QUINTET

Today I have been blogging for 5 years.

FIVE YEARS.

I’ve blogged about everything from animals to depression to snoring.

I’ve written over 300 short stories.

I’ve had my stats go up and down and my page ranking go up and down more times than a lady of the night’s bloomers.

I’ve blogged on a daily basis with gusto. I’ve felt like calling it quits on the whole thing.

I think (and hope) I’ve become a better writer.

Most of all, I have made some incredibly sustaining, nurturing and just plain FUN blogging friendships. I don’t know what I’d do without all the blogging friends I’ve made. You have truly enriched my life.

Thank you. I am so grateful to all of you for keeping reading all these years.

I love you all.

Smooches xxxx

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35 thoughts on “QUINTET

  1. Wow, congratulations, Selma! Five years is quite a milestone. I don’t think I even knew blogging existed five years ago. I’m so glad you didn’t leave blogging before I found you. Smooches back at you!

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    1. I can’t believe I’ve kept going for 5 years, Patti. I nearly stopped a few times, but in my heart of hearts I know I would miss it if I did. It’ll be interesting to see how long I actually keep going for. Thanks for the smooches!

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  2. Congrats on the 5 years my dear! So glad I found you and don’t even recall ‘how’ I found you but it’s been a real treat to know you, to read your short stories, right down to the geography lesson as I follow along on your walks. You’ve reminded me to stop and smell the roses literally and figuratively and I’ve learned how to see through your eyes. My greatest wish is for you to become published. You have a rare talent and gift and I want everyone to know it try way we, your loyal readers know it.

    Lookin forward to the next five years ! You rock lady and it’s a huge pleasure to know you!

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    1. I think we originally met through Hilly’s blog. I used to love her blog but she doesn’t seem to blog much at all anymore. You are so kind to say that about my being published. Without question, you are one of my greatest supporters. I can’t thank you enough for that. It has been a pleasure to meet and get to know you online, Cathy!

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  3. 5 years sounds so short somehow. I’m not surprise that I have had all the same ups and downs as you have with blogging and I actually been blogging for 1 year more than you but still quite slow in catching up with new trends or new formats.

    I think blogging isn’t about moving up or moving down in the blogosphere but making contacts with other people. I’m so glad to have met you, well, sort of, since we’ve never met in person, but still, I say I’m glad and happy to know you. I never quite like traveling but if I would to choose one place to visit for one time only, I would go to Sydney Australia, even if the flight might be over 20 hours. I’ll lose a day just getting there, but it’s okay with me.

    I know it’s hard to maintain a constant connection between bloggers considering most of us are on different time zones but I think we are doing okay. perhaps one day, we’ll cross paths without knowing.

    I hope many happiness for you and everything that you do. thanks for all the interesting things you’ve shared with us so far. I hope many more to come.

    have a great day.

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    1. That’s what it is all about for me, Lissa – the people. I have met some amazing people through blogging whom I now regard as close friends (including you, of course.) They have made my life so much better. I hope you make it to Sydney some day – we would have so much fun going around taking all our photos. That would be awesome. Much happiness to you too – you are a brilliant person!

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  4. Wow, that’s wonderful. Good on ya, mate. 🙂 I’m very thankful for the blogosphere for bringing wonderful people like you and your readers into my life. You rock, m’dear, you rock.

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen. And I am proud to have Aussified you a little with your use of mate. That is grouse!!! It has been a huge honour to meet you and get to know you via the web. You really have made me believe there are more good people out there than bad. Love you xxxx

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  5. Yayayayayay – congrats and smoochies back at you Selma 🙂 5 years is a long time and 300 stories is amazing! You are right up there at the top of my list of favourite bloggers so here’s to another 5 years.

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    1. It means so much to me that you should say that, Gabe. When I first commented on your blog back in the day I was a little nervous because I thought: ‘Gabe is a well-known blogger and such a talented poet, she’s going to think I just ramble on about nothing.’ I don’t know why I was worried because now you are also one of my fave bloggers and are such a warm and genuine person whom I am incredibly fond of. Thanks for being you, Gabe. You have kept my spirits up for a long time. ♥

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  6. Hi Selma
    as a mere child of four years’ blogging experience, I salute you! I’ve gone through all the things you describe and I have found your post encouraging and inspiring. I love your writing and your worldview. Congratulations! Anne

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    1. Awww thanks, Anne. That means so much to me. To have my world view appreciated and even understood is such a special thing. What a beautiful thing to say. You are lovely xxx

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    1. It is so kind of you to say that, Lauri, because that has been one of my aims. It hasn’t been easy to keep the content fresh but I have tried. Thank you so much xxxx

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  7. Huge hug & kisses to you on reaching 5 years old. I think I’ve been there for over 4 years now. So glad I found your blog and got to know you through it. Amazing way with words & a gem of a person to boot. Love you Selma. Keep them coming.

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    1. They say the first five days are the toughest – a bit like joining the marines. Haha. If I can do it, you can, slpmartin. You have so many ideas it is staggering. Keep that poetry coming xxx

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  8. Congrats!

    I haven’t done 2 years yet, but one thing I’ve learnt, both here and on Twitter. It’s not the number of your followers that counts, it’s the quality.

    Love coming here; it’s almost like visiting Sydney again … maybe one day, we’ll manage that pie at Harry’s?

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    1. I completely agree with you re. the quality, Travelrat. The stats don’t really matter, it’s the relationships that count. I knew you meant 5 because I think you started blogging not long after I did.

      One day we WILL do that pie at Harry’s. That would be brilliant!

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  9. Happy blog anniversary!! That’s many years filled with wonderful achievements. Your blog is always a source of inspiration and most excellent writing … here’s to the next five years! 😀

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    1. It’s great to be here, Tipota. Otherwise I wouldn’t have met you and that would be a sad thing indeed. You have filled my life with light. Thank you xxx

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  10. Hey sweet Selma, connecting with you here is one of the best things that has happened to me in this crazy blogging world. I so enjoy your writing and wit and how you put your thoughts & feelings out there, you are a very brave and tender girl and I’m proud to call you my (far away) friend.
    xoxo

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    1. You’re going to make me cry now, Susan. I can tell what an extraordinary person you are from your writing and your art. It is such a true pleasure to know you. You are also my faraway friend. Knowing that makes me feel really, really good xxxx

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  11. And during those five years you have friends that flit in and out. The thing is, some of us just keep coming back because we love ya so darn much. Congrats on the five years!

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    1. I believe true friends flit in and out and nobody gets annoyed about it. I have some friends I don’t see for a year at a time but when I do see them it’s as if we just saw one another the day before. That is true friendship for me. I am so glad you are flitting in and out, Aine. It means a lot to me. Luv ya xxxxx

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  12. It is amazing how we have all grown from this experience of blogging, Selma! Our writing has improved, we have created amazing chronicles of the ups and downs of our lives, and our vision of community has expanded around the world! My husband never ceases to be amazed that I have genuine knowledge of and caring for people from all over the planet, and that I can attest to the fact that deep down we are all very much the same. I have followed you for a long time now, I’m not even sure how long. I’ve loved your stories, delighted in your walks, and cried for the struggles life has thrown at you. In short I have come to think of you as a dear friend and neighbor, that is just a few keystrokes down the road! Bless you as you start off on another year of writing and sharing, I am believing that life holds some happy surprises for you in the moths ahead!

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    1. You are so right, Josie. Blogging has enriched my life, for sure. It’s almost like doing a degree in creative writing, psychology, self help and how to make friends rolled into one. Starting a blog is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I regard you as a dear, dear friend, Josie. You mean so much to me. Love you xxxx

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