Blogging For Bliss

Kari Ramstrom of Artsy Mama is having a blog party today. It is to celebrate the release of Tara Frey's new book Blogging For Bliss. Tara Frey's blog is beautiful, and if you have never met her before, you should visit her blog. If you stop by Kari's post, you will find a long list of bloggers who are participating. Kari is one of the featured bloggers in the book, and her blog is totally blissful!

I recently purchased Tara's new book and I love it. It is so well written and gives so many helpful tips. I have begun to teach people how to blog and to set up their blog for them. This book will be a wonderful gift for the new blogger or for anyone who blogs for bliss.

Although I have been blogging for over two years, here are some reasons why I continue to blog and still find the experience to be blissful...

eautiful. Blogging is a beautiful place to visit. The friends that I blog with are as beautiful as the beautiful blogs that they create.

Peony Delicate

oving. No where else in the world do you find a community of people who leave encouraging words on a daily basis for one another. People write from their heart, create from their heart and touch my heart. The loving nature that I find daily visiting blogs throughout the world seems to be pure oxygen.

Peony Detail

pportunity. An opportunity to join in the large community of writers, artists and artisans in swaps, and challenges. Opportunities to network in a fabulous world of talented people. Opportunities to learn about things that I have never experienced before, and have questions answered that I didn’t even know to ask.


orgeous. The photography and graphics on everyone’s blog are simply gorgeous. Gorgeous tours of people’s homes, gardens, and places that they love to visit.


enerous. Giving awards, sending little gifts, extending invitations, tagging you for a special occasion all spell Generous.


nspirational. Whether I am reading a tutorial, joining a zine, or finding a new recipe, inspiration is everywhere in Blogland and available anytime night or day. I am inspired daily to create something wonderful for my post, as the creative muse continues to dance.


. Reading so many blogs, it is so clear that blogging friends are always ready to help one another in times of need. With a nurturing spirit and a word of encouragement, everyone feels safe to ask when they are in need.


. There is a gathering of kindred spirits and a real sense of community amongst bloggers. Being an artist, a mother, and wife offers many gatherings in my day to day life, but the gathering I feel in Blogland is on a more personal level.

Peonies Galore

Peony heavenI chose a beautiful song to serenade this post. It's called Karen's Theme. Rhonna Farrer of Two Peas in a Bucket digital scrapbooking created these gorgeous monogram cards which I used for this post.

Joyce said...

You said it so eloquently, Karen. Your blog is definitely one of the beautiful ones. I always love visiting with you. I come away with peace and contentment from your words and photographs. Thank you for adding so much to so many!!

merryheart2 said...

what a wonderful way to put it.
i loved all the beautiful photos and can't wait to visit again and stroll through your blog.

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Karen what a wonderful post. Heartfelt words accompanied by gorgeous photos.

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Part of the reason I "Blog for Bliss" is the encouragement I have received from reading YOUR blog. You said it all beautifully. Later today I will share my thoughts on blogging. I own Tara's book and will enjoy celebrating it's launch. Best to you, Karen. ~Kathy

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Dear Karen,

What a beautiful post.:o) Your photos are always so lovely and these are just beautiful. Blogging is indeed wonderful and my reasons are many. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy a beautiful week.



Erika Kotite and Lizzi Hayes said...

Reading blogs like yours really does make the world a better place. Loved your acrostic too!

Riet said...

What a beautiful wonderful post. I just want to say this and then I go back again to read everything again.

Rue said...

Hi Karen :)

I couldn't have said it better myself. Beautiful post :)


Snap said...

You should receive the best blog for bliss award! At A Scrapbook of Inspiration we find not only inspiration, but beauty, friendship, BLISS!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Karen. You said everything perfectly. It's exactly the same way I feel about blogging. Thank you for being the kind and caring blogger you are. It's been a joy getting to know you in this marvelous little world of ours.

a woman who is said...

What stunning peony photos! It is like you are painting with your camera :]

LiLi M. said...

Hello Karen, I totally agree with you. Isn't it the case that after 2 years of blogging, you cannot stop in stead of you still continue? LOL
I have made a blogging for bliss post too, but now that I am here I can thank you in person for your wonderful posts, your generosity and your friendship.
Keep on blogging!

Rhondi said...

Hi Karen
Who would have known what bliss blogging would bring all of us! Part of that bliss is having you as a friend.
((hugs)) Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Awwww, your post warmed my heart and put a big smile on my face, like this, only better ----> :D

Happy Blog Party Day!

I'm glad I got to come explore your beautiful corner of the blogging world!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

You said it all my friend. I never thought I would embrace technology as I did through blogging and to think that God uses this tool to reach each other. Bless you, Anita

Anonymous said...

Hey chickadee!
Super Duper way of putting everything! I love your photos so breath taking! big hugs


Daisy Cottage said...

And YOU are a BEAUTIFUL soul in our blogging world - and I am honored to be here with you...
thank you for all that you share and for being you.


Ex Somnium, Color said...

Dear Karen,
I am so happy I discovered your blog today through the Blogging for Bliss Party. Your blog is lovely and inspirational -what a talented and creative soul you are!
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

Eileen Paulin said...

You put a lot of work into this beautiful post. Very nice and very clever. So happy to have found you!

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a beautiful post! Love the way you tied it all together -- just gorgeous!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Karen, this was such a beautiful post. I just love the way you think and write. laurie

Anonymous said...

Happy Blog Party...just stopping by.

Patricia said...

What a lovely post - your words describe the blogging experience perfectly.

Vicki said...

Hello, Karen,
I have visited Tara Frey's beautiful blog and enjoy it so much. I am not familiar with the other one so will go and visit there next. Your blog is beautiful and your words are encouraging. Hugs and blessings. Vicki

Claudia said...

Beautifully put, Karen. Thanks so much for sharing why you love blogging.

debi @ life in my studio said...

What a pretty post! And so, so true. Blogging is a wonderful place to be inspired, supported, and to be able to share.
I also love your beautiful photos!
Thanks for stopping by to visit.
Hugs, Debi

bethany said...

Exactly all the reasons why I do believe that if the world were full of only bloggers, we'd have a wonderful place :)

Such gorgeous shots of those posy pink peonies!

Many more happy blog years to you!

A Fanciful Life said...

Oh, such a beautiful site. Sigh. So creative, so pretty. I love Rhonna Farrer's designs as well. I'm so glad I found your site today!
Sharon :-)

Rosy Lady said...

Gorgeous blog, I love all the beautiful photos of flowers! Glad to have found you.

SharDon Exclusives said...

Thank you for the reminder on each detail of why I love blogging. You put each point so sweetly. Thank you, Karen, for your beautiful spirit that shines through in each post...sharon

Sharon said...

Another beautiful post.I sound like a broken record but I do love your posts and am so glad to have found you. Have a wonderful day. Sharon

ArtsyMama said...

What an absolutely gorgeous post. Thanks so much for playing along and sharing your story!
Cheers to blogging~

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

When i want to be uplifted this is where i start!

Your joy is so evident.

Thanks for the joy!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Lesley said...

Karen, what a beautiful post! I couldnt have said it better myself. I look forward to coming to visit for often.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen,
Thank you for visiting my early Pink post! Yes, my grandmother was a talented and loving woman. She died at 42! Way too young, but my mother kept her alive with all the stories. Old photos are intriguing. I wonder if 75 years from now, your grandchildren will look at all those gorgeous photos that you have taken and create images of their beloved grandmother? I think so! Blessings, Anita

Nerissa Alford said...

I am so In Love with this post! So Exquisite. Your photos are stunning & thanks for sharing the info on the letter cards. I was wondering how you did those as I was reading.
Thank you for visting my blog during the party :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Karen!

This sounds like a delightful book!

Your blog is truly blissful and I always enjoy my visits here.

Blogging has added so much to my life and I've enjoyed getting to know New York City better by presenting it in my blog posts. I've discovered so much about my city that I love. Meeting new people through my blog has opened an enjoyable new world to me that has enriched my days.

Hugs, Pat

Rhonda Roo said...

Wow, i couldnt have said it better myself (no really, you are eloquent!)
I agree with every word! People like you are the reason why its one of my favorite things, blogging. I see my PC in a whole new light now. :)
I recently re-discovered Tara's site and was thrilled to see she had finished the book! Yay for we say fray!
And yay for making new friends-after all i just recently found you too!

Natasha Burns said...

Couldn't agree more Karen! I especially loved Nurturing, you are so right! xo

Kathleen Grace said...

I am finally catching up on my visits to friends! Karen, you are so right about blogging. I had no idea what it was really all about when I wrote my first post and hit send. No idea that anyone aside from family would see those words, and no idea what an impact the friends I made through blogging would have on my life. Friends like you! Blogging has opened up the world to me and set my creativity free. Thanks for being one of those blissful friends I have made:>)