A sense of belonging

Today, it’s five years since I started blogging on WordPress.

And this is my 1,119th post.

Seriously? I can’t believe that I’ve been here that long. It seems such a short time ago that I made my first tentative steps into the blogging world. Prior to that, I’d sent out weekly newsletters of my doings to lots of friends and family far away. Blogging seemed like an easy next step that didn’t involve the occasional blocking of my emails by various servers, suspicious that I was spamming. And I could put in photos, and choose a format that looked nice.

By this point I was already following a few blogs, and dipped my toe into Blogger…. and hastily withdrew it, when I realised I hadn’t a clue how to make it work. WordPress was the next attempt, and I found it friendly, easy and accommodating. I’ve learned a few things since those first tentative steps, most important of which is that the world is filled with friends you haven’t met yet, that you can become close to people you’ve never seen and most likely never will, that you can care deeply about the doings of comparative strangers, and that you can belong to a community whose members stretch around the globe. Blogging is a journal, a place of friendship and support, a creative outlet and a never-ending source of interest, fun and delight. I know that its popularity is waning somewhat as people tend to the more instant and abbreviated pleasures of Instagram and its like, but I love words (no, really?) and for me, a blog post will always win over a photo and a hashtag.

A few stats… 1,119 posts, 830 followers, viewers from 142 countries, 131,647 views (46,727 from the US alone), 30,303 comments. One of the things I love about WP is the ease of accessing these figures. I do love a nice statistic…

Anyway, I just want to say thank you for following, sticking with me, commenting and liking. Thank you for being out there for me to talk to. Thank you for allowing me to belong in your lives in some sense ❤

Here’s to the next 5 years.

56 thoughts on “A sense of belonging

  1. Terri says:

    Happy Anniversary!! Five years is quite an accomplishment. I’ve been following your posts for a couple years now after discovering you and other crafty bloggers through your SAL updates. I enjoy reading blog posts better than little snip-its on Instagram and love to see all the quilts and stitching projects as well as what life is like in your Kingdom of Chiconia. Hope you keep blogging for many years to come.

  2. Steph (@resting_whippet) says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog but rarely comment because I’m reading it quickly on my phone on short breaks. It’s the first thing I read on those breaks though!

  3. jmcheney says:

    Congratulations, Kate. I enjoy your blogs so much. Your travels about Australia especially. Such a fascinating country that I have glimpsed through films, novels, tv series & documentaries & now in the blog world. I am not a fiber artist at all, though I admire beautiful needlework so much. I am a painter on paper & canvas & much too impatient & not nearly dexterous enough with scissors, needle. I enjoy your wonderfully vivid writing & hope you will continue for many more years to bring your beautiful fiber art & the faraway world of Down Under alive for me up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, USA. Thank you very much for talltalesfromChiconia.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you 🙂 I find Australia endlessly fascinating, and am glad I’ve managed to communicate some of that in my posts. I have huge admiration for those who can paint; although I can draw and have considerable confidence with colour when it’s fabric I find it hard to put colour to paper. To each her own… I hope you’ll continue to find interest and enjoyment in Chiconia xx

  4. kathyreeves says:

    Happy Anniversary, Kate! 🎂

  5. anne54 says:

    And what a wonderful blog you have created for us. Aren’t we lucky that you decided to go down the blogging path. I have loved how our friendship has blossomed through the blogs, and the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook, of course 💕

    • katechiconi says:

      I do love this blog… It’s like phoning a friend and telling her all about what you’ve been up to. I really value the comments, advice and friendships I’ve made along the way, and hope it may endure for another five great years.

  6. Sandy says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog! Thank you so much for sharing all your adventures and wonderful pictures with us. I have also picked up some good quilting tips from you which is why I originally subscribed. 😉

  7. cazinatutu says:

    Congratulations, quite an achievement. I love how your blog is always fresh and interesting – obviously a reflection of your personality and outlook on life. Keep up the good work, you bring enjoyment to a lot of people.

    • katechiconi says:

      Gosh, blush! I’m glad you enjoy the posts. Sometimes it makes me laugh if I go back and read an old one – I can almost hear myself saying this stuff, so I guess it’s a reflection of my true ‘voice’…

  8. KerryCan says:

    You summarize, so well, the thoroughly pleasant surprises I got when I started blogging–I never expected the camaraderie and friendships! Five years is a long time in the blogosphere and you should be very pleased and satisfied to have added so much to the discussions of creativity and creating and quilting, not to mention your encouragement for using scraps . . . and being happy!

    • katechiconi says:

      I am so humbled by the very positive comments I’ve received about this post. I started blogging more as a journal and a record of my doings, but it seemed natural as time went on to reach out to other people, share what I learned and encourage others to try things. It has made me happy, I hope it has made others happy and will continue to do so for years to come.

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    Happy Anniversary, and I am so happy you did decide to blog, my life is truly enhanced with your every inspiring post.

  10. Your blog is fantastic and I am so glad I found it. Congrats on 5 years..Here’s to anotherI exciting 5 years to follow –

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it 🙂 I think the blog will continue as long as I feel I have something interesting enough to say/show/rant about, and while my hands are still up to the job of making pretty things out of fabric…

  11. Joanne S says:

    Happy 5th!! So glad I found my way to your blog!

  12. tialys says:

    Happy Blogging Birthday 🎈
    I also started my blog in September but 9 years ago. I don’t publish nearly as many posts as you do but you have expressed my exact thoughts about blogging – what I like about it, why I do it (instead of IG) and how much I enjoy the Worldwide community who share some of my interests and are willing to give tips, advice and encouragement that are not always readily available from my ‘real life’ friends, not many of whom are sewers, knitters or crocheters.
    Let’s carry on!

    • katechiconi says:

      Indeed, let’s! Yours is one of my favourites, because you’re funny and interesting, and I always wish there was more, but we blog as we are able… Happy Blog Birthday to you too, whenever your anniversary falls this month.

  13. craftycreeky says:

    Congratulations!That’s an awful lot of posts! I think I’m with you in preferring the chattiness of blogs to the brevity of Instagram. I keep dipping my toes in but it’s a bit like the difference between texts and phone calls, there’s a place for both but I prefer a proper natter !
    Here’s to the next 5 years 🙂

  14. Lynda says:

    Congratulations, Kate! As the comments can attest we all enjoy your posts. ❤

  15. knitnkwilt says:

    Like many, I too appreciate words. And I’m glad you have chosen the word route. Glad I found you through the F2F project.

  16. magpiesue says:

    Isn’t it interesting how some of us find Blogger intuitive and easy to use while others feel that way about WordPress? It seems to me it might be easier to “hold a conversation” via WordPress blogs, which I would like. Oh well, after 10 years on Blogger I guess I’ll stick with it. 😉 Congrats on your blogiversary (and great stats!).

    • katechiconi says:

      I found myself turned off Blogger from the get-go. I couldn’t work out what to do… WP, on the other hand, guided me through the process step by step. I also asked various other people I knew which they preferred, and why… WP turned out the winner overall, so here I am!

  17. Happy fifth birthday, and here’s to the next five 🙂
    As usual, you have articulated to perfection all the reasons why I and many others blog along with you. I don’t always comment on posts, especially if I’m reading them on my phone, but I’ve learned and shared so much from/with so many people I’m unlikely to meet in person, and I’m so glad I jumped in when I did.
    I often find myself thinking about you or Kathryn or Tamara or Jan or Cathy or Trish or Rachel or Linne and many more people as if I know you all in person. We’re all a little less invisible because of each other.

    • katechiconi says:

      I feel the same way… There are lots of times when I wish I could give someone a hug, or offer to help with something difficult or hard work, or simply reach out and show how to do something. One of the good things about blogging is the feeling that you’re only as alone as you want to be. There are so many friends (past, present and future) out there…

  18. Roz says:

    I have only joined recently and have read back through old posts and have enjoyed the content, yes, it is like having a natter with a friend on what they are doing in the craft department, I am always interested in what others are creating. Keep up the tremendous work and best wishes for many more years to come.

  19. wow. That’s a lot of posts – and (at least since I found you !) all have been interesting and informative 😉
    Thank you. I’m amazed you manage to make the time!

  20. kymlucas says:

    Congratulations. I’m so glad we got to know each other in the “blogosphere!” I’m always awed both by your talent and prolificacy of your posts. Hoping we can enjoy many more years of both. ❤️

  21. dayphoto says:

    Well, Congratulations!! I for one am mighty glad you are here.

  22. A perfect celebration… with a blog post, of course. I would not have half the sanity I do without the blogging community and you as a part of it ♡

  23. Congratulations, Kate. Blogging is both an education and a way to share what you know. Everyone benefits. You do it very well. Wishing you many more years of blogging fun and success. This is a community like no other.

  24. Congratulations, Kate. Our blog-versaries are always fun milestones and a great time to reflect.

    • katechiconi says:

      It came up on me unexpectedly! I still can’t believe it’s that long. As you say, though, a great time to consider where next. On reflection, I’m happy with the direction and content, and have no plans to change.

  25. rutigt says:

    Hurray!!! You really know your statistics, that´s nice! I´ve had my blog 7 years now and, to be honest, I´m getting a bit tired of it. It takes to much time, I think. I´ll still be joining the SAL and, of course, the Scrap Happy Day. In between there will not be as many posts as before. I´ll always follow your blog. It´s so inspiring!!!!

  26. I’n pretty sure I’ve been following you for a good part of those five years! Thank you for making the world a kinder and more beautiful place.

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