Meet and Greet page: Introduce yourself here!

Welcome to my meet and greet page, inspired by some of the first bloggers I followed. I love that my followers are eager to put their blog posts out there and read posts shared by others, for this reason I have introduced this page and I will keep returning to it regularly. I feel my community is now large enough to provide a page for you to promote your blog and get to know other bloggers a little better.

So with this, feel free to introduce yourself here. Who are you and where are you from? I love the diversity here with such an international blogging audience. Feel free to link your blog for others to read.

New to this page? Welcome!

Already posted here in the past? Feel free to stop by and say hello anytime.

It is going to be hard if not impossible to keep up with comments on here whilst I publish posts around it, however I am constantly on the page looking at all the contributions and I will re-post this regularly to give a better opportunity for posts to be seen.

Hopefully you find a new cool blog to follow and someone feels the same way about yours!

Happy blogging 🙂

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558 Comments

    • Hi Sam–Thanks for following my blog! I used to have a dream of going to Australia. Probably not happening, so I’ll enjoy your photos.

      Hello to everyone else.

      How do you get all those followers? I suspect it’s because you are twenty-something and cute. 🙂 Not really, though you are (unless you stole that fabulous photo!) No, I’m sure it’s because you know what you are doing. I’ve looked a couple times at websites about “how to get followers” and the entire lingo is Greek to me, so I give up and just scribble away in obscurity. Good luck on your writing adventures. A book about what? I see you are likely a travel writer.

      I’m a literary writer and somewhat advanced in age. I blog about my new experiment with fantasy writing, dreams, synchronicity, and my experiments with the carnivore and keto diets which have transformed my health. (And more.) If you are interested, follow along with Sam here at lekimball.com

      Happy Tuesday.

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      • Hi,

        From what I can see, Sam is a serial-follower. He follows “everyone”, and most people probably follow him back. That’s what I did. I would have never seen him otherwise. Another way to get followers is to like posts of other bloggers. You can find stuff you like in the reader or just by googling. Make sure you use tags when you publish a post. These things are how other people find you. If someone likes a post I write, I go to their blog and like their stuff, even if I don’t actually totally love it. If you have facebook post a link of the blog you’ve just written on your profile or page. Use hashtags( for example, #travel #dogs #peace) and emojis at the bottom of all your facebook posts that have a link to your blog. Use photos in all your blog posts, even if you have to get them from Unsplash or Pixabay, etc. If you have time, comment on stuff you like in other blogs. This all leaves a footprint and people can follow your footprints back to your blog. Of course, there’s lot of other things you can do I’m sure, but this is the stuff I’ve found (albeit only very recently) that seems to work. Good luck!

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      • Haha well I certainly appreciate the kind words! Jen below has mentioned following to get noticed. This is somewhat true, as I have followed lots of blogs that are similar in nature a) to get my name out there and b) because I feel reading is as important as writing for inspiration and new perspectives on things.

        However I spend a heck of a lot of time on this blog responding to comments (this is the only page I don’t as I don’t want my words clogging up other people’s!), liking other blogs, commenting on their posts too. Not to mention blogging every day…. if I didn’t do this I would get as many views every day, I see the stats when I haven’t published a post and they drop pretty dramatically.

        So basically you get out of it what you put in, I am here roughly 20-30 hours a week and I see better results when I have put in the hours 🙂

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      • Hi Sam–I understand this is a business. You are right. I certainly don’t put in that kind of time. And work certainly pays off. I am a full time care giver these days. I don’t even understand it properly as a business! I’m a literary writer and dabble at it. (I do try to find time to work on my latest book.) I’ve learned a bit on your site, so thanks for that! Are you able to support your writing and travel habit? You seem very proficient at this.

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      • I do understand it is very hard to find time to blog, I have been lucky to be able to devote so much time to it. I went to Australia with little money, however the working holiday visa has been great for me to work to fund my travels. And the destinations I’ve found work in are new to me so I always have a lot to blog about! The same will be said when I move to London mid September.

        Thankfully the costs to run the site are minimal, and with me spending so much time travelling alone I have been able to support my blogging and travel habit very well. It is all about the little things here and there we can change everyday to fit it in too!

        I am glad you have learned something from my site 🙂 and I wish you all the best on yours!!

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      • Haha! No, you don’t sound like a moron because if you are, then I am too 🙂 I have no idea how it works. Someone suggested it to me and they didn’t know why it works, but just that it does and they’d been doing it for ages. I really don’t know what I’m doing either and honestly, I don’t actually think anyone really does, but no one wants anyone else to know that, that’s why all this stuff is a big secret. Personally, I think it’s all arbitrary, but if I want people to notice me, then I have to do what gets their attention, even if that means putting stupid little pictures and dumb words at the bottom of all my stuff. Good luck! 🙂

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      • So you are saying you just put the hashtag whatever you want in there or a smiley face at the end of every facebook post and it works? Just at the end or is there a special place for it? I do post the link to my word press deal every day on facebook and on my professional facebook page. What do you blog about?

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  1. bmalzard

    Hi everyone, hope you are having a great blogging day. What do you all think about scheduling posts? I’ve always tried *not always successfully) to blog a new post every Tuesday. There’s a flurry of likes etc on that day then just a dribble for the next few days. So, not sure whether to ease up or not. My posts range from locations, to travel advice, to cruises, destinations and memories of great trips I had in the past.
    Follow me at https://travelgaltravels.com Travel well.

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    • Only on facebook. I put the hashtags and the emojis on a line at the bottom of the post eg:

      #cat #dog #holiday #pet emoji emoji emoji emoji

      In WordPress the tags go in a box on the sidebar when you’re writing your post. They don’t show up in your post. They’re like keywords. If you google WordPress tags you ‘ll get more info on how to use tags for your posts. Just google stuff. If you don’t like the answer or don’t get it, just keep googling it until you get one that makes sense to you. This is what I do. If you join the writer’s centre closest to you (in Australia we have one in each state) they will be able to help you with social media for writers. There’s also a heap of free learning platforms that you can sign up to for this kind of thing. Learning this stuff takes a while and not because you and I are older than twenty, just because that’s what happens when you want to learn new stuff. Everything new takes time and the more time you spend doing it, the quicker you will learn, that’s why some people seem to pick it up much quicker than others: they spend more time doing it.

      My blog is about adventure. Here’s my post from today: http://freestateofjen.com/2019/08/21/450km-and-brain-injury-awareness-week/

      Peace! 🙂

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      • Wow! I just took a quick look at your blog and it’s the best one I’ve seen! You are a fabulous writer (I know because I’m a literary writer.) And your answers to all this lingo and more have been the only ones I’ve ever understood! Thanks so much. BTW, I love your blog because old or not, I live off the grid (a dream of mine) in Michigan’s upper peninsula. It’s hard and I’ve done it fifteen years now. I love it. (Or I used to, I know have to live with my father in the upper lower peninsula). I fly fish and when I was younger I hiked. I am now a full time care giver since I not only have an adult son with Down Syndrome, my father has Parkinson’s and is 87 years old. So not much “adventure” for me, or at least not the roaming type. As I said, Australia was a dream of mine so following your blog will be fun and I see I’m going to see some very fine writing as well. I loved your “About” section and I didn’t even get all the way through it! Thanks again for taking the time to answer me. I’ll be “following” along.

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  2. Hey there thanks for checking out my blog on our day of launch today. It’s been really exciting and I’m hoping to turn this into something pretty big. Lily is already becoming a little star on her Instagram. I love pets and sharing anything I can to help others. I appreciate the follow. You look like you’ve done some awesome traveling, so amazing keep up the great work.

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  3. Hiya Sam,

    Thanks for following me – I never would have gotten here had you not seen me first. I’m a total newbie to blogging but I have a huge passion for growing food in a little garden, without all the special equipment, any training (beyond personal experience), much money or even much time.

    Every Friday I try to put out an article about something that I think is worth growing, eating or doing in the garden. Sometimes I write something science-y about gardening, like using fertilisers or how variation occurs. I honestly believe growing your own helps towards reversing some of the environmental damage we’ve done. There’s no plastic packaging or food miles when you harvest your own blueberries. By growing an apple tree you’re trapping carbon dioxide in the tree and increasing the oxygen in your very local area. Once you start growing you have a deeper understanding and respect for where our food comes from. You’ll find yourself still eating that slightly holey kale leaf because …well… you’ve blimmin’ well grown it! Of course there are plenty of self-serving reasons to grow too. Home grown is often tastier than shop bought and eventually if you grow enough perennials (things that come back year after year) you’ll be saving money.

    There’s a whole world of stuff to grow (that you don’t see in shops) that tastes great and/or looks hilarious:
    https://notahorticulturist.com/2019/08/09/tromboncino/

    Now if only I could get a passion for ‘growing a following’… (yup! I did hear the collective groan) and learnt about hashtags and Instagram I might just be able to enthuse some unsuspecting victims into growing food.

    Happy growing all.

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    • Good for you.

      Regrettably I live in a block of flats and have not garden, I am not even allowed a window box under the terms of my residence even though I own the property! Also, I am away travelling too often to look after it properly but I have friends who have allotments and I do envy them somewhat.

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      • Hi Fergy,
        It makes me sad when people have the desire, but not the opportunity. If you’re at all interested (if not – feel free to ignore my deranged evangelism) – herbs like basil, chives and lemon grass are a nice easy thing to grow on a window sill, or even in a large pot on a table as long as it gets SOME light. Smaller veggies like radishes and spinach also do fine. There’s even a vining spinach called Malabar spinach that I’ve had more success growing on a window sill than in the garden. It’ll trail and climb all over the place, with a plant providing maybe a dish a week when in full swing, but it doesn’t need a huge pot. It’s a bit mucilaginous and occasionally a little bitter… or succulent and has body if that sounds better. I had a nosy at your blog and seeing just how much you travel, maybe it would be an exercise in futility, but if you ever did travel less and feel the urge to grow – our house plants have survived fine in the past either in a large bucket with a couple of inches of water or in the kitchen sink with the plug in and the tap set at the tinniest drip possible. However, that probably won’t last more than a couple of weeks.
        Anyway… happy trails,
        Jessi

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      • Thanks so much for all the advice Jessi. Much as it is part of my DNA the travelling really does preclude any sort of horticulture even on a very small level, I am just not home enough. No doubt I shall have to slow down sooner or later and I’ll look into the possibilities then.

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  4. Hi Sam,

    Thank you for recently following my blog. You have built a really warm community here that’s so cool. What’s your top tip for growing your audience?

    My blog is very young and I want to take this opportunity of space to connect with people who follow it. If you don’t mind me asking, what drew you to my blog?

    Kind regards,
    Hannah

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    • Thank you! My advice would be to simply get your name out there as much as possible. I follow blogs that I feel are similar in nature to mine, comment and like other blogs where I can and try and create posts that people want to engage with.

      To grow you can’t just publish posts, it is also about everything else around it 🙂

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    • Good for you.

      Regrettably I live in a block of flats and have not garden, I am not even allowed a window box under the terms of my residence even though I own the property! Also, I am away travelling too often to look after it properly but I have friends who have allotments and I do envy them somewhat.

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  5. Hi! Thanks for liking my post, Sam!

    I am a tween writing about experiences in my life. I travel with my family, so I regularly post about that, and whatever is on my mind. It’s kind of a travel blog/diary. I am a beginner blogger, so if you want to, come check out my blog! bloggingwithreese.wordpress.com

    Thank you for posting this space where people can check out other people’s blogs, and have people check out theirs!
    ~Reese

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  6. Distilled Silence

    In a nutshell, this is what I am trying to share via words (and images) : If the ”soundtrack”, that watches over you, could talk to you… it would tell you that the unique part you play makes all other parts possible… I write about that… Most of it comes from a place that is closer to silence than anything else…

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  7. I must admit it would not have occurred to me to follow lots of people just in order to get followers. People actually do that? Is there a contest? Prizes? I don’t even know how many followers I have, because I never think to check. My blog is meant to be about living with a chronic illness, but I think it’s mostly about me moaning about things. But I like it. I follow people who interest me, and I agreed with your sentiments on your gravatar page, so here I am. So thanks for following me. It’s always good to discover people who share your views on life. There are so many out there who do not.

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  8. Hey, Guys!

    I’d really appreciate a follow and like-wise, https://poppyfern.home.blog this is my blog address and I’d really like some feedback, you too Sam! I just posted and though, it wasn’t difficult to write as I mainly ramble on I struggled a bit in trying to get my point across and have so many questions maybe I can get some fresh insights and go from there. Thanks again for this avenue and I hope I see some of you popping in to say HI! That was so not a pun haha 😂

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  9. Hey! I just want to say what a great idea this page is; I started out on WordPress a couple of months ago and haven’t really gotten the chance to look for lots of new blogs and pages that really interest me! (Other than yours and about 5 others, that is!) It’s such a cool idea to not only have a platform like WordPress, but to then use your own blogging platform to create a forum where like-minded people can meet eachother, discuss and share ideas, tips and blogs, etc.!

    My blog is about travel as it’s something about which I’m fervently passionate and I’ve just come back from my Year Abroad in France 🙂 I’m also a pretty spiritual person, so I decided to name the blog The Mindful Wanderer – basically about travelling mindfully, in this new age of social media “influencers”, being bombarded with people who seem to be “living their best lives”, etc. I thought that travel needed something more grounding.

    Anyway, it’d be awesome if you could check it out, and I’d love to follow people that I meet/see from here, as well!
    Happy blogging 🙂

    https://claudiahowick.home.blog

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  10. Hi Sam–Thanks for following me and I will do the same. I’m one of the folks in my generation (late Boomer) who happen to enjoy watching Millennials create their niche in this world and share it with others. So thanks for being that person! I come from an international family, so this is fun for me. My blog takes travels back in time (wishyouwereherenow.net). Keep up the great work! Betsey

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  11. Hi Sam. Thanks for following us. We are a couple in our 40s from Warwickshire, UK taking a year off work to travel around Asia before heading to Australia and New Zealand. We’ve enjoyed your blog since discovering it because it’s given us some food for thought with reference to Australia. We are looking to spend about 3 months there travelling around so any advice we can get from your posts, or personally from you is invaluable to us.

    Andy and Seda.

    http://www.whereverwemayroam.travel.blog

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  12. Hi everyone,
    Yeti was my beloved Himalayan cat that lived with me all of her 17 years. My blog is catsincambridge.com. Yes, I am a cat person but I love all creatures…great and small, feathered and finned as well. Not so keen on some of the two-legged kind but that’s because of the job I did. Worked in airports for a lot of years. It makes you a bit of a cynic.
    I’m a Brit. but I left there long ago…long story…its on my blog. I told a couple of chapters and people seemed to want to know what happened next, so I carried on.
    “My” Cambridge is upstate New York. I have found peace here.
    Look forward to exploring more blogs.
    Thanks Sam…I’ve been in your part of the world. It’s fab!

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  13. Hi there, I’m new to blogging so I still have a lot to learn, but basically I’ll try to post about my writing, art, college experiences, and possibly more. I haven’t really gotten the chance to explore other bloggers but i love yours so far. I would love it if anyone could maybe check out my page? I’m still trying to improve it slowly but I’m hoping to be satisfied at it by the end of the month. Happy blogging!:)

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  14. Hi everyone! I love Sam’s blog and seeing him experience all of this cool stuff! I too want to travel and I can’t wait until I’m able to do that.

    I am also a blogger, I blog about my poetry and the poetry I love to read. In the future, I may even incorporate my travels as well, to share my experiences as well. My blog address is https://loverrpoet.home.blog/ and you all can check it out if you like poetry.

    I am new to blogging but I love it so much!

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  15. Thank you Sam for sharing this opportunity ! I’ve started to blog since May this year but I’m still learning and working on it. My blog “Pe blog ” is about travel diary and lifestyle : htpps:/peblogs.com Thank you in advance for visiting my blog!

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  16. Hi Sam, I’m Enda, blogging at endastories.com. Started first of all as a place to gather my various written newspaper/magazine articles, and then I started writing about parenting two teenagers, and observations/thoughts on life in general. Enjoy your blog

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  17. Anita

    Hello fellow bloggers! My name is Anita and my blog Anita’s Journal is all about lifestyle and inspiration! I am currently living in Slovenia, but I love meeting people from all around the world. Let’s connect 🙂

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  18. pam@ichoosethis

    Sam! I started a new blog – one of my very own where I could post without limitations! It’s called ichoosethis…

    https://ichoosethis.blog

    Essentially working to ensure I experience life the best way possible through finding joy and gratitude through traveling, the outdoors and photography – YAY!

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  19. The Restless

    Hi guys! I’m Zaynub. I just started my blog and I’m really excited about it. I wanted to start a new travel blog that was more personal. I want to talk about personal stories that have happened and hard topics like self-consciousness. I also wanted to write about starting traveling at the basics, so many blogs are written by experienced travelers who travel full time for their jobs. Its unrealistic and not what many of us experience. Give it a look and tell me what you think. Any feedback is helpful! Thank you! http://therestlesstravelblog.wordpress.com

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  20. Hello Sam. Thanks for following my blog. My name is Kamini Kapoor. I am of Indian origin, and I live near Austin, Texas in the USA. I started my cooking blog as a dedication to my mom after she passed away. My friends have always asked me to teach them how to cook what I make for them, so my blog serves that purpose as well. In 2019, I started doing cooking classes/pop up supper clubs with wine pairings to raise money for our local food bank. Creating my blog brings joy and keeps me connected to my mom and grandma. Also helping others is satisfying.

    I am a periodontist. I have finally been able to arrange my schedule so that I can devote more time to my cooking venture. Right now I am in India visiting my family and catching up on my blog e-mails.

    Thanks for providing this opportunity to introduce myself.

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  21. I think this page is a great idea ! I will check out some of the other posts here and meet some new friends. I like your blog Sam and want to say that I like your logo and love your blog title. Keep up the great work.

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  22. Hello Sam. Meet and greet is a wonderful idea, although I am mildly embarrassed reading everyone else’s high-brow content and having to announce that I write a blog about my stupid cat, Louis Catorze.

    He’s black, he’s French, he has vampire teeth that stick out, he likes boys, and bullying the dog next door is just one of the many silly things he does to cause trouble. And yet people come from all over the world to see him. (I’m actually not joking: I have a guest book that visitors sign, and they have come from as far afield as Switzerland and Mexico.)

    I have been writing the blog for just over 4 years and I have numerous drafts in the pipeline because Louis Catorze does so many silly things and there simply aren’t enough days in the week to post them all!

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  23. Michelle Mcpherson

    Hi Sam. I’ve just come across your blog which is great and as a fellow northerner(Liverpool), I commute to Heathrow for work so I’ll be sure to follow your London posts for any tips for the times I actually stay down there. I am cabin crew for British Airways and only just started my blog about 5 weeks ago so a lot of trips to catch up on from the year but I think this page is a great idea to enable people to connect and introduce themselves (especially a newbie novice like myself ☺️).
    Thank you and keep up the good work
    Michelle
    http://www.internationalmich.com 🇬🇧

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