In what is becoming an annual tradition, we share the list of our top blog commenters through the year. If you have popped by Travel Tales of Life more than once you will know I am not a quiet person. I love to chat, talk, gab, joke, blather, babble and on and on. Those who this year met me in person can back me up on that fact.
As we bid farewell to 2016, we extend our heartfelt thanks to all readers of our blog. We are grateful for each and every visit, whether you are quiet in your reading or you choose to leave your thoughts.
Thanks to WordPress statistics, I am happy to highlight those commenters who were listed by WordPress as one of the top 6 commenters, at some point in 2016.
Some held a spot on the list for days, while one or two stayed on the list for the entire year. Several have made the list three years running.
I invite you to visit and follow these conversationalists who I present to you in random order.
Meet Our Top Blog Commenters for 2016
It seems there is little that Jet Eliot can’t achieve. Her tales of adventure with wildlife around the globe often leave me open mouthed. A successful author I am currently devouring Jet’s book Golden Gate Graveyard. Dave and I recently had the immense pleasure of Jet’s guided tour through San Francisco.
Through words, images and sounds Paula from Lost in Translation conveys meaning. Her beautiful photography, sometimes accompanied by music, leaves me dreaming of her home of Croatia.
When LuAnn from Paint Your Landscape returned to her blog this year after taking time off, none of her readers could have been happier than I. Her astounding photography and eloquent writing took me to beautiful mountain tops once more. Best of all I had the pleasure of meeting LuAnn when her and her husband visited Canada in 2016. Hopefully the first of many travel paths we will cross.
Annie from Unsporty Women Can Run exudes positive energy right through the computer screen. What do you do when you get injured running? You take up swimming and cycling and become a triathlete. Annie and her husband Paul hosted us at their farm in Tasmania this year. Such a generous gift of time and hospitality we so hope to repay them one day in Canada.
Andrew hails from the UK. His blog Have Bag Will Travel is filled with amazing posts of travel. Seemingly always on the road, Andrew’s articles are laced with an incredible sense of humor tucked into his informative history filled posts. A bit like a comedic treasure hunt while wandering through the Greek Islands, or Iceland, or Ireland or…well you get the picture.
Heather from Master of Something may be a phenomenal and funny writer but we discovered something else about her this year. She is an astounding tour guide and event planner. During our Australia visit Heather gave us a day of wine touring. The ‘package’ included a brochure of the day’s events prepared by Heather, a gift bag for each of us, all transportation, a full spread of picnic tea and snacks and a day we shall always treasure. I’m not sure how we could live up to such standards but we continue to encourage Heather and her family to visit us in Canada.
I am no expert on art photography but I know that I love what I see at The Wall Gallery Blog. Kirt’s stories of adventure in capturing his photos often captivate me as much as the final product. Always generous in sharing his techniques and tips Kirt is also a loyal visitor to our comments section.
By profession Diane Henders is a technical writer, but in a self described mid life crisis she began to write adventure novels featuring a middle aged female protagonist. With novels numbering double digits to say Diane is successful would be slightly understated. This past year Diane and I shared several coffee shop visits where her contagious sense of fun had me in stitches.
Restless Jo hails from North East England. Jo loves to walk and always seems to be on the go. Often she can be found in Portugal taking readers on wonderful adventures there. Jo has a fabulous knack for weaving information, history and story telling together so one is left feeling as though you have had a personal tour guide through her blog posts.
Reading Mabel Kwong leaves me reflecting on my own thoughts about diversity, acceptance, prejudice and racism. Mabel is of Chinese descent and resides in Australia. Her blog looks at what it means to be an Asian living in Australia. I had the great pleasure of meeting Mabel during our Australia trip in 2016. What a delight this young woman is.
Photos by Emilio inspires me to learn more about photography or possibly throw my arms up in despair because I will never be that good. Emilio himself is a humble, make you laugh every minute, guy who we were fortunate to meet in Las Vegas this year.
Badfish not only finds himself on the chatty list but has been coveting Dave’s map making and video skills for some time. One of the most creative writers I have encountered, his tales of over 60 countries accompanied by amazing photographs, make his articles well worth reading and leaves one with serious travel envy.
Darlene from Darlene Foster’s Blog describes her site as one for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers, friends and friends she hasn’t met yet. Her series of children’s books is achieving international success. Now based in Spain, she is living her dream.
Sylvia from Another Day In Paradise loves to travel. Having visited 40 countries and done 2 round the world trips her photography collection is something to behold. Sylvia is full of life, energy and has such a great sense of humor. Currently celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary in Antarctica with her groom Sylvia is my kind of girl!
We had the good fortune to have lunch with Joanne from My Life Lived Full this year. Both from Canada we share the passion for living on the edge and stepping out of the comfort zone. Joanne has been busy featuring hidden finds in Toronto, Canada. Watch for Joanne and I in the wheelchair races a few decades from now.
Bun from Bun Karyudo’s Scribblings knows a thing or two about comments. I have the claim to fame of being his first follower. Now when I visit Bun’s blog I have to scroll through a thousand or so comments to get a word in. I can not often get through one of Bun’s posts without having to take a break from laughing so hard. He writes about daily life with his wife and two teenage sons.
Amy’s blog The World Is A Book is filled with extraordinary photos, quotes and wise words. Amy’s passion for travel, nature and photography lead to marvelous and beautiful posts. Her gentle kindness can be felt in every comment she leaves.
World nomads Liesbet and Mark from Roaming About live up to their tagline of a life less ordinary. Meeting them several weeks ago in California left us inspired by their sense of adventure. Roaming since 2004 first by camper van, followed by eight years at sea, they now house and pet sit around the United States.
Tess at How The Cookie Crumbles is a fellow Canadian. Tess is an amazing writer with a great enthusiasm for life. The tagline on her blog ‘An irreverent view of life after 65’, sets the stage for a great read.
The article that holds the record for most comments on Travel Tales of Life? It seems rather ironic that the winner is …..
That stirs up quite the conversation!
With profound gratitude to all of our readers whether you are top blog commenters or not. So many of you comment regularly and we are truly thankful for all the feedback through 2016. We look forward to chatting it up in 2017!
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