Do you have favorite blogs that you visit repeatedly? What is it about them that encourages you to return repeatedly?
I have many favorites, and the reasons I visit them vary. Here are just a few:
Blogger A is a sister from a different mother. Our values are similar. We don't always agree, but we respect each other and we hit it off from the start. This is the type of blogger who, when we meet in person for the first time, feels like a long-time friend. We never tire of comparing notes about plants, gardening, life, and everything in between.
Blogger B is one of the best photographers I've ever encountered. When I visit his blog, I audibly gasp in wonder at the beauty of his craft. His photos of plants, nature, and landscapes encourage me to keep experimenting with photography, and to see the graceful beauty of simple things. He gives me a new view of the world every time I visit.
Blogger C challenges me and educates me. She doesn't settle for mediocrity, and she inspires me to keep working to improve everything about my blog and my world. This blogger doesn't necessarily win all the awards, but perhaps she should. In many ways, I feel this exceptional blogger is underappreciated for the value of her work.
Blogger X lives on the other side of the world (or the country) and opens my eyes and mind to unfamiliar plants, climates, gardening techniques, and cultures. My botanical adventures are deeply enriched by virtually visiting his space. Yes, I enjoy visiting bloggers who are similar to me, but I also find it richly rewarding to visit bloggers like this one who are worlds away. I may never experience anything like his garden firsthand, but I find it fascinating!
Blogger Y visits my blog and always has a kind or constructive thing to say about my posts. In the same way that Blogger C challenges me, this blogger encourages me. It's not a coddling type of encouragement, but a supportive "your blog has value" message. This blogger enjoys my blog, and I enjoy hers. We have a symbiotic, joyful relationship.
Blogger Z has an incredible plant collection. I'm always curious about what I'll find each time I visit. Some of the plants are new; others are established. But there's always a surprise or a new way of featuring or thinking about his plants. Secretly, I wish I could visit this blogger's actual garden to get a cutting of this plant, or some seeds from this other one, or ...
Did you recognize yourself or your own favorite blogs in these descriptions? I used "he" and "she" randomly and interchangeably here, because the truth is, it doesn't matter. Many of my favorite bloggers fit several of these categories, and many more. If I visit your blog regularly, you are a favorite!
Thank you for the reasons listed, and for your friendship. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
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Many who know me more personally are aware that my extended family has lost some dear ones in recent months. I'm trying to figure out a way to write about these losses, and I haven't decided how to do so in this venue. I'm unsure whether this is even the appropriate place. In any case, it doesn't feel like the right time. In the meantime, thank you for your kind words and support. They are much appreciated.