Somehow, while I was sharing funny stories and photos of my cherished offspring I got sucked into the swirling vortex of the blogosphere. I've spent hours browsing free blog layouts and debating on whether or not I should pay for something more beautiful and custom. I learned how to embed a link and highlight it. That was a big day. I intermittently spend a fair amount of time trying to keep up with the Blogging Joneses. However, I am not a model citizen of this planet. I've got technical issues.
A blog friend of mine recently created a meme and other blog friends complimented her in her comments. TRUE CONFESSION - I don't know what a meme is.
I comment on SITS roll call almost every day. I browse sites of other roll callers at random and comment on the featured blogger. I think their rules say I am supposed to comment on the post before and after mine or something. TRUE CONFESSION - I don't.
Comments from blog friends are cool. It's a little like chatting with your girlfriends, but no one is paying for cocktails and the kids can still be in the room. I dig that. I like to think I am a good commenter because I am considerate that way. Sadly though I don't know how to keep up with comments left on my page and get back to everyone. I think there's an unwritten rule somewhere that you're supposed to go back and comment on all of your comments. TRUE CONFESSION - that seems a lot like another part time job I can't fit into my schedule.
There are lots of blog writers that feature their current posts through their Twitter page. I follow their tweets on my Twitter account so I can stay current. TRUE CONFESSION - my Twitter account has been idle for weeks because I gave up. TMI at it's pinnacle.
I was awarded twice recently by fellow bloggers. That really is an honor. It means that someone I've never laid eyes on read something I wrote and liked it. Woo hoo! I've gotten a couple of other awards in the past. There are rules attached to the awards that say you're supposed to share the love and pass along those same awards to other bloggers. TRUE CONFESSION - I've never done that. But I will this time. For reals.
Thank you to Amanda and Emmy for the Dragon's Loyalty Award. They both awarded this to me in honor of my loyally following and commenting on their blogs. And with good reason.
Emmy over at Emmy Mom is the sweetest girl and spends an awesome amount of QUALITY time with her kids. I admire so much the time she puts into life with her children and the faith that she shows through her writing. She's the inspiration behind the monthly "Ten Things to Smile About". Her positive vibe never fails to put me in a good mood and make me want to try a little harder.
My friend, Amanda, at Family of Shorts is ridiculously funny and I always enjoy her posts. She's the brains behind "Letters to Someone" and has saved me some cash on therapy, no doubt. She loves her husband and kids and makes the time to be grateful for the little things. If you don't know already, I dig that sort of thing. AND she has a food blog with some crazy good recipes that she makes with her daughter, Rhiannon. I'd make her a Malibu cocktail and have some fun in the kitchen if we lived in the same state!!
So, of course, there are rules for this award!
1) If you have a blog, post it on your blog with a link back to the site who gave it to you.
2) Leave them a comment on their site, email, etc. to let them know.
3) If you don't have a blog but have a website, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other type account, post there with a link back.
4) Pass this on to 3-10 loyal fans.
'kay, here goes and I do mean this. Thank you so much to my bloggy friends who follow me and always stop by to comment even when I don't have anything nice to say. I love reading what you're thinking about what I'm thinking. Seriously. Thank you.
Mimi - Living in France
Georgie - Decisionally Challenged
Rose - Desert Rose Moments
Tyne - The White House
And then Amanda gave me another award. And this one really touched me. The caption with it was so dang sweet. I am not always complimented on my honesty :) Thank you very much, friend.
I am going to pass along the little teacup which is the warm and cozy for those blogs that make you feel like a cup of coffee on a cool night. These blogs make me cozy whether through sweet words or honesty or pure laughter.
I am sure that there are some other rules that I have