Why I blog (my blogoversary and a giveaway)

So today is my blogoversary.

I created my blog, called Random Ramblings, on a whim last July. On July 13, we trapped a young female cat, and I blogged about it. That ended sadly, but I was hooked. (Or hooked again… I had another blog for a few months in 2003, but that one won’t see the light of day. Just sayin’.)

In the last year, I’ve published more than 630 posts.

(I’ve also taken over 36,000 photographs. No kidding.)

So why do I DO this, you may ask…

There are LOTS of reasons.

I blog to share my heart.

I blog to be silly.

I blog to be serious.

I blog to show people the cool things my husband finds when he’s cleaning out the garage.

I blog to meet people.

I blog to ask questions.

I blog because of obligation (at least I used to).

But mostly I blog because it’s fun. Because I like it. And all of you.

Thank you for reading. For commenting. For critiquing my photos. For teaching me.

And as a way to thank you in a more concrete way, I’m giving away a matted 5×7 print of one of my photos and a $10 amazon.com gift certificate to one of you. All you have to do is indicate in the comments that you’d like to be included. I’ve pulled together some of your favorites below, but if there’s something you’d rather have let me know. With VERY few exceptions, if I’ve put it on the blog, it’s eligible to be won.

Blogoversary giveaway

I’ll leave the drawing open until 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday. Have fun!

And if you’ve shared on YOUR blog the reasons you blog, put the link in the Mister Linky. I look forward to reading your posts.

27 thoughts on “Why I blog (my blogoversary and a giveaway)

  1. Karen of Sillymonkeez

    I’m so glad you find blogging to be fun and enjoyable. I will try to read the other posts Sunday night. I will be gone for the second half of the day.

    Oh, and I would love to be included in your drawing. Although I have no idea how I would choose which photo if I ever won.

    Happy Blogoversary!!!

    Karen of Sillymonkeez’s last blog post..The Answer to the Question "Why Do I Blog?"

    Karen, I hope you enjoyed looking at the other carnival posts. This was fun. šŸ™‚

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  2. Jackie

    I just started reading your blog. Happy Blogoversary šŸ™‚ I love your photos!!

    Hi, Jackie! Welcome!

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  3. Mrs. F

    Happy blogaversary, happy blogaversary! happy blogaversary, Happppppppeeeeee blog-a-ver-sa-reeeeee!!!!!

    I am in the midst of writing my “Why I Blog” post…should be up shortly after you return from vay-cay-shun! Have fun!!

    Thanks, Mrs. F! šŸ™‚

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  4. Lis Garrett

    Happy anniversary!! And who wouldn’t love to have one of your gorgeous photos?? Count me in!

    Lis Garrett’s last blog post..3000 miles

    Thanks for the good wishes, Lis.

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  5. storyteller's other blog

    Happy Blogoversary to you! I love the way you’ve created your Why I Blog post with links to previous posts … (something I’ve done in the one I’m working on). Iā€™m thinking of sharing mine at my recently created 3rd Blog since I do other things on Sundays at Small Reflections and Sacred Ruminations … but I’ll letcha know when I finally finish & publish it.

    I’m amazed at the 36,000 photos … love the ‘collage’ and might be surprised at the 630 posts if I hadn’t already created more than 475 posts in my first 8+ months of blogging (amazing to consider actually). I’ll be clicking the rest of the links here for a while (as time permits), and return to see what others share about Why They Blog too … but I’ve got my own posts to finish and publish first. Enjoy your day ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

    storyteller’s other blog’s last blog post..PhotoHunt#9 and The Road Trip of Your Life

    Thanks so much, storyteller!

    I got both your comments on this post. You used a new e-mail address (or so it seems), so the first comment was put into moderation. All is well.

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  6. Kam A

    Happy Anniversary! Your photography is absolutely beautiful! I would love to own one of your pictures!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Hi, Kam! šŸ™‚

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  7. amy

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you for taking the time to comment and look at my blog. I appreciate the information too šŸ™‚ I’m so glad you were able to find someone to share your life with…I know mine is coming, he’s just late (and I’M the one who is always late!!!) Thanks for stopping. I appreciate it!

    amy’s last blog post..Dating in the world of single people

    Oh you’re so welcome, Amy. Your someone is out there. I KNOW it’s hard to be patient, but the wait for the RIGHT person is SO WORTH IT! (I hated people saying “be patient; he’s out there,” so please forgive me.)

    Come see me again sometime. šŸ™‚

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  8. Cheryl Free

    I’d like to be included šŸ™‚ *Thanks* for the giveaway ~ and Happy Anniversary!

    Thanks, Cheryl! šŸ™‚

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  9. Nicole (ikkinlala)

    Happy blogoversary! I’d love to be included in your draw – your photos are beautiful.

    Thanks so much, Nicole! šŸ™‚

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  10. Laura

    Happy Blogoversary! You truly are the most organized blogger that I know. Most of us just write for kicks. šŸ˜›
    I made a page link for this one, it turned out to be like a summary of my life rather than just reasons for coming back every day.

    Thank you, Laura. I’m not that organized, I promise… šŸ™‚

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  11. Kelley

    I didn’t see my favorite in the choices you posted, but I’d still love to have a copy of your glass of water with lemon photo for my newly-finished exercise room!

    I’m glad you enjoy blogging, because I enjoy visiting your blog!

    Kelley’s last blog post..WFMW: Crazy Beauty Tips

    Kelley, I’m glad you enjoy my blog. That makes me feel good. šŸ™‚

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  12. Binary Blonde

    Happy Blogaversary! All those photos are just gorgeous and since we’re moving, it would be great if we won some pretty stuff to hang up in our new house. Heehee! So, please count me in for the contest!

    My Blogaversary isn’t until the end of the month, so I guess I’ll wait to blog about it until then! šŸ™‚

    Binary Blonde’s last blog post..6 Months, Today

    Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again. When you write about your blogoversary, let me know. I’ll come and see it! šŸ™‚

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  13. Ilissa H.

    Happy Blog Anniversary! I love your photos. Especially your macro-type ones! Thank you for hosting this giveaway! I’d love to be entered.

    Thank you, Ilissa. The macros are my favorite photos to shoot, too. šŸ™‚

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  14. bunny

    Happy Blogoversary!! Keep up the good work! Please enter my name in the hat! I would love to win! Thank you for the chance!

    Thank you, Bunny!

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  15. Heather J.

    You know I’ve got you on my google reader, right? Congrats on your blogoversary! Please enter me in the the contest – your photos are lovely. šŸ™‚

    Heather J.’s last blog post..Tracking My Blog Stats

    Heather, I didn’t know that. Very cool! Thank you.

    Reply
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