Blogging about Norway and the Nordic countries, our culture, traditions, habits and a bit of food for four years has been an adventure. My regular readers might recall it all started after I gave a lecture at the Norwegian School of Management for Master’s grad students in marketing. The subject was ‘Technology, Business and the Society’ and I lectured about web 2.0, Wikipedia and Blogging. It has been a fantastic and interesting experience, now more like a habit – yes, you might even say I’m addicted:

RennyBA's Terella Business Card

I will use this opportunity to recap some of my sayings:

A Givers Gain:
Never have I learned so much from others as from sharing about my daily life. This is my post #417 with a total of 27,020 comments which are my encouragement and my Gain: From that I have learned a lot and most of all; made friends from all over the world. I will thank you all for taking your time to read and share your reactions, views and opinions – it really enriches the subject in my posts.

Make Blogs not Wars:
As Blogsphere brings people together; it breaks down cultural, religious and other barriers. Fears come from uncertainty while facts and knowledge build trust and confidence. I would say: Blogging empowering people – what do you think?

Blogging connecting People:
I’ve meet so many wonderful people out there (also in real life!), learned and gotten closer to them as well as made new and wonderful friends. The world to me has become smaller and respect and acceptance for the charm in the differences has increased. The very best example this year was our blog meeting at Claudie and Pierre’s in Provence together with TorAa & Anna and Mrs. & Mr. Lifecruiser.

Oslo Blog Gathering 2010:

visitOSLOWhen you Gain a lot, one wants to Give. My contribution to everyone in Blogsphere is to invite you all to Oslo in August 2010. I’ve been working hard to make a program so that the participants can explore and experience what they like of all I’ve been posting about for the past four years. In making this a once in a lifetime adventure, I’ve had great help from visitOslo and some wonderful expat bloggers in Norway: The Gathering Assistants.

An Anniversary calls for special gifts. My contribution on this occasion would be some link love. Below you’ll find a scroll box listing my blogroll. Pick out at least one you don’t know, pay a visit and make a comment saying you’re from Renny to say hi:

The Queer Chef -My blog designer!
A fish -Magnus Tangen in Norway
An American Expat in Deutschland -Christina
An American In Oslo -Kristie from LA, US
A Changing Life -A in Europe
Aramis’ Blogg -A friend in Norwegian
Backpacking Philippines Travel Guide -Tutubi Flight Chronicles
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…
DianeCA’s Metamorphoses -My beloved wife!
Diane’s Place in US
The Digital Society – Francis D’Silva, a planning consultant in Norway
Do It Myself Blog -Glenda’s inspiring autobiography
EastcoastLife -a lively girl in Singapore
eGuiden-Backstage -Gunnar in Norway -Media.HTPC.Mobile.Food.Travel
Euroangle Graffiti -A Filipina in Germany
Excorcise my Devils -ShadowFalcon in Australia
ExpatTravels -From Switzerland to Canada
Espreson -Sarbarth, Expressing with words
Fleur de Lisa -From Indiana, US
Frena -A Filipino living in Chicago, 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
Hope is Bright -Mary Ann in Tennessee, US
House of Lime -Michelle in Pennsylvania, 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
It’s my party -RIA in the Philippines
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 life is murphy’s law -Ev Nucci in US
My Sarisari Store
mökkikunta -A blog friend from Finland
Nomadic Matt Travel Site -A twenty-something vagabond
-Nothern Natterings
-Return to Norway
BeaverBoosh -A Canadian in Norway
-An American in Norway
-An Alien in Copenhagen
Olga, the Traveling Bra -A Globetrotter
Photojournalism, Travel and Nature Photography -JH a Globetrotter
Random thoughts on Norway -Kenneth from Norway in Prague
Return to Norway – Caroline back home
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 Painted Veil -Shinade in Oklahoma, US
~*~Tinkerbell~*~ -The magical journal of a Dutch
Through JoAnn’s Digital Eyes’-NL
TorAa Mirror -in Norway
Travel Wonders of the world -Mark H in Sydney, Australia
Tricia’s Musings -A nurse, A wife living the Fun fun social life
Trails -Gisle in Norway
Traveler’s Tales -Traveller, Foodie and Gearhead
Travel Guide Travel information portal.
Tulsa Gentleman -Bill Miller, Tulsa, OK in US
Two Go Round-The-World -Kathryn and Daniel
Visual Norway – my way -RuneE in Norway
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 -Caledonia in Scotland


  1. Link love – hmm nice way to give back to ur friends. :)
    I completely agree with you that “Blogging is empowering people”. Web 2.0 is breakin the barriers – helping us meet a lot of awesome people whom we could hv never met in real life. Way to go – i beliv.
    Keep up the good work u r doin.
    All the best!

  2. Love it! Now lets see, where will I go?

  3. Great idea! I visited Ladybugs Leaf, but I’ll come back and visit some more.

  4. Congratulations :-)

    I blog only One year
    and I meet so many friends from the whole world

    Have a nice weekend !!

  5. Happy Blogaversary Honey! And thanks for sharing your adventures and your friends with me!! It’s a givers gain!

  6. Happy Blogaversary! May you continue to entertain and inform us for many years to come. Looking forward to the Oslo Blog Gathering in 2010.

  7. Great idea Renny … I am going to random click.

    Happy Blogoversary from Hollydale !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :-) ;-) ;-)

  8. hi Renny, blog’s about 2.5 years old…at 4 you’ve made a milestone when other blogs fade to oblivion. I wish I can make it there to Oslo someday, not at your planned bloggers meeting. regards from my corner of the world

  9. Oh yay looks like I arrived just in time to wish u a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your awesome blog! I recently celebrated my third blog birthday and you’re already at your fourth, congrats! :)

  10. Happy 4th Blogiversary, Renny! Here’s to many more years of blogging together. :-)

    Love and hugs,


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  12. Happy Blogaversary, Renny! And here’s to many more!

  13. Good morning RennyBA and congrats on 4 years of blogging. My personal blog archives, and those of others are treasures to look back over and enjoy.

    I wanted to tell you, as my husband get ready to go out to do our Sunday Farmers market, that it is 1 degrees, or 34 as we call it here, and I just went out to defrost the car.
    I came back in shivering and Mr Ratburn said to me, “remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes”

    Well whaddya know! Have a lovely Thanksgiving, RennyBA and Diane!

  14. Happy Blogaversary !! Hope more years and I reading your wanderfull blog.
    Renny you are the best embassy of Norway!

  15. Happy Blogaversary and many,many more, Renny!!

  16. Congratulations on your 4th anniversary!

  17. Yea! Congrats! – 4 years & going strong : )

  18. Congratulations ! You are a very dedicated blogger and a great friend !
    Keep going….
    I would love to come over for the Oslo meet and visit you. I fear I will be already back in the Philippines by August…. but I am sure we will meet one day…in Norway, Belgium, the Philippines or somewhere else!

  19. Happy Blogoversary Renny… It’s been really nice to read your adventures and getting to know All things Norway.. Here’s to many more years of blogging..

  20. Four years old, already!

    Amazing how much work you accomplish in this time. I always mixed up Norway and Sweden before I started reading you, and now I can confidently talk about Norway! :lol:

  21. Congratulations! You certainly practice what you teach :-)

  22. Happy blogoversary!! :) Sounds like we started blogging around the same time. :)

    Now i’m off to stalk someone in your name. :p

  23. Glad to have found you over here.

    I have met so many amazing people online. My friends don’t get it but what could be better than global uniting?? + great stories.

  24. Hi, Renny. Happy Anniversary!
    Judging from your write up, I can see that you’re a passionate blogger and a peace-loving person. I rarely visited your blog since I only have limited time with blogging but I’d like to let you know that I read your article thoroughly and enjoyed the photos and every bit of information.
    I wish you good luck and more success in blogging. Keep it up!

    Best regards from me here in my small cubicle here in Manila… :)

  25. Happy blogiversary!!!!

    And many many more!!!!

    Love, Jess

  26. Thank you for the link love Renny.

    Happy fourth anniversary – you are an inspiration.

  27. Congratulations Renny! It’s been a good four years for us. Wish you many more.

  28. Happy 4th Anniversary in Blogsphere about Norway, Renny!

  29. Congratulations, Renny, for your blogging record. You are an inspiration to us all! In January it will be 5 years for me, so I appreciate the milestone! Thanks for all YOU have done to make us love your country and your culture…and YOU!

  30. Hello Renny! Belated Happy Anniversary to your blog! Congratulations and I wish you more blogging years to come!

  31. Oh, I didn’t make the list how sad. Maybe next year. Congratulations on four years of blogging. I do so enjoy your blog and learning all about your country, it is so interesting. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Love and Blessings,

  32. Happy blogaversary! 32 comments here is the proof you did a fantastic job here on blogsphere since 4 years!

  33. Wow! So glad I popped in here(via Kats Kradle)….I’ve been reading the whole page,and even though I’ve been a blogger since 2002,I STILL manage to click on a comment link and forget which post I’m on…if that makes sense.
    For one…I have a sister in Germany(I’m in Texas),and would loooove to do it ALL! Go to see her and while I’m there FOR SURE go to the blogger meet! Awesome idea!
    Boy-O-boy! Ya got my “thinker” really thinking right now!! Ideas are shooting out my a***!(my bad)
    Great site,btw!
    And two: it would also be awesome for me and my sister BOTH to get to see Jesus Christ Superstar.I’m investigating now to see if all 3 are possible.The visit,the blogger meet,,AND the show….hmmm?
    I’ve never been to Germany/Europe and it’s been nagging me and my sister both,that in 19 years,SHE comes back to the states,but I’ve never been there to see HER side of the world,where she plans to live out her life with her German hubby….so I’m so glad I was pursuaded to visit your site.
    I’m totally hiped up,and ready to pack NOW!
    I’m putting your site on my faves list if that’s ok with you.
    Oh,and btw…How incredible…I JUST posted recently(my last post actually)..that I’ve never been out of the USA and how I’d love to! So this has been a real refreshing place to come.
    But hey…last thoughts to add: I gotcha’ by a few years!lol…I’ve been blogging for 7 years..remembering back when I said “blog” at work nobody knew what I was talking about.Remember those days?
    Again…great new fave site! Gona swing by your wife-ee’s as well.You 2 seem so nice.

  34. I’m so sorry to have missed the day of your anniversary but my congratulations are as sincerely meant, nevertheless. You have been an inspiration to so many of us that thanks are due along with the well-deserved tributes.

  35. “This is my post #417 with a total of 27,020 comments which are my encouragement and my Gain: From that I have learned a lot and most of all; made friends from all over the world. I will thank you all for taking your time to read and share your reactions, views and opinions – it really enriches the subject in my posts.”

    Congratulations. You did a good job.

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