Time goes by so quickly, it’s hard to believe that today its two years since I entered the wonderful Blogsphere. As I call myself a network evangelist, this has been the most adventures time in my life when it comes to making new friends and learning about others, their daily life and experience throughout the world. I want to thank all of you friends out there for your visiting, commenting and for reading my stories about Norway and the Nordic countries, our culture, traditions and habits!

In my first Anniversary post I gave you some facts and figures and reflections about one year of blogging, including my saying: ‘Make Blogs not Wars’. In the last year my blog has grown, and the amount of readers and commenter’s has increased quite a lot. One thing which stands out in my mind was to participate in 2007 Weblog Awards in the category Best European Blog. Another is the wonderful friendship developed with Mrs. Lifecruiser and all the A-Team Cruisers, this has been a really fun group and I invite all others to come on board – I highly recommend it. They have taken us throughout the whole world with exciting parties and trips to places I’ve never been. It really shows that only the sky is the limit in the blog world.

Two years calls for a special celebration and as always, I’ll do it my way. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to return your favour – not only your visits and comments, but also your awards, tagging and pingbacks – and I’ve decided to do it by making a competition which takes you down the memory lane. Let me start with the prize, a Norwegian Troll:

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In my post: ‘Norwegian Troll as oddly ghost’, I told you about them, so I won’t repeat that. But if you win in my Second Blogging Anniversary contest, you will be able to have one sent to you by snail mail.

The competition goes like this: You will have to search a bit around in my blog (wink: there is a search box on the top right side) and find answers to the following questions:

1: What is my wife’s name?
2: How did we meet and how long have we been married?
3: Where does my wife comes from?
4: What is the name of my home town?
5: What city in Norway is called The Gateway to the Arctic?
6: What is the name of Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau?
7: What is Rakfisk?
8: Who would I like to nominate for Nobel Peace Price 2008?
9: What does Terella mean?
10: In what sport did I fall and get concussion in 2006?

The three first comments with the right answers will get a Troll from Norway. Don’t put your address in the comment – I will send you a note and ask for it!

To give you some more cute miniature examples:

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Tomorrow I will go to US and visit the family, so I will be on and off. The winners will be announced later on this week. Good luck and thanks for playing :-)

Update: The winners are:
-> Tin-Tin, a good friend I met here in blogsphere almost two years ago.
-> Zhu, a relatively new blog friend who have become a regular visitor too.
-> Shantanu, another good old blog buddy.
Go and visit them and congratulate them!
-> Gretchen, a trustful reader from USA, who fell in love with a Viking and are now living in Norway just like my wife :-)
I know this is four and I sad three, but all of them delivered a full list, so I’ve decided they all deserve a Norwegian Troll.

Btw: I’m still in US, but back home on Monday, so you still have to wait for the reports from my daily life in Norway and the visits to your blogs dear friends!

49 Comments

  1. Congrats for the blogging anniversary – and have a wonderful time in US, despite the circumstances.

    I’m having some other family problems over here, sorry about this short visit, have to be back another day!

    Hugs to you and Diane :-)

    RennyBA
    Thank you very much dear Captain!
    I know you that you have your problems as well, so thanks for taking your time to visit and you can always come back during the week to participate in the competition.
    Hugs to you and your family too :-)

  2. Happy Blogaversary. I do know some of the answers, but not all. I’ll be interested reading them when you post them!

    RennyBA
    Thanks Maribeth. I’ll update the post with the right answer later on this week. There is still a winner chance for those who try :-)

  3. Happy anniversary!!!

    RennyBA
    Thanks Teena!

  4. happy anniversary! belated happy birthday! and congratulations!

    i don’t like trolls. i’m scared of them. but i’d still answer your questions. hehehe.

    1: What is my wife’s name? of course it’s diane
    2: How did we meet and how long have we been married? 8 years?
    3: Where does my wife comes from? america
    4: What is the name of my home town? baerum(?), norway
    5: What city in Norway is called The Gateway to the Arctic? Tromsø
    6: What is the name of Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau? Hardangervidda
    7: What is Rakfisk? Fermented Fish? i know it’s a norweigian traditional food
    8: Who would I like to nominate for Nobel Peace Price 2008?
    9: What does Terella mean? i’m not sure if it’s little world or model earth
    10: In what sport did I fall and get concussion in 2006? curling!! it’s like ice hockey. right?

    am i right? :)

    RennyBA
    Thanks for your greetings!
    My lips are sealed until I update with the correct answer, but thanks for playing :-)

  5. wait i forgot the nobel prize… it’s Vinton G. Cerf. hehehehe :)

  6. I love trolls ! ;-) I’ll play :

    1: What is my wife’s name? — Diane ! (cf. Internet Love Story)
    2: How did we meet and how long have we been married? — You met in a newsgroup and have been married for 8 yrs if I calculate correctly (cf. Internet Love Story)
    3: Where does my wife comes from? — She’s American (cf. Internet Love Story)
    4: What is the name of my home town? — Porsgrunn (cf. Celebrating Henrik Ibsen from Norway.)
    5: What city in Norway is called The Gateway to the Arctic? — Tromsø (from the post Gateway to the Arctic)
    6: What is the name of Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau? — Hardangervidda (cf. Hardangervidda, Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau)
    7: What is Rakfisk? — Fermented Fish Dinnerparty (cf. Norwegian Family Tradition with Rakfisk)
    8: Who would I like to nominate for Nobel Peace Price 2008? — Vint Cerf(cf. Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore or Vint Cerf?)
    9: What does Terella mean? “A model of the Earth designed to illustrate the magnetic field.” (cf. My model of the Earth)
    10: In what sport did I fall and get concussion in 2006? — Curling (cf. Seeing stars in Curling)

    Wow !
    I put the post as a reference to show I didn’t cheat ;-)

    I actually read quite a lot from your blog !

    RennyBA
    My lips are sealed until I update with the correct answer, but thanks for playing :-)

  7. HI Renny! its been a while,howve you been?
    first of all,i want to congratulate you for winning the 3rd place and also for your 2nd yr blog anniversary!!time flies so quick!

    ill join the fun later,have to cook dinner now,haha!
    wishing you a nice week ahead!
    ghee

    RennyBA
    I know and are sorry, but have been rather busy.
    Thanks x millions.
    Hope the dinner tasted good!

  8. hi Renny
    big congratulations to you for your weblog award and I wish you many more happy years of blogging ….happy happy 2nd anniversary :)
    ps
    cute cute trolls :)

    RennyBA
    Thanks a lot Kim and glad you liked the trolls too :)

  9. Happy second bloggiversary (or whatever the right name is!) and many, many more!!
    I know some of the answers, of course I know your wife’s name is Diane!!
    Wishing you a safe trip to the US.

    RennyBA
    Thanks and I think you named it quite well!
    I know you know most of the questions!
    It was a safe trip and we are here safe and sound.

  10. i am rather late getting here but wanted to wish yo ua very happy 2nd blog anniversary. may you have many more years of being part of this wonderful community we all have.

    (i’m fighting a nasty headache so my brain is kind of foggy to be trying the quiz right now, but good luck to those who do. it’s a great idea)

    RennyBA
    Thanks a lot Lime – your one of my most trustful reader and I do appreciate your visit and comments.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  11. Hello Mr. Terella, How are you?
    Your blog is getting better! Congrats for the Award

    RennyBA
    I’m fine, thanks.
    Thank you for your compliments too!

  12. Congratulations on your second anniversary, Renny. It is true that there is no limit to what blogging can bring!

    RennyBA
    Thanks a lot Lisa! and I’m glad we agreed on that one:-)

  13. This is fun! :-)

    Let’s see now:

    1: What is my wife’s name? — Diane
    2: How did we meet and how long have we been married? — 8+ years, Oct 15, 1999 to be precise?
    3: Where does my wife comes from? — Saratoga Springs, NY in the USA
    4: What is the name of my home town? — Porsgrunn
    5: What city in Norway is called The Gateway to the Arctic? — Tromso
    6: What is the name of Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau? — Dea Norske Turistforening
    7: What is Rakfisk? — A traditional eastern Norwegian dish made from fermented trout and eaten raw.
    8: Who would I like to nominate for Nobel Peace Price 2008? — Vinton G Cerf
    9: What does Terella mean? — A model of the Earth designed to illustrate the magnetic field
    10: In what sport did I fall and get concussion in 2006? — Curling

    Haven’t done this kind of stuff since I graduated from school :-D

  14. And of course, many congratulations of keeping this going for a second year. Wish you (and us readers) many more years together, connected around the globe through the miracle that is the Internet!

  15. I’m sorry i can’t do this. Dang. Those trolls are so cute!

    Rock on Renny, it’s been a blast meeting someone like you.

    RennyBA
    Well, I’m glad you visited and commented anyway, like you do a lot – thanks!
    Thanks and you know I feel the same!

  16. 1: What is my wife’s name? — Diane
    2: How did we meet and how long have we been married? — 8+ years, Oct 15, 1999 to be precise?
    3: Where does my wife comes from? — Saratoga Springs, NY in the USA
    4: What is the name of my home town? — Porsgrunn
    5: What city in Norway is called The Gateway to the Arctic? — Tromso
    6: What is the name of Northern Europe’s largest high mountain plateau? —
    Hardangervidda or hardanger plateau
    7: What is Rakfisk? — A traditional eastern Norwegian dish made from fermented trout and eaten raw.
    8: Who would I like to nominate for Nobel Peace Price 2008? — Vinton G Cerf
    9: What does Terella mean? — A model of the Earth designed to illustrate the magnetic field
    10: In what sport did I fall and get concussion in 2006? — Curling

  17. whoops: please add to above answers, you met Diane on the internet! ;

  18. Your site has won a Blog of the Day Award (BOTDA)

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    Thank you,

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    RennyBA
    Thanks – what an honor – the banner is up on my sidebar of course.

  19. I think more that 3 have already gotten all the correct answers, so I won’t compete, Renny. I knew most of the answers, but I would have had to look up some of them to refresh my memory.

    I started blogging in January of 2006 so I’ve been blogging almost as long as you. ;-)

    Have a safe journey, and enjoy your visit to the States. I’d wave to you, but it’s still a long way from New York to Arkansas, LOL! ;-)

    Hugs,

    Diane

  20. I think it would be unfair for me to give the answers – besides I have a tiny jet lag.
    So excuse me for giving a hint to the last Q: It’s about Stones and Ice. LOL.

    Congrats with 2 years of blogging – it’s going better and better

  21. I remember these although ours were Norwegian Trolls. Stateside, we called them Dammit Dolls when I was growing up, teehee! Ours were made out of hard rubber and they had huge glass eyeballs with some outrageous hair of varying colors standing on end. Almost like these except Americanized.

    Congratulations on your two years, fella. May you enjoy many more, too! Instead of participating in this neat idea of a contest, Renny, I’d like for you to accept an award. You can pick it up HERE whenever you have time.

    Have a wonderful time, kiddo. I hope that all is well for you and your loved ones!

  22. firstly, congrats on winning third on the blog awards.

    secondly, happy second blog anniversary! you have come this far with blogging and you have done it with panache!

    I like trolls.Oddly enough I was fond of them when I was in my teens. I like those big round eyes and outrageous hair! :)

  23. happy second blog anniversary! i love your blog. keep on posting!

    :D

  24. Congrats on the second anniversary and the win in the Weblog Awards. You truly deserve the honor! I’m so happy for you!!! :) I guess I won’t be participating in your contest and let people from other countries win those cute trolls. :) I’m thinking of bringing home some to the Philippines when I go back there this December. Hope you’re doing well in USA!

  25. I’m resisting the urge to steal the answers from tin-tin because I want a troll. A teacher of mine had one and how I coverted it. Most children in the class found it horrid but I couldn’t help but love it..sigh…

    Anyway congratulations! 2 years is no small feat!

  26. Happy Second Anniversary!

  27. Happy blog anniversary.

  28. Has it been two years already? Wow, how the time flies! Happy belated blog anniversary, my friend. You’ve come a long way, and I look forward to your posts for many more years to come.

    I hope you are having a good trip so far. Love to you and Diane XXOO

  29. Happy Blogiversary! You rock!

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  31. Well, here I am – late to the party!

    Happy 2nd anniversary! I am looking forward to getting in first to wish you happy 3rd anniversary!

    From Diane CA number 2 :-)

  32. Again, huge congrats on a very successful 2 years! I’ve been blogging since Nov. 2004 so it’s about 3 years now. It’s amazing the different people you meet, each with their own life story! (I didn’t study hard enough so I didn’t take the test!) Hope you’re having a good time in America!

  33. I’m not surprise you were in a good position for the european award because your blog is really super! Of course since I discovered it I have visited it very often always with pleasure, always expecting to learn more about Norway I fast didn’t know just at school or on TV. And more I met a nice friend sharing his feelings and his passions wirh us!

  34. Renny,it`s really good to hear from you dear..

    ill type more later!

    ghee

  35. Happy 2nd anniversary!!! All the best in the blogging world!!! ENjoy!

  36. Happy 2nd Anniversary and many congratulations on your deserved success during that time. I wish I could add images here – I would send you a card :-)

  37. Congratulations for your 2nd year anniversary of blogging! It was great finding your blog. Have a great visit here in the US.

  38. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law Renny….I know how hard this must be on your dear wide…
    HAPPY HAPPY SECIND ANNIVERSARY! What a cute idea to have a contest like this….Not sure I have the time to search out all the answers I don’t already know, but I love the idea of it.
    I’m soi very glad I met you through Charles, way back when….And my wish for you on the 2nd Anniversary is that you will have at lesst 22 more! CONGRATULATIONS, my dear!

  39. Hallo Renny! Happy second anniversary to your blog and I am really happy to know you my friend through your blog. I am so sorry if I am a bit late with the greetings since I have been busy with my paper work so I can get my ass back in Norway

  40. Congratulations on your achievement. Your inspiration and hard work created a viable journal.

    Now the second stage must come into focus.

  41. Happy 2nd Anniversary Renny! I wish you more wonderful blogging years to come!!

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  43. Hi Renny!

    Belated Happy Blogging Anniversary!

  44. I’m so happy !

    I’m the kind of person who never ever win anything (not that I play much I have to say!). So not only I actually had fun finding the answers, but I also get a troll?

    Woo Hoo ! (Canadian woman happy)

  45. Oh my gosh! Hootin’ Anni features one of these Trolls on her I LOVE post today!!! They are sooooooo ugly they are positively aDORable!!! Happy belated Anniversary Renny!

  46. My condolences for your MIL, may she rest in Peace. Are you still in the US?

    RennyBA
    Thanks for your warm thoughts.
    I came back last Monday.

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  48. great blog! I’m glad I finally found a decent blog that I liked. Just subscribed to the feed and looking forward to future updates.

  49. Hola estoy buscando alguna empresa que pueda venderme TROLLS para poder venderlos en mi tienda que esta en Torrevieja (Alicante) spein, mi pregunta es si puedes darme alguna direccion de alguna empresa que pueda mandarmelos a España. Gracias y perdona por las molestias… e traducido la pagina ya que no hablo ingles.
    Graciassssssss.

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