Tuesday, April 18, 2006

is she STILL talking?

April 18, 2005 - Mausi gets tired of just reading and commenting on other people's blogs and after some careful research into the way these things work (What? Blogger is free and any idiot can figure it out? Oh, OK then), decides to launch her own weblog.

One year. Wow, I don't think I've ever stuck with anything for that long before. Except maybe for being married, but that's mostly due to inertia, I'd say. Ha ha.

Starting a blog changed my life. Who says that the internet is a cold, faceless, impersonal place? In the past year I've met - both virtually and in person - some of the kindest, funniest, most interesting people I could ever hope to know. They've shown me that we're all in it together, that no one needs to feel lonely or isolated, that there's always someone out there who understands, even if no one in 'real life' seems to. They've shown me that people with completely different opionions and beliefs can get along famously if they just give each other a chance.

One thing I especially love is the interaction that goes on in the comments section of most blogs. What makes a blog, especially an expat blog, attractive for me is knowing that there's a real person behind the writing, a person who isn't just interested in getting his or her own stuff out into the blogosphere but who is also able to learn and grow through the contributions of other bloggers. It's a give and take thing, a networking thing. You scratch my back, I scratch yours.

I've enjoyed my first year of blogging more than I ever thought I would. It's been a fantastic experience getting to know you all.

If you guys keep reading, I'll keep writing. Deal?


At April 18, 2006 1:19 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

and may I be the first to wish you and your blog a very happy birthday!! :o)xx

At April 18, 2006 1:22 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

You said it well, and I feel exactly the same way. If I didn't blog and someone tried to explain it to me, I just wouldn't understand. It is a really wonderful thing to feel connected to people a world away.
Keep on truckin', Christina. I love reading your blog.

At April 18, 2006 1:42 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thanks, eurpo-trac! You and Gladys have come a long way too. :-)

Cathy - thanks so much. I knew you especially would know just what I meant.

At April 18, 2006 2:04 p.m., Blogger Sandra said...

Congratulations on your first year of international fame! I love reading your blog--it's funny, insightful, and interesting. Don't stop!

At April 18, 2006 2:25 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...


Here's the deal, you keep writing, we'll keep reading! OK?


At April 18, 2006 2:34 p.m., Blogger CaliGirl said...

happy first birthday!!! :)

At April 18, 2006 2:57 p.m., Blogger wendy said...

Happy Blog Birthday...of course we'll keep reading..

I have to know what happens to the stuffed peasant.

At April 18, 2006 2:57 p.m., Blogger wendy said...

shoot - I meant pheasant.

At April 18, 2006 3:32 p.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Happy Blog Birthday Christina...and may you have many more.;-)

At April 18, 2006 3:45 p.m., Anonymous Nori said...

I love reading your blog, too.
There might be a person who hurt you by reading your blog. But I think that the people who love reading your blog are very more than that.
Of course, I’m also one of them.
For me, your blog can learn the foreign cultures, events and life, etc. Before all, your blog is bright, enjoyable, and interesting.
I love photograph of your profile, too♪
Don’t stop, please.

Best regards

At April 18, 2006 4:11 p.m., Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

It's a deal and happy blog birthday!

I am waiting to find out about the pheasant's demise too!

I wish I could stick to my diet as good as I stick to my blog, maybe if my thighs and butt gave me comments I would:)


At April 18, 2006 5:19 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Christina - happy blog birthday. I didn't realize it's only been a year. Maybe because I've practically read your blog from the start or something.. I'd so agree that we learn things. I think it's a way to gain friends and help us cope with things that we can't find in our own little world.

Can't wait for more. :)

At April 18, 2006 5:33 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Awwwwww! Congrats! My blogoversary for blogger's coming up in a couple of weeks...although I completely forgot about my LJ-blogoversary! *LOL*

At April 18, 2006 5:34 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

You nailed it, C. That's about the best explanation I've read as to why we love blogging. And you didn't even need to mention "up-skirt" photos.

Happy paper anniversary.

At April 18, 2006 5:51 p.m., Blogger Claire said...

Sounds like a good deal to me!
Happy Blog Birthday!

At April 18, 2006 5:54 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Happy Blog Birthday, Christina!!

And it's a deal: You keep feeding us with your talents as a writer and we'll keep coming back. So warm up those typing fingers, okay? ;-)

At April 18, 2006 6:16 p.m., Anonymous Karl said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Christina. Let's let the inertia keep us going ;-)

Sal: can you send me that link?


At April 18, 2006 6:31 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Sandra - Aww, thanks - I love reading your blog too.

ellasdevil - Ευχαριστίες!

caligirl - Thanks so much.

Wendy - LOL! A stuffed peasant would be even better! I better check and see if we have one of those too. :-)

Duncan - There's no getting rid of me now!

Nori- You are so sweet. Thank you for all the compliments. I think you need to start a blog of your own so we can all come and read it. :-)

Kim - Yeah, if only we had a cheering section for the things that are really hard to stick to!

Expat - The year went SO fast. I can't remember when I found your blog but it must have been early on.

Elemm - Well, in two weeks you'll be all better and able to eat lots of cake!

Sal, Great minds think alike. :-) But wait, there are blogs featuring "up skirt" photos? I lead such a sheltered life.

Thanks, Claire - I'm sure glad I found your blog. Someone who actually lives in the same state as I do.

CanadianSwiss - Okey dokey! I'm typing as fast as I can. :-)

At April 18, 2006 7:01 p.m., Blogger SwissTwist said...

Congratultions on your blog anniversary!

At April 18, 2006 7:37 p.m., Blogger jen said...

Because you started your blog, we met and I found my first real friend in Krautland. Thanks!

At April 18, 2006 8:00 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Christina - posted a new pic just for you! Check it out.. :)

At April 18, 2006 8:39 p.m., Blogger Katja said...

That is great Christina! I love reading your blog and always enjoy your observations on life in Germany!

At April 18, 2006 9:36 p.m., Blogger Mrs. TBF said...

Happy Blog Birthday! I know how you feel. I told TBF that I would just read and comment on other people's blogs...but then I decided to write a little too...but just sharing the same blog with TBF. Who knows - maybe I'll branch out and have my own blog one day and not just write on TBF's.

At April 18, 2006 9:49 p.m., Blogger christina said...

SwissTwist - thanks so much!

jen - I can't tell you how glad I am to have met you. Well, actually I CAN tell you, and I have. :-)

Expat - Thanks! I must have driven over that bridge a million times.

katja - Thanks for dropping by!

Mrs. TBF - Yeah, eventually you start getting itchy fingers and just have to write something. You should defintely start your own blog so we can get to know more about the woman behind that great big Finn! :-)

At April 18, 2006 10:06 p.m., Blogger J said...

Only one year? Amateur!

Just kidding.

Wishing you a hundred more years of blogging. I'm glad that you started it because otherwise we probably would have never met, either online or in person.

Keep talking!

At April 18, 2006 11:14 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Happy Blog Birthday! - just realised its my blog bday in 3 days. Doesn't time fly when you are having fun!
Look forward to meeting you again later in the year at the next expat whinny blog meet :)

At April 19, 2006 2:34 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm glad you're here and I'm glad you've been sharing your life with us.

At April 19, 2006 7:31 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Glad to know ya!

At April 19, 2006 10:30 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Karl - You bet! I think I can hang on a while longer ;-)

Thanks, J - I think yours was one of the first expat blogs I found.

haddock - I remember when you started yours too!

Dixie - I'm SO glad you're here as well. I love your blog. :-)

Karen - Glad to know you too!

At April 19, 2006 11:27 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Ah, the big anniversary! Congratulations!

At April 19, 2006 3:10 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Has it only been a year? I feel like you've been here forever! ;-)

At April 19, 2006 5:02 p.m., Blogger swissmiss said...

Happy blogiversary!

At April 19, 2006 5:27 p.m., Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Happy blogiversary! And no matter what people tell you, your blog doesn't look a day over 21. ;)

At April 19, 2006 5:45 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

YES, she's still talking! Are you kidding? You're one of the main reasons so many of us keep coming back. Mother Hub (I think I've said that before and will surely say it again). Happy Birthday/Anniversary. May you have many more to come. Too bad I'm a day late but it just means I mean it more today than yesterday :)

At April 19, 2006 9:22 p.m., Anonymous stringbean said...

Happy blog b-day!

At April 19, 2006 11:52 p.m., Blogger cream said...

Many happy returns!

At April 20, 2006 2:39 a.m., Blogger Crystal said...

That's Awesome! Congrats on making it to the 1yr mark!

At April 20, 2006 11:49 a.m., Blogger Lisa said...

Deal! Discovering your blog was one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me. You've no idea how miserable and alienated I was before. I still love reading because I learn something new all the time, and it's always interesting. The one complaint I have is that after you post those delicious meal pics I always feel hungry and have to go graze. However, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. :) Here's hoping this blog and its authoress keep going strong for many years to come.

At April 20, 2006 12:41 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Thanks so much to all of you! I can't even tell you how happy I was to find all your blogs as well.

At April 20, 2006 4:21 p.m., Blogger traveller one said...

Just adding my (late) 2 cents canadian! Love your blog and love knowing that we all support eavh other.

At April 28, 2006 2:44 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Happy belated blogaversary! Long may you blog :)

At April 30, 2006 8:45 a.m., Anonymous Franzie said...

Wow has it only been a year?? And it seems like you're the hub of the expat blogging community already.
I'm coming in on the tail end here (holiday backlog) but wanted to say it anyway: HAPPY BLOGGING BIRTHDAY!!


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