My Blog Experience: I Never Expected This

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I think technology is fun. Obviously. That’s why I write this blog.

But this blogging experience has morphed into something else, for me. It’s a connection.

Let me back up a bit. We are all aware that the internet has made the world such a smaller place. But I lived most of my life without the internet. (I know, I’m old :). )

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I remember clearly the days that “Europe” was a strange and distant land. My grandparents had emigrated to the US from a small village in the Black Forest. As a child, to me the Black Forest was the place of Hansel and Gretel, wicked witches, and deep dark dangerous forests. Any relatives who lived there were too far away to “know”. Phone communication was prohibitively expensive. Letters were written on paper-thin blue tissue paper and sent off with very little information shared in the tiny space allowed. You couldn’t even include a photograph in those thin little blue envelopes.

But today we can communicate instantly with everyone around the world. My daughters-in-law both have family in distant countries, and they have a completely different experience than I did. They can communicate as easily as if they lived in the same neighborhood, sharing stories, photographs, videos and live chats. When translation is needed, that’s available, too. It’s all just plain wonderful.

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I love to travel. I have been fortunate to visit a fair number of countries (with a few more on the agenda for next year! yay!) but to me it’s never enough. If money was no object, I’d be everywhere. Because that is where I want to be. To see the old castles, historic places, to experience new foods and flavors, to witness life go on in the human way …the same, yet different.

To my complete surprise and delight, in its own way, blogging “takes me there.” It has morphed into an international experience.

When I started this blog, I hoped some people would read it. But I never gave a thought to who these people would be. I am stunned at the international-ness of the blogging community. The stats show us the visits by country, astounding enough, but it’s the interactions that are special.

I am so honored to be following and be followed by bloggers not only throughout the US, but also in Australia, New Zealand, India, Russia, England, Pakistan, Canada and South Africa.

I am grateful (every day) to be touched by these stranger-friends from around the world, and I will never take this for granted.

Am I the only one blown away by this miraculous connection to everywhere?

BTW … Hansel and Gretel could have used a smart phone 🙂 .

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26 thoughts on “My Blog Experience: I Never Expected This

  1. Daniela says:

    I bet Hansel and Gretel would have loved a smart phone! I hope NZ is on that agenda for the next year trip! I love this post of yours, it is so true and it resonates so much with my own thoughts … I can remember times without internet and many other things besides. Countries outside Europe where simply ‘far away’! Who would have ever thought I would end up in NZ!Yes, I admit technology is amazing … if for no other reason but to put me in touch with you and many other wonderful people around the Globe!
    Thank you,
    Daniela

    • Just look how you and I connected …. isn’t it amazing! And I know you are very very busy, but yet took the time to comment. I am so grateful for that (my point of the whole post!). Thank you. 🙂

    • You take advantage of technology and do a lot of great artistic sharing on your blog. Thank you for visiting here, and taking the time to share your thoughts. 🙂

  2. I am just getting around to visit, so thank you for following my own blog at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary,
    Yes this age of technology is amazing and at a click as you say we can be anywhere in the world communicating with fellow bloggers thousands of miles away..
    Wishing you well upon your own future travels both in the physical and on the Web of Life!
    🙂
    Sue Dreamwalker

    • Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated! I’m just so delighted to be connecting with so many … thanks for being one of them. 🙂

  3. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    I love being able to communicate with people all around the world. I have learned a lot about other areas of the world that I have not been fortunate to visit. I have been to a few countries and several states and it is fun to be able to see via blogging friends how those places have changed since I was there. There are wonderful people everywhere that I would never have had the pleasure of knowing anything about if not for the modern day technology. I have three blogs that keep me busy but I love it! Hugs

    • It is amazing, isn’t it? Every time I see a comment, I am just so happy. 🙂 It’s just so wonderful to be able to interact this way. I enjoy reading the things you write, too!

  4. You a definitely not alone. It is the interactions with the most amazing, friendly and interesting people that keeps me so engaged otherwise I am quite sure I would have lost interest by now. I am learning so much – especially from a certain lady who posts useful techie tips 😉

  5. I know exactly what you mean – technology has opened the door for us to keep in touch instantly – not just with family and friends, but we also make new friends in the process.
    Only yesterday I got to meet an internet friend in person. She lives in the UK, I live in Australia, and she was visiting family here, so we arranged to meet, and it was fantastic! It only came about because of the internet!
    Blogging brings us together too, I get excited when I see my inbox full of comments from my blogging buddies, and can’t wait to read them. I love the interaction, because we get to know each other so well, and we learn so much from each other – your blog is a good instance of that; you help so many people with techie information!

    • I think that is so wonderful that you were able to meet!! That must have been so much fun. Isn’t there an expression that goes something like “strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet” ? or something like that. As you say, you two would have remained strangers if it wasn’t for the internet. That is just super! And thanks for your kind words. 🙂

  6. What a terrific blog you have! I also agree with your post-I grew up not having the internet and making a long distance phone call was rare. 🙂 It still amazes me how many connections we can now easily make around the world. I look forward to following your blog because I can use help learning to use my phone!
    Thank you!
    Christina

    • It is amazing, isn’t it? It’s almost hard to imagine how it “was”!
      Thanks SO much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I am very grateful 🙂

  7. Your post reminded me of how much technology is changing our lives. We had Internet for the first time when I was 16, so I was raised in the ‘chat room’ mentality of the Internet (before they got too dodgy), being able to talk with complete strangers from all around the world was simpy amazing. Now it’s second nature to turn to the Internet to find information on something, look up a recipe for dinner, shop etc.
    My 11 yr old daughter has grown up with this internet and computing already being a central part of her life. As she moves onto secondary school (already with her smart phone, friends email addresses and what seems like a never ending stream of communication from them) it is so exciting seeing her move into this connected world – all be it with parental controls and frequent discussion with me on how to use it safely!

    • Keeping the internet experience safe for children is something I think about often. Not just the whole “predator” thing, but the daily stream of “stuff” from other kids, etc. Used to be when you went home from school, you were done with the social angst of adolescence, but now young people have to face this 24/7. As a retired school counselor, I can imagine the bullying possibilities. My hat is off to you! It can’t be easy to find the balance of all the positives, yet keeping the negatives at bay. My parenting experience did not include the internet. It was just starting, then. (I remember when my older son told me about “bulletin boards”. “Look, Mom, I can call this number, and leave a message, and someone else can call it and read it.” I remember thinking: “HUH? What possible use is that?” haha …. I’m not very forward thinking!)

  8. I’m 100% with you. When I went to Scotland for the first time as a child with my grandparents, we only called home twice, and it took forever to get the expensive (and crackly) connections! When I was there 2 years ago, I could call or text home with my smartphone (which also gets email, internet, and Facebook!)
    I love the ability to reach my family, but I also enjoy the connections to my blogging friends – wherever they are. It’s a brave new community, and there’s so much to learn from it!

    • You understand exactly!! We are fortunate to have experienced life both “with” and “without” all this technology, and wow, what a difference. Thank you so very much for visiting my blog and taking the time to stop and make a comment! Much appreciated! 🙂

  9. I too am amazed every day when I see all those different flags in my stats. But what amazes me is that the comments I get don’t come with the baggage of bias and discrimination due to race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity,.. What is important are the ideas and support for each other we have to share.

    • Isn’t it wonderful? This blogging experience is new to me, and I am truly overwhelmed with the connections being formed. People are people, and this is how it should be. I thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and to make a comment. Another connection! I am very grateful, thank you!

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