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I am definitely my own worst critic. I had to have someone hold my hand in the beginning. Someone super smart, yet super sweet, and willing to guide me. I am so eternally grateful that I met Jen, AKA canewife, AKA three pugs & a baby. We played some fantasy football together, where she was the commish, and she gave us weekly play by plays that were out of this world. I fell in love with her writing style. I still wanted to be Ree, but now I wanted in on some three pugs & a baby too. She took her time and read some of my posts, telling me “I like this one best, because it doesn’t seem like you are trying.”
Bingo!! She promised that I would find my niche, and once I did, the followers would come. And they did. I started playing Friday Follow to get my name out there. I joined SITS. I joined Bloggy Moms and gained new followers that I didn’t already know. I started commenting on other blogs. I started to feel the love.
One morning I woke up and BOOM! I had 200 followers. 206 to be exact. I got excited. I noticed that I had 80+ posts too. I got even more excited. I decided to have this little blog party to honor my followers.
Especially those who come back over and over again to read what I put out there. And they comment. They share their stories, or pat me on the back, or something. All I know is whatever that something is, it makes me feel all tingly inside.
And now, I want to share my followers with you. From my first to my last, to my most frequent commentator to those who just post a fly-by “Happy Friday”, it all means the world to me. I wouldn’t be here without you. I’m glad you like the poop. I’m glad you have smelled my poop and found it sweet.
My very first follower, one of my bestest friends: Shayna from The Preschool Prophet. She blogs in honor of her incredibly smart special needs son. She talks about everything from his testing to his favorite things, and manages to keep a positive attitude in the middle of it all. She’s always been my first follower, no matter how many blogs I start and how long I keep them.
My very first “stranger” follower: Everyday Kathy from Everyday Bliss and Everyday Mommy. She is on a journey of discovering bliss and developing the virtues of great parenting. She’s plays an everyday game. She’s even got moxie. The best part? She still comes around. You can’t beat that!!
I know this is getting long, but I promise it’s almost finished. I really really have to tell you about my #1 commentator, the top potty mouth, because she is absolutely fabulous. She finds a way to always have something to say on each and every post I make. I’m just in awe.
And gratitude. Gratitude goes to Lourie from CA Girl. She also writes Metabolism Blues and even has a photography blog yet somehow manages to keep up with all 3 of them AND still finds time to leave comments!! She does some great TV reviews. She’s got music reviews. Best of all? She’s got plenty of things to smile about. And that makes me smile.
I’ve been blessed with some fantastic guest bloggers who always give me reason to think. You can check them all out (again) on that handy tab up top that says “Now Featuring/Guest Blogging“. You’ll meet another fantastic guest blogger on Friday.
And, I’ve asked Jen over from 3 pugs & a baby today to share with everyone why she’s such an awesome blogger. Because, she really is.
My life? It’s a sitcom.
You’ve got me, dry witted and with the ability to raise one eyebrow a la Mr. Spock at the slightest provocation.
And then there’s MacGyver, friendly and social, unable to distinguish the difference between a flathead and a phillips head screwdriver, and the only man in existence who will ask for directions. Usually before he even attempts to look for something.
Toss in a toddler and some really ridiculous-looking dogs, and the fact that we live in an area infested with all kinds of weird wildlife (scorpions, anyone?) and we’ve got ourselves a party.
I’ve found that it’s therapeutic to make light of situations and blog about them rather than get upset. For the most part.
After all, when you find your husband laying on his stomach, surrounded by pieces of an “assembly required” console table, declaring that each and every one of the 17 screwdrivers surrounding him is either broken or in some way incorrect for the task at hand, it’s kind of silly to get pissed.
The preferable option is to sneak some photos and share the tale with the world wide web.
It’s a great way to put any frustrations into some kind of perspective.
And it also helps to share some laughter.
For me? That’s what it’s all about (and also, an emmy-winning half hour on network television, but one thing at a time).
One day, Larry David will realize he’s missing out on pure comedy gold over here and come a-calling.
See why I call her my Muse? I’ve even gone to her recently and asked her to give me ideas for what to do for my 100th blog post. Y’all LOVED your eyecandy, didn’t you?
I’m still cleaning the drool off the post…
Now, go share some love with your followers, and commentators, and take a minute to stop and share some love with mine. I know I’ll be making rounds today.
Winner announced on FRIDAY, June 11, 2010. Just grab my purty little blogparty button at the top of this post or from my sidebar and link up in the McKlinky link below.