One of the perks of blogging is meeting other bloggers. Whether at a blog conference or through reading and commenting on each otherâ€™s posts â€“ itâ€™s easy to develop a friendship because in addition to the direct interaction via commenting, as you read someoneâ€™s stories you get to know them.
When they talk about their families and their lives you remember their names and the things theyâ€™ve done.Â You start to look forward to catching up with them and finding out whatâ€™s new. Kind of like a reality show without the commercials and without all of the annoying people that you wish would get voted off already.
Iâ€™ve been fortunate to meet and form friendships with several bloggers. I would also say I â€œmeetâ€ someone new almost every week. Different topics, projects, link-ups and mutual friends bring us together and itâ€™s always fun finding a new blog and learning about the person behind it.
Today Iâ€™m introducing you to two bloggers Iâ€™ve recently met. I wonder if they know each other because they have a lot in common â€“ they both love to read, do crafts and share recipes.
Leila blogs at Life as Leels. Sheâ€™s been blogging for years (so I may not be introducing you to her at all!) and her blog is definitely a place you want to check out. I mentioned book reviews, crafts and recipes; Leels also writes about eco-friendly products and mental health issues/support.
Leels and I were partnered up through #SpringPolishSwap hosted by Mrs AOKÂ A Work in Progress, MrsTee Love Life Laughter, and The Real Housewife of Caroline County. To celebrate spring we sent each other surprise nail polishes and you could only sign up if you have a blog. Iâ€™ll tell you â€“ itâ€™s a little stressful choosing polish for someone you donâ€™t know well. I went with a classic pale pink/purple that was all over the red carpet this season. Leels and her daughters sent me two really fun spring colors. My daughter was all over them as soon as I opened the box. We have one rule: theyâ€™re mine!
Gifts in the mail – definitely perks of blogging!
Thanks to our #SpringPolishSwap hosts and thanks to Leels (& daughters) for the cool polishes â€“ Iâ€™m definitely ready for a mani/pedi!
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You may already know my #AskAwayFriday partner â€“ Stacey Gannett from This Mommaâ€™s Ramblings. Stacey is a pro at #AskAwayFriday, I scrolled through her archives and was a little intimidated trying to come up with some original questions for her. Once you read my answers to her questions please jump over to her blog and check out everything sheâ€™s got going on over at her place.
Now itâ€™s time for me to be in the hotseat, here are Staceyâ€™s questions for me:
What would your dream vacation be?
I love the beach. The warm sand, sun and waves – it doesn’t get any better. I’ve shared a photo of our summer vacation beach in North Carolina and it’s still one of my favorite places to be.
However, if it’s my dream vacationÂ I’d like the water blue-er, the sand whiter, and someone to wait on me so I don’t have to cook, clean or make my own drinks! Maybe Cayman or Turks and Caicos – someplace not too far away and quiet. I’d also like all my family and friends to be there.
What would a pamper day include for you?
I’d get to sleep until I woke up on my own (no alarm, no phone, no children needing my attention) get a massage, soak in a hot tub and then lay by the pool or on the beach reading and listening to music. Also, like above, I’d appreciate it if someone could bring me a meal and a drink!
What made you decide to start blogging?
My mind is always spinning and I’ve always wanted to write a book. When I started to become aware of blogging I thought it might be a good outlet. My friend, Michelle, started a blog, we were on the phone talking about it and I said, “You are living my dream.” She said, “I’m an unemployed blogger who isn’t making any money!” I didn’t care, I wanted in.
What is something that blogging has taught you about yourself?
That I still care too much about what other people think. There are some things I want to write about but worry that if I wrote honestly I would hurt someone’s feelings (and I don’t mean someone in a random sense, I mean someone I actually know.) Writing about things helps me sort them out and I don’t think I’m wrong for feeling the way I do but I don’t want to hurt someone else in the process. I also am not sure how vulnerable I want to make myself here in this space.
What is your fondest dream that you have yet to accomplish?
To be the size I was at 28 (yes, I know how sad that statement is) and to write a book that is ridiculously funny and heartbreaking; that gets into your head, takes you away from your here and now and brings you to a place you have a hard time coming back from. Not a lofty dream at all.
What dessert will you go for above any else?
I’m not a sweet-tooth, if I’m going to get dessert I’d choose chocolate/mousse/lava-type things with raspberry or key-lime pie.
What movie would people be surprised that you love to watch over and over?
I don’t know. At one time it was Austin Powers movies (all 3), another time it was The Big Chill, another time Love, Actually. I even went through a You’ve Got Mail/Sleepless in Seattle phase. Of those I’d watch Love, Actually over all the rest. Or The Big Chill. One or the other but I’d seriously regret not choosing the other if I could only choose one for the rest of my life. Wait…that’s not even what you asked is it?
Side note: whether you like Love, Actually or not when I was trying to find a picture I found this rant/review instead. It contains harsh language but if you are familiar with the movie at all…I think you will laugh hysterically.
Do you have a favorite book that you will read over and over? What is it?
I do, it’s still Pillars of the Earth and the sequel World Without End. I would add The Language of Flowers and The Elegance of The Hedgehog. Amazing books, all.
Do you have a favorite recipe from your childhood that you now make for your family?
I do. It’s a recipe for chocolate cupcakes with a creamy chocolate chip filling. My mom would always make them for my birthday and I make them for most of my children’s birthdays, too.
I am a super music junkie…What are the top 5 songs that are rockin out your playlist?Â
Hymn #101, Joe Pug
Baby Will Raam, Rusted Root
Lost In My Mind, The Head and The Heart
Maybe, Kevin Hammond
Keep My Head High, Echo Movement
Thank you Stacey for a great #AskAwayFriday. I hope, if you are reading this, you take a moment to check out Stacey’s blog and visit the hosts of #AskAwayFriday.
Now I’d like to know what your perks of blogging are, or what are the perks of your job. If you are making buckets of money doing something you love…I’d like to know about that, maybe I’d love to do it too! If you got nothing for me there – I’ll settle for some of your answers to the questions above…your favorite book, movie or song. If you have a beach in mind for my dream vacation…I’d like to know that too. Thanks for checking out my post today – have a great weekend!