Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Russian, the Canadian, the Australian... and the American

I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it.

I'm in love with YOU.

Yes, YOU.

Blogging has brought so much joy to my life. I love writing (poorly or properly depending on the wine mood). I love interacting with people in different parts of the world and those right in my city. I love your fabulous, Bay area life. I love looking at your outfits. I love your mad design skills. I love you showing me what I have to look forward to when I move to my beloved, adopted homeland, Chicago. love hearing about your cross-country move. I love your thoughts on your diet. I love your cultured wardrobe. I love the things you say even if I disagree. I love your new puppy. I love hearing about your wedding. Your bad day recaps. Your little Rugrats. Your thoughts on crime. I just love Blogging with you.

For instance, late in 2009, I stumbled upon a Blog written by a Russian girl. I was instantly attracted to "The Thank You Project" as the author, Julia, had embarked on a journey to find something to be thankful for every day for a year. I seriously couldn't get enough of her posts- she made me think differently about my world.
That was then and here we are today almost 2 years later and we still have blog interactions regularly. When she was podcast on an Australian radio channel due to her drive to 'be thankful', I poured a glass of Pinot Noir and listened to it on my computer. I value what she has to say.

So when she noted that an American Magazine, Real Simple, that she didn't have access to included a question she posed in her Blog- I went on a search party to get a hold of it. Thanks to my Stepmom, I have it in my possession and was so excited to find her response (above). The pleasure in seeing my little online friend in print and knowing how excited she was to be there made ME more excited. So congratulations Julia and I will email you this weekend to inquire about how to give you the hard copy :)
That brings me to my little Canadian, Britt of My Daily Randomness. I was ecstatic when I won her giveaway and even more ecstatic when the contributing artist, Michelle Chang, sent me my goodies!

[final image of the Hollow Heart Necklace in Gold from Michelle's Etsy site]

I love it, so much! Thank you, I can't wait to wear it.

And then of course... my last (but never least) international buddy, the Australian Rinniez of Momentary Lapse of Reality, cracked me up last week when I logged into her page to find a very sweet post about me. As undeserving as I was of this, she totally made my week with the picture she posted of us:
Bahahah. I love it. And Miranda, though a bit saddened, found a lot of joy in it too.

That's just a tiny glimpse of why I love my Blog and connecting with such wonderful people. So again, the pleasure is all mine and thank you, thank you, thank you for being in my life. I wish I could do an all-encompassing post about you all.

Why do you like to Blog?


Stevie said...

Isn't blogging wonderful? I just love all the connections I've made through blogging and other forms of social media. It has really opened my world up.

Claire Kiefer said...

Awww, what a fun post to read! My very favorite thing about blogging is the friendships I've made. I think I've met 6 bloggers in real life now, and a few of them have become some of my closest friends in the world. I never would have believed that could happen before I started blogging!

I've also just learned so much--I love the little glimpses into the lives of people I feel like I know deeply--and I like having a record of my life, too!


Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

This is an amazing post! Meeting people and the interactions are the BEST part! There are some "internet" friends that I talk to more than my real life friends! Looks like you have some incredible people in your life too!

PS. That picture is hilarious! Poor Miranda ;)

Anonymous said...

When I started blogging, I didn't imagine it would feel like I get to "meet' so many people, but it definitely does and I love that :)

Unknown said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww caitlin YOU are the sweetest!!!
i was just about to write you an email, came here to grab the address and found this wonderful post.
I do feel bad for removing miranda's face, next time ill just crop my whole body in beside both of yours haha.
anyways, expect an email from me soon - i'm seeking your amazing fashion advice :)


Anonymous said...

this is probably my fav post of yours of all time! and rinniez cracked me UPPPP with that photo LOL!

blogging is such a special world for sure and lately i have been so uninspired and unmotivated with things, but it really is everyone i am friends with on here that keeps me motivated to go. i often talk to my boyfriend about you guys and i say "my friends..." and he always responds with "my gosh you have friends all over the place". but it's true...i feel like i know people on here better than some of my real life friends...and i have some really good friends in real life ;-)

im very thankful to have met you and i love reading your definitely keep me inspired more than you know :)

Leia said...

I love this post so so much! Blogging is such a wonderful phenomenon, I'm so glad I started and found amazing people like you.


Elle Sees said...

The connection I have with others, meeting different people, and teaching people new things.

Unknown said...

Awwwww what a wonderful post Caitlin! I am honoured to be mentioned as "The Canadian!" :)

I think the blogging world is such an influential, inspiring and motivating place! It's amazing to think how many connections I have made with hundreds of wonderful people from across the world. I will always have mad love for my blogging buddies!

P.S. Glad you like the necklace! Michelle is a very, very talented artist!

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Awe, thanks for linking up to my blog. :) I think it's great that you acknowledge the connections you've made through blogging; it has definitely opened up a whole different world for me. And I love the Be Thankful thing...There are certainly days where I seem to only focus on the negatives and take for granted all of the positives. Good for you to help your blogger friend get a copy of the magazine. Have a good rest of the week!

erika sorocco said...

It is incredible the way the blogging world can bring people from all over the world together. I find that the interactions I have with fellow bloggers is one of my primary reasons for blogging - I love meeting new people, and forming friendships with people all over the world. The second, of course, is to share my likes and dislikes and to bond with those who share similar interests.

Honestly, without blogging, I have no clue where I would be today.

P.S. Your comment from yesterday totally made my day. Love it! :)

Kim Axani said...

I so think you can make connections with people, even on blogs without meeting them! There's something you have in common, with just wanting to get whatever's in your head down on the blog; a great form of expression. I'm glad I got to meet you through blogging, I think we'd get along great in real life=) Who knows, maybe one day we can meet up! Oregan DOES have amazing wine =)

Jax said...

I hope one day to develop as many diverse friendships as you have! It would be amazing to have such connections. I blog because I love to write and because I need to get it all out of me. It would me awesome to meet people that share the same passion!

I really do love this post. You're an inspiration and I'm so glad I stumbled upon your page!

Anonymous said...

Oh for so many reasons! I love blogging mostly because of all the wonderful friends I've made. I love hearing about y'all's lives. I love all the inspiration I get from reading about other people.

Blogging helps me vocalize what I'm thinking or feeling. Y'all make me laugh when I'm feeling down. I could go on and on.

Unknown said...

aw love it - what a great little post and linking to each person for the reasons listed is great.

Blogging is so my creative release since I'm more 9-5 and I just don't know what I'd do without it. Greating the feedback makes all the difference.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the blog luv and mention Miss Caitlin.

I'll have to twist your arm for a guest post on one of the crime cases that you follow--I know you'd have lots of interesting things to say.

I started blogging for selfish reasons, but wow how my eyes were opened.

A while back, I wrote a post on the inspirational story on Judith Sleavin, an American who was the sole survivor of a horrible boat crash off the coast of New Zealand. Judith lost her family due to the accident and it took years to find the truth as to why the other boat involved fled the scene and offered no assistance to her drowing family.

Anyway, a regular reader who lives in Australia, visited New Zealand and found Ms. Sleavin's craft shop (she lives there now). He bought a copy of her book, had Ms. Sleavin sign it with a personal message, and then mailed it to me back in the States.

The post that describes it is here:
A Special Blogging Experience.

Needless to say, I was speechless at the generous gift.

Keep up the good work here, and thanks again.

Yukilely said...

I love this post Cait! I am sure all of your readers are thinking the same thing about you. Thankful. :) And you are a fabulous writer - ALWAYS. I can't wait to continue reading about your adventures in Portland and hopefully one day in Chicago. Have I told you, you should write a book? Please.

Bonnie said...

I love blogging because of the people I have met. The bloggers with whom I communicate on a daily basis (or a frequent basis) inspire me to continue and make me want to continue. I love it. I have met so many great friends through blogging. :)

I love your blog for your personality. You really know how to show yourself through your writing.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Dirt On The Rocks said...

I love blogging. I've met a lot of wonderful people throughout this experience. It's amazing what blogging has done for us. There are a lot of amazing people online it's nice that we all got to stumble upon those good people :)

I know I blog because it gives me a sense of relaxation. I blog because there's nothing else that's wonderful than sharing my world with someone else out there. :)

Jessica Ruud said...

I'm obsessed with blogging and meeting new people; seeing/reading new blogs!

Which btw, I love yours :)

Rick said...

And we love hearing from you too! Your comment was the sweetest compliment ever and thanks for the kind words about the outfit I wore to fashion week!

I like your blog because you are always so open and honest about how you care about things going on in the world around you and that you are never afraid to offer your personal opinion. and of course I love your fabulous style. You always look amazing! good to be reconnected. chat soon,


Jaime @ laviejaime said...

cute necklace! I love to blog to share and learn, "meet" new people and have endless inspiration! Some free perks are fun too ;)

Bravoe Runway said...

I am coming up on 6 months and it has been the fastest and most enjoyable 6 months of my life! I enjoy meeting people, like yourself, reading different styles of writing, and also learning. I've learned so much from blogs, photography, fashion, make-up, cooking, baking, it's impressive how so many people are so knowledgeable, and have something to say!

Mary and Dyer said...

I love this post!! It is so true that blogging totally brings you together with people, projects, and ideas that you would never be hooked up with otherwise! Awesome post!! xox

I just became your newest follower! I would love for you to visit my blog & follow back if you'd like.

Also, check out my giveaway for a Missoni for Target hat! :)


Anonymous said...

awesome post! and it's so great you've actually made friends and I feel like that's why I like blogging. You get to "meet" so many people through their writing, I love it! and that necklace is just too adorable for words!
ps. thank you for introducing me to The Thank You Project I'm loving it :)

happy hour 24/7 said...

love this post! i started to blog because i love to write but then i realized that documenting the dailies isn't exactly where i wanted to go. of course, there are five million things and ideas that i write about and i never really have a blogger's block because my mind is always acting like the energizer bunny. i usually don't blog when i get busy, lazy and just cause! LOL

meeting friends, finding things in common and gaining a new perspective are just the icing on top of the cake called blogging! it's such an amazing experience (boo to those who try to ruin it for those of us who just want to have fun!)

Ashleigh said...

Aww Caitlin, this made me tear up you sweet girl! 'Tis true, it speaks volumes to have such wonderful relationships with folks you've never even met. What a sweet community we have :)
And thank you soooo much for including me in your links above, that means the world. And I'm not kidding, when you move here I'm inviting you to all my parties ;)

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Aaaaaaaaaah I love you!! I'm overjoyed!!! I've always adored your tribute posts and never thought I'd ever be in one!!!! :))))) THANK YOU!!! Thank you for helping me through my journey and thank you for staying with me up to this day! xoxo

ellinelle said...

..awww , this is such a sweet post , I agree with everything you wrote about Julia , she is amazing person and she changed also my days , my life with her amazing blog ..I missing her every day posts as well ..