Friday, January 24, 2014

I've Been Thinking

     Now with a tile like this I'm sure many have come backs which will have come to their minds. Many bloggers make a special post in the New year and comment on their satisfaction with their blog and point to where they would like to go in the future. I'm just getting around to thinking about my blog's future. Okay , then , on with the post.

     When I started my blog in 2008 , I had thought about what I would like to blog about. I listed eight general topics. Now I thought I would see how I was doing. Have I stuck to the topics? I'm afraid that i have strayed from my topics and posted about many other things. Why did I start thinking about my blog? Many of the posts lately seem to be about myself. I was not intending to write so much about myself. I wanted to write about things other than myself. I have covered all the topics but some of them quite rarely .  So I will tape my list of topics beside the computer and see if I can do a little better with my original intentions. So here is my first post.

  What does one say when one starts a blog ? Obviously something must be on my mind . I'm interested in the environment , music,reading, Xcountry skiing , cycling , issues of health and education ... So from time to time I will leave comments on these topics and other related issues . I hope that you find something of value ...informative, interesting or something which you wish to comment on.
     I look forward to coming up with topics and putting them together for others to think about .

    Yes, that was the very first post on Hiawatha House on Aug. 27 , 2008. I made three more posts in 2008

    I must admit that when I started the blog , I had no idea of what a blog really was. I didn't look at other blogs. My learning curve was fairly flat for the first couple of years. Although I worked very hard, it's been fun. The fun part was discovering readers and other blogs.

33 comments:

  1. Hiya Red! I rather enjoy hearing about your life experiences and the area you live in. I feel fortunate to have found your blog through DJan I believe:)

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    1. You have to listen to your readers and I hear that they find the parts of my life interesting.

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  2. I follow several blogs, and I could follow a lot more, but I just don't think I could keep up with too many more! I find it fun, informative and rewarding though.

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    1. I divide my blogs. some I reply to all the time. Others I reply to things that interest me and others I just read everyday without comment. That way I can follow more cool blogs.

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  3. I think our blog purposes get altered along the way as they evolve into conversations with friends.

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    1. Good point. That's exactly what happened to me.

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  4. Red, I struggle with thinking. I suspect I was not anywhere near the front of the queue when the equipment was issued.
    All blogs are different mine is anything I find interesting before lunch time.

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    1. Whether you were thinking or not, you hit on a key point. All blogs are different and that's part of the fun of following various blogs. Yes thinking can be dangerous.

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  5. Yes, blogging enriches your life, contacts with people from foreign countries and to read how they live, the differences and the similarities, that is what I like the most.

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    1. mM eyes are certainly opened when I read your blog and you show life in Holland.

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  6. I agree that the fun part is belonging to a community of bloggers whose lives are different from mine but are still a part of my family these days! You are a special friend, Red. :-)

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    1. Well, thanks for the nice complement. A key part is taking a look at people who are different.

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  7. I almost did the same thing Red - I had no idea what to put on a post when I first started, so made a list and I always strayed from it. I threw the list out and decided just to write whatever came to mind. I do enjoy the stories about your days up in the Artic, something I will never accomplish myself, so its kinda neat to hear someone talk of their experiences and your life growing up and your career as a teacher. It seems to me that you have rounded out your posts rather well, for I surely do enjoy them "Sir" Red - always fun to hear from you :)

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    1. Thanks . I was satisfied with my blog but decided to take a pause and see where things were going.

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  8. i actually like reading about you - your present and your past. :) i didn't read other blogs and no one read mine for the first 6 mos. (except for a few family members who i forced into it). then another blogger found my place, followed me, i went to his place, found other blogs on his sidebar, too, and the whole blog world opened up. :)

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    1. Great comment on nobody reading your blog for six months .That's exactly what happened to me. I still remember who left the first comment.

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  9. When I first started my blog I had no idea what to do, what to write about, etc. Over time, it all became more natural. We kind of grow into our own blogging style.

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    1. Good point on growing into a blogging style. I know the feeling because that is exactly what happened to me.

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  10. I think we all start off with the intention of focusing on a topic, or certain topics. And many of us eventually stray. I know I did. But sometimes blogs evolve over time, and that's not such a bad thing.

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    1. I think we have to have some ideas when we start or we would never get the blog off the ground.

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  11. And you have a great blog. Your posts are very interesting and thoughtful! Sometimes I have to catch up on several at once if I'm behind on blog-reading, but it's always worth coming to yours. :)

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    1. Thank you. I admire your dedication for keeping up with comments. I sometimes get so fr behind I just skip a bit.

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  12. Like you, I had little idea what a blog was and started one (in 2011) on the suggestion of my son. It's hard to stay on topic and blogs that do so generally aren't interesting. But I always find something interesting when I visit Hiawatha House and I look forward to coming here.

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    1. Well, thank you. Blogs sort of lead you. You're influenced by what people like.

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  13. Even a short sentence gives character to the person.

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    1. You're right . There are some excellent blogs that are very short.

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  14. I read your "ghost" blogs about your local sculptures and found them so interesting! Thanks for sharing those photos and commentary!

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  15. You tell wonderful stories, make delightful comments, too!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. Well, thank you. We teachers have to stick together.

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    2. Oh, I remember some kids saying to each other,"Shut up. He's going to tell another story."

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  16. Mine was started as part diary and partly to let people in my 'other' home country know what I was up to to save lots of individual emails all the time. Like most blogs though it just grew like Topsy with a mind of its own. I think that just going with the flow is good Red.

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    1. I've seen blogs that are used for communications with friends. It's ag ood thing your blog grew.

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