Blogging Nostalgia

Secret Santa For Bloggers

Last year, I did a Secret Santa post and it was well received, so why not do it again?

What’s it about? Well, last year I asked to you share a post that you wish had gotten more attention when it was published – something I’m sure every blogger can relate to, right?

This year, I’m asking you to share a post that you think the majority of your current readers haven’t seen.

Share it by simply dropping a link in the comments section of this post. This is where Secret Santa comes in: Next, choose a post someone else shared and go give it a read – and maybe someone will choose yours.

I wish you a Merry Christmas Countdown, which for me is much more fun than Christmas itself (though I do love Christmas, a stay-in-your-pajamas kind of holiday in our family). If you have kids, I’m sure you’ll already be immersed in the world of gift-wrapping by now. (If Christmas is a part of your culture.) Seeing Christmas lights everywhere is the only was to bring brightness to the land of dark Novembers, and I’ll embrace every moment of this! In January, most of the light displays we now see over here will go back in the closet for another year.

As for my offering, I choose a blog post called Confessions From the Clouds. It’s from my early blogging days, and reading it, I can tell how my writing has evolved since then: I now focus on being more to the point. Most people don’t have the time or interest to read lengthy posts (myself included). So, while I do like this post I’m presenting you, I feel it would be different if I wrote it today. And that’s mostly thanks to blogging!

Hope you’ll come and play – c’mon, share that link, I know you want to!

A rare image from my flight attendant days (I didn’t take many photos). The photo’s metadata tells me it’s from Amphoe Khlong Thom, Krabi, Thailand, Nov 21st, 2008.

64 replies on “Secret Santa For Bloggers”

Wonderful idea! It’s the gifts season and my participation features some fashion designs and gift ideas from Las Vegas:
* Actually with the same idea in mind, I’m offering to the WP bloggers on my own challenge ( ) the participation on Facebook. – Not too many enthusiasts though… ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe on WP bloggers are not interested in promoting themselves ??
I do, and I have to thank you very much for this opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here you are, Ms. Santa, with your generous gesture again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember it from last year but I didn’t remember which post I linked to and had to check.

Again today I didn’t know which post I should introduce as the one I’d like to get more attention. The entire first half of my first blog ran under the radar as it is with zero or minimum likes, only family members were paying attention (more or less), and it was like this until I started to take part in challenges.

I’m on my fifth blog and I can see that – just like generally in life – it’s instant karma, meaning that the only attention a post will get is in the first few days after posting. Only a random and fortunate one will go back and browse your back pages. And if you’re really lucky, she will read everything too. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I started to browse my first blog to get an idea which post to choose for Ms. Santa. I decided on a cute little entry about Italian food from 2014. Cute because it was so off-the-mark. It was my first year in Italy and I was still under the impression – and trying to do that Jedi self-convincing trick – that Italians are not fat due to some magic and they will pass it to me. Right… All these years later I can just say that even though I still eat the same crackers, the nutritionist wouldn’t do any more squealing. To put it mildly.

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A lovely read, your post, and relevant to my situation right now ๐Ÿ˜ Also, โ€œmisuraโ€ sounds like it might mean โ€œmiseryโ€ in some language, which is kind of fitting for diet food ๐Ÿ˜Š Instant karma, oh yes. Even if you really connect with people, very few are interested in exploring a blogโ€™s past posts, even if they are neatly displayed in menus and widgets easy to click. The interest is superficial. Luckily, the rare exception exists ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hihih, thanks, misery sounds about right. ๐Ÿ˜€ Right… one just can’t make people look back. I know how that is – my browser is full of open windows all the time with very interesting stuff but I just can’t go through all. So I only read some and save the links to others but rarely go back to view them later. And they pile up. With so much content on offer, we can be happy that anybody takes time for anything we do at all. Yay to exceptions. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What a fun and wonderful idea, Snow! Most of my early posts did not have any readers and it did not really bother me because I was primarily just writing for myself…sharing anecdotes from here and there. And also no one knew about my blog (as in friends and family, since I never told anyone!!). So for this, I am sharing a post that has always been very close to my heart…something that was one of the inspirations behind me starting a blog…tales of the past:) It’s nothing fancy but it is dear to me. Thanks for this , Snow.

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Yes, Krabi. We went several times, always for a week at a time at Sofitel, no less, with its infinity pool, luscious breakfast, and Occitane bathroom products courtesy of the hotel. It was the nicest hotel Iโ€™ve ever been to. The people in the photo are flight attendants too, we took 2 or 3 boats and did a day trip to an island


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