|Source: Kim at 40's and Fabulous!|
Kim has two wonderful blogs that she works so hard on. Before this morning, I have mainly read her My Life's Journey in Focus website where Kim features her beautiful pictures. In her other blog, 40's and Fabulous!, Kim, focuses more on her marriage, relationships and her happy life. Kim calls herself a Bliss Wife, and here she is:
|My Life's Journey in Focus|
Please go over and check out both of Kim's blogs. She wrote some really nice things about me on her 40's and Fabulous! blog, where the real "featuring" goes on. What really touched me the most is that Kim "get's" me on how crazy I am about my best friend husband, Cary Matthews.
I really feel as if this is a God thing in the timing of it. Believe it or not, I do get discouraged about this blog sometimes. I certainly work hard enough on it, and pour in the hours of hard labor. (This post is my 1300th!!!) I've had a difficult time figuring out where I fit in with others in Blogland though. It has all been trial and error. The learning curve has been huge. I had no idea what I was doing when I started out, and focused mainly on my family and friends who actually read it. I didn't participate in or even know about linky parties, and the only other blogs that I knew to visit were Pioneer Woman, Derfwad Manor, Living Oprah and Chubby Mommy Running Club. My sister is JulieJulie at CMRC, and she suggested that I begin my own blog. Mrs. G. did actually stop by to visit me once and look at my Christmas-decorated hutch and left me a comment, which was very nice of her.
Becky Povich "discovered" me and introduced her friends to me. There I also met Lisa Ricard Claro and their other writer friends. I am now feeling very comfortable with the writers. Through them, I discovered linky parties (just last summer) and began to join in right and left. That turned out to be great for my indoor photography and still life picture skills. I began to really feel right at home with the photographers.
I got a great response and was posting away, joining in and feeling as if I was getting somewhere. At least I was getting exposure and more comments than I ever had before. When you plan your week around joining ton's of linky parties, it changes your blog. I ended up posting more, and stretching myself in order to also write about the things that really interested me, and to document our family adventures.
Then, I got the wind knocked out of my sails when who I call "The Vintage Ladies" dumped me en bloc (not the ones who are still on my sidebar). All at once, they stopped acknowledging my linky posts (even if they only had 6 others on there), stopped commenting, and stopped visiting. Those who were following, unfollowed me. There were about 20 of them, and it was obvious. I could have inadvertently pissed off one of them, but not that many. At the time, I was puzzled, and did get my feelings kind of hurt. I thought that I was fitting in with them just fine. I sure was working hard for them, planning my posts to join their memes. I finally began researching such things about a month ago, and apparently this stuff happens ... a leader will post on their blog who to boycott and dump. It is like a high-school cliche or something.
Right about that time, I was listening to Joyce Meyers and she quoted where Jesus said that if a town doesn't welcome you, wipe the dust off your feet as you leave it. So, that is what I did, and it opened the door to many more positive things.
I took my followers widget off for a while, and that was good for me. At least it wasn't staring me in the face every time that I got on here, seeing who had quit. A few people figured out how to follow me any way. Thanks, guys! I put it back on for the A-Z Challenge and that was cool, because I have gained around 25 new followers during the past month.
So, what I am getting at, comes back to Kim and all of my special friends and frequent readers who encourage me to keep going and to keep trying. Thank you, so much, and I hope that I have been an encouragement to you also. I have really cut down on the number of linky parties that I participate in. I only have a handful now, and they are in the areas that interest me most and help me grow. I hope, in turn, that makes my blog a better place for you guys to visit.
Go forth and be nice! Encourage those who come across your path whenever possible, and lift them up. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. As you can see, that last one is my hardest to abide by.
Love ya lots,
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