One day in February, on a whim, I viewed my blog "Stats", which I hadn't done for years. I was startled to see that almost six hundred "Page Views" were occurring in Russia after I published “Spirits Huddling” -- those Russian numbers continuing most of February, finally dwindling toward month’s end.
This caused me to start thinking more about who is blogging from where. On our own continent I enjoy visiting Canadian, Newfoundland bloggers. I would really like some bloggers from south of our border "down Mexico way" and any of the South American countries.
I've gone blogging across the pond again in recent months having been intrigued by comments I've read on the blogs of others I visit. I've already been to Great Britain, Scotland, India, periodically crossed the Pacific to Australia, New Zealand, probably some other exotic places, but more recently I stopped off in Ireland and Wales. I thought I'd share a few brief thoughts about some of them here as I used to do when I first started blogging and featured other blogs, as I added them to my sidebar list. Please note there is no significance in terms of ranking assigned to these blogs order.
I want to note, I'm always interested whenever those in other countries write their thoughts and impressions of the United States. Such commentary is especially of interest to me now given our government's current administration and actions.
Nickhereandnow writes from Northern Ireland and has a cadre of followers who engage in some interesting conversations. Recently several who commented introduced terms with which I was quite unfamiliar, so quickly searched them on the internet -- expressions in common or slang usage there, just as we have our own in the U.S. such as “posh" people. But in another post discussing discrimination there was mentioned "pikeys" and "orange people". I brought up "gingers" since, as a redhead, I knew the term was used in Great Britain but not so much in the U.S.
Going Gently is a blog I just found. Chickens pictured in the head bar greeted me at this blog, but then a whole raft of side bar and other colorful photos of various animals really intrigued me. I especially enjoyed seeing Albert and Winnie. Their home in this picturesque small Welsh village where all reside will have me visiting to learn more about the community.
Betty Bishop Hangs Here presents some of her interesting paintings, and drawings. Recollections are prompted with one of her paintings "back in the day" where she stayed at Manhattan's famed Chelsea Hotel. This Canadian octogenarian activist's various posts reveal a wide variety of experiences including the tragedy of her brother's death.
Big John, having survived the WWII Blitz, Cold War and heaven only knows what other calamities, especially in the 20th century, is in Great Britain presenting as a great danger with his blogging as might be expected from an elder. So, all should be wary about visiting there -- do so at your own risk!
Write Into Life by Rachel McAlpine in New Zealand features poetry, prose and photos for a stimulating variety of words, thoughts and ideas that can be a real pleasure to read as she shares her joy in writing.
Ramana's Musings from India I've been visiting for a while, as well as a few of those above. He writes especially with several others regularly on a variety of thought-provoking topics. He also shares interesting commentary on his homeland. I always welcome reading what he might have to say about events in the U.S. as I do with all those in other countries listed above.
Day to Day Life of a Very Busy Gardener in Scotland posts infrequently, but I've done much the same at times, so doesn't prevent me from stopping by occasionally to see what she's been up to. Most recently I became interested there because she was incubating some chickens of a breed I was unfamiliar with -- and heaven only knows I'm no foul expert, though my parents did raise chickens of a few more common U.S. breeds during several years in my youth. While the outcome wasn't as she had desired, I'll be checking back periodically to see what's next in her Scotland garden, or other "stuff" in her life.
Still the Lucky Few sheds some interesting observations from Canada. She writes about her pre-Boomer generation and why they are important. She grew up on a farm but now lives in a major city with her husband, "a talented piano maestro". Their family adds to her life's pleasures. Her wide variety of interests reveal themselves in the topics about which she chooses to write.
The Other Side of Sixty I've been visiting for a while. Wisewebwoman, "Irish by birth, Newfoundler by avocation" introduces many subjects that set the wheels turning in my head. She presents such a broad range of topics from the seemingly mundane, that can subtly transition into the profound, to a major idea that might not be so overwhelmingly important after all. Her observations and photos keep me returning.
Vagabonde and her recollections must be included here, even though she resides in the U.S. She is originally from France, a nation I hold in high regard. The United States and France have a special bond, I believe, for many reasons, but especially because of their significance to our nation's founding. Our Statue of Liberty is also a very symbolic gift from France. What it stands for as printed on the statue's base are sentiments that are so pertinent now -- perhaps more than at any other time in our nation's history.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The writings at Vagabonde's blog reflect her views as a world traveler that I enjoy as being informative, entertaining and educational about France, at times, as well as historical sites in the United States. She and her husband visit interesting places that she describes in fascinating detail and share in often spectacular colorful photographs. Recollections with visual memorabilia add special attraction to her thoroughly researched subjects. I also appreciate the observations and commentary she offers about our nation from a unique perspective.
I especially enjoy all these blogs above because while serious topics are sometimes explored, each of these bloggers demonstrate a delightful sense of humor which has always been an important quality I've valued throughout my life.
I mentioned earlier there is no significance in terms of ranking assigned to these blogs order, but in retrospect, there might be one exception. I may have saved the best 'til last.