My thanks first and foremost to Lee for instigating and continuing to offer the Challenge up to all who find us and wish to join in – and to those who have supported him on this year’s mammoth journey – perhaps I should say hundredth journey ... the mammoths might come along next year – perhaps we should take a punt on how many will join us in 2013 ... we must surely crack the 2,500 mark – any guesses?
|Treetop Walkway - Kew Botanical Gardens|
Last year with 1,200 I attempted to get round everyone, caught a mini virus, and just did what I could – but I had really wanted to do better.
|Wakehurst Place - first in list of|
most visited National Trust properties -
managed by Kew
This year at the 1,800+ mark ... I just thought Okaaaayyyye – I can only do what I can do and I’m not going to get stressed. I probably should have started writing my posts earlier – I didn’t get around as many blogs as I thought I would ...
However, I feel less stressed this year – I enjoyed my theme ... I taught myself British history, all about British castles and feel distinctly more learned than a month ago! I loved the comments I got and life goes on ...
I did start going through the list (only about 130 = bad me!) and have met some wonderful people, as last year, and I’m sure we’ll remain in touch ...
.... I feel honoured and lucky to be amongst you all. I would check out their A – Z theme, and just check back ... to see how interested I would be before I committed to following, or more importantly to subscribing.
|Waddesdon Manor - 3rd most visited|
The terrace and parterre
Subscribing to me – is the big commitment ... as I intend to participate in your blog ... following is an ephemeral thing ...
Thank you to Lee and Stephen who gave me a thumbs up on their blogs ... also a big thank you to people, who have been complimentary both here and on their own blogs – I am very appreciative of your thoughts and comments.
The negative to me ... is the following someone for the sake of it – especially if I have very little interest, so this year I made a point of not doing so. I’d rather have fewer good followers than people following just for the sake of it .........
...... now I may be wrong here – and I’m grateful for advice! I subscribe, follow and read those posts that interest me, try and comment (!!)..... I did last year follow a few – but I’m not sure why!
|Stourhead Gardens - 2nd|
I can’t comment on length of posts – as mine weren’t that long, yet weren’t that short.
I like to read and follow blogs with value, rather than ephemera ....
This year there were some great themes ... and such a wonderful mix of ideas ... I have just decided to list these out tomorrow ... I'm getting my knickers in a twist - so will relax and let you have the full complement then ...
|Attingham House - 5th|
Many thanks to all the hosts:
Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out,
Stephen Tremp at Breakthrough Blogs,
Jenny Pearson at Pearson Report,
Matthew McNish at The QQQE,
Tina Downey at Life is Good,
Jeremy Hawkins at Retro-Zombie,
DL Hammons at Cruising Altitude,
Shannon Lawrence at The Warrior Muse,
Damyanti Biswas at Amlokiblogs,
Karen Gowen at Coming Down the Mountain,
Konstanz Silverbow at No Thought 2 Small.
And apart from blogger causing us some headaches - why some of my comments go direct to email, or to a blogger's spam box ... and why I can't comment on some blogs ... it seems to be sorting itself - but it's frustrating when I have to 'fight' to actually comment ..... one request - please put your email up - as at least I can email and connect that way - I did with a few bloggers this year.
|Fountains Abbey - 4th most visited|
I've enjoyed myself .. and my links are long - and I know I'll have missed a few out - I shall feel guilty for ever ... but I might sleep tight - as I actually got the post up! No - decided to do a part two tomorrow!! A girl is entitled to change her mind?!
Cheers to you all and so many thanks for lots of support and positive thoughts in this direction - I return them all with extra golden knobs on .. or perhaps a gargoyle or two from a ruined castle?!
Wikipedia - list of National Trust most visited 2009/10 properties above .. other five will appear tomorrow ...
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