Writing from Malta about the good, the bad, the quirky and the downright sublime moments of life on a small island.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

A ‘thank you’ and some self-promotion

Some time ago Mary, from A Breath of Fresh Air, hosted a give-away, which I won. At the time, Mary was off to South America, more specifically Argentina and Patagonia and promised the winner of the give-away a little memento from her trip to these faraway lands.
I received her pretty package a few weeks ago but had not yet got round to saying thank you and sharing a few photos of the gifts she sent.
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The tea-towel from Argentina, very appropriately, has scenes of a couple dancing the tango. I love seeing people dance the tango. I consider it to be one of the most expressive and beautiful dance forms in the world. The little pill-box is from Chile and will fit in very well with my small collection of pill-boxes that I had started collecting when I graduated as a pharmacist. As for the soap, it smells of a bouquet of roses, a scent I absolutely love. So, thank you, Mary. You truly sent me some pretty things that I will cherish.
I sometimes question why we sit at our laptops or computers to share our lives with people we may never meet and I’ve come to the conclusion that we do it for the human connection. Yes, there are those that blog for a living. But, to be perfectly honest, I refuse to be drawn in to follow blogs that have 50 000 or more followers because they become too impersonal, too preoccupied with trying to promote whatever their sponsors are selling. So I will stick to my own little circle of friends.
On a different note, I have had some comments that some of my readers are not receiving notifications when I publish a new post. I am not sure how to fix this and it may have something to do with the new European Data Protection regulations. I just wanted to let you all know that, if you’re already a member, you can subscribe to my blog on Bloglovin’. There is a link in my sidebar. Alternatively you should be able to sign up by email in the ‘Follow by Email’ tab at the top right-hand side of my blog (beneath my ‘About Me’ button). Which reminds me that I really should publish my ‘About Me’ page that has been languishing in my draft archives for about 5 months. Yes, procrastination is my middle name.
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9 comments:

  1. That was a nice surprise to get all these little gifts ! I fully agree with you, I blog for fun and not for money ! I like to be in contact with people all over the world and whom I know know for many years ! Your son was little when you started I suppose now he is a teenager ? I also prefer blogging to the famous Facebook, and can't understand why bloggers gave up and moved there. It's not the same at all. For the moment nobody gets comments in the email inbox it is a huge Blogger bug and is not yet settled. I think it started on May 26 !! I look at my reading list in Blogger or on the Blog to see who has commented. That's OK for new posts but if somebody comments after a week it's different !

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    1. My son was around 3 when I started blogging. He will be a teenager next year. Time flies.
      I don't think the lack of notifications is a bug, I think it has to do with the new Eu data protection policies. They're a bit of a pain in the neck I think.

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  2. Lovely and thoughtful gift.
    Blog emails show up on my inbox after the Reading list, and well after I've read the post.

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    1. I think it's here in Europe only that we're having problems due to he new data protection policies.

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  3. Hello Loree, I just signed up to follow you. I have missed your blog and those of my many friends, through my own fault, not finding the time to read those. I do miss my connections and will definitely try and visit again soon. I love this post and the description of the great package of goodies you received.

    Fondest wishes

    Helen

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  4. Dear Loree-wonderful gifts. Interesting to read that you graduated as a pharmacist. Do you still work in this field?
    Blogging for me is a beautiful way to create friendships. I know that is why I keep posting. I would so miss my friends such as you. Hope you are having a super day. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Debbie, no I no longer work as a pharmacist in a pharmacy but I work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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  5. IAM ONE OF THOSE who NEVER receives your BLOG........I will try BLOGLOVIN but I Never look at that but it does come so maybe I will look NOW as YOU I do not want to MISS!
    I feel the same way YOU DO and am thinking of calling it quits for the summer...........My neck hurts from typing and I have grown a HUNCH in my BACK!NO JOKE!!!!!!!!
    A FEW of THE HOT BLOGS I have let go.......as all they are doing is pushing products which I have no need for.The Best is the people in EUROPE pushing the AMERICAN department store brands......I DONOT GET THAT AT ALL!!!!!!!!!They donot have the STORE in their country!
    Lovely GIFT!
    LUCKY YOU!!!!!!!!
    XX

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