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Best Blog Reads of the Week

A) Why in the feck is it snowing everywhere I look on WordPress?  B) Enjoy my favorite blog reads of the week.  They are listed and linked below.


Festivus for the ‘Pressed of Us:  The Waiting in collaboration with Ashley (another blogging superstar from what I can tell) is throwing a blogger holiday party.  Literally.  In this post, linked HERE and in the title, Ems of the Waiting explains the holiday-bash-plan.  I am ever impressed with the way bloggers that I like on WordPress spark and stoke the community around them.  And if you’re looking for more readers, why not do something cool like this?  I know I’ll be reading and watching.


the waiting secret santa


Speaker7’s Post on the Humblebrag:  Here’s the skinny – there’s a phenom on twitter where people you’ve almost never heard of brag about how awesome their lives are, but in the gentlest way possible in the hopes that others won’t go, “Dude, you’re bragging in 142 characters or less.  That’s like biblically wrong and makes you a douche.”  If you don’t understand the premise clearly enough, read Speaker7’s amaze-sauce post about the practice.  Within it, she uses clearly illustrated humblebrag samples contrasted with her own attempts at a “humblebrag” and the read is damn worth it.  Exhibit A…




Why I liked Jen and Tonic from Jump:  Back when zero people read this blog, there were a few people who grabbed hold despite the tumbleweeds rolling through my stats page.  Jen and Tonic was one of those.  I liked her simply because her commentary was two things 1) totally authentic and 2) wildly funny.  I knew I would love reading her stuff.  I did.  My only complaint -ever- was that she didn’t write enough for my voracious blog-reading-tastes at the time.  That all changed in November.  In November, both Speaker7 (above) and J & T decided to blog everyday for the month.  With my current schedule, I’ve had a lot of trouble both maintaining my blog AND reading and commenting on other blogs.  I had to ease up on one of them and sadly it was the blog reading and commenting that I had to slow down on.  BUT, I was so intrigued by both Jen and 7 writing daily that I read 99% of their posts on my phone, in the toilet, or waiting on line, anywhere, really, truth be told, because I wanted to see the greatness they’d come up with.  I was NOT disappointed.  Sometimes a person writes a post that makes you go – I knew it, THAT’S exactly who you are and why I liked you.  For me, it was Live Long and Prosper, by Jen and Tonic.  (Click here to read.)  My only hope, now, is that one day my car ends up behind hers in the Starbucks drive-thru line.


i love starbucks

J & T bought me this. I scribbled out the warning and left it as a note to myself. I consider it a real-time “humblebrag.”


Self-Publishing, Foster, and Beginnings in Writing:  I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  Every now and again I go to the WordPress ‘tags’ section and scour tags I like for blogs with potential.  I do this because I think once your blog is established for a while your community can become a little stagnant.  New blood jolts the community in a good way.  I also do it because I remember how good it felt to get a new follower when I didn’t have that many.  So, every now and again I troll for new stuff I like to connect with.  I found Foster that way.  His blog, in my humble opinion, is a must read for writers on WP.  He does a ton of author profiles and a lot of times talks about the self-publishing process with others who have gone through it.  He also highlights his own writing and chronicles his thoughts in general.  I like him.  I think you will too.  Particularly, I like the guest post featured on Beginnings by R.S. Guthrie.  It really takes the self-publishing conversation that I started and picks it up where I left off.  I think it’s a must read.  Click here to do so.

The Constant Commenter:  I feckin’ love Honie Briggs.  I just feckin’ do.  There are some people that when you read their comments your heart lights up because the comment is either extremely insightful, intelligent, supportive, or devilishly funny.  Honie manages to all of those things regularly here.  Whenever I read her blog, I like and tend to agree, vehemently, with the person (Honie) who wrote it.  I don’t know why, but with Honie I have the distinct feeling that if someone slighted her, I’d get into a fistfight on her behalf.  I can’t say that I’d do that for many people, but I do have that type of “I’ve got your back” warmth for Honie.  Her writing evokes that feeling in you.  I challenge you to read her post on “Being a Constant Commenter” (click the title) because once you do, you’ll do everything in your power to get Honie to comment on your blog.  She’s that important around here, in my humble opinion.



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feature, starbucks, everything else belongs to Speaker 7 and the Waiting.


18 thoughts on “Best Blog Reads of the Week

  1. SW,
    Excellent selections. I have also excitedly looked forward to, and enjoyed, all of J and T and Speaker7s NaBloWriMo posts. What those ladies come up with is genius!

  2. I know just what you mean about having to read someone whenever, where ever. Good content needs to be read. IMMEDIATELY. Now to check your links 🙂

  3. Ha! Awesomeness from Donohue again. I loved how you outlined your activites while reading other’s blogs. (Note to self: Get better so Donohue reads your blog on the toilet.)

    Write on!

  4. Sweetmom! Thanks so much for linking to my post on humblebragging. I haven’t been this amazed since Bette Midler told me I was the wind beneath her wings prompting her to sing The Wind Beneath My Wings.

  5. Thanks for the shout out, Moms! And for the Twitter follow too! I don’t know how I find the time to read and comment now that my life is all about crawling baby. I need to rethink my toilet time; I could really be maximizing it with blog reading.

  6. Sweet Mother, I feckin love you too. You got artsifrtsy up there saying sweet things about me too. If you ever play DFW or anywhere near north, north, north Texas, I’m there. And if I ever need a body guard, I’ll know who to call. Thanks so much for the mention here.
    I went shopping today because I have family coming from NY for Christmas, and I was so tired by the time I got to the grocery store, I swear while I waited and waited behind this overly made-up woman having a much too in-depth conversation with the check out boy, I came very close to yelling at the cashier “Stop flirting with the cougar and just ring up her damn groceries already! She doesn’t care that you hate your macro economics professor or that you can get into trouble without even trying.” OMG, I don’t belong in public.
    Sweet Mother YOU truly made my day. 🙂

  7. Thanks so much for the mention, SM! I was offline yesterday so I apologize about just seeing this.

    I think you were one of the first people to subscribe to my blog, and I was so happy I pooped my pants. And yeah, I believe I was here on your blog pretty much from the beginning. I was amazed at the quality stuff you put out every single freaking day. It was ridiculous.

    I promise I’m writing more now 🙂

    XO! JT

  8. Well I got stuck at snowing. I noticed it too, but why is it random blogs? WHY? Why not all of them?!…

    WP likes fecking with us, I think.

    1. The snow thing is not random. It is a feature you have to set up. I set it up when they first offered it, the first December I was blogging. Now it just shows up automatically every December.

      1. Ha! Thank you so much Michelle 😉 just did that too!
        I feel like a rightful member of WP community again!

  9. Love the real time humblebrag. Thanks for the new list of blogs to check out. There is a couple I haven’t been following.

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