Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

One Year Today

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(Photo above from a very cool website called Coolest Birthday Cakes.Com. Oops, no, it is not the 50th anniversary of this blog, only the 1st, but I love the cake!)

One year ago today, I gathered up every fragment of courage I could find and joined the blogging world. You can’t imagine how nervous I was. I had a lot to learn about WordPress to start, it was a steep learning curve.

I had done my homework. When moving to Kuwait, I discovered the information-rich world of blogs, and while trying to figure out what life in Kuwait might be like, also discovered several women bloggers I really liked: The Queen of Kuwaiti Bloggers Jewaira, a highly literate and often cleverly funny Alflaila / Zin / 1001 Nights, and a bravly funny MiYaFuSHi. Ladies, what I liked the very best about your blogs was that when I would go to the comments sections, I would learn all kinds of things, things I didn’t even know I didn’t know!

And the men – Don Veto(he has a sharp eye for inconsistencies), Hilaliya a Third Culture Kid with an entertainment/political/social issues blog, Skunk who talks about money and culture with irreverance and wit and enormous insight, and of course Purg whom I found scarily intimidating until I found out he was a sweetie-pie. There was also Gastronomica / the Equalizer who used to write lyrical and beautiful posts, but who opened his own restaurant and doesn’t seem to blog anymore.

Thank you all – you inspired me and helped me have the courage to jump in.

Zin, you most of all. I remember a post where you asked if you should even continue, that you knew there were a lot of viewers, but few responses, and boom! you got all kinds of responses! When you blog, you kind of put yourself out there, and that can be a little scary. You were an inspiration to me.

Thank you all, old friends and new, for making me so welcome. One year later, I feel like I have a whole new world of virtual friends. πŸ™‚

When I started blogging, my niece, Little Diamond, was a frequent visitor, and just one short month later, she also started blogging. Then my nephew Earthling blogged for a while on the Google campus and the food there. My sister, Sparkle also blogs sporadically. And, just so you know, my Mom reads the blog, so I am very careful about language!

I hope you are having as much fun with Here, There and Everywhere as I am. I love the times you jump in and give me the information I need to answer those useless questions that buzz around in my head, like with the Yemeni Star. Now I know something new! I love it!

The only bad surprises I have had were the occasional nasty comment and the garbage bins full of spam. I have to go through the spam, and I try to do it quickly, to make sure good comments don’t get lost, but oh, what horrid stuff there is out there, and I am offended they would want to put it on MY blog. It makes my skin crawl!

As for the occasional nasty or aggressive comment – mostly, I let them stand. I figure it tells you more about the mentality of the commenter than anything about my blog. Some people just carry a lot of baggage, more to be pitied than condemned.

Thank you. My time here in Kuwait is so much richer for knowing you through your blogs, and for the good and bad times we share.

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September 6, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Language, Relationships, Uncategorized, WordPress

37 Comments »

  1. Happy Blog-versary πŸ™‚

    Comment by chikapappi | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. happy blog-a-versary

    Comment by princess | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. oh and i love the cake!

    Comment by princess | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. The cake is really cool..happy blog-versary! more power and more posts πŸ™‚

    Comment by rieaane | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Happy Bloggiversary πŸ˜€

    Kinanooo’s Little Place is still ONE DAY older though πŸ˜›

    How cool is that?!

    Comment by kinano | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thank you, Chikapappi!

    Thank you, Princess! (here, sweetie, have a slice – you get the first one!)

    Here, Chikapappi, and forgive me for not cutting the cake right away! πŸ˜‰

    Thank you rieanne – and here’s a slice for you, too!

    No kidding, Kinano, you started blogging a year ago, also? We say “Great minds travelling in the same direction.” πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. You’re friends are not virtual, they are very real.
    they think of you highly and dont forget you in there prayers.

    Comment by Abdulaziz | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. Happy blogiversary , keep em coming πŸ˜›

    Comment by Elijah | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. there –> their

    Comment by Abdulaziz | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  10. Happy blogiversary , keep em coming πŸ˜›

    Comment by Elijah | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  11. Oh, Abdulaziz, thank you, that means everything to me. Here, I just brewed a pot of virtual coffee, can I offer you some with a slice of cake?

    Woooo Hooooo, Elihaaaaaaahhhhhh! Glad you could stop by today. It’s always good to see you. Slice of cake?

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  12. Happy Birthday! I am very happy for you because I clearly remember those first ‘baby steps’ you took when entering the blogosphere and now you are a true blogger, posting regularly, confidently and with poise and intelligence -but most of all, with passion.

    And you have made stars of Adventure Man and Qatteri Cat!

    We are all very proud of you.

    Comment by amer | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  13. Oh WOW. *blushing but grinning*

    Coming from you, Amer, I am truly honored. Please, have a piece of cake. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  14. Happy Blogiversary!

    u rock, warrior woman :**

    Comment by Swair | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  15. Woooooo Hoooooooo, Swair! C’mon in! Let the wild party begin!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  16. Happy Blogiversary! I’ll echo Swair; you truly rock, warrior woman! So glad that you made that decision to wear steel panties and enter the blogosphere – you give others courage, too.

    Comment by sparkleplenty | September 6, 2007 | Reply

  17. Happy birthdays to your blog my dear! I have to say it’s one of the best!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by noracassandra | September 7, 2007 | Reply

  18. Has it only been a year? Wow, it seems like you have been around longer now.
    I knew you would enjoy the blogging bug and your posts are just chock full of interesting anecdotes, information, and oftentimes humorous accounts. It is a pleasure to read you InltXpatr. So glad you joined the Kuwaiti blogging community.

    *And thank you for the mention in your post. Queen is a heavy burden to bear though.

    Comment by jewaira | September 7, 2007 | Reply

  19. Wooo Hooooo, Sparkle! come on in! Cake’s over there, and I would like you to meet Noracassandra, Swair and Jewaira!

    Jewaira, so glad you could make it. Hmmmm, yeh, Queen can be heavy, but dear one, you earned it. Duchess? Salon-keeper? Doyenne? Does anyone else get as many visitors as you do, or keep the conversation going so deftly? I’m thinking . . . Queen.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 7, 2007 | Reply

  20. happy birthday xpatr!

    i keep coming back here cos youre blog is one of the few “good” ones out there that keeps my mind fresh and ticking.

    heres to many more years to come!

    Comment by sknkwrkz | September 15, 2007 | Reply

  21. Awwwww, Skunk, the cake is gone. C’mon in, though, there is some pecan pie hidden away in the fridge I will share with you. You are one of my very most keenly insightful and irreverent commenters, and you are always welcome.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 15, 2007 | Reply

  22. that’s such a beautiful cake!!

    Comment by Monique | March 28, 2009 | Reply

  23. SANA take this CAKE 4 Rest on it after getting other CAKES aaj tumhara BIRTHDAY hyna tu phir is py SOONA dykha Khaany ki jaga soony ko DIL karta hye is cake py
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U DEAR SISTER HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Comment by Sana Jabeen | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  24. the cake is gone. C’mon in, though, there is some pecan pie hidden away in the fridge I will share with you. You are one of my very most keenly insightful and irreverent commenters, and you are always welcome.

    Comment by komal | December 11, 2009 | Reply

  25. LLOOLLL, Komal, the pecan pie is also long gone, but I have a goodly supply of fruit cake I will share. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 11, 2009 | Reply

  26. 1st of all WOW on the cake great job. 2ng how did you do that I have a 6 yr old girl when is turning 7 in the srping and I would love to do the same cake. Any tips and adive you could give me PLEASE.

    Comment by Danan | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  27. Danan, if you will look under the cake, you will see that I didn’t make the cake, I just used a photograph and gave the cake company the credit. Wish I could help you . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 29, 2010 | Reply

  28. Happy Birthday sweetheart

    Comment by GirlWithPlan | April 3, 2010 | Reply

  29. hello are you located in Canada, Ontario

    Comment by leslie | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  30. No.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  31. i like this cake and very delicious cake

    Comment by hansraj | November 16, 2010 | Reply

  32. this is a ossom blossm with a cherry on the top.i love cakes

    Comment by chinchi | December 29, 2010 | Reply

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  34. the cake is too beautiful. can i get in touch pliz?

    Comment by esther | January 20, 2011 | Reply

  35. Ester, it is from coolestbirthdaycakes.com

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 20, 2011 | Reply

  36. Dear,cake makers…………..i never had a cake so beautiful my dad and mom were goin 2 pay for it but my lilttle sister was born with 6 toes and 6 fingers and my little brother fell through a glass table and they both had 2 have surgery……………..now we dont have enough money 2 get a birthday cake like that…..and now everything is always based on my little brother and sisters…………..so can u please ake my dreams come true……i just want atleast 1 day 2 be based on me……………….my birthday is on april 18…….im a april baby……………im a 13 year old little girl about 2 be 14 years old………so please make a little girls dream com true……….be blessed and u and your cake is always gonna be on my mind………and i luv being outside i luv nature…….hollywood………..and im the bigest fan of justin beiber………i have beiber fever…….hahahahahahaha……..but keep your prairs on my little brother and sister………thank-you so much for letting me tell my story….

    Comment by taylor burney | April 1, 2011 | Reply


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