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I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately. And not in a ‘I’m thinking about writing a blog post later.’ kind of way. More in a ‘Why on earth do I do this, and what’s it all about?’ kind of a way.

I started blogging in 2000. I was a junior in college, just 21 years old. Back then, ‘blog’ was almost a 4-letter word. Those of us who had these online journal-type-things would only talk about them in Real Life using hushed tones, so as not to freak out our families and friends who just wouldn’t ‘get it’. We were GEEKS, dude. Total computer nerds.

One marriage, 2 houses, 3 jobs, 2 careers, and 1 kid later… and the day I started my blog pretty much feels like a lifetime ago.

But I’m still blogging. Sometimes I can’t BELIEVE I’m still blogging.

Things are certainly different now in the blogosphere. There’s a conference every other week it seems, bringing bloggers together for all sorts of reasons- food blogging, mommy-blogging, business blogging, you name it. It’s no longer a Secret Thing We Only Do In The Dark Of Night By The Glow Of Our Computer Screens With Dorito Crumbs On Our Keyboard. It’s accepted and celebrated. FINALLY I DON’T HAVE TO BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT MY BLOG!

(My family is VERY happy about this, I assure you. HA.)

(And there still might be Dorito crumbs on the keyboard sometimes. Full disclosure, and all that.)

Because I’ve been blogging for so long, I’ve been able to watch the changes first-hand. It’s been… interesting. At times, it’s been sad and frustrating, because there have been some not-so-nice things that have come about in our little community (I’m lookin’ at you, BlogHer Swag Gate 2009) And other times, it’s inspiring and uplifting and amazing to watch, as near-strangers come together to support a fellow blogger.

The blogosphere is never dull.

Jen over at Playgroups are No Place for Children wrote a post a few weeks ago about blogging. She compared blogs to a window into our lives. And that’s exactly what it is, isn’t it? We open our lives- at least a little bit- to the public and let them see Our Stuff. Whether it’s pictures or stories or our opinions or our messy houses or whatever, we put it out there. And in the age of Google, once it’s out there… IT’S OUT THERE.

Beyond that analogy, the main point of her post was about the current state of the blogging community. Self-promotion, Big Name Bloggers, stats tracking, comment totals, feed subscribers, Twitter followers. And then the Big One: Comparing our writing with That Other Really Hilarious/Insightful/Well-Spoken Blogger With The Shiny Hair. She speculated about whether or not anyone would even notice if she closed up shop and left the Blogosphere (um, yeah. I’D NOTICE. Please don’t go!!) How she’s frustrated with the fact that she doesn’t write the way she wants to, how there seems to be a ‘right’ way to do this blogging thing (and also Twitter) and it can be overwhelming to keep up with it.

But the one thing that really struck me about her post was the mention of her Feedburner subscriber count. Over 1000. And how by keeping that number posted on her sidebar, that shows that she’s ‘somebody’! She’s Made It! And she clings to that, even though she feels like a Blogging Failure.

I found this fascinating because that’s EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT when I saw that number. Wow. 1000! She’s way too popular for me, she’ll NEVER want to be Bloggie-Friends with me! I only have like 200 subscribers! And she has way more Twitter followers than I do too. Oh gosh, I’m such a Blogging Loser. I SHOULD JUST QUIT.

And I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years.

I hate that I feel that way sometimes.

I tend to disappear and neglect my blog on a regular basis. I don’t self-promote very much. I’m HORRIBLE about leaving comments on the blogs I read. And I’m also pretty sucky about replying to comments on my own blog (but I read and cherish each and every one of them *mwah*) However, I love my little Blog Circle of Friends I’ve gathered. Sure, I don’t get invited to fancy parties by Company ABC and I have never- not even once- received a PR email from a company asking me to review a product. If I get 10 comments on a post, I am OVER THE MOON about it. And mostly, I’ve accepted the fact that most people in the blogosphere have no idea who I am. Next year at BlogHer (I’M REGISTERED!!! ARE YOU??) I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel like I made a huge mistake, at least for the first 5 minutes.

All of that is okay. I love blogging and I love the way in which I choose to blog. It’s not the Main Thing in my life, and I don’t make a ton of money from the ads on my sidebar. I love that I can come to this space and mind-dump and you all will chat with me, provide advice when needed, laugh along with me at the goofy stuff my kid does, and celebrate exciting things in my life.

But sometimes, I get jealous. I envy those who are Blog Famous. Some days, I wish I had the talent & energy to do it like They do. And then, after reading Jen’s post, I realize: maybe those same bloggers who I’m sitting here turning green over FEEL THE SAME WAY? At least sometimes?

(It’s a lot like high school. You know what I’m talking about- that group of kids that everyone says they hate but really everyone is secretly in awe of them because they’re just So Cool and Put-Together and they seem to know some magical secret about being popular? And then later, now that we’re all grown ups, we learn that those same Popular Kids who we all thought were GODS and GODDESSES of High School had the same insecurities as everyone else. They stressed over zits. They said something dorky. They felt like they had no friends. It’s tough to remember that: WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE.)

But I keep going. I just open up my WordPress every couple of days and write. Sometimes I plan what I want to write, and other times I just wait and see what comes out. Sometimes it’s awesome. Usually it’s just okay. But I thank you all for reading along with me.

Even if I’m not as Blog Famous as That Blogger. Or That One. Or That One Over There.

43 Comments

  1. You are A Really Big Deal in my eyes. For reals. Mostly you have that status because I know that you are all around a good person, and because you most certainly do yo’ thang for all the right reasons. It helps that you are hawt and willing to be seen in public with me. Sort of.
    .-= Burgh Baby’s last blog post: A Gold Hoop Would be Lovely =-.

    Sep 28 10:55 pm


  2. You are more Blog Famous than almost everybody I read! In fact, I rarely find “new” blogs to read these days because they are too popular. I see 1000 and head for the hills – chances are, I would never read a blog like that. So instead, I am grateful for the ones I KNOW. Because they have become important people to me. :)
    .-= Laura’s last blog post: new windows =-.

    Sep 28 10:59 pm


  3. When a blogger who isn’t obviously a wallflower anyway starts a blog I’m totally suspicious and resentful. Like, why does THAT person want to blog? They must just be in it for the (popularity, money, connections, fame) and that makes me feel gross.

    And then I wonder “Hey, maybe people don’t think of YOU as a wallflower, so stop judging, Judgy McJudgerson, or you’re going to eat those words.”

    There is no success in blogging. Blogging isn’t the kind of thing that you succeed or fail at. There is success in earning money, in making and keeping friends, in becoming famous, in achieving community. But blogging? Blogging is just a thing people do. They succeed or fail at other things.

    Sep 28 11:05 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      It is hard sometimes to keep it all in perspective. Like- DUDE. It’s JUST a blog.

      I think girls are much worse at this… it starts in elementary school and never ends. The constant need to compare ourselves to each other, even in BLOGGING.

      Girls are weird. Girl bloggers? Even weirder.

      Sep 29 8:53 am


  4. Good post, hey. And I mean that in a honest GOOD POST kinda way (not in ‘I’m writing a comment quick need something to say’ kinda way). Sometimes it’s almost too easy to compare ourselves to other bloggers, and we always set our sights on the more successful ones with the prettier hair and nicer blog design. But really? I think we all really should blog for ourselves (and not our readers, or comments, or feedburner stats), and sometimes it’s easy to forget that on your blog? You’re the star, you’re the one that matters. :)
    .-= Elly’s last blog post: Another day . . . =-.

    Sep 28 11:07 pm


  5. This is my first visit to your site and I’m so glad I clicked over from Twitter. I too feel like I am in high school some days, but I am also so grateful for the wonderful people that I have met through blogging. And I’m beginning to think that no matter how successful your blog becomes, or how many trips you get invited to etc…that you will always find someone to compare yourself to (in a negative way). It’s the whole “someone is always pretty or richer” thing. Anyway…I have nothing profound to say – just wanted to let you know that I can relate. :-)

    Sep 28 11:12 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      You are totally right- there is ALWAYS someone who (apparently) does it better or different or cooler. So I try to ignore all that and just WRITE. Most of the time it works ;)

      Sep 29 8:55 am


  6. Crystal
    @kidthingsnet

    I’ve been around as long as you have, you’ve just been a lot more consistant. That said, since I start over so frequently, if I receive 1 comment per post I’m jumping up and down. Unfortunately, though, I am addicted to my stats. As long as I have a few people reading, at least, that’s really all I care about for now. As far Big Name Bloggers go, there seems to be a lot of hassle that goes along with that. The grass is always greener, you know?
    .-= Crystal’s last blog post: Weekend Winners Vol. 8: Car Show Edition =-.

    Sep 28 11:44 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      One of my fellow Old Time Bloggers! ;) I remember when you were anonymous for all those years… before either of us had kids… takes me back!

      Sep 29 8:56 am


  7. Who are you kidding, lady? Your blog is Super Cool. You are funny and easy to relate to, AND you have shiny hair – I’ve seen it in person. :P You are one of those people that it’s HARD to envy because everyone totally wants to hang out with you IRL!

    For the most part, I prefer the blogs of the people who DON’T have eleventy million subscribers, because it feels more… personal… sort of like being in a college class of 20 students versus a class of 300. It’s easier to sneak out of a class where you know your presence won’t be missed, whereas it’s easier to make meaningful friendships when you aren’t just commenter #48259.

    As for me, I don’t envy those who are Big Time Famous. They DO get to take cool trips and try free stuff and meet other amazing people, but I’m ok with that, because I know they appreciate it much more than I would. I could not handle the expectations and pressure of being Blog Famous (nor do I have good enough hair). Also, I am still terrified at the thought of my family or neighbors finding my blog! lol. So I am content with my small little space and my awesome Not-Famous Friends. Which does NOT include you, because you are my awesome Famous Friend! :)
    .-= Melissa’s last blog post: what I’ve been doing instead of blogging =-.

    Sep 28 11:58 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      It took me YEARS to be comfortable with my family and real-life friends knowing about my blog. Like I said- it often felt like something I should only talk about in the Dark Of Night. LOL I think having Maggie featured on here helps with that, because they’re coming to read about her and not my weird ramblings (right? RIGHT??!) Plus I can totally explain it away that blogging led to my success with my web design business. If I had never started a blog/website back in college, I never would be making a living doing what I love. So it makes it a little bit easier to explain to people who don’t quite get the blogging thing.

      I only envy the Blog Famous People when they get to go on the big trips. I have a travel itch, I guess ;) But I would MUCH rather have my good friends from my blog than a billion free trips. *hugs*

      Sep 29 8:59 am


  8. Dude, my feedburner number is probably, like, 2. So yeah, I get where you’re coming from. It bums me out sometimes, but I try to just keep plugging on.
    .-= Alicia’s last blog post: If you give a mouse a cookie =-.

    Sep 29 12:04 am


  9. Great post.

    I also sometimes wish I could be Blog Famous. But then I worry about upsetting people and such…because the wider your audience gets, I find more people tend to get offended and then send mean e-mails. And mean e-mails make me cry. So maybe I’m glad I’m not Blog Famous..
    .-= Amber’s last blog post: Silence! =-.

    Sep 29 12:24 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      You are right about that! In all my years of blogging, I’ve only had 1 or 2 comment trolls. And when it happened, I had a whole posse of my readers attack them back :) It was fabulous! Not dealing with Hate Mail on a daily basis is definitely a nice thing.

      Sep 29 9:01 am


  10. Very cool post, lady! :)
    Most days I swear I get this blogging thing wrong and I’m a total newb. I get creeped out when someone I don’t know IRL reads my stuff (and checks back every 90 minutes, every day, wtf who ARE you creepy reader stalker?) because I’m so afraid I said the wrong thing.
    Maybe I’ll never figure it out but until I do, I’ll just follow chicks like you, @Burghbaby and @AllisonB because you’re awesome and I could only hope to write like that you do. And ya know, you’re kids are pretty awesome, too. :)
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post: Brakes =-.

    Sep 29 3:22 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      I think that’s another way that the blogging world has changed. When I first started blogging, my ONLY visitors were people I didn’t know. And that’s the way I WANTED IT. That’s the way it was for everyone, I think. Having someone you knew in real life visit was the creepy part. Now it’s the opposite, it seems.

      and aw *blush* on all the awesomeness talk :)

      Sep 29 9:02 am


  11. Becca
    @beccasanborn

    I agree Jen! I remember those good old days before blogger when we hand coded entries… I remember back when you were in college and there was no Maggie…I think when blogger first came out I actually got to claim the title of the youngest blogger. I would have been 13 at the time and now I’m 24. THAT is crazy…

    I am amazed at what people get paid to do today with blogging. Advertisers realized that mom blogs are well read because other mom’s find them comforting and good reads… same with product reviews.

    Keep doing your own thing and don’t worry about who reads it.. heck, I have like eight subscribers and that’s more than I expect.
    .-= Becca’s last blog post: Corny: TB free is the way to be! =-.

    Sep 29 6:09 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      dude YOU are an older blogger than me! LOL That’s impressive! Yeah I was an early adopter of Blogger, when you had to host it on your own server and it would FTP the files to your site for you… what a clunky process! A long way from the ease of WordPress, that’s for sure.

      The payment thing boggles my mind too. I can’t imagine the amount of time some of these blogger put in… I wouldn’t have time for anything else in life! Then what would I even BLOG about? ha I figure you have to step away from the computer now & then in order to have something interesting to say, right?

      Sep 29 9:04 am


  12. I know that feeling, and was just thinking it this morning. In fact, the line of reasoning in my head was more like, “if an anonymous blogger quits, will anyone even notice?” Me being the anon, of course. But in the end I realized that I blog because I enjoy it. Sure, fame and fortune would be great, or even 1000 subscribers, but apparently that’s not for me.

    I love your blog. I just suck at the commenty thing, too. Sorry.
    .-= Karen’s last blog post: The Big Gynie Visit, DONE. Don’t Worry, It’s Safe to Read at Work. =-.

    Sep 29 8:27 am


  13. red pen mama
    @redpenmamapgh

    If you get too caught up in the stats, etc. of blogging, it’s easy to forget why you started doing it. For me, it’s just a way to get thoughts out of my head. I don’t run ads, I barely have 100 readers on a daily basis, I have no idea if people subscribe to me or not. But I’ve met some great people getting involved in the larger community, and I’ve made new friends, and gotten involved in very cool things that make a difference. I’m pretty content with my lot. My husband makes fun of me when I tell him we’re going to a Twitter party or I’m going out with the Burgh Moms. But, heck, he is proud of my blog and refers people to it all the time.

    I’m glad you’ve kept it up, and I get to check in over here. I feel that way about all the blogs I read. I’m a poor commenter, too — but I’m trying to get better!

    Keep it up, and have fun,
    ciao,
    rpm
    .-= red pen mama’s last blog post: Weekend Score: Girls, 2; Sleep, 0 =-.

    Sep 29 8:32 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      Dan makes fun of me too, but he’s also said he’s glad I’m documenting the things that Maggie does- it’s like a 21st century baby book! :) So I know he really thinks it’s awesome… he just HAS to pick on me about something!

      And he’s on Twitter now so he can’t tease me about that anymore! LOL

      Sep 29 9:06 am


  14. I sometimes envy those Fabulous Famous I Have 10,000 Subscribers Bloggers as well… but then again, as Melissa stated it, I love having my little circle of blogs I always come to. The ones I have been reading for years which makes them famous in their own unique way. Like your blog and Melissa’s. Melissa was the first blog I started reading and then there was you. Even though I don’t comment on a regular basis, I have been with you ever since you first worked at your cancer research job (I just noticed I know more about you than I know about my real life friends), went into full-time webdesigning, had Maggie…. I love reading about your life and looking at your pictures (btw, you are totally my inspiration for buying that I-live-the-American-dream dream house one day).
    .-= Stefanie’s last blog post: That’s why babies are way at the bottom of my To-Do list. =-.

    Sep 29 10:41 am


  15. sparkyd

    I read your blog all the time (and look at you flickr pictures, and follow you on twitter) but I don’t subscribe as part of a “feed”. I just type in your url. So you have at least 201 readers! Seriously, I really enjoy your blog. You are very real, you write extremely well, you are funny (a must for me), and your daughter is adorable and close in age to my elder son. Love it!

    Oh, and I don’t know what you are talking about when you say you don’t respond to comments people make – I’ve always been surprised at how often you DO comment back!

    Sep 29 12:16 pm


  16. I agree sometimes you wonder, why do I bother with this blog thing? Personally, I do it for my Grandma! She’s a loyal LOYAL reader and it actually has brought me a lot closer to her. So, if only for Grandma!
    .-= the ambitious mrs’s last blog post: Status =-.

    Sep 29 1:29 pm


  17. It’s so silly, isn’t it, that we allow our blogs to make us feel anything but proud? I hate that for me, I’ve allowed arbitrary numbers (subscribers, commenters, followers….) to dictate how I should feel about myself. It is exactly like high school, as you said!

    There is not any number that would actually make me happy with my blog. If comparing my stats to others, there will always be someone who has more…

    The post I wrote really helped me to realize what I want out of blogging. I want a circle of friends, people I can relate to, share with, understand, get together with. Of course, I still haven’t taken down that damn number…baby steps?

    Great post!

    Sep 29 1:29 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      It is silly. You’d think once we got out of high school, things would change. But it never does! GAH!

      It does help to refocus from time to time, to remember it’s not about the stats or the Twitter followers or the ads in the sidebar. It’s about the people, yo ;)

      Sep 29 2:32 pm


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  19. Hi! I clicked over from Twitter. I really enjoyed this post. I’m new to the blogosphere. I started a blog almost a year ago. I don’t do it for the money or the fame (although I must admit I feel great when people read it). I just started my little blog as a way to express my creativity. I’m not really a blogger, I’m a doctor. And there’s not a whole lot of ways to express creativity in medicine so I blog (at least I try to when I have time which is not often). Thanks for the very interesting post – I’m glad I found it.

    Sep 29 1:55 pm


  20. Hey, I found you through Playgroupie’s tweet, and just wanted to say i love this post! My sentiments exactly! It’s nice to hear that other people feel the same way.
    .-= rimarama’s last blog post: Yo-Yo (Ra)ma* =-.

    Sep 29 2:20 pm


  21. Mel
    @overdramaticmel

    my feeder subscriber count is nearly 30! woot!

    I’m currently registered for BlogHer. I keep going back and forth about actually going though. I may have to attend another conference for school/work in May in Orlando so I’m not going to cry TOO bad if I miss it, but….I bet I’d have a HELL of a lot more fun in NYC away from colleagues! Lol…

    Blog Her is going to rock….Forget it. I’m going! My ticket was cheap as heck as a student!

    Sep 29 3:33 pm


  22. Candace
    @girlhaq

    Love this post! It’s very insightful and spot on. I’ve never had a popular blog and I’ve been blogging since back in the day (I’ve been following your blog for years since you were at muted.com and also Crystal’s back when we were on LJ). I’m one of those wall flowers that doesn’t and never has had very many visitors. I haven’t looked at my stats since I had the domain dork.nu back in like 1998? I write to document my life and my child’s life. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to go searching through my archives for a specific date that something happened. I’ve “met” some amazing women/men through this medium and I love it!

    And honestly.. I don’t even know how to tell if anyone subscribes to my blog. Haha. Believe it or not, I kinda like it that way!
    .-= Candace’s last blog post: On what it feels like to miss being a Mother =-.

    Sep 29 5:22 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      oh my GOSH! I remember dork.nu! crazy… LOL

      And yes, being in the dark about blog stats is definitely NOT a bad thing. One less thing to obsess over ;)

      Sep 29 10:00 pm


  23. I’ve been blogging for three years now. I joined BlogHer and I entertained the idea of promoting myself, but really I’m fine with my 50 hits/day. Of course, who wouldn’t want “success” with their blog, but if your goal is the quality of writing, then success is just gravy. My blog IS my kids’ baby book, so my goal is always focused on that. When I start thinking about promotion and stats the blog stops being fun and more a source of pressure. Ugh – who needs that????
    .-= Phaedra’s last blog post: Because when your mother is not listening to you, switching to Doraspeak might be more effective =-.

    Sep 29 11:18 pm


  24. Amanda
    @shameleslysassy

    My first 6 years of blogging were done so on a private livejournal and/or diaryland (oh yes I DID) account because I was so ashamed of it. I look back at it now, and I’m like–why? Who did I really think was going to read it and discover my deepest darkest secrets? Which were really nothing, in retrospect. Oh! And someone that wasn’t me recently outed my blog to my mom. Life is good.

    Anyway, enough about that, I’m still ridiculously excited for BlogHer ’10, which is now just a booming 10 months away.
    .-= Amanda’s last blog post: Heat Stroke: I may be raising a jerk and other nonsense =-.

    Sep 30 1:40 am


  25. Caity
    @caitysparkles

    Very well said. I think that’s what blogging really should be about. That’s how it is for me, too. I tend to blog a bit more because it has become a hobby for me, but it’s definitely not the first priority in my life even if it is one of my favorite things to do.
    .-= Caity’s last blog post: Focusing on the positives. =-.

    Sep 30 6:38 am


  26. megan

    My own blogs totally never last because I get depressed about the same things :D There’s a big difference between writing for yourself and writing for your audience/advertising dollars/because it pays your mortgage.

    Jen, I’ve only commented a few times, but I’ve been reading your blog pretty much since you started. You are totally a Big Name Blogger in my eyes. After all, your previous domain was pretty famous back in the day :D

    I think you’ve managed to gather a decent-sized collection of fiercely loyal readers, and that’s no small feat. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been visiting your site for nine years, or punching the air yelling I KNEW IT! when you announced you were pregnant with Maggie.

    Just keep doing what you’re doing. It works.

    Sep 30 7:45 am


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      You know, I never thought about the loyal audience aspect, you’re right- a LOT of my readers are long-timers (GAWD, I can’t believe you guys have stuck around for all these years!! LOL)

      And I love the mental image of you at your computer, punching the air over my pregnancy announcement :) Makes me smile!

      Sep 30 9:46 am


  27. hey jen? I’m pretty sure you’re blogfamous. i feel blog envy too because i had started blogging around the same as you did and my site was getting enormous amounts of traffic (thanks to the Horoscope dolls! lol)… but after i got married, i just couldn’t bring myself to blog very much… i felt like i was betraying Dan if I wrote anything good or bad about us on the blog at that point… i definitely had lots of things to say, but just couldn’t bring myself to put it OUT THERE.

    then after i got all cozied in with marriage in my new home, i tried again… and i think it was going ok until i got pregnant and/or learned that people could get fired from blogs (ie: Dooce).

    i tried again this year and i can’t keep up with it… seriously! there are tons things i’d love to share and vent about or rave about and just can’t because i’m so much more concious about how easily it is to find info about a person now than it was before… i don’t WANT my blog to be recognized so I don’t get in trouble from work or found by friends that never knew i blogged… its so WEIRD now, it’s like i’m all adult about it – even though if you were to blog now is the time for sure… (I totally remember whispering about my blog in public to my friends “who knew”…)

    the other thing i worry about is how many pictures i post of my kid… i have some on flickr, a handful on my blog, and maybe a couple of albums on FB. who knows what can be done with images these days… I’m all paranoid about the internet all of a sudden and have beefed up security on all of my social media.

    WHY?? CRY! I don’t know!

    But I do totally have blog envy too because I often wonder if I had kept with it how well i’d be doing right now… i’ll never know… ya know?

    anyway, in my books, you are totally blogfamous as I’ve said at the top… 38 comments on one post? WHEW. that’s success :)

    Sep 30 2:19 pm


    • Jen
      @jayesel

      OMG I REMEMBER THE HOROSCOPE DOLLS. lol!!!!

      I struggled a bit at first with involving Maggie in my blog… I decided that I’m okay with posting pictures of her on here, but I keep all ‘people’ pictures on Flickr friends & family only (there seem to be WAY MORE freaks trolling Flickr for their jollies than blogs these days…) But I totally don’t blame anyone for being iffy about their kids & blogs- it’s all about your own comfort level, obviously.

      And the 38 comments here? Half are from me. HA! I LOVE MYSELF.

      Sep 30 2:23 pm


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  29. I came to you via My Messy Paradise (her top ten Thursday list) – you, my fellow blogger, are the real deal – and I’ll be coming here. As for the other “famous” bloggers….they do their thing – some are awesome – others aren’t as good as they used to be..

    Also, I need to drink coffee before I leave comments because this isn’t making any sense.

    YOu’re a good writer!
    .-= Sharon’s last blog post: Things I Do To Annoy My Husband =-.

    Oct 1 9:15 am


  30. I also found your blog through My Messy Paradise. I’ve been on a kick to find ‘new’ blogs lately because it feels a bit as if I’ve read through everything on the internet some days. It’s a little difficult to break out of your normal circles and discover new {quality} reads, isn’t it?

    Most days, I feel exactly the same as you have so eloquently expressed here.
    .-= Michelle’s last blog post: Fingers Crossed. =-.

    Oct 1 10:18 am