It's hard to believe it's been an entire year ago
that I gave birth to my Blogging Baby ~
During that time, She's grown, She's flourished, and She's thriving!
It was a proud day for me, Her Birthday last August. Lots of love and planning for that day, all the excitement of picking out that perfect name, getting the "nursery" of travel pictures organized and ready for her to use ~ past and present, all at her disposal.
Good friends (Karen) who prodded me (and even pushed a little!) to encourage adding this new member of the family to our already happy home; and (Jason) who allowed me to skip the entire (intimidating) learning curve by providing me with a mock-up template, all ready to lock and load. I would probably still be just contemplating the idea without the pair of you......
Since then I've proudly watched her as she learned to crawl; then took her first baby steps in Spain; then as she has continued to mature -- zipping happily all about the globe, collecting her most recent passport stamps from Ecuador and Peru ~ including a special stamp from Machu Picchu.
My hope is that you are enjoying her, too. My intent in creating this travel blog is that you are entertained by the stories, inspired by the photos of far-away places, and educated by the cultural experiences, all the things that we are amazed at, have gazed in wonder at, and all that we have learned along the way.
It would appear that you agree ~ that you are interested, engaged, and that you believe in My Passport Envy Baby. At least that's what your 15,750 page views on the blog site (so far) tells me.
I so appreciate that.
It means so much to know that My Baby and me have over 200,000 page views on Google +. 205,929 page views, to be exact.
It has been so rewarding for me to note that, without manipulating the numbers, just true and honest feedback, that we have this kind of following ~ that this many people are interested in where me & My Baby are, where we are going, and what new and fascinating things we see and and do along the way.
I did not start this travel blog because I needed a way to make money. We're retired, Mr. C and me, so I don't need to look for a new job.
But I do need to have a voice. My Baby has given me that voice.
It's a voice for where we go, what we see, what we experience there, where we stay, what we eat, what we do......
Such a powerful voice.
I really (truly) love My Baby. The Blog. She's as wonderful and beautiful as any other baby I've birthed.......(Love you Travis and Trevor!) Just sayin'........
Keep traveling Sherrie! I look forward to your next adventure.ReplyDelete
Will do, Patti! Always more to come ~Delete
Yay!! And what a year and amazing adventure(s) have happened! Keep writing, love reading them!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joanne, I appreciate hearing that. Lots more ahead ~ I haven't talked at all yet about Rome or Florence or the Amalfi Coast of Italy ~ There's so much more to Thailand than my beloved elephants ~ I still have to take ya'll to Budapest and Czesky Krulov and Salzburg and Vienna ~ Oh my, I have lots of photo editing ahead of me!Delete
Just started blogging. what fun!ReplyDelete
I'm excited for you, Joy! What's the topic? And the address ~ how do I find you?Delete
It went by so fastReplyDelete
The old saying about time flying is true, Earlene, when you're having fun. And when you're packing and unpacking and repacking.......Thanks for coming along!Delete
Congratulations and keep the entertaining posts coming!ReplyDelete
Will do, Debbie! And thanks for following along........Delete
You are as much a joy on your blog as you are in person and I feel blessed to continue learning from you as I get to travel the world with you.....so glad Mary Chapman introduced us to you and Waiora...you keep on continuing to be a blessing to all....your travels are magical! Can't wait for the next one.....I always open up passports first in my e-mails....so look forward to them all. Blessingsto you and family, Deon McCrackenReplyDelete
This is such a lovely comment, Deon ~ it really warmed my heart! I'm grateful, too, for Mary C introducing me to her wonderful friends. It means a lot that people like you are enjoying reading the articles as much as I am enjoying writing them. I am constantly amazed that my life is so interesting, and it amplifies the experience when I share it. So thanks for following along, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with me today, I appreciate it so much.Delete
Congrats ~ So happy that your happy and enjoying life to the fullest ~ Some day I hope to be there as well traveling cooking eating drinking oh wait I do the eating and drinking already LOL Love and Miss youReplyDelete
Cute, Sabrina! Love and miss you, too. Always a smiling face. Thanks for your good wishes. I am the first to admit, my life is pretty wonderful ~ and I'm extremely grateful, in every regard. Your travel days are coming, and it's something to look forward to!Delete
Congratulations on your 1st blogging bday!! Thx for all the beautiful pictures and writing. You have a beautiful life. Vivian & I both love your blogs.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Regina, so kind of you. I agree, if someone has a better life than mine, I don't know them! Full of travel, adventure, learning, and loving! Thanks for sharing all this with my mom, she would be missing it all without you there to share it with her. It means a great deal to me that you do this for her ~Delete