Top 5 Blogging Moments

July 20, 2016
I've been hobby blogging now for a few years, so I thought I'd highlight some of my top moments as a blogger.

1) The time I reviewed a book and the author READ my post- I wrote a review for Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine, and a few days later she tweeted me a thank you for what I had to say about her book! I was so not expecting that and wonder how many other authors read reviews of their work from even small time bloggers like myself. I was both surprised and a little humbled to hear from her. That was the first time I ever even reviewed a book on here, too. Hmmm, maybe I should do more book reviews? I also reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, if you're interested.

2) Getting to meet other bloggers- This is, in my opinion, one of the best parts of blogging. You read others' blogs and interact with those bloggers for sometimes years on end until you feel like you know the person, so get to meet them in real life can be such fun! I was fortunate enough to meet several of my favorite bloggers, and hope that the trend continues. Sometimes it's just great to go to meet ups and get to know new bloggers. That is, after all, how I met one of my best friends!

3) Pictures from my blog are now in a brochure for prospective college students- When I was traveling through Sri Lanka, I got an e-mail from a graphic designer at John Carroll University. He wanted to know if he could use pictures from my post on Little Italy and the Botanical Gardens in Cleveland. Since I said yes, they have been added to a Cleveland Visit Guide that is distributed by the university to help show new and potential students about what there is to do in Cleveland.

4) One of my photos was featured in a post about South Africa that was shared over 27, 000 times- One day, I noticed that my blog was getting a lot of traffic from, so out of curiosity I checked out the link. Lo and behold, one of my pictures was featured in an article titled "50 Photos of Cape Town That Will Make You Want to Live in the Mother City." Even though I'm no professional photographer, the article really has some fascinating pictures of Cape Town, and I'm a little honored that my picture was included. If you ever plan on going to Cape Town, I highly suggest you take a look at this article, as you will find some interesting ideas to add into your itinerary.

5) Receiving well-wishes from other bloggers right before and after my surgery- As my regular readers know, I recently had a back surgery in China. It was one of the worst times of my life, but just hearing that other bloggers were praying for me, thinking of me, or wishing me luck meant so much! It made me feel better to know that others in this aspect of my life were in my corner. 

I can't wait to see what my next top 5 blogging moments will be! What are some of yours?

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