Honestly

When I started Swedish Love Affair I guess I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. I just wanted to have a personal space on the internet for my private thoughts and creativity. I couldn’t have known how great it would turn out, and how much joy it would bring me! I’m sorry for being corny, but sometimes you just have to. Because it’s true.
Swedish Love Affair is young, but I’ve already met a lot of beautiful and like-minded bloggers and readers here. I get daily e-mails with words of appreciation and encouragement from my readers. Some of you attach photographs of your pets, some show off your freshly painted nails. Some share their love stories and some ask for advice. One girl wrote last week that her boyfriend had proposed to her, and she said yes. I’ve never met you, Julia, but I’m honestly happy for you!..
I got two regular paper letters from friendly strangers. I answer every letter, every line you drop me on the e-mail. Many readers silently visit me every day. That counts too.

People have warned me for being too sincere and open on the blog. They said that’s how you get hurt. But I feel that it’s been worth every word. Because you’re being sincere and warm right back at me.

It’s the middle of the night here, but I can’t sleep and I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all this. You make my day, every day.

Antonia

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16 Responses to Honestly

  1. jill says:

    What a great post, you really took my breath away with this.
    Swedish Love Affair has become my favorite spot on the internet. It’s become a part of my daily routine. I always visit you in the once morning, once on my lunch break from work, and once before I go to bed at night. At least. But most days I visit your blog many more times.
    Thank you so much for doing this. Thank you for helping me make more out of every day

    Lots of love and sincerely,
    Your fan and friend
    Jill

  2. kira says:

    hi! im one of those silent readers. just wanted to say hi and thank you. i probably won’t be writing a lot here, but i just want you to know i visit every single day.

    kira

  3. elle marie says:

    It’s true… you’ll have envious haters.. I went through that a few years ago, but I learned to just delete them, and never let anyone rain on your sunshine.

  4. I just found your blog and I am really enjoying it! I love the name and can’t wait to explore it more! Keep up the good work.

  5. Sandra says:

    …it’s so late, I just finished some writing myself….
    But with a little bit of the strength that’s left in me, wanted to tell you (wanted to say a long time ago, but never had enough time :(
    - I think this sweet writing of yours is going to come back to you some day – in every possible good way there is :)
    ‘think there’s a lot of us coming here often and reading & admiring not only the words, but also the pictures you take (which are excellent, by the way!), even if we don’t say anything back…
    But we should…

    Just keep on & we love you, all !!!
    :)

  6. Lotta says:

    Thank you, Antonia, for your words, for this blog, for reading my blog…..<3<3
    Love,
    Lotta

  7. Melissa says:

    You’re welcome! Your blog is lovely and you are a very genuine person. I try to read every day (you post so much! – don’t worry it’s a good thing). Hopefully people don’t start saying bad things like how Elle Marie suggested, but it probably will be inevitable, unfortunately.

  8. Nina says:

    Thank you Antonia for everything; for your blog, for your words, for your pictures and all else. You have a really unique way to see things, and I like it very much. Personally, I’m very glad that I found your blog. I hope you keep writing and being a friend to us for many more years. Best wishes, Nina.

  9. Karen says:

    Right back at you Antonia. I think that it’s only by being so genuine and open yourself that you attract a readership like that. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Lisa says:

    This is why I love Swedish Love Affair. I can tell that you open up your heart with every post, which makes everything you write about so honest and so real. I get so much out of reading your blog every day. Thank you very much for this.
    keep up the brilliant work
    Lisa

  11. Julia says:

    :) Is it wrong that I’m almost as excited about being mentioned here as I am with the actual engagement? You’ve helped me these last couple of months, Antonia, to always keep my spirits up high. Everyday, you help me see beauty and importance where I used to see the mundane. Thank you so much for your wise words. I’m really happy for you that people come here, and get your blog, and appreciate it so openly. You really deserve all the praise
    We’ll talk later,
    Julia

  12. Patty says:

    Thank you so much, Antonia! You make my day everyday, too:)

    Your happiest reader,
    Pat

  13. Susie says:

    Awww! I loved this post–it was so sweet! If you had not started Swedish Love Affair that we probably would not have met and you are such a cool chick! Lucky me! xoxoxo

  14. Rucha S. says:

    Aww, thanks for the words of love!
    Swedish Love Affair is the first website I visit when I open up the internet, and unlike other blogs who update every 2-3 days, you update several times a day, so every time I see your blog in the same day, there’s always something new to read and to look at. I love your pictures and your words….they’re so whimsical and fantasy-like. Sweden seems like such a fairyland when viewed from your camera.

    I’ll keep reading, every day.
    Rucha

  15. You can such a pretty and happy blog…I am sure this is sort of the person you are as well! So it’s only natural people write you with their adoration :-) Keep up the good work!

    XOXO Haleigh

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