I am new to this blogging thing. I am counting down to month 8 and am still trying to navigate the ‘blogesphere’, as it is called. I never had a Twitter account until I started and my Facebook page was simply a parking place for my frustrations and whining. And I had so much of it, that it needed a blog!
So, here I am. 275ish posts in and thrilled that I am still here and people still come to see me every single day. I am not lost on the fact that I would not be here without some serious support and amazing, more experienced bloggers to hold my hand along the way!
I define fabulous bloggers as people who not only provide wonderful content on their sites, but also as people who go above and beyond to help others with no care of competition, bias, or expectations. This post is a tribute to the fabulous woman who took the time to help me out, most of them unasked, in the order of their appearance to me. Please, take a moment to read about them and why I think they are fabulous! And then go see them, let them know you saw this post, and let them know you appreciate them as well!
Married to a Geek – Written by Keri Schneider
The very first person to reach out to me and help my limping, novice blogging self along the way is Keri from Married to a Geek. She was the first blog to wear my first button that I created on a free site that did not even have an HTML code. Really, it was sad! Not only did she wear it first, she continued to wear it and also gave me valuable advice about getting my own domain, getting with a designer, and never giving up! She even told me about one2onenetwork.com where I could win opportunities to post for prizes. I still enjoy a wonderful relationship with them today!
Not only is she an amazing woman, her blog is fantastic! She has a unique voice about parenthood and marriage and sees the humor in all of it. From putting on her makeup in public to her struggle to keep running to just well… everything! She is an excellent writer and I truly am happy to be a member of her site! I extend a very grateful Thank You to Keri for supporting me in the very beginning!
Blogging Dangerously – Written by “Kit”
“Kit” – in parenthesis because she blogs anonymously, is one of a kind! Honest, racy, funny, and direct. All qualities I love to see in woman and all qualities I’d like to think I possess. She blogs about kids, motherhood, marriage and sex. She holds nothing back and in that alone, is a fantastic blogger!
Kit changed my whole world with four little words. I asked her once how she became so known in such a short time. Her answer was direct, like she is, “You need more followers.” For some reason, this never occurred to me before! To actively seek out people and show them my blog? I thought I’d give it a few years and maybe be up to 100 followers by then. And then she went one step further and sent me step by step instructions on how to do it. And now I have more followers, more friends, and more opportunities. She continued to support me by introducing me to her very popular brain child on Twitter, #wineparty (Friday Nights!) and entangling me in a maze of wonderful people, blogs, and “wine”ers!
I thank her dearly for taking time out to show me the way! You Rock!
Scary Mommy – Written by Jill Smokler
JC has been there for me. With advice, respect, and ears. She gives me honest opinions on ideas and I deeply appreciate her for that! Thank you JC for being on the other side of the tweet!
I was thrilled to learn about her and am always happy to see that she actively reads me and my Facebook page… and comments. I was so excited to see she had opened up her own card business as she really has something unique to offer everyone! Bless Others With Cards is her page about her cards. Please visit her there as well as on her uplifting, inspiring blog!
And Thank You Lisa, for showing me that unwavering kindness still exists in this world!
There are so many, many more. Women and men who have guided, inspired, and helped me along the way. I, literally, could type for a year and never thank everyone. It has been a fun and eventful trip and I hope that I can continue to offer quality work to you, my appreciated and valued readers. As well as pay it forward to other bloggers!
Dear sweet, lovely Lori! I REALLY feel like saying "Aw shucks I HEART you too!" now!!! That was the right drawing to do.
And now, I'm going to go explored these other blogs you so eloquently praise. Thank-you so much for inviting me to be featured alongside so much talent – yourself included!
That's part of what the blogosphere is all about – women supporting women! Happy to be a part of your fan club! ;)
Hi Lori! WOW! What a wonderful surprise to wake up to!!! I am so deeply touched by your feature of my blog (and me). I'm honored to be named among these other fabulous bloggers!!! Thanks so much for including me. You are just the sweetest ever! You made my day!
I added your blog hop to our blog hop list but I can't find the hop ? It's probably right in front of me but could only find last weeks. Let me know if you are still having it.
Lucas's Journey w/SPD
Thank you so much for the sweet shout-out! It was my pleasure having you! :)
OH so awesome ! GREAT picks. I am familiar with most of them but theres 1 or 2 in there I haven't read yet. If they are like the others I will be over there like macaroni art on a paper plate !
I only know of one of these blogs on your list. My friend introduced me to Blogging Dangerously. Thanks for sharing and I'll check the rest out.
Im a new Google Connect Friend from Buzz on By Thursday Blog Hop! Love if you'd follow me back.