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By: Zdenko Kahlina
‘Zdenko’s Corner’… it’s been seven years already!
Almost seven years ago I created my own blog: ‘Zdenko’s Corner’. Words can’t express how that silly, simple, little thing changed my life. Thanks to everyone who has read, liked, shared and commented on my posts! Other thanks to everyone who just stopped by and took a quick peek without reading or leaving comments. You all are the best!
I have now been writing blogs for almost seven years. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday, that I started tinkering with blog stories. Other times it feels like I’ve been a blogger forever!
Since the beginning many people asked me why am I doing it. I’d like to say that I write blogs first for myself and second for everyone else, and that’s still true. Seven years doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but it’s fascinating to read the crazy things that I wrote only several years ago. I really have changed quite a lot in that time! That said, it certainly is nice to have readers and more than 1,000 of them on a daily basis! Not only do you keep me motivated (and correct me when I get things wrong), you have also taught me an awful lot over the years. I have met so many people and learned so many things that I just don’t think I would have without this blog. I really appreciate all of the relationships and opportunities that writing here has afforded me!
Blogging also helps me improve with my English. When I first arrived in Canada (from Croatia), I didn’t know English well. I was afraid of making spelling mistakes when writing even short memos at work. My blogging changed all this. You can still notice my English is not perfect, but at least now I am not afraid of making mistakes. I accepted that I will never be perfect, because English will always be my second language and Croatian my first.
About Zdenko’s Corner
Keeping track of my 1,070 (!)+ blogs and stories, emailing my contributors, designing graphics, editing stories and answering emails/comments from my growing readership of 30,000+ monthly loyal fans – while at the same time maintaining regular job, family and bike riding, it’s sometimes too easy to get stuck in the trenches. So as I am approaching ‘Zdenko’s Corner’ 7th birthday, this is a great time to up-periscope and take stock of just where the heck am I, how far I’ve come, and where I’m headed with this blog site.
Next year will be an awesome year at Zdenko’s Corner – I promise to bring you more of the content you won’t find on other sites – and if you see me somewhere, please say hello or at least visit my web site and leave a comment, after reading or just browsing my blogs.
I’m going to continue to use my site for travel blogging, writing about sport of cycling (my passion), and writing about my family and my heritage. This will include memories about my home town Zagreb and Croatia – country where I was born. This is fun for me, like biking. I take it seriously, but it’s still fun, and for me fun usually means dumb, so I can’t guarantee that anything here will actually be worth reading. I can promise to ramble, preach, moan, whine, comment, brag for no apparent reason, and normally not say anything of too much importance. So yeah, hope you enjoy and THANKS for reading.
Have a good and healthy season.
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