March 2, 2012

I remember Davy Jones and why I blog

I remember Davy Jones.  Not only do I remember him but I even remember watching "The Monkees" show on Saturday mornings. I never had his poster on my wall (I was a David Cassidy girl) but he was a part of my growing up years.  Does that date me?  I thought it might...


Honestly, I had no intention of writing a post let alone joining the party on, "What do you want your blog to be when it grows up".  After all, I am all grown up.  But after reading some of the inspirational thoughts of some younger bloggers it dawned on me that I share their dreams just from a little different perspective.


So here goes, the top five ways I want to grow with my blog (plus a lot of random pictures)...

1.  To be a destination for friends to stop by for a chat.  One of the first blogs I ever read was Dear Daisy Cottage and the reason I returned every morning with my coffee in hand was because of Kim.  She had the warmest most engaging conversation started and she shared her real, lived in cottage.  It was unique to her personality...it was different from the ultra trendy, magazine worthy homes of some other blogs.  She has since gone on to a beautiful photography blog and I miss my visits at Dear Daisy Cottage terribly.

2.  To inspire you to live a beautiful life no matter what life throws your way.  You might be surprised at what my real life has been and I know I would be surprised if I knew your whole life story.  We all have challenges we need to work through but I am such a firm believer in attitude over circumstances and this little blog is a daily reminder of what is good in my life each time I write a post.  I just need to search out something beautiful to share.  Trust me, sometimes I have to search really hard but I always find something.

3.  To meet new and interesting people living in far off places.  Sounds silly I know, but I do enjoy the friendships I've made by way of my blog.  I have shared some difficult times with my cyber friends via email and felt such love and encouragement in return.  Definitely one of the unexpected surprises of my blogging experience.

4.  To write authentically.  I have always enjoyed writing but blogging has shown me to write from the heart.  Each post reminds me to be true to myself, to express my authentic point of view, to embrace who I am and to not to be someone I am not because readers can always spot a phony.

5.  To share beautiful pictures.  When my children were little I was the one who always cut off the tops of their heads or left half of someone out of the picture and then I started blogging.  I learned to take pictures as part of a story, as a way to enhance, not merely to chronicle.  I learned a little about staging and backgrounds.  Last year I got my first big girl camera and I love it.  I still have so much to learn but am enjoying the process.  I am constantly amazed at the generous spirit of other bloggers and am always inspired to try something new from what they share.


At this point in time, growing my blog does not involve numbers, although I do love my followers and getting comments, or dollars because that isn't where I am in my journey right now although I would encourage anyone, who is willing to give it their all, if that's one of your goals.  Blogging takes time and effort and that is certainly worth value.


For me blogging brings me joy through relationships. 

To touch others and to be touched...to inspire others and to be inspired...to encourage others and to be encouraged, these are my biggest blogging goals and I am loving every minute of it.

xo, Patty

38 comments:

  1. Patty,

    YOU and your BLOG have been a blessing in my life in imeasurable ways.

    Love,

    Debbie

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  2. Yes, I completely agree. Blogging should be about inspiration and friendship and I'm glad I stopped by yours today.

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  3. Patty, your post beautifully sums up the best reasons for blogging. I am happy to have these visits with you via our blogs.

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  4. I used to love watching the Monkeys and yes that dates us both.
    I was a reader of Dear Daisy Cottage as well. Her blog was always bright and cheerful.

    Have a great weekend.

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  5. Patty,
    Your words are a Grand Slam! I enjoyed reading your post today. Your newest follower :)

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  6. I remember Davy Jones and also loved watching the monkeys. I loved it!
    I enjoyed reading your goals for your blog.
    I'm happy to be a new Linky Follower.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  7. I was a Cassidy girl to...there we can be dated togethery! I love the name of your blog...Lemon Lane. Glad to have stopped and "met" you.

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  9. HI pATTY,
    That was well said. Do you follow the SUSAN BRANCH blog. I love her, have all her books. I think you would like her.
    Nice pictures that you take, I would say you are passed the cutting off heads stage.
    Having a giveaway on my site if you want to sign up.
    Went to the thrift store today and found a quilt for eight dollars, I will post a picture of that after my giveaway. Ok to much coffee, gotta go.
    Nancy Jo

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  10. I, too, remember Davy Jones and the Monkees. They were quite the rage when I was a child. Also, like you, I miss Daisy Cottage. When I started to read blogs, it is one I visited regularly and so enjoyed the (literally) colourful posts. I wonder if Kim will ever choose to revive it.
    -Karen

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I love your writing and your photographs. Stop by with your coffee anytime :)

    blessings,
    karianne

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  12. You are there. You share beauty and inspiration every time I stop by.

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  13. It seems to me you hit those goals with all your posts. You can't live as long as we have, lol, without hitting some bends in the road and making some big mistakes. I wouldn't be very interested in reading a novel with no conflict or adventures! ~ Maureen

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  14. I remember Davy Jones. I loved Davy Jones, but I also was in love with David Cassidy. I still remember the Brady Bunch show with a guest appearnce by Davy Jones. Lovely thoughts about your blog.

    Kelly

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  15. I love the bloggy world to ,meeting other people with similar interests ,reading through their lives ,im so glag i started xx

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  16. Patty, Beautifully said. I am so grateful we met up here in blogland. Oh, I was a Mark Lindsey (Paul Revere and the Raiders) girl. Have a beautiful day! Hugs, Bonnie

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  17. Patty,
    We must be around the same age-I never missed the Monkees or the Partraige Family!
    I want you to know how much I enjoy your post. And I think you have accomplished your out-line for your blog.
    I find it an attractive, warm, real,informative, and always enjoyable!
    I'm so glad you're here!

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  18. Lovely Patty. I feel the same way, and I too followed Kim in my early blogging days. I miss her blog!
    I sure feel bad about not getting to have all of you here tomorrow. I am coughing, sniffing, sneezing, blowing, and just generally feeling icky. Hope we can plan it again.
    Have a good time tomorrow with the ladies. I will be there in spirit!

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  19. Patti ~ what a WONDERFUL post. I just love it and I am giggling because I loved Davy Jones AND David Cassidy. Ooooppps. Just date myself too! Ahhh what the heck, I'm not old ~ I'm vintage ;-)

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  20. Patty, this is my first visit to your blog. I would have to say that I have similar goals for my blog, too. You have expressed them so well.

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  21. I did watch the Monkeys back in the day so I can relate! Love that you desire friendships and relationships as your number one goal! People can feel your realness (as can I) and that's why they keep coming back.

    So glad you joined our party and I'm happy to be a new follower.

    By the way - your photography is fantastic!
    Kelly

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  22. I agree with every one of your reasons for blogging. And your blog is, by the way, just beautiful. Keep on doing what you do so well!

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  23. First of all - THANK YOU for blogging! I love to come here!
    We all blog for different reasons thats for sure, but if you blog you "get it"!! Non bloggers , just gone understand the passion behind a blog! ANd oh , the time it takes to blog...
    But worth it!
    GREAT post! And again , so happy you take the time to blog !
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  24. I remember Davey Jones from when The Monkees had their second time in the spotlight in the 80s. I guess that dates me too!

    Your comment about pictures made me laugh because if you look through my grandmother's picture album, so many of them are of we grandchildren standing there in our Sunday bests. Our clothes were nice, but who knew if we were smiling because there were no heads in the pictures!

    Beside those pictures is a cartoon of a grandmother holding a camara and two little kids down on all fours. The grandmother asks why they are kneeled down and the kids replied that was so their heads would be in the picture this time. So funny....and probably so true!

    Have a wonderful weekend Patty.

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  25. I too remember Day Jones,Watching te monkeys during summer vaction.I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Lovely blog from your newest fan and anyone who reads C S Lewis is a friend in my book :)

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  27. Hi Patty,
    Davy Jones was my main "rock" idol and loved their show, which my parents let me watch during the dinner hour!! The Beatles didn't even take their place :)
    I love your comments about growing your blog and I totally agree with, especially the last part..."to touch and be touched, to inspire others and be inspired, to encourage and be encouraged." I find great joy in the friendships that have developed as a result of the blogs that I read and those that read mine. I find kindred spirits and am blessed all because of blogging! Thank you for being one of those friends.
    xoxoxo

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  28. Such lovely goals and lovely sentiments.

    I'm all over the 'authentic' ...

    It may need to be my word of the year next year ...

    So thank you so very much for opening your heart and sharing your hopes and dreams with us all ...

    :)

    Linda

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  29. Daisy Cottage was one of the first blogs I started reading too. I miss Kim. She was always so sweet and she was a huge inspiration to me. Authenticity in blogging is what always keeps me coming back!

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  30. Hi Patty!
    I love what you wrote about blogging... I feel like you do...I love the relationships, the inspiration and the sharing of daily life. I also look to share the positive, inspirational and the beautiful in a homey sort of way. I've been so blessed through blogging... Nice to have you join us at Dandelion House! Another kindred spirit indeed!
    Deb

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  31. it looks like you are already on your way- you have beautiful pictures and judging by the comments, already lots of connections and friends! keep on trucking!

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  32. Beautiful post. So glad that I stopped by your blog this evening.

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  33. Great goals...and wonderful photography. I love the building relationships and being authentic, the realness definitely comes through the blog.
    Thanks for linking up, sorry it's taken me so long to come by. Happy to be a new follower.
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  34. Patty,

    So glad I stopped by via "Imagery by Kimberly" I watched the Monkey's and I too was a die hard David Cassidy fan! He was so......cute!

    I do miss Daisy Cottage but I absolutely love the new path Kim has taken. She is also the one who inspired me and her blog was the first blog I had ever visited. I found her while doing a search for photographs of Savannah Georgia. I really like your posting today and I'm a new follower. Just one look and I'm hooked!

    Sandy

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  35. ((((((((((((Patty))))))))))))))

    Such a beautiful soul you are....your heart is here for sure.



    Thank you SO much everyone for your kind words..for everything.


    xo,
    Kim

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