Mar 31, 2009

by English Muse

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the blog I started in earnest after Christmas. I suppose the song “Only the Lonely” could apply to newbie bloggers. You feel like you’re talking to yourself in an empty room. I can’t tell you how many times I thought about quitting. Some days, I had only one visitor. Other days, maybe 15 max (most of them me.)

I took out an ad on Joanna Goddard’s amazing blog, A Cup of Jo, and finally there was traffic. It’s continued to increase steadily since then — because of the help of many kind and generous bloggers. (Thank you!) I’m happy I stayed with it because something amazing happened this week: named English Muse a “Blog of Note.” My site visits are up tenfold.

So please bookmark me and come back to visit in the days and weeks ahead. I have lots to tell and show you. In the meantime I want you to know: I’m so happy that you’re here.

My warmest regards,


PS: I’m not sure who is in charge of deciding on the blogs of note. Whoever they are, I love them!

PSS: Photo via Lolita.


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96 Responses to “A Blog of Note”

  1. blessingsgoddess says:

    Super blog. Well done !

  2. Emily says:

    congratulations with “Blog of Note”! πŸ™‚

  3. IRENE says:

    I am glad I found you.I am ‘following’ you and adding you to my reading list.
    What I like about your blog is the mix of subjects that have a common denominator: style.

  4. The villager: says:

    Glad to see your blog is taking-off into the blogosphere !

  5. LauraCassidy says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t quit! Your blog makes me smile. πŸ™‚

  6. Anonymous says:

    coucou !

  7. Feli says:

    Hi Tina, I am not sure if I have commented before. I blog hopped to your blog from Jo’s blog and fell in love with it.

    Looking forward to reading more posts. :*)

  8. The Triple Echo says:

    I love the photograph. I feel like she’s taking a photo of me!

  9. jono says:

    I have added you to my blogroll. Congratulations of BoN award.

  10. The Cottage Cheese says:

    That is a beautiful photograph! I too have experienced that lonely blog feeling, being a “newbie” blogger myself. Thanks for being one of my early followers! You SO deserve this honor. Your blog is beautiful!

  11. Penney says:

    This is so true!! It does feel like you’re talking to yourself, eh? The scarey thing is, it’s “OK” !! (I’m starting to do it anyway)..Somehow, it feels right, and I’m glad to be “there”, wherever that is..Otherwise, I wouldn’t have found you, and your wonderful blog..Also, many other neat places to go to meet more lovelies, and share..Glad you had fun in the woods..
    xo, Penney

  12. suzette says:

    Tina, your blog is, without a doubt, one of my favorite blogs. I know what it is like to feel like you’re talking to yourself on your blog, just know you are NOT alone. πŸ™‚ you have done a fabulous job on building up this blog and i can’t wait to see more.

    xo suzette

  13. The Karen Chronicles says:

    I can totally relate to the ’empty room’ feeling you describe. Great job though – your hard work has paid off with a really interesting blog!

  14. Little Miss B says:

    I’ve been following you for a while and really enjoy your posts. Nice to hear even you felt like you were talking to yourself sometimes as I’m new to the whole blogging thing and feel that way quite often. Thanks for the encouragement.

  15. JC says:

    I’m a new blogger and I did find you on the Blog of Note. I will be reading you so you better write up a fantastic storm … just for me !!!

  16. Poems Library says:

    no smoking ^^!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I came across your blog via daydream lily the other week – and I love it!

    Keep up the great blogging – you have a great mix of everything.

  18. P. says:

    Hurray! Good for you. Congratulations on being a blog of note. You are my daily bread!

  19. fence sitter says:

    WOW! such an interesting blog!!! It’s great that you did not quit; see how things turned out….=)

  20. Miranda says:

    From the first, finding your blog was like being asked into an interesting neighbor’s kitchen for a glass of wine and a chat and knowing, when you reluctantly leave, that you’ll be invited back. You’re a fascinating hostess. Congratulations.

  21. Helen says:

    Cheers! You deserve it, Tina. Your blog is a joy!

  22. Jill of All Trades says:


  23. Lord Douchebag says:

    By jove, keep up the good work my dear. Smashing blog I must say.


  24. Have you seen this man? says:

    Hey! Congrats on the ‘Blog of Note’ thingy… I’m not jealous at all! Just another newbie blogger… I’ve found my voice now I just need to find people to hear it!

  25. Maggie May says:


  26. alexandra says:

    i really love this photo! congrats lady! xx

  27. TerryB says:

    “Only the lonely can play…”

  28. Maggie May says:

    ps- at one point you said let you know if we want to be added to your blogroll- and i do! xox

  29. Caroline @ patagonia gifts says:

    Congrats, Tina! Your blog is fabulous!

  30. Claudette says:

    Wow! You’re singing my song. “Only the Lonely”, is still me. I am relatively new to Blogger, and can still count my daily visitors on one … and if very lucky, two hands. I persevere because I love my subject so much, it’s a case of writing about it if just for my own joy. I’m happy for your breakthrough. Congrats on Blog of Note. You offer hope. Love your blog. Claudette

  31. Mary says:

    Love your blog– wonderful photographs and writing! I’ll be back!

  32. Tracy Lorna Nors says:

    Well done Tina, I’ve always though your blog was one of the really good ones. I’ve mentioned it as one of my favorites to sfgirlbybay who is doing a piece about my home and artwork this week, so I hope you pick up some more followers from that as well.

  33. Tina says:

    Oh, thank you!!

  34. Char says:

    yay!!! I’m so happy I found you.

  35. Brian Miller says:

    congrats on blog of note. just got started in October as well, find your story encouraging. Wonderful pic!

  36. Alperun says:

    nice blog my friend =)
    you may visit my blog
    i need your support πŸ™‚

    have a god day πŸ˜‰

  37. Averill says:


  38. Aspire Style says:

    Congrats on becoming a ‘Blog of Note’ I too have found you this way and I’m glad I have. Your articles and photos are really inspirational – like a designer’s moodboard!

  39. Tina Tarnoff says:

    congratulations, loveliest Tina, your blog absolutely deserves the title!

  40. Micah says:

    I LOVE your blog, Tina! Congratulations! You totally deserve it. Keep writing! xoxo

  41. Mag says:

    Tina!! Congratulations!
    I love the pose of your picture.

  42. Beatriz Kim says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog! You absolutely deserve the award! Perhaps it’s time to break out the Champagne and celebrate! …or a nice gift for yourself? …spa? Anyway, I look forward to following your blog!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Most Excellent…and I told you so. No way you could have NOT been a success.
    xo susan

  44. kitkat says:

    hi tina, i read your blog everyday at work, but i am not a big commenter, so i thought i’d let you know! πŸ™‚

  45. Herrad says:


    Just found your blog it reads good will enjoy coming here often.


  46. boylerpf says:

    Congrats to you! I got your name of the Blog of Note. Pretty cool!

  47. The Beauty File says:

    Wow, what an honor! I love your blog, so inspiring & fun! Gorgeous picture too!

  48. glorv1 says:

    Congratulations on becoming a blog of note. You’ve got quite a blog. I like it very much, I will be back. I do have a question though, how did you get that type font on your heading? Congrats again.

  49. corine/hidden in france says:

    Congratulations. It’s major!

  50. Mujer imperfecta says:


  51. Melissa~ says:

    thats its exactly what happens to me, i fell like i speak alone, but im a possitive person, soon i will have a lot of post and visit like you.
    you give me hopes, thanks!
    congratulations!!, and visit my blog!

  52. Tina says:

    I will definitely visit your blog!! thank you!!!

  53. The Casual Observer says:

    I can definitely empathize with speaking to yourself in an empty room. Nothing is worse than spending a lot of time writing a 500+ word post and then seeing 0 people read it.

    After 2 months of heavy duty blogging (and a couple of months of light blogging before that) I can count on at least 10 people most days (except for saturdays, which are horribly slow) and any day with 30+ feels great πŸ™‚

    Nice blog – cool photos.

  54. Taylorgotbeats says:

    great site I'm loving all these photos & you work for LA Times! keep it up

  55. Russ says:

    I love your work that you have done here, Come visit me on, if your getting married or even if you just want your portrait photograph taken
    massive savings to all my fellow bloggers

  56. fairy_suzie says:

    Congratulations with gaining the accolade of being the blogs of note. I will look forward to reading your blog

  57. Viewliner Ltd. says:

    Congratutlations on being choosen a “Blog of Note”

  58. kerri nΓ­ dochartaigh says:

    yayy yayy yayy! and i would love to be on your blog roll!


  59. PTA Transit Authority says:

    Congratutlations on being choosen a “Blog of Note”

  60. lauragrace7 says:

    Congrats!!! I do so love your blog. I also really appreciate you linking me because you send me a few welcome visitors everyday. Thank you!!!

  61. SoFine09 says:

    Congrats! It is always nice to see something that was once invisible transform into something that everyone sees. On the blog of note! I am also glad to see that I am not that every newbie blogger goes through a lonely stage! Very inspiring blog.

  62. blossom says:

    congratulations…..i completely get that insecurity of starting a new blog, although mine's not had the amazing success your's has….!
    will check back again & have a better look round
    take care xx

  63. Magchunk says:

    I found you on Joanna’s site! Can I ask how much that cost?

  64. Jordan Clarke says:

    What an inspiration! I’ve been blogging seriously for about a month now and can definitely relate to ‘talking to yourself in an empty room.’

    This is a great blog – you deserve all your success. And I love your profile silhouette!

  65. jonas wunderman says:

    Hiya … yep, like the others I can relate to your feelings on blogger loneliness …

    ah yeah well, nice blog you have here, I’ll be following (polaroids really are the best …)


  66. Joanna Goddard says:

    congratulations!!!! you absolutely deserve it. and thank you for linking to me, you are so sweet. xoxo

  67. Absolutely Not Martha says:

    congrats! …are you too big now to be interested in exchanging links? πŸ˜‰

  68. Tina says:

    I would love to exchange links!!!

  69. Doreen says:

    from a recent follower of yours and facebook pal, congrats!

  70. Abner Flores says:

    That’s outstanding! Good tip Re: ad

  71. southerngirl says:

    Just found you…wonderful stuff. Congrats on the accolade.

  72. AlexyRouse94 says:

    Congrats πŸ™‚
    By the way, this may seem random, but I just wanted to know. It seems like your blog has done REALLY well for you only starting it around Christmas. And I was just wondering, since I just started my blog last week, how on earth did you get so many followers???? X) If you have any tips please comment on my blog!
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  73. Tina Tarnoff says:

    Hey, holy moly, I blinked and all of a sudden you have 428 followers!!! Yay!!!

  74. Tina says:

    yay!! i love them!!! i love them!!! i love them!!

  75. j gold says:

    Good show!

  76. My-Shell says:

    agreed:] i just started my blog today. very lonely. but congrats on your success:] check stuff out if you have time. have a goodnight.

  77. 5windsOfvenus says:

    Hey congratulations on being on the blog of note… exciting stuff…. good luck with everything!

    The Art of April-Anna

  78. Anaka says:

    Congrats, Tina! Well deserved. You have an amazing eye and I always look forward to visiting your site.

  79. automatism says:

    Congrats again β€” I was so happy when you told me this earlier! Looking forward to more beauty and loveliness.


  80. Style and Inspiration says:

    Congrats, Tina! That’s wonderfully inspiring news. I too, am a new blogger and often wonder if it’s worth it. I’ll push on!!

  81. Ciss B says:

    I am after way too many years about ready to give up on blogging altogether. I use to get people I don’t since we changed servers – not sure why.

    Love your pictures!

  82. Ciss B says:

    P.S. How do you take out an ad on someone’s site???

  83. Babs Banter/QUILTECH says:

    I suspect they are young men with an eye for beauty and have impeccable taste!!

    Best wishes,

    Olde Babs who once had the X factor herself many many moons ago!

  84. nath says:


    I stumbled upon you via all the mountains, and naturally I too can relate to having a new blog and the very real possibility that there isn’t actually anyone out there. So much so that I wrote a post about it earlier today. Synchronicity, eh?

    Happily, I am comforted by your success and optimism! Very well done to you!

  85. mary says:

    Well HOORAY! I am so happy for you! You deserve it. Your blog is fresh and pretty and has a unique perspective. Yay! πŸ™‚

  86. Teaspoon says:

    Wow, I didn’t know you were a baby blog. When I found your blog off of Cup of Joe, I thought you were already legit. At least you looked it πŸ™‚ I love your blog, so keep diverting me from my homework.

  87. Tina says:

    hah! that’s right! i’m baby blog! Teaspoon, you’re one of my peeps who was with me at the start! Cup of Jo is the queen peep!

  88. Nanette says:

    Well done, Tina. And it couldn’t have happened to a better blog, (or a better gal).

  89. Mneme's Cat says:

    I just came across your blog via the “Blogs of Note” today. Frankly, the blog-title piqued my interest. And when I got here… Wonderful, wonderful, rich images. I’m adding you to my list of feeds just so I can look at more of the beautiful things you’ve found.

  90. ac charlot says:

    Definitely a blog worth noting.

  91. lisamarie says:

    I love your blog & I am glad you didnt give up,go girl.Its a joy to look at your lovely pictures.well done.

  92. Henri Loves... says:

    I am new to “Blogworld” and I have to admit that I am questioning my sanity. I am obsessed with reading blogs and I actually had the idea to blog about 4 years ago; but, I just started. Anyway, everything you said is what I have been thinking. The outside world seems more supportive than my friends and family. I just keep remembering that this is for me and I am having a great sense of accomplishment and fun.

  93. bunny + chip says:

    Congratulations! I’ve added you to my new blog and hope to follow in your footsteps.

  94. puglyfeet says:

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S!

  95. flawsnall says:

    stunning blog. intriguing. amazing. profound photos. saved you!

  96. BloomingPink says:

    Oh! Yay for you! How great is that!

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