world. I realize that this really is my blog to shape however I wish, not how most popular blogs are generally tailored. I will probably get to the same mix of topics, designs, etc. that they have already accumulated but it will definitely be my own. Besides, who else here has tried to combine Batman, food, & traveling? I’ve been told that I can’t but hey guess what, in my own little world, I MOST DEFINITELY CAN :P

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Vyvacious! I, too have found that my blog helps me keep my creative juices flowing. I have always had to have a creative outlet and the blog certainly does that for me. And you know what, you can structure your blog any way you want! And you will find a readership of people with similar interests or a readership of people who find your perspective compelling. I love that about this community. Thanks for the follow and the comment here!
      Cathy

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      • vyvacious says:

        You’re welcome!

        Sometimes I worry that I have too many interests that don’t really have an intersection point other than me…haha. I don’t have that perfect niche that I feel like some people have down pat.

        You’re welcome again! Can’t wait to read more of your posts :)

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  93. Wow. This is very nice. And I am amazed by the number of people who loves you. I just I could have the same.

    Hugs.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks! WordPress does a great job of promoting the blogs on Freshly Pressed and it was really fun to get all the traffic and comments. Thanks for the follow and for stopping by!
      Cathy

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  94. Nur Najwa says:

    Hello Cathy, I like this poem of yours. I found out we have the same reason for blogging. May I ask your permission to share this to my friends? I think people should know why bloggers keep their blogs and were so into writing.

    Cheers :)
    Najwa

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  95. Well done on your mention in the best Freshly Pressed this week ~ well-deserved ~ and it’s introduced me to your blog :)

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  96. robincoyle says:

    Polly Robinson pointed me to this post and your blog in a comment on my post from yesterday where I asked “Why do you blog?” Your poem is so timely for me. And holy smokes . . . look at the response your poem generated. Good for you!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hi Robin,
      We travel in some of the same circles. I’ve seen your comments at Le Clown’s place and I think Madame Weeble’s too. Yes, this post was Freshly Pressed a couple of weeks ago and then made it into the October editor’s picks for WP. And is speaks for me of my feelings about blogging. I think it spoke to a lot of people in a similar way. Thanks for coming over and checking it out! I’ve been wanting to get over to your place and see what you’re doing. Should have some time this weekend. Don’t be surprised if you see a like or a few comments from me…in the meantime, Cheers!
      Cathy

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      • robincoyle says:

        Yup . . . I hang around Le Clown and Madame Weebles places. Poor Madame Weebles with the storm damage and power outage! Le Clown, well, he is a lovable crazy man. I adore them both.

        Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. That is a nice feather in your cap. Hope you do stop by my blog. It is rather dusty at the moment because my father took ill and I’ve been (along with my sisters) tending to his care while he was in the hospital and now nursing home. I’ll be back tho~!

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      • Cathy Ulrich says:

        Robin,
        It takes a lot of energy to care for an ailing parent. My best wishes for you and your sisters. I will check it out and know that it’s coming back soon.
        Love,
        Cathy

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  97. windybee says:

    Enjoyed reading your poem. Congratulations!

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  98. Nur Najwa says:

    Reblogged this on WHISPER of the HEART and commented:
    Bloggers own their world :)

    *This is from the Freshly Pressed: Editors’ Picks for October 2012

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  99. I’m new and just exploring and passed through your world and was glad to read and see your thoughts. Thank you for sharing!

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  100. [...] ”Social media? Yes, but not like Facebook and not like Twitter.” (länk) [...]

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  101. [...] Ode to the Blogosphere. I read this and couldnt agree more with the context of the poem. It really pinned the talk on the donkey..lol [...]

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  102. Great Post Cathy and thank you for your lovely ode. I blog because I like to connect with others and I love writing. It’s also nice when someone takes the time to comment and the peice resonates with them personally.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hello Athena,
      It’s been a long time! So nice to hear from you! I so agree with you on all points. I love blogging for all of the reasons that you mentioned. And I get to meet wonderful people – like you!
      Cathy

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  103. PeterCham says:

    Thank you Cathy,
    Spot on!
    I have been thinking a lot recently about the different ways I communicate with my friends. Each medium has its strengths and weaknesses. Tweeting and social media tend to be superficial and ephemeral. I enjoy blogging but it does require time and research and thoughtful writing to create something worthwhile – as you have done here so neatly, so eloquently. For the past year I have been spending a lot of time trying to master Italian. One consequence is that I do not have time to research and write my English language blog. That leaves me frustrated and I look forward to resuming my meanderings among the topics that catch my eye and my fancy, and sharing them with my blog-friends.
    Thanks for sharing your writings,
    Peter

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Peter,
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment here. Yes, blogging does take more time than other social media, but I enjoy the depth and breadth of experiences more. I spend very little time on Facebook and almost none on Twitter. And I can understand your need to devote concentrated time and energy to Italian. I speak Spanish and have learned some Italian, but it is a far more complex language that many of the other Romance languages, in my humble opinion. I checked out your blog and it sounds like you do spend time in Rome and other places in Italy. Would love to read more about your trips! Thanks again for stopping by here.
      Cathy

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  104. I blog because of YOU and many others than keep me sane and creative and vested in life and the world around us. I have learned so much and my travel bucket list is growing L O N G ! Thanks Cathy

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  105. […] and began writing it back in March of 2012, in October 2012,  she was Freshly Pressed for her poem Ode to Blogosphere.  I met her often during the months that I’ve participated in the Daily Prompt Weekly Photo […]

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