This week on the Gallery Tara has chosen the theme ‘Celebration’.  So easy and yet so, not. There are so many celebratory pictures that I could have chosen but I wanted to try something a little bit different.

When I first started blogging in July last year I had absolutely no clue what it meant.  I knew I loved writing and that it might be a good medium for me to explore and yet the first few months were a bit, well, meh…

In January 2010 I changed tack, and finally made my blog into the personal story I had probably always wanted it to be. I wrote this for Josie’s writing workshop, more revelationary than I had imagined I could be, and it opened up into a whole new experience. Suddenly I saw that there was a community of bloggers and that I could be a part of that, and slowly over the proceeding months that’s what happened.

This post is dedicated to all of you – to the many bloggers I’ve met, both virtually and in real life.  So many of you have inspired me, supported me, laughed at and with me and often made me cry.  I dip in and out of lots of blogs and many of my favourites are in this image – can you see yourself?

If you’re not there, take a second to tell me about your blog, leave me a link and I’ll come and check it out.  Let’s continue to celebrate all that is good about this little community of ours:

I wish I could have done something really wizzy and created hyperlinks from each image….I didn’t but if I get the chance I’ll write a big old linky post telling you all about each blog and why I love it.

A bloggy good celebration…
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45 thoughts on “A bloggy good celebration…

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm
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    Wow, that is ingenious. And like, yay, I’m in there. 🙂

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm
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    Oh, I’m there, I’m there, I can see jelly beans. 😀

    Great idea, Paula. I got dragged into blogging, kicking and screaming and now I’m obsessed. I feel so blessed to be able to do this and know all these fantastic people.

    Thank you.

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm
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    Aww, that’s fabulous.

    And, don’t worry — it’s okay that I’m not there as I’ve only just discovered your blog. =(

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm
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    What a brilliant post & some (a lot of) brilliant blogs in there too!

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:52 pm
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    aaww look at me big old flower in there (no innuendo AT ALL!) 😀 I’m having a bit of a crappy week so this and another blog related mention has cheered me up 🙂

  • September 15, 2010 at 12:08 am
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    What a lovely tribute. I started blogging a couple of months ago, and have enjoyed meeting fellow bloggers. It’s a generous, passionate, creative bunch. So much talent out there. WordPress makes the experience easy and engaging. Can’t say enough about it all. Come see my photos….

  • September 15, 2010 at 6:19 am
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    It worked! It’s lovely. And thank you. I’ve been amazed and another word to do with being overwhelmingly pleased (what? It’s early) about the friendships that I’ve made through blogging and just how blinking wonderful it all is. You’ve cheered me up. And now I need a coffee x

  • September 15, 2010 at 6:27 am
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    What a great idea. I recognise quite a lot of those, but not all of them. I’m relatively new to blogging and I’ve found it a much deeper, richer world than I expected! It’s been a revelation how many talented people are out there, revealing themselves and their thoughts in interesting ways.

  • September 15, 2010 at 6:31 am
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    Just read the post you wrote in January- how moving, must have been so scary for you 🙂

    I’m Rachel & I blog about our life with twins & our autistic daughter, my site is http://strange-beau.blogspot.com

    x

  • September 15, 2010 at 8:03 am
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    What a great picture! How did you manage that? I’m very proud to be on it too! You are quite right about celebrating our community. Thank you for making me so welcome!

  • September 15, 2010 at 8:08 am
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    Oooh, you are clever! 😀 And I’m on there! *dances a happy dance with jazz hands* Blogging is a blast, I love it! Great to see it celebrated!

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:01 am
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    You are brilliant at putting together this sort of thing. What a brilliant idea too – I’m very impressed!

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:02 am
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    Terific idea!
    Now I have to work at getting a place on the blogwall… any tips?

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:16 am
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    That is such a stunning idea, and a lovely post.

    I love reading your blog cause it does exactly the things that you say other blogs do for you, for me.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:19 am
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    Chuffed. I’m right in there.
    I recognise about 26 of these straight away – we clearly mix in the same circles! I love this, it’s like a little quiz . . .

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:21 am
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    Proud to be included, lovely lady, and I’ll celebrate you as a bloggy friend any day. You know you’ve been a great support to me.

    I met some fabulous people behind blogs I’d read for years on Monday night who have inspired me to try harder to make my blog more of my personal story. And this post is another reason to get off my backside and do it.

    For me, blogging is all about the friends. I’m not a writer, unlike so many of you, but the people I have met online are awe inspiring. Love you all xxx

  • September 15, 2010 at 10:10 am
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    It is wonderful Paula. Absolutely wonderful. And if I hadn’t wandered onto twitter I would never have guessed my own blog!

  • September 15, 2010 at 10:15 am
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    Fab post, amazed at how many I recognise just from the picture 🙂

  • September 15, 2010 at 10:16 am
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    That is lovely, I can see my little burping fish. xxx

  • September 15, 2010 at 10:33 am
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    Thanks for all you have done with Blognonymous and thank you for including Have a Lovely Time, hope @cosmicgirlie isn’t too miffed at where I’m sitting!!!!!!!!!!!

    ……..

    xxxxx

    ((((((((((hugs))))))))

    That last one is for @vwallop by the way.

  • September 15, 2010 at 10:57 am
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    Very clever! I do recognise quite a few of them but not them all

  • September 15, 2010 at 11:18 am
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    What a clever and lovely idea! And I can see my deer.

    It really is a lovely community.

  • September 15, 2010 at 11:28 am
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    Aaah, what a lovely post! Perfect! And what a great idea to do the collage… lovely you.

    Ahem, never one to miss an opportunity to plug myself… I have http://www.redtedart.com, where you will find lots of book reviews for kids (at the moment for <5s, but have army of 5+ kids coming to rectify that) and LOTS AND LOTS of crafts for all ages. Oh, and some photos that I like.

    Ramble over!

    Have a lovely day.

    Maggy

  • September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am
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    Ooh! My berries are there (if you see what I mean *cough*) xx

  • September 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm
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    It’s a lovely idea .. because I’m there… would have bveen pissed off it I hadn’t of been !.. cool idea, and we are a lovely lot huh !

  • September 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm
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    Oh how totally COOL, what a brilliant idea and what a great thing to celebrate. Am v flattered to be in there 😉

    xxxxx

  • September 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm
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    Paula, this is great…. I am getting addicted to blogging, so many great, informative and friendly…

    Enjoy your day!

    Candace

  • September 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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    Just a year?? Wow it’s gone quick. I love the image, what a great idea! And thanks so much for including me ((HUGS)) xx

  • September 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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    I love the virtual people I’ve met blogging! It’s nice to be able to dip into the lives of others and realize that you’re not as crazy as you thought you were. *grin* Great post!

  • September 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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    I’ll take a hug off you any day Linda 😉

  • September 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm
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    What a clever idea, would love to see my blog there too ;))) @Kahanka

  • September 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm
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    You’re great… For me too discovering blogging was like a life line. So glad i stumbled to your blog through The Gallery.

  • September 16, 2010 at 8:53 am
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    Wow thank you for including me. I am so lucky to have met you – here to the blog world

  • September 16, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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    Totally random question…why do your posts only show up as a ‘snip’ in my Reader…no photos…not the whole post?

  • September 18, 2010 at 11:41 am
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    Ha! I’d say just keep doing what you’re doing – looks like you’re doing pretty well to me 🙂

  • September 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm
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    Its going to take a long time for me to be recognised as a mummy vlogger but I am keeping on going. I have just started to get yours through RSS feed and feleing proud of myself. I now need to add lots more peoples.

  • September 20, 2010 at 10:51 am
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    What a lovely tribute to your favourite bloggers – must have taken a bit of time to do that! I recognise a few of my favourites in there too.

  • September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am
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    That’s lovely and I couldn’t be more pleased to see my piccie up there. This is great, makes me smile feeling like I’m part of something. V cool.

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  • September 26, 2010 at 11:44 pm
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    Thank you all for your lovely comments and so good to meet some new bloggy faces. I’m still making my way around and if I haven’t already been a-visiting, I’ll be there very soon 🙂

  • October 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm
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    Oh Paula I’ve just seen this now!!! It’s fab. I need to see you lovely lady. Let’s make a plan x

  • October 12, 2010 at 9:40 pm
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    Thanks for all your lovely comments – I hope I managed to get round to all of your lovely blogs to say my own hello. Time to do another round I think. xx

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