Wednesday, August 15, 2012

7 years...

It was in August 2005 that Byron said to me "I've made you something you are going to LOVE, It's called a blog!"
"A what???"

7 years ago this month we were embarking upon an adventure. We were living in Northampton, England with a "For Sale" board outside our house and we were biting our nails in anticipation of whether or not we would be granted a Visa to start a new life on the other side of the world...

And so began this blog. It started as a diary to be shared with a handful of family members so they could share our journey with us. It has evolved into something I never dreamt of. I have written 1695 posts that have been viewed by over 15,000 people in 140 countries around the world!

The 92 followers make my heart swell with pride and the joy of knowing that I am a part of a community. A community of writers, mothers, photographers, crafters and friends. Some of you I have met in real life, some I know only through your writing, your photos, your emails, some of you I feel sure I will meet some day if I either travel to your part of the world or you travel to mine. The comments that you wonderful women leave brighten my days.

Thank you each and every one of you for being a part of this journey.

To celebrate with me can I ask you one small favour?! Whether you are a regular commenter or have never commented before will you help make my day by leaving a comment on this post to celebrate with me and say hello!

15 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. Congratulations, and hello from South Carolina in the US! (Although I started reading while living in France...) I wish you many more happy hours spent blogging!

  2. I wouldn't miss commenting on this post what a special one. Congratulations to you for blogging for 7 years, for your fun posts that always make me laugh and for your blogging friendship. I look forward to following along with more of your journey. xx

  3. Congratulations on your first 7 years of blogging! It is wonderful to record life events.

    I am following from Massachusetts, US and have enjoyed the journey. You are a very interesting, fun, witty person and I have loved reading!

    With love and Hope,

  4. Wow Gina congratulations .. well done, I need to come over more often. Keep up your great work. I noticed you said you lived in Northampton .. I used to live in Daventry .. What date did you move?x I used to work in Northampton LOL

  5. Wow 7 years! Doesn't time fly. Northampton isn't the same without you. No really, it isn't. It rains a hell of a lot more now and summer lasts for one week but I don't think I can really blame that on you :)

    Keep on bloggin'

  6. I love your blog Gina! It is always fun to "stop" by for a visit! You are so witty in your writings and have such a fun spirit! I do feel like I "know" you and I really do look forward to meeting you in person one day! Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! Keep it up!

  7. Congratulations Gina. I love reading your writing, about your adventures, crafting & cooking. Happy birthday blog!

  8. 7 years! That is so neat, Gina! And I have so enjoyed reading up on your sweet family's adventures. Thank you for the bright, cheerful moments I get to indulge in by reading your posts! :)

  9. Congrats from your friend who lives just around the corner, even though we 'met' while reading the same blog from America! It's a small (big) world :)

  10. Congratulations Gina! I admire your dedication to the craft of blogging! Glad things worked out so well for you down under. Might run into you when youre home - live back in Blackrock now and as you know, its a small world!

  11. Hi Gina
    Greetings from your old nursing pal Katherine here in Co. Kildare! Nicola prompted me to check out your blog today so just want to say I love catching up on your posts - you are a great writer some of your posts are so moving. I'm sorry I don't comment more - promise i'll try a bit more. Love all the photos and how you depict your lives down under. K x

  12. hi from Italy!
    congratulations, you've run a long way, and done very well!

    I've been reading your blog for a while, and I still wonder what in the first place made you choose to go away. But it seems you love being there!
    If you ever come to Italy, let me know, it would be fantastic to meet you personally!

    best wishes

  13. Cripes, Gina! You are truly one of the blogging pioneers. I am suitably impressed. I'm so glad we've found each other through this bloggy caper. J x

  14. last but not least Gina, thank you for your beautiful blogs we admire and love you jul xxx

  15. Congratulations on your 7th year of blogging. I can not recall how I arrived here, but I have been following you since then.
    I love your blog, and you know that you are close to my Florentine heart.