6th Blogoversary!

In the beginning of February, I’ll have been blogging for six years! Wow! I wonder how it’ll feel to reach 10.

Maybe I should stop before then?

I’ve briefly tried some other platforms for writing and getting feedback, interaction, but they didn’t sweep me off my feet. So I’m still here, because of the other bloggers I’ve gotten to know. You. Thank you for all the chats!

I browsed through my old blog photos and some of the travel pics from my first years seem so old now. When I wrote about them, those trips still felt fresh.

I’ve gathered some of those old blog pics in this post. There have been over 600 posts so far!! 20 000 comments (half of them are my responses). Comments and engagement are what drive me as a blogger.

This past year, I seemed to have posted a lot of photos of plants! Trees, in particular. All iPhone shots, since I broke my camera a few years ago and still haven’t gotten a new one.

During the past blogging year, I grew fond of the (free) Photoshop Express app and especially its HDR filters. Then, I started to apply full clarity and sharpening to every photo, and liked the result. In tree photos, the leaves and branches looked hyperrealistic with that edit, and I liked the effect. After editing, I uploaded the pics to WP on my phone, making my workflow faster than it had previously been when I used to edit photos on my laptop. But I still prefer to type the words in my posts on my Macbook.

For my blog’s birthday, I have a custom of publishing a gallery consisting of selected photos from each blogging month the past year:

In case you haven’t known me for that many years yet, I’ll drop links to some of my all-time favourite posts:

Once Upon a Time in Paris
Cute House in the Shade
The Art of Hello
Bananas!

Now, what do you think: is blogging a dying art? I’d be happy to hear if you are active on another writing or photography platform (not Instagram) which has similar levels of discussion, community and loyalty as WordPress does.

And for the next blogging year? I dream of writing more, but creativity can’t be forced. Words come to life when they want to.

Take care!

113 responses to “6th Blogoversary!

  1. Congratulations Snow. I don’t know how long I have been following you but I do remember when I found your blog, I clicked follow straight away. I believe it was sometime in 2015, prior to my Finnish visit in 2016 as I remember getting some advice on coffee shops in Helsinki. Always a pleasure to visit your blog and especially I like that you are tending to more creative writing. Keep it up and don’t leave us here at WordPress.

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  2. Happy blogoversary 🎉 Your photos are gorgeous! Nowadays I guess we even don’t need a camera anymore ☺️
    6 years is a long time but keep it going 🤩 I love WordPress blogging for the amazing community 😉

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  3. Happy Blogoversary dear Snow and thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs and musings with us here! 🌺 I’m enjoying the blogging bubble, the creativity inspired by prompts and challenges and the lovely community it creates. Here’s to many more happy years ahead! 🤗💜 xxx

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  4. Congratulations, that’s such an impressive date 🙂 I’ve been blogging for a few years now too and, even if I have to answer yes to the question you made related to it as a dying art, I love it and in fact, those who are like us, will always be blogging and contributing for it 🙂 in fact, if you think, blogs were the start of many ways to communicate online and influential marketing 🙂 so, let’s enjoy our experience and keep it alive, like we do so well eheh stay safe and greetings from Portugal, PedroL

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    • You’re right, Pedro, we are starting to have quite a long experience doing this – must be good for something, eh? At least we in this global WP community have learned the art of interacting and enriching each others’ blogging days with engagement! 🙂 Stay safe over there in lovely Portugal!

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  5. Happy Six-yearversary! Well done for sticking to it. Blogging is not going anywhere and I think will be even more popular in the coming years due to many reasons but partly because many of us are forced to spend a lot of time at home lately!
    Lovely photos, keep creating! 🙂

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    • Thanks Yuri, in my dream town Montpellier! ☺️ That would be interesting: a resurrection of the blogging trend! Over here, most bloggers seem to just sell ad space so I’m very lucky and happy to have connected with this international blogging community! Let’s keep it up ☺️

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  6. Congratulations with your 6th blogoversary! It made me curious how long I’m present on WP, and I found out this year will be my 5th. Well well, he said with a little surprise. When I started I had no idea what and how, and now, apart from what the purpose of my blog is – a monthly showing of some of my photographs – I find, like you, the interaction with fellow bloggers all over the world most satisfying and always worthwhile. The pictures in the above post are wonderful, again, and so are your words. I do hope you will find time and inspiration coming year for more of your writings. I don’t think blogging is a dying art, because people are a social species and this a perfect way to be globally social. I don’t make use of any other platform then WP, so I can’t bring light into this matter. 🙂 Stay healty!

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    • This really is a perfect way to casually interact internationally, great for like-minded people curious about lifestyles and cultures different than their own. Also love getting inspired by all the creativity I see in my feed 🙂 So, maybe it isn’t dying, just becoming more of a niche? Happy 5th blogging year, Peter! Time flies! Stay safe and healthy, ciao!

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  7. Yeahh, six years of Snow and her blog! And now you have finally stopped wishing that it melts. 😉

    I will always be grateful to you for being one of my first regular followers and readers. And here you are still. Dying art sounds so sad, but I can feel it too. Somehow it takes more of me to visit blogs and leave positive comments, not to mention creating posts of my own. It takes so much, and I don’t always have it to give. Everything of mine that I look back to seems so old too. This past weird year has derailed the normal flow and stacking of memories.

    I notice how easily I shared my life and thoughts on my blog before and how hard and sometimes forced it feels now, no matter that now I’m even more removed from everybody and should appreciate online community that much more. How did you call it, korona blues?

    Always happy to see your new post and welcome you on my blog. We have a good place here. Well met and hopefully to many more years.

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    • Hey, I guess Snow is turning six, too, my alias that is! 🎀
      Interesting thought: “This past weird year has derailed the normal flow and stacking of memories.” -> hmm, that might be the explanation, after all, for how time seems to have warped into a continuous “when was it, yesterday, last week??” I once, years ago, read somewhere that as you age, time seems to go faster because you aren’t experiencing new things anymore, whereas kids and young people who experience so many things for the very first time have the perception of time lasting longer, ie a year is a longer time for a kid than for a 40-year-old or 80-year-old. Your idea about memories actually makes a lot of sense!!
      Hope we’ll all recover from the corona blues and get back to chatting… Take care dear Manja!!!

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  8. In spite of my long absences here, it is still my favorite platform for writing and sharing photos. In fact, I’ve pretty much bagged everything else, and my abbreviated presence here is a last holdout. It’s totally because of the people, like you! When you note your blog’s anniversary, I am always shocked to realize how long I’ve been on here, too (a year longer than you, which I can’t believe). I love your vintage-looking photos here, and I hope you stick around!

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    • Thanks Lexie, for all the conversations we’ve had thru the years! 🙂 I really do enjoy them. As for me, this is my only forum, too, and I’ve built a network and presence here that would be hard to replicate elsewhere, anyway – I have no energy for building up those things any longer. And without a network, there is no interaction, and posting would be boring. Anyway, the community here seems to almost consist of long-lost friends, and I wouldn’t swap it for anything! 🙂 Hope you stick around, too!

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  9. CongratZ! Nice job. When I started blogging, I saw people blog for 6 years and thought it was an eternity. Then, there was someone with 8 years under their belt. Incredible. I’m still in awe of people who continuously post for years on end.

    When I first started, I wanted to make it one year. This year it will be 4 years, I think. I think that’s pretty neat, if I can say so myself.

    Like you, I tried other platforms, but never stuck with any of them until I joined WP.

    Great pics!

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    • Thanks Sam! I never thought I would last 6 years, either, and frankly the idea of 10 years looming ahead scares me because it just shows time passing in such a concrete way! But it’s such a versatile hobby and I’ve learned so much about creating content, editing, creative writing, photography, technical and designing tidbits related to web design, SEO, networking, etc etc… how many hobbies can give you all that PLUS constructive feedback and the joy of interacting with like-mided souls from every corner of the globe?! 😅 Ooh, quite a speech, got a bit carried away! To sum it up: it’s hard to find a platform that competes, and I do want to continue writing.
      So cin cin to many more writing years for all of us! Thanks Sam for dropping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  10. Six years! Congratulations. I have a question 🙂 Looking back over the six years, what would you say has been the biggest surprise in your blogging experience? i.e. something that you didn’t expect to find but you’re delighted that you did.

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    • Thanks, Sandy!
      Hmm, the biggest surprise? Probably the fact that I started getting followers. I remember the first time someone left a comment on my blog, I was shining inside and out, it felt so special! And it still does 🙂
      In the beginning of my blogginghood, several bloggers said they got most of their traffic from Facebook. I’m not on FB nor did I care to put my blog there, so I expected to get a very small audience. So positive surprise number one was how well the WP Reader feed works – all my followers are fellow bloggers! 😀 And surprise number two must be the fact that during all this time, I haven’t really received any negative comments at all – just perhaps 1 or 2 comments that were more weird than mean-spirited (and out of such a large amount of total comments, that’s peanuts!) and I marked them as spam and away they went. As a side note, I must explain that over here in Finland, first of all hobbyist blogging doesn’t really exist, they are all doing it with images of euro notes in their eyes. Selling their blog space, intimate details of their lives, even pictures of their kids’ childhood, just so they’ll get a free hotel night or free lipstick or samples of this and that. Not my cuppa tea. Second of all, over here the general online commenting culture is very negative and cruel – mostly hateful comments on for example news websites, etc. So I didn’t expect this wonderful 6-year-long exchange of pleasantries with talented bloggers from all around the globe and am very grateful to have found it! I’m very happy I’m blogging in English to an international audience, and not in Finnish to the smaller pool of hateful commenters or just plain silence, which even the most “popular” influencers enjoy (I don’t really know how their popularity is measured since the engagement is non-existent). Then again, being bilingual I’ve always felt more comfortable writing in English than Finnish so there never really was a question of my language or audience choice 🙂
      And you, Sandy? What are your biggest surprises? You’ve been around for much longer than me! How has blogging changed throughout that time? I’d love to hear 🙂

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      • That’s an interesting observation about the Finnish online community. I’ve learned to avoid reading comments on news websites etc. Commenters can be mean, crass, spiteful and ignorant. Once started, they seem to feed on each others negativity. It’s like anonymity relieves them all common decency. For this type of news media, I pay attention what the journalist says & not the audience.

        Hobbyist blogs are friendlier. I think it’s because of the both the topics and the community. I find the biggest challenge there, is finding blogs & subject matter that appeal.

        The biggest surprise from my blogging experience? Like you, I enjoy the engagement and insights into people & places. I’ve also enjoyed the extra avenues of creativity that it’s opened. Things that I wouldn’t have tried otherwise – like playing around with presentation, graphics, colors. I think more about composing stories – both written and visual.

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        • And you compose your stories very well, Sandy! You truly do. And yes, blogging opens up an arena for any type of creativity. I love being in control. At work, I have a boss but on my blog, I’m the boss, the queen and the artist 😁 (great for the ego, hahah!!) Seriously though, I love being able to do what I want with it.
          … I’ve been thinking of the FF topic btw, and can’t come up with anything decent! 😅🤷‍♀️🤨 Writer’s block!!

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          • Thanks for saying you enjoy my stories Snow. It means a lot 🙂

            Don’t worry about FF. I know about Writers Block. Maybe looking at other people’s post will inspire … and you have a lot of time to think about it !

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  11. Congrats on the milestone! I always find your blog posts full of wondrous photos and interesting reads, so I’d definitely encourage you to continue blogging. But, as you say, creativity can’t be forced.
    I’ve been blogging regularly since 2011, and I think even if it becomes an antiquated medium, I will probably keep blogging because it’s a good way to get one’s thoughts out, and find random like-minded people 🙂

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  12. Congrats! I really enjoy the interaction in blog world. I find very little politics, and when I do run across it I may just skip that post. I love the photos, the travel, the humor and the stories people share. And I love reading about life in other countries. I’ve also improved my photo skills, and learned how to manage a website! I did have to delete some old posts because my media space was getting full! I also save my travel posts to my computer so I can make sure not to lose them. They are great memories for me. …so, here’s the joys of blogging! PS: just lovely photos above!

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    • The fact that we wordpressers know how to run a website really is no small feat! Even the girl at work who runs our website (I work for a rather large company) knows less about it than I do, tbh!!! So many other blogging platforms don’t let (or make) you do it yourself and I’m happy to have learned.
      Much like you, I concentrate on following fun posts, definitely not politics, and it’s a way to unload my brain after work and chores are done. To the joys of blogging!! 🥂🍾

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  13. Happy anniversary! I hope you’ll keep posting on WordPress. I always enjoy your photos (who needs a camera?) and writing. WordPress is my sole public outlet. I don’t do any social media so can’t comment on them. I do have a Flickr account, but that’s mostly with a couple of groups that help ID bugs and the like!
    As to whether blogging is dying, I suppose that depends on how many young people do it. I’d say it still has a pretty good future and offers a platform that many others don’t – as many words as you like, as many photos as you like. I enjoy that flexibility.
    I will say one thing on your final sentence: ‘Creativity can’t be forced. Words come to life when they want to.’ I think that’s a very individual thing. I had a period where I set aside an hour (I think) every day for writing. Regardless of how I felt I’d sit at my computer. Since I was sitting there, I figured I might as well write even if I had no inspiration. But once I started, I found it unlocked that creativity. I rarely reached the end of my time considering it a waste of an hour.
    I look forward to reading your posts during year seven.

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    • WP is pretty much my sole outlet, too. (My Twitter feed is largely automated, ignored, and… pointless.)
      Your note about writing – I remember reading something similar on NaNoWriMo and maybe you’ve mentioned it before (btw I haven’t done anything on NaNoWriMo since I joined, ages ago!). It’s probably true, and that’s how I do it at work when I’m asked to produce text. But for my blog, the best ideas usually sneak up on me slowly, and a piece starts forming itself in my mind, and eventually I just sit down and pour it all out in one go. I love it when I get that kind of flow going, but it’s pretty rare. I do believe that writing is an art that improves with practice, which is one of the reasons I like blogging.
      How long have you been blogging?

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      • Yes, the practice is important. I don’t write that much anymore and it’s a harder process when I do. I started my blog at the end of 2015, so into my sixth year now. The focus has always been on photographs, which for me was a change from the weekly newspaper column I used to write.

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          • It varied. I had long list of topics so tried to write some ahead, but I’d also write in response to news stories. The columns were around 800 words. The easy ones I could knock out a draft in an hour or two and editing took about the same. Some I ground out over several hours so it wasn’t exactly a profitable enterprise. Ironically, when I had a really fun subject, I’d think writing the column would be a breeze and tended not to think about it ahead of time. Often times, they ended up being the hardest to write!

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  14. Happy 6th year Blogoversary to you! I enjoyed reading all your post and looking at your beautiful photos. I am glad I found your blog and grateful to have interaction to someone far away from then tropics and share the love of writing thoughts in WP. WP is such a great platform to write! So far I’ve not come across any that’s better. Cheers!

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  15. Congratulations on your 6 years! As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. I don’t think blogging is dead judging from how active my feed is! I always look forward to your blog posts and your beautiful peaceful pictures that you take. Such wise words to end on and I hope you’ll be sticking around for many more years.

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  16. Happy 6th! Wow…you are alive and shining!
    Couldn´t be more thankful..though this Blog I found you!
    Hope you stick around for more and more years more to come.
    Cheers to this new millenium milestone..:-)

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  17. Happy 6th Blogoversary Snow!! Time flies when you are having fun! Please don’t go anywhere, I’d like to also be sending my congratulations to you when you reach your 10th anniversary 🙂 I always love your beautiful words and photos in your posts and I’m very pleased to have connected with you on here, so please don’t give up just yet! WordPress is the only place that I really use. I did have a foray into Instagram, but I found it very time consuming that I don’t use it much anymore. I was really nervous when I first created my blog and started posting, I wasn’t sure what reaction I would get (if any!), but I really shouldn’t have been scared about it. The WP community is amazing and so welcoming. It’s given me an outlet for creativity that I was lacking before. I am very grateful for everything it’s given me and for the lovely fellow bloggers I have met through it, like yourself! I wish you many more happy blogging years ahead 🙂 PS – thank you for the insight into how you edit your photos, that is really interesting. I haven’t heard of that app, so I’m going to check it out!

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    • Thanks Dusty, I’ve enjoyed our chats and love your blog! How long have you been blogging – around the same as me? I tried Instagram too, at the beginning, but it’s too superficial and follow-oriented for my liking. The WP community is genuine and real 😊 As for PS Express, yes do try it out! I also liked playing with PS Camera. When I look back at the old pics on my blog, I cringe at some of my old editing fads – maybe I’ll be cringing at my current HDR fad one day, too!! 🙈 Anyway, have a great weekend! And looking forward to our 10-year chat! 😋

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      • Ah thank you! I’ve just had a look and I’ve been blogging since Jul 2017, can’t believe it!! It’s gone very quickly indeed. I had no idea what I was doing when I started (not saying I do now!) but I’ve enjoyed learning how it all works and setting up my blog. And I totally agree with your description of the wordpress community, it’s been nothing but generous and lovely to me so far 🙂 I struggle enough though finding the time to blog, I can’t keep up with other platforms as well. Anyway, I’ve been having a play with PS Express, it is fun isn’t it! I don’t think I’ve quite got to grips with it yet though, more practice is needed for sure. Hope your week has been ok and have a good weekend!

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  18. congrats! sometimes it feels really hard to keep blogging i feel, but there is such a lot of enjoyment and camaraderie too that makes it worthwhile in the end. i am coming up to 8 years in May. Wow time flies!

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  19. Happy blogaversary!
    I don’t think blogging is a dying art. I think the WP community is great. I love the lack of drama in my feed if you compare it to e.g. YouTube, Tumblr. I don’t write on other fora. I’ve got my blog for seven years now and still love it. Way back when, there was Livejournal, but that’s died out completely. People have moved to Twitter, Tumblr, IG etc.
    I’d say, stick around? 😉

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  20. Happy blogoversary ! Your pictures, words and thoughts are fabulous inspiration on the blogging platform and I’m happy you’re still around 😉
    If you feel comfortable with continuing with it all, we’ll be happy to stay put and keep following along !
    Cheers to the next blog posts that will come to your mind !
    xoxoxo

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  21. Bon anniversaire Lumi. I hope all is well with you. I realize I haven’t not visited you as much as I would have. End of year and beginning of the new one have been a bit complicated. But it should improve soon.
    A bientôt

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  22. Congratulations for hanging in there 6 years. That’s quite an achievement. I’ve only been at it for a little over a year, and am already seeing some of the bloggers who started with me drop off. I’m intrigued by the photoshop express AP you mentioned. I’ll check that out. Thanks for mentioning it. Have a good day!

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  23. Happy Blogoversary!! Lovely selection of photos. I haven’t taken many photographs recently, but I’m hoping to remedy that. I am on Medium but haven’t written there yet so I can’t say if the interaction levels are the same.

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