Why I am Still Blogging

WordPress sent their congratulations on my third anniversary as a blogger.  I was surprised that three years have lapsed since my first post.  Why am I still here?

This morning I noticed someone from Slovenia read a post I wrote about my orchids last October.  There is the reason I blog: if I had hidden everything I wrote in the last few years in a manuscript, no one else would have read it, let alone being visited by 10,350 individuals from every continent of the globe (except the Arctic and Antarctic) nearly 30,000 times. To my Slovenia reader, you are my 10,351st reader – thank you from Sydney, Australia.

This morning I received an email from a friend who spoke of the many rejections of her manuscript that she had received from publishers.  I am so glad I am my own publisher.

Bloggers know we don’t publish for vanity’s sake.  Bloggers are writers and writers need to be read.  Those of us who don’t write for money are satisfied with the knowledge that people from all corners of the world are sharing moments of our lives, our experiences and all that we hold dear and important.

I am in my miniature urban orchard and garden everyday.  I am grateful to be able to share that joy and the beauty of flowers and fruit.  I am a poet and I am happy to share my poetry and the Chinese poems that I translate from my mother tongue to my adopted English, and vice versa.   I like to show and tell through words and photographs of things that goes on, things that I see and things that I made be it with words, with nature or with clay.

Some of my readers were friends and some have become friends; others may visit once, never to return. Whether they leave a ‘like’ or a comment I value their presence.

There had been times when I felt like giving up.  Declining health and a disability in my writing hand has slowed and sometimes halted my progress.  There had been weeks when I had to take breaks from writing but persevering with the blog over time means that readers will visit even you are not writing.  I find this most gratifying.

My friend the journalist told me never to write for free – but I am well paid.

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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30 Responses to Why I am Still Blogging

  1. Susanne says:

    Like you, I’m grateful for readers who drop in and take time to read my scribbles. I’ve tried flogging my words – for payment – to the great big world with minimal success. Thank goodness for blogging to keep flexing the writing muscles. Keep going, Mary.

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  2. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Your blog is one of a very few that I have instant notifications for because I don’t want to miss a single post. :) I really love the way the subjects have varied and evolved since the beginning; I always learn so much. I have absented myself from WordPress (again) to focus on my immediate community, and while I’m working on the book I have nothing to share, but when I return with a new blog, you can bet that yours will be an inspiration for me!

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    • Mary Tang says:

      Thank you Sunshine for your support for so long and so constantly. An ‘expert’ had advised that I should narrow my focus instead of posting whatever comes to mind. I am glad to know that you approve of my ‘varied’ subjects. :) All the best with your projects. Mx

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  3. taphian says:

    You are very generous, dear Mary, to let us take part in your wonderful garden and your beautiful poems as well as translations of Chinese poems. This has enrichened my life and I’m sure you are a very loveable person that I would have never (virtually) met if not in wordpress. Keep going, dear Mary, all the best for you, kind regards Mitza

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  4. Congratulations, Mary. Jackie read this out to me before I got to it. She also read out her comments, which I don’t see here?

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  5. One of my ‘happy times’ is sitting(here in England) and drinking my morning coffee from my ‘Gardening forever, housework whenever’ mug and reading your blog, I thank you for making both those activities possible!

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  6. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary! With gratitude and appreciation for your garden and your garden of words…

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  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Congratulations on so many readers, and also for putting into words so eloquently the reason for blogging. I’m a beginning blogger ( well I started a couple of years ago and then became discouraged and stopped for a while) and I often wonder why I do it. But I’ve started to ‘meet’ more people and I’m finding it rewarding now.

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  8. oglach says:

    Lovely thoughts that many of us share. Your poetry and translations are treasures.

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  9. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place!

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  10. Congrats on the anniversary! Keep on writing!

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  11. Agreed. There is plenty to take from just being read. It opens doors. i don’t think without my blog i’d have found publication so readily, nor would i have been introduced to people who have helped me gather a small readership. Keep it up Mary.

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  12. Congratulations Mary. I read at least the headlines every day. How time flies.

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  13. Donnalee says:

    I enjoy your work and have been so happy to find it. Thank you for your lovely words and images.

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  14. mz&cho says:

    Please keep on blogging!

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