Wednesday 18th October 2017

LTW is ONE. #LifeThisWeek. 35/52. 2017.105.

LTW is ONE. #LifeThisWeek. 35/52. 2017.105.

A Little Bit of History.

Kirsty from My Home Truths had a wonderful and friendly link-up called “I Must Confess”. It was fun and popular with readers and bloggers. But somewhere along the road in 2016 Kirsty decided to finish her link up because she was getting fully into her research, writing and presentations  for her passion, Kids with Autism. Sad as it was to see Kirsty “retire the link-up”, I, along with many added their fond farewells to her. I wondered though, in an email to her, what she thought about me doing a Monday link-up after she finished.

Generous soul she is, she said “go for it, and I will tell people about your link-up as mine finishes”. That was exactly what happened 12 months ago. Kirsty and I have known each other for over 5 years and friends from blogging care for and about each other. I decided to name my link up Life This Week as I already wrote in that category each Monday and it was a general enough name for anyone to join in. And just in case anyone wanted some ideas for posting, like Kirsty had done, I added optional prompts. We were good to go on Monday 12 September 2016.

The First Link Up.

I was hoping there would be some bloggers link up for the first week where the prompt was Beginnings. In fact, to my delight 24 bloggers linked up. That is almost a record number. What a thrill it was to see the blogs added and have the people commenting. Great start.

I made it my practice to reply to everyone’s comments on my post first during the day Monday if possible and then, either that evening or the next day, go to the linkers’ posts to comment. Commenting is my currency in blogging and why I blog. I love my blogging connections and value each and every one.

We were off!

How It Has Proceeded.

The numbers of linkers has remained between high teens, into the low twenties with a few low teen numbers. It is the consistency and those who have made it a regular event for them to blog and link that I love. It’s like I get to wake up each Monday and think “oh I wonder who will be there today to have a chat with?”

Each 9 weeks I posted the next 9 optional prompts. The 9th week one is always “Taking Stock”. I have also endeavoured to make the prompts date or time of year specific …more for my brain actually..and bloggers have liked some of these ideas. I guess as bloggers, anything which kick starts a post on some days is a win.

The highest number of blogs which linked up was this year on the week of Valentine’s Day with the prompt “Love.” Some of the lower number to link up appeared closer to holiday times which is understandable.

Where Will The Link Up Go Now?

Right now, I am finding it stimulating to determine what the prompts will be and have already got as many done as there are weeks left in this year! I leave them in draft form for a while and review them before announcing them. They are already on the Home Page and are listed in my post for IBOT tomorrow. I know some bloggers link up without the prompts and this is fine. The only real rules (despite my list!) is one link and it be family friendly. I added this because, ahem, someone added a link one time which was not!

The Link Up will go on into 2018 and I look forward to more connections on-line. I truly love the community of bloggers and those who link up here are extra special because we are getting to know each other. During my recent cancer diagnosis and subsequent surgery it was overwhelmingly apparent to me that I have people who care for and about me and I am truly humbled. Thank you all.

Without any more words…really! Here’s to the First Year of #LifeThisWeek.

 

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Denyse. 

I link up on Mondays here with Alicia for Open Slather and here with Kell for Mummy Monday. Join in there too!


 

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Water Views Then & Now. 366/92.

Water Views Then & Now. 366/92.

Regular readers here know that I love the water!

They also may realise we are now into our second year living near the water.

Today I have chosen 3 shots I took close to one year ago and 3 I took on Thursday of this week.

Enjoy!

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We Lived Near Here at Empire Bay for most of 2015.

MacMasters Beach. Last surf for the season 2015 for me.

MacMasters Beach. Last surf for the season 2015 for me.

'in the water' at MacMasters Beach looking towards Copacabana April 2015.

‘in the water’ at MacMasters Beach looking towards Copacabana April 2015.

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Rough and wonderful seas at Soldiers Beach rock platform 31 March 2016. Near where we live now.

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No-one is standing on these platforms waiting to jump in when it’s like this!

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From Soldiers Beach top carpark looking towards Norah Head 31 March 2016.

What’s the water view near you?

Denyse.

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Joining my photography friends with links attached here:

Aussie Wordless Wednesday

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Photo Friday

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Blogging To Connect. 144/365.

Blogging To Connect. 144/365.

I changed the name of this blog from Denyse Whelan Blogs to:

Denyse Whelan Blogs to Connect.

Why?

It is the sole purpose of my blog really.

Initially I thought it was to be a place to record the events, ideas and happenings for me as we moved on from our life in Sydney to our life here. In a way it still does but…times called for more.

As things do in life, the blog’s purpose changed.

I do blog to connect.

With you, readers and hopefully readers who become commenters.

So, are you blogging to connect?

Join me if you are and let me know about your blog too, and I am there!

Denyse xx

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