Monday, August 22, 2011

My Bloggie Besties

Today is Birthday #2 for Destination: Unknown. As I celebrate throughout the week, I want to remind you to visit the post right before this one, and enter to win a weekend in Florida!

As I was trying to think about what to actually write about today - I thought about my bloggie "besties" ~ The people who make a point to visit and share their thoughts with me. People who have been on this little roller coaster of a ride. Some have come and gone, and those folks I miss... but for those of you who have hung on and shared your experiences with me - I am most grateful.

I got to thinking about what these blogs sort of feel like sometimes - it's like having your very own little talk show. I pose a topic, and then let the conversation begin. We have "regulars" and some who make a one-time appearance. Though I do not typically reply to comments, I do read every single one of them and take them into consideration. If you take the time to email me, I always make a point to respond.

With that being said, I want to introduce you to my regulars. These are bloggers who make an appearance daily, if not at least once a week.

They are my "network" - if you are new to blogging (it's a network.) I met these people either through blog hops like -  Lady Blogger's Tea Party or the Red Dress Weekend Link up or Java's Meet Me on Monday.  Or maybe they just happened upon my blog, or maybe someone else wrote about me and linked me. :-) Whatever the case, these people are my biggest supporters.

I think at the end of the day, I would probably meet these people for coffee. ;-)

I'm going in alphabetical order:

Bossy Betty - Betty is AWESOME. She is kind of like the "cool aunt" I never had. ;-) She has a MASSIVE following and always, ALWAYS takes the time to stop by. I love her photography, her concise approach to advice, and just getting little sneak peeks into her life. I am not sure where she is from, but she seems to have a pretty good life!

Cassagram - Cassandra is one of the first blogs I really started corresponding on. I think of Cassandra as that really cool little sister - she just graduated from college in NYC and is now working as a nanny in Europe - why? Because she can. She is the neatest person I have ever me - yes met, she and I met for lunch one day in Birmingham as she was traveling across the US!

Dizzy C -  Dizzy is my favorite book maven across the big pond. I adore her and her kind comments. She and I have been following one another for a while now, and she always takes a moment to pop by and say hi! I love her LOVE of books - clearly she and I would have fabulous conversations about various writers.

High Heeled Life -  This is one AMAZING woman. She has gone through tragedy - only to come out on the other side and be sooo positive and she shares her enthusiasm with me! I love getting comments from her, and know she is a warrior (in heels!)

Yenta Mary  - OMG - can this girl COOK! And develop amazing recipes. Not to mention, she tells it like it is! Probably the nicest person I have "encountered" from Michigan. I love her ability to be open-minded and just be super supportive. I have a feeling she would be the type of friend to tell me like it is, and I would love her for it!

Foxy Pink Cheetah -  Here's the interesting thing about Foxy - she and I have similar blogging styles, in the sense we read everyone, but don't always comment. But I always knows she is reading by the fact she is always up to date with what is going on in my life (as I am with hers!) She is a Utah native who I got the privilege to watch go from Super Mormon - to on a quest for the truth (as she puts it.) Fascinating blogger, amazing writer and I am totally devoted to reading her blog!

Leanne - Do I even need to say it? Leanne is my number one BFF in the blog world. ahhahaaaa.. We laugh about it, because she has sincerely become an excellent friend (as well as her sister.) She sent me an amazing package for my birthday, she and I have chatted by phone - all in all, amazing supporter. She is an incredible writer as well as human being! God Bless Leanne!

Laura - Laura is actually a friend of mine in Birmingham, who happens to love photography and blogging as much as I do! (Except she is waaaaay better at it.) I adore Laura and consider her to be one of my biggest cheer leaders in real life!

Mitzi - Mitzi is a Louisiana woman and usually pops by at least once a week or so. She always provides a little encouragement as well as advice.

Leslie - Leslie is my favorite American living in Mexico! I love how she blogs about her life living as an ex-Pat and raising children in a completely new culture. She is truly a sweetheart!

Ruth - Ruth, sweet Ruth. She always has a wonderful word for me, and I love her visits. (Though I can't seem to comment on her blog - I PROMISE I do read them!)

My Inner Chick -  Another great commenter! I always appreciate your comments, and I love your blog!

Cristina - Cristina is a "real " writer, in the traditional sense of the word. I "met" her through a writing group her on the net. She is always full of great insight, and I HIGHLY recommend you go check her out.

Doris - Oh Doris, she just feels like someone I have known my whole life!

Renee - Renee is another one that makes an appearance from time to time! Check out her blog!

Sharlene - Sharlene is another fabulous blogger who makes an appearance from time to time. Unfortunately she is another one - that I can't comment on for some reason - but love her blogs!

Ruby - Sweet Ruby - I have followed Ruby from brighter days to struggling days and everything else in between. She lives in California and tries her best to live the life she used to have on a very tight budget. She is a wonderful person, and GREAT writer.

Peggy - Peggy is that voice of reason God knew I needed! What a wonderful spirit she has(and trust me, she has recently battled some wars) and she just exudes confidence (through her writing!)

Style Maniac -  The Style Maniac is the sassiest blogger this side of the Mississippi. (Or maybe the other side, I have no idea!) She always has fabulous comments .. because she.. is... well.. fabulous!

Laura - Another Laura, and a fabulous one at that. Laura is Leanne's Sister and is just as wonderful as Leanne. I adore my emails from Laura - while she is kind and honest, she is also sharp!

The Bipolar Diva - How refreshing to have someone in your "blog life" like the Diva. She and I have become "FB" friends and she is amazing. Candid, brash, and fabulous - just the way I like them! Adore her - check out her blog!! She lives an amazing roller-coaster of a life.

Cheeseboy - I actually "met" the Cheeseboy through Diva, and he has also become a good little FB friend. He is freakin' hilarious and an amazing writer. He always leaves fabulous comments! He has a massive following and is truly entertaining. I have a feeling, we will be hearing more of him on a bigger platform one day.

Carol -  Carol "the Gardener" is an amazing "blog friend." She and I have emailed quite extensively in the past, and she is just a really cool person. She doesn't live too far away - down near Pensacola. Awesome person!

Heather - Heather is actually my sister. Yep - if you head over to her blog, you will learn even MORE about our lives. She always acts as an honest mirror to what's up in my life. ;-)

Tamie Marie - Tamie Marie makes a point to drop by from time to time. I just wanted to give her a little shout out!

Ms Blase' - This is one blogger I have about 5 million things in common with. Even the most rare things! She is an amazing writer, and I always read her blog - BUT - I can't seem to comment on it any more. I hope she sees - I am READING!

TV -  TV is wonderful. She is smart, she says it like it is, and she apparently has the most beautiful child! To this day, I am just dying to know what TV (initals) stand for. It's her name.. I assume.. but regardless, she is a wonderful "advice" commenter.

Leslie - Amazing creative - and just a super nice person! She is sort of part of the Leanne triangle of peeps (Think Yenta Mary, Leanne, Laura, Leslie, Peggy, Betty... etc.) Love those ladies!

There are sooooo many more... but these were the few I could grab quickly. You see how LONG that list is?? That's how supportive this little blogging community can be. I don't put buttons on my blog anymore.. so this is my little "shout out" to the girls (and GUY.) A few others used to be regulars - not sure what happened to them, but I welcome them back with open arms.

In other words - TWO YEARS LATER- without these people, I may not have any inspiration to come on here and write. You guys inspire me. You motivate me. You are my virtual "cheering" corner.

Please take a moment and click on their names. These are super, loyal readers and in turn - I follow them.

PS - I got you guys something - ;-) -

PS - I have a song for you. :-)


Doris said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I call the pink cookie.... :-)

And, girl...Kirk Franklin is DA BOMB! And the worship leader from my church is in that video! :-)

I'm smilin'!

Anonymous said...

Sweetie you are just so sweet to include me in this list! You actually made me smile. I know I don't pop over here as often as I used to, have a lot I'm dealing with these days. Hence my FB and blog page went bye bye. It is a long story. A painful one to say the least. Today's post on M&M kind of hits it. No wait, the last several posts have hit it. Anyways, I do love you so much and thank you for mentioning me here! (((HUGS)))~Mitzi

scrapwordsmom said...

This was really super sweet and you made my day!!! Thank you, Nicole!!!:)

Leanne said...

Awe, you ROCK! And, you know what? You ARE my Blog BFF! I think I will get a charm made up that we both have to wear . . . do you prefer silver or gold? ;)

Thanks so much for the shout out and the cookies. Can I have one of each? (I like them ALL so much . . . and it's so fitting since I have moved on to the "COOKIE STAGE". Have you moved on yet? Let me know . . . )


Erin said...

Dude, you just made my day. And I had no idea you could read me so well! I spend so much time blog stalking that I really have to pick and choose which ones I comment on...and well, sometimes I just get lazy about it. I love reading your blog, though. And I really think we would make great neighbors :) You rock. I honestly read your blog every time you post :)

The Bipolar Diva said...

Oh! I feel so special!! I love you too! And it looks like you have some amazing friends I'm going to have to visit!

SharleneT said...

Thanks for including me. Can you not comment because of some Blogger snafu or the content? There are some blogs I visit that I simply can't comment on, either, because something is screwy in the connection. Glad you read, though. Happy Bloggerversary!!

Laura said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Ok, I know I am sending this greating late, but Leanne said, "Oh, you've got to read Nicole's blog." Anyway, here's to 20 and 40 and maybe even 60 more years of blogging!!!!

Dizzy C said...

You made my day!
Thank you.

You and your blog have come to mean a lot to me over the last year.

I am off to check out some of those other blogs mentioned



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