I’ve said it before: ’Blogging Connecting People’ and ’Make Blogs, not Wars’. That’s because I personally have experience with meeting new people and getting to know them, their habits, their way of thinking as well as their country’s culture and traditions through the Blogsphere. Bridges are built and barriers are broken down by exchanging thoughts and knowledge through this net based community. At the same time sharing about Norway and the Nordic countries, teaches me a lot about myself and my own country through the comments and reactions from friends around the world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ‘It’s a givers gain’.

I don’t mean to make too much out of it, I’m not talking about the deepest, most serious, personal life although that is shared sometimes as well. I’m talking about sharing small anecdotes and daily life experience. Everyday exchanges are what friendships are built on. It’s fun to get to know people and build personal bonds. Sometimes I get to exchange more then just cyber messages or digitalised stuff. For example we found these hand dyed surprises in our mailbox recently from a special friend (click pics to enlarge and enjoy)!!

Hand Dyed T-shirts - a gift #1
Ordinarily such handmade, tie die t-shirts are thought of as summer clothing, but hey; we could not wait 5 month to show the Blogsphere these precious gifts from Michelle at House of Lime in Pennsylvania, US! My regular readers know my saying: ‘There is no such as bad weather, only bad clothes’ – referring to that you can go out in whatever weather conditions or temperature as long as you know how to dress properly – however, there is no weather conditions where you can’t model in good Lime’s hand dyed t-shirts :lol: The colors are so hot they almost melt the snow. To prove my point, we even made snow angles to show our gratitude:

Hand Dyed T-shirts - a gift #2
This gift was actually a return of the favour since we sent Michelle some special, Norwegian souvenirs. You really should click and hop over to her blog, to see and leave a comment telling her how much you admire her creativity!

There have been other exchanges of gifts and greetings in my more than three years of blogging. For example a lovely Christmas card from Maribeth and a calendar of Old, Old Lady on the Hill’s photographs from her garden. To mention them all would make a long list, so instead I give all my friends out there in Blogsphere some link love from my Blogroll:

The Queer Chef -My blog designer!
A fish blog.com -Magnus Tangen in Norway
An American In Oslo -Kristie from LA, US
A Changing Life -A in Europe
Al’s Time Out
Aramis’ Blogg -A friend in Norwegian
Backpacking Philippines Travel Guide -Tutubi Flight Chronicles
BackPackTourists -My son travailing the world
Blog -Blond -Kuanyin from Maui Hawaii, US
Blogging Sueblimely -English ex-pat, Australian webdesigner and blogging aficionado
Bloggin’ Outloud
Brykmantra -Mark in US
Sandee (Comedy +) -in California, Us
Correr Es Mi Destino -Zhu, French/Canadian teacher in Ottawa
Confessions of an Expat’s Wife
Dackel Princess -Maribeth in US
Dagboek -Thess; Her writings during stolen moments…
Dave Winer -Scripting News
DianeCA’s Metamorphoses -My beloved wife!
Diane’s Place in US
Do It Myself Blog -Glenda’s inspiring autobiography
EastcoastLife -a lively girl in Singapore
eGuiden-Backstage -Gunnar in Norway
eirikso.com -Media.HTPC.Mobile.Food.Travel
Excorcise my Devils -ShadowFalcon in Australia
ExpatTravels -From Switzerland to Canada
Espreson -Sarbarth, Expressing with words
Fleur de Lisa -From Indiana, US
Fruity from Fruit Spices
Gentle & Compassionate -Ghee in Japan + Ally And Allies
Genre Cookshop -Nancy Bea Miller in Philadelphia, US
Himalman’s Weblog -An Everest climber
House of Lime -Michelle in US
Here in the Hills -Naomi: OldOldLadyOfTheHills in LA, US
Humanyms -Pearl in Canada
In Soul -Ginnie in Georgia, US and Amsterdam
In Nederland -Thess from the Philippines
Insanity Prevails -Melli in US
Interesting observations -Pearl with various aspects of blogging
Iternational Blog of Food -I’m a Team blogger her!
Fresh Mess -Mark from the Philippines living in Oslo
Italian’s Insight to Travel Italy
It’s all about luck -Morten Lund from Denmark
It’s all about me -Teena in Toronto, Canada
Kladdeboka by Paal (Norwegian)
Ladybug’s Leaf
Laza83 -Claudie in France
Letters to the Universe
Life in the fast lane -Deborah Petersen in Alberta, Canada
Lifecruiser -in Sweden
Life, Humour and Recipes -Colin in UK
LikeTress -Kim, an award winning portrait artist
maremagnum -A Chilean expat in Barcelona, Spain
Max Coutinho -In Portugal
Miss Cellania -A funny single mom in Kentucky, US
Moderatlely Confused Pinay in Deutschland
Motivated Motion -Lynn Tucker in Canada
Much of a muchness -Diane, live in deepest, darkest Dorset
My insanity! -A Filipino living in Chicago, US
My life is murphy’s law -Ev Nucci in US
My Sarisari Store
mökkikunta -A blog friend from Finland
Olga, the Traveling Bra -A Globetrotter
Random thoughts on Norway -Kenneth from Norway in Prague
Speedcat Hollydale Page -Eric “Speedcat Hollydale” in Minnesota, US
Spilling Out -Mother of Invention in Canada
Sue’s Daily Photography
Susies The Boss in US
Tin-tin: What Makes My Life Pretty?
The Queen’s Rambles
~*~Tinkerbell~*~ -The magical journal of a Dutch
Through JoAnn’s Digital Eyes’-NL
TorAa Mirror -in Norway
Tricia’s Musings -A nurse, A wife living the Fun fun social life
Trails -Gisle in Norway
Traveler’s Tales -Traveller, Foodie and Gearhead
Wanderlust Sha -Wanderlust in Greece
Will Pate – Hugs not thugs
Wish I was there -Hexe in Florida
Word Strumpet -Charlotte Rains Dixon in Portland, US
Yours-Truly.net -Caledonia in Scotland

If any others have had the same good experience in connecting and developing friendship in Blogsphere and posted about it, please give me the link in your comment and I’ll update this post with that link from yours!

Update:
Contribution with examples from TorAa:
* Our first meeting with Mrs and Mr Lifecruiser in Sweden.
* TorAa’s person to person meeting with Suzann in St. Paul, USA.
* When my Diane and Tor’s Anna met first time.

Contribution with examples from Mrs. Lifecruiser:
* When Lifecruiser’s did meet Renny and Diane first time.
* When Lifecruiser’s did meet Tor and Anna first time.