I often think the bloggers don't realize how important their blog is to some of their followers. Certainly blogs on my reading list quietly disappear at a discouraging rate. So I want to write a post or two on how much blogs that I follow mean to me. I can't possibly mention more than a few of the dozens I follow, so please don't be disappointed if yours isn't mentioned.
Now that I'm in a wheelchair, this has become enormously more important to me. I expect that reading blogs will be a real lifeline when I can't get out and do some of these things myself.
Perhaps my favourit is Al, who writes 'Travel with the Bayfield Bunch', and it's because Al likes to do things that I enjoy, like going for a drive in the country. There aren't many of his posts that don't feature some cows, birds, forest trails or farm fields. I look forward to it every day.
Patsy's blog, 'Chillin' with Patsy' is a daily journal about what they've doing. I guess it's mostly ordinary stuff, but based on a rural country property where they park their 5th wheel for 6 months a year, I can really relate to it. And her husband Bill builds and flies model airplanes - not something I will ever do, but a fascinating hobby.
Further away is DJan, who writes 'DJan-ity'. Based in Bellingham in the Pacific Northwest, DJan was sky-diving well into her seventies. Now she's replaced that hobby with hiking in the mountains, another thing I'd like to do more of.
As a final example, Jaqueline Donnelly writes 'Saratoga woods and waterways'. Jaqueline is a serious botanist, and writes about what she finds exploring forest trails, lakes and rivers near her home in New York State. Perhaps the most specialized of these 4 blogs I've mentioned, but one I
really enjoy and almost always learn something from.
The point is not these particular blogs, but how much I enjoy them. Reading them means a lot to me, and in the future will mean even more. Each provides a taste of the outdoors that I like. So bloggers, don't ever think your writing is not worthwhile, because it is. I get outdoors vicariously through your stories.