Celebrating 6 Years of Blogging

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re here. It’s week 41 in 2022 and I’m hosting Weekend Coffee Share linkup #91. Come on in for a coffee or tea, and let’s catch up.

October 10, 2022 marked the 6th anniversary of my first post on the Natalie the Explorer blog. The milestone inspires me to share some of my thoughts on blogging, hosting and participating in blog linkups and photo challenges.

Blogging

I started the blog on Blogger in October 2016. I moved from Blogger to WordPress in May 2019. The move to WordPress is good for me as most of the bloggers I connect with are on WordPress, and it’s convenient to read blogs and leave comments when you’re on the same platform.

What I enjoy about blogging:

  1. Having a hobby, a creative outlet and a digital record of my adventures.
  2. Sharing the beauty and wonders of our planet Earth by text and pictures.
  3. Connecting with and learning from other bloggers and blog readers around the world. I’ve had the pleasure to meet several bloggers in real life.

Thank you to everyone who visits Natalie the Explorer. I appreciate all the visits, likes, comments and shares over the years. I value each and every one of my blogging friends and everyone who took the time to leave a comment. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement through the years.

Hosting

I experimented with hosting the monthly Wellness Wednesday linkup in 2018-2019 and the monthly Wellness Weekend linkup in 2020. I’ve been hosting the weekly Weekend Coffee Share linkup since January 2021. I hope to reach the 100th linkup soon. 100 sounds like a nice milestone.

What encourages me to host:

  1. Receiving comments from linkup participants who take time to read my blog and leave a comment.
  2. Seeing a good number of bloggers join weekly and connect with other bloggers via comments.
  3. Seeing linkup participants do link backs and pingback to promote the linkup. Here’s WordPress how to create a pingback.

A linkup becomes stale when bloggers join in without leaving comments for the host and other participants. It’s like having a party with no conversation and no social connection.

Some blog hosts use InLinkz. Some hosts have participants leave their links in the Comments and the host does the roundup of participants. I’ve been using InLinkz for the weekly Weekend Coffee Share linkup, however, I’m thinking about using the Comments and roundup in the new year. I’ll let you know when I decide to change how I host my linkup.

Thank you to everyone who actively participates in my weekly Weekend Coffee Share linkup. I appreciate all the comments, contributions, link-backs and pingbacks.

Participating

I enjoy participating in selected blog link parties and photo challenges to support my fellow blog hosts and have fun. The following gallery (and my header photo) is my contribution to Terri’s Sunday Stills October colour challenge and Denyse’s Words & Pics linkup.

I hope to share a pleasant walk with you next week.

What keeps you blogging? What encourages you to participate in a blog linkup or blog challenge?

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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120 thoughts on “Celebrating 6 Years of Blogging

  1. Ally Bean October 14, 2022 / 8:22 am

    Congratulations on this milestone. You’ve found a lovely way to write your blog and share your photos. I look forward to seeing what you do each week.

    What keeps me blogging? I like to write AND I adore the comments I get. People are smart and fun and insightful.

    What encourages me to participate in a blog linkup or blog challenge? I rarely do those things anymore, but when I was new to blogging I did them religiously. They can be fun, but do require you to be a follower rather than finding your own path… which seems to be where I am now. Who knows, though, I might have a change of heart about them one day.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Ally, for your kind comments and answers to my questions. I’m happy and humbled that you look forward to seeing what I do each week. I think most new bloggers participate in a blog linkup or challenge to ‘find their tribe’ and build readership and blogging connections. Bloggers who have regular readers and followers tend to be independent. I’m kind of at a half way mark 🙂 What’s cool is that we can change our blogging approach and direction whenever we want to. Have a great weekend!

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  2. leannelc October 14, 2022 / 9:00 am

    Well done on 6 years Natalie and on hosting this link party so successfully. You’re right about the importance of commenting and engaging to make the party work. Thanks for all the link ups and for sharing your world with the rest of us.

    And my reason for participating is to meet other bloggers who are on a similar journey. I only participate in two parties now because the others really don’t fit what I like to write about. Thanks for being one of them. 🙂

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Leanne, for your kind comments. I’m happy and honoured that you choose to participate in my linkup. I like to keep my linkup topic open so participants can write about whatever they want to share and the variety of topics makes my blog reading interesting. What you write about is relatable and relevant to many Weekend Coffee Share participants so I greatly appreciate your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Suzanne@PictureRetirement October 14, 2022 / 9:38 am

    Hi Natalie, congratulations on having completed another successful year of blogging. I look forward to your weekly posts, especially those that ‘show and tell’ about your beautiful city.

    I have yet to make any blog challenge or link-up a habit. Your weekly Coffee Share most suits my content, which is typically about our evolving retirement story and the lifestyle habits we practice to maintain balance. I try to avoid writing specifically to a challenge and prefer to write what I want and then link to a challenge if it seems appropriate to do so. Once in a while, I post specifically for a photo challenge, which I do enjoy, but I have found that those don’t really add to my readership. I enjoy having conversations through the comments section and making new connections is always a goal. Most photo challenge viewers tend to hit like and run. Not complaining, just sayin’.

    I do find that I read more posts from challenges when the host has used the InLinkz organizer to group the posts. It makes it easy to click, read and move on to the next. Just my two cents on that topic. Cheers to the next six years and beyond!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you, Suzanne, for your kind and thoughtful comments. I’m happy and humbled to hear you look forward to my weekly posts, especially those about my beautiful city. I share from a longtime resident’s lens and many of the places that I write about don’t appear on Toronto’s tourist brochures.

      I’m happy to hear my weekly linkup most suits your content. I like to keep the linkup topic open so I (and participants) can write whatever comes to mind that week. I also like your blogging approach, i.e. write what you want and link to a challenge if it seems appropriate to do so. What you write about is relevant to me and other Coffee Share participants who are on a similar journey so I greatly appreciate your blog.

      Thank you for your feedback on the InLinkz, too. It’s good for me to know what makes it easy and convenient for my linkup participants. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. quiall October 14, 2022 / 10:05 am

    Congratulations well deserved!

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  5. Terri Webster Schrandt October 14, 2022 / 10:15 am

    Huge congrats to you Natalie for 6 years of blogging! And almost 100 weeks of Coffee Share! Your reasons for the enjoyment mirror my own, and as a host, I am floored by the few that link and run. I feel honored that you included this week’s Sunday Stills prompt. What lovely pics of the orange and black flowers and butterflies–’tis the season, right?

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Terri, for your kind comments. I was glad to have several orange and black images to participate in your colour challenge. As a host, I think the few that link and run are probably the worst offenders. I give them a second chance and no more after that. Have a great weekend!

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  6. dawnkinster October 14, 2022 / 10:16 am

    Congratulations on a long and varied blogging experience! I do it for many of the same reasons as you do, and also to chronicle things going on in my own life. More than a few times husband has asked when we did something and I check the blog to find out. And when I’m feeling nostalgic I sometimes randomly pop around in old posts…especially if they are written by Katie-girl.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you, Dawn, for your comment. Like you, I’ve looked up past events on my blog. When I randomly read my old posts, I also see how my writing has evolved. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog October 14, 2022 / 10:16 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I enjoy your coffee break linkup as I feel I can write about anything. I think using linkup makes it easier to find other people’s posts. If someone uses the comment section instead you have to scroll through a lot of chitchat to find links. I think yours has about the right number of participants so it is easy to read most people’s efforts.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:33 pm

      Thank you, Anne, for your feedback. I’m glad to hear you enjoy my linkup. I like to keep the topic open for the exact reason that you mentioned (i.e. write about anything). It’s good for me to know about your preference for InLinkz and how it makes it easy to read other people’s posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 8:59 pm

      Anne, I left a comment on your blog and got this message: “Nonce verification failed.” I don’t know what it means. I hope you received my comment.

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  8. Erica/Erika October 14, 2022 / 10:17 am

    Happy 6th Anniversary, Natalie, you ray of sunshine!!☀️ You always make wonderful, engaging, insightful points….such as the party with no conversation. Your photos are always gorgeous…a mini meditation for me. I love the October oranges. Thank you for being you and always making a difference.xoxo❤️

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you, Erica/ Erika, for your lovely and uplifting comments. I’m humbled to receive your compliments and I’m happy to create a mini meditation for you with my photos. I hope you and your family are well and enjoying the weekend. xoxo<3

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  9. Janet Alcorn October 14, 2022 / 10:34 am

    Happy blog-aversary! I’ve learned about so many cool places from your blog!

    Like you, I love connecting with other bloggers around the world and learning from their perspectives. I also love being able to write and publish short pieces quickly and have people read and engage with them. I enjoy fiction writing, but sometimes the lag between writing a piece and having it read is pretty long. Blogging feels more like a conversation. And finally, there are no rules. I can write about whatever infests my twisted brain at the moment–and sometimes other people actually find it entertaining. What’s not to love?

    Thanks so much for hosting the Weekend Coffee Share! Thanks to your efforts, I’ve found a community of interesting bloggers.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you, Janet, for your thoughtful comments and for linking up with us at Weekend Coffee Share. You raised several good points about blogging (short pieces, engaging with readers, a conversation and no rules on the topic). I’m glad you’ve found a community of interesting bloggers from my weekly linkup. Your feedback encourages me to continue hosting. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Jill Weatherholt October 14, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Happy anniversary, Natalie! Your stunning photographs always brighten my day. Thank you!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Jill, for your kind comments and ongoing support. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Yinglan October 14, 2022 / 12:11 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging milestone! 🙂

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  12. Retirement Reflections October 14, 2022 / 12:43 pm

    Happy Blogging Anniversary, Natalie. In January, I will hit Year 7. Seriously, where does all the time go?

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you, Donna, and congratulations on soon hitting year 7. Thanks to blogging I get to meet you and other bloggers IRL. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Maria October 14, 2022 / 12:50 pm

    Congratulations on your bloggoversary! And cheers to many more milestones to come!
    I first found the weekend coffee share a few hosts ago, and by chance. I had written a post about having coffee together with my readers ( a different blog.) When WordPress gave me suggestions of several coffee shares, and I read some of them, I liked the idea, and joined. When time permit and the challenge speaks to me I sometimes participate in other challenges as well, but lately the weekend coffee share is the only challenge I actually participate in every week. I like hanging out with all of you ❤
    Having a cup of coffee, or tea, with someone can turn out to be a friendly cup of coffee, a life changing conversation, the beginning of a new friendship…or anything your heart desires. I think that is what I like the most. Given the loose rules of conduct there's no pressure whatsoever, and it is easy to participate. And you are a very good host Natalie!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Maria, for your thoughtful comments and kind words. I’m happy to hear you like hanging out with us at WCS 🙂 Knowing your full schedule, I greatly appreciate your weekly participation. I look forward to reading your blog which brings back fond memories of Sweden for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. restlessjo October 14, 2022 / 2:29 pm

    Glorious colours this week, Natalie, and many congratulations to you. What keeps me going? People, I guess. Otherwise I’d just be talking to myself, wouldn’t I? I have made some great connections in the blogging world. It all starts with challenges, till you find people you have things in common with. After a while I grew tired of ‘being led by the nose’ and though I read many challenge posts I seldom feel the need to join in. Have a wonderful weekend, hon!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Jo, for your kind comment. I think most new bloggers participate in a blog linkup or challenge to ‘find their tribe’ and build readership and blogging connections. Bloggers who have regular readers and followers tend to be independent. I’m kind of at a half way mark 🙂 I enjoy reading your blog which brings back fond memories of Portugal for me. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Thistles and Kiwis October 14, 2022 / 2:41 pm

    Congratulations and also thanks for hosting the coffee share each week. Like the others have said, getting to know other bloggers in all parts of the world is something I really enjoy. You learn so much about everyday life in other places too. From time to time, I refocus the blog so I don’t feel I am writing the same thing all the time – though food and flowers do feature a lot!

    On flowers…glorious colours in your pictures this week.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Barbara, for your comment and for joining my weekly linkup. I enjoy reading your blog and learn about Wellington and NZ. Your photos of flowers and food are beautiful and mouth-watering 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  16. rawsonjl October 14, 2022 / 3:57 pm

    Happy blogging anniversary!!

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Joanne. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com October 14, 2022 / 5:22 pm

    Happy blog-o-versary! Your post reminded me that I passed my nine-year milestone sometime in September. I’m sure most bloggers have no idea what they are getting into – and the benefits – when they begin, I know that I didn’t.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 6:45 pm

      Janis, Thank you and congratulations on your nine-year blogging milestone! I read many blogs for a while before I started my own blog so I sort of knew what to expect. Blogging has been a great journey and I’m still enjoying it.

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  18. Jennifer Jones October 14, 2022 / 6:36 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging milestone Natalie. All the reasons you love blogging are the reasons I love it too. I was so pleased when you took over #weekendcoffeeshare. I really love participating and joining in the conversations.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer. I’m so glad that you love participating and joining in the conversations in my weekly WCS linkup. I enjoy reading and learning from your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  19. Dan Antion October 14, 2022 / 9:14 pm

    Congratulations Natalie. I always enjoy visiting your blog.

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    • Natalie October 14, 2022 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you, Dan, for your comment. I’m glad to hear you enjoy visiting my blog. Have a great weekend!

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  20. anexactinglife October 15, 2022 / 7:06 am

    Happy Blogiversary! One thing (among many) I really like about your blog is that, over time, you have created such an in-depth look at all there is to see and discover in your own area. And I’m sure there is more to come. I wish we all knew our own surroundings so well!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 10:39 am

      Thank you, Dar, for letting me know what you like about my blog. I greatly appreciate your thoughtful feedback. In the first two years of COVID-19 pandemic, I had time to explore downtown Toronto and write down my discoveries. Fortunately, I enjoy walking which is the best way to explore an area in-depth as it allows me to see things at ground level and close up. This city continues to amaze me. I have a queue of things to write about. I hope you visit my blog often and become a friend 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. trentpmcd October 15, 2022 / 8:01 am

    Congratulations on the 6 years! I started on WordPress and hate to admit that I enjoy reading other WP blogs for the reasons you list – it is so much easier to like, comment, etc. Doing the Weekly Smile I tried both InLinkz and doing a compilation – the problem with the compilation is that it is harder for another blogger to go through and find them all – until you put up the compilation post, I’d have to dig through all of the comments on your post trying to figure out which ones I hit. And it is a lot of work – creating that post every week was very time consuming!
    Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful week ahead!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 10:53 am

      Trent, Thank you for sharing your experience with InLinkz and doing a compilation. After reading other WCS bloggers’ comments and yours, I’m staying with InLinkz for the foreseeable future. I want to make it easy for bloggers to join the linkup and to see participating blogs. I definitely don’t want more work to host the weekly WCS linkup. There is a limit of how much time to spend on blogging and hosting because the great outdoors are calling 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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      • trentpmcd October 15, 2022 / 12:32 pm

        Blogging is great, but as soon as it becomes a chore… The compilations were a chore for me. I think staying with Inlinkz is probably best for your situation.

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        • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:12 pm

          Yes, every linkup is unique and the number of participants in a linkup can turn the compilation into a chore. Thanks again for sharing your hosting experience. I greatly appreciate it.

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  22. Jackie October 15, 2022 / 9:34 am

    I started blogging in 2008 as a way to recap our travels. Then I started adding books and cooking in a weekly recap. I just backed up this year in another document as I have had two blogger friends lose their blogs this week.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 10:59 am

      Jackie, Congratulations on your 14 years of blogging! That’s amazing. Back-up the blog is so important. I make it a habit to back up my blog at every month end.

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  23. Wind Kisses October 15, 2022 / 11:03 am

    You have a beautiful blog with beautiful words to accompany it, always. Congratulations on 6 years. And nice selection for Terri’s challenge.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you, Donna, for your compliments. I love colours and Terri’s colour challenge is fun to join in.

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  24. Amila October 15, 2022 / 11:04 am

    Congratulations to you on your blogging anniversary. Continuing a blog is not an easy task.
    I love blogging as it is a great way to relax and forget work stress.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 1:36 pm

      Thank you, Amila, for your comment. I enjoy reading your blog that brings back fond memories of Singapore for me. Have a great weekend!

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  25. Wind Kisses October 15, 2022 / 11:04 am

    What keeps me blogging is engagement with others, And also a place to carry my thoughts. I don’t always have the time I want , Open goals.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 1:43 pm

      Donna, Yes, time is precious. Although I enjoy blogging and engaging with others via my blog, I also love to be with family and friends and enjoy life IRL. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  26. Liesbet @ Roaming About October 15, 2022 / 12:39 pm

    My main reasons for blogging are to collect my experiences and share them, inspire readers and other travelers, and connect with the amazing blogging community.

    If I would have more time (maybe whenever – if ever – I manage to retire from work and the nomadic lifestyle), I would join challenges and link-ups more. I always have enough photos for any challenges, but it would take too much time to browse my extensive photo archives to put a post together.

    Why are you thinking of changing the link-up method to comments, Natalie?

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you, Liesbet, for your comment. I experience time constraints, too. Even though I have lots of things to write about and pictures to share, I barely manage to publish one post per week. I came to accept that the rest of my experiences will have to wait in a queue. Perhaps I’ll use some of the materials for my to-be-written memoir 🙂

      I was thinking of changing the linkup method with the hope that the Comments way would be less time consuming for me and the participants. Either method has pros and cons. Based on the feedback I received, I think I’ll stay with InLinkz for now.

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      • Liesbet @ Roaming About October 15, 2022 / 3:48 pm

        I think InLinkz might be easier, especially for you, instead of having to compile everything manually. It provides a nice overview for the participants as well.

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  27. Gary A Wilson October 15, 2022 / 12:54 pm

    I’ve seen some hosts use the comment section as you described. Both seem fine but sometimes InLinkz is annoyingly slow.
    Thanks for your continuing as our host regardless of what method you decide to use.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Gary, for your feedback. Both InLinkz and the Comments method have pros and cons for the host and the participants. I hope InLinkz works well for you this weekend.

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  28. Piglet in Portugal October 15, 2022 / 2:02 pm

    Congrats on your sixth year anniversary, NAtalie. I started in 2010 and WordPress has changed a lot since then. I love blogging … so yes, I must join your Coffee share Link up. 🙂

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you, PiP. Congratulations on your 12 years of blogging! That’s amazing. You’re welcome to join my WCS linkup any week. I love reading blogs from different countries. There are a few gardeners and garden admirers who participate regularly 🙂

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      • Piglet in Portugal October 15, 2022 / 3:59 pm

        I tried clicking on a few links in the link up whatsits but they did not work. 😦 I will give it a try next week.

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        • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 4:05 pm

          Another blogger mentioned that sometimes InLinkz is slow. I hope it works when you try again.

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          • Piglet in Portugal October 16, 2022 / 3:46 am

            I tried several times and the only way I could get it to work was copy the link and paste into a new window. I’ll try Firefox and Chrome and see if that makes a difference.

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            • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 8:47 am

              Thank you for trying, PiP. I use Firefox and it works for me. Have a great week ahead!

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  29. Susanne October 15, 2022 / 2:15 pm

    Congratulations to your 6 years blogging, Natalie! And thanks for inviting me to this link-up almost 2 years ago. I enjoy these link-ups for the connections and chats. Blogging is a great way to connect with like-minded people and that’s what keeps me doing it. I also like to have a platform, that isn’t social media, to share my interests and document life.

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Susanne, for sharing what you like about blogging and linking up. I greatly appreciate your participation in my linkup. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photos. They bring back fond memories of Ireland and Sweden for me. Have a great weekend!

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  30. Tessa October 15, 2022 / 2:35 pm

    Wow, you had a lot of comments on your anniversary post. Congratulations. I am approaching 11 or 12 years, I think. I know I am over 10 years. I have poured a lot into my blog and have so many to follow that it is no longer possible to follow everyone. I had to make choices on who I would try to follow. I am just coming back from a hiatus. I simply couldn’t keep up with my blog then, and I had to step away for a bit. I started my blogs (3) to post my fiction and non-fiction. Every now and then, I read through them again to weed out what I feel is no longer a fair representation of my work. My work improved as time wore on, so I am slowly working through the old stuff and maybe will eliminate a blog if possible. I move the stuff I still like over to my newest blog, which I am using now. I personally love doing the prompts. I have come up with some decent stories using the prompts. I like to write what I call serial prompts, and they can be anywhere from 2 parts to even 40 or more parts. They are rather challenging, and so is the flash fiction of 99 to 100 words. It’s fun, though. I try to participate in the weekly coffee share as much as possible. You are my third host for the coffee share as well. I would not see it disappear and then read it in Trent’s posts and rejoin with the new host. Congratulations again!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you, Tessa, for your comment. Congratulations on your 10-plus years of blogging! The weekly Weekend Coffee Share linkup has had a few hosts before I started hosting. Hopefully I’ll reach ‘the WCS host who hosts the longest’ status in the new year.

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  31. Deborah Drucker October 15, 2022 / 7:50 pm

    Congratulations Natalie and thank you for hosting Weekend Coffee Share. Your blogs about all your adventures and great photos are a treat to read. You are a very gracious host as well. Here’s to many more years of Weekend Coffee Share!

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    • Natalie October 15, 2022 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you, Deborah, for your compliments and for your participation in my weekly linkup. Your kind words encourage me to continue hosting. Have a great weekend!

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  32. Ju-Lyn October 15, 2022 / 10:18 pm

    Congratulations, Natalie! How very exciting to mark this milestone! Looking forward to many more posts to come!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 8:49 am

      Thank you, Ju-Lyn, for your kind comment. I do have more stories and pictures to share 🙂

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  33. Marsha October 16, 2022 / 12:34 am

    Hi Natalie, Congratulations on your anniversary. You have done well in developing a community here.

    I look forward to both reading and writing the Weekend Coffee Share. You have taught me so much about Toronto and I would love to visit your beautiful city someday. I enjoy reading the blogs of your readers and the comments as well because I know many of them now and look forward to what they have to share about their lives.

    I agree with Gary and some of your other readers about In Links. It’s slow and sometimes I have to switch to their blog and then their post to comment. It doesn’t always work for making comments. Like Terri, you echo my thoughts about the many reasons for blogging.

    I like to participate each week because it gives me a chance to catch up on other challenges as well as to share a bit of my week. I like your style and what you share, so it makes a great template for meditating on my week and writing it in a way that I hope others will also enjoy.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 9:03 am

      Thank you, Marsha, for your thoughtful comments and ongoing support. I’m happy to hear you look forward to both reading and writing the WCS. I love that the WCS blogging community is international with bloggers and readers from five continents so we can all learn something new every week. I hope you visit Toronto and get to see some of its beauty.

      I appreciate you find ways to work around InLinkz even when it’s slow. Atm, the pros of using it seem to outweigh the cons so I use it.

      I’m flattered and humbled that you like my blogging style. I enjoy reading your blog, seeing your pictures, and participating in your PPAC. I hope to visit Prescott some day. I’ve been to a few places in AZ before but not Prescott.

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      • Marsha October 16, 2022 / 4:22 pm

        We would be honored to have you visit Prescott, my friend. We’ll even have a blogger bash (small, of course) specially for you. 🙂

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  34. Debbie October 16, 2022 / 1:01 am

    Congratulations Natalie, that’s a great milestone to reach. Your #weekendcoffeeshare party is always well ‘attended’ and I learn so much about your wonderful adventures from your interesting posts. I agree with your reasons for blogging too! Keep up the good work and thanks for having us over each week!

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 9:09 am

      Thank you, Debbie, for your encouragement and for your participation in my weekly linkup. I like that blogging gives us learning opportunities and stimulates our mind. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your pictures from Australia and your travels.

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  35. Antoinette Truglio Martin October 16, 2022 / 9:42 am

    YOur blog is one my favorites. Thank you for all you do.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 10:23 am

      Awww, Antoinette, you made my day. Thank you for your compliment. I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your participation in the WCS linkup.

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  36. Kathleen Howell October 16, 2022 / 10:14 am

    Congratulations and thank you for hosting our link up! I’ve loved getting to know all of you.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 10:40 am

      Thank you, Kathleen. I love it when the Weekend Coffee Share bloggers participate actively in the linkup. Have a great weekend!

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  37. csuhpat1 October 16, 2022 / 1:20 pm

    Happy Anniversary to your great blog. I am so happy that I am able to post here. Love your blog and your adventures in the greater Toronto area. Thanks for everything you do.

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    • Natalie October 16, 2022 / 2:12 pm

      Thank you, Patrick. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing pictures of the Bay area. I appreciate your participation in my weekly linkup. Have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie October 17, 2022 / 8:31 am

      Thank you, Pam and congrats to you, too. I’ve enjoyed my blogging journey so far.

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  38. Jennifer Jones October 18, 2022 / 8:38 pm

    Hi Natalie. Dropping in a second time to say hello from #wednesdaywordsandpics I love the orange flowers.

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    • Natalie October 18, 2022 / 9:13 pm

      Thank you Jennifer for dropping by. I couldn’t resist photographing those orange flowers as they looked bright and fun. Glad you love them.

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  39. Denyse Whelan Blogs October 20, 2022 / 3:37 am

    Great work here Natalie on your blog’s anniversary and your care and diligence as a blogger. It’s interesting to find out more about the ‘why’ of blogging for us, and mine is to ‘connect’. It can be lonely personally at times, but connecting virtually (and meeting people like this) has made me many new friends via blogging. Thanks to your link up continuing, it’s another space for me to share when I choose. I do the paid version of InLinkz because I was given legacy status and its my preference and I have almost instant support if necessary.
    I am finding having my weekly link up is good and I have been rejuvenated blogging wise.
    Wishing you well with whatever you choose to do for your Weekend Coffee Share.
    Great to have your blog post this week link up for Wednesday’s Words and Pics.

    I look forward to see you next week, too.

    Thank you so much.

    Denyse.

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    • Natalie October 20, 2022 / 8:36 am

      Thank you, Denyse, for your comment and sharing your reasons to use InLinkz. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying your linkup and blogging. Based on the feedback I received on this post, I’ll continue to use InLinkz for now and reassess in the new year. Have a great week!

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  40. Min Write of the Middle October 21, 2022 / 5:52 pm

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging Natalie! I used InLinkz too when I hosted a link up. Thank you for hosting yours. I link up when I can and enjoy doing so. Life has been a bit turbulent and busy for me lately though. I love the link ups as they provide a sense of community and I love meeting people from not only all across Australia but the world, like yourself. I really enjoy seeing your part of the world via your blog posts. Happy 6 years! xo

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    • Natalie October 21, 2022 / 6:47 pm

      Thank you, Min. I hope you, your Mum and family are all well. I look forward to your next post whenever you find time to write it. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  41. Kirstin October 24, 2022 / 11:14 am

    Congratulations! I’ve been on blogger since 2007 and I just can’t bring myself to switch…lol. Love your “lava” photos too. So pretty. I’m glad I found you!!!

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    • Natalie October 24, 2022 / 12:01 pm

      Kirstin, Thank you and congrats on your 15 years of blogging. I didn’t invest too long in Blogger before moving to WordPress so it was an easy decision. I’m glad you found me 🙂

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