Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We're All A Community

I have to admit, since I started blogging in March, I've had a lot of fun with this. It's been really neat to explore my thoughts and post memories so I remember them later, as well as to see what else is out there and to learn from so many of them.

I've visited more blogs than I can count. Not because I'm naturally that adventurous of course, but because there is a site that lays them out neatly for me on a daily basis. Every day, I get my SITS fix, where one new blogger is featured with three posts of her (ok, or his but really her) choosing to introduce me to each new blog.

It's through this that I've learned some things about what I like and don't like about blogging, including things about my own blog. I've changed some things as a result. I even found my bloggy fairy godmother who made over my blog indirectly via SITS (and isn't it pretty?).

The featured blogs aren't always ones that are my style or my taste, but I always walk away with a "huh" of some sort. There is always something that makes me think or smile or wince in pain. Some of them though... some of them just strike me in the right place, and on they go to the "list." The list is the blogs I read on a daily basis. And thanks to SITS, it keeps growing. And if I'm lucky, maybe someday I'll be the featured blogger.

In the meantime, I'm having fun reading the other blogs and seeing what else is out there. Today, SITS is doing a blogathon. If you've never visited, head on over. There you can meet up with some of the bloggers that I've grown to well love is probably too strong a word, but I definitely enjoy reading them.

Meet Angela from Hello Darhlin' who is funny and is a great cook with some great ideas. I'm totally jealous of her pool ensemble. It isn't just a pool, lucky her. I'm not so jealous of the gas issues she faced recently, however. I'll take my winters in Chicago to avoid gas lines.

And there's Angela from The Painted House -- she is so incredibly talented with the reclamation projects of furniture and home, with abundant other entertainment to boot. You have got to check out what she did with her basement. I'm jealous. Really jealous.

To prove I don't exclusively read bloggers named Angela, here's Jaci from Ravings of a Mad Housewife. She was featured somewhat early on but then went and deleted her blog and fortunately came to her senses and restarted it a few days later. She cracks me up on a regular basis. Oh, and it was through her (I think) that I found Lex who made my blog beautiful.

Outnumber 2to1 is another of the blogs SITS introduced me to. She cracks me up, and it's always nice to me to read about working moms and seeing that my issues are so frequently their issues.

Kellan from On The Upside is one of those bloggers who is just so warm and inviting. You never wonder why she consistently has more comments than I do page views. By far. She's definitely got her hands full with her brood, but she talks about them so lovingly and with such gently humor that you can't help but be drawn into her world.

Plus, we have Mama Kat from Mama's Losin' It who is absolutely hilarious. I would so sit down with her at a bar or over coffee or in the wee ones' preschool except for the fact that she doesn't exactly live around the corner from me. She's the inspiration of my Thursday posts now with her writing workshop. It's been really interesting to have a topic thrust on me and see what others do with it.

That's not even half the blogs that I've grown so fond of over the past few months. There are more, but I have to stop somewhere, right? The only downfall of SITS? My blog reading just takes longer and longer as I begrudgingly admit that I need to add another blog to my daily reading list.

So get on over to SITS if you haven't already. It's such a neat way to show support for fellow bloggers and get introduced to others. Happy blogathon everyone!


Michelle October 14, 2008 at 10:15 AM  

Great post and Happy SITs blogathon day!

Lynda October 14, 2008 at 10:24 AM  

Greetings via SITS and the blogathon - I am going on a whirlwind tour. Found you through another SITSa and now I am going to go to one of yours and so on and so on and so on...Happy day!

Anonymous October 14, 2008 at 10:59 AM  

Happy SITS day! Thanks for linking up to me. :)

Kori October 14, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

Oh Michelle I love having you as my SITSta.

Happy Blogathon day!

Decor To Adore October 14, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

I am not doing a SITS post today as I am celebrating my 100th post. Please stop by and enter my giveaway.

Jen Sue Wild October 14, 2008 at 1:57 PM  

Rocken Fun Blog happy Blogthon!!!

Natalia October 14, 2008 at 1:58 PM  

Happy Blog-a-thon to you as well!

Debbie October 14, 2008 at 3:34 PM  

Oh yes the list goes on and on doesn't it...That's why I was hesitant to just list five because there are so many more on my reader...like you!

Have a great day!

Debbie October 14, 2008 at 3:34 PM  

Oh yes the list goes on and on doesn't it...That's why I was hesitant to just list five because there are so many more on my reader...like you!

Have a great day!

Unknown October 14, 2008 at 3:43 PM  

Just spreading the bloggy love that is SITS! Hope you are having a great day!

Kate Coveny Hood October 14, 2008 at 3:46 PM  

Great sales pitch - I'll have to check it out!

MaBunny October 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM  

Yeah, I've visited SITS before, but I don't always go over there, will have to check out this current blogathon -
and the picture of my new car is under the post you saw about the halloween facts - where I was talking about the purse giveaway? I went back afterward and added the pic of the car;)

Meridith October 14, 2008 at 5:32 PM  

Newt to SITs and LOVE today's Blog-A-Thon!!!

Going to check out your blog :)

Sydney October 14, 2008 at 5:41 PM  

Great post! I discovered your blog through SITS. I haven't been commenting as much as I used too (not as much spare time) but I'm trying to get back into it. Keep up the great blogging!

TisforTonya October 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

gotta check out some of your links - I'm familiar with a few, but not all!
happy blogathon!

Karen October 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM  

Today was the first I'd heard of SITS, can you believe it?

Kellan October 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM  

I love your new look - very nice!

Thanks, Michelle, for the linky-love and the nice comment about my site - I really appreciate it and am anxious to check out the other great blogs you mentioned.

Have a good evening - Kellan

Marrdy October 14, 2008 at 9:25 PM  

Happy SITS day!

Mommyhood is Thankless October 14, 2008 at 11:19 PM  

Hey, Hope you had a Happy SITS day!

Cookie October 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

I completely understand how blogging can become like an addiction. There is always one more thing to check out!

Ronnica October 15, 2008 at 1:16 PM  

Smoochiefrog sent me over. I like your wide open layout!

Pennies In My Pocket October 15, 2008 at 5:07 PM  

Wasn't the blogfest just WAY too much fun??? I have a blog headache and my hubby wants to send me to blog rehab! LOL


angela | the painted house October 15, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

Thanks, Michelle! What if all the bloggers were named Angela? :) You are funny!

Anonymous October 18, 2008 at 3:24 PM  

I'm still making the rounds to say hi!

Angela October 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM  

Well as you can tell I am waaaaaaay behind on my reader, but I'm catching up! And thanks so much for the shout out!! I really appreciate it and I'm so glad you enjoy my blog. I have a ton more recipes to share, so don't worry, I am not going to let this recent injury stop me - I will be back very soon! :-)

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