Friday, September 29, 2006


Estou atualizando este post para poder participar da blogagem proposta pelo amigo Eduardo, do blog Post in Progress com o tema Por que blogo? Por uma feliz coincidência este assunto veio a calhar, pois estou comemorando três anos do Leaves of Grass e o tema não poderia ser mais oportuno. Aqui estão as minhas repostas. Se houver necessidade de tradução, favor clicar no final da página, no Babel Fish.

Today is my First Blog Anniversary. Yes it’s been a whole year since I started blogging!

I was tagged by my friend Susie, from Susie’s Space, about blogging and I planned to answer this meme on my First Blog Anniversary. So, the meme is below.
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging in September, 29, 2005. Before this I've been reading several blogs for about one year. When I started reading some blogs, I was definitely hooked! I leave comments on many blogs and I enjoyed so much those visiting. If I remember well, was my friend Jude, from Long-Toothed Hinterland Dweller who for the first time said to me: “Why don’t you try to create your own blog”? So I had the daring to begin a blog in English! Then my blog “Leaves of Grass” was born. You can see my first post here. In this first post I only showed one photo of my house, with the title: Home sweet home!
Then my “ship” was launched in this amazing “ocean” of blogs! I’ve been blogging now for one year! I wrote 58 post and till today I had 17,958 visitors (since October 8, 2005) from all around the world! It’s really amazing and awesome!

Why do I have a blog?
When I first began my own blog, I did it for many reasons. I wanted to express myself, to make friends from many parts of the world, to share my photos and my husband’s photos, to improve my English, to see if I could express my thoughts in a foreign language, to show my country and so on. And I love so much the feedback that I get from blogging. I readed on Antonella Pavese's blog that a blog is “something you create and take care of, like a garden, and other people from all over the world can visit and enjoy. A blog is a work in progress”. I truly agree with her beautiful words!
Certainly have a blog have been a delightful, educational and pleasant experience. Blogs may be the most complex pen-pal system ever created! When I was a teenager I have a pen-pal, from China. It was wonderful and I never forget this amazing experience!

It is pretty amazing to check my sitemeter and see the Map of the World with many people on it who visited my blog! It’s truly wonderful more than I can say!
Blogging is a great and amazing communication medium! As I am a journalist, I love and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others and learning from the knowledge of my friends! Blogging connects me with others interesting peoples all around the world! I have already met countless lovely people from blogging and I learn great and amazing things everyday.
What don't you talk about?
I prefer don’t talk about Politics and inner personal issues. I would like writing about a diversity of issues, but unfortunately my English don’t permit all this! But I do my best and I hope someday I could do this! As we say in Portuguese, “Um dia eu chego lá”.
Are you and your blogging persona the same person?
Yes, on my blog I am really just like I am in my real life.
How do you use blogging to build friendships?
I truly can say that I found many nice and lovely friends on blogosphere. I like so much the possibility of share thoughts, feeling, information, entertainment and principally friendships. And I am enchanted with this delightful community of blog’s friends!
How would you describe your writing style?
As I write in a foreign language, I have many difficulties with the idiom, so I choose don’t write so much. I prefer to show more photos and also make searching to help my writing.
Last but not least, I must to say that through blogging I've met a lot of nice, kind, talented, wise, witty, funny and intelligent people and it has been a great experience to me! I also improve my English and really I am having a great fun!
I would like to thank all my blog's friends who helped me in many troubles I had with my templates, layout and son on!
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who have been reading, commenting and giving your lovely feedback on my ideas and photos.

This photo of my house was taken in the beggining of 2006.

The place where I spend my time blogging and having a great fun!
Photos by Sonia de Amorim Mascaro
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  1. Dear Sonia,
    Happy 1st Blogiversary!
    I love how you did this meme! I share so many of your thoughts about blogging.
    You express yourself beautifully in English and your site is always a delight to visit!
    Much love to you!

  2. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY (I just made that up- blog anniversay) ~smiles~
    I LOVE your site. Such lovely pictures & I learn about your country. Your English is wonderful. One would never know it is a second language.
    Love your MEME answers. I feel the same about many of your comments.
    Have a wonderfully blessed weekend!
    The pics of your home are lovely. Thanks for sharing with all of us here in bloggerland.

    Blessed be...

  3. Happy anniversary. I have so enjoyed my visits to your blog in the past year. it is wonderful that people all over the world can share their lives in this way.

  4. Happy birthday to your blog, Sonia! How wonderful to hit the one year mark. Also, your answers are great (and informative). Plus, I love the photo of your blog space -- it looks so comfy and inviting. HUGS and have a great day celebrating!

  5. Happy one year anniversary dear Sonia! I share your sentiments too. Blogging is indeed a wonderful experience and I've learned so much (and made many good friends) visiting your site and others around the world.

    You are always so caring and sweet in your comments and it's been a joy to get to know you over the past year.
    Your home is beautiful!
    I hope you spend many more happy and interesting hours in your cozy blog space :)

  6. Sonia, congratulations on your blog anniversary! I can't believe it has been a year.

  7. Congratulations Sonia! I really enjoy your blog so much and always love learning something new from it and/or just being entertained. You have a unique and refreshing voice, and I wish you many happy blog returns of the day!

  8. Congratulations 1 year old.
    the photo's of your home are lovely I enjoy comming to visit your site . Take Care

  9. Congratulations Sonia !! I fully agree with you. Being a "Blogger" opens the world for everybody and makes it a village. You take your first cup of coffee in Bresil, take your croissant in Belgium, the second cup in the States (there are many cups to drink) then you move on to Hawai,Australia, Canada, India, etc. and by the time you stop to have some lunch you can tell your husband "I've made a tour around the world" Isn't that great ?
    How I became a Blogger I just wrote in my "cramps" don't know if you have red it.
    And I also want to thank you for your help especially with the "links" !!!! Now I got it !

  10. Coingratulations, dear Sonia...It is amazing how many of the people I read and visit began blogging around the same time...I began on October 6th or 7th..2005....and then my computer crashed to death (lol) and I didn't remember how to get on the Blogger Dashboard, so I started a NEW Blog...November 7th, 2005...And that is the one you know me from....

    I love your blog and think it amazing that you blog in English...I LOVE getting to see where you live and all the wonderful things of nature that surround your home...AND, I so enjoy getting to see the many things you have posted about Brazil. It is like a visit to your part of the world that I never had before, ever ever!!

    So....Happy Anniversery Sonia, and keep on blogging, please....! It is a joy to get to know you!

  11. Congratulations and Happy 1st Year Blogging Anniversary! Best wishes to you! More blogger friends for you and candles to blow!:-)

  12. Happy Blog Anniversary, Sonia! Thanks for a year of beauty.

  13. Happy happy blogiversary! I love your blog and am glad you joined the sphere.

  14. Parabéns, Sonia! Longa vida para seu blog!

  15. Sonia

    Parece que é muito aconchegante esse seu cantinho...tb passo bastante tempo no micro...e o meu cantinho é no sóton,onde fica também meus livros e som....

  16. Congratulations with your first anniversary. I am glad you started blogging :-)

  17. Hi, Sonia. "Transmitting" means sending. The web-site called Blogs in Space sends signals in code into space, that when translated are the contents of a blog. It presupposes that there is intelligent life somewhere in the universe.

  18. Happy Anniversary, Sonia, I enjoy reading your blog and love to see your photos. I hope there will be many more anniversarys.

  19. Congratulations! If there was a vote for Miss Congeniality in the blogosphere - you'd win. You are always cheerful, encouraging and friendly and it's just plain fun to visit your blog.

  20. Happy Blogbirthday S.
    Am always in awe of your blog and you skill in writing it in a language other than your own.

    Hip hip Hooray!

  21. Sonia...Happy first year of blogging and I hope to see you here for many more years.

    Blogging is a wonderful way to meet people from around the world and to learn about their cultures and how they differ from our own. In the process we become friends and I've always considered blogging a form of public email where everyone is invited to respond. I love it.

  22. Congratulations! Plus, I love the question/answer format! I am a more enriched blog reader to have you in my bloglines (and I feel special to have you in my e-mail address 'book' as well!)

  23. Happy Anniversary! I found your blog through another Becca (Becca and Bella), and loved looking at your wonderful photos are learning more about Brazil and San Paulo.

    I liked this meme, too. Maybe I'll try it myself :)

    Your English is very good!

  24. Hi Sonja, happy Anniversary to your blog and you! Blogging is a fine thing!


  25. Happy Blogiversary!
    Love Jeanne

  26. Very Happy Birthday to your blog Sonia, and long live to it ! Mine will be one year old on November 1st ! It's still a baby !

  27. Well you did it! I still remember the excitement of receiving your first comment on my blog - coming all the way from Brazil! And then my amazement at how cleverly you put together your own page. How I admired you, tackling such a task in a language not your own. You sounded rather wistful and lonely at first -- but now you have friends all over the world. Sending my very best wishes.

  28. Happy Anniversary Sonia, I'm glad I found your blog. Your pictures are awesome and you write very well. I love to read about Brazil. It's amazing how you can do a blog in a language other than your own. I certainly could not do one in Spanish.....I wish I could!!!! Blessings to you from the USA!!!!

  29. Congratulations, Sonia! I have so enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the fascinating photos of your lovely home, your fascinating country, and your beautiful family. What a treat it is to come here! Thank you so much for sharing these treasures with us.

  30. Dear Sonia,
    Happy Anniversary to your blog. You have been a delight since the moment I found my way to you. Your photos are always beautiful and they are followed up by an explanation done so well that I feel like I have had a little trip.

    All the best to you my friend.
    Take care,

  31. Happy Blog Anniversary, Sonia. It is always a pleasure to come by and visit. I love the photo of your blogging space ... looks so warm and cozy.
    I love the world of blogging, it has opened up a whole new world for me, and allowed me to meet wonderful people such as yourself.
    Take care, and have a wonderful week.
    Meow xx

  32. Happy Happy one year! And I am so happy to have met you by blogging. My one year is just around the corner and I am going to steal your that okay? I will link back to this post!

  33. We are glad you started blogging Sonia!! You have very interesting and informative posts and I have learned a lot. Thanks for sharing!! Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary in blogging!!

  34. Congratulations Sonia!
    I just returned from a three-week trip so I'm a little late. I am proud to have been among the over 17,000 who stopped by your blog. Keep up the beautiful photos--and very good writing for a second language, actually better than some who write English as a first language.

  35. Dear Sonia,

    Forgive my lateness in posting a comment. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! You are a wonderful read and I hope you blog for many years.


  36. Dear Sonia--A very happy first blogiversary to you! I remember last early fall when you visited my blog--you are always kind and encouraging, a joy to get to know through your blog. A happy next year of blogging to you! --best wishes, Judith

  37. Happy blogaversary. I just celebrated a year of blogging too - but completely forgot to mention it on my site(s).

    Here's to many more happy blogging days :)

  38. What a pleasure it has been to read your blog, I love reading your English and only wish I could occasional speak in your language. I look forward to another year of reading your blog!!

  39. Happy Anniversary. I was waiting for a email for a new post. Your blog is always one I check regardless of new posts. Thanks for your blog friendship.

  40. Sonia. Happy, happy Anniversary! It is always such a pleasure to come here, and I look forward to reading your posts in the coming year as well. It is good to know you. :-)


  41. Happy Anniversary, and best wishes for many more blogiversaries to come!

  42. As always I'm late to the party but am pleased to send you good wishes for the coming year and look forward to the many gifts you give to your readers. Thank you for sharing life and landscape so freely.

  43. Sonia, estou taaaao atrasada. Mas genuinamente te desejo muitos mais aniversários.Teu blog é lindo. As fotos e temas sao super especiais. Vir aqui é muito aconchegante. A janela do teu study é barbara. So de olhar para todo este verde...

  44. Sonia, parabéns pelo seu Blog!Eu que conheço, bem, esse interior de SP, vejo como vc consegue, didaticamente, mostrar para fora do país, um pouco da flora, da arquitetura e dos costumes paulistas.Hoje moro numa praia do litoral catarinense. Pretendo dar ao meu blog, um pouco do que vc faz no seu, além de divulgar meu trabalho nas artes plásticas.Bom natal a todos e parabéns!

  45. Ihhh, o VARAL esta listado aqui também! Obrigado Sonia! Estamos providenciando uma lista no VARAL e o seus BLOGS serão EVIDENTEMENTE os primeiros da lista.

  46. Olá Eduardo,
    O Varal de Idéias veio para enriquecer os meus Blogs Recomendados! Espero que muita gente vá visitá-lo! Obrigada também!

  47. Sonia,

    que legal você ser a PRIMEIRA a postar no tema PORQUE BLOG, do POST IN PROGRESS. Muito oportuna sua postagem nesta data de comemoração dos TRÊS ANOS DE VIDA DO SEU BLOG! Parabéns, MUITAS VEZES!

  48. Sonia querida mais uma vez parabéns pelo aniverssário...e duplos parabéns por esta ótima interação no Post in Progress...não poderia ser mais oportuna...Não consigo achar o teu post sobre sua grande paixão. Aonde está? Gostaria imenso de lê-lo...Beijos e um ótimo domingo.

  49. Sonia, mais uma vez parabéns pelo aniversário do "Leaves of Grass" e por todas suas razões para blogar.
    Um grande beijo e uma boa semana para você.


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