4 Years of Blogging!

The title says it all – my blog is turning four!

Four years of my life creating something that could easily disappear due to internetty reasons beyond my control.

Four years honing my writing skills and training my visual eye. Both skills that you need a lifetime to perfect – four years is a good start though.

Four years making new friends, virtual as you might be, but our conversations are real. It makes it all worthwhile. Thank you!

I have my own little blogoversary tradition of creating a photo gallery with 12 photos, posted each month of the past year, and I’m not going to break the tradition. So here you go:

The past blogging year saw me do some things quite differently: I started writing more, and I got more personal. And, cherry on the cake, last month I started co-hosting a photo challenge, a new step for me.

The travel theme became less and less important on my blog – I even became a tad disenchanted with travel in general (how about we leave something for future generations to explore?!) – and I only traveled to Krakow last year.

Another tradition of mine has been to highlight some of my own favorite posts from the past year, in case you missed them. I liked that I was able to get into a creative mood a few times, despite my life being quite hectic at the moment.

My top 7 picks, in a random order:

  1. Visiting Porvoo and A Trip Down Memory Lane – because of the colorful photos I stuffed into the post
  2. The Invisible Beauty of Pigeons – pondering about daily things
  3. Modern Fairytale – a story I enjoyed posting
  4. T-Shirt Poem – getting creative (?)
  5. A Treasure Impossible Sweet – felt like rhyming!
  6. The Time I Wasn’t Glamorous Enough – sudden inspiration to write
  7. The Art of Hello – very much enjoyed writing this

Another change I’ve noticed in my blogging self, possibly due to my real life self’s current busyness, is that I’ve lowered my own standards a bit.

For example, I can full well see that the squares in my gallery in this post are unsharp. But there is nothing wrong with the images, and you can check by clicking them open. I tried changing their size but it didn’t help.

Normally, this type of thing would bother the heck out of me and I would google for answers until I solved the problem.

But now… now I’m just going to publish the post as it is, assuming it’s a WordPress glitch in the square gallery that I can’t fix anyway. I could choose a different gallery layout but I only have a couple of options to choose from and I know that the layout will be completely different if I use them – and I want squares this time!

Now I don’t know if lowering standards is good for the blog (probably not!) but I think it’ll be good for my stress levels! I’m going to cruise along at a relaxed pace and enjoy the scenery. I’ll leave the problem-solving to other people. (For now.)

I wish all of you smooth sailing in your blogs and let’s keep chatting!

Thanks for reading – now, and all those other times!

146 responses to “4 Years of Blogging!

  1. Congratulations with your 4th aniversary! It was a welcome meeting again with the pictures of the last 12 months. I hope you’ll be blogging for a long time to come and I hope to be a (following and responding) part of that. 🙂

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  2. 3,259 followers!!!! You’ve got to be good at what you’re doing!! I am a newbie here and have only recently join this crowd of Snow fans, but I’m so glad I commented on one of your posts one day.
    Happy birthday.

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  3. Congratulations for your blogoversary and a lovely tradition you’ve got going. I’ll be happy to revisit the posts you’ve selected for us and I love the photos! I’m so glad what you say about not worrying any more over some details, or not to such an extent. Yeah! Blogging should be a relief from stress, not adding to it. I think that you’re so great for being able to combine everything in your life, including snow and darkness, and carry on blogging. I wish you never stop, and me neither, and we’ll celebrate 100th birthday blogging. (Me, you’re young. You’ll be a sprightly 90-year-old. :D)

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  4. congrats on your 4 years! non-bloggers don’t realise that it is actually hard work to blog; to keep the momentum and interest alive and to just keep plugging away at it. I hope you keep copies of your posts. i am paranoid about the internet sucking up all my posts some day so I religiously copy each post. never hurts to be careful:) cheers sherry

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    • Thanks Sherry for your thoughts! I copied some of my favorite posts at some point but since then my favorites have changed and I haven’t done any copying. I guess I should. I’m pretty sure they’ll disappear one day 🤪🤣😆 Actually I heard from a blogger (Manja) years ago about some servie through which you can turn your blog into a book, just for yourself to keep, but it was quite expensive!

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  5. Happy blogversary. What a lovely tradition of highlighting photos and posts, you have created. And I can see that I have missed loads so I am definitely off to check out Porvoo, Hello and others. I do love your photos and so pleased to hear you feel more comfortable and relaxed about sharing on your blog and the support you give to your followers. I am happy to know you!

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  6. Happy anniversary, my dear! It’s always quite impressive to see that another year has gone by while we were blogging and enjoying ourselves doing so. So, cheers to many more moments that will make you grow in any way possible and help you create more of the wonderful person you are out there and in the blogosphere!

    it all sounds absolutely promising!
    Happy blogging!


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    • Would love to see your recap! 😊 I’m actually posting a couple days late but I realized there’s no reason to stress, the only timetable I have is the one I’ve created for myself! So if you forget, just do it later when you remember! 😉

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  7. Happy Blog-anniversary, Snow!!! 4 years!!! Wow!!
    I love your little recap of what’s being the last year in the blog. And I won’t worry too much about if you have change what you post or write… I think about the blog as a journey. And as you keep blogging, it grows and evolves with you and your life! The amazing thing is that you kept writing even if your life has changed so much 🙂
    You made me wonder now… if I ever have kids, will I continue with my hikes and everything or my blog will become a kids and family photography blog… hahaha

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    • Yeah, that would be interesting to know – many people quit things like this after having kids and I can certainly understand why. But it’s my way of relaxing: I’ve always been a writer (and now I get to be visual here, too)… I like what you said about our blogs being a journey, spot on!! Thanks Mercedes for your support 🙂 Happy blogging!

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  8. Congrats on four years. I like your tradition of sharing 12 photos from the past year. Might have to borrow that. I also like that you aren’t worrying too much about your blogging standards, which I think are still very good. One thing I found out regarding my writing and photography, was that I was hopeless when I tried to turn out something I thought others would like. Instead, I try to focus on what I like, and if others enjoy that, then that’s a bonus. I’m glad to have found your blog and I look forward to the next wonderful year.

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    • Thanks Graham! I agree with you about blogging about what you want to, doing things in a genuine way, not trying to write clickbait posts. It’s more personal that way, and more importantly, it’s more enjoyable for the yourself. If there’s no joy in blogging, why do it? 😊 (I’m excluding commercial blogs here, ie advertorials, a whole other story of course). I’m glad to have found your blog too, I enjoy it very much!

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  9. Congrats and I love your anniversary tradition here-
    The photos all seeemdd clear to me – but FYI – in the reader I was only able to see the two rows and the far right sautés were cut off – and I do not want to leave the reader so I am going to soak up what I can see (love the lights that make the triangle –
    And like you – I have relaxed a lot and have typos I have not had the chance to fix. Ahhhh – not sure if I will go back in- but I feel like my blog is informal and I want it solid but also chill and relaxed –

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    • I go back and edit typos in the text because it’s quick and easy to do but that’s about it. I also have a policy of no emojis in my text, I want it to be professional. But I allow myself to use emojis in comments 😊😊😊😊 As for galleries in the Reader, they are always presented in such a horrible and ugly way, I don’t know why WP doesn’t fix this. In any case I do hope most readers hop over from the feed to my site because I’ve spent time desiging it to look pretty and it shows my personality, which the Reader doesn’t. Also, readers that land on my actual site can navigate to other posts of mine. So in a way it’s good that the Reader presents gallieries in an awful manner, because it might spur some people to actually visit my blog!!! 😉

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      • Well I still get your wonderful personality from the reader – believe me – your voice and your essence comes through – but you have reminded me of the value of going to actual sites and so later this spring I will do that (I am trying to scale back my social media time this year and so I am trying different strategies and one thing that works right now is staying in the reader – and it is better than pulling the plug completely – for me that is…)
        Oh and not all galleries are awful (in my opinsiin at least) and I love the collages and the slideshows – so far at least – I’ll keep you posted if it changes and thanks for the reply (💜❄️☀️)

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          • Yeah – finding what works is so key – and we have different seasons -eh? Last September I was missing blogging so much I spent a lot of the month immersing – but it would not be a wise use of my time to do it every month- it it can be so fulfilling.

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