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Monday, February 20, 2012

Blogging about Bloggers, Part Two

Ah, you didn't know there was going to be a part two, did you?! Well, I decided I wanted to tell you about the very first blog I ever read.

A few years ago (and I can't be specific, because I don't actually remember what year, but at least 3-4 years, maybe??) I was spending my internet time mostly emailing, web browsing, online shopping, and casual game playing. One day I was on the website, http://www.stumbleupon.com/.  My son had introduced me to this site and I enjoyed looking at various pages that showed up based on the interests I had entered: nature, animals, Wicca, gardening etc. A web site featuring horses appeared, gypsy horses to be specific. Gorgeous animals that inspired me to search for more sites about these stunning creatures. And a blog turned up.

A blog that changed everything. This blog, http://gypsymare.blogspot.com/  written by the gifted artist Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor evoked several emotions for me. Amazement, curiosity, excitement and a keen interest in investigating not only Jennifer's blog, but finding more blogs. The Gypsy Mare blog is a beautifully rendered site showcasing a lot of Jennifer's paintings of horses of all kinds, rabbits, cats and other creatures of nature. She paints with a flair and in rich, authentic detail. Her colors, her technique and her subjects leap from the page. It is amazing the emotion I feel when I look at her work. But that is not all. She is also an award-winning carver of pumpkins. You have to see her Halloween art. Unbelievable!! AND she is a gifted photographer, traveling around Lancaster County, PA with her adorable daughter, visiting many places of interest, snapping photos, with a keen and talented eye, such wonderful scenes. Country roads, farms, gardens. I could go on and on, because I enjoy her blog so much.

But back to the subject at hand, which is that having discovered Jennifer's blog, I decided I had to see if there were more blogs to read. I visited blogs from Jennifer's own blog list and needless to say the world opened up for me. I found blogs that catered to my varied interests. I spent months reading blogs, but never had the courage to comment. Finally, I decided to create my google account, using my magickal name, and began signing on to follow blogs, leaving comments and, more or less, getting the hang of the blog world.  Eventually, I got brave enough to try a blog of my own, despite my lack of computer techie knowledge, and the rest, as they say, is history.  And all because of a beautiful, wondrous horse and the artist who paints them.

What got you started in the blogging world?




Gypsy Horse Image Source

13 comments:

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Oh how wonderful! Thank you so much! It is a really joy to hear that I have inspired another. I love blogging, only wish I had more time to devote to visiting and commenting on all the wonderful blogs out there. Have a fabulous day:)

Linda in New Mexico said...

Morning BB. I got started looking at blogs because of my friend Georgina. She and I bumped into each other on a paper mache website. I read her snarky answers and answered her back. She started blogging and I said me too, me too. And that is how I came to play in the blogosphere by being a copy cat. Now I can't imagine not blogging, visiting my friends and being a part of something as diverse, interesting and educational. Have a super week, Linda

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I don't remember how I first discovered blogs but I was a lurker on several blogs for at least a couple of years before I got the nerve up to try my own hand at blogging.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I started my first blog when I opened my nurcery/garden centre. It's still out there somewhere but I can't write in it any longer because I've forgotten my pass word :-) :-) :-)

I can't remember wich the first blog I read was but it was probably a swedish one. I started my second blog on a garden site and after a while I realized I had many readers from the USA, so I started one in english on Blogger. The garden site got huge problems after a while and it sort of died, so I continued to write in the english one, the one You read.

But I do have a new one in swedish again. I only write in that one because of a friend that worked to hard and have problems reading english now days. But there are other reading it as well.

Have a great day!
Christer.

mxtodis123 said...

I discovered the world of blogs through a member of one of my Yahoo groups. It took me awhile to try my hand at it, but once I did I was hooked. I love the fact that I can create, and although there may not always be comments, it's better than a Yahoo group where you really feel that you are writing to yourself.
Mary

Danni said...

I first started blogging twelve years ago on Livejournal.com. I kept up with my friends from high school and had a few lookie-loos come by to visit, but after 8 years of writing I had less than 50 readers and less than 10 people who would comment. I'm not even sure how I found blogger, but one day I created an account and started commenting, then started to write and the rest is history. :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Hello my friend ;o) What a gorgeous picture! I feel like dancing with him ;o) I actually started my blog for my art. I didn't realize though, that there was so many wonderful people out there, like you! It's a beautiful feeling inside, to be apart of this family! Big Hugs ;o)

Purpletreebird said...

I discovered blogs by accident through another artist who had been asked to exhibit in the same exhibition as me. I googled her name and found her blog. I'd never heard of blogs before and I was captivated by her story (it was like a personal online diary) and from her blog, gradually found others I enjoyed visiting. One day I couldn't resist any longer and had to join in! :o)
Jess x

Mina said...

What a beautiful tale, Miss Robin. My story is so nearly the same. The first blog I stumbled upon was Anna at Frosted Petunia's. I had googled something witchy and as it was near Halloween, one of her magical art pieces showed up, I read her sweet prose and started looking through her various pages and thought, "I want to create beautiful things and have fun like that."

Like you, it took me awhile to get the confidence to even comment and then to start a blog of my own. Now no one can shut me up. lol! I love blogging and I love bloggers.

Before I send my warmest hugs your way, I want to thank you for your own kindness and encouragement you have sent my way. You are a precious soul, Miss Robin. I am now off to meet this wonderful artist you spoke of. ;-)

oldgreymare said...

I have never seen a horse like that, how incredibly beautiful.
I started a blog as a journal for my private use never imagining anyone would EVER read...
4 years later..go figure!!!!
xx
z

Salem Witch Child said...

I actually kept a journal on Cafemom. When Cm did away with their old format the journals got pushed aside so no one besides your current friends could see them, and even then its hard to find them unless they actually visit your profile. So I decided I needed another outlet for my daily thoughts, rants and writing. Another friend is a blogger so I decided I'd give it a try. And the rest, as you say, is history. :) It's almost been a year and I wish I had started blogging sooner.

Megan w Love Spells Magic said...

I feel the same way you do. Some blogs have a way to of changing your outlook. I have several that keep my mind occupied lol. Thanks
for the http://www.stumbleupon.com/ website! I can't wait to explore that more.

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