I wanted to take a moment, or a few actually, to tell you about bloggers that inspire me. No pretty pics today, just pretty people! I created and hosted the first ever Tattler Thursday Blog Hop yesterday! It was a success! To me anyway! I was thrilled! It took my Facebook likes to over 200(203), my Bloglovin followers went up, my page views hit over 7800, and Twitter followers are up to 133! Yay! These may not be the biggest numbers to some, but 9 people(besides me and my co-hostess) stopped by to hop, and I am stoked!
My co-hostess, Miss Cristyl over at CHill Thoughts , called me her blogging inspiration yesterday. Wow...I am speechless. Me? An inspiration? Are you sure? I am deeply touched, honored, and thank you from the bottom of my lil heart! Muah! Also a big thank you to Miss Cristyl for being a friend, an OLD friend(heehee her birthday was yesterday!), my bestest blogging buddy, and my partner in co-hosting all new ventures! I appreciate and luvya doll! YOU INSPIRE ME! You cloth diaper, raise chickens, and make your own baby food, have 3 kids, for gods sakes woman, I don't even have one little green freckle on either of my thumbs! Gahhh! And you are a beautiful old soul that has been through so very much, and still shines! And you pour it out there in your writing! And likes ME! Inspiration right there people. Beautiful!
So I started to think, what other bloggers inspire me? What keeps me coming back to their blogs and pages, again and again? Honesty. I love to read a good post that touches my heart strings and moves me to tears. A post that takes me along on the author's journey. A post that makes me feel , or experience what that blogger has gone through!
I also love brutally honest blogs! People that rip off all the band aids, and just pour it all out on paper. Real people with real issues sharing with the world. Check out my sidebar; Guest Bloggers!
I love funny mommy blogs. The ones that lay it all out there. The good, the bad, and the messy! Ones that let you know your not alone in this crazy adventure called mommyhood! I love to laugh, and adore other wifeys and mommies that make me crack up with their take on this big 'ol blue and green planet we live on, and the tiny blue and green(and brown)eyed little monsters(blessings) that we live with!
We have all been about the numbers at one point. We all start out about the writing, I think. Some of us may actually start out as number or attention whores from the beginning! I don't know actually. I like to believe the best in everybody, until you cross me, or ignore me. But it is really all about the writing. And being human, sometimes we all forget! Sometimes, there are just no words, or there is no time! Life, GAH! How dare you get in my way! There is writing to write.....
So now it's time to tell you who doesn't inspire me. And I have been waiting for an opportunity to write about these pet peeves of mine for awhile now! I was a hard knock blogger. Meaning that I did not have one bloggy friend in the universe, when I got started. I had to research, discover for myself by trial and error, and look longingly at others blogs for things I liked and wanted to emulate on my lil bloggity blog. I did not have a blogging big sis or fairy bloggie godmother, so to speak to guide me through the blogosphere. I had to discover and sort through the facebook buttons, the twitter buttons, the linking and unlinking your blog and FB to twitter, the pages, the pictures, the, the, the all of it out by my lonesome. I had to discover setting up my blog one step at a time. I finally bought a gianormous book, Blogging for Dummies, which helped on a couple of things, but was no end all be all of things I wanted to know.
I finally figured out Hops, and commenting on pages and blogs you like to get a return follow or like, I figured out copy and paste, I figured out wallpapers, and the mother of all beasties to figure out, the best kept secret in the bloggy universe when your new, how to create a button! That one took me forever! But I finally figured it out!
So I am going to share with you an ugly little story about another wicked step sister blogger, who will remain unnamed. Because I am not like her. I was dying to know how to make my own button, I had the perfect picture, finally, and just needed a resource to direct me to a tutorial or something. One day I saw the wicked stepsister put out a public FB shout for a button swap. I really, really wanted to do this so very badly! I commented on her FB message that I would love to, but could she help/direct me to where I could make a button? She not only did not answer me, help me, or send me elsewhere, but she committed the cardinal sin of all for one, one for all blogging sisterhood, the faux pas of all time, she deleted my message and ignored me! I was previously in awe of said blogger, and her big beautiful girl pride, and beautiful sailor themed blog. No more. It made me feel small, sad that a sister blogger wouldn't want to help me, a new fish in a big pond, out, and the rude, better than thou attitude of just deleting my obviously embarrassing to her message. Geez. I was bummed. But like my resilient self, I was pissed! I was going to figure it out Dam%#$, I was! So all on my own, I, through trial and error, finally figured it out! Just in the last couple of weeks, I noticed she sent out a similar button exchange request, and giggled to myself, cause my lil bloggy blog is the size of hers now! TeeHee! I am sure she won't think this post is about her, because I am not important enough for her to read! And if she does, I don't care!
That's the kind of blogger I never want to be. The NoWannaBe like her blogger. Thinking that I am better, and 'more popular' than anyone else, too busy or above helping anyone out! I will help anyone out who asks! Just ask all the bloggers that have asked for my help, and buttons I have made for them! I am all about helping anyone out with anything. When I do a button swap, I will never put a restriction on only 'similar size' blogs need apply! Ridiculous! All important! This is not a contest or job interview, I do this because I love to write, make people laugh, share, have fun and meet new people! I am a stay at home mommy, I do this to hear myself think/write. To stay sane some days!Aggravates the crap outta me! Holier than thou my foot! I don't need shallow, self-important people in my lil bloggy world! I have had enough of those in real life, no more please!
As my fellow blogging buddy Miss Sarah, over at The Sadder But Wiser Girl told me, "We're all in this together!" She has offered me her help and advice on numerous occasions, and also has watched out for me when blogger was screwing up my posts, and had my back! She is the kind of blogger I want to be like! And Miss Morgan over at The Inklings of Life , she kindly answered a question or two, when I asked, when she has kids, a hubbie, an etsy store, a blog, a photo challenge, and a million other things going on! I want to be like her, a kind heart who makes time for the little gals! And even to listen to a complete stranger pour her heart out! I also want to be like Miss Joy over at ComfyTown Chronicles , who is my pimp buddy! We pimp each other out on short notice all the time, with a "Sure Kid!" I also want to be like the excited bloggers that write a post around my blog hop theme, Tattler Thursday, like Miss Ali over at High Heels and Coffee ! I also want to stay honest in following all the hosts and co-hosts when I sign up for a blog hop, comment when I am moved by a post, and help out all of my fellow bloggers when asked or needed! I want to be one of the kind of bloggers that scratches anothers back, helps a girl out, or that everyone just plain adores! Wink! Except for the NoWannaBe, I don't give a hoot if she ever adores me!
So if you have questions, ask! Most of the bloggy universe will take the time to help you out! If you happen to get a NoWannaBe, just ignore them and move on! Unfortunately they are out there, no matter how sweetly they smile in their blog profile pics! Pretty is as pretty does! Everyone blogs for their own reasons, best I can do is fill my lil corner of the blogosphere with lovely ladies that do and do alike! SO to all my lovelies, and faithful snappers, I love you! You are my inspiration!