Serving news, history, culture and traditions from Norway and the Nordic countries as well as some travel reports for five years has been an adventurous experience. As a network evangelist, I have learned a lot about how much you gain from interacting with others: to share knowledge & experience, be curious & interested, attentive & including and last but not least helpful. The more you give, the more you get – as I often say: It’s A Givers Gain. These good experiences have deepened and increased in importance since I started blogging, and have enriched my life and, above all, brought me so many new friends and acquaintances. This past year has been particularly eventful, let me mention some examples:

The Oslo Blog Gathering:
OsloBG2010 at RennyBAInviting all my blog friends to Oslo was a Social Media experiment. However with good contacts and help – especially VisitOSLO, First Hotel Millennium and staff at the town hall, it was a great success and the experience of a lifetime. About 30 bloggers from around the world experienced Oslo and the Norwegian culture, traditions and history together! Many a new friendship across borders and continents were connected and the event was a testament to another of my motto: Blogging & Social Media connecting people.
You can read more about the event on the Guest Page that also provides an overview of participants’ blog articles about their own experiences.

A blog reborn:
Terella at RennyBAI know a lot about technology and the internet, but even I have my limits. Then it is good to have a network and a little help from my friends. Just a few weeks after I started blogging, I came in contact with Charles Ravndal who is an artist in media and design. He has repeatedly helped me to create an original layout on my blog, including emigration from Blogger to WordPress. The ultimate transformation came this year when he created a new template and new logo design. Charles is good to customize the look of fabric, theme and content – I encourage you to click and visit his site where you can see more of his portfolio and other work.

Other Social Media:
Terella at Facebook by RennyBARecent years has witnessed a virtual explosion of other social media that also connects people and provides opportunities for networking: making new contacts and sharing their experiences and knowledge. I was early out on Facebook’s services again originally as an experiment to learn more by doing it myself. This year I have expanded my use to create a fan page. Without going into more depth now, I wonder how long I’ll be blogging and instead use micro-blogging like Twitter and Facebook with all the features included. Maybe when I write a post about my anniversary next year we are closer to the answer.

From all of me, to all of You:
As in previous years, I end by thanking everyone for visiting, for your rewarding and instructive comments and especially for old and new acquaintances in the past year. It is an inspiration that I can continue and share my life and our culture, tradition and history and so many are still interested. A special attention is given as a link love, with a listing of all on my blogroll below. Do you see something wrong, or miss yours on the list, just let me know in a comment.

Charles Ravndal -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 & blogging aficionado
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
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
OneStep4ward -The Life & Times of a Serial Backpacker
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
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

I would like to thank my wife DianeCA for all of her support and understanding my passion for being so active in Social Media. Check out her post of being married to a blogger!
Cheers to a new blogging year: for new and exciting discoveries, and most of all to maintain old and develop new friendships.


  1. ♪♪Happy Blogoversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary Dear RennyBAs Terella,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary to you.♪♪

  2. Congratulations, Renny!

    I wish your blog another five years, and then another after that.

    Continue to touch lives and share your culture through your amazing entries.

    Warm hugs from the Philippines,
    Jaycee =)


    First your birthday and now a five-year blogging anniversary – November is a celebratory month for you.

    Many congratulations.

  4. Happy Blogoversary Renny ! Your blog chance my life and open my mind ! Tusek tak


  5. ♪♪Happy Blogoversary,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary ,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Blogoversary to you, Renny!!!♪♪

  6. Congratulation with 5 years! I think you are a great inspiration for many people

    Tine :)

  7. Happy anniversary, Renny!
    Your Blog is in my Blog-roll as one of the best I know.

  8. congratulations!

    thank you renny for being one of my first blogsy friends. and until now, you still are. your blog is special to me coz this is where i first won in a blog contest and receiving a prize (which is still with me).
    thank you also for introducing norway to me. now i know a lot about norway and it has become one of my top 5 places to visit.

    and last learning is from what you always say.. “there is no bad weather, only bad clothes”

    congratulations again! :)

  9. Many happy returns of your blog! It’s still as readable and interesting as always, I don’t know how you keep it up! I have noticed many blogs getting less and less frequent (mine included) as Facebook takes over. I’m glad yours continues :-)

  10. Renny
    My Blog Pérola de Cultura is also celebrating your Blog 5th birthday. Go and see on the sidebar.

  11. Congrats! 5 years is a long time! i hope to make it that long too!

    Celebrate well!

  12. Congrats! You started blogging a year before me, early bird!

  13. *Sob* *Sob*….I am not in …>Wwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaa….

    Still, congratulation Renny :D You have shown me the beauty of Norway and I know I will be there someday :D

  14. Congratulations, Renny. You and I are pretty much tracking each other. :)

  15. I’m blushing because, as I wrote to Diane: D*mn, I thought I already had commented on this post – must have been that evening I was soo tired… ehrm…

    Beautiful photos and posts as always giving lots of fun memories together during these years.

    Yes, blogs connecting awesome friends :-)

    I bet you had a great anniversary with such a lovely supporter as your Diane!

    Hugz to both of you from both of us

  16. Congratulations, Renny. Happy blogoversary to you and many, many more!!

  17. Hi Mr. Renny, I’m sorry I just saw this in my incoming links and I’m so thankful after all this year I’m still in your blogroll. Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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