Two Years a Blogger

I started this blog two years ago.  Though I meant to post every day I was not able to fulfil this promise to myself.

They say that it would take this long to build a readership and I am delighted to find that the few people who read and comment on my posts regularly are people that I admire and respect.  Most of them are bloggers that I follow; I only hope that it is not the reason they bother to read, or ‘like’ me, since I only follow twelve people or less at any one time.

I maintain a shortlist of bloggers I follow because I cannot devote hours each day reading blog posts.  As it is I fail to read every post of every blogger whom I follow and though I mean to ‘read later’; it doesn’t always happen.

It’s funny – someone told me that only one in twenty of one’s ‘followers’ actually read one’s work.  I did the sums and the result is twelve, not counting the fraction.  Maybe they are the twelve that I follow.  It is humbling.

After two years I am not sure that this venture is successful but along the way it has become part of my life.  It keeps my fingers on the keyboard though these days, those fingers are losing dexterity with the deterioration of the nerves in my neck.  It has brought the rest of the world closer to me; I value those long distance connections.  It’s almost like having pen friends, like the good old days.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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23 Responses to Two Years a Blogger

  1. taphian says:

    Happy Anniversary, dear Mary, and all the best for you, have a nice weekend, regards Mitza

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  2. Only two years, Mary? We feel as if we have been friends forever.

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  3. Really! That’s how it is.. pen pals 😍 This blog enriches me, so I’m sure, it’s a success ❤️❤️

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  4. zdunno03 says:

    I think you know I enjoy stopping here to read your posts, Mary, just as I enjoyed our time together in Istanbul. Your translations, your posts on teaching, your garden, are all a wonderful glimpse into your world, your mind.

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  5. arlingwoman says:

    I think of blogging as a nice creative outlet that brings pen pals. Glad you’re here writing, Mary.

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  6. Sunshine Jansen says:

    I too follow just about a dozen bloggers (that my brain can keep up with, and I can somewhat intelligently interact with, sometimes) and I’m delighted that we’re in this little circle together. My WordPress environment often makes me think of the aphorism 三人行,必有我師; I always have something to learn from you. 加油!

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  7. Susanne says:

    Hi Mary, I happened on your blog through Derrick Knight whose daily photography of his garden and environs makes me smile. I enjoy your translations of classical Chinese poetry, a whole new discovery for me. It is the serendipitous part of blogging that appeals to me. I got a kick out of reading your comment that blogging is a little like having pen friends. That’s how I describe it to friends who wonder what is the fascination with blogging. Anyway, pleased to meet you in the blogosphere. Keep posting!

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  8. I don’t mind if you don’t read my blog i’ll keep coming here Mary but only if you promise to keep translating those lovely Chinese poems.

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  9. robert okaji says:

    I value your blog, Mary, and look forward to your posts.

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