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Bewitching Benefits of the Blogosphere March 2, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Happiness, Life Balance, People.

IMGP2751bThe crystal clear blogosphere opens up oft-shuttered windows . . . expanding horizons beyond our current confines.

We witness others reaching, dreaming, and pondering possibilities.

We pull up chairs and cheer them on as they pull up stakes and move forward, becoming more fully who they always intended to be.

And we ask, “if them, why not me?”

We reclaim our freedom, sign the requisite permission slip, grab the reins, and tackle long overdue changes.

We plant the garden.  We write the book.  We paint the picture.  We let go of stuff that is suffocating us, causing us to stagnate or stall in our tracks.

We explore, embrace, and discover . . . expanding our comfort zones.

Sometimes, it takes only a few nips and tucks to fashion a life that is a more perfect fit.  Other times, we must shed layers of old before donning the new.

Either way, once our life is no longer pinching at the waste, we breathe a sign of relief.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Piglet in Portugal - March 2, 2013

Hi Nancy blogging certainly broadened my horizons as I reached out to bloggers all over the world. The delights of gardening, cooking and writing blogs, or blogs just about life! Blogging buddies are the new penfriends of our youth as we follow their experiences both good and bad, regardless of religion, country or race. 🙂 More people should try blogging and less AD pills because they would also realise there are people in the world far worse off than themselves 😦

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

I expect that your garden inspires many readers to sow seeds of their own, PiP! 😀

2. ericjbaker - March 2, 2013

I’m amazed by the connections I’ve made through blogging. People I never would have encountered otherwise who have helped me to think in new ways. People showing sides of themselves no one would ever see when they pass on the street. The blogosphere is a place to shatter stereotypes and circumvent assumptions.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

Yes! We veer away from the safety of discussing the weather and into areas that are rarely broached over coffee at Starbucks. We feel freer to say what we mean and share what we’ve learned . . . inspiring others to do the same.

And each time someone “surprises” us, we become more open to the notion that stereotypes and assumptions are no way to live a rich and rewarding life.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013
3. Jas - March 2, 2013

Blogging is certainly magical Nancy. It defies all logic.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

It gives us an inspiring perspective on the diverse possibilities of life! 😀

4. granny1947 - March 2, 2013

A very wise post NR.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

Thanks, Granny. Reading Janna’s post this morning and Dianne’s last night got me thinking about ALL the changes that cyber pals have made over the 3 years I’ve known them.

It fair boggles the mind.

5. 52BrandNew - March 2, 2013

Thanks for the mention. It is true. The blogosphere widens your world, introduces you to new ideas, and allows you to see the endless possibilities for your next adventure.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

I enjoy your posts . . . it’s so wonderful to see you expanding not only your own horizons but also your children’s comfort zones.

6. bluebee - March 2, 2013

Yes, blogging is liberating.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

Reading inspirational tales encourages us to grow and dream and explore and create . . . and sail away from safe harbors.

7. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 2, 2013

Nancy I sort of find blogging to be a rollercoaster of emotions! 😀 No doubt though the people are the best!!!

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

Even without the connections we make, reading blogs (like reading books) opens our minds, hearts, and eyes to the infinite possibilities waiting to be explored.

8. diannegray - March 2, 2013

I’ve learned so much since I started blogging, Nancy. I absolutely love it. I can spend hours laughing, crying, learning, and getting inspired – it’s a beautiful thing 😀

Thank you for posting this and thank you so much for the pingback 😉

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

It’s quite an engaging hobby . . . much easier than moving the RUC. 😀

9. dearrosie - March 2, 2013

Beautifully expressed Nancy. I never expected to be inspired by or to feel so close to bloggers whom I’ve never met. After my mother passed away I had more support from my blogging buddies than my co-workers!

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

It is rather amazing the connections we make and closeness we feel to cyber companions . . . even if we never meet them face to face.

10. Andra Watkins - March 2, 2013

Blogging has been a way to meet some really dear people. I am so glad to have discovered so many of the people I now follow.

nrhatch - March 2, 2013

Yes. They entertain, amuse, and inspire us to explore pursuits and possibilities ~ recipes, crafts, travel, hobbies.

11. viviankirkfield - March 2, 2013

I, with my fingers, tapping at the keyboard, am touching lives half-way around the globe…and I, reading posts of people from all walks of life, am touched by theirs. As I scroll down the comments on this post or on others, I see familiar names that I’ve met on other blogs…how lovely.:) Great post, Nancy…you always get to the heart of the matter!

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Thanks, Vivian. Blogging is a great way to enjoy our “pen pals” all round the globe. And when we see them doing something new, it makes us a bit braver too.

12. Don - March 3, 2013

Thank you for the pingback, Nancy. Appreciate it. Just a beautiful piece you’ve written – so meaningful.

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

It’s wonderful that you’ve started sharing your sketches with us. The one that I linked to is a favorite . . . Comrades in Arms. 😀

13. Grannymar - March 3, 2013

Ireland is a small country, but it has allowed me the opportunity to meet in person about 300 bloggers over the past seven years. Many more across the globe are now like family and we chat or video call on Skype. There are times I am unable to go out, due to health issues, on those days the world comes home to me, through my blog and my laptop.

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Wow!!! Three hundred bloggers is mind boggling. I’ve met four (Jeanne, Pix, Robyn, and Renee) in a span of 3 years . . . and hope to meet more. Skype is a great way to “meet up” when we can’t sit down face to face.

14. jannatwrites - March 3, 2013

So true! Through blogging, I’ve “met” many blog friends. It’s amazing how much you can learn about people you’ve never met! It’s also touching how much inspiration and encouragement is out there.

P.S. Thanks for the pingback to my latest post 🙂

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Your post (and Dianne’s) inspired this post ~ stellar examples of how “easily” we realize our dreams once we decide to realize them. In less than two months, you’ve sold one home, bought another, and are readying to move. That’s B~I~G!

So glad that the boys are “on board” with the pending change.

15. nadinemarie33 - March 3, 2013

Blogging has most certainly been quite liberating and very rewarding. To find the connections, to feel the love and support, to receive nourishment…bewitching indeed! 🙂 Thank you for this beautiful post! 🙂 Much Blessings, Namaste. ♥♥♥Nadine Marie♥♥♥

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Thanks, Nadine. When we walk in lock-step with those around us, we forget about all the other possibilities we could choose to explore . . . and then the blogosphere reminds us! 😎

16. Crowing Crone Joss - March 3, 2013

It continues to amaze and thrill me, the community that happens here in the Blogosphere. We become part of one another’s life, and as you say, cheer each other on, learn new ideas, new skills, new ways of looking at old problems. It’s actually quite magical.

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

It’s a great motivator for me . . . I see ALL that others do (even with kids in tow) and it lights a fire under my butt! 💡

17. JOriginal Muse - March 3, 2013

Now, this is inspiring me to pick up from where I left off…Like you, I love the writing process, Nancy, but unlike you, I started something that I haven’t been consistent with. It’s always “someday… I’ll get back to blogging…” For now it dangles in Cyber Space like an orphaned child waiting for her Mom-Me to come back to nurture her…” How sad… On the contrary, your blog is consistently there for us. I always know, I can open an e-mail and find something refreshing to think about… Excuse me now while I go think about my orphaned child…;-) I’m glad one of us can keep up with it… Thank you, Nancy! ~

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Well, you might not be blogging . . . but you’re not sitting on your hands either ~ I just visited your JOriginal Muse music site and enjoyed several of your recent recordings. Your voice is lovely.

JOriginal Muse - March 3, 2013

Gosh, Thanks! Any requests? 🙂

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

I listened to “If” (Bread), “Time after Time” (Lauper), and a couple of Beatles tunes. All good. 😀

18. kateshrewsday - March 3, 2013

I agree, Nancy. It is a wonderful place.

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

It’s a beautiful day in cyber space . . . 😀

19. Pocket Perspectives - March 3, 2013

Nancy… so many aspects of blogging are so special….and you’re like an incubator/warming light for so many new (and old) bloggers as they start/continue along their way…We could use a “title” for that role…hmmm..gotta think more about that one! Thanks for all the you do…in writing, insights and encouraging!

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Thank you, Kathy. What a lovely comment. Being an “incubator/warming light” makes sense to us Hatches! 😉

20. Tom (Aquatom1968) - March 3, 2013

You certainly learn something new, most days if not everyday, through blogging Nancy! I’m very glad that I started!

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Same here, Tom. I remember when I first heard about someone’s “blog,” the word sounded horrid ~ like a frog on a log in a bog shrouded in fog.

But I decided to investigate despite my misgivings about the verbiage. Glad I did. 😀

21. sufilight - March 3, 2013

Writing online and connecting to people all over the world is a blessing that we have nowadays It’s a window to the world. I believe it contributes to our evolution as we get to see that we are all indeed connected; we all share the love, dreams, joy and sorrow that is part of being human.

nrhatch - March 3, 2013

Well put, Marie. It helps us to see the constant flow of life.

22. Three Well Beings - March 4, 2013

Absolutely so true, Nancy. I often shake my head and wonder how I ever got started on this path! And now that I have, I can’t imagine really walking away. It has been too rich. Someone asked me a good question the other day. If I could only write or only read posts, which would I do. That’s hard because of the reciprocal nature of conversation, but in truth, I’m much less about the ego of sharing myself, and so much more interested in what all my new friends are doing. If I happen to miss a day without any reading, I wonder what I’ve missed! 🙂 I loved the way you expressed it all so beautifully here today. Very, very nice!

nrhatch - March 4, 2013

“Writing vs. Reading” would be like “Sophie’s Choice.” Difficult.

Writing can, of course, be based on Ego’s desire to RECEIVE applause, accolades, acknowledgement, and approval, but it can also be based on the more altruistic desire to GIVE BACK and SHARE what we’ve learned about life with others.

If we only read, we lose the opportunity to reciprocate with our generous efforts to entertain, amuse, educate, inspire or motivate. 😀

23. Perfecting Motherhood - March 5, 2013

The blogosphere is full of great people. OK, and a few weird ones. 😉 I agree with you, it’s a great way to connect, share advice, find support and gain new perspectives. I’ve sometimes felt stuck in a rut, not knowing where to start a huge project, and someone will chime in with their advice, which is obvious but something I didn’t think about!

nrhatch - March 5, 2013

Watching others reach for their dreams is so inspiring to me . . . it makes me want to do just a little bit more. 😀

24. colonialist - March 5, 2013

And when we see others stumbling, it is up to us to give a virtual steadying arm!

nrhatch - March 5, 2013

What if they are just tripping over their own feet? 😉

25. 2e0mca - March 8, 2013

I think we all pull each other forwards Nancy, each providing encouragement to the other. Sadly, some will fall by the wayside because of life outside and its issues. But I’ve found the encouragement from fellow bloggers keeps me on my toes and activly producing new posts – working together is an important part of exploring who we are 🙂

nrhatch - March 8, 2013

We definitely feed off one another.

Something you say prompts an intriguing thought in me which might in turn inspire someone else to switch their perspective a bit . . . to make things fit.

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