I Heart Blogging


I don't have much to blog about this week. It's kind of like the calm before the storm. I have so many travel plans coming up to blog about, I'll be blogging about them until Spring! My last post was about needing suggestions for some of the upcoming destinations we have scheduled and I received such amazing responses! Thank you! And it got me thinking about how much I have grown to love blogging.

Had it not been for our move to the UK, I would have never started blogging. I never really was a blog follower. Sure, I read blog posts. But only if they were the link from the Pin I was reading about! But once I knew we were moving, all I wanted was first hand advice about living in another country. I first started looking mainly because I needed to figure out how the heck I was going to get my 3 animals to the UK. And I wanted this information from a first hand account. What I found were blogs full of adventure with gorgeous photos and intriguing words recounting the experience. I began to dig deeper and realized that this was something I wanted to create too. I wanted to give more than just a Facebook post to our travels. I wanted to use my brain and make this a creative hobby for myself. I wanted to sufficiently document this huge blessing of being able to experience a world outside of everything we have ever known. So I did. And here is what I love about it.

The Community: As I mentioned before, I loved reading every one's suggestions for our upcoming destinations and I hope I do you proud! It's amazing just how helpful everyone is in the travel blogosphere. I feel like I have friends all over the world. I have many blogs that I read on a regular basis and "talk" to bloggers about their adventures. This may sound weird to someone who has never blogged before, but move 4,000 miles away from home and then try and call it weird! It's funny how my little "community" is there to talk about travel anytime. And luckily enough, I have gotten to meet some other bloggers in the London area and it's like we've been friends all along! I find new blogs to love and become engrossed in all the time. It's a community that never ceases to amaze me!

I Learn a Lot: Blogs are my main source of travel information. I love reading about what each person did when they went to different places around the world. Living in the US all my life, I would have never known that Croatia or the Czech Republic were really amazing places to visit and that I would be adding them to my bucket list! It was also nice to read about other's experiences in transitioning to life abroad and to learn that it wasn't a big bed of roses. We all have this dreamy idea of how living in another country will be. But it was not at all dreamy. It was difficult. I felt things that I didn't imagine I would feel. Just take a gander over some of my Expat Checkup posts and you will see through my 'trying to hard to be cheery' tone that I was having a bit of a hard time. Expat bloggers made me feel better about not feeling the 'dreamy' euphoria of moving to another country.

It's Fun: I'm not the best photographer. I'm really not a good writer. And I'm not the most creative person. But I love being able to work on my little site and call it mine. I like to edit my photos. I like to plan out blog posts. I like to fiddle around with my blog design and learn a little about coding along the way (is that even what you call it??) I never really talk about work, because I don't, work that is. It's taken me awhile to accept my new role as a childless housewife. I miss working. But I have now learned to enjoy this season. And blogging has filled a little bit of the work void. There would be no way I could keep this blog up if I worked full time, so kudos to all of you that do!!

Anyway, I just had to get it out there that I really appreciate everyone who reads my blog and 'talks' to me! I surely appreciate all of you travel bloggers out there and thank you for providing me with such amazing information and making my wanderlust continue to grow!

And if you are ever around this quaint little town of Ely, give me a shout :)



25 comments

  1. Me too!! I was starting to think I was crazy! So thankful for this inspiring little online community!

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  2. It is a great little community and so helpful!! I've definitely gotten some great ideas from others and hopefully I've given others helpful tips too!! I do love that! :)

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  3. I love the community too. I don't actually know many expats here in NL so it's always so nice to read about everyone's life here online. Even when they're in a totally different country of stage of life, I still feel a connection :)

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  4. I love looking to other blogs of people who moved to the UK - it's helped me to settle in a lot as we start to call England home. (Well, I'm starting to - my husband already lived here his entire life). It's so great to be able to reach out to other people in similar situations and learn the ropes from the more experienced (like you!) while embracing this time to turn blogging into a full-time gig, as the opportunity presents itself. Can't wait to read about all of your upcoming travels and goings-on!

    <3 dani
    http://blog.shopdisowned.com

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  5. I completely agree! It's so lovely to know that you've made friends this way (as have we all!). It's incredible really! x

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  6. aww, I love this! hugs to you! I really hope that one day we can cross paths in real life, but in the interim it's been wonderful being in this community with you! :D

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  7. This is so true, all of it! I'm so glad you were inspired to create your own blog because you've got a REALLY good one, regardless of what you say about your writing and photography talents! :) I can't wait to read about your upcoming trips!

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  8. It's really wonderful! And thank you for all of your tips! I was telling my husband yesterday that I am ready for Prague now!! Ugh, the waiting is the worst :)

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  9. Same here. I have it a little easier in an English country but I still feel a connection with all the other expats!

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  10. Isn't that the truth! I felt so much better after reading about others who had experienced the same uups and downs as I was feeling after moving here! If you ever have any questions....ask away!! And thanks for reading :)

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  11. It really is!! I never expected any of it!

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  12. aww hugs back! I am way behind on Germany planning but I will email you here in a bit and maybe we will be crossing paths?? :)

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  13. Thanks Sarah!! I consider yours one of the first that I started reading :) And so happy to get to see you every now and then!!

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  14. We should plan to meet half way one day for lunch or afternoon tea? What's halfway between us??

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  15. Same here. I would have never blogged unless I moved away. But it's such a good way of keeping everything organized and visible, I want to keep doing it for a while. If you're ever in London again, let's meet up! Or maybe I can come that way... who knows!

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  16. I love the community. It's so awesome to be able to connect with cool women doing cool things!

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  17. Awh! I love the community too!! I have fallen behind on all my fav blogs the last couple of weeks and have been missing it heaps. Things are starting to settle down now so I am jumping back on board! x

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  18. That would be so fun!! I have no idea where half way would be haha!! Maybe Royston? I'm trying to think of all the stops on the way into Kings Cross!! No clue....need to research this :)

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  19. Yes, lets do! I don't have any upcoming plans to be in London but if something comes up, I'll let you know!!

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  20. i mean seriously....there are some super cool ladies out there, yourself included!!!

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  21. Yes, but you have been having an amazing time I'm sure!! I can't WAIT to see your travels!!

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  22. Well I can't wait to see all of the travel posts!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  23. I love your honesty! I agree, I always look at blogs for travel advice. I had been following quite a few bloggers during their time in Korea. Unfortunately,all of them have since left but I'm still hoping for a blogger meet up while I'm here! It seems like a lot of bloggers I follow are in Europe...you're so lucky to have such a community where you live! And isn't it fun to learn a little about HTML coding!?

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  24. Hmmm 'fun coding' I don't know about that lol!!! I don't really understand anything technical about a blog but I am trying!! Aww I hope you find some bloggers nearby! I don't have any really close to me, I guess london is the closest and it's nice to make a trip down every once in awhile :)

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  25. The days can't go by fast enough!! I'm ready to go already :)

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