Five Years of Blogging

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I missed my 5th anniversary of blogging! My first post was published on 11th October 2011 just before my son went to live in Australia. He helped me set it up and regularly comes to the rescue when I have a problem. He also hosts me. I started my second blog, Blois Daily Photo (now Loire Daily Photo) in July 2013 in anticipation of moving to Blois. When I first started blogging, I posted nearly every day. I had a lot to say!

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I then started posting every second day with regular features such as Monday’s Photo of the Week and Wednesday’s Blogger Round-Up where I featured 3 posts I had read during the week that I wanted to share. These days I don’t seem to have time to read many other blogs at all.

In fact, since we moved to Blois two years ago, I seem to have little time and energy to do much blogging apart from Loire Daily Photo. I still occasionally write a Friday’s French post (two this month!) and am currently trying to write a series on Secret Blois (two so far – it seems to be my magic number). During our cycling holidays, however, I have more inspiration and time and usually manage to give a fairly full  report.

Two contrasting skyscrapers - the new One World Trade Center and one of the "wedding cake" skyscrapers from the 1930s

Two contrasting skyscrapers – the new One World Trade Center and one of the “wedding cake” skyscrapers from the 1930s

I would like to write more about our trip to New York and to Boston in September to see my son and daughter but after a full day’s translation I don’t seem to have much energy left!

My basic interests remain the same but have taken on different dimensions. Reading is still my favourite activity but not something I blog about very often. I like to read ALL the works of a given author plus a couple of biographies and my Kindle usually makes that possible. I am currently working my way through the Victorian novels and am now onto the lessor known writers such as Wilkie Collins and Elisabeth Gaskell.

The iconic photo in front of the Taj Mahal

The iconic photo in front of the Taj Mahal

Travelling is at the top of the list too and we’ve certainly done a lot this year – a total of twelve weeks in Australia, the Golden Triangle in India including the Taj Mahal, cycling in Italy and Germany, especially along the Romantic Road, and New York & Boston, not to mention a few short trips. And, believe it or not, I have nothing else in the pipeline at the moment, for the first time that I can remember! I need a break from holidays. And we are up to 13 home exchanges in 4 years which isn’t bad going.

Next comes cycling but unfortunately it stops from about mid-October until March. Mushroom picking usually takes over but there has been so little rain this year but there are no mushrooms. We’re hoping that next week’s expected Indian summer will have them popping up all over the place.

Wisteria on our house in Blois

Wisteria on our house in Blois

I love gardening but I have discovered it is almost as humbling as being a parent – so much to learn and those plants have a mind of their own! One year the petunias run riot and the next year they get leggy. The clematis that bloomed beautifully one summer sulk the next. Fortunately we seem to have mastered the wisteria, the roses, the hollyhocks and the raspberries which is more than we can say for the bignomias and the lettuces!

We still enjoy wine-tasting but have a tendency to stick to our favourites, particularly the local Loire Valley wines and our favourite chianti, especially in front of the fireplace!

Homemade foie gras and vouvray to see the New Year in before the fire

Homemade foie gras and vouvray to see the New Year in before the fire

I love taking photographs with my iPhone 5S because it’s a great way to remember places and people and makes me look at things in a different way. I wouldn’t call it a hobby though because I know nothing about lenses and photographic techniques and I usually just take photos because something catches my eye. My iPhone isn’t very good at night or when there isn’t much light but the rest of the time, it’s perfect for my purposes.

But back to blogging. My most popular post remains “The Best Area to Stay in Paris” with about 3,000 clicks a month. Next, a long way behind, are “Friday’s French – biche, chevreuil & deer“, “Ten Top Châteaux in the Loire“, “The Oldest House in Paris” and “Visit the Loire without a Car Based in Blois“.

Chenonceau, undoubtedly the most beautiful of all the châteaux

Chenonceau, undoubtedly the most beautiful of all the châteaux

Over one quarter of my readers live in Australia, followed by France and the US, each about 1/5, then the UK, Canada, Singapore, Germany, India, Italy and Malaysia. The last 1/5 is made of up a surprising 90 countries which means that people from about 100 countries read Aussie in France.

The thing I like best about blogging are the wonderful friends I’ve made among my readers, people whom I would never have been in contact with otherwise. Some comment regularly, others from time to time, while some write to me personally. Others have become close friends. I love to feel connected in such a unique way. So I think I shall keep blogging for a few more years yet …

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20 Responses to Five Years of Blogging

  1. You do keep busy!

    Happy blogoversary!

  2. Bernadette says:

    It’s always a pleasure to read your interesting blog.

  3. Congratulations on the 5 years and your very full year of travelling and activities. I have only recently found your blog and look forward to dipping in and out of past posts when I have the time.
    Cheers, Catherine

  4. Gaynorb says:

    Bravo. I always enjoy reading about your adventures and wish you the time and the energy to continue writing many more. Sometimes real life gets in the way of blogging…

  5. Andrea says:

    I too have little time for reading blogs these days but I do still love to read your travel posts, the ones where you write each day. Congrats on 5 years!

  6. Happy anniversary. Your photos are beautiful, but that first one is absolutely jaw-dropping.

  7. Susan Walter says:

    Keep up the good work. I’m very happy to have discovered your blog and have the pleasure of seeing you and Jean Michel from time to time.

    The mushroom situation is picking up. I went on the Loches forest foray yesterday and someone found 3 big bolets baies. Lots of little stuff in perfect condition too, so it’s just damp enough and just cold enough to trigger them.

    • Rosemary Kneipp says:

      Yes, so am I! As I’ve said before, it is a pity we are at opposite ends of Touraine.

      We might just try for mushrooms tomorrow. Maybe today’s sun has helped.

  8. Lesley says:

    Well Done ! Only a Lesley-Come-Lately to your blogs but I’ve found them all rewarding to see, read, learn and enjoy.

  9. Jan Leishman says:

    I am a secret ‘lurker’ and love reading your blogs, following your journeys and enjoying your photos. My husband has cousins who live near Montlouis-sur-Loire. They produced a Vouvray wine, but no longer. Husband is half French and I’m an Aussie. Keep up the good work.

  10. Matt says:

    Congratulations on the blogiversary! 5 years is a good long time.

    Agree with other comments that your photos are great but I prefer the Chenonceau reflection above all others. Awesome!

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