Thank You Blogger Friends (What I write on NyQuil & Wine)

For shits and giggles I Googled my blog yesterday and came upon a random review by some random jackass. Apparently, I suck because I use Blogger which sucks because it is connected to Google which sucks because…well, to be honest I zoned out a bit on her rant because it sucked. Note to self: eDee2.0 abhors anything associated with Google but who really gives a shit?

This won’t win me any fans, but don’t even get me started on the cut-throats over at Top Mommy Blogs. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT get in the way of the ladies hell bent on delivering a daily recipes along with a review of the latest and greatest in baby leashes on their quest to reach the coveted No. 1! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve met some awesome and funny fellow bloggers there. Kitten at Mumsyhood and who doesn’t love Jill at Yeah. Good Times.

I’ve never been entirely sure why I joined Top Mommy Blogs in the first place. Sure, I blog about my family but I’m more about the writing part as opposed to mommy blogging. I’m thinking it’s time to say goodbye to Top Mommy Blogs and worry fine tuning my writing instead of trying to win a popularity contest. I already competed in high school. No offense to my fellow blogging friends who participate, I just don’t think that some of my posts really fit that audience. I’m trolling for the right networking site for Narragansett No. 7.

So where does one go to network your blog when you are a mommy who happens to write? For starters, I’d recommend For The Love of Blogs. There are a whole bunch of different blogging niches there and one is dedicated to writers!

I like that For the Love of Blogs frowns on the “follow me and I’ll follow you” bullshit. I want people to follow me because they enjoy reading my words, not because they’re trying to collect a large number of followers. Mostly, I’ve found a really supportive community of people at FTLOB.

If you have a chance, go check out some of my favorites and friends. Take a minute to introduce yourself. This is a fantastic group of women, every one of them is both talented and supportive. They’ve taken the time to read my blog and comment with thought. So thank you, friends! I don’t always have the time to comment when I stop by and I hate writing something that sounds as if I haven’t taken the time to read your words or admire your beautiful photography, but I do.

Of Woods and Words – If I lived in Ada’s neck of the woods, I’d stalk her and make her be my friend. She is an incredible writer. A real writer. Maybe she doesn’t know, but some days she inspires me.

Mommy used to be so pretty…. Her blog’s name made me giggle one day. Then the banner on her blog made both me and my husband chuckle. Another talented writer who keeps me coming back with her humor and touching posts. Check out her recent post titled “and a naughty girl too…”

 

Rub Some Dirt On It I think she might just be my northern New England soul sister. It seems that her talent never ends…she’s obsessed with french fries and a blue barn door. She lives in the middle of nowhere, with lots of snow and dirt roads. I “get” her.

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Midnight Oil Momma. I really like how she writes, her twins share my birthday and she makes a killer meatloaf! I can’t wait to read more.

Another Cookie, Please! What can I say about Patty… I’ve known her for nearly 20 years but didn’t really get to “know” her until we started blogging this year. She’s been one of my biggest supporters, she’s boosted my self-esteem and encouraged me to chase a dream. She’s made me laugh for a long time and now she inspires me. Patty took time out of her busy life to write me a recommendation for graduate school without hesitation. Thank you, friend.  On a side note, she has also had the pleasure of waxing my nether-regions ..isn’t she lucky?

Tales of a Hockey Wife makes me laugh. Without fail, she provides me with at least one chuckle per post. Her hockey mask photos are genius. She is training to be a Zumba instructor and pole-fitness classes. She shares my love of singling out annoying people and writing funny blogs about them, only she’s smart and does it anonymously.

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Chicken Noodle Gravy I am completely addicted to the comfort of Chicken Noodle Gravy. Katie whips up some delicious posts. Her writing style is really engaging and keeps me going back for more. I’ll be honest, I just discovered Chicken Noodle Gravy about two weeks ago, but Katie is an instant favorite. She shares the dream to be published. I think she’s on her way.

My 3 Little Birds Yet another recent discovery and instant favorite! She is an aspiring writer too. Do you notice a theme here? I can’t get enough of My 3 Little Birds. We kind of stumbled upon one another over a shared blog title. “Crack is Whack!” What can I say, she had me at crack.

The Fancy Flea. Amazing photography of her beautiful country/life/random moments. She loves books. I love her.

The (Not Always) Happy Homemaker Diary. Missy has been a constant reader for a while. She never fails to comment and always manages to take the time to say hello via Twitter. I’m so bad at Twitter. I think Missy might be the only person who really talks to me there. We share many similarities and have both spent time lamenting over them. Sometimes it’s nice to know that you aren’t alone in the world.

Rancher Mom’s Realm makes me laugh a lot. It doesn’t matter if she’s commenting at my blog or if I’m reading hers. I giggle. She’s real. Her posts are genuine and I like when other women drop F-bombs as much as I do.

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OK in UK has the best sense of humor ever. I love Mollie. There, I said it. I think I’m weird until I go to her blog and then I realize that I’m not alone in the world. It’s the rest of the people who are weird and not funny. If you’re normal, Mollie will make you laugh. She will also entertain you with her talent for writing. Run..run to to her blog!

I didn’t forget anyone. I’m tired and I have a raging sinus infection so if I didn’t give you a shout out please don’t be angry with me. Take pity on me and my bum sinuses. I still love you. I do, really…I do. I’m simply jacked up on pinot grigio and NyQuil Sinus PM and should probably stop before this takes a turn toward freaky.

Comments

  1. Sparkling says:

    I totally agree. I only want people to read me because they find me and find me worth reading. Maybe funny. Maybe uplifting. Maybe telling it like it is. I won't take part in those things where we have to follow in order to be in the "cool crowd". Glad you took a stand and left top mommy blogs. I always love reading your posts!!

  2. Slidecutter says:

    Awwwwwww, shucks;

    Never told you, or anyone, this but, I saved some of the first "nether hair" I waxed when I started working at HeadCases. A scrapbook of sorts. I have a tiny "Kelli" page and some really LARGE pages from various bush women that I removed acres of hair from and who were big tippers. Nice memories…

    Sucked you right in, didn't I?? J/K..hopefully I made you chuckle.

    On a serious note, I couldn't agree more with TMB and too many of the, completely idiotic, blogs I've read there that make me wonder why in hell they're ranked where they are! So many fab bloggers who write from their hearts, and minds, thrust in with a bunch of follow-me coupon queens. Asinine!

    Thank you so much for the shout-out and for mentioning me along with all those incredibly outstanding bloggers.

    I heart you woman!

  3. my3littlebirds says:

    I just popped in to see what you were up to tonight and found this sweet post! Thanks so much for mentioning my3littlebirds. We are definitely kindred spirits : )

  4. I am with you 100% – I am so not into that follow me, I'll follow you back crap.

    "I want people to follow me because they enjoy reading my words, not because they're trying to collect a large number of followers." – AMEN to that sista'! Well said! 🙂

  5. …. I like ellipses…..

  6. What the hell, Kelly? You use BLOGGER?? It's like I don't even know who you are! Like our whole relationship has just been a LIE. I feel so…. I don't know how I feel, man. I just don't know….

    Which one was TMB, again? It sounds familiar but I can't quite place it….

  7. Katie @ Chicken Noodle Gravy says:

    Okay, I'm going to come back to comment thoughtfully soon, but I've just spent five minutes screaming "my favorite blogger blogged about me!" at the top of my lungs. My husband now thinks I'm crazy!!

    …five minutes later…

    I SO agree with everything you said. I can't STAND these follow me and I'll follow you sites…what's the point of that? It's not about collecting followers. Or it shouldn't be.

    You've hit the nail on the head. This is why I follow you. You have CONTENT. You write wonderfully. You tell stories that I want to read. Stories about life and simple joys and stuff that makes me laugh and cry and yeah, even sometimes scream at the top of my lungs 🙂

    Don't listen to what some bitch said about your blog. Some bitch can kiss our collective ass. You know what true blogging is, and whether your blog was on google or written on the walls of some random truck stop bathroom, I'd read it.

    I'm SO glad to have found the FTLOB community and you. This community is what it's all about for me, and like you, I've discovered some awesome people through it. And I've only known about it for two weeks! I'm going to check out each and every one of these blogs (if I haven't already), because I trust your opinion. If you like them, then they're already winners in my book.

  8. …me…too… I will also wake with the odor of Cheez-Its and booze on my breath tomorrow…must pass out now.

  9. I so agree! I love FTLOB and have met so many amazing ladies over there! They do so much for us bloggers and I really love them!
    Hugs and get better! xxx

  10. Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. They actually brought tears to my eyes. Then again, I may have had a little too much wine before sitting down to check out the blogosphere one last time before bed . . .

    The constant popularity contest that is blogging — *especially* Mommy blogging — gets tiresome, for sure. I think the blogosphere would be a better place if it was focused on writing decent posts rather than the obsessive couponing, affiliate reviews and the ever popular giveaways. Bah!

    P.S. I think blogger is awesome. Did I mention how much I love google?

    P.P.S Feel better soon!

  11. Wow, what an amazing surprise to come over here (to one of MY favorite sites!) and to see my little guy's face glaring back at me. Thank you so much for your kind words!! I really appreciate your blog love and I'm so happy you enjoy reading my words. I love reading yours!

    Also, I hate follow me, I follow you. It drives me insane.

    I kind of hate Google because they kicked me out of their Google ads program but that might have been because I was abusing it 😉

    Thanks again!

  12. I always see the *blinky* Top Mommy Blogs badge on blogs and I've never clicked it. Looks like that's a good thing as I probably wouldn't fit in the family friendly genre. Kudos for quitting it. 🙂 I also love FTLOB, such a great, supportive site. I can't wait to check out your faves here!

  13. Kellikins, kelli with an "i" and not a "y"… Remember Woody serenading his Kelly? Best song ever!

    So. yeah. Who cuts onions and leaves them out for me to smell? Srsly, imma have to get a face mask when you do this stuff.

    Nah. I'm truly touched in the heart and head that you included me.

    I think you're pretty cool too. Which is why I follow you.

    SAND PEOPLE UNITE!

  14. thefancyflea says:

    Have I told you lately that I love you?

    Your sweet words put me in an even better mood than my godawful-but-heartfelt rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody earlier this evening. My husband actually brought me in some cheese and crackers to shut me the hell up . I feel an encore coming on!

    I love your blog and I love your words and I love FTLOB and I rather enjoy a drop or two of the ol'Pinot myself.

    Stay true to you, because you're great ♥

  15. shah wharton says:

    This started a little fiery, but ended up being a lovely tribute to some great bloogers. Shitty when people get nasty with you for no apparent reason., I just had that from someone in a community. No need for it?

    Anyway – here to say hi. Already following BECAUSE I dig your writing and that's my thing. I can't be a mom and I'm always really too aware of that with incredible forceful mom-blogging community – its like a Mafia, only instead of guns its icing bags and instead of cement its the contents of dirty nappies! I know – grouse ;D Shah for wordsinsync.blogspot.com X

  16. cakeologist says:

    Always looking for new blogs to read and some on your list I am not familiar with and will have to check out.

    Regarding Rancher Mom…I have known her for over 20 years and she is not only 'real' but one of the best friends I could ever have:)

    Have a great Thursday!

  17. I'm so glad I found your blog through my3littlebirds and so glad I read this post. I'm a newbie and have been struggling to figure out what is important to me in this venture. I hate the follow me and I'll follow you crap too. Can't do it, even though I only have 31 followers. Thanks for the suggested reading list. I'll visit them all.

  18. I just dug into FTLOB this week and found your link on today's Thirsty Thursday, so glad I did. Although I am not a mommy to human children YET, I have a 14-month-old niece and plan on having some of my own…someday, so I still read mommy blogs, the one's who can actually write and make me laugh, like you just did. I tweeted the other day that mommy blogs are like the new mob and they kinda scare me. You don't scare me (as of yet)…so thank you! 🙂

  19. Cherie @ Lots of Jewels' Blog says:

    Gotta tell ya that I read this post with some delight!! I read a while ago about one of the bloggers coming up with "motherbitches" for those types of crazy bloggers. So true, they were the mean girls in school, so drop 'em before it's too late.

    I am not into putting on a show for anyone, especially at my age. So I say we are who we are and if they don't like it they can shove it! I am a mom, but I am also a person and I love that you are very real and say what you think.

    Cherie

  20. Elena (Running in Heels After Child) says:

    This is my first time reading you blog and you had me crying laughing. I love the rant and I am looking forward to checking out the blogs you suggested and reading your blog.

    Thank you for the laugh,

    elena

  21. Missy (& various in Transplant blog) says:

    Awww!! Thank you so much for the mention. Love ya and your sense of humor and gusto. As for Twitter, I'm barely there this week…Or anywhere.

    And I think my other blog (The "Mental"-ist Mom" is about to get an ear full thanks to Va.'s Disability Rights Office up north. Got me a hardy "FUCK YOU!..But here's some info that you more than likely ALREADY KNOW, but read the shit again." BS…

  22. Tales of a Hockey Wife says:

    Ok…quick comment to thank you for the shout out. Once I get my kids to sleep, I am coming back to view some of the new blogs you mentioned.

    I don't have to be anonymous to tell you that I abhor (I love to use that word) the "follow me" crap. I never post their comments.

    I will share something with you…my sister can verify. I tried to join the Top Mommy Blogs, and I was sent a "thanks but no thanks" email. My pity party is over…now that I know you are not a fan!

    So thank you for the fabulous post….and I look forward to reading some new blogs!

    Cheers!

  23. Mommy used to be so pretty... says:

    Hee hee hee hee! I am a giggling moron over here!

    I just saw this and my heart is all aflutter!!!

    AND I TOO LOVE…ELLIPSES!!!

    Can I be a part of the Ellipse Club? PLEASE???

    I love you forever.

    That is all.

  24. Midnight Oil Momma says:

    Holy cow crap Batman! I am completely flabbergasted that you would mention my blog! Thank you. It is the highest complement! I yelled out to my hubby that he had to come a look at what you wrote. He was so pumped that he gave me the 'you made it punch in the arm'.

    Sometimes I think that you could write just about anything I would find it hilarious. It could be the way you write! You rock!

    Thanks for some new blogs to read. I am excited!

  25. Dwija {House Unseen} says:

    I'm stalking your archives and ohmygod you are brave to google your own blog. I didn't think I even cared until I thought about doing it and then I got that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach because *what if someone says something mean?????*. I would die. Because I'm an approval whore. That's why I got straight A's in school…so I could be the winner of smartness.

    You are so fun!

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